STG Edinburgh – Oct 2016

The Scottish Testing Group Autumn Event will take place in Edinburgh on Wed 19 October, at Royal Scots Club, Abercrombie Place – a short walk from Waverley Stn.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Huib Schoots – How to become a great tester
  • Tony Bruce – One more question….

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Huib Schoots – How to become a great tester

This is my story about the most beautiful “game” in world called testing. For me software development is like a team sport where collaboration is essential. In this talk I want to share how I questioned and changed my beliefs over the years. Consider my testing career as a journey, filling my backpack with experience, skills, techniques and tools. A long exploration learning more about testing, asking myself how to become a great tester. Finding ways to help my clients and other stakeholders with the best testing possible. I learned by making many mistakes and trying many different ways.

My first steps on the testing path were in a happy-go-lucky way. I didn’t know much about testing and common sense helped me to do my work. Next I learned about structured testing methodologies. As a tester and later as a test manager, but also as a teacher I observed many people test and learn to test. I struggled with the testing I did and saw others do. I started doubting the testing I was taught and teaching myself: it just wasn’t right… There is much more to testing that wasn’t told in the common testing classes. And why weren’t we testing actual software in these classes?

On foreign blogs I read about agile and context-driven testing and I found out there is much more to testing then I could guess. I learned new, exciting and interesting aspects, which I hadn’t considered before. I started reading more about topics like social sciences, critical thinking, heuristics and exploratory testing. Some of these ideas where considered controversial by my colleagues. Being curious and driven by my passion for testing, I discovered my blind side. Join me and learn about the intriguing journey I took. And at the same time question your testing like I did?

Many people ask me: how do you become a great tester? I think it can be split into two important things: skills and attitude! To be the best you need to learn all aspects of your job. We need to practice continuous learning. Become skilled in various ways of testing. This talk gives ideas to become a better tester: examples of resources to study, practical tips you can start doing right now!

Key learning Points:

  1. How thinking critical about my work helped me find my blind side and how it can help you too.
  2. Learn that there is more to testing than what they teach in the common testing classes.
  3. How I have been practising continuous learning and what others can learn from my mistakes and observations.
  4. Why attitude is important and helps you become better in anything you want!
  5. Simple and practical tips on how to become a great tester.

About Huib: Huib Schoots is a tester, consultant and people lover. He shares his passion for testing through coaching, training, and giving presentations on a variety of test subjects. With almost twenty years of experience in IT and software testing, Huib is experienced in different testing roles. Curious and passionate, he is an agile and context-driven tester who attempts to read everything ever published on software testing. A member of TestNet, AST and ISST, black-belt in the Miagi-Do School of software testing and co-author of a book about the future of software testing. Huib maintains a blog on and tweets as @huibschoots. He works for Improve Quality Services, a provider of consultancy and training in the field of testing. Huib has a huge passion for music and plays trombone in a brass band. 

Tony Bruce – One more question….

Questions are a powerful tool, and good questioning skills are extremely important. Through the power of effective questioning we can:

  • Save ourselves time and effort.
  • Encourage participation and teamwork.
  • Create outside–the–box thinking.
  • Engage in more effective learning.
  • Start decision–making conversations.
  • Improve our inquiry skills.

During this session we will explore the power of questions and their ability to make us and others think.  Questions can help create and negate, learn and teach, and stop and start projects, connections, and relationships.

You will walk away with ideas on how to sharpen your questioning skills to a fine tool which you can use to transform your every conversation.

About Tony: Tony is a professional, constantly learning, coaching and teaching agile team member who specialises in Testing and people. He works in an exploratory style with agile techniques and testing with different perspectives; ranging from functional testing through to performance testing, using appropriate tools. He believes there is a need to effectively communicate progress and provide information on testing performed and keep a constant stream of information flowing through the team. He has worked in various industries with organisations such as Skillsmatter, Channel 4, Ernst & Young, LMAX and The Children’s Society.

He is an active member of the Testing community, he hosts the London Tester Gathering and speaks at conferences all over the world. And in case his accent has you confused, it’s 1-part Aussie, 1-part English and 1-part American.