7 sins of IT meetups…

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Last time I promised to write about the meetups and their pros and cons.

I have mentioned multiple times that meetups/gatherings/conferences are one of the things that I love so much about being a QA. The sheer possibility of meeting other professionals, to learn from them, to hear what they did right/wrong, to discuss various topics with other people, may it be QAs, BAs, DEVs, Agile-rs … That is just great.

Until now, I think I have been to around 35-40 meetups/gatherings/conferences – generally speaking “meetings in real (not virtual) world when group of people from IT gather and listens to presentations, discusses, shares and exchange experiences”. When I was sitting at the last one, I started to write down what I liked about it and what was bothering me, and it got me thinking… Continue reading “7 sins of IT meetups…”

TestWarez 2017 – part 1

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Finally, after two months ( sorry, busy with life), I got around to wrote about the great experience that was TestWarez2017. And, believe me, I can not overstate how GREAT it was. TestWarez, as I wrote here is the oldest and the largest Polish conference for all involved in and interested in Quality Assurance and I was able to go thanks to my employeer PGS Software – thank You so much guys!

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Ok, so, as promised I’d like to walk you through my thoughts about the presentations and/or discussion panels I attended.

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BuggyLand

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As I was talking to a friend about my beginnings as a tester I remembered my struggles on how to report bugs during my internship, as we were given challenges rather than simple solutions…

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Bugs of course come in all shapes and sizes, but the right bug report is essential Continue reading “BuggyLand”

TestWarez 2017 on the horizon!

Hi! Long time no see, huh? I wrote multiple times what a great thing it is to be able to attend all sorts of meetups and conferences for QA’s – to meet new people, hear new ideas and interesting insights. Since last year I had this quiet dream I would maybe, someday, possibly be able to go to TestWarez.

TestWarez is the oldest and the biggest Polish conference dealing with subjects of quality and testing – 2017 is marking it;s 12th edition. It is organized by Stowarzyszenie Jakości Systemów Informatycznych – Polish ISTQB board. It is known from the interesting topics, possibility to meet and learn from the best and epic parties.

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Take a testing walk with with Nielsen & Molich (or 10 heuristics for UI design)

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Life is what happens when you are making plans… Well, I made a lot of plans and a lot happened instead, but no complaints here, because what keeps me so busy I have no time for blogging, are good things. I organize my wedding  and… I am a captain of Bug Honor Reopen team what will represent PGS Software in TestingCup – the Polish championship for software testers ( I’m sooo proud of our team!).

I personally like heuristics – when properly used they can help you a lot, whether you just start testing a specific thing or in a specific way or you have been doing the same thing in the same way for quite some time and therefor you are looking for some ‘fresh air’. When put to good use heuristic can be like a shortcut to get where you need to be quicker and easier.

Today I’d like to tell You about using ten usability heuristics for User Interface design brought to us by Jacob Nielsen and Rolf Molich. These were listed as directions for UI designers but we testers can use them to check whether the designs prepared for a customer will not only look nice but also be functional and help him in his business or, if we test an already existing things, what improvements could we propose to make the project better and more valuable. Continue reading “Take a testing walk with with Nielsen & Molich (or 10 heuristics for UI design)”

TestFest 2017

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Do you like to sleep longer on Saturdays? Me too! Yet, on 25th of February I was really happy to get up at the ungodly hour of 7:00 AM. It was a  day of TestFest 2017! I was looking forward to it for the last few months and was overwhelmed with joy when I got tickets. I’m not over-exaggerating in here – getting the tickets for TestFest is like trying to get tickets to ComiCon  (but they are free, so maybe it’s even harder). I managed to get them as a consolation prize for not getting chosen as a speaker (and after I saw how good the people there were, I think it was a right decision).

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What is TestFest, you ask? It is one of the biggest (if the biggest) free testing conferences in Poland, taking place in Wrocław and organized by 6 Testing Enthusiast (big thanks to all of them as they do a great job!). 2017 was a 3rd edition of this event, with over 20 speakers and more than 400 attendees. Tickets to attend were gone in minutes and people were talking about it on social media for two months before.

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