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TestWarez 2017 – Complexity

I’m back 🙂

I’ve spent last two days in Toruń getting as much from the best known Polish QA conference – TestWarez – as possible. Each time I take part in such event – I feel like home. People, who have similar mindset, who want to change the world and improve their skills, vivid atmosphere, rush, noise and loads of coffee. All at once and each one separately.

It was my first time at this event, I had some expectations, but the reality was different. Let’s face the truth – TestWarez is great at the point where you can meet people and talk to them, but it has nothing to do with modern worldwide trends in software testing. When, at the same time, at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam speakers talk about exploratory, supporting women (#SupportAfganGirlsRoboticsTeam) and testing web services – TestWarez’es agenda provided us with such innovative ideas like “there are tools more advanced that Excel to report your bugs” (psssst – it is no longer a Stone Age) or “manual tester/automation tester” (15 kittens died during that presentation, if you know what I mean @MichaelBolton).

Don’t get me wrong – it is not about playing down the conference, but maybe it’s time to move on and look around? Maybe, it would be good to see that there is a world out there beyond ISTQB certification – full of fresh ideas how to improve teamwork.

There were some brilliant speeches as well, but they were rather very good talks than innovative ones. Sadly for me, the more I attend conferences – the more I expect – and maybe it’s not the point. I think SJSI – the main organizer – missed the boat in delivering value instead of package. Maybe it’s time to introduce English – only track (if not the whole event) and mark it in the agenda. It’s a shame when foreign guests are not able to benefit from the event as well due to language barrier.

On the other hand – we have such brilliant events in Poland like TestFest or Quality Excites that are alive,  creative and give new energy. In addition,  maybe the events, that don’t cost an arm and a leg, base on true stories and “we can do it” approach, create more value and QA spirit.

Nevertheless, I had great time in unique surrounding of Toruń – old Polish city. I get together with my friends from testing community, talked for hours with testers from all over the country and enjoyed the event a lot.

So – back to square one – my top 5 speeches (and one discussion panel) – from what I’ve selected during the conference. You should definitely look for them, as soon as they emerge on TestWarez YouTube channel.

  1. O sile optymizmu oraz zwinnym rozwoju osobistym – Jędrzej Osiński

It was not exactly about testing, but rather about personal development in general. Light weight presentations, with well-balanced amount of examples made me re-think my life choices any my priorities in life. Very inspiring and pretty fun! My list of books-to-read widened a lot since Friday 😀 Thank you @dr_hawaii

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2. ZEN testów wydajnościowych – Jakub Chabik

There was a lot at TestWarez about performance testing. It seems – this subject is getting trendy nowadays. When our applications run in production quite well – all we have to do is stress them and check how many users can we serve at once. This presentations gave me the receipt how to start, how to manage the environment and which mistakes to avoid since the beginning of my performance testing. Well organized speech – original ZEN- related surrounding – well done!

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3. A proper gun makes testing fun – Tomasz Dubikowski

It may be the first time when Tomek’s speech is not on the top of my list 🙂
The talk was fun as always. Tomek’s jokes, minions and colorful slides shall provide you with all you need from a good speech. He was talking about performance testing as well, gave some epic fails examples and coded live (successfully) using Gatling. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to see it live again on some other event.

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4. What tester can learn in support – Maciej Wyrodek

This talk was a story about Maciek’s journey as a software tester and it was focused on his first job. He had a lot to do with a support of his product – not only with testing. Below slide summaries this job perfectly.
Testing is not the end – support is!
Maciek’s talk was entertaining, as he used (my) trick with candies 😉 He played a game with the audience, so nobody got bored. The talk was in English – so once it’s on YT – all of you can hear the story.

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5. Jak zaplanować testy, żeby nie wylądować w czarnej d…ziurze – Łukasz Pietrucha. – discussion panel

I can remember when Łukasz hosted first WrotQA (local testers meetups in Wrocław – the city I live in) meetings. It was long time ago in a galaxy far far away. It was a time when I wore diapers as a software tester 🙂

Today, he is a storyteller and a professional speaker. As I wrote about the discussion panel itself in my previous post – I have to admit that I’m impressed by the talk itself. We had an opportunity to take part in moderated discussion at professional level. People were truly involved and took some examples fro themselves, I believe.

I’ve enjoyed it a lot 🙂

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6. Przychodzi tester na rozmowę – Patryk Hemperek

The dilemma was big – Patryk and Kamila Mrozek (my ‘homies’ from Worcław) had their presentations at the same time (come oooon TestWarez!). As I saw Kamila in action before – I decided to support Patryk at his speech about evolving as a software tester. He was talking about his journey and experiences as a software tester and focused on gaining new skill to improve test automation in his project. Very instructive talk –
I recommend it especially to all of you who would like to start their journey as a software tester.

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I wish I could see more – but I was the only one among 5 (!!!) tracks at once. There was some about test automation, lot about performance testing and even more about ISTQB – related stuff. I hope I’ll see more online.

… And one more thing – 4 – in my opinion the most tempting presentations – were scheduled during the last slot on Friday. 70% of the conference attendees had left before the speeches started 😦 It made me sad. It is horrible to talk to the empty room. It is also horrible to give a great talk that no one listens to.
Re-think it, please – both organisers and attendees.

What did you like the most about Test Warez?
Was my summary helpful?

As usual – don’t hesitate to comment down below or on Twitter / Facebook.

Cheers!

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12 thoughts on “TestWarez 2017 – Complexity

  1. Kinga, thank you for a good read again! I have to say that after reading this I feel relieved! I had a chance to attend TestWarez a year ago, and from what I see, not much has changed. Last year it was pretty much the same, the sentiment from SJSI to make sure that everybody follows up an “ISTQB” certification is just so terrible. I had a bad luck to attend a speech where one of the organizers totally ditched a speaker for his “futuristic and unrealistic ideas”. It was terrible. I’ve mostly attended the “Agility” tracks and sadly the quality of the speeches were terrible. I also can’t understand how they get away with running a polish only conference in a country that becomes one of the Europe’s biggest hubs when it comes to IT.
    I suspect that also because of this, last year NewVoiceMedia had 4 people attending the event, while this year it was just a single person.

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  2. Z tak karcącymi opiniami wstrzymałabym się na Twoim miejscu jednak do obejrzenia pozostałych prezentacji. Stwierdzenie, że brakło najnowszych trendów jest krzywdzące dla tych, którzy mówili o mikroserwisach, sztucznej inteligencji, czy innowacjach. Może to nie konferencje, a zły wybór prelekcji?

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  3. Did you even read the agenda? There were topics about testing web services and exploratory, that you mentioned were discussed in Potsdam. Ok, no women support but that is not testing.
    Only point in you summary I agree with is lack of one marked only English path.
    The rest is just complaining based on only few presentations out of dozens. Don’t you think it is kinda unfair for the other?
    And another thing. The conference is mostly from Polish testers to Polish testers and about issues they are facing on a daily basis. And working with excel is something that they want to overcome, this is why they are coming to this conference to get to know – from experience of others – how to do this. Making fun of this, calling it Stone Age is just wrong. If you do not like something in the agenda – do not go, not laugh at it.

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    1. No women support? Really? 🙂
      Did you notice the majority of Testwarez team are girls? Do we really need to TALK about support if we are SHOWING the presence of women it IT all the time?

      Kinga, please notice that Testwarez is for ALL testers/QA. If you wish to talk about girls in IT, go to Carrots meeting, or Women in Tech.
      In fact, the whole story with differentiating between girls and boys, no matter of reasons, can be more destructive for the equality, than seeing no difference between genders…

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      1. What I meant, is that there was no strict topic on supporting women. Something Kinga mentioned as lacking one. Totally agree that resting society is cery girls friendly 🙂

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      2. Dear Anna, actually I referred to Kinga’s original post 🙂 Sorry for the confusion.

        One more thing I would like to clarify.
        ” It’s a shame when foreign guests are not able to benefit from the event as well due to language barrier”. In the agenda, talks were marked by a proper flag (Polish or English). The flag indicated the language of speech. Please have a look at the agenda – you will find some English flags – they create the English track.

        Our foreign guests were fully aware about the plan, agenda and all events associated with the conference. Perhaps you didn’t notice, but organizers took care about them, doing our best to demostrate our traditional Polish hospitality. Our guests were happy, so I guess you do not have to worry any more 🙂

        Best regards!

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  4. Thank you for your comments, it wasn’t my intention to offend anyone – if you feel offended – I do appologise.
    All I want is to to point out are things to improve. It is THE BIGGEST, THE OLDEST conference in Poland – why can’t it be our ‘export commodity’?
    It has beautiful package – maybe it would be worth to refresh the content as well, that’s it.

    Peace and love –
    Kinga

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  5. I’ve just carefully went through agenda. And still don’t get why there is not even a single one speech connected with testing HW related products? What about FW and embedded? In a world where everyone is talking about smart devices, IoT, wearables, VR & AR.

    Another thing is any example of introducing and reshaping Agile approach (and hopefully CI/CD) in any highly regulated and restricted environment (aircraft, financial institutes, automotive). This is one of the hottest topics about modern testing challenges.

    Last but not least – language… I’m struggling with that personally since almost half a year. 5 parallel tracks and still there are many slots without any English presentation. I’ve heard a lot of complaint about that during Agile Testing Days (unfortunately a lot of them were form Eastern Europe countries including organizers of another conferences…).

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