Calling all software testing and IT professionals. I need your inputs and questions that I will ask at the next STPCon software testing conference in San Francisco, CA from April 4 to 7, 2016.
I am going to be moderating a keynote panel with three well known names in software testing, and we will be taking questions from this blog, other social networks, and the audience at the conference.
Please take a look at the members of our panel, think of your question(s), and please submit your questions as comments to this blog post. I appreciate, in advance, any questions you submit, and I promise to try to ask them to our panel when we are live on Thursday, April 7, 2016.
One last note before I introduce you to the panelists. I hope that you not only submit a question, but you also plan to attend. You can see all of the conference sessions, workshops, and keynotes at the official site for STPCon at this link: STPCon Official Site .
Now let’s meet the panelists. I will give you their biography and then share with you some additional information that I know about each of them:
Panelist #1: Smita Mishra
Bio: Smita Mishra is the Founder of PoolWallet – an online expense sharing app and is the CEO and Chief Test Consultant at QAzone Infosystems, which is a software testing organization. She enjoys problem solving. She supports her customers in identifying the risks their applications are carrying and / or passing on further to their end customers, through carefully crafted skills of product development and software testing. She also engages with different forums to assist growth for women in her field and otherwise too.
Smita will speak to the advances in the testing practice, where we are going with outsourcing and services, the changes for women in testing, and how organizations must realize the need for setting the context for strategic growth.
Additional Information: Smita is a well known testing professional across the globe. She has a great following. She has led multiple testing meetups, and recently held a major conference in India, called ThinkTest, where the conference sold out and was overbooked, and included James Bach as the headliner speaker. She was honored with an invite to be part of an expert panel for a Sheroes conference (Sheroes Website) where she spoke about her new product (PoolWallet – PoolWallet Website), women in technology, and work-life balance.
Panelist #2: Dave Haeffner
Bio: Dave Haeffner is the writer of Elemental Selenium (elementalselenium.com), a free, weekly Selenium tip newsletter read by thousands of testing professionals. Dave is also is the creator and maintainer of ChemistryKit (https://github.com/chemistrykit/chemistrykit) an open-source Selenium framework, and the-internet (https://github.com/tourdedave/the-internet) an open-source web application that’s used to help teach test automation. He’s also the author of The Selenium Guidebook (seleniumguidebook.com) — a concise guide that will teach you how to use Selenium successfully. He’s helped numerous companies implement automated acceptance testing including The Motley Fool, ManTech International, Sittercity, and Animoto. He’s also a founder/co-organizer of the Selenium Hangout (an entirely online Selenium meetup), Selenium Conf (the annual conference put on by the Selenium project), and frequently speaks about automated acceptance testing at conferences and meet-ups around the world.
Dave will speak to the advances in tools used for testing, how we have grown in the testing practice, our constraints and our opportunities, and how testing is complemented by the complex growth in tools to support the testing practice.
Additional Information: Dave has established his name to be synonymous with Selenium for several years now. His expert trainings and books have changed the way Selenium is used across the globe. He consistently looks for new ways to leverage the tool and to use automation to increase the success of organizations.
Panelist #3: Damian Synadinos
Bio: Damian Synadinos started testing software—on purpose and for money—in 1993. Since then, he has helped build better software and build software better using various methods and tools in numerous roles at many companies in diverse industries. During the past ten years, Damian has focused primarily on teaching and leading testers and improving processes. Currently, he is the enterprise quality lead of metrics and reporting at a large Midwestern bank, helping to answer questions and tell stories about quality with data. In addition to testing, Damian enjoys improv, golf, poker, gaming, acting, cartooning, and spending time with his family.
Damian will speak to leadership and mentoring of testers in today’s world, how we define measurement and metrics to accurately represent our progress and success, and how to work collaboratively with our stakeholders and partners.
Additional Information: Damian will surprise you with his acting and improvisational experience. When you hear him talk, its like watching a performance. He is engaging with the audience, and it is his belief that this is how you engage not only with audiences, but with your team. He has extensive knowledge in leading teams, and coaching others and his experience with metrics and measurement is extremely exciting to learn.
Thank you so much for your participation and I look forward to seeing your questions for this great team!
If you love software testing, a great conference awaits you in October! STPCon is holding our Fall 2015 conference in Boston this year, October 5-8. (Make sure you see the bottom of this article for a REGISTRATION DISCOUNT CODE before you leave!)
I began speaking with STPCon back in 2012. I have been privileged to be part of the sessions, workshops, and even a keynote. Over the past year, I have been fortunate to be part of a community advisory board (CAB) that has reviewed and selected great presentations for the last three events.
A few months ago, I was honored with being named the Director of Strategy for Software Test Professionals (STP). I will be involved in building out the future events for this conference, as well as non-conference events that are coming very soon! I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the conferences that I have been part of over the past couple of years, but there is a special place in my heart for STPCon.
If you are a software tester there is something for you at this conference. We have tracks for hands on testing, test automation, performance testing, mobile testing, and test management. Each track is packed full with great topics, great speakers, and a commitment to impress the audiences.
Just take a look at some of the great speakers we have with us in October:
James Bach will be giving a keynote on Thursday morning. But..wait!! There’s MORE!! James has agreed to spend the day with us at STPCon, conducting four 1-hour sessions across multiple topics.
If you’re a fan of test automation, you will not want to miss Jason Huggins, the father of selenium, as well as Elfriede Dustin, who both will be providing keynotes on Wednesday.
Workshops take place Monday and Tuesday with the following highlights:
The popular test automation track returns with multiple presentations throughout the two days from Joseph Ours, Dave Mamanakis, Benjamin Lamb, Geoff Horne, Ahkil Patel, and Doug Hoffman.
STPCon brings back premier speakers to the event once again:
Smita Mishra delivers two workshops – her tutorial on “Implementing Business Context to Test Heuristics Model”, and “Who’s Your Data” – a new workshop that covers the topic of Big Data, Enterprise Data Warehouse, and the ETL Process
Eric Proegler will give us insights on “Interpreting and Reporting Performance Test Results”
Andy Grabner gives us his popular “Applications Performance Clinic”
Dawn Haynes returns to STPCon to speak on “10 Things Your Stakeholders Need to Know About Testing (but don’t)”
Leonidis Hepis brings back his workshop on “Personality Types: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Others”
I will be presenting my latest topic “Visual Testing: It’s Not What You Look At, It’s What you See” as a workshop on Tuesday.
We also introduce new STPCon speakers to the workshops: Johanna Rothman, Mary Thorn, Carsten Feilberg, Ilari Henrik, Ben Kelly, and Robin Goldsmith.
One-Hour Sessions take place on Wednesday and Thursday. There are so many great speakers lined up:
James Bach, Paul Grizzaffi, Smita Mishra, Damon Synadinos, Mark Tomlinson, Jim Trentadue, Melissa Tondi, Matthew Eakin, Mary Thorn, Andreas Grabner, Doug Hoffman, Michal Stryjak, Carlo Cadet, James Sivak, Wayne Ariola, Joseph Ours, John Ruberto, Manoj Pahuja, Dave Mamanakis, Justin Rohrman, James Pulley, Bradley Baird, Jessica Ingrassellino, Bob Small, Silvia Siquera, Craig Ayres, Terri Chu, Bill Nicholson, Geoff Horne, Anthony Kless, and Alexander Podelko
I have been speaking at conferences and events for several years now. But this past week (Aug 4-6, 2015) was an awesome experience.
I was honored to be invited to speak at two conferences during the same week. At both of the conferences, I shared my topic “Visual Testing: It’s Not What You Look At, It’s What You See”. In this topic, we reviewed how that our eyes sometimes see something that our brains do not notice. Many times these things are right in front of your face, yet you don’t see it. We talked about how the brain works, and how that testers can improve their skills by noticing their “Inattentional Blindness”.
I started my week in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the CAST 2015 conference. After speaking there on Wednesday, August 5, I then jumped on a plane and headed to Washington, DC, where I would then speak at the Agile 2015 conference on Thursday, August 6.
If you’re interested in what I was speaking, you can view the slides on slideshare at the following link:
Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog followers! Through the past few years, my connections on this site, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media has grown so fast – consisting of family, friends, co-workers, new friends met in the testing world, leaders, speakers, and some folks who have decided to follow me (and make me feel like I’m someone important!)
In 2013, I am so thankful for:
My family for supporting me all of my life & encouraging me, most importantly for understanding all the times I put into my career and my speaking/writing
My long time friends – especially ones that have been there many years! I wouldn’t take anything for the times I had growing up. I met so many great friends – most of you are here on Facebook now!
My church friends – thanks for welcoming our family in with open arms and for giving me so many opportunities to be part of it
My new friends – who have became very close friends – my network of friends is growing so fast that it’s hard to believe sometimes.
My co-workers – who make work fun instead of just a “job”. We’ve had ups and downs over the years, but after a long time, it feels good to love the work we are doing – and we’re just getting started on great things!
My testing friends – I have learned so much from so many – and I hope that in the past few years I have been able to return the favor
The publications and magazine folks – who gave me a change to write, even when I was not even known in testing and the literary world
The conference folks – who gave me a chance to speak for them, especially to STP for giving me the opportunity to teach an all day course and most importantly on the opportunities that are coming in 2014!
I love the many quotes of Zig Ziglar, especially the ones around being grateful. He had a quote that said “Among the things you can give and still keep are: Your Word, Your Smile, and A Grateful Heart“.
I pray that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving – be grateful for what you have today and throughout. I’m thankful for each of you in my life and I look forward to what 2014 brings us!
The testing profession has been around for many years – and we live in a world where change is constant. Technologies are moving at the speed of light, new approaches are being introduced for planning, developing, and testing products.
In the rush to keep up, have we lost the control over the alignment in the team? How many of us are unsure of the perfect answer to some of the questions and hot topic discussions today? Are there areas where your group is not in alignment? The answer is probably yes. Being a testing practitioner requires understanding the many schools of testing and who is supporting those schools. It is important for testing professionals to understand the common topics where organizations are not in sync.
I am compiling expanded examples for two upcoming conferences I am speaking for in October. As I prepare for these presentations, I am compiling hundreds of responses I received in a testing survey I took in early 2013. Some of the area folks felt their teams were not aligned were:
Metrics – which are core to supporting test managers and the team? Are they useful? Misleading?
Test Certifications verses self-disciplined training (blogs, articles, consulting, etc.)
What is the role of the testing team in the decision to move a release to production?
Automation verses Manual testing – various sub-topics
Top 3 ways to show the value of the testing organization to the rest of the company
I NEED YOUR HELP!! => I would like your inputs, this week, ASAP, on other areas where you see teams are not aligned – and they may be split in their beliefs. I appreciate any comments and postings you provide here, and I thank each of you in advance!
Does this title make you sing the theme to the popular TV game show “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” It probably does.
I wanted to inform all my readers that I have been selected to teach a course at the next Software Test Professionals conference (STPCon which is in Phoenix, Arizona in October).
If you’re in the testing field, or if software testing interests you, I encourage you to check out this conference. This will be my third time speaking with them, and included with this all day tutorial, I will be speaking on two other topics at the conference. Their link is: STPCon Conference Site
Check out my tutorial course at the following link:
My goal with this specific course is to pull together a room full of professionals in the testing world which will discuss the common areas where organizations are not in alignment. Driving change and understanding will always revolve around first making sure the team driving that change is aligned. Therefore, we will have a very productive and interactive session, and collaborate our thoughts, documents, and results so that everyone can take these ideas back to their respective teams and build creative and innovative solutions to the problems we face today.
Thanks to all of my supporters and blog followers! Stay tuned for more to come!
NOTE: Please review the last of this post if you are interested in an upcoming e-book.
During the last 4 months, I conducted a research project for an area I felt would be a great conference presentation on test managers. My goal was to do the following:
Interview experts and practitioners in the field on three discussion questions
Create a 50 question survey
Initiate discussions on my blog regarding test managers and test management
Initiate discussions on multiple LinkedIn sites for test managers and test management
Through the four months, I was able to gather input, quotes, and feedback from over 10 experts and practitioners in the field. I received an enormous outpouring of support and notes through the blog sites and LinkedIn groups. I was amazed at the amount of valuable data that was provided throughout the course of this research.
The most awesome part of the research project and data gathering was that my survey resulted in 275 survey takers, and the most revealing part of this was the three discussion questions at the end of my survey which were:
Why did you want to be a Test Manager? (173 out of 275 gave detailed responses)
What 3 to 5 things would you do differently if you had the authority to choose how your day would look? (148 out of 275 gave detailed responses)
Which topics within your organization do you feel there is a lack of alignment or agreement? (136 out of 275 gave detailed responses)
I was able to condense the overflowing data into a 75 min presentation, which I shared at the Software Test Professionals Conference (STPCon) on April 23, 2013. You can see the presentation on YouTube (see below)
My next step is to compile all of the interviews, responses, survey notes, and other valuable data into a detailed e-book on the subject, and once published, I will share with everyone for a very affordable price. If you are interested in this e-book and would like to be notified when it is ready you can do one of the following:
Add your email to the blog (over on the right) to be notified when I add new blog updates/posts (least favorable, probably)
Post a comment on this post with your email I can use to notify you of updates to the e-book
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you’d like to be notified when the e-book is ready
I want to thank everyone who contributed to the survey, to the experts that gave their time and quotable material, to all those who posted on my blog, to those who joined in on conversations in LinkedIn, and also to Software Test Professionals for giving me the opportunity to share the information with a very large attending group at the conference! Without you guys, none of this would have been possible!
I have been so fortunate to be a speaker at two conferences in the last two weeks. I was in Chicago at QUEST2013 to speak on “Building a Successful Test Center of Excellence” on April 16-18, and at the time of this writing, I am in San Diego at STPCon (A Software Test Professionals conference), where I am speaking on multiple topics:
“A Day In the Life of a Test Manager“
Pre-Conference Workshop segment: “Test Metrics: A Case Study“
“Gambling with your Test Estimates“
“Building A Successful Test Center of Excellence“
I have been able to connect to some of the luminaries in the testing community these past two weeks, and to be part of their circles, communicate new ideas, share our thoughts on testing and the future of testing, and to think beyond the boundaries of imagination for what we can accomplish together…..well that is simply mind blasting!
So, to all the readers who are coming to this site – this may be your first time. You may have just heard me stand up and present to you for an hour or two. If so, hopefully you were impressed – not with my abilities at public speaking, my wit, my communication skills – but hopefully with the keen obviousness of the passion I have to help others grow and my ability to share, with everyone that I meet, something that they can take with them and use.
If you have attended my conference presentations, I would love to hear feedback and inputs. If you have not, keep looking… I may be coming to your town next!
In closing, I made a commitment to my conference attendees – and that was for two things on my blog by the first of next week:
Links & Materials: A blog posting for sites and reading materials which can help every test professional grow and increase their knowledge in the real world. I plan to have this posting up so that you can have a one-stop location (my site!) to get you started on your vast travels through the world of testing.
A Day In the Life of a Test Manager: I spent almost four months compiling data, interviewing test professionals and well known names in the field, creating a 50 question survey (that was taken by 275 people), compiling notes from blogs, linkedIn discussions, and other avenues, and created a presentation which was shared with the testing community on Tuesday, April 23. My presentation was 1 hour 15 mins, therefore, the immense amount of data that I had compiled for this research was much more than could be shared in that short amount of time. I shared highlights and touched on what is in the complete paper, and I plan to post a link on my site which will provide everyone the ability to get their hands on the detailed book of information that was gathered.
Please keep visiting the site. I plan to dedicate a lot of time to getting these two posts up in the next week. And I solicit your inputs and comments and request that you click the button to “Follow by Blog via Email“. You have no idea how much interaction with each of you excites me. It was my purpose in life to share with you things which can help both of us grow. Let’s grow together!