TestBash Philly!

Once again, my favorite software testing conference is BACK in the US at Philadelphia! Come to the city of “Brotherly Love”, chuck a cheesesteak down your gob and meet some of the brightest minds in our business…tickets are still available, so hope to see you there!

Ministry of Testing Calendar 2018 – for Linnea Nordström

Hey everyone! Here’s a chance to support a great cause and have some fun with the software testing community! Check out the Ministry of Testing Calendar to support Linnea Nordsrom‘s treatment – my friends in NYC contributed a photo for one of the months. Please buy one today and as well, there are sponsorship possibilities! Thanks!

QR Podcast – Michael Bolton (Part I)

What more can I say about Michael Bolton. Michael has been consulting and training people in software testing all over the planet for as long as I’ve been in this business. When he’s not traveling around the world teaching Rapid Software Testing, he’s writing, speaking, and consulting about all things software quality. Check out the first half our our chat as we discuss all things testing! Enjoy!

                                                           

#trustedfriends

I was extremely honored to be asked to take part in an initiative from Agile Testing Days called “#trustedfriends with Maaret Pyhajarvi and Gitte Klitgaard. As stated in its charter, the purpose of the group is to make sure there are safe channels to concerns, issues, and around the Code of Conduct at the conference. Aside from being humbled to be included in this project, I wanted to offer more of my perspective on this, and my commitment to those who seek us out. This is not a behavior policing exercise. My goal is to use my over 20 years of working through corporate HR issues to give an alternative, confidential, objective channel for questions and advice that is outside the conference committee. We will also be providing resources and more information that can be pursued if needed. I think this is a great step in the right direction for conferences and applaud the organizers of ATD for their initiative in starting this project. If you have any questions about the program or my participation, please reach out to me directly.

QR Podcast – Rob Lambert

Writing, podcasting, running conferences, keynoting, workshops – is there anything Rob Lambert doesn’t make look “blazingly simple”? Check out the newest QR Podcast where Rob and I catch up on testing, moving into management, his new company Cultivated Management, and how to strike a balance in your career and life. Enjoy!

                                                      

ATD Workshop – Talking about testing, but NOT talking about testing!

Register HERE for my workshop at Agile Testing Days…hope to see you there! 

Why is it so hard to talk about testing?

It feels like such a struggle every time we try to move the conversation beyond metrics, test coverage, tools and checklists… and yet management still does not get what we are doing and walks away shaking their head. The information created by skilled testing should be of immense value… how can it be so hard to describe our work? This can’t be that hard, can it? Surely it must be them… or… can it possibly be that we are the problem?

We will look at how we communicate with leaders and decision makers outside the world of testing. Using real world frustrations (that you bring to the workshop), we will discover how the very skills that make you an excellent tester can be leveraged to building linguistic bridges between groups who do not speak the same language.

The talent and value that you bring to your company should be something that you find very easy to sell to anyone who is passionate about achieving the corporate goals. In this workshop, we will discover how to change the conversation away from explaining why testing matters and towards how we are part of building opportunity for success.

QualityJam London

Hey everyone! The QASymphony QualityJam is going on the road, so check out me, Tony Bruce, Elizabeth Zagroba, and all the cool kids from QAS in sunny London! Use the promo code: KeithFriends20 to get a “friend of Keith” discount! Hope to see you there! 

Copenhagen Context – Team CoCo FTW!

Sometimes you just get it right. Now, you can accuse me of bias because I was on the selection committee, but the program at Copenhagen Context was unbelievably good. Hats off to This whole gig was primed by organizer Morten Hougaard of PrettyGoodTesting, who seems to know a thing about running a conference. The entire affair ran seamlessly, and from my observations, I didn’t see even the usual “room problems” or tech mishaps, so well done!

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UPDATED – Afghan Girls Robotics Team to ATD

UPDATE

The response has been absolutely amazing, and everyone has been overwhelmed with the generosity of the community. We’ve raised over $5,000 so far, but are not yet at the goal of  $15,000. If you can help in any way, it would be very appreciated and we thank you for your support of this team and initiative. Thank you! – Keith, Roya, and the team at Agile Testing Days

The Afghan tech revolution is being led by Roya Mahboob and her Digital Citizen Fund, and this year she helped an all-girl robotics team from Herat compete in the First Global Challenge . The team had an incredible experience in Washington D.C. at the competition, and now the incredible people at Agile Testing Days have agreed to let the team present their project, participate in the conference, and network with technologist from all over the world.

So now we need your help!

We are raising the funds to send and host the team and coaches in Potsdam, Germany for the conference. As well, any additional funds will be donated to education fund of Team Afghanistan Captain, Fatemah, whose father recently passed away in an attack in Herat. This is a great opportunity to directly impact an important program, diversity in technology, and send a message of love and support to the global technology community.

Donations are being accepted through GoFundMe HERE. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

QR Podcast – Jeff Perkins

Jeff Perkins is the Chief Marketing Officer QASymphony. Prior to that, he’s spent time in senior marketing and sales roles at PGi and AutoTrader.com, and previously worked on some of the biggest brands in the world Volvo, HBO, Sirius Satellite Radio, Michelin, Office Depot and Hasbro. We had a great time talking HERE about the testing tool market, what clients want out of testing, developing your own personal brand, and what’s behind some of those unverifiable vendor claims! Enjoy!

                                                             

QR Podcast – Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson has had a fantastic career working, consulting, and speaking all over the globe about software testing and quality. I always enjoy speaking with her whenever I get the chance and then trying (and failing) to mimic her calm, reasoned approach to deal with problems through storytelling. Listen in HERE as Karen flips the script and asks me some questions as well as discusses the state of the testing business, management consulting, storytelling, her new role at Jamf and what really pisses her off! Enjoy!

                                                            

QASymphony “The Future of Software Testing” Interview

Had fun answering these questions on the “Future of Software Testing” for my pals at QASymphony. You can get the ebook HERE – Enjoy!
 
The future of software testing is…hard. Doing testing right is very hard. It’s an ambiguous, unchartered journey into a sea of bias and experimentation, but as the famous movie quote goes, “the hard is what makes it great.”

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Afghan Girls Robotics Team to ATD

The Afghan tech revolution is being led by Roya Mahboob and her Digital Citizen Fund, and this year she helped an all-girl robotics team from Herat compete in the First Global Challenge . The team had an incredible experience in Washington D.C. at the competition, and now the incredible people at Agile Testing Days have agreed to let the team present their project, participate in the conference, and network with technologist from all over the world.

So now we need your help!

We are raising the funds to send and host the team and coaches in Potsdam, Germany for the conference. As well, any additional funds will be donated to education fund of Team Afghanistan Captain, Fatemah, whose father recently passed away in an attack in Herat. This is a great opportunity to directly impact an important program, diversity in technology, and send a message of love and support to the global technology community.

Donations are being accepted through GoFundMe HERE. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Romanian Testing Conference 2017 – vibes & great mood

Enjoy this recap of the Romanian Testing Conference – I had such a great time and it was such a lovely conference. I hope to be back soon! Cheers!

QR Podcast – Anne Marie Charrett

When I was running the Barclays Global Test Center, I started a meme to inspire our team to be their best. If I saw someone working tirelessly on their craft, challenging the status quo, or being a leader, I would call them a “badass software tester”. Anne-Marie Charrett was the model for that name. Never afraid to call it like she sees it, you can count on her to be a fearless voice of reason in our business. As well, she is an awesome force for change in testing through organizing meet ups, coaching sessions, and conferences all over the world. Join us HERE as we talk about being authentic, coaching testers, the “M” word (metrics), and how to enjoy life beyond technology. Enjoy!