This week, the program for the OnlineTestConf was announced. This will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December and all talks are free to watch. I’m especially excited to see that there will be a talk about Women in Testing. This talk will be by Lisa Crispin, Lena Wiberg and Alex Schladebeck.

I gave my very first talk at the OnlineTestConf. It was a lightning talk at the Spring 2018 conference. My chosen topic, Women In Testing. I enjoyed giving the talk so much that I decided I wanted to try conference speaking again. I submitted abstracts to several conferences, and was accepted to speak at the Fall 2018 OnlineTestConf. I gave my second talk, this time a full 45 minute talk, on getting value out of test automation. This then led to 3 more conference talks, 2 meetup talks and several lightning talks which I gave earlier this year.

The fact that the OnlineTestConf talks are free to watch and recorded, makes the entire event more inclusive and diverse. If you attend a conference in London, the majority of attendees will be from the UK. With the OnlineTestConf, there are people watching the talks from all over the world, and the discussion of each talk continues on the slack channel that is set up.

I really look forward to this event next month.

Articles and Blogs

A Very Different Conference Experience – The Rocker Tester
The rocker tester provided an interesting comparison between software testing conferences and the Animal Activists Forum which took place in Melbourne between the 19th and 20th October.

What Becoming Vegan Taught Me About Testing – The Rocker Tester
After reading the rocker testers article comparing different conferences, I found his other article comparing veganism and software testing.

Using HashMaps in automated tests – I’m a little tester
An interesting introduction to hashmaps and how they can be used in test automation. This can be a great way to store test data.

Running my first Community of Practice kick-off workshop (Part 1)
Running my first Community of Practice kick-off workshop (Part 2)
The Pirate Tester
Lee Marshall (aka The Pirate Tester) has been a strong advocate for Communities of Practice. In these articles, he writes about his experiences setting up a Community of Practice. Back in August, he took part in an Ask Me Anything event about communities of practice run by the Ministry of Testing. My sketch-notes can be viewed here.

Podcasts

Journey to a World-Class Test Automation Framework with Greg Paskal & Max VelDink
This weeks episode of the Test Guild podcast was all about how to setup a test automation frameworks. This included a discussion about locator strategies and how to test frameworks.

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)
https://www.ministryoftesting.com/feeds/blogs

Testing Conferences
https://testingconferences.org/

The Club
https://club.ministryoftesting.com/
A forum for discussing, asking questions, answering questions, and requesting help. Run by the Ministry of Testing.

Feel free to recommend any websites or blogs that you think is of interest

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