Workshop on Self Education (WHOSE) 2019


We are going to organize our second Workshop on Self Education (WHOSE) peer conference. We will continue with the work that the people did on WHOSE in 2013. They created a body of knowledge which can be found on AST, see this link .

Why are we doing this?

As time progresses, we see that a lot of new things are introduced in the world of testing. Things like Cloud, IoT, Mobile, Accessibility, and AI to name a few. We are looking for people who want to brainstorm with us and help to improve and expand the body of knowledge.

Our goal is to produce a skills inventory that is context driven. In other words, a list of skills describing each skill and including references for the reader on where to go for more. These references might include exercises, papers, videos, books, etc. The purpose of the skills inventory is to promote self-education; providing the reader with a place to start on how to learn about software testing.

This list will be neither exhaustive nor completely correct – but it needs to be better than nothing. We will attract contributors with a demonstrated knowledge of testing and enough experience teaching to have high confidence in the result.

The Format

The workshop will use a facilitated exercise to produce a high-level outline of tester skills, combined with open-space style meetings to fill in the outline. Every attendee will contribute. Based on demand, we may develop some preplanned sessions.


AST is providing funding for this event with one requirement: Produce a first-draft skills inventory, likely in wiki, mind-map, or some other creative modern format. The document will be licensed under creative commons with attribution or a similar (free/open) licensing model.

Where will the WHOSE peer conference be organized?

We have found a location in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Our local sponsor is Dwayne Green.
Where: Neumont College of Computer Science
Address: 143 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

When will the WHOSE peer conference be organized?

From Friday May 17 2019 to Sunday May 19. We have two whole day sessions on Friday and Saturday, from 9 AM to 6 PM. On Sunday, we start at 9 AM and stop around 1 PM.

How can you participate?

Write to the organizers a motivation letter where you explain how you can contribute.
The email should briefly describe your software testing background, your experience with or knowledge about software testing, what you could contribute to this type of event, why you would want to attend, and any special needs or requests you have. We are looking forward to receive your motivation letter. You can send it to:

Around 1 April 2019, we will inform you about the people who will participate.

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