EuroSTAR 2017 Review

The EuroSTAR conference 2017 took place in Copenhagen. This year was the 25th edition, but for me it was the first time ever to be at this conference. Also it was even more exciting, because I had the opportunity to be a volunteer. The conference location was the Bella Center Copenhagen, which is really big and has lots of rooms and auditoriums. The conference expected more than 1000 attendees, so the location was the perfect choice.

What was really touching was the speech from Kristoffer Nordström, who was talking about his little daughter Linnea, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor some months ago. She gets treatment in Mexico which goes quite well but costs quite a lot of money. So please think about supporting the family. EuroSTAR is selling the „Little book of testing wisdom“ for a price of €25. All the money goes to the Saving Linnea fundraising.

I had the possibility to see quite a lot of talks. All of them had an awesome quality and were really interesting. Of course I was also sketchnoting during the talks, so here you can see my results:

Transforming trainees into testers

Michael Bolton
Michael once had the project to prepare people who haven‘t done anything with testing before for testing jobs. He was talking about the right approach, the questions to ask and what challenges might appear on the way.


Asking ‚else‘ – a tester‘s magic word

Marianne Duijst
Marianne said that humans normally love to find patterns, but tester tend to try to break them, so they ask for what if something could mean something else? She was presenting some riddles which made the listeners think about different situations and points of view.

Lightning talks

Dorothy Graham, Michael Bolton, Zeger van Hese, Abby Bangser and Isabel Evens were opening the 2nd conference day with lightning talks. In just a few minutes everyone of them spoke about a different topic. So there were things about blaming, tester as island hoppers, optimizing build screens, ‚soum‘ tests and even a rap.

Keynote: Testing with an invisible friend

Paul Gerrard
Paul was talking about the question if bots can replace testers or support them with testing. He spoke about different ways of thinking, thinking tools and questions you have to ask when planning to use a bot that helps you with testing.

Saving the test team magic – from testing departments to testing communities of practice

Valeriy Burmistrov
Valeriy was talking about the concept of communities of practice and how to implement them in your company. With Scrum teams getting more and more usual, it is important to think about testing in new ways.


How the Three Amigos made us a more effective team

Sylvia MacDonald
Sylvia presented the Three Amigos principle, consisting of a combination of members from business, testing and development. She was explaining how this principle works, how to include it into your work process and about benefits from doing so.

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Agile testing – the magic of whole team thinking

Fran O‘Hara
Fran was speaking about the challenges of agile teams and how a whole team thinking approach can improve the collaboration. He explained how effective teams work (transcendent, autonomous, cross-functional) and how to change the way of thinking.

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Widen your stance

Martin Pihl
Martin‘s session had a really different format. It was about Phil The Tester who went on an adventure of a testing experience. The listeners were able to influence the way the story would continue, but in the end Phil was a flawed testing hero.

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Embodied vulnerabilities – why I am hacking my heart

Marie Moe
Marie was talking about connected medical devices and their relation towards cybersecurity. It was really interesting as she has a pacemaker herself which she tries to hack to get to know more about its security.

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The sky is the limit – how to test a new airport terminal

Christian Brødsjø
Christian was talking about how he was invited to help testing the new terminal 2 of the Oslo Airport. He was telling us how they used real people and physical baggage to test if everything works.

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I think the EuroSTAR conference 2017 was a huge success and the speakers and their talks were of a very high quality.

I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the conference as a volunteer and to see a lot of talks. Maybe see you again another time…





About The Author

Katja BudnikovEkaterina Budnikov is based in Hamberg. She works both in the areas of QA and in SEO. She actively attend software testing events and writes on her own blog: Katja Says.

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Ronan Healy

Hi everyone. I'm part of the EuroSTAR team. I'm here to help you engage with the EuroSTAR Huddle Community and get the best out of your membership. Together with software testing experts, we have a range of webinars and eBooks for you to enjoy and we have lots of opportunities for you to come together online. If you have any thoughts about the community, please get in contact with me.
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