Tales from TestBash NY

TestBash is one of the best context driven testing conferences ever. And although I’ve always wanted to speak at TestBash in Brighton, my talk submissions have never really fitted the theme… Until TestBash NY!!

I was extremely lucky and honored to be speaking at TestBash NY, doing a talk on “How to succeed with difficult people”. TestBash is a single track conference, so it was fantastic having all the attendees in front of me and having their full attention.

As always, I tried to add some humour and personal stories to my talk, along with some valuable lessons. I think it went well – check it out when the video becomes available online soon!


TestBash NY


As for the rest of the conference, it was AWESOME!! All the talks were fantastic, with such a powerhouse of amazing speakers:

Kate Falanga’s talk titled “5 Problems In Test … And What We Can Do About Them” was great! I really like how she incorporated social media into her talk too.

A key highlight for me was the “Tales From Developer Tester Collaboration” by Maaret Pyhäjärvi and Llewellyn Falco. I attended their workshop the day before the conference too, and I’ve always been a fan of mobbing, but their wisdom on the topic was so valuable! You should check out their book too (here’s a link: https://leanpub.com/mobprogrammingguidebook)

Helena Jeret-Mäe had brilliant slides with a water-colour painting effect for talk about “The Story of a Strange Seed”, which was about her journey as a tester, and how she was impacted by the “Imposter Syndrome”, and her journey through this in becoming a leader herself.

I had the pleasure of meeting Selena Delesie in New York too. And her talk on “How to Be an Outstanding Leader” was one of my favorites of the day. It had a great mix of personal stories, emotions, humour and valuable lessons to be had. All key ingredients for a great talk in my opinion.

Sigge Birgisson’s talk about “Finding bugs before writing code” rings so true with what I’ve been saying to my teams for a while. We need to recognize and praise the times whenever someone says “I didn’t think of that” before development begins – praise the fact that you just PREVENTED a bug!!

And Keith Klain’s talk titled: “Lessons Learned in (Selling) Software Testing” was very wise as always, and offered a huge amount of valuable lessons. I feel that this is the talk that most of the attendees would have got most from, especially in New York as I heard lots of stories about people’s struggles of being valued.

I’ve intentionally not gone into much detail about the talks. I won’t be able to do them justice. It’s best you just watch all of them when the videos are released soon!

So overall, the conference was pretty amazing. Rosie and Anna has done a fantastic job with putting this together. I can’t thank them enough for making this event happen and for inviting me to take part too. They need to bring it back again next year for sure!!

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