Testbash Brighton 2019 Conference Day Part II of II

Part I is here

Here are some of my key learnings on the last 3 talks I was able to attend at Testbash Brighton 2019 before I had to leave early to catch my flight back home. Continue reading “Testbash Brighton 2019 Conference Day Part II of II”

Testbash Brighton 2019 Conference Day Part I of II

It’s been an intense month in a my personal life and even more intense (exciting!) months to come. So before I get too busy, let’s turn my notes (that can only be read by me), into a blog post!

In early April this year, I had the honour of speaking at Testbash Essentials on the Wednesday. I also had the opportunity to attend the main Testbash Conference on the Friday and learn a lot from the speakers. Continue reading “Testbash Brighton 2019 Conference Day Part I of II”

TestBash Brighton 2019: Morning Workshop on “Context Driven Coaching… There is no script.”

In the morning I attended Martin Hynie‘s and Chris Blain\’s workshop on Context Driven Coaching… There is no script.

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My experience at Agile Testing Days 2018

I had seen blog posts and activity on Twitter in the years leading up to my first ever Agile Testing Days (ATD(- it seemed like people really enjoyed this conference, so it’s safe to say I was glad to get  this email from Uwe saying:

“Congratulations, you are part of the Agile Testing Days 10th anniversary as a speaker with: Bringing in change when you don’t have a “leadership” job title! “
 
 
For me, this is a BIG conference, a lot of people; a lot of attendees and A LOT of tracks – won’t deny I found this intimidating as there were a lot of interesting talks/workshops at the same time. Looking back at this conference, one thing that really stands out to me is choice: Which will I see? Which am I prepared to miss out on?
If you’re thinking of going to a future Agile Testing Days conference, whether it be the one in Potsdam or the one in the US, I strong recommend you do so! I had a great time! There were lots of interesting talks and workshops! There was also plenty of opportunity for great conversations with the other attendees!

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My experience at Belgrade Test Conference 2018

Just under two weeks ago, I flew to Belgrade for the first time, to present my talk: “What I wish I knew in my first year of testing” at the Starter track. 

 
According to the conference site the Starter track:

“will focus more on the role of testing in general and software development basics, as well as some technical showcases of what testing actually looks like. 

It is well suited for people who want to start their careers in software testing or deepen their understanding of testing.”
The conference had 3 parallel tracks – 1 Starter and 2 tester tracks, based on my understanding, people could only get access to either the 2 tester tracks or the 1 Starter track.
It was my second time presenting this talk (after presenting it at Eurostar 2016) but this time the talk was very different, same core idea but the actual material itself was about 30-40% different and organised/structured very differently.
I arrived in Belgrade on the evening of November 8, about 6 hours late due to a missed connection, so unfortunately I missed out the Speakers dinner (while the other speakers were having delicious Serbian food I was eating lots of bread and chocolate in various airports).

The Talks

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My Testbash Belfast 2017 Experience Report Part I

This is a two-part Experience Report, the first part will cover preparing my talk, the pre-Testbash Shindig and the first half of the conference. The second part will cover the second half of the conference and the Post-Testbash shindig.

Preparing my talk

I started preparing my talk around 2-2.5 months before the conference. But I didn’t properly gain momentum until about 1.5 months before my talk. Initially I tried to write the whole talk in Google Docs – but I found that didn’t work for me. Instead, I ended up creating the slides and writing speaker notes below.

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Leetspeak: My First Developer Conference – An Experience Report

Up until yesterday, I had only gone to testing conferences – for me these were a safe familiar place. I was with my “own kind”.  So when my boyfriend asked me a few months ago if I wanted to go to Leetspeak, I surprised myself a bit by saying yes. After all, the price was very reasonable (less than 200SEK/20EUR) and it was on the weekend so I didn’t have to ask for time off work.

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My 4 Main Takeaways from Let’s Test 2016

Last year, I wrote a two-part reflection on my experience at Let’s Test, which detailed every session I went to. This year, I’ve decided to take a different approach. While there’s a lot I can say about every session I went to this year – I feel my time would be better spent on focussing on a few things that I took away from Let’s Test 2016 Continue reading “My 4 Main Takeaways from Let’s Test 2016”

Experience Report: Giving a talk at Let’s Test as part of Speak Easy

Preparation

A few months ago, I approached Maria Kedemo to be my mentor as part of the Speak Easy Program. She said Yes! 😀 So we started working on my proposal and then later the actual talk itself together. At the start, we first discussed our expectations around how we would do this (to be honest, I remember having this discussion but not exactly what our expectations were, so I can’t list them here). We collaborated on Google docs to work on the proposal and then later, the talk itself. We also had a few Skype calls (about an hour long on average) to prepare for Let’s Test.

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