Call for Content Owners Autumn Camp 2017 – Version 5.0

Are you a Software Tester or do you work in a related field? Do you thoroughly enjoy knowledge sharing? Then tap into your experience and deliver a workshop at our Autumn Camp!

Whether you are still learning the ropes of public speaking or you are well-versed in conducting interactive sessions, this is the place to be. With the same hands-on approach as its previous editions, the Testing Camp invites fellow enthusiasts from across and beyond its four chapters to delve into an experiment for the better part of a prolonged weekend.

Because this is what the 2017 edition revolves around: Experimenting with various methods, approaches and tools, in a safe environment which fosters achievement and encourages a meaningful exchange, without the constraints of a certain product or workplace specifics. It aims at engaging content owners and participants alike in a relevant learning experience, ultimately prompting a change in mindset.

Moreover, with our assistance and feedback, you will get to brush up on your public speaking skills, which will definitely come in handy when you attend other national and international events.

If you wish to take part in this experiment and share what bugs you the most, then use the following form to submit your workshop proposal and join our passionate community.

Submissions will be accepted between September 1st and September 10th, so hurry up!

Last but not least, check out the Autumn Camp coordinates below:

  • What? –  “Experiments and Experiences”
  • When? –  October 26th – 29th 2017
  • Where? –  Silva Hotel, Busteni

See you there,

Your Testing Camp Facilitators

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Risk Analysis in Software Testing with James Bach

The meetup held in October 2016 at Tabara de Testare Cluj was a special one: the content owner was James Bach who delivered an interactive presentation about Risk Analysis in Software Testing.

In preparation for his software testing courses, James did a dry-run of an exercise involving risks analysis and their effects in testing. James and the participants came up with test ideas for a level 4 self-driving car and afterwards compared notes. How was it? We will let you discover by yourselves:

Happy Testing!

Everyone is writing or posting about their New Year’s resolutions.

It’s one of those moments that prompt us to reflect on past experiences and resolve to become more engaged. I’m placing special emphasis on “one of”, since this reflective process should not be confined to the rather elusive New Year’s Eve or the ever-fleeting month of January. It’s a process that can occur all year round, especially but not restricted to learning experiences.

In my case, reflection has always been a core element of learning, which has aided me in internalising hard and soft outcomes alike. That’s why, I’d like to start 2017 by revisiting my notes on the 5th year anniversary of the Testing Camp in Timisoara. Such celebrations are in themselves moments of reflection, aren’t they? 🙂

On December 8th, we got together at a special meet-up, which featured 4 content owners and focused on some very interesting topics.

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The first item on the agenda was a demo on security testing with Fiddler.

Apart from providing us with a presentation of the tool, Ovidiu Kiss demonstrated various testing scenarios, such as: using breakpoints to test DDoS attacks, testing application behaviour by corrupting the message, checking plain text appearance of credentials, forced unauthorized access and forced login, to name but a few.

What I found particularly interesting was the fact that Fiddler can be customized and it is quite versatile when it comes to extending the rules menu. It can also be used for mobile testing, since it functions as a browser proxy.

During the subsequent Q&A, its usage in automation was also discussed, in terms of selected sessions, which can be exported as web tests in Visual Studio.

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The second item on the agenda introduced us to an interactive concept: Open Corners.

The three content owners that had prepared to facilitate this engaging learning experience introduced themselves and invited us to contribute by asserting that none of them held the absolute truth when it came to the proposed topics. With this message in mind, we each attended our Open Corner of choice, while also being able to switch between them at will. Consequently, the Open Corners allowed content owners and participants alike to bounce ideas off each other.

It was an interesting exchange of know how, best practices or research sources. Ecaterina Ganenco, who hosted the anniversary meet-up at Softvision, moderated the Open Corner on “Testing Big Data”. Iulia Stoenescu prompted her audience to talk about “Juggling Automation and Manual Testing”, while Ciprian Balauroiu tackled the challenging topic of “Managing Outsourced QA Teams”.

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To conclude this festive evening, we got together once more and enjoyed the scrumptious birthday cake. Some of the veterans of the Testing Camp (Alina Ionescu, Alin Groza, Ecaterina Ganenco, Ramona Baleti, to name but a few) reminisced about the former 5 years, while also talking about the next steps: the upcoming meet-ups, the idea of also focusing on the automotive industry in Timisoara, the effort to promote quality in terms of content, a.s.o. Organizers, facilitators and newbies alike chatted merrily about these topics over goodies and refreshments, while wishing each other “Happy Testing!”

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Last but not least, this time, instead of leaving you with a graphic facilitation of my “Lessons Learned”, I’ll just sum up my thoughts on reflection and phrase them as a “Call to Action”. What gets us into the habit of reflection more than becoming involved? Facilitating or simply taking part in learning experiences offers unique insights into personal growth and fosters achievement.

Whether at the Testing Camp or for any other initiative, let’s become more involved and thus more reflective! Beyond New Year’s resolutions. 🙂