Test Retreat – Bournemouth

 

Last night was the Bournemouth Test Retreat organised by Rajya Bhamidipati (@peppytester).

Redweb office

Redweb office

The event was hosted at Redweb’s awesome social bar with drinks and nibbles provided. I was particulary interested in the UX lab for conducting usability testing.

Jealous of the UX Lab at Redweb

Jealous of the UX Lab at Redweb

We had Adrian Howard (@adrianh), John Stevenson (@steveo1967), myself (@Rob_Lambert), Rajya (@peppytester), Danny Dainton (@DannyDainton), Dave Wardlaw (@DaveyBoyWardlaw) and Lee Harvey (@LeeHarveyLand) turn up for the session.

Drink and retro games at Redweb

Drink and retro games at Redweb

We chatted about testing, the role social media is playing in bringing communities and people together and why it’s so hard to find good testers. We then did an exploratory session; a 30 minute session with the intent on finding the maximum price a web site would give us for some parking. We got some pretty good numbers.

Redweb's awesome hospitality

Redweb’s awesome hospitality

We had copies of cheat sheets, test design books and various other notes to give us ideas and inspiration whilst testing.

Exploring the site

Exploring the site

It was great to see everyone digging around and exploring the product. I paired up with Danny to explore the app. The guy is unbelievable passionate about learning about testing. It’s always great to pair with someone so eager to learn.

Exploring the site

Exploring the site

After the session we did a debrief that was regularly diverted on to interesting side topics such as writing clear notes, knowing when to stop the session, knowing when to stop testing around a feature and having an environment setup and ready to go (i.e. Firebug, Fiddler, Burpsuite etc).

Rajya and John during the debrief

Rajya and John during the debrief

Dave Wardlaw and Danny Dainton during the debrief

Dave Wardlaw and Danny Dainton during the debrief

Overall it was a great event with loads of good ideas being shared.

 

Thanks to Rajya for organising it. Thanks to Redweb for the use of their chill out bar. Thanks to John for leading the sessions and thanks to everyone who turned up to chat about testing. See you at the next one.

 

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1 Response

  1. Stephen Hill says:

    Looks like you guys all had a great time. A small group is great like that for an exploratory session splitting off into pairs to really dig down deep into something. I’ll definitely try and get down to see you guys a bit later in the year when I’m travelling about a bit in the south of England.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences of the evening Rob.

    Stephen