So what did I take away?

I will arrive back to my job with a lot of enthusiasm and self-confidence.

Hearing about others’ daily work makes you realize that the things you know are not obvious for others. And your learning will probably never end, so we should get used to it.

After Richard’s talk, because of a Jerry Weinberg quote I talked to someone how often the things we remind each other are cliches. They sound common sense, duh-kind of thoughts. We still keep repeating them, because it’s easy not apply them.

If I suspect that an area has changed in the application but all the checks are green. That should worth a look.

Adina told me that she will think about how to put tacit knowledge into a check. I will think about it as well. Here is Harry Collins talking about how you need tacit knowledge to build a copy of a gravitational wave detector to test other researchers result: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16en413Zk9Y&t=16m42s

Ale told me on her workshop that to keep a project log, and draw a map of your skills are good ideas. They certainly sound like that. I remember disagreeing with her at some point, but as a good debater I only remember my argument and not hers anymore, which I cannot decode anymore from my notes. My thought was that skills are the things you are able to do. Hers was something different. We have to talk about that.

There is no way I can list all the things I took away.

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What is going on in Romania??

Bucharest hosted the first European Testing Conference conference, Altom (http://altom.ro/) is from Cluj, Tabare de Testare is in 4 cities with monthly testing Meetups, also organizing a testing camp, the testing map is from there, there is the Romanian testing conference, next CITCON is going to be in Cluj.

Let’s not start an alphabetical list with countries form Europe where there is nothing visible/exciting going on, but it would go like Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan…

Here, read an other short one about the European Testing Conference
Losing my testing conference virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1v
Losing my workshop, lean coffee and open space virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1x
The amazingly little (visible) testing universe http://wp.me/p6efD3-1F
Was I an outsider? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1z
The food was very okay http://wp.me/p6efD3-1H
So what did I take away? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1D

The food was very okay

I liked the second day’s lunch better. Maybe just because I didn’t have to stand in line, unlike on the first day.

Here, read an other short one about the European Testing Conference
Losing my testing conference virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1v
Losing my workshop, lean coffee and open space virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1x
The amazingly little (visible) testing universe http://wp.me/p6efD3-1F
Was I an outsider? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1z
What is going on in Romania?? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1J
So what did I take away? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1D

Was I an outsider?

Even if you meet the strangest stories and most exotic backgrounds in testing, you can still fall back feeling like an outsider. Because no CS degree, others know better, others are more experienced, others’ workplace is a proper place (where there is no testing role anyway, so what are we even actually doing here). This is of course delusional which you quickly realize after you talk to some people who you bump into in the hallway.

I still felt a bit outsider as I think I was only one who paid for the conference & co. for himself. This shouldn’t make a big difference, I thought, but I felt like I have to take away so many things for this investment that it paralyzed me here and there. Also makes you wish that others would appreciate more that they can be there.

Here, read an other short one about the European Testing Conference
Losing my testing conference virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1v
Losing my workshop, lean coffee and open space virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1x
The amazingly little (visible) testing universe http://wp.me/p6efD3-1F
The food was very okay http://wp.me/p6efD3-1H
What is going on in Romania?? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1J
So what did I take away? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1D

The amazingly little (visible) testing universe

So AST has 600 members? You go around online and you identify the most important/loudest voices in a few weeks? Try that in graphic design, please.

Just how is it possible that in such a tech-heavy age where coding/programmer craftsmanship conferences are uncountable, where Martin Fowler and Uncle Bob are like rock stars, where software (development) is often just a big frustration for the people using or managing it and yet, testing is talked about so little?

I don’t think I understand systems thinking, but reading just the first chapter of Weinberg’s Introduction to General Systems Thinking made me realize why software development is so interesting. Because so many people working together on a system not knowing exactly what are they creating makes the software a symptom, a result of nature interacting with itself. Eventually, it’s out of our own hands. Working as a tester feels like you are in a morgue, where you get to put the body of a murdered person on the table to examine it, to study it looking for clues. And you are in the same room with the killers.

I got distracted. Oh well.

Here, read an other short one about the European Testing Conference
Losing my testing conference virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1v
Losing my workshop, lean coffee and open space virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1x
Was I an outsider? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1z
The food was very okay http://wp.me/p6efD3-1H
What is going on in Romania?? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1J
So what did I take away? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1D

Losing my workshop, lean coffee and open space virginity

So as I watched a lot of testing videos already online, I was looking forward to meet some of the testers that I knew about (through these videos or the twitter and things) and the more informal, interactive sessions.

Meeting someone is pretty quick, so I guess there is not too much to say on that front. Except that I can get a bit intimidated by someone just because I saw them online before. Anyway.

Participating a lean coffee (b)eats reading about it for breakfast on a lazy Saturday morning. Now I see. I will not describe the format because participating a lean coffee (b)eats reading about it for breakf…

Same goes for a workshop or the open space format. I’m so happy and satisfied that I’ve seen these happening from the inside. “Will I be disappointed about other #testing conferences if there is no open space and lean coffee? #EuroTestConf” (I hope this fits twitter’s character limit).

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Losing my testing conference virginity

What a click-bait title!

I was losing my testing conference attendee virginity for 2 days at the first European Testing Conference (http://europeantestingconference.eu/). It is as personal as it sounds, just like this series of short blog posts. I’m no journalist, you see.

I heard before that conferences are for conferring and talks don’t actually give you too much. With a few exceptions this seems to be true.

Although I bravely volunteered to mob-security-test, because of Linda Rising’s keynote, where she told us that you shouldn’t be trying to look good in front of others at all cost (and that you shouldn’t say to your kids that they are smart). I certainly didn’t look good in the mob-testing session, so I guess that’s a win, right?

Linda cited a Hungarian initiative (http://www.hosoktere.org/#!heroes-square/c12fl) for breaking out of the fixed mindset, home-country related warm feelings, check.

Here, read an other short one about the European Testing Conference
Losing my workshop, lean coffee and open space virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1x
The amazingly little (visible) testing universe http://wp.me/p6efD3-1F
Was I an outsider? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1z
The food was very okay http://wp.me/p6efD3-1H
What is going on in Romania?? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1J
So what did I take away? http://wp.me/p6efD3-1D

Image is from Altom’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AltomConsulting)