TConf 2016 Melbourne – A Pleasant Surprise Software Testing Conference Mebourne
I made my way down to TConf, a pleasantly surprising software testing conference held for the first time at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne.
I have a confession to make. I’ve only been software testing for a year. I’ve slowly been building up my repertoire of unit tests, integration and end-to-end regression test scenarios and still feel like a complete amateur. Thankfully, Melbourne has an array of individuals with great skill, experience and expertise in an increasingly important field – automated software testing.
I managed to easily get my hands on a ticket to TConf. I believe this is the first time the conference has been run. Though my understanding it has spawned out of a local software tester Meetup group (Melbourne Software Testing) and run entirely out of passion. For a measly $50 a pop, I must admit I did not expect much. The conference was run at and sponsored by Monash University. The location was perfect, 15 minutes from the city with a train station and plenty of opportunity for parking. I noted about 200 odd seats which seemed small given the breadth of talks in the schedule. Given software testing is as much a developer problem then a flat out QA role as a couple of the speakers noted (and some may agree) with enough marketing, I’m sure the conference could fill as much as 4-times as many people (students, developers, testers etc).
The vibe was great and to top it off lunch was included. The volunteers were vibrant and helpful. While I cannot remember each of the talks one-by-one, I will note that each of them provided unique insight and thought provoking discussion afterwards. I had several excitable conversations with others regarding the content of each. In particular on a Watchmen note:
– “Who’s testing the tests?” (Spoken by an attendee)
– How closely other organisations are aligning with the challenges of Continuous Integration change culture (Norman Noble – Seek)
– Integrating browser screenshots into our continuous integration environment (Ray Hua – Seek)
– Looking into our data to find bugs (Scott Clements/Owen Yan – Carsales)
– Applying pact testing (Matt Fellows – Dius)
– Running tests in the cloud (Adam Lartner – Amazon)
While I don’t mean to single only a few of the talks out. I believe everyone did an outstanding job. Being insulted by startups by Stephen Jackel was a fresh, honest and truthful account of the role of a QA in a startup. Harini Rao did a superb job as the only female speaker on mobile testing (Calabash rolls off the tongue much better than Appium). Be sure to also checkout Snooper.Computer with Mike Jeffcot. Possibly the best domain name for an automated security test suite. Rob Manger was perhaps the most knowledgeable local performance tester I’ve ever seen – which is zero may I add – and apparently it’s much more than ‘response time’. Finally, Aditya Kalra stunned the audience by scarily showing us just how much information you can really find using some simple searches.
Lets face it they were all great. I’m excited for the next conference and hope to see many more faces in 2017. I would encourage Monash University to support TConf as well as the sponsors to support an this the dedicated individuals passionate about producing good quality and workable code for everyone.
Date: 18th November, 2016
Where: Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Feature Image: Matthew Fellows
Rob Manger – Showing us how high his love is for performance testing.
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