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During my BOF session in Melbourne (read more about it SDN Community Day in Melbourne) I asked the question how many of the participants had done a course in software testing. Only two people raised their hands but everybody was responsible for performing some kind of testing. Based on my personal experiences I had expected such a result. However, it is kinda strange that a lot of developers are being send to training courses in order to learn new technologies but they do not get the training to improve  vital skills which they use everyday. Especially with an activity like testing which generates a lot of business value very quickly. Just imagine how much a software company can save if they find crucial bugs before the software goes into production.


Wrong WAY!



The main goal for me is to motivate people to look at ways how they might be able to improve their testing skills on a day to day basis. Lets discuss what skills are important and how you can measure and improve them.

Intended Audience

So far I have seen a lot of different roles in teams which are performing testing tasks besides traditional QA: developers who write code, consultants who customize systems, power users,… This session is aimed at everybody who is doing testing of some sort.


The focus will be on three things:

  1. Get an understanding for what you are actually doing and how you can improve it.
  2. Look at some ideas which might help in that matter. I will present one: Exploratory Testing.
  3. Give some information regarding things which can support your learning: literature, article, blogs,…

As the type of the session already suggests this is really a Birds of a Feather session. Please do not expect to hear anything about concrete testing techniques. Of course, I would be more than happy to have more concrete discussions later on.  By the way I am really happy to see that Tobis Trapp also offers a very interesting session in the testing area as well. Furthermore Morten Wittrock will talk about Munich BOF session: XI unit testing with Detroubulator 1.1. So this community day both areas manual and automatic testing are covered, great!

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  1. Former Member
    Hi Thomas:

    I already attend Las Vegas TechEd, so no Munich for me -:P But your BoF looks really interesting…I’m sure that people at Munich are going to have a great time attending it -:)



  2. Nigel James

    Judging from the session schedule I have in my hot little hand it would appear that is scheduled at the same time as yours.<br/><br/>Shame. Never mind, lets make sure we bump into each other though.<br/><br/>Cheers,<br/>Nigel “>

  3. Nigel James
    what I was trying to say in my previous comment that suffered from me trying to be too clever is that our sessions will be on at the same time.

    Lets make sure we run into each other.


  4. Former Member
    Hi guys

    I’ll be doing a session in Munich on the next version of Detroubulator, which is an open source unit test tool for XI. Better blog a bit about the session soon I guess 🙂


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