First TimesWhen thinking back I realized that this conference brought lots of first times with it.
- It was my first time at this conference. Was really happy I finally had the opportunity to experience it after hearing about for a few years.
- It was the first time I offered diversity tickets with the wonderful help of the organizers, especially Thomas Rinke and Melanie Wohnert. Several people applied and in the end we could grant four of them free tickets, two of them even travel and accommodation support. At the conference day I finally met three of them in person which made me really, really happy.
@lisihocke well done on a brilliant opening keynote on #PairedTesting at @GermanTesting Days! Really solid, actionable advice! Huge thank you to you and @thomrinke for awarding me a #diversity ticket for this conference! @lisacrispin not surprised you were noted as #inspirational pic.twitter.com/rT9raXbP2M— Lorna Smyth (@DigiLorna) June 7, 2019Super excited to hear an amazing keynote by Elizabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) on #GermanTesting Days 2019! Thank you for sharing your experience! 👏— Mikhail Laptev (@MikeLaptev) June 7, 2019
And special "Thank you" for the diversity ticket" 🙏
So, it looks like it is the time to "Keep calm and start your testing tour" 🙂🇩🇪🇬🇧
- It was the first time I met lots of people I only knew from Twitter. Agreed, that's a common theme at conferences, yet I am always happy to meet people in real life. Among them: Michael Kutz and Varuna Srivastav, and I also really enjoyed their talks.
- It was the first time I listened to Pecha Kucha talks - what a great format! Really challenging, too.
- It was the first time I tried to sketchnote short talks by putting them all on one page. This was a new challenge for me!
- It was the first time I sketchnoted in a different language (English) than the talk was in (German). Good thing I am practicing sketchnoting for quite some time already!
- It was the first time for Jessica Davis to speak at a conference. She did extremely well and enjoyed it - our community just gained an amazing new voice! :D
Well, it looks like I officially entered the path of being a speaker! #GermanTesting thanks for having me!— Jessica Davis (@_queen) June 7, 2019
Take a look at me being a #shruggie with a great haircut ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/eodapY18sr
- It was the first time I gave the opening keynote for a conference (not counting TestBash as one-track conference here).
- It was the first time I gave a keynote in a second country (counts as first time, doesn't it?) Thomas said this made me now an international keynote speaker! :D
German Testing NightThe evening before the main conference started was labeled German Testing night. Workshops took place along with a series of Pecha Kucha talks. Afterwards we started into an evening of networking and socializing.
What I really enjoyed: the theme was inspired by a fun fair! Hotdogs, ice cream, popcorn, dart, can knockdown, and more. This was a great way to get to know some people already before the conference started.
The SessionsAfter several conferences I now got used to doing sketchnotes of all talks I attend. It's a great method to stay focused during a talk, to condense the messages heard, to visualize them, to memorize them better, and to provide a quick reminder for my future self. Bonus point: You can share them with the community so people who could not attend the conference might benefit from them as well.
- Pecha Kucha: "What really matters..." - talks by Michael Fischlein, Michael Kutz, Anastasia Mikitenko, Cosima Laube, Klaus Moritzen, Melanie Wohnert, Kay Grebenstein, Jonas Johannsen, Beate Braun, Anke Juchem, Jessica Davis
Pecha Kucha: "What really matters" by @MichaKutz @_queen @mikit_ana @fischlmi @MelanieWohnert @KayGrebenstein @gazebo_c #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/HnZUuHeyt7— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
- From Zero to Test! in 10 Minutes'. Don't let your test infrastructure be your bottleneck. A practical report how we avoided it by Maik Nogens
"From Zero to Test! in 10 Minutes'. Don't let your test infrastructure be your bottleneck. A practical report how we avoided it" by @MaikNog #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/e6JIa3wybY— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
- Improving Test Run Time moving to AWS Lambda by Varuna Srivastav
"Improving Test Run Time moving to AWS Lambda" by @vibranttester #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/AslH6K1oS0— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
- Team-Driven Microservice Quality Assurance by Michael Kutz
"Team-Driven Microservice Quality Assurance" by @MichaKutz #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/0qMJb4z1An— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
- Lightning Talks: Why cats are the best test automators by Seretta Gamba, When will AI replace my Job as a Tester? by Jeremias Rößler, Immanuel Kant als Softwaretester? by Nils Röttger
Lightning talks by Seretta Gamba @roesslerj @NilsRoettger #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/zWxebbugLP— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
- IT-Security aus dem Blickpunkt eines Software-Testers by Martin Dessauer
"IT-Security aus dem Blickwinkel eines Software-Testers", ~ IT Security from the Perspective of a Software Tester by Martin Dessauer #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/jqoOjk1fDZ— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
- Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust - Ein certified Tester in der agilen Transistion by Thomas Rinke"Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust - Ein certified Tester in der agilen Transistion", ~ In me there Are Two Souls, Alas - A Certified Tester in Agile Transition by @thomrinke #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/x8MKg2c0jv— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
- KI im autonomen Fahren - Chancen und Herausforderungen by André Roskopf
"KI im autonomen Fahren - Chancen und Herausforderungen", ~ AI in Autonomous Driving - Opportunities and Challenges by André Roskopf #GermanTesting #sketchnote pic.twitter.com/1jwRZMOqPr— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
My Second KeynoteI was nervous. I always am before my session, especially if it's talk. Especially if it's opening the conference. Especially if it's a keynote. During the session the situation stays challenging but something I learned I can cope with; and afterwards I have no idea how the session was from a more objective viewpoint than my own, so I am really depending on feedback.
This time I received overly positive feedback, directly as well as on all kind of social channels, even via Facebook and Instagram (oh, that's yet a another first time for me!). People told me my talk was super inspiring and some even considered starting their own tour or introducing pair testing at their companies. What else could I want? :D
Furthermore, Tobias Geyer made a wonderful job live tweeting from the session, I'm super grateful for that. Now there's only one more conference waiting for me next week before a bigger break until October - and I am already super looking forward to Romanian Testing Conference which will be another first time for me!
.@lisihocke sharing what inspired her to go on a pair testing tour. Great way to start #GermanTesting Day! pic.twitter.com/awcwWgpoPZ— Andreas Göb (@a_goeb) June 7, 2019
Pair testing with @maaretp was a key moment in the personal development of @lisihocke . Personal comment: Don't hesitate to ask others, even if they're a "big name" in the industry #germantesting— Tobias Geyer (@the_qa_guy) June 7, 2019
This testing tour of @lisihocke sounds really great. All these different partners with so many different perspectives and experiences… a great way to learn and to contribute to open source as well!— Michael Kutz (@MichaKutz) June 7, 2019
Thinking about going on a #testing tour? Think about your challenge, how to make yourself accountable, the tools you can use @lisihocke Clarify questions beforehand, communication is key! Prepare each session just enough. #germantesting— Tobias Geyer (@the_qa_guy) June 7, 2019
What a fantastic #keynote by @lisihocke at the #GermanTesting Day. I am curious if more tours will be started. pic.twitter.com/Dy3wwzaSP9— Thomas Rinke (@thomrinke) June 7, 2019
Just gave the opening keynote at #GermanTesting Day 2019: "Cross-team Pair Testing: Lessons of a Testing Traveler" - hope I got some people inspired to go on their own #TestingTour and do more #PairTesting! 😃— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) June 7, 2019
Yes!! Or another form of learning tour. Lisi, your keynote was very inspiring for me. I already did one 'tour stop' as a agile developer back in 2016. Now after your talk I'm thinking about a proper tour for myself with what I currently do. Thank you for that! 💚 #GermanTesting— Cosima Laube 💻☯️🌱 (@gazebo_c) June 7, 2019
It was a wonderful keynote. You fulfilled my very high expectations.— Thomas Rinke (@thomrinke) June 7, 2019
A powerful story underlined with excellent slides.