Community Reporter Simina: EuroSTAR 2017 Preview

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Greetings from Cluj Napoca! I am Simina Rendler and I will be this year’s Huddle Forum Reporter. I’m happy to return to EuroSTAR with this role and share my experience of the conference with the testing community. I will write about the sessions I will attend, the Test Lab, Huddle and Clinic, trying to convey EuroSTAR’s vibe towards Huddle forums members.

My plan for attending the conference this year is to balance between the talks and the social activities and events.


EuroSTAR 2017 Preview

Having in mind some new things I am experimenting with in my current project I have skimmed the programme and added some talks to my agenda.

One would be Michael Bolton’s talk. During the last years I discovered him as one inspiring and emphatic tester. I found his insights on rapid testing relevant and useful while transitioning towards the context driven approaches in testing. His talk on Tuesday on rapid teaching sounds like a good opportunity to learn about guiding testers.

Here I am all curios during one meetup Michael delivered for our local testing community in Cluj, back in 2014
Here I am all curious during one meetup Michael delivered for our local testing community in Cluj, back in 2014

Next one on my list would be Adam Knight’s talk on risks. Lately I’ve been using the risk based approach more often. Some things still puzzle me and it would be good to hear what other testers have learnt.

Another speaker that I don’t want to miss is Paul Gerrard. His thoughts on using bots to support testing made me curious and I definitely want to be in the room when he speaks about his experience with Alexa.

A session that fits in nicely in my list of interests is testing in the realm of IoT. As a user of such devices I often ask myself how would I test them and this talk comes to show me how Mark Winteringham has actually done it.

Besides these, I plan to take part in the activities and networking events. A good part of last year’s excellent vibe I got from interacting with other testers at the Test Clinic and Community Huddle and this is something I am keen to replicate. Apart from that, I will also be spending some time in the Test Lab, I am looking forward to see what our Ioana and the team put together this year.

Me and Ioana at Test Lab last year
Me and Ioana at Test Lab last year

This is shortly what I plan to take out of the conference. Follow the conversation on the Huddle and feel free to reach me during the event, I would love to meet and discuss about testing and communities.


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Inquisitive software tester, facilitator of the local testing community meetings
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