Sunday, November 23, 2008

A blog about testing!

Last week I attended the Öredev conference in Malmö and spent the first three days learning about Rapid Software Testing from James Bach. The last to days of the conference I spent listening to a diverse group of people including Karen N. Johnson giving a talk about story telling techniques and how to use them in our context, Torbjörn Ryber, who shared some interesting experiences, Pradeep Soundararajan shared experienceses from India. There was alot happening and one of the other speakers I listened to was Mattias Göranssson, from Sony Ericsson in Lund, talking about introducing Heuristic Based Testing at SEMC. It was very interesting and since he could not share much detail and the fact that they have been at it for less than a year, it lacked a little in examples. It would be interesting to learn more about how they go about introducing exploratiry testing, since that is what he is trying to do, and what experiences that will produce. I'm looking forward to hearing more as they move forward.

The experience of the conference was over all good. The food was bland but the talks were good. Pradeep told me he had been to many conferences in India were the food was great, and that was what people came for, but the speakers were bland. I prefer it the way it was i Malmö allthough I would really like good food AND good speakers. We'll see when that happens.

James Bach did a good job in the Rapid Software Testing course. I think we all felt challenged and alot of us did our best to challenge James which did lead to some very interesting discussions and we all came out of that with new knowledge and new experiences. The two things that are reoccurring in James's course , I think, are two major themes: Focus and Defocus and most importantly Think For Yourself!
I will make a t-shirt for myself that says: I Think For Myself! That is just a small, but not insignificant, thing I will bring with me from the course and conference in Malmö last week.

I will try to share as much, and as often, as I can, my experiences in testing on this blog. I will use it to try and get reflections from other testers. I will try to use it to learn from you! Please leave a comment about anything if you come accross something you think is good, not that important to comment but appreciated, something that you think is so off the wall and so completly wrong you just have to speak up, I love a good debate and a good discussion.

Don't hesitate! Plunge in!


  1. You plunged in! :)

    I am excited to know if "more scripted testing" thing happened after you went back?

  2. I talked to the "script people", sounds like something out of an american B-movie of the 50's like "Attack of the script-people", and we've booked some meetings and there is a true interest in learning more. I believe I can get my point across! We want to find bugs, right? We don't want to spend our time creating scripts that won't find but a maybe a few bugs, do we? We want to find the bugs quickly!

    I think we'll get there. I already have a small guerilla set up for the task ;-)

  3. Welcome to blogging man! Keep sharing the experiences.