Two-days of Experiential training workshops with Fiona Charles, 10th and 11th October

  • We are delighted to be able to offer you the rare opportunity to take part in two days of experiential training workshops with the renowned international speaker and testing expert Fiona Charles on 10th and 11th October at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. Only 24 places are available each day so be quick if you want to book a place for yourself or some of your team. Fiona’s sessions are highly interactive and thought provoking and are always well received.
  • The workshops on offer are
    • Monday 10th Inspiring Testing
    • A leader sets an example and inspires others to follow and then to lead in their turn. You don’t have to be a manager to be a leader-but if you’re not also a leader, you can’t be a good manager. In this full-day interactive workshop, we’ll examine the key focus areas for test leaders, and work together to identify the skills and personal qualities essential for exceptional test leadership.
    • Tuesday 11th Mind, Map & Strategy (Morning)
    • A test strategy is the set of big-picture ideas embodying the overarching direction or design of a test effort. It’s the significant values that will inspire, influence and ultimately drive your testing, and the overall decisions you have made about ways and means of delivering on those values. In this session, we will walk through an example to illustrate how a mindmap can be used effectively for a test strategy, and you will have the opportunity to practice developing and presenting you own mind-mapped strategies.
    • Modelling Test Scenarios with Data (Afternoon)
    • Many test efforts depend on scenarios that represent real sequences of transactions and events. Scenarios are important tools for finding problems that matter to stakeholders in business applications and integrated solutions. Often, they are essential for business acceptance, because they encapsulate test ideas in a format that is meaningful for business users and easy for them to understand and review.
    • Full details of the workshops
    • Costs
      One day - Early Bird £200 otherwise £250
      Both days - Early Bird £350 otherwise £400

AGM & Autumn Test Event

The annual general meeting and the Autumn Test Event will be held on Wednesday 19th October at the Royal Scots Club commencing at 1.30pm. Registration from 1.00pm. Come along and network with other members of the software testing community in Scotland and hear from two great keynote speakers. 

Speaker / Session Details:

Huib Schoots - How to become a great tester

This is my story about the most beautiful “game” in world called testing. For me software development is like a team sport where collaboration is essential. In this talk I want to share how I questioned and changed my beliefs over the years. Consider my testing career as a journey, filling my backpack with experience, skills, techniques and tools. A long exploration learning more about testing, asking myself how to become a great tester. Finding ways to help my clients and other stakeholders with the best testing possible. I learned by making many mistakes and trying many different ways.

My first steps on the testing path were in a happy-go-lucky way. I didn't know much about testing and common sense helped me to do my work. Next I learned about structured testing methodologies. As a tester and later as a test manager, but also as a teacher I observed many people test and learn to test. I struggled with the testing I did and saw others do. I started doubting the testing I was taught and teaching myself: it just wasn't right... There is much more to testing that wasn't told in the common testing classes. And why weren't we testing actual software in these classes?

On foreign blogs I read about agile and context-driven testing and I found out there is much more to testing then I could guess. I learned new, exciting and interesting aspects, which I hadn't considered before. I started reading more about topics like social sciences, critical thinking, heuristics and exploratory testing. Some of these ideas where considered controversial by my colleagues. Being curious and driven by my passion for testing, I discovered my blind side. Join me and learn about the intriguing journey I took. And at the same time question your testing like I did?

Many people ask me: how do you become a great tester? I think it can be split into two important things: skills and attitude! To be the best you need to learn all aspects of your job. We need to practice continuous learning. Become skilled in various ways of testing. This talk gives ideas to become a better tester: examples of resources to study, practical tips you can start doing right now!

Key learning Points:

  1. How thinking critical about my work helped me find my blind side and how it can help you too.
  2. Learn that there is more to testing than what they teach in the common testing classes.
  3. How I have been practising continuous learning and what others can learn from my mistakes and observations.
  4. Why attitude is important and helps you become better in anything you want!
  5. Simple and practical tips on how to become a great tester.

About Huib:

Huib Schoots is a tester, consultant and people lover. He shares his passion for testing through coaching, training, and giving presentations on a variety of test subjects. With almost twenty years of experience in IT and software testing, Huib is experienced in different testing roles. Curious and passionate, he is an agile and context-driven tester who attempts to read everything ever published on software testing. A member of TestNet, AST and ISST, black-belt in the Miagi-Do School of software testing and co-author of a book about the future of software testing. Huib maintains a blog on and tweets as @huibschoots. He works for Improve Quality Services, a provider of consultancy and training in the field of testing. Huib has a huge passion for music and plays trombone in a brass band.        

Tony Bruce - One more question….

Questions are a powerful tool, and good questioning skills are extremely important. Through the power of effective questioning we can:

  • Save ourselves time and effort.
  • Encourage participation and teamwork.
  • Create outside-the-box thinking.
  • Engage in more effective learning.
  • Start decision-making conversations.
  • Improve our inquiry skills.

During this session we will explore the power of questions and their ability to make us and others think. Questions can help create and negate, learn and teach, and stop and start projects, connections, and relationships.

You will walk away with ideas on how to sharpen your questioning skills to a fine tool which you can use to transform your every conversation.

About Tony:

Tony is a professional, constantly learning, coaching and teaching agile team member who specialises in Testing and people. He works in an exploratory style with agile techniques and testing with different perspectives; ranging from functional testing through to performance testing, using appropriate tools. He believes there is a need to effectively communicate progress and provide information on testing performed and keep a constant stream of information flowing through the team. He has worked in various industries with organisations such as Skillsmatter, Channel 4, Ernst & Young, LMAX and The Children’s Society.

He is an active member of the Testing community, he hosts the London Tester Gathering and speaks at conferences all over the world. And in case his accent has you confused, it’s 1-part Aussie, 1-part English and 1-part American.

Once again we will also feature six lightning talks and YOU could give one. Talks will be 10 minutes (maximum) in length and can be on any topic as long as it is related (even loosely) to testing. You can use a single slide as long as you provide it in advance but why not be brave and just wing it!  This is open to everyone so slots will be allocated on a first come first saved basis - if you’d like to put yourself forward for one of these just let me know ( or alternatively you can contact any of committee. Coaching for novice speakers will be available

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