For this edition I was joining the conference as participant - nothing to do for me than learning together with great people of many different roles and perspectives, all interested in testing. After speaking at many conferences this was a really relaxed experience that I really enjoyed for a change.My favorite #ETCmoment: 2018 right after the conference when we could not let go of these great conversations with awesome people. Together with @tottiLFC @jrosaproenca @marianneduijst @a_bangser and many more. #EuroTestConf— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 4. Dezember 2018
... and I'm really looking forward to experience this wonderful conference again and meet all those great people! 😃 #EuroTestConf https://t.co/SDRzmdgnjq— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 19. Januar 2019
Here are the sessions I attended, including my sketchnotes.The day has come, I'm on my way to #EuroTestConf 😃🎉 Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to the next days full of learning with awesome people! Happy to know many already, happy to get to know even more 😊— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 13. Februar 2019
- "A Tale of Testing the Untestable" by Angie Jones. I loved this opening keynote! Angie led by example and shared her failure story. Not all stories have a happy ending, and yet it's important that we learn from them. Check out Lisa Crispin's blog post Learning from hitting a brick wall to get her take on this keynote.
- "Property-Based Testing" by Romeu Moura. Great talk not only explaining the concept of property-based testing but also including a live demo. Romeu presented the topic in a fun and educative way. He got me with that: I really have to try this out!
- Speed Meet. This is a great approach to get to know several new people at the beginning of a conference and break the ice when it comes to socializing. I really enjoyed it again this year! Read more about the format in Maaret Pyhäjärvi's post European Testing Conference SpeedMeet - How To?
- "Practical Hands-On Accessibility Testing" by Eric Eggert. This workshop turned out not to be hands-on as I would have liked it to be, and yet I learned a lot about accessibility. Different approaches to find issues, more things to look out for, more tools that help us. Lots of practical advice included!
- "Test automation - Cure Vs Prevention" by Jit Gosai. This was a great story of how the test strategy at BBC evolved over time and how they overcame their scaling challenge. Enjoyed it a lot!
- Lean Coffee. I simply love this agenda-less discussion format where everyone can bring in their topics and challenges! My table happened to not have an assigned facilitator, so asked whether I should take over which was gladly accepted. Yet another chance for me to learn this part as well! Our discussions were great, focusing around the topics of how to make people care of testing and product quality, how to get people engaged, how to tutor juniors, and how to get more diverse perspectives into the team when hiring.
- "Quality for 'cloud natives' - what changes when your systems are complex and distributed?" by Sarah Wells. This keynote provided lots of reminders when it comes to applications built for the cloud. One of them: chaos engineering is exploratory testing. "Quality for 'cloud natives' - what changes when your systems are complex and distributed?" by @sarahjwells #EuroTestConf pic.twitter.com/smhKlK5ydo— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
- "Leaping back in to the code via Remote Mobbing" by Dr Sal Freudenberg. I so much enjoyed listening to Sal's story how she returned to coding after a long break while ticking several boxes that might not help in the process. This was a great reminder that different people have different needs and we can still work well together and all feel comfortable. Sal spoke about her coding tour which was a major step towards her return. This was a personal highlight for me as by blogging about it she inspired me to go on a testing tour myself. That not being enough, I just loved to hear a keynote about the mob approach as I learned how valuable it was for myself already. Collaboration for increased quality and learning fun!"Leaping back in to the code via Remote Mobbing" by @SalFreudenberg #EuroTestConf pic.twitter.com/nAcvmK4AnE— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
- "Coaching & Learning about API Exploratory Testing" by Anne-Marie Charrett. She started this workshop with a disclaimer that it will start from the beginning regarding APIs and exploratory testing and that whoever felt this would not be what they expected were free to join another workshop. Really loved that, and yet decided to stay although I feel quite comfortable with both topics. My interest was in how Anne-Marie would teach and coach us on these areas, hoping that I would get some opportunity to practice this myself in my working group."Coaching & Learning about API Exploratory Testing" by @charrett #EuroTestConf pic.twitter.com/20tpjPjhoY— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
- "How to Stop Testing and Break your Code Base" by Clare Sudbery. I chose this session as Clare was the first person that Sal paired with on her coding tour, and also it promised to be a great talk. And it was indeed ! I loved the story of her pet project and how she heavily increased its quality by pairing and TDD."How to Stop Testing and Break your Code Base" by @ClareSudbery #EuroTestConf pic.twitter.com/zFjt6Vqwgm— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
- "Playing Port Authority - TDD for containers" by Moritz Heiber. This talk felt like a proof of concept that you can - and you should! - test drive your containers as well. It was a great reminder to also test your infrastructure in an automated fashion."Playing Port Authority - TDD for containers" by Moritz Heiber #EuroTestConf pic.twitter.com/TGPJQPZYdj— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
- Open Space. This format was our chance to make the conference the conference we wished it to be! I thought about suggesting own topics, but then I listened to so many great proposals I decided not to host one on my own. This way I could practice exploratory testing with unit tests in a mob, I learned a lot about different options how to contribute to open source projects and I exchanged further thoughts about exploratory testing as it is done today. Time well spent!
- "I Am Not A Cultural Fit - One Black Woman's Account Through The Tech World" by Ash Coleman. In her closing keynote, Ash told us her very personal story how she entered tech and how she fought to not leave it again. This talk was full of extremely important reminders. The biggest one and a call to action at the same time: diversity is everyone's responsibility. We all are responsible for diversity."I Am Not A Cultural Fit - One Black Woman's Account Through The Tech World" by @AshColeman30 #EuroTestConf pic.twitter.com/ZUHhZpkp66— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
The great thing about European Testing Conference is that they design the conference so that plenty of these kind of informal learning opportunities and networking chances are available, the space for that is created by intention. You only have to seize the moment! To get further impressions about this very special atmosphere, check out the following links.
- ETC 2019 - day 1 & ETC 2019 - day 2 by Amit Wertheimer
- ETC SERENDIPITY by Kristīne Corbus
- A possible next step by Rachel M. Carmena
- European Testing Conference #EuroTestConf - Sketchnotes, Blogs, Slides by Marianne Duijst
One conference was over, and the next one started! I felt really honored and lucky to get the opportunity to attend #ET19 just the day after European Testing Conference. This was my very first peer conference, and also one about a topic very dear to my heart: exploratory testing. For now, I can only say so much: it was great, and it was a lot to take in! I still have to process everything. In the meantime, check out Marianne Duijst's awesome #ET19 sketchnotes.#EuroTestConf is over and it was once again a great place to be! Many thanks to all organizers, speakers and participants alike. Met wonderful people old and new, learned a bunch, enjoyed my time. Oh and did #sketchnote again! 😀 Thread.— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
Last but not least, here are some of my favorite #ETCmoments of 2019! I'm already looking forward to the 2020 edition of European Testing Conference!... and after #EuroTestConf was before #ET19, a peer conference on the topic of #ExploratoryTesting. A great experience I wouldn't have missed that I left full of different perspectives & approaches, insights & inspiration. A lot to take in & think about. Thanks for having me! 😃— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) 16. Februar 2019
#ETCMoment - bumping into my #PowerLearningGroup partner @lisihocke at the hotel (had no idea we were at the same) before heading out to #EuroTestConf on the first day!— João Proença (@jrosaproenca) 17. Februar 2019
(almost) Getting locked in a park with @thomrinke and @lisihocke— always fearful (@always_fearful) 17. Februar 2019
Never trust the hours on a Spanish sign.#ETCmoment
15/enough for now
Brainstorming @AgileTD topics and proposals with the marvelous @MaritvanDijk77, @lisihocke & @alex_schl while waiting at the airport after a brilliant #EuroTestConf - this is turning into a tradition @lisihocke! Can't wait to see you all in November (hint!)— Marianne Duijst (@marianneduijst) 17. Februar 2019