Australian Testing Days – Day 1

What a day we had at the #ATD2K16, the inaugural Australian Testing Days Conference! A day filled with lot of learning, community and connecting with fellow testers.
The day started with the Keynote from Michael Bolton on “The Rapid Software Testing Guide to What You Meant to Say”. Michael had delivered this talk earlier at TestBash 2015 and I had seen the videos, but watching it first hand is an experience in itself. There was lot of fun and wisdom in his presentation and it stressed on the importance of communication, Testing vs Checking, Testers getting out of the QA business and so on.
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Next up, was the talk from Michelle Cross on “Transformation of a QA Department”. Hard to believe that it was Michelle’s first conference talk, as she presented it in her usual effortless ease 😃. The talk was about her attempt to integrate context driven testing to her team, the learnings and the challenges of a cross cultural team. Great insight and research and she has really done a wonderful job, we could see that from the team snaps she shared in the presentation.
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Catherine Karena gave a fantastic account of raising a tester through the WorkForce program. It was inspiring to see the effort that has gone into this venture and the way the trainings are done. Absolutely brilliant. Catherine was also a first time conference speaker, via the Speak Easy program.
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Two other talks were happening at the other room during this point, with Oliver Erlewein and Hamish Tadeschi giving talks on “Reaching Beyond Performance in an Agile World” and “Testing your Driven Development” respectively. I missed these talks, I  hope TEAM will be having the slides or videos up at some point 😃
During lunch, I got a chance to meet some of the Twitterati – it was great to have faces to Twitter handles. Met with Richard Robinson (we were classmates at BBST Foundations a good 4 years back!), Katrina Clokie, Erik Peterson, James Aspinall, Deepak Puri… that’s a long list 😃
And then came the moment with Michael Bolton where we tried the Diffuse Bomb game. Whoa! I liked the game and the challenge. Although we managed to blow the bomb on the first two attempts, we successfully defused it the third time. High Fives! 😃 The game is just for 3-5 minutes, but there is great learning involved in those minutes. Probably in another blog post! Thanks Michael for your time and patience!
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We moved on to the next talk – “The School of Rock – CDT Uncut” where Brian Osman made all of us laugh with his rocking presentation. Lot of energy and passion on that one. The talk gave his journey from an artefact based tester to the CDT rock star, creating communities and cultivating a passion for better testing. You truly rock, Brian, such fun and you have got some moves 😀
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Katrina Clokie delivered her talk on “Testing Web Services and Micro Services” and the challenges she faced in them. Despite battling a sour throat, she gave a good account on her learnings and pathways on testing web services. The talk had a good response from the crowd with lots of questions being asked.
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Two fantastic talks were happening at the other room during this time, with Aaron Hodder delivering “Software Cartography (or how to build multidimensional information radiators)” and James Kitney on “How to Build a Guild”. From the Twitter reaction, I could see that Aaron’s talk had a lot of inspiring stuff. Would love to attend that talk some time!
We had 6 lightning talks:
  • Jason Lee on Mobile Exploratory Testing
  • Erik Peterson on 3 Hash tags and 2 zones
  • Lauren Allen on Collaborative Leadership – A Tale of 2 Heads
  • James Irving on his Journey as  a Tester
  • Ayta on Pair Testing with Developers
  • Santosh Tuppad on Learning is a f***ing drug
Obviously, Santosh Tuppad delivers his talks in the calmest high octane way 😀  I love listening to this guy, it is hard to find a person who has such clarity on his thoughts. And his passion for learning is unparalleled in my opinion. His moto seems to be “Get bored, learn something new” 🙂  I’m proud of you Bro, you are doing awesome for the community 😃
Then we had the closing Keynote by Anne-Marie Charret “A Test Management Retrospective”. Charret talked about Test Management. Test Leadership, and Coaching. A lot of it had been a retrospective of what she had done at Tyro and being obsessed with delivering the best testing service. And the most important part is “It is true that there is a lot of struggle in building a great product. But when we struggle, we Learn”. We need to keep learning and we need Test Leadership for that. I’m glad we have lot of people to look up to in the CDT community!
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Thus ends a great day of learning. There is a whole lot of Twitter Activity with #ATD2K16 which you can follow. Lot more images from myself and from many other attendees.
Thanks to TEAM for this awesome conference, looking forward to the next one!
Tomorrow, the work shops! I’ll be in the “Ruby for Testers” by Scott Miles. Hoping to be a great day of learning, just as today!

Australian Testing Days 2016 is here!

The inaugural Australian Testing Days (ATD2K16) is happening in Melbourne on the 20th and 21st of May 2016.

I’ve been part of the TEAM (Test Engineering Alliance Melbourne) Meetup group since its inception, and even though I was in India at that time, it was great to see the passion and the way monthly meetups are organised. I’ve been to 3 meetups since I came over to Australia and it is a privilege to be part of such a passionate bunch of testers. TEAM has come a long way and ATD2K16 is a proof for that.

This is going to be my second conference after Test-ED 2012, where I got the chance to meet James Bach and attend the RST course. And this time I will be meeting Michael Bolton and Anne-Marie Charret, two great teachers who have been the inspiration for many in Context Driven community along with James Bach.

There are some standout conference talks and lightning talks and I’m sure it is going to be a great experience. I’m looking forward to the talks from Michelle Cross (from what I know from the TEAM Meetups, I’m pretty sure that Michelle will make you smile no matter what!), Aaron Hodder, Katrina Clokie and Brian Osman to name a few. The choices are abundant and I’m having so much confusion on which ones to attend 😦

Then the workshops that are happening next day (21st May). I’ve enrolled for the Ruby for Testers by Scott Miles and hoping to meet some automation experts while starting my baby steps on Automation. Scott’s CSS selector workshop at one of the TEAM Meetups was awesome and I’m looking forward to a great day of learning (don’t worry Scott, I hope you don’t mind the high expectations ;-))

I’ll be present and mostly tweeting/blogging at the conference along with a host of attendants. You can catch my tweets @nandagopalr and blog posts in this blog. I hope I’ll be able to provide a good tweet coverage as I have done for Test-ED 2012! If you are coming for conference, please don’t forget to say Hi! I would love to connect with you!

See you at the conference!

 

Test-ED 2012

The first week of December 2012 was just awesome! I got a chance to attend the RST Workshop (experience report can be read here and here) and then attended my first testing conference, the Test-ED 2012. I missed out on some very good conference like Bug-De-Bug because of my tight project schedules, but luckily this one was right the next day after the RST workshop and it helped! 🙂

Without much ado – Test-ED 2012 was just fantastic. I met many people in person who where only Twitter followers or Facebook friends! It was great to meet Ajay Balamurugadas, Justin Hunter, Savita Munde, Ravi Suriya, Sudhamshu Rao to name a few 🙂 The essence of the conference itself was to bring testers together and it worked like a charm.

The facilities were superb, the venue (MLR Convention Centre, Bangalore), the food and the hospitality of the Moolya team (especially DS and Pari) made it a truly wonderful day to remember 🙂

About the speakers – so much has been written about the conference by Mohit here and by Ajay here. I was Tweeting away live throughout the conference  – you can find my Tweets here. (Sorry about not providing the  hash tag search results – they does not seem to work now :()

James Bach on The Rise of the Thinking Indian Tester

It was fascinating to see the Master relating the Indian History towards testing. There were verses from Bhagawad Gita, Panchatantra, Tenali Raman, Tirukkural and many others. It was a proud moment as an Indian to sit in the audience and see the master praising our culture with words like “Indian culture has a history of cleverness.” James also spoke about “Maya” (illusion vs reality), Indian logic, dharma, diversity, joint families, patience – ideas that excites him from the Indian Culture.

The live recording was on all this time, so I hope Moolya Testing will provide us with the videos of all the talks at TestED 2012 🙂 (Hello Moolya, are you listening?)

Rahul Verma on The Death of a Test Case

This was one of the most humble talks I’ve ever seen about testing. You have to see it to realise that. One thing that stands out from Rahul’s speech – “There are no experts in the world, we all are learners at different stages”

Pradeep Soundararajan on Test Coverage Fist and Risk Informer Fist

He is our big brother, the big Panda for us all! and it is a treat to watch him speak about testing in his scintillating style. To top it all, here comes a testing talk with a martial art theme and a background score. How about that? 🙂

There where short EdTalks on Maps Mayhem by Justin Hunter, Continuous Deployment by Manoj Kumar and a very motivating little talk from Ramit Manohar.

I had to catch the bus back home so I missed the Open Season of TestED12. But this was a grand testing conference and I enjoyed every moment of it. Waiting for the next one!

It would be a crime not to mention the brilliant performance from our lovable host Sunil Kumar. Hey, buddy! You just rocked 🙂