Thursday was perhaps the most relaxing day I had the week in Dallas. I enjoyed a relaxed breakfast with a large number of testers and speakers at the conference – it is easy to relax when all of our speaking commitments have been fulfilled.
Some were still not quite done however. There were a series of talks called the “Rapid Fire Challenge” with a key idea packed into a five minute presentation. Dawn Haynes gave an interesting presentation around Tester Personalities. Lanette Creamer gave a fun presentation on “Tester Tricks” (where she listed Adam Goucher as her “favorite tool.”) Mark Tomlinson talked about Risks and Costs of false positives in automation testing. Scott Barber gave a cool breakdown on ideas that were useful for determining what to test and what not to test. He called it FIBLOTS. Cool.
Then, Fiona Charles delivered a stunning keynote on the question of managing Testing or the Testing Process. Ummm – wow. I was tweeting comments from that as fast as I could. It was good. It was really good.
From there, I went to Doug Hoffman’s presentation on computer assisted exploratory testing. Overall, I enjoyed it and got some ideas I need to consider. The huge drawback was that there was simply too much information to squeeze into 1 hour and 15 minutes. It would take at least a full day to get a good survey of the ideas – and a couple of days would be better.
From there, I ran into James Pulley – a fellow SQAForums Moderator. We had never met in person and this was a great opportunity.
From there, I spent some time trying to get my notes in order, get things sorted out and “filed” so I could make use of it later. The rest of the time there (which was not much by now) I spent it chatting with people, having a light lunch with Fiona Charles, Matt Heusser and Yvette Francino. After that, Matt, Fiona and I headed to the airport for our respective flights out.
All in all, this was a remarkable week.