WTEU-71 – Boldly going where no tester has gone before

WTEU-71 – Boldly going where no tester has gone before

Date: Sunday 4th September 2016

Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm BST

Facilitators: Dan Billing

What inspires you to do better as a tester? What does it take to get you out of your comfort zone? What do you do to keep your testing skills on point? How do you generate great test ideas?

In this session we will look at what it takes to challenge us and those we work with, to keep us on our toes.

For me, I like to look at the world of science fiction and fantasy to help me generate ideas. For some people, that is a problem, as it doesn’t have any direct correlation to what happens in real life. However, I beg to differ. Let’s look at Star Trek, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.  (The first episode of the original series ‘The Man Trap‘ was shown on September 8th 1966)

There are lots of aspects of all Star Trek series that inspire me, such as:

  • Missions of exploration, science and diplomacy
  • Building and leading a team
  • Communicating and interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Problem solving
  • Defending your values against adversity
  • Accepting other peoples values, even if they are alien to you
  • Engineering within a complex system
  • Protecting others from harm, either through action (or in the case of the rule of non-interference, the Prime Directive), or inaction
  • No-Win Scenarios

So, with this session, we are going to do something a bit different. We may not be testing any software, or exploring capabilities and features of an application. Were going to be exploring what we feel testing is for us now, and what we want testing to be going forward.

So, please bring your ideas, thoughts, needs and concerns

What are the challenges we face? How can we drive change in our profession?

How can we support those we work with, so that they can do better?

I’ll leave you with this quote from Commander Benjamin Sisko, from Deep Space Nine:

“It is the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions. We are explorers. We explore our lives day by day, and we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge.”

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Live Long and Prosper

About the Author

Dan Billing has been a software test engineer for 13 years, he currently works at NewVoiceMedia. Dan loves testing, and all its wondrous variety. He tries to help others become better testers by attending events, speaking, blogging and giving training. Dan has a reputation for being knowledgeable about including security as part of testing. You can find him at thetestdoctor.wordpress.com or on Twitter.