The secrets of successful testing-community projects: OTC and SToT

It’s been a couple of busy months…

Last week we had Spring OnlineTestConf – this was the 10th event!

It was a nice opportunity to appreciate the interesting road we’ve traveled, and where we’ve gotten to from where we started back in 2016, when not many thought an Online testing conference was possible or valuable.  When a world defined by a global virus was something possible only in the mind of some dark Hollywood screenwriter…

But back to the good stuff!!

spring otc 2021 speakers

This time we had some of the best sessions ever!
Don’t ask me to choose a favourite one, at least not publicly 😉

I connected with many of the ideas. Was inspired by a number of challenges brought forward.  Got reinforcement for projects I am already working on.  And made mental notes to re-think some ideas I wanted to work on early next year…

Beyond the great sessions we also re-installed what we labeled “happy hour”. This was a quick round of 7 min., pitches by conference attendees, who each presented a single topic of their choosing. It was a great opportunity for them to get some time in the spot light, but I love these sessions because I end up getting very inspired by the original thinking these lighting sessions tend to deliver.

A new edition to this conference was the option to purchase some celebratory 10th commemoration SWAG of OnlineTestConf. The store remains open, and all proceeds go toward a COVID affected cause. So if you need a t-shirt, mug or hat this should be your next stop

As always, I am mostly grateful with the presenters who invested their time and efforts in preparing the sessions and the pre-event online discussions: Rob Lambert, Raj Subrameyer, Ben Linders, Yevheniia Hlovatska, Anna Ondrish, Conor Fitzgerald, Christian Baumann, Lena Wiberg, Julia Pottinger, Eran Kinsbruner, Paul Grizzaffi and Pete Walen who gallantly stepped in last minute.

I also want to thank the thousands of testers worldwide who signed up to attend the event and the hundreds who actively participated live.

I personally think the OTC is different from other conferences (physical or virtual) in the sense that we make a huge effort to bring ideas from all corners of the world (we literally go and fish some of the presenters for ideas we know they’ve been working on), balancing both the topics as well as the presenters themselves.  In this sense I am not sure how well known it is that we make sure to have a mix of experienced (award winning!) speakers, together with first time presenters (some of whom will go on to win their own awards in due time!).

Finally, but not less importantly we keep it 100% free of charge; EVERYONE should be able to attend, learn and expand her or his testing horizons with new ideas and inspiring thoughts, without putting forward anything other than their time and attention.

[Early] Last month we are also released the State of Testing 2021 Report

Another one of my project swith PractiTest.

The State of Testing™ (SToT in short) was born out of my personal need for information about the current status of our community – I was writing a blog post and could not find any good source of info…  Once we understood this information did not exist anywhere we launched the first survey together with Teatime with Testers, this was back in 2013 and have been running them annually ever since.

With the years we’ve been able to see the trends raising, as our community evolves and develops.

There is no doubt that our profession is evolving as part of the complex process pushing the Software Industry forward. This process is forcing us not only to become more efficient, but also to re-imagine the value of our services, and in this way also to redesign our approach towards generating value for our teams, our companies, and our customers.

I’ve been lucky all these years…

Many of us have ideas of projects that will help our peers.  Some of us even try to take this ideas and make plans around them.  But only a lucky few get to actually put these ideas into practice.

I’ve had the luck of working on a company like PractiTest.  One that is obviously interested in expanding in the testing community (after all we have the best Test & QA Management system available today! 😉  ); but also a company that is willing to invest time, efforts and money on projects that do not have a direct impact on the bottom line of the firm.

I am really happy and grateful to be part of these two families.

The worldwide testing family undergoing transformations constantly in order to create products faster and better.  And also the PractiTest family, that understands that by investing in the testing community with projects like the OTC and the SoT we get people to become better testers who have the potential to enjoy the benefits of better testing (and some for some of them the direct benefits of our products).

If you’d like to get personally invited to the next OnlineTestConf in November 2021 Let me know

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