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Is TestBash an Invaluable experience?

Over the last few years, I’ve attended four single track conferences at TestBash Brighton and Manchester. Most recently, September 2018 and April 2019.

One of the most common questions I get after the conference is, Was it worth it? Especially now given, I’m a contractor, and I attend at my own expense.

In short, Yes It’s definitely worth the trip!

That leads me into my question; does a single-track conference work for me, or could I get more out of TestBash?

Of course, there are pros and cons, some talks may not be as engaging, but this is no disrespect to the speakers, for me, it’s because I probably favour certain subjects and I’m pretty sure others will think the same.

Do I make the most of what’s on offer at TestBash? It pains me to say, No! I don’t make the most of the events leading up to and post the single-track conference so I could get more from the week.

TestBash offers master classes on automation. A full day of workshops. Test.bash() with talks on automation and technical topics. The single-track conference of all things testing and working in software development. There are also open space events that allow you to create your schedule to talk and learn about topics that are of interest to you and the evening social events are a great way to hang out with old and new friends and share a beer or 3. Of course, this is without mentioning all of the excellent online material!

So, my plan of action initially is to at a minimum, attend some of the workshops, and interact more with this awesome community!

I also attend other events; there is an event in Leeds twice a year, The Testing Atelier! It’s fantastic and rather than a single-track conference it offers a multi-track conference which allows you can pick and choose which talks you attend. A multi-track conference doesn’t always work because sometimes you may want to attend two talks that start at the same time, but this is where you have to use the breakout sessions to ask questions and share.

There are loads of topics that evolve and are spoken about at TestBash and will help you as a software tester be able to offer a service to enable teams to make better decisions because after all, we are there to provide information.

Here are some things you can contribute to as an individual or as a team to give you effective results as a software tester:

  • Build a good community that evolves, has a purpose and is flexible for everyone as it is crucial to work together with those who have a shared interest/goal
  • Build strong relationships, strengthening these bonds inspires better work and a more valued environment 
  • Cross-team pairing. Pair with those outside of your discipline, you will learn something
  • Share implicit knowledge and help others understand 
  • Believe in yourself and own your craft. A great quote I once heard “A force to influence other people’s thinking” without being manipulative of course! Remember you are the expert so use your knowledge to educate others
  • Listen to the views of others because we have to accept that your opinion could be a bias one
  • Make testing a continuous exercise and get involved as early as possible
  • Create constructive feedback loops because stakeholders like the sense of involvement especially when you act on it
  • Most importantly MAKE IT FUN!

It’s refreshing to attend events such as TestBash and The Leeds Testing Atelier because if nothing else it confirms that others across many organisations are going in the same direction as you are.

So from me a massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to my development so far.

Keep up the excellent work.


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