How to maximise the benefits of attending software testing conferences?

Someone has rightly said - conferences are what you make of them. It is possible to hear completely different accounts of what people experienced at the same conference. It could be great learning experience for some and complete waste of time for others.

Going to a conference is a huge commitment in terms of time, cost and efforts. I am an independent consultant so do not have to give a business case or take permission - but still I do need to justify this investment of time and money to myself.

My main objective to go to the conferences is - to learn more. I learn by attending sessions and I learn by talking to people between the sessions. It’s always nice to share problems, solutions, constraints to understand what works in a given context and why. It’s also nice to challenge (with the intention to learn more or clarify) and ...

Swiss Testing Days - Experience report

Last week I went to Zurich to present at Swiss Testing Days. I started my day by attending keynote - The nine forgettings - from Lee Copeland. I had attended his keynote in the past as well and he is an excellent presenter and story teller. Have a look at the slides he used and video recording . It was the same topic but it's definitely worth the time.

I agree with pretty much all the points mentioned by Lee, except certifications and boundaries.

Lee mentioned that certification is a way to grow professionally and it shows that you are serious about the profession. Well, I am not a big fan of certifications - certifications do not show that person holding certification is serious about the job. It shows that person holding certifications has passed an exam - nothing more than that. However, Lee mentioned certification as part of “Forgetting to grow” and he ...

EuroSTAR 2012 - Reflection

Last few days were awesome - My presentation at EuroSTAR was well received, builders are out and I had nice Diwail celebration with friends and family. Don’t worry, this post will not cover Diwali celebration or our home improvement project - I will stay on course and cover only EuroSTAR.

It was my first EuroSTAR and I truly enjoyed it. I attended EuroSTAR as a speaker and my presentation topic was - “Test Automation Framework, Don’t design it, let it evolve”. It was in-line with the theme of conference - Innovate and renovate. I will write about my presentation in detail - but for now - let’s focus on the overall conference.

On day 1, I reached early for the conference and spent around an hour in the exhibition hall. One of the vendor (Sorry forgot name :-() in the exhibition hall had few really nice puzzles to solve. I started by looking at ...

Serious about software testing? - Come to CAST 2012

I have been to many conferences related to software testing but unfortunately could never make to CAST for various reasons. Fortunately, this year I will be at San Jose for the CAST 2012, and yes I am excited about it.

I am speaking on two topics at CAST 2012.

In the main session, I am talking about the perils of over-reliance on acceptance criteria, continuous integration and deployment to prods. My second talk is under the emerging topic category and I will talk about randomization in automation and how we can make automation more powerful by introducing randomization. In one session, I will talk about limitations of automation and in another session I will talk about how awesome test automation could be.

After the conference, I am attending full day tutorial from Karen Johnson on testing mobile applications and mobile websites. I have been to Karen's session in STP ...

Agility and Selenium - BCS SIGIST Workshop

This month (17'Th March 2009) TestingGeek team hosted a workshop in BCS SIGSIT conference in London, UK. This workshop was aimed for the people working in Agile environment and using Selenium.

This workshop will give you basic understanding of what is Agile, how testing is different in Agile world and how Selenium can be used to automate effectively in Agile world.

Do let us know if you have any questions about this workshop, or want us to do workshop or training related to Selenium.

Agile Testing - At Skills Matter

Last week me (Anand Ramdeo - @testinggeek) and Nathan Bain (@nathanbain) gave presentation on our experience of working in Agile teams.

In this presentation, I covered the processes we were following and tools we were using. I have given some information on how we were using tools like Selenium and Twill for automation. Nathan gave very nice presentation on ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development) and than moved to skills required to work in an Agile environment. In his presentation, Nathan also covered expected / ideal behaviour from everyone involved in the Agile team.

Gojko invited us to do this presentation at Skills Matter and wrote excellent summary on his blog at http://gojko.net/2009/07/23/an-excellent-agile-testing-experience-report/