A Dozen BTD2015 Takeaways

Wondering why you should attend BTD 2015? Or having trouble in convincing your boss?

Learning from a buffet

Learning from a buffet


As research does at least suggest that you should add variety to a study session. It’s better to spend small blocks of time on a variety of subjects and skills – rather than concentrating on a single topic. Think of it as taking from a buffet, rather than eating a set dinner.




Consider the BTD as a buffet!

Your buffet!


The BTD this year? We offer a buffet with over 90 learning and seven networking opportunities, free sessions with a multitude of new things to learn so that you can find the solutions to your testing & developing challenges. To give you a taste of what BTD has in store for you, read below for a dozen of our top takeaways that you will want to bring back to your project:

  1. Discover how test strategy is organized around risk but is not defined before testing begins. Rather, it evolves alongside testing as we learn more about the product. Many of the problems of systems development and testing can be traced to the human or organizational problem of lack of engagement with stakeholders. If only we had better access to the users and their managers, then life would be so much easier! But it’s not as simple as that. The goal of Paul’s Test Strategy is to define how testing will gather, analyze and disseminate intelligence to stakeholders for them to make good decisions. In this respect, testing is a powerful ally of business, and this is what we will explore in this Workshop.
  1. When we’re starting to look at unit testing, we get the simple examples that work in an ideal world. When we start working on the actual code, we bump into reality. While unit testing is not easy, it can be easier. In this workshop, we’ll try our hands in different techniques of unit testing. Learn from Gil about naming methods, practice refactoring and techniques of Test Driven Development that work in the real world.
  1. Learn about the test team’s and tester’s roles in estimation and measurement, and how to estimate in the face of uncertainty. Analysts, developers, leads, test managers, testers, and QA personnel can all benefit. Attend the coaching skills for Test professionals, creating shared goals, Stakeholder identification sessions, developing the right skills and more by Jan Jaap Cannegieter & Stephen Janaway.
  1. Learn from practice. Dealing with questions like “Where to start?” with a multiple mobile devices testing lab. This workshop introduces participants to all aspects of device test lab creation. Participate in sessions dealing with Challenges of BIG Testing: Automation, Virtualization, Outsourcing, and more from Galina and Stephen.
  1. Learn a practical risk analysis technique to prioritize your testing and become more effective with limited resources. Learn new methods and develop renewed energy for taking your organization’s test management to the next level. Join Stuart Reid’s Risk Based Session workshop
  1. Kick starts your brain to analyze specifications, risks, causes, effects, project plans, and anything else that puzzles you. Learn the way to get visibility into what you are doing, how to spend more time effectively, and more techniques based on Kanban in Yves Hanouille’s Personal Agility workshop

6.Learn how to question applications and provide feedback on their quality using your experience and appropriate techniques regardless of the level of detail provided in the requirements. Testing with Limited, Vague, and Missing Requirements using Heuristic Models by Fiona Charles

  1. Uncover the most common security vulnerabilities and how to identify key security risks within applications—and use testing to mitigate them. Understand how to security test applications—both web- and GUI-based—during the software development process. Owasp Security Testing for Testing Professionals and Developers by Declan O’Riordan
  1. Do you still have questions like: What is the role of a tester in an Agile team? How will we regression test from now on? What are agile testers required to do in their day to day work? Regarding automation & documentation, and more. Join Alon Linetzki in his “Practical Transition to Agile” where he shares his lessons learned from successful agile testing transitions.

3. Gain tips and tricks to make automation more stable, and how to deal with the numerous versions and configurations common in large projects. Discuss the main challenges with global teams and what you can do to address them. Best practices of Automation by Ina Schiefendecker

  1. Achieving quality is much more than what we assume. It is not only through the eyes of testers, but also developers and business analysts. Learn how to deal with “specifying requirements within context, influence diagrams and how business can use testing, and more.
  1. Dive into management, process, design, and execution patterns to help you recognize common test automation issues. Dorothy Graham and Seretta Gamba will show you how to identify appropriate patterns to solve the problems. Test Automation Patterns: Issues and Solutions


These 12 points are just the hors-d’oeuvre, entrée or teaser, wait until you see the full buffet menu on http://btdconf.com


If you are still not able to convince your boss, here we have more info to help you to reserve your seat at the BTD2015.


And see you at the BTD2015,


Mieke Gevers

Program Chair

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