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).

Working and thinking in small groups on a workshop gives you quickly the others’ perspective and thought you would have never thought of. I was working on an Altom black box and someone just looked at it in a way that I’ve never before. I also met people who thought they figured one of them out in a 20 minutes session. Haha. Hahahaha. Other people will just have an idea for an experiment that is new to you. They will come up with a hypothesis that you didn’t think of.

Lean coffee proves that there are so many topics you can discuss. They have sharpened my thinking and forced me to reconsider. I also had the chance to present briefly two of my ideas, but they were not picked up. Putting relevant data onto my environment is a big question for me nowadays. It’s slow through the UI and risky and hard through SQL inserts. What should I do?

The open space is the best, though. I toured some of them, there was a dice game and Anne-Marie’s robot session to practice experiment design. There were the beautiful maps about understanding requirements and testing itself (http://thetestingmap.org/), which I have to come back to later by Claudiu, a pair testing session by Mareet. But the best was the presentation karaoke. I know it wasn’t the closing keynote, but that was closing the conference for me. You get a random subject, random 4 pictures and deliver a minute-long talk. It’s a perfect parody of empty tech-talks, which makes you think how much you should take all the fancy, hour long talks when sometimes an improvisation by some bright testers can equal them.

Here, read an other short one about the European Testing Conference
Losing my testing conference virginity http://wp.me/p6efD3-1v
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

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