Here’s the link to A reflection on Let’s Test 2015: Part I
The sessions (Part II)
Below does not include all of the sessions I went to nor all aspects of the session I mention
Visual Creativity: Using Sketchnotes and Mindmaps to aid your agile testing – Dan Ashby and Christina Ohanian
We ‘warmed up’ by drawing whichever image came to mind when Dan said a word. It was interesting to see how a lot of people could interpret the same word differently. For example: “Time” could be a clock, a watch or an hourglass.
After this we got down to the nitty gritty and started drawing some sketch notes based on some requirements from Trello. It was tough – I drew a blank with quite a few words but got there in the end 🙂
Afterwords, we tested Trello using mindmaps with the groups we were sitting in. Not only was this a great way to help us learn how to communicate information using mindmaps, it ended up being a good indicator of how useful our sketch notes were.
Exploring Web App (In)Security – Bill Matthews and Dan Billing
I absolutely loved the hands on aspect of this session. It was great to learn about stuff that I’d often heard mentioned, like SQL injections and Tampering, but never had an opportunity to do (in a safe environment of course).
Feedback Bootcamp – Tobias Fors
We did a few activities to learn how to give and receive feedback – one of which was to write a Haiku as a team. Part of the activity was also to decorate the piece of paper on which we wrote the Haiku. Afterwards we were asked to give feedback to each-other and also to receive the feedback. People were also allocated the role of the observer. One interesting thing I observed was that some people have a tendency to go on a bit more than they should. When it comes to compliments, I felt it could “weaken” the compliment somewhat.
- Being surrounded by a bunch of people who are passionate and excited about software testing is a great way to reignite your love of testing.
- Having a conference with well-organised, interesting sessions was great – but it’s the conversations I had with people at meals and the friends I made that I’m most grateful for.
- Attending both sessions that I felt are within my comfort zone and sessions that were outside of (my comfort zone), meant I really enjoyed being challenged.
- I seriously recommend any testers who want to ‘rediscover’ testing and be surrounded by passionate people who also want to learn – should definitely go to Let’s Test 2016