This is a short series leading up to Christmas where I feature a tester that was at EuroSTAR 2014, who I personally believe you, my readers, will benefit from knowing.

The last tester in this short series before Christmas is Paul Gerrard.

Paul Gerrard at EuroSTAR 2014

Paul Gerrard at EuroSTAR 2014

For those that don’t know – Paul Gerrard was conference chair at this years EuroSTAR conference – so we have Paul, and his excellent conference team, to thank for the content we enjoyed at EuroSTAR.

I’ve known Paul for years now, mostly through his excellent UKTMF event in London each quarter. Paul is very active in the testing community; he’s published many books, speaks at conferences, runs a consultancy business, organises events and is contributing greatly to our industry.

You can find Paul on Twitter – https://twitter.com/paul_gerrard

Paul’s website is here – http://gerrardconsulting.com/

Paul blogs here – http://gerrardconsulting.com/?q=blog

This is a short series leading up to Christmas where I feature a tester that was at EuroSTAR 2014, who I personally believe you, my readers, will benefit from knowing.

Next up is Declan O’Riordan.

Declan O'Riordan

Declan O’Riordan

Before EuroSTAR 2014 I’d met Declan a couple of times and seen him present a good talk at SIGIST.

I didn’t get a chance to see his talk at EuroSTAR this year but I did hear very good things about it.

However, Declan did win this years “Best Conference Paper”.

When he collected the award he did a passionate acceptance speech as Dublin holds special memories for Declan and his family. It was clear how much the award meant to Declan and it was a fitting end to a great conference. Declan also got the ‘Do-over session’, a chance to run his presentation again. “The Do-Over Session is a repeat of the best conference session as decided by conference attendees”

Here’s some text from Declan on why it meant so much:

“The motivation for speaking in Dublin was to pay a belated tribute to my father who died the week after my son was born in June 2006. He’s the one on the right in the photo below. I didn’t have time to mourn when he died because I had my hands full with a new baby and a very demanding job. When Paul Gerrard announced 2014 would be in Dublin it triggered a lot of emotion, and the energy to give it a go. I’m massively grateful to everyone who helped me along the way, especially the EuroSTAR, TMF and SIGiST organizers, speakers and delegates. It has been an amazing journey!”

Declan's Father during the war years

Declan’s Father during the war years

 

You can find Declan on Twitter.

This is a short series leading up to Christmas where I feature a tester that was at EuroSTAR 2014, who I personally believe you, my readers, will benefit from knowing.

Next up is Stephen Janaway.

Stephen Janaway at EuroSTAR 2014

Stephen Janaway at EuroSTAR 2014

I’ve known Stephen for a few years now and we regular speak at the same conferences.

Stephen works for Net-A-Porter and is currently working as an agile test evangelist! Sounds pretty awesome.

I didn’t get a chance to see Stephen’s talk on mobile testing at this years EuroSTAR but Stephen is clearly an expert in the mobile testing world. He’s also a great person to be around at the social events – another tester who’s passionate about mobile, testing and sharing this love of testing with the wider community.

Stephen blogs here – http://stephenjanaway.co.uk/

You can find Stephen on Twitter – https://twitter.com/stephenjanaway

This is a short series leading up to Christmas where I feature a tester that was at EuroSTAR 2014, who I personally believe you, my readers, will benefit from knowing.

Next up is Alex Schladebeck.

Alex Schladebeck at EuroSTAR 2014

Alex Schladebeck at EuroSTAR 2014

I’ve known Alex for a while now after meeting her at Agile Testing Days about 5 years ago. It’s always great to meet up with Alex as she’s hilarious and incredibly passionate about testing.

I didn’t get a chance to see Alex’s talk at EuroSTAR this year but I heard it was excellent, and of course there were biscuits.

Alex very kindly answered some questions I was originally going to include in this series (but have since chosen to drop the questions in this series as I didn’t have time). I’ll include here though Alex’s version of BDD. No, not behaviour driven development but biscuit driven development.

What is BDD?

“BDD is Biscuit Driven Development! It’s based on the idea that people react well to praise, feedback and rewards and that food is a natural gel for conversation. I will offer biscuits as an exchange for assistance, I like to have biscuits in my office to encourage people to come and chat, and I use good tasty sweet food as a way of calming tough situations. It works well as a way of encouraging communication but it can’t be the only motivator. It’s just another tool in your box.”

Perfect.

You can find Alex blogging on her company’s website – here is one about her trip to EuroSTAR 2014

You can find Alex on twitter here – https://twitter.com/alex_schl

This is a short series leading up to Christmas where I feature a tester that was at EuroSTAR 2014, who I personally believe you, my readers, will benefit from knowing.

Next up is Amy Phillips.

Amy Phillips at EuroSTAR 2014

Amy Phillips at EuroSTAR 2014

I didn’t get a chance to see Amy’s talk at this years conference but I did see her at last years and it was a great talk.

It’s really the first year that I have spoken to Amy properly and she’s a joy to talk to. She’s so incredibly passionate about the company she works for, SongKick, and the kind of testing that she is doing. It’s always great to meet fellow testers who see their role as helping the company succeed and not just through testing.

Amy is a great ambassador for SongKick. Amy is like a growing number of testers who are becoming brand evangelists intent on improving their company’s ability to ship software but also promoting that work to the wider tech community.

You can find Amy on Twitter – https://twitter.com/itjustbroke

Amy blogs here – http://testingthemind.wordpress.com/