It sure is going to be a great event with some awesome talks lined up by internationally renowned speakers.
My talk is going to be about “Adopting a Simplified Risk Based Testing approach” which includes a little bit of a story from my past project and a showcasing how to implement a simplified risk based approach on a new project.
The Ministry of Testing (MoT) is definitely the biggest and the most supportive testing community. Having heard so much about their Testbash events conducted world-wide, speaking at one was a long time goal. And I was fortunate enough to be accepted to speak at Testbash Detroit this year. But as things progressed since the beginning of 2020, travels and conferences of any kind were far from possible in light of a the global pandemic of Covid-19. Alas! our dreams were shattered. And though, it was disheartening for sure, the awesome community jumped back from the jolt and got together to bring us all an awesome online event #Testbash Home 2020.
Preparations began and I too got back to preparing my talk, which I had given up on after the cancellations! Took a couple of weekends sorting out the content and slides. Then we had a call to record the talks with the community members Heather and Diana were ever so supportive and so kind with their emails, scheduling and feedback! This was a wonderful idea to have the talks pre-recorded so that we are not hampered by any technical glitches on the event day, while we speakers get to focus on engaging with everyone and answering questions from the community.
As the day of the event approached, I prepared for my live interview. The event had more than 1000 registrations! Definitely making it the biggest audience I have ever presented to. Though the event began late night hours for my timezone, my talk was at a convenient morning hour. So that is when I joined in. Had a wonderful chat with Richard who was the Backstage boss and handling the entire livestream for the entire 24 hours! Checked on my audio & video etc and also had introductions with James who was the host for that part. And then we were live!
The duration of the talk went great. It was surreal listening to myself presenting, and looking at the live chat and questions coming from the participants throughout the talk. Once it ended, I was back live with my video. Me and James continued to discuss the most popular voted questions asked and I answered them the best to my knowledge. It was amazing to see such great comments and kind appreciation by the listeners in the chats once we were done. #Grateful
Once my talk was done, I could now continue to enjoy the rest of the live event! #Testbash Home was an absolute treat with a mix of great content, discussions, community participation, fun hosts and great conversations! It sure has set the bar really high for all online events in the future. I stayed throughout the next 5 parts of the event and only left late at night when it was absolutely impossible to keep my eyes open 😛
It sure felt like a day away from our regular stay-at-home lives, and felt like we had met up with so many people in the virtual world. Some key highlights of the day were-
Awesome talks by speakers
Black Box puzzles played live with volunteers
99 second talks with many enthusiastic participants, many of whom were presenting for the first time!
The breakout room was so much fun – where you could select your avatar, enter a virtual room and just chit chat (and play with Ralph the dogBoss 😛 )
The breaks in-between parts had the background noise of an actual conference hall with people chattering and plates clanking. It was so soothing to hear (given the times we are in!) A fantastic idea! 🙂
The hosts did an awesome job engaging everyone in informal chats, yoga, discussing shows we are watching, things we are cooking and what not. Considering that it was a 24 hour long event, it sure was a welcome change of pace every few hours.
The short intros of all the MoT community bosses was so much fun to watch and made it very relatable. Now we know the faces behind the names.
Overall, TestBash home was an awesome experience, and I was fortunate to get some great feedback for my first ever Testbash Talk! I also loved the sketch-note of my talk created by Louise Gibbs
I look forward to taking it further and engaging with this community in a live Testbash event some day! 🙂
It was a great talk by him on the topic ‘Testing vs Checking’ where he discussed the finer nuances of the testing craft and how automated checks are more explicit and fixed than the human brain and the thought process of a real tester.
Apart from the great content, I also observed and loved the presentation style, the ingenuity, the spontaneity, and the interspersed humor! His true passion for testing and the sheer amount of experience shines through each spoken word. We learn a lot just from being in the same room with such experts.
I tried my hands at #sketchnotes for the first time, trying to capture the gist of his talk.
Here is a glimpse into the event-
It sure was an awesome experience and a day well spent! I look forward to meeting him again and getting an opportunity to learn from him!
I, representing Agile Testing Alliance, organised and hosted the 19th ATA meetup @Bangalore on 28th July 2018 in association with CovaimTech . The event was themed as “The Future of Testing” and was aimed at bringing awareness on new trends in the world on agile, testing and devops.
Mr. Manoj Kumar Vijayaragavan (VP of QA Engineering, Coviam) gave an introductory talk about QA practices and technologies used at Coviam. We had speakers from Coviam present enlightening talks on topics like “Deployments at Scale” by Ankit Tripathi (DevOps Engineer) and “Integrating Microservices for continuous testing” by Viswanatha Reddy (Senior SDET, Coviam), which were highly appreciated.
We also introduced for the first time in this meetup, the concept of Lightening talks, wherein we opened registrations for any interested delegate to take the stage and present any idea for a short 10-minute duration. This idea got two speakers Mr. SarathKumar M.V. presenting on Microsoft Azure testing capabilities and Mr. Rakesh Reddy talk about “Accessibility Testing Strategy”. The short and crisp talks brought out valuable discussions and garnered interest from the audience.
Our gracious hosts @Coviam had arranged for tea and we had a brief networking break.
Our third speaker was Ms. Bhavani Sruti from Moolya who presented a hands on session on Mobile App Performance Testing, wherein we engaged the audience in performing some tests on their own mobiles first-hand and explaining the various performance parameters for mobile apps.
The last segment of the meetup was the Agile Games. I along with Mr. Nagesh Deshpande from Cynosure had planned some quiz questions, and Pictionary words to play amongst the delegates divided into teams. The audience had the chance to win ATA goodies, and the teams were awarded with goodie bags! The delegates had loads of fun playing the games and thus the event ended on a high note!
Thus ending the event, we took part in lunch arranged, and discussing various other interesting ATA events coming up soon.
Here are a few glimpses of the event-
Looking forward to organising many more such events to encourage and bring together the testing community!
I organised and hosted the 13th ATA Meetup at Bangalore which was held on Saturday- 13 May 2017 at Coviam Technology office – HSR Layout. The event was a big success owing to the great support of the volunteering team @CoviamTech as well as the great talks by all the speakers. The day saw a huge turnout with a full house at the venue, and great participation and questions by the attendees.
CEO of Coviam Mr. Deepak Nachnani gave an introductory talk , followed by the below talks-
Shrinathacharya L M. (Shrinath) from Allscripts
Thick and Thin Lines in Choosing Mobile Test Cloud Environment
Mr. Sundaresan Krishnaswami from Coviam
Ms.Felicia Kartika from Blibli.com, Indonesia
Successful strategies to testing Microservices architecture
Mr Santhosh GS from Allscripts
Machine learning telepathy for Shift Right approach of testing
Deepthi from Coviam
Delegates appreciated all the sessions, and had the opportunity to network over tea and lunch sponsored by Coviam at the end of the sessions.
CP-MAT certificates were also distributed in a felicitation ceremony for the candidates who cleared the course last month.
Over all the day was a great success, and ATA looks forward to such an awesome response every month at our meetups!
I organised and hosted the ATA 12th Meetup last Saturday 25th March 2017 @Moolya software, Bangalore. The event saw good participation from many enthusiastic testers and some insightful talks by great speakers. We had talk on
>>Problem solving techniques: An attempt to apply ideas across disciplines — by Ajay Balamurugadas, Tyto Software (Creators of Sahi)-
>>Behavior Driven Development – What, Why and How – from a tester’s perspective — by Mr. Vinay Krishna, Agile Technology Coach
>>Challenges of Agile for a Manager — by Preeth Pandalay, Techno Agilist, Agile Coach, Trainer
>>Create 100 mindmaps in 1 minute (demo) — by Dharamalingam K – Moolya Software
The event was a great success owing to the awesome speakers and the amazing discussions and questions by the participants. We hope to continue these meetups and bring the community together with more such open events!
uTest is the most wonderful community of testers from across the globe where passionate testers connect, network, discuss, learn and of course – Test!
uTest recently initiated a drive to have meetups across the globe and a result of that was the first ever uMeet organised at Bangalore. It was a fun and wonderful event where utesters shared their stories and journeys with uTest. I too got a chance to speak on my favorite topic of Agile testing and discussing practical agile testing challenges.
Thanks a lot to the organiser Yamini and her friends who chipped in with the setup. It was great meeting the people we know in the community, some of whom are really rising the ranks in uTest. I sure hope to continue my journey with uTest and now Applause.com writing for the forums and also doing some happy testing!
ATA strives to spread knowledge about agile testing and aims to create and nurture a community of agile testers by organising events like conferences, contests and meetups. ATA meetups are free open events which bring testers together for thought provoking talks, discussions and networking opportunities to passionate testers in the area.
18th February 2017 was a great day with the 11th ATA meetup organised in Bangalore courtesy the wonderful team at Epsilon. ATA community got together at the Epsilon venue for some good discussions and talks, one of them being mine!- on the topic “Agile vs Traditional Testing”. Other speakers who graced the occasion were Shanthala and her team from Epsilon talking about “Campaign Testing” and Amit Vyas from Moolya talking about “Client side Performance Testing”.
Here are some pictures from the day-
Stay updated at www.agiletestingalliance.org for upcoming meetups and events. We are looking for volunteers and organisers for our next events, and also reach me in case you have ideas to present on our next meetup!