TestBash NL 2017 Conference Day Live Blog

A TestBash conference in my own hometown, that is like a dream come true! Going there on my bike, super nice. I’ll try to live blog the whole conference day, hope it’ll be useful to you.

Technically, this is already the second day of TestBash NL 2017. Yesterday we had a day filled with workshops. In the morning, Cirilo and I gave a workshop on Specification by Example. Our group was very involved, so we had a great time.

After lunch, I chose to go to Gitte’s workshop on finding your courage. That was an amazing afternoon! A great serendipity moment as well, because this was just what I needed. I cannot tell you what was discussed in the group, but it was really special to hear what personal stories people had to share. What we did discuss that can be shared publicly is the question: ’what is courage’. We came to the conclusion that it’s a very personal thing. What is a courageous act for someone else, can be a piece of cake for you. And most courageous acts require you to go out of your comfort zone. You have to be motivated to do that! If you do courageous acts only for someone else, you risk going too far of you comfort zone into the ‘danger zone’. So, take baby steps and try to find a safe space to do new things that are (a bit) scary for you. Continue reading

How to come up with ideas for blogging

It is with great irony that I present you this article on getting more ideas to blog about. It’s not like I’m the most productive person when it comes to writing blog posts, although it’s not the lack of ideas that’s stopping me. It’s more, you know, good old procrastination that is my problem. In any case, if your problem is getting ideas, then do read on!

For me, ideas for blog posts don’t come when I consciously take a seat at the table and force myself to think about them. It’s a creative process! You have to get to know the way your mind works (I got this knowledge from the free Coursera course Learning How to Learn, btw). When you are focusing on a task your brain goes into a mode that is, very surprisingly, called “focused mode”. This mode is very good for learning new things, writing, programming, what have you. You can imagine that this mode doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for other things. It’s also a way of using your brain that cannot be continued for an entire day. Continue reading

Agile Testing Days 2016: Wrap Up!

It’s a good thing Pete Walen was attending ATD again, because my live blogging efforts weren’t up to par this year. I posted two blogs so far, but they were neither live nor very detailed. It’s just that I didn’t attend a lot of talks this year. It seems that every year I go to less talks. Don’t assume that I do less learning that way! Instead, I spend my time pursuing certain goals. This year my goals were: pairing with someone, getting to know certain people better and explore making new connections. This is what makes the conference valuable and fun to me. So, did all these things happen? Continue reading

Agile Testing Days 2016, Day 2

In the morning I was having the all too familiar fight with nerves again (every time I am about to give a presentation this happens). I stayed sober the night before, but I had very little sleep. I was already ‘busy’ with my talk in my mind. At breakfast, I struggled with a small egg sandwich again and I just went upstairs and practiced a little. So, no keynotes and other talks for me yet, I wouldn’t hear a thing anyway.

The talk itself went quite alright. I had some technical difficulties. Payed 80 bucks for PollEverywhere and it didn’t even work on dual screen. Yeah, I’m gonna try and get my $$ back. Also, I had tested it on my room and apparently, my session wasn’t closed so the audience saw the last question somehow? It was pretty weird.

Anyway, after the rough start the rest of the talk went smoothly. I had fun and I hope people went away with a little more knowledge and a lot more inspiration. I feel very relaxed now and I’m going to drink a few beers with some people tonight. Cheers, already!

All the information from my talk and resources can be found in Google Drive

During the lunch break we played Eddy’s game Gameception. It’s a really fun game that he designed himself. I’m looking forward to the gaming tonight! Continue reading

Agile Testing Days 2016, Day 1

Never have I ever….Been hungover before a conference even started. Oops, guilty.

I have never started a conference on such a weird note. I guess I have to tell what happened. The short version is: IF you cannot handle a lot of alcoholic beverages, THEN don’t drink a lot of said alcoholic beverages. Seems easy enough, right. Somehow, this little bit of reasoning was too much for me to comprehend.

It all started on Sunday evening, in the bar. This conference is secretly starting on Sunday evening, when some of the people already arrive. It was so nice to see a lot of people again, hugging all over the place! Meike even brought her dog, Hagrid. Such a beautiful animal. We played board games all evening and had a good time. Continue reading