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Our reading recommendations of the week #22/17

Our reading recommendations of the week #22/17

Welcome back!

I don’t know about where you live, but in Lyon, France, the sun has started to shine a lot and the time of slowing down sports activities has come: it is now time for a relaxing time under the trees at lunch time or in the evening, with a good reading!

Here are our weekly recommendations to welcome your chilling moment:

  • Talking about test data
  • ’99 second introduction’ series: learning testing
  • The testing social network

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Specialized or mixed conferences?

Specialized or mixed conferences?

I was at the MiXiT conference in Lyon last week to co-host a workshop/game with Ard and François using TestSphere that the community of testers (at least those who follow the Ministry Of Testing news) can not ignore.

The workshop is structured around the card deck which has several categories (techniques, heuristics, feelings, quality aspects and patterns) and each card describes an idea that helps the participants to think about a story they have to tell.

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Feedback from Nordic Testing Days conference – Speaker perspective

Feedback from Nordic Testing Days conference – Speaker perspective

“Software testing conferences are so expensive that the best way to attend one is to be selected as a speaker.”: those have been my words for the last years. Having been selected as a speaker, I headed to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, in June 2016, for a promising 2-days conference that I had been recommended by one of my previous managers as being one of the best he ever attended in Europe.”

 If you have read my first article about this conference as an audience member, you may have already been convinced that this conference is awesome to attend! You may however still need to be persuaded that it is also a really good experience to be a speaker there; In that case here are few points detailing my feedback as a presenter.

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Feedback from Nordic Testing Days conference – Audience perspective

Feedback from Nordic Testing Days conference – Audience perspective

 

 

Nordic Testing Days 2016

Software testing conferences have spread up very quickly those last years. With nearly every country in Europe having its own, it can become difficult to make a choice when attending one. 

After hearing a very good feedback from the Nordic Testing Days conference in Estonia from one of my previous managers, which compared it to a dozen of others, I decided to follow his recommendation: well, I was not disappointed at all. Let me present you here a summary of what happened.

 

It is 9 AM on Thursday, 2nd of June, in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia: the public is gathered in the biggest room and waits for the conference to start. The chairwoman comes up on stage, starts her speech, and within the next five minutes she makes a striking announcement: ‘We have plenty of food for the testers gathered here, because we don’t like hungry testers: they may start breaking software!”.

The audience laughs. The context and tone is set up. It sounds promising.

 

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