Sunday, 22 November 2015

Released slides and notes from Agile and Automation Days 2015 in Poland

I attended the Agile and Automation Days Conference in Krakow, Poland on the 16th November 2015 to present a Keynote and a Tutorial on Technical Testing in Agile.

I have updated the conference page on my site to have a link to the slides and social media mentions.

The actual conference was very technical, and was one of those international conferences where I wished I spoke the native language because I missed most of the talks due to the language barrier. But the titles and blurbs all looked as though I would have liked to have seen most of the talks.

The keynote was recorded, but I'm not sure when the video will be released. I'll add a link as soon as I know.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

TestWorksConf 2015 Keynote Slides and Write Up Available



I have updated the TestWorksConf page to include the slides of my keynote and a little additional information. So if you want the slides you can head off here.

I've written a short post describing the conference over on SeleniumSimplified.com which is worth reading if you want to find links to all the tools presented: Gatling, Mesos, Selenium Grid Docker, Serenity etc.

The conference (#testworksconf) was probably the most 'hands on' conference I have ever attended.
Unfortunately there was too much on for me to go to every talk. A very interesting conference, very hands on, with lots to learn.

Hopefully I'll be able to attend on future years as well.

Links:

After the conference I was able to spend some time with the Xebia team for knowledge sharing.


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

5th Oct 2015 - One Day Java For Testers public training in Amsterdam

I'll be running a public, one day training on Java For Testers, in Amsterdam on the 5th October. Just after the TestWorks conference.

This is suitable for absolute beginners, and we make it easy for you start coding with a 'fill in the blanks' approach, which gradually expands over the day as your competence grows.

And we have more advanced exercises if you've programmed before.


For more details read this Java For Testers blog post, or go straight to theXebia's website for booking info.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Agile and Automation Days, Keynote and Tutorial, Poland, Krakow, November 2015

I will attend the Agile and Automation Days Conference in Krakow, Poland on the 16th November 2015 to present a Keynote and a Tutorial.

The Keynote will be "How to Improve your Technical Test Ability" describing approaches, tools and mindsets that I use to improve my ability to test with increasing technical competency.

The tutorial will cover "Technical Testing in Agile", how to use and justify technical testing skills in an Agile context. This is a hands on tutorial with much interactive investigation and execution.

More Details about the Conference tutorial and keynote.

TestWorks Conference Keynote 2nd October 2015

I've been invited to Keynote at the TestWorks Conf in Amsterdam on the 2nd of October.

You can find more details about the conference on their website. testworksconf.com

The working title is "Real World Automation Challenges".

And will be based on my experience writing code to automate applications, and from working with clients world wide, I'll describe the challenges faced and the thinking behind the solutions chosen.
So if you want more options for how you approach automating executing then this might be the talk for you.

More details on my talk page.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Test Automation Day 2015 Slides and Notes


I attended the Test Automation Day 2015 in Rotterdam to present a Keynote on "Lessons learned with Automation".

During the research for the talk I delved into the history of automation and was fascinated to discover such a close correlation between the issues and controversies of the 1950s and the concerns and issues with 'Test Automation" in the present day.

You can find my slides and some supporting notes on my conference talk page.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Speaking in November 2015 at Eurostar Mobile Deep Dive

I will attend the Eurostar Software Testing Conference in November of 2015 to speak at the Mobile Deep Dive day event immediately following the conference.

You can find more information about the talk on the conference page.

Successful Test Automation for Managers

Illustration by Herb Lebowitz from the cover of "Automation" by Carl Dreher 

On the 29th April 2015, I presented "Successful Test Automation for Managers" at the Test Management Summit in London.

The focus of this session was a discussion about automation from a management perspective. This would allow me to draw upon the experiences of the managers in the room and create a lively discussion.

Partly of the aim of allowing managers with less technical experience draw upon the experiences of those more technical.

Also to understand the concerns that managers have with automation and allow those with more automation experience, help to address their concerns and issues.

Slides, references, and a more detailed write up are available on the conference page and the Selenium Simplified site.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Technical Testing from Tabara de Testare on April 1st 2015


I attended the Tabara de Testare testing group on 1st April 2015 to present an introduction to Technical Testing. A little different from a normal conference talk in that the venue was spread over 4 Romanian cities, and I was in the UK.

You can read more details and view the slides on the conference page.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Black Ops Testing Workshop January 2015 Report

I updated the site to include information on the Black Ops Testing Workshop from January 2015.

This was a hands on, practical workshop which provides a good set of challenges and opportunities to participants.

You can read my write up.

Also, one of the participants, Duncan Nisbet wrote about his experience on the workshop.

I also summarised some API testing notes over on eviltester.com.

This is the type of workshop that we can offer onsite to your teams. So contact me if this is something you would like to offer to your staff.


Speaking at Test Automation Day 2015

I will be presenting a Keynote at the Test Automation Day on 18th June 2015.

The audience appears to be a mix of practitioners and managers which is useful since I plan to talk about my experiences of automation from a perspective of a practitioner, and as a manager.

I know what it is like to be a practitioner who is managed by people with no automation experience, so I plan to offer advice from my experience on how to help those managers.

Similarly, I'll include advice for those managers, on how to deal with and recruit, the automation practitioners:

  • without putting irrelevant overhead in their way
  • without being bamboozled and led down the wrong path

I'll also delve into my experience to provide as many practical examples as I can on simple steps to take to 'get' or 'keep' your automation working, focused and improving.

It should be fun to pull out lessons from stories of my mistakes. And I'm sure I'll learn from revisiting those experiences.

Site Refresh January 2015

I gave the site a quick refresh in January.

I have been looking at static site generators: Hugo, DocPad.

But neither of them went quite as far as I wanted them to, and I didn't want to have to perform a large migration effort.

Instead I refreshed the look and feel of the site a little.

Since this site uses completely homegrown code, and has evolved over the years as I've worked on it, it has a fairly good separation between domain, content and presentation. by this I mean I model the entities for the site as objects e.g. conference, book review, etc. Then there are content pages which describe this. And then there is a template presentation layer.

If I manage to make this separation clean enough then migrating to other systems should be simpler, but I've done enough that it doesn't look too 1990's but still meets my needs of being easy to add content to.

While I don't recommend this custom approach to anybody, it does have the benefit that I keep my hand in with CSS, HTML, JavaScript, JSON, XML, Data Modelling, PHP etc.

And if you do ever have to do this, I found the FTP Folder comparison features of Beyond Compare essential.