Thursday, February 21, 2019

European Testing Conference 2019 - Designed for Us

Last year I got selected to speak at European Testing Conference together with my learning partner, Toyer Mamoojee. It was such an inspiring experience that I knew I had to come again in 2019. And yet again it was amazing!
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.
Here are the sessions I attended, including my sketchnotes.
As always, I tried to get the most out of the event, not only attending all session slots (I felt I also had the energy to do so), but also making good use of the breaks to talk with people old and new, and of course using the time after the official program was over. After experiencing a lot of conferences during the last few years (a lot more than I ever imagined, thanks to my speaking challenge of 2017), I learned that the unofficial socializing part of a conference is usually the most valuable time spent. Attending sessions is great and a good learning experience, and yet exchanging knowledge and new things learned with my peers is unbeatable.

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.
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.
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!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

#CodeConfident: Serenity Cucumber Practice

As announced, I plan to publish my coding journal for each GitHub repository I create within my #CodeConfident challenge. I've just finished the scope of my first challenge, so here are my related notes; as raw as they are, in chronological order. My hope is that they will serve three goals.
  1. Act as learning journal for myself, making my learning journey visible helping me acknowledge what I achieved
  2. Provide context for anyone who would like to check out my repository and maybe provide feedback and support
  3. Potentially provide a source of learning and inspiration for anyone else following my journey
Here's my journal for my first GitHub repository serenity-cucumber-practice. Want to provide feedback on it or pair up with me on further challenges? I hereby call for collaboration!

January 13

  • start from Serenity Cucumber starter project (
  • set up remote Chrome running Docker  
  • install TigerVNC for Windows 
  • revise scenario 
  • adapt step definitions -> still successful (gradlew clean test aggregate) 
  • create first page object and try to open it -> not compiling, packages to import "don't exist": "error: package net.serenitybdd.core.pages does not exist" 
  • TODO: fix issue

January 14

  • followed instructions to have page objects in main>java, which resulted in lots of fruitless searching why I got a "error: package does not exist" and the class and import could not be added to the classpath by IntelliJ; tried lots of things until realizing the resolved dependencies are shown in External Libraries for each module in the packages sidebar (always checked in the projects view); move of page object to another place solved the issue
  • "error: package net.serenitybdd.core.pages does not exist"  -> realized it has to be in test as only there dependencies are resolved by gradle build  
  • Selenium Grid setup in Docker is working as usual  
  • TODO: Clean up and do first minimal commit

January 15

January 17

  • generated SSH key and added it (all of -> worked like a charm, IntelliJ saves passphrase
  • discovered -> could delete old branch via UI
  • first version of add item to cart scenario
  • cleaned up a bit
  • revising package structure: learned I need to put everything into one custom package, otherwise test runner fails
  • TODO: improve first scenario, then implement second

January 20

January 24

January 26

January 29

January 30

  • cleaned up branch
  • split different test version into methods to keep code for feedback and be able to switch between them easier
  • none of them is working, need feedback
  • TODO: implement 2 other scenarios on master to finish scope and ask for feedback

February 5

February 6

  • several potential scenarios to try
  • tried to go for categories; stumbled across finding a good selector for menu element, was not interactable
  • switched to extend the search feature by further scenarios; added view product page
  • tried to add view product preview and again element was not interactable; found I was using the mobile site not the website for locating it!
  • learned how to use actions to mouse over the element then the next element is interactable
  • learned how to switch to an iframe (
  • merged latest master into branch
  • TODO: write blog post with learnings, ask for feedback

Calling for Feedback

That's it so far, good enough for now! Your feedback is appreciated.