Friday, 17 March 2017

#LTGWorkshops. Got the right ticket?

Exciting news.  The Ministry of Testing have many great testing events and a community focus.

We are looking forward to seeing what we can do together.

Unfortunately, this meant a de-partnering of #LTGWorkshops and Skills Matter.

Skills Matter are a great organisation with great events and a huge presence in the agile and software development community.
They were instrumental in getting the #LTGWorkshops up and running and I can't thank them enough.

We will continue working together on other events.

As the #LTGWorkshops transition happens there will be some confusion with tickets.

Skillsmatter will be running a testing event in May.

The London Tester Gathering Workshop will take place in June.

Please check your tickets and confirm which organisation they are from so you can go to the right event. Or go to both.

If you have questions about your ticket please contact the organisation.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tony Bruce

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Announce Exploratory Testing Workshop at #TestBash Netherlands

Test Bash is going to The Netherlands!!

Register here.

It's happening at the end of January 2017 in Utrecht.

There are workshops on the 26th and the conference day is on the 27th.

Along with Sharath Byregowda I will be running a workshop on the 26th.

Here are the details - 

Announce Exploratory Testing
by Sharath Byregowda & Tony Bruce

You know Exploratory Testing is not following a script. You know Exploratory Testing provides quick feedback. You know Exploratory Testing is a perfect fit to your context. You have notes from test sessions. What next? How do you share this information? What do you share? How do you produce metrics? What can you visualise? How can you visualise it? In this workshop Sharath and Tony will introduce you to a framework to help manage and report your testing sessions. This framework can be used to produce useful trends and metrics to quickly to share with your stakeholders.
  • Through a day of discussions, teamwork and exercises we will
  • Get familarised with the framework
  • Look at different ways of producing your notes
  • Produce trends and metrics from your test sessions
  • Give an idea of coverage
Attendees will leave with:
  • A understanding of different note taking methods
  • A method of producing trends and metrics
  • A view of coverage
  • Visualisation of their Exploratory Testing

Saturday, 20 August 2016

#ltgworkshops competition winner - Bhagya Perera's blog post

A short while ago there was a competition to win a ticket to #ltgworkshops 2016.

As part of the competition if you won you had to write a blog post about your #ltgworkshops experience. 

Bhagya Perera was one of the winners. Bhagya has a blog which you should check out.

I've replicated her blog post here.

I had a chance to join by LTGW in June 2016. I took my time in writing this blog because I wanted to see what I would remember after sometime. I normally blog as soon as I come out from a conference but this time I thought to wait and see.
LTGW is different to other conferences because it is only contain workshops. Many interesting workshops. Personally I had went through the list of workshops several times, made my mind, changed it, went through again, changed it to original and changed again. That probably explain how interesting the list of workshops were.
Tony’s (@tonybruce77) power of asking questions workshop was a highlight. Asking questions is easy but asking the right question is difficult. One of key point I remember is that we should ask questions not only for self-benefit but for the benefit of others as well.
Yes true. Many times, I have asked questions where they benefit me but sometimes I have asked questions to make sure the person who explains the situation had thought about them too. Many occasions I have seen people build up conversations based on the question I have asked. I have not thought that the conversations that build, ideas that triggered and areas that discovered are results of a simple question. Sometime your question can be the answer. It is always better to ask the question than being scared of it.
Then I went to another session on Mentoring by Tony and Dan (@DanAshby04). We had discussed about what is Mentoring, Coaching, Teaching and Leadership. In a summary,
Mentoring is about to grow others skills, Listening to others and share experience, provide continuous help on need basis, guiding, encouraging and help
Coaching is about transfer of skills, problem driven, not on going, maximise skills, and have an end goal
Teaching is a structured program, delivered one direction, share Information, inspire, and evolve
Leadership is about being responsible, Delegation, Representation, Accountable, Inspire, Motivate and Organise.
It was nice to see the difference of each sections as sometimes mentoring and coaching described in the same manner.
Both above workshops filled with interesting videos and fun exercises.
I was in two other sessions thinking I should have gone to a different workshop one workshop was too basic for me and the other one did not make any impact on me.
Other than that, it was a great.  Thanks Tony for the free ticket! It was an amazing experience.