Thursday, 10th June, Online Meetup

This meetup was organised by Skills Matter Online Meetups in June 2021


This Thursday's Matter is... Testing

Testing Stories is an e-book consisting of stories related to software testing written by software testing professionals from around the globe with the aim of inspiring others from their experiences.

In this online meetup we'll be sharing... you guessed it, testing stories.

Join us as three of the book's contributors — Mike Harris, Louise Woodhams and Andrea Jensen — are joined by the project's organiser, Melissa Fisher. Each person will be sharing a unique story about software testing designed to inspire.

The team behind Testing Stories have decided to donate all royalties sold through leanpub to Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI), as we collectively value their mission statement and mental health work in the tech and open source communities. Learn more about OSMI here.

The book can be purchased here.

Test Lead in an Agile Transformation

In this first "Testing Story", Mike discusses the active role he played as Test Lead during a successful agile transition. As a result of the transition his team developed better quality software, and released software more quickly to their customers.

In this talk Mike will cover the issues they worked through, and share lessons learned from this particular agile transformation.

Mike Harris

Mike has been working in testing for 20 years and is currently the lone tester for Geckoboard. He has been a Test Lead and has also worked as a part of waterfall, lean and agile teams.

Transitioning from Being a Solo Tester to Being a Part of a Team

Andrea will share the story of transitioning from being a solo tester to being a part of a testing couple — and the experiences, challenges and benefits that come along with pairing off.

Andrea Jensen

It all started unplanned by coincidence in 2011. I am a Software Quality Engineer in the maritime industry by day. And a reader, crafter, curious learner, and RiskStorming Online Instructor by night.

Why An API Story?

When Louise first started testing APIs, for a long while she couldn't give you a decent definition of what they are (they're a sort of middle man, right?)

In this testing story, Louise explains how Swaggers helped her to understand REST APIs, the joys of being an "HTTP code geek", and led her to appreciate Postman and Beeceptor.

Louise Woodhams

I'm Louise Woodhams, I've been a tester for just over 5 years. I adore API testing and learning new ways/ tools to find bugs. I love a problem, puzzle and a mystery to solve. I spend a bunch of my off time playing puzzle games, board games or inhaling as many books as possible.

Who's coming?

Attending Members