I was recently given the opportunity to attend one of the London Tester Gathering Workshops. These took place over 3 days and included a variety of full and half day workshops – between the 26th and 28th June 2019. I’d been lucky enough to have won a ticket in a LinkedIn competition. We were asked to choose the workshop we’d like to attend and give a reason why. When I saw that one of the workshops was about learning to ‘Automate BDD scenarios using SpecFlow’, I knew I had to enter the competition. My reason was simple, at work we were hoping to start using SpecFlow to improve our current test coverage.

I learnt a great deal attending this workshop. I was sat at a table with a develop and tester from the same company who had travelled all the way from Ulverston in Cumbria (a beautiful part of the country, I have family who live up there so I travel there often). Chatting to them about the exercises really helped enhance my learning.

There was also a definite advantage of being taught about SpecFlow from the creator himself – Gáspár Nagy. He went into great detail about Behaviour Driven Development (BDD), the understanding is essential to using SpecFlow. He explained the exercises fully so that we could complete them in the workshop, or complete them at home.

This was the first time I’d attended a workshop like this one. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity. I definitely plan to attend more in the future. The opportunity to learn about the subject from an expert (especially the creator), and discuss with other attendees provided a really positive learning experience. We were provided with enough information to apply our new skills to our own testing projects, and given enough additional resources to expand our skills further.

I wrote a blog post about my experiences: https://louisegibbstest.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/automating-bdd-scenarios-using-specflow-london-tester-gathering-workshop-2019/

Lee Marshall also attended the London Tester Gathering Workshops. He attended the EventStorming; Deliberate, Collaborative Learning Between Multiple Disciplines workshop by João Rosa and Kenny Baas-Schwegler. He wrote about his experiences on his own blog:


259 – New way to learn test automation with Angie Jones
Angie Jones talks about her role as a Developer Advocate at Applitools and the test automation university – a free, online platform that allows people to develop test automation skills from all over the world.

258 – Boozang A new approach to UI Testing with Mats Ljunggren
Mats Ljunggren introduces Boozang, a codeless automation tool that uses AI to improve maintenance and speed up the creation of automated tests.

Articles and Blog Posts

5 tips how software testers can collaborate with software developers – T. J. Maher – medium
” Developers aren’t opponents. We are teammates. We’re partners.”
A brilliant article about the importance of maintaining positive relationships between developers and testers. Key ideas include encourage both to participate in planning sessions and not letting your frustrations get to you when your work is criticised.

Why the three part user story template works so well – Mike Cohn – Mountain Goat Software
This article looks at the positives of the user story, that it provides context by informing us who it applies to, what they want and why they want it. It also looks at the negatives when user stories start with ‘as a user’. This can indicate lazy thinking and that the designers are unaware who the ‘users’ are.

Why I run a meetup – Lee Marshall – Pirate Tester
Lee Marshall talks about how and why he runs test meetups. Lee runs the #MIdsTest meetup, which takes place each month, alternating between Birmingham and Coventry (England). I regular attend these meetups and was given the opportunity to speak at one back in January this year. I will be speaking at the next meetup on 17th July.

You do not need to make the wrong assumption about your users anymore – Joel Montvelisky – qablog
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
I previously used this philosophical riddle in a lightning talk at the Fall 2019 OnlineTestConf. I looked at how the impact on bugs can dramatically increase when a bug is not ‘heard’. In this article, Joel Montvelisky provides an alternative take on this idea. If there is no sound, does this imply that the bug is not important? Should we be the ones making this assumption?

Other blogs that share lists of test related articles
https://5blogs.wordpress.com/ (daily)
http://blog.testingcurator.com/ (weekly)
http://thatsabug.com/ (weekly)
https://weapontester.com/tea-time (weekly)

Testing Conferences

The Club
A forum for discussing, asking questions, answering questions, and requesting help. Run by the Ministry of Testing.

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