We were recently at the STP Spring 2019 conference. Testim was one of the sponsors for the event. We were also there to give a talk and workshop on Implementing ATDD in large scale agile projects and doing Paired Session Based Exploratory Testing respectively. It was an amazing conference in terms of the content, speakers, attendees and the location.
The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency next to the SFO airport and San Francisco Bay. It was a beautiful location and was easily accessible to everyone. As for the conference, there were a great collection of talks and workshops for attendees to learn from and apply the concepts in their daily project activities. The content included different testing strategies/approaches that can be applied to manual/automated testing, applying AI in software testing, different leadership techniques and traits that can be applied in agile testing, testing in DevOps/Continuous Delivery and performance testing.
This is one of the reasons why we have continued to sponsor STP Conferences in the past couple of years; as they make testing inclusive by bringing people from different countries in one location to share their experiences and also learn from each other.
We met a lot of our friends from SauceLabs, Applitools and other companies at the conference. We also had our own sponsor booth.
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As mentioned earlier, on behalf of Testim, I also gave a talk and a workshop. The talk was titled “ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development) Is A Whole Team Approach – A Real Case Study”. It was about my real life experiences implementing ATDD in a large scale agile project. I discussed the problems my team had before implementing ATDD and how I trained the entire team of 25 people on different practices to encourage collaboration, learning and reinstating the mindset of One Team, One Goal. I also discussed the process changes that happened due to ATDD, how my team could leverage test automation throughout this process and finally shared the lessons learned from the implementation.
The workshop I did was titled “Unwrapping the box of Paired Testing”. In this workshop, I shared different testing strategies to do quick tours on your applications based on my real life experiences. I discussed what is Session Based Exploratory Testing and used the template I formed to do paired exploratory testing on live applications.
Below are some articles I wrote covering some of the details discussed in my talk and workshop
Finally, we took part in a 5 minute lightning talk series STP hosted called “Testing Stories”. People shared their real life testing stories that were really insightful within 5 minutes.
Overall, we had a great time at the conference and look forward to the next event to meet new people and make lasting relationships. Thanks again to the STP organizers for putting on a great show.