Friday, 12 September 2014

Black Ops Testing Webinar, Monday 22nd September 2014

Black Ops Testing Webinar, Monday 22nd September 2014

For our September Webinar we are going back to basics and testing a command line tool.
It feels all green screen and mainframe-esque.
This will challenge us to identify new tools, and refresh our earlier skillsets.
Make a note in your calendar for 22nd September 2014, when we use TaskWarrior as our application under test.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Black Ops Testing 1 Day Workshop - 23rd January 2015.

Steve Green, James Lyndsay, Alan Richardson and I have been working on a workshop.

We held a trail run at the 2013 Tester Gathering Workshops London.
See this post for more details: Collected blog posts - #ltgw2013

We're going to be constantly working on the workshop and so it will differ each time we run it.

Register here.

Black Ops Testing Workshop, 23rd January 2015, London
Limited to 32 spaces!
This 1 day workshop will be an intensive event where we lead you through a series of exercises to help you explore different ways of approaching and thinking about your testing.
We, the Black Ops Testing Team, will put into practice all the lessons we learned from our mission at the London Tester Gathering in 2013.
We have joined together to bring our individual experience, knowledge and skill sets in order to bring this unique and variable workshop to you.
Each workshop will differ.
We believe this is a unique workshop for a number of reasons:
  • 4 instructors - this gives you the chance to get 4 different opinions and 4 different perspectives.
  • The instructors have varied backgrounds and each will bring different approaches and ways of thinking.
  • Practicality is the name of the game. You will think, you will test, you will use tools (where it makes sense to use them), you will diagnose, you will report.
  • We will share how we do things, such as sharing our testing sessions.
  • Each workshop will differ as we focus on different techniques and approaches
  • Every workshop takes a different application under test
  • Prior to every workshop we will have tested the application
We will take a system and potentially looking at:


  • sharing tips about deeper observation e.g. using proxies
  • discussing in-browser development tools
  • different kinds and types of tools we use
  • css tricks and tips
  • how do we prep?
  • keeping track of what you've done
  • our different thought processess
  • automation suitablity
    • pros
    • cons
  • work on design
  • work on strategy
  • work on modelling


  • how deep do we diagnose?
  • should we even try?
  • how do we report what/how we diagnosed?


  • what for who
  • how?
We will also-
  • mock each other for not trying techniques
  • discuss and compare different ways of keeping testing notes
    • sharing examples
    • experimenting with different methods
  • where possible discuss examples we've come across in our work
  • discuss and answer questions with four different perspectives
  • give you the potential to improve your testing skills
  • give you the potential improve your technical skills
Don't miss out on this unique workshop.