It was so great to be part of the Test Bash last Friday in Cambridge. I for one had a great day and I’m so glad that others did too.

The feedback we received about the event was great and it was clear from the vibe throughout the day that people enjoyed themselves, mingled and generally felt connected with others.

I’d like to thank the speakers for such an awesome day:

David Evans
Alan Richardson
Ben Wirtz

Steve Green
Huib Schoots and Markus Gartner
Adam Knight
Andy Glover

I’d also like to thank the attendees who brought such enthusiasm with them. Our sponsors MagenTys and QASymphony. And of course our community members who helped out on the day.

The venue was superb  and the food delicious. Me and Rosie were more than happy with how it went and we were thrilled to see Twitter buzzing and of course, Markus Gartner live blogging*.

We ran the Low Tech Social Network throughout the day which brought people together to connect with those who shared similar interests and hobbies. I witnessed a number of people seeking out others with the same hobbies such as surfing and fast cars and then talking testing with them. That’s the point of it; connections to people you might not normally talk to. Fantastic to see this in action.

Test Bash is a celebration of connectedness, community, creativity, ideas and most importantly, the sharing of these ideas in a safe and trusted environment. We saw loads of good ideas being bounced around and it was amazing how many people felt safe to share and talk about testing openly.

It was also great to finally put a face to an online name. It was good to meet so many people I already knew in the digital world. It was also great to meet so many new faces. I only wish I had more time to chat testing everyone.

Events like the Test Bash fill me with positivity. They make me realise that Testing isn’t a battlefield of right versus wrong. Instead, it’s a melting pot of ideas; some better and some worse depending on what context they find themselves in. There were some frank discussions and opinions aired, but the collaborative nature of the event meant these discussions were constructive, useful and open for all to experiment with.

I didn’t hear the words “Best Practices”, there were no certification bashing, nor evangelism, discussions nor were there any discussions of “my way or no way”. It was a day of optimism. A day of hope for our often negative and frequently argumentative domain.

It was also a great day of learning and a great chance to get together to talk about what matters; new ideas for testing.

And this, in a sense, is what me and Rosie and our community managers work so very hard for. These moments where people connect. Where people share ideas. Where the craft of testing is pushed forward. Where there is real hope of a shift from “one size fits all” testing to a value driven activity across all stages of the life cycle.

Yet, throughout all of this I couldn’t help but notice something blindingly obvious; even within our own industry we have wildly different ideas about what testing is and who is in actual fact a “Tester”.

I don’t think this is a bad thing. In fact, I think it could be the most amazing part of what we do and who we are. We get to do what we think is right. We get to add the value we are employed to add. And that means we’re edging ever so slowly away from the long held stereotypes of Testing and Testers.

We get to nudge our craft towards the future we want for it. And that’s a pretty cool thing.

 

 

* There is no one in the business faster than Markus for blogging. I swear he had posted the final remarks before the speakers had even uttered them :) :

http://www.shino.de/2012/03/23/testbash-survival-of-the-fit-tester/

http://www.shino.de/2012/03/23/testbash-an-8-layer-model-for-exploratory-testing/

http://www.shino.de/2012/03/23/testbash-the-tale-of-a-startup/

http://www.shino.de/2012/03/23/testbash-the-evil-testers-guide-to-eeevil/

http://www.shino.de/2012/03/23/testbash-visualizing-quality-a-random-walk-of-ideas/

 

6 Thoughts on “Test Bash > Done

  1. I enjoyed TestBash from afar, too! Love the low-tech social network, how did that work, exactly?

    • Rob on 28/03/2012 at 10:44 am said:

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks!

      The Low Tech Social Network works by people publicly listing things about themselves that they might not usually talk about. This opens themselves up for connections with others. It helps to break the ice before an event and also gives people a focus during the breaks. It’s a way of improving the chances that they talk to someone else at an event. Which really is where the true value of conferences is.

      Thanks
      Rob

  2. Ruud Cox on 26/03/2012 at 9:32 pm said:

    Hi Rob and others of the Software Testing Club,

    I enjoyed the Test Bash from behind my computer while at work. What made it really difficult that I was not at the conference (besides the great talks) was the beers (ahum… socializing) before and after the event. I don’t know what the STC has in mind for the future but I really like these small scale events.

    Maybe next year.

    • Rob on 28/03/2012 at 10:45 am said:

      Hi Ruud,

      Thanks for the comment. The low numbers helps to make the event more social, which is really what the STC is about. It’s about connecting people together. It’s about bringing social aspects to the learning environment. It worked well and we’re hugely relieved with how it went :)

      Maybe next year indeed.

      Rob..

  3. Great to hear it went so well Rob!

    A HUGE pat on the back to you, Rosie, and all that helped pull it all together.

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