SESSION ABSTRACTS

Let’s Test South Africa 2017

Let’s Test South Africa will take place at the beautiful Valley Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg, South Africa. Close to major attractions in the historic region of the magical and mystical Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site just outside Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The conference runs for 2.5 days between 26 – 28 November 2017 and will have an intentional focus on the craft and community of Context Driven Testing. We will showcase not only South African talent, but also host new and familiar faces and minds from the global community.

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Session abstracts Day 1

Session abstracts

Day 1

 


 

Jo Perold & Barry Tandy – Visualising your way to better problem solving

Ever been in that meeting where everyone goes on and on about something, and you walk out of the meeting realising that nothing has been decided and no one knows what to do? Now we need another meeting.

Problem-solving is one of the biggest parts of our jobs as creators and testers of products. Effective techniques to visualise the problems, solutions and discussions can enable us to do this better and be more productive.

Join us for a lively and interactive session, where we have a look at some of the problems faced in teams and organisations and present techniques for creating visibility for more collaborative and effective problem-solving. Together, we will use these techniques to unpack some of the real problems in the room.

Workshop

Open and introduction – (5 mins)

Why is visibility important – short lecture (15 mins)

Explore different problems in the room through conversations at each table (5 mins)

Get teams to present problems on sticky notes. Dot vote or pick the most appropriate. (5 mins)

Based on the problems selected show some techniques to create visibility and explore the problem in

a visual way. (20 mins) examples include (systems thinking, story mapping, value stream mapping,

kanban boards, gamestorming, spine model)

Divide into teams based on 4 or 5 problems (5 mins)

Get each team to visually explore the problem using one of the described techniques. (20 mins)

Debrief (What did you learn? How can you apply this to your testing role?) – share (15 min)

Learning Objectives:

By participating in the workshop, it is likely that each person takes away learning that applies to their own context and therefore we will cover many aspects that the act of collaborative visualisation can provide:

  • The basic techniques of using visibility to solve problems
  • The role of a testing mindset in uncovering the blind spots and assumptions in the problem
  • Different visualisation techniques for different problems (
  • Basic facilitation of each technique
  • Collaboration and teamwork

 


 

Martin Hynie (@vds4) & Ilari Aegerter – Everything you need to know about testing workshop

The-Absolute-&-Final-Workshop-to-Everything-You-Will-Ever-Need-to-Know-and-Learn-About-Software-Testing-in-Under-3-hours-With-Money-Back-Guarantee-and-Life-Time-Technical-Support® (Batteries Not Included, Some Restrictions May Apply, It Is our Way to Say Thank You)

Wouldn’t it be beautiful if such a thing was possible? Unfortunately, reality feels more complicated. In the domain of software testing you often need to guide yourself.

As a software tester there are many things you need to know and there are very few opportunities for formal education. There is a high expectation on you to know what you need to know. How do you navigate these expectations? What exactly do you need to learn? How do you balance this professional growth with personal enlightenment? How do you transition from “learning from the best” to “contributing your unique expertise to the community”?

One of the most interesting aspects of software testing is just how many sciences and studies can contribute to our ability to be great at our job, and find both personal and professional satisfaction. Learning is so central to our craft and it can be regarded as being the foundation of where everything starts. By learning we mean the deliberate activity to acquire the necessary skills to do a great job.In this interactive half-day workshop, we will do a deep dive into learning, education and methods to acquire the skills of a world-class tester. In our exercises, we will touch into/explore skills and knowledge that you bring to the workshop, as well as:

  • Cynefin and exaptation… the strong implications/opportunities for the curious minded
  • “Making time for learning” (includes selling the value of personal learning to your organization)
  • Multiple elements from the Satir Model (Virginia Satir)
  • Heuristics vs. Principles vs. Rules and how they are tied to self-learning and formalized education
  • What are the mechanisms of learning?
  • How… HOW???

Please do not get a false impression. By no means is the list above complete.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand how and why learning is central to being a software tester
  • Ways to develop you own education curriculum
  • An excursion into a variety of skills that are essential for software testing
  • Exposure to a rich set of learning techniques and how you can apply them in your professional life
  • Learn how to not fall into despair when confronted with infinite possibilities
  • An exploration of ideas on building local communities for professional learning and growth
  • Bragging rights that you got to spend half a day of almost unbearable levels of fun with Ilari and Martin (we will make sure the other workshops hear us)

Target Audience

You are either a tester or a manager of testers and you are serious about your craft. You are a self-driven personality who understands the necessity of continuous education. You want to be even more awesome than you are now.

 


 

Mike Lyles – Visual Testing: It’s Not What You Look At, It’s What You See

How many times have you driven all the way home, only to realize you didn’t remember anything from the drive. Your mind was in a different place, and you were driving on autopilot. Or maybe you walk out to your garage and get in your car every day and are so used to the surroundings that you don’t notice that something has been taken or moved to a new location. When our eyes are so familiar with the things we see every day, our brains are tricked into believing that there is nothing that has changed.

In the popular USA TV show, “Brain Games”, we find many exercises where you, the audience, are asked to pay attention and focus on what is happening. That simple focused attention gets the majority of people in trouble, because the art of focusing on a specific area or activity prohibits the audience from seeing things that are going on around them. This “inattentional blindness” causes key details to be missed. Your brain is the most complex tool that you will ever have in your possession. However, with a highly complex tool comes the need to ensure that it is used appropriately and to its full potential.

In the testing profession, such focused concentration, leading to “inattentional blindness” can be detrimental to the success of the product being delivered. As testers, we must find a way to constantly challenge our visual images and prohibit our brain from accepting that there are no changes which could impact the quality of the product. It is critical to be aware of the entire surroundings of the testing activity and to be able to recognize and call out changes that may be easily overlooked without an attention to detail.

In this presentation, Mike Lyles will challenge the audience to literally “think outside the box”. The audience will be given specific exercises to show how that the human mind sometimes overlooks details when they seem visually insignificant or unrelated. We will examine how testers can become better prepared for such oversights and discuss strategies that can be used immediately in your organizations. The key to eliminating the risk of oversight and missed problems is learning how to identify the areas where you may have originally ignored a focused effort.

Takeaways:

  • An understanding that no matter how good we believe we are as testers, we have to realize that there is the possibility of being so familiar with a product that our eyes do not notice changes that sneak in.
  • Tips to recognizing patterns and potential gaps that many visual testing activities may miss.
  • Techniques that can be used in becoming a better visual tester.

 


 

Jan Eumann – How Developer Tools can help you test

In this session, I would like to help you understand how Developer Tools can help you test. We will look at different browsers and the tools that are available in these browsers. You will work on several hands-on tasks to experience the features offered by Developer Tools and how these can be used as a tester.

Jan works as a Senior Software Engineer in Test at eBay in Berlin, Germany.  He has been in the software industry for more than 10 years working in different roles in the software development process. Jan started as a developer and quickly learned to appreciate skilled testers. During the last years he worked as a test engineer looking into exploratory testing and how automation can support testing.  At the moment he is working in an agile team performing testing tasks while also writing production code and educating the team and himself about testing.

@JanEumann

 

Session abstracts Day 2

Session abstracts

Day 2

 


 

Keynote – Paul Holland – The Testing Profession: The good, the bad and the ugly An opinionated tirade of strong opinions and rants

Paul Holland will discuss many testing topics including metrics, automation, language/semantics, and trends in the industry. During this energetic talk Paul will talk about his own experiences, observations, and conclusions that back up his ideas. He will provide guidance as to what testers can do to combat “best practices” like “our goal is 100% automation”. He will show examples of test reports that provide actionable information and not numbers that give the illusion of information. But, most of all, he will provide you with his strong opinions in the form of entertaining rants and stories.

 


 

Jan Eumann & Janco Wolmarans – Traditional Setup vs. Pairing vs. Mobbing – An Experiment for Testers and Developers

Having worked in software for over a decade I have come into contact with many ways of coding and testing. Together with a colleague I have given session on how pairing can improve productivity – and in many situations I believe it can indeed do that. But should testers and developers pair on things or should they be separated by the proverbial fence? What about working in large groups?

Where is the data?

This is where you come in. Be part of something revolutionary while learning new techniques and ways of working.

In this workshop you will experience to work in 3 configurations: as a lone tester/developer, in pairs and in mobs. You will test, fix bugs and enhance a web application.

Together we will compare your experiences and will try to draw conclusions about which  configuration works best in which situation.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn the basics of pairing
  • Learn the basics of mob programming/mob testing
  • Learn how to use Chrome Dev Tools to inspect the code and make code changes
  • How can we find bugs earlier than in the traditional/evil testing phase?
  • How can we collaborate in order to bridge the gap between developers and testers?
  • Learn which way of working might be suitable for what kind of task

Requirements

Attendees should bring a laptop with the Chrome browser. It’s not necessarily needed to have developers participating. Everybody with some experience in web development or automation can act as a developer during the workshop.

Pairing:

Tester and developer work on the same machine with access to the code. Display + external keyboard/mouse for each pair would be great.

Mobbing:

A group of people will work on one machine, testing and fixing bugs. A big screen or projector + additional room would be great.

 


 

Smita Mishra – Test what sells more

For so many years, testers have focused on functionality, ensuring the applications are working properly, stable, and reliable.  However, in today’s world, with so many competing applications, products, and software packages, it is critical that testers also examine the UI/UX element of each deliverable.  If your organization is not building UI/UX testing into your test planning, then you are increasing the risk that your product may be left behind by competitors.  And if you have not experienced the art and craft of UI/UX test planning and execution, then this workshop will help you and your organization learn the proper methods to do so.

There are very few known techniques that can accurately and consistently shape a good User Interface (UI) or User Experience (UX).  While most of the companies are spending a lot of time and energy deciding the colors and bars on the screen, frankly beauty comes second. It’s also a known fact that users resist change. So how can you test for the acceptability of these changes in a way that’s beneficial to your company in terms of revenue, inbound marketing, and customer acquisition, without offending customers to the point that they make a massive exodus and go to your competitor?

The goal to success is making the customers happy and pleased with the product, while ensuring they do not feel foolish or confused. In this workshop, we will go through case studies of real world apps and stories of evolving UI and UX.  We will observe how that impacts the User Experience for better or worse.

 

If you are in one of these roles, this workshop is for you!

  • Functional Testers
  • Test Leads / Test Managers
  • UX designers
  • UX Testers
  • Teams involved in Product development

 


 

Leo Hepis & Danie Roux – How to use Frames to get better results at work

The language we use triggers “frames” in our physical neural circuits , patterns of thinking and emotional responses that have built over time, sometimes decades.  This is true whether we are “talking” to ourselves or talking to others for example at work. Activating such frames makes them stronger, even when our intent was to diminish them.  For example, telling someone who believes that testing can be automated that “testing is not automatable”, forces them to imagine what automatable testing could be like, thus strengthening the frame.  This results in the opposite effect we desire.

How do we identify frames?  How can we use them to get agreement with others?

In this session we will explore how our misuse of frames gets us the opposite result of what we want, and how to use frames to get better results at work.

 


 

Martin Hynie (@vds4) & Vernon Richards (@TesterFromLeic) – An Introduction to Complexity and Cynefin for Software Testers

Dave Snowden’s work in complexity theory seems to have really caught the attention of many in the software testing community of late, but why? And with all this attention, why have there been so few talks or workshops on the topic? Is Cynefin a tool? A model? What do people mean when they speak about complexity theory? More importantly, why should this matter to software testers? In this experiential workshop, Vernon and Martin will introduce some of the basic concepts of Cynefin, but with a special focus on how it can be immensely interesting and useful to software testing professionals.

In this session, the group will:

  • Explore the Cynefin sensemaking framework itself with real examples you bring from work
  • Use exercises and discussions to help uncover how Cynefin and complexity theory complement testing methodologies
  • Explore the notion of shifting tester mindsets from “thinking differently” to “gaining better access to different thoughts”

Vernon and Martin aim to get testers excited about a field of study that is:

  • Over two decades old
  • Being extensively used by governments and international agencies
  • Proven to be highly successful for studying, describing and successfully impacting extremely complex systems

Cynefin might look simple, but there’s a lot going on under the hood and it truly needs to be experienced rather than observed. Come experiment safely, and discover for yourself what might make this topic so interesting, and be part of the paradigm shift.

 


 

Carsten Feilberg & Cindy Carless – Learn to use test techniques

Because the testing space is infinite we need some guidance as to how to sample from it in sensible way.  Test techniques are a part of that guidance.

This workshop is a deep dive into using them. Together we will select the techniques to investigate – we have a bunch to select from.

The techniques are practical tools, so you will be having hands-on for this. We will show you how to use the techniques to support your exploration of a product.

We will also take a look at when to use them, and in particular: what to be cautious about, because techniques can be misleading and leave out vital parts of the testing space.

If you like to learn, to be challenged and have fun at the same time, this workshop is definitely for you.

It’s going to be lekker! Asikwazi ukulinda ukukubona!

 


 

Dan Billing (UK) – Web Application Security – A hands on testing challenge

We know that application security is important. We have to protect our customers’ data and our employers’ data while keeping our systems up and running. But do we have the skills and knowledge to meet that challenge?

During this workshop, we will begin to explore some of the concepts, skills, and techniques of security testing by working with a vulnerable web application. Through practical activities and hands-on learning, we will discover the key security issues that affect web applications today.

Testers will learn skills to identify software vulnerabilities and understand common threats and risks that occur in web-applications. We will also examine some of the tools and utilities that can enhance and extend security testing efforts. Let’s look at the essential steps to build and execute your own security testing strategies. Let’s examine how learning and mentoring can aid in the development of strategies. You can and should build up your own skills with integrated security testing. This will ensure ongoing relevance of your role in a security context, and the success of your organisations.

Building upon personal experience of integrating security testing into an existing organisation, incorporating DevOps, continuous delivery and integration, this workshop will highlight and discuss the reflections of learning from hackers, recent breaches and the socio-economic, political and technical impact upon software development organisations.

Attendees will take away a set of advice and techniques to incorporate and enable security testing into their day to day work, answering some of the questions that may arise around scope, skills, tools, models and learning.

Technical requirements:
This is a practical workshop, so all attendees will require a laptop, and the ability to install and run the application under test, as well as some open source tools that will be useful during the session. Installation instructions and a tool list will be sent before the workshop, and pre-installation is highly recommended for a smooth workshop experience.

Prior experience in security testing web applications is not necessary; however, attendees will need to be comfortable testing web applications and using modern web-browsers (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Safari).

 


 

Alison Gitelson – Reflection & Integration

How many times have you been to a great conference, got home thinking “I learnt so much.” And then your significant other or a colleague asks you what you learned and you can’t think of one thing without going back to your notes!

Human beings learn by comparing all new knowledge or experience or perspective to what we already know. Then depending on our thinking style we either look for the similarities or the differences. Either way we make sense of the new and in the process we move it into stored memory so we can access it in future. We need some space and time to do this.

This comfortable end of the day session will give you the space to reflect both alone and with a few colleagues on what you have learnt during the day.

(any of the day’s presenters who wish to contribute images etc to help trigger memory are welcome to contribute)

Participants will:

  • Reflect on their experiences of the day.
  • More deeply explore their thinking or understanding of at least one session that they attended.

Prepare themselves to use one (or more) new thought/tool/learning in their own work.

Session abstracts Day 3

Session abstracts

Day 3

 


 

Scott Barber – Adding value as a whole not a role

Where I’ve been working for the last 2 years is transitioning to the “everyone is an engineer” model — which means no dev/test titles — it also means that everyone is measured on their contributions to the team/product as a whole, not a role… some poignant exercises/interactive elements from my story

Josh Lewis – States, interactions, outcomes model

The States, Interactions and Outcomes model provides a way for cross-functional teams to collaboratively explore, specify and document expected system behaviour.

Specification by Example (SbE) and Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) can be an incredibly effective way for teams to explore and define their expectations for the behaviour of a system. The States, Interactions and Outcomes Model provides a set of steps, and a lightweight documentation structure for teams to use SbE and BDD more effectively. The best way of conveying the model is through a worked example in this interactive session.

 


 

Alison Gitelson – Getting my message across bravely and effectively

Communication is a key skill required by context driven testers. A fabulous tester uncovers errors, understands the problems, sees solutions and knows what the end user really requires. If they cannot communicate that information to the developers in a way that will be accepted and acted upon then they may as well not have bothered testing.

This workshop is designed to help the tester develop the required verbal communication skills and confidence.

Participants will:

  • Explore communicating their message so others hear them.
  • Help their brains learnt to listen.
  • Practise key elements of a courageous and effective conversation.
  • Leave with a structure to follow.
  • Develop confidence in their ability to share their value with the development team.

 


 

Chris Linnell & Smita Mishra – Schools of Testing

Over the past 2 years, I’ve been introduced to the concept of context driven testing. One that I wholeheartedly subscribe to. Being someone who naturally questions things, I started asking myself why and what other schools of testing thought there are to compare it to. After considerable reading i have discovered that the more i read about the others, analytic, standard, quality and agile schools, the more i agree and subscribe to the context driven school of testing.

I’d like to take my listeners through the different schools, so that they too can be familiar with them and help them understand why context driven testing is my choice and recommendation.

@ChrisJLinnell

 


 

Paul Lloyd – Testing: The Time Machine

As testers we often come across problems in software testing, some of these problems are related to shifts, calendars, standards, reports etc. that all deal with time frames, and often it is not easy to figure out, break down, make it easier or understandable to test these solutions. In this presentation, I propose to look at these problems and disseminate ideas, work through and create ways to test them effectively, using the concept such as a watch as a ‘time machine’.

 


 

Richard Phillips – Testing the Boundaries – How being a parent makes me a better tester

I am a happily married father of two young children (daughter – 5, son – 4). From my short and far-from-perfect experience as a dad, I have identified some common threads that pertain to testers that aspire for excellence.

One of the key points I’d like to build my presentation around is the idea of being a T-shaped parent. In many ways, agility as a parent and the ability to adapt to situations will determine success or failure. Like software projects, no two children are alike and therefore, no single approach to a situation will work every time.

Another big focal point of my presentation will be around communication and how seeing circumstances from another person’s point of view can build empathy and understanding.

 

It is a big scary world that our children are growing up in (especially in Africa) and scenario planning and simulations are something we have built into our daily routines. The discipline of thinking like this is something that has helped me to think about some of the more bizarre “what ifs” before code is deployed to production.

I am always amazed by how much my 5 year old daughter can make me think about the world around me through her constant questioning. Children give us the perfect example of how we should approach active and passive learning. They take nothing for granted and they assume nothing.

My plan is to have a presentation style that is not distracting to look at. I would use humorous and emotive stories as well as full screen photos with very little text to get my points across.

This will be a non-technical talk, but will include foundational aspects of the more subtle testing skills that seem to be over-looked of late.

 

 

Presenters

Jo Perold & Barry Tandy – Visualising your way to better problem solving
barryjo


Barry
has worked for the better part of his career in the banking industry with many different and diverse people and teams across various disciplines and in various roles. His passion for working with people has grown over the years and when he was given the opportunity to work with an Agile team as a Product Owner in 2013 he found a whole new world that he wished he’d discovered years earlier.
He has a worked closely with the Scrum User Group of South Africa is part of organising the local Scrum Gathering and has spoken at the gathering and local meetups and uses the learning from
workshops such as Coaching Beyond the Team with Esther Derby and Don Gray daily as an Agile coach working with various organisations on a team and organisation level.

Joanne is passionate about helping teams and people grow and improve.
She is a graduate of PSL (Problem Solving Leadership) and has worked for more than a decade in the software industry in all areas of software development. She is a Certified Scrum Trainer, and has participated in both Kanban training and coaching on Kanban initiatives. She recently attended the Cognitive Edge training from Dave Snowdon on complexity thinking and sensemaking.
Interested in both people and process improvement, she is continuously learning and finding better ways to solve problems.
Joanne has been a Scrum Master and Agile coach since 2009. She has spoken at Let’s Test Australia and Let’s test Sweden. She has given workshops at both local and international Scrum
Gatherings

Martin Hynie & Ilari Henrik Aegerter – The-Absolute-&-Final-Workshop-to-Everything-You-Will-Ever-Need-to-Know-and-Learn-About-Software-Testing-in-Under-3-hours-With-Money-Back-Guarantee-and-Life-Time-Technical-Support® (Batteries Not Included, Some Restrictions May Apply, It Is our Way to Say Thank You)

ilari  martin

Ilari Henrik Aegerter’s formal studies have brought him from General Linguistics and Sociology to Software Engineering and Software Testing. He has 10’002+ years of experience in the field, coming from the medical software domain at Phonak AG and progressing to e-commerce at eBay. He is now the Managing Director of the Swiss branch of House of Test and he believes that there is still a lot of work to be done for excellent software testing. In 2013 he co-founded the International Society for Software Testing (ISST), which advocates for bringing back common sense to testing. He is currently president of the organization. In 2015 he was elected into the board of the Association for Software Testing (AST) where he acts as Executive at Large. Ilari also likes to brew beer in his leisure time.

Ever since the struggles of early renaissance philosophers, Martin has been focused on software testing and development. Centuries later, his attention has gradually focused on emphasizing value through communication, team development, organizational learning, and the significant role that testers can play to help enable these. A self-confessed conference junkie, Martin travels the world incorporating ideas introduced by various sources of inspiration (including Cynefin, context-driven testing, the Satir Model, Pragmatic Marketing, trading zones, agile principles, and progressive movement training) to help teams iteratively learn, to embrace failures as opportunities and to simply enjoy working together.
Twitter: @vds4

Mike Lyles – Visual Testing: It’s Not What You Look At, It’s What You See

mikelyles

Mike is a Quality Engineering Director with over 23+ years of IT experience in multiple organizations and Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: development, PMO, and ultimately, software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, performance testing, test automation. He has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring IT & QA professionals. He has been a keynote speaker at multiple international conferences and events. HIs first published book on leadership will be released this year.

Jan Eumann – How Developer Tools can help you test

janJan works as a Senior Software Engineer in Test at eBay in Berlin, Germany.
He has been in the software industry for more than 10 years working in different roles in the software development process.
Jan started as a developer and quickly learned to appreciate skilled testers. During the last years he worked as a test engineer looking into exploratory testing and how automation can support testing. At the moment he is working in an agile team performing testing tasks while also writing
production code and educating the team and himself about testing.
Twitter: @JanEumann

Keynote – Paul Holland – The Testing Profession: The good, the bad and the ugly An opinionated tirade of strong opinions and rantsPaul Head shot - high res

Paul is a Senior Director of Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Paul has over 20 years experience in software testing. Prior to joining Medidata in August 2016 he was Head of Testing at a small New York based consultancy for 2 years and previously he spent 2 years as the principal consultant and owner at Testing Thoughts, and 17 years at Alcatel-Lucent.
Paul specializes in adapting testing methodologies to reduce waste, and be more effective and efficient. Finding ways to document only that which needs to be documented. Modifying reporting of test activities to provide actionable information to stakeholders and reduce/eliminate potentially harmful metrics. Paul is one of four instructors of the Rapid Software Testing course, developed by James Bach and Michael Bolton.

Jan Eumann & Janco Wolmarans – Traditional Setup vs. Pairing vs. Mobbing – An Experiment for Testers and Developers

jancoJanco has spent two decades learning how NOT to build software. He’s on a journey of understanding the fundamental nature of software and software development. You can usually find him working as part of a team, supporting and mentoring other people on their own journey of discovery.

Find Jan‘s biography above.

Smita Mishra – Test what sells more

smitaSmita is the CEO and Chief Test Consultant at QAzone Infosystems, which is a software testing organization. She has been a professional tester for over 16 years. She enjoys problem solving and loves to find new solutions to support her customers better.
She is also the founder of the social gifting platform Fandoro, which has a unique machine learning gift recommendation algorithm and gift checkout process.
She regularly engages with different forums to assist growth for women in her field and otherwise too.
She can be found on Twitter at @smitapmishra. She writes blogs http://wordpress.smitamishrablog.com.

Leo Hepis & Danie Roux – How to use Frames to get better results at work

leodanieLeonidas has been testing software and managing software test teams since 1994. He helps organizations understand what can be known and what cannot be known through product testing. Better informed about the capabilities of testing, organizations can improve their processes and products, to produce higher value for their paying customers. Hepis speaks about personality type at the workplace, human interaction models, and team dynamics at conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. He is a co-editor of The Book on Software Testing Volume 1, a book about the software testing experience crowdsourced at Let’s Test South Africa 2016.

Danie is a people person, and change agent. He is a journeyer through problem and solution space. He is interested in being interested. Find him on his website: http://www.danieroux.com/

Martin Hynie & Vernon Richards – An Introduction to Complexity and Cynefin for Software Testersvernon

Vernon has been testing software for 15 years starting with video games on PS2, Xbox & PC. In that time, many changes have occurred in the software development world but testers often still use the trusty old vocabulary of “tests cases”, “pass/fail” & “giving confidence”. Taking advantage of a diverse range of experiences gained on projects such as F1 racing teams, networked gambling machines and others, Vernon helps teams speak in a language the business can understand – no translation necessary!

Twitter: @TesterFromLeic

Carsten Feilberg & Cindy Carless – Test techniques lab

carsten cindy

Carsten is an international speaker at testing conferences, a trained and certified scrum master, strongly advocating common-sense in programming and testing and applying the context-driven principles. He lives and works in Denmark as CEO and consultant at House of Test.

Cindy is devoted to coaching and uses her NLP learning and coaching skills vibrantly and successfully in software testing. She enjoys opportunities to apply her coaching skills to add value to other testers and project team members. She draws on her diverse career over 30 years. Starting out in accounting and financial management she has enjoyed several roles in IT, such as implementation consultant, business analyst and project manager. She is currently living in Denmark, working for House of Test practicing the craft of testing.

Dan Billing – Web Application Security – A hands on testing challengedanbilling

Daniel has been a tester for 16 years, working within a diverse range of development organisations, mostly in the south-west of England. He currently works as a Test Jumper at Medidata in London, where his role is developing test strategy, mentoring, training and the supporting the test engineering practice in the business.

Dan’s love of testing and supporting others drives him to become an active member of the testing community. He is a co facilitator with Weekend Testing Europe, co organises the South West Exploratory Workshop in Testing (SWEWT), and the South West Test meetup. He has spoken and led workshops at a number of conferences, including TestBash Brighton, Nordic Testing Days, Let’s Test and Romania Testing Conference. He also produces content for the Ministry of Testing Dojo and is also co-host with Neil Studd on the new Screen Testing podcast.

Alison Gitelson – Getting my message across bravely and effectively & Reflection & Integration workshop

alisong

Alison of CanBeeDone is a maximizer, facilitator and speaker. With past careers in Optometry, ICT and Transformation her varied experience enables her to help people find their best way of working so they, the business and our economy can thrive.

 

 

Scott Barber – Adding value as a whole not a roleIMG-20170714-WA0008

Scott Barber, Chief Technologist of PerfTestPlus and former Product Owner for SmartBear load testing tools, is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the delivery of performant systems using modern Agile & DevOps principles, but is probably best known as an “energetic and entertaining” speaker and author of articles and books; Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications, Beautiful Testing, How to Reduce the Cost of Testing & Web Load Testing for Dummies). His 20+ years of experience filling a wide range of technical, managerial, and executive IT related positions have culminated in a passion for writing, speaking, coaching and activism focused on improving the alignment of development practices with executive business goals. Scott Co-Founded WOPR, served as a Director of AST and CMG, is a member of PMI, ACM, IEEE, American MENSA, ISST, the Context-Driven School of Software Testing, and is a signatory to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

Josh Lewis – States, interactions, outcomes model

joshiJoshua is an Agile and Developer Coach who loves supporting individuals, teams and organisations in leveling up. He is currently an Agile Coach at Kaizania and an Associate at nReality. He also lectures at a post-grad level part-time at Wits.

Chris Linnell & Smita Mishra – Schools of Testing

chrisChristopher, QA Manager at Healthbridge, has been testing software for 13 years and is passionate about the craft. He’s lead teams for 9 years and helped a number of young testers develop their skills. Quality is something he feels very strongly about. He hopes to influence the quality of any software he has the pleasure of testing while inspiring testers around him.
Twitter: @ChrisJLinnell

Paul Lloyd – Testing: The Time Machine

paulPaul Lloyd is a tester, trainer, speaker, avid reader and cyclist. He has a context drivenbackground and over ten years’ experience. His testing experience has been on all types of hardware and software, in many environments which include Automated Teller Machines, Point of Sale/Service devices, high-speed document Scanners, Mobile devices, Server, Web and Desktop applications. As a Certified Technical Trainer, Paul has also given training on software products in diverse fields such as, the Swedish and South African Air forces, Petroleum Plants, Training institutions and Qualifications boards. He is continuallyreading and trying to find new ways to test and manage software teams effectively. His passion lies in implementing and managing automated test processes in a timely manner.

Richard Philips – Testing the Boundaries – How being a parent makes me a better tester

richardI am a South African born husband, parent, tester and ultra-trail runner.
I have a passion for adventure which took me to Scotland in 2004. It was here, working at some of the world’s biggest banks, that I found and built my love for software and my career in testing. Ironically, I also found another love in Scotland… my wife.
Driving back to South Africa in 2009 in my Land Rover cemented my affinity with the outdoors and I took up trail running, which has since become ultra-trail running.
Since moving back, I have become a father of two kids who have taught me more about life, career, love and values in 5 years than I have learned in the rest of my short existence.
I love testing. I love the opportunities it affords to integrate with real life and with the way we interact with the digital world around us. Testing isn’t just a career for me… it is a way of life.

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Speaker Q&A

Follow these links to see some questions and answers we asked some of our Let’s Test South Africa 2017 speakers:

Mike Lyles


Let’s Test: What famous person, movie, TV show or song has inspired you?

Mike: I have so many that have inspired me.  I’m sorry that this may be a longer response than expect.  I used to love reading and listening to Zig Ziglar (motivational speaker).  He had so many common sense thoughts and ideas – so easy to understand that you would always say “why didn’t i think of that”.  I got to meet him before he died, and it was such an awesome conversation.  I also loved reading Stephen Covey – his “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” really resonated with me – and i read it dozens of times, had it on audio and listened to it so many times.  The concept was so easy to grasp and we can all use it in every day life.  Another writer/speaker was Jeffrey Fox.  He wrote a book called “How to Become CEO” (among many other books).  His book was so inspirational to me.  I shared it with everyone i knew.  And most importantly, i was given the opportunity to meet him, interview him, and feature his interview in CIO Magazine.  It showed me the value of not letting fame and fortune drive you to forget the people who are the reason you are where you are.  He wasn’t obligated to give me any time – i was nobody to him.  But he gave his time and was so patient and considerate.  This inspired me to always remember that no matter how far I go in life, I should always be kind and considerate to others.

As for a famous movie star, i’ve always wanted to meet Tom Hanks.  There are so many great actors and actresses out there – too many to mention.  But one thing that stood out to me about Tom Hanks was his ability to always find a way to make every movie he was part of be great.  It came to the point that if I saw a movie had Tom Hanks, i never had to question if it would be worth watching or not.  That inspired me to be a leader in the same fashion.  I want people to look at anything i am working on – whether a conference, or a presentation, or a book, or an article, or any other public forum – i want people to know immediately that it will be worth listening to, simply because it is me.  That’s a huge responsibility, but i’m doing everything I can to live up to it.

Let’s Test: What do you hope to experience at LTSA?

Mike: I have developed a true love for conferences and technical meetups.  It is so inspiring to see people that are hungry to learn something new and share their experiences.  Of all the things I learned in my day-to-day work, or even in my personal  studies in testing, I never obtained the level of awesome input that I have achieved from meeting others at events.  I am looking forward to meeting the folks at LTSA, hearing their stories, sharing my stories, and ensuring that both I and they leave with something new to take back home with them.  If we are unable to do that, then we have not done our job as a speaker.  It’s more than having something to say or a nice presentation.  It’s being an inspiration to others and to gain just as much inspiration from them as you give.

Let’s Test: What gives your life rhythm or rocks you into actions?
Mike: I love the writer and speaker Simon Sinek.  He has a book called “Start With Why”.  If you haven’t seen his video on youTube, then you’re missing out.  He talks about the golden circle and understanding your WHY – instead of your WHAT.  One of the things that he said, that i want to give him credit for, but want to also say that i feel the same is this…. he says that his WHY in life is to “Inspire others to be inspiring”.  I love coaching and mentoring others, and realized this passion when i became a manager in 2003.  Nothing gave me more pleasure through the years than seeing others grow and achieve their goals – and knowing that i had a part in it.  I love finding what it is that people really are passionate about – and you would be surprised how many people are doing one thing in life but not realizing that their greatest talent is something else.  It’s inspiring to help them find that magical talent and to help them grow it.  And when it comes to conferences, nothing gives me more pleasure than speaking to a large crowd, and seeing their faces as something that i am sharing with them ‘hits them in the heart” and their reaction tells me they get it, they like it, and they like what i’m sharing.  I want to inspire.

The word “scope creep” drives me mad

Let’s Test: What word in software projects lights sparks in your brain? And why?
Mike: The word “scope creep” drives me mad.  Our whole world is scope creep.  Look at where we were 30 years ago – the internet, social media, mobile devices, the digital age – all of that was nearing the horizon but not here yet.  If it were not for growth and evolution in IT, we would not be where we are today.  Too many times, teams will consider a client or a stakeholder asking for more as a bad thing.  My challenge to the teams is to stop talking about “scope creep” and work with the stakeholder to determine how we can achieve this together.  If it’s not something we can deliver in the time we have, then let’s talk about version 2, or talk about how we can enhance it later.  But we get so hung up on process and the red tape of things that we forget what we are trying to do – and that is to continue to grow IT, and make the digital age in 2020 and beyond be something that people talk about for years.

Let’s Test: What question about testing do you hope to answer in the near future?
Mike: I like to do surveys with the testing community.  Over the past 5 years, I have conducted several surveys and talked to so many people.  Hundreds of people have given their insights to me and I feel that we have so much to learn from those surveys.  I have a new presentation that I’m doing at another conference soon called “Testing is Not a 9 to 5 Job”.  This concept is that we can’t just go to the office, test during the day, and go home, and feel we are our best.  There has to be something in us that makes us want to learn more, grow more and be stronger in our craft.  I always use the example of Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer that won more gold medals in his career than anyone else.  He didn’t just show up to the Olympics and say “here i am, i’m ready to start competing”.  His work started at home, in the pool, daily, weekly, monthly.  He worked tirelessly when no one was watching, and when the time came to show what he could do, he was the best we had ever seen.  We need to do that as testers.  And the way we do it, is to study and learn – outside of the office, and to keep exercising our abilities so that we are the best at our job.  And the last thing i will say here is that in a recent survey of almost 300 people, i found that only 8% of those people said they had a mentor.  We all need mentors.  Find someone that can help you grow – someone that has been in the trenches and learned before you.  It will make you a better tester and grow your career.  Learn from their successes and mistakes.

Let’s Test: Why should I not go to your session?
Mike: That’s an interesting question.  I guess I would say that if you despise having fun in a class, don’t like to be interactive, and don’t enjoy an entertaining presentation, then mine would not be for you.  Additionally, if you’re not open to learning a different way of looking at things, youmight find my talk boring.  But I have given this talk a few times, and i find that people really take away some good ideas – and i always, always, always, learn something myself from the crowd every time i give it.

Let’s Test: How will you keep me awake during your session?
Mike: This will surely not be a boring workshop.  You will not be able to sleep because we will have hands on activities, group discussions, fun experiments, and eye opening revelations.  I guarantee that each and every person will leave with at LEAST one new thing learned that they did NOT come to the class knowing.
What’s the last professional event you attended and what did you learn?

I have been speaking a lot at conferences and events all over the world.  While i have been speaking since 2011, in 2017, I have traveled and spoken at more places than any year before.  I have spoken in Melbourne, Australia at QSA, i have spoken for STPCon in Phoenix, AZ, i have spoken for the KWSQA meetup in Canada, and i have spoken for various meetups local to my home.  I love meeting new people and hearing their ideas and making connections.  I truly cannot wait to get to LTSA and meet the folks there as well!

Martin Hynie


Let’s Test: What famous person, movie, TV show or song has inspired you?
Martin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt1PfbtohSo

Let’s Test: What do you hope to experience at LTSA?
Martin: The energy that the SA community brings with them to every Let’s Test SA. It is why I keep coming back.

Let’s Test: What gives your life rhythm or rocks you into actions?
Martin: Curiosity and a desire to connect with those who see things differently

Let’s Test: What word in software projects lights sparks in your brain? And why?
Martin: Mission. When I hear this, I know we are thinking about purpose, and not end goal.

The energy that the SA community brings with them to every Let’s Test SA…It is why I keep coming back.

Let’s Test: What question about testing do you hope to answer in the near future?
Martin: How do we move towards supporting those who write the code, and further away from uncovering what they actually wrote.

Let’s Test: Why should I not go to your session?
Martin: If you are sure you have all the answers… then you already know why.

Let’s Test: How will you keep me awake during your session?
Martin: Ilari.

Let’s Test: What’s the last professional event you attended and what did you learn?
Martin: Let’s Test Stockholm, Testbash (Manchester, Philly, Brighton) Copenhagen Context, LTGW… seriously do you know who I am? I have a very serious problem. I attend.allTheConferences()
But… I also attended the Analysis to Action with SenseMaker workshop recently… you really want to come to our workshop to find out why this might matter to you

Paul Holland


Let’s Test: What famous person, movie, TV show or song has inspired you?
Paul: Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Because it makes me laugh. Laughter relaxes me and allows me to be creative. When I’m creative I find more bugs.

Let’s Test: What do you hope to experience at LTSA?
Paul: Having fun, meeting awesome people, learning a lot.

Let’s Test: What gives your life rhythm or rocks you into actions?
Paul: Sarcasm.

Let’s Test: What word in software projects lights sparks in your brain? And why?
Paul: Best Practices, Quality Assurance, Metrics – I’ll say why in my keynote. 🙂

Laughter relaxes me and allows me to be creative. When I’m creative I find more bugs.

Let’s Test: What question about testing do you hope to answer in the near future?
Paul: What is the one best way to test everything. I’m almost there. (See? Sarcasm!)

Let’s Test: Why should I not go to your session?
Paul: Because you will be hung over from drinking and talking with awesome people the night before.

Let’s Test: How will you keep me awake during your session?
Paul: By talking loudly (and hopefully being interesting and perhaps controversial)

Let’s Test: What’s the last professional event you attended and what did you learn?
Paul: Let’s Test is the 12th conference of the year for me. I think the last before the conference will be Agile Testing Days in Germany. I haven’t learned anything there yet. 🙂

Richard Philips


Let’s Test: What do you hope to experience at Let’s Test SA 2017?
Richard: I hope to make some new connections with international testers and to align my thinking (once again) with some of the most critical minds out there in the market place.

Let’s Test: What gives your life rhythm or rocks you into actions?
Richard: My children bring the rhythmic chaos and trail running eases the chaos and stress.

Let’s Test: What word in software projects lights sparks in your brain? And why?
Richard: “Final version” – How many specifications or stories have we seen with “final version” appended to the end. I once worked with a spec called Requirements Final Copy Final V3.docx.
When working with software (or any building project for that matter), this scope creep is a given. It will happen. As a tester though, it always adds complexity and risk to a solution. Managing this risk and knowing when to draw the line is one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of being a tester.

…knowing when to draw the line is one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of being a tester…

Let’s Test: What question about testing do you hope to answer in the near future?
Richard: How can I build a well-integrated automation test suite to free up more of my time that is currently spent doing manual testing of Webservices and API calls?

Let’s Test: Why should I not go to your session?
Richard: This will not be a technical session at all, so if you are interested only in the more technical aspects of testing, then this will be disappointing. I will be focussing on the more human aspects of our trade.

Let’s Test: How will you keep me awake during your session?
Richard: Tough one… I’m the last speaker at the conference, so this will be a real challenge. I think the answer lies in the fact that I will weave humour and real life stories into my talk.

Let’s Test: What’s the last professional event you attended and what did you learn?
Richard: Agile Testing Days in Potsdam (Germany). It’s difficult to pinpoint “a” learning from this experience. Overall, I learned that we are on the right track here in South Africa. Our testing frameworks and approach is world-class.

Alison Gitelson


Let’s Test: What famous person, movie, TV show or song has inspired you?
Alison: Every true story movie of people pulling together to win or to overcome major obstacles.

Let’s Test: What do you hope to experience at LTSA?
Alison: Fun, learning and friendship.

Let’s Test: What gives your life rhythm or rocks you into actions?
Alison: Clarity. When I can see what needs to be done to get better results anywhere I either want to jump in and do it myself or start lobbying for others to do it.

Let’s Test: What word in software projects lights sparks in your brain? And why?
Alison: What question about testing do you hope to answer in the near future?  How can we test more quickly and more effectively?

…we in South Africa are in the same position as all the other countries trying to deliver software…

Let’s Test: Why should I not go to your session?
Alison: (Session 1: Getting my message across bravely and effectively) Because you will be strongly encouraged to contribute and learn and move around and think and question.
Alison: (Session 1: Reflection session) You don’t want to remember the best things you learnt when you get back to work.

Let’s Test: How will you keep me awake during your session?
Alison: (Getting my message across bravely and effectively) I will keep you moving around participating in ‘games’ that teach your body and mind together in a fun way.
Alison: (Reflection session) You will be too busy writing on flip charts and stickies and sharing your key insights with other people, to be able to fall asleep.

Let’s Test: What’s the last professional event you attended and what did you learn?
Alison: Global Scrum Gathering Singapore. I learnt that we in South Africa are in the same position as all the other countries trying to deliver software and other projects in an Agile manner. Some successes, some failures and a lot of “we are sort of getting there”.

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Remember, you can find all of our speaker’s full bio’s here.

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Travel coordination

This page can be used to synchronize your traveling to the beautiful Valley Lodge & Spa with other delegates.

Add your travel details and contact info on the #travel_ltsa2017 Slack channel on lets-test.slack.com or in the comments section of this page if you want to save a buck or two by car-pooling or sharing a cab with other Let’s Test attendees from (e.g. the airport).

Note: The shortest car drive to Valley Lodge & Spa from an airport is via Lanseria airport, 40mins-1hr (not via the more Joburg-centrally located O.R. Tambo airport, which is an esitmate 1h30 – 2hr journey).

Probably the easiest (and cheapest) way to get around in Jo’burg is to use UBER. You can call them from the airport to take you straight to the venue.
There are also various shuttle services, car hire and meter taxis. More info here.

Depending on the time of day you arrive, you may want to avoid some of the traffic around the airport and catch the Gautrain into Sandton and then UBER from there.
The only caution is that Sandton traffic can also be challenging during peak times on weekdays.

If you are driving to the venue Joburg or Pretoria and would like to car pool, please feel free to add your details and departure times to the page so that anyone that might need a lift or feel like some company, can respond to you.

Don’t hesitate to drop us an e-mail if we can help you further.

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Registration

Welcome to the registration page for Let's Test South Africa 2017!

October 2017 Update: Please note that all conference spaces are currently SOLD OUT.


New registrations will be added to a cancellations/non-payment waiting list.
Please note that it is payment, not simply signing up on the registration page, that reserves your conference ticket.

Let’s Test South Africa will take place at the beautiful Valley Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg, South Africa. Close to major attractions in the historic region of the magical and mystical Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site just outside Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The conference runs for 2.5 days between 26 - 28 November 2017 and will have an intentional focus on the craft and community of Context Driven Testing. We will showcase not only South African talent, but also host new and familiar faces and minds from the global community. Included in your conference fee is luxurious accommodation and all meals including tea and coffee and break snacks. Sharing accommodation can be Twin or King bed arrangements. If you would like to share and don't have someone to share with, please indicate this and we will be in touch to assist further.

Early bird prices (if booked and paid by 31 May 2017) –

Early bird sharing – R5 000
Early bird single - R7 000

From 1 June 2017, prices will be as follows -

Sharing – R8 000
Single – R10 000

Registrations are binding and subject to our cancellation policy.

For groups of 5 or more, please email us at louise.perold@lets-test.com to arrange a further discount.

We're looking forward to sharing the Let's Test Magic and Mystery with you at Valley Lodge in Magaliesburg 26 - 28 November 2017!

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