London Tester Gathering Workshops

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June 29th 2017 08:00 - June 30th 2017 18:00

London Tester Gathering Workshops are now part of the Ministry of Testing Family, and we're really looking forward to the first event of this partnership.

This years event consists of eight half day workshops, spread over two days. There are only 100 places available!

As with all Ministry of Testing events, you can expect a wonderful community to come together in a friendly, professional and safe environment. We think you will feel at home when you arrive!

The venue is The Wesley, Euston, London

We're still finalising some of the abstracts, those will be added along with the schedule as soon as we have it. There will be four of the workshops on each day.

Thursday, 29th June 2017:
Morning Sessions

Story Mapping: Slicing Epics into Testable Bites
David Evans

One of the most common problems agile teams face is taking on Stories that are too large. Large Stories are harder to estimate, more time consuming to develop and test, and require more complex acceptance criteria and tests. The longer a team spends on developing a story before it gets tested, the more opportunities for useful feedback are missed.

Story Mapping is a very useful technique for product design, but it can also be used very effectively to help break down large epics into small, valuable slices that can be developed and tested incrementally.

This practical, hands-on session will give you a solid understanding of what a Story Map is and how it can be used to help slice large stories or “epics” into manageable, testable pieces.

The workshop is primarily aimed at testers, Product Owners and business analysts, but will be beneficial for anyone responsible for creating, accepting and collaborating on the development of Stories.

David Evans
Davidevans David Evans is an experienced agile consultant, coach and trainer with over 25 years of IT experience. A thought-leader in the field of agile quality, he has provided training and consultancy for clients worldwide. An in-demand speaker at events and conferences across Europe, David was voted Best Keynote Speaker at Agile Testing Days 2013. He is co-author of the best-selling books “50 Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories” and “50 Quick Ideas to improve Your Tests”, was a contributor to the book “More Agile Testing”, and has also had several papers published in international IT journals. He currently lives and works in the UK, where he is a partner in Neuri Consulting LLP.

Security in the Cloud
Abby Bangser

As moving applications to the cloud becomes projects all their own, security becomes less about SQL injections in a text field and more about attack vectors throughout infrastructure.

As a software tester I have been working on a "lift and shift" project moving a highly regulated companies infrastructure from onsite to AWS machines and have in turn needed to broaden and deepen my own understanding of security.

Through hands on exercises in AWS and group discussion we will take a look at what security in infrastructure and the cloud actually means, how to communicate security risks for this larger attack surface for your project, and as an added bonus, how all of this ties back to personal privacy on the web.

Abby Bangser
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Abby Bangser has been an excited member of the Ministry of Testing family for 3 years now. After attending in 2014 she took her first ever stage in 2015 as a part of the 99 second talks in Brighton, was able to volunteer at TestBash NY in the fall and then co-host a workshop in Brighton 2016. Outside of TestBash, Abby has had the opportunity to speak on the DevOps track at Agile20xx and Agile Testing Days in 2015 as well as European Testing Conference and Nordic Testing Days in 2016.

At ThoughtWorks Abby has the opportunity to work in a variety of domains, countries, and team dynamics. While the technical challenges of each domain and tech stack have been interesting, she has realized that team practices and team ownership have a much deeper impact on the end deliverable.

Thursday, 29th June 2017:
Afternoon Sessions

An Introduction to Complexity and Cynefin for Software Testers
Martin Hynie & Ben Kelly

Dave Snowden’s work in complexity theory seems to have really caught the attention of many in the software testing community of late, but why? And with all this attention, why have there been so few talks or workshops on the topic? Is Cynefin a tool? A model? What do people mean when they speak about complexity theory? More importantly, why should this matter to software testers? In this experiential workshop, Ben and Martin will introduce some of the basic concepts of Cynefin, but with a special focus on how it can be immensely interesting and useful to software testing professionals.

In this session, the group will:

  • Explore the Cynefin sensemaking framework itself with real examples you bring from work
  • Use exercises and discussions to help uncover how Cynefin and complexity theory complement testing methodologies
  • Explore the notion of shifting tester mindsets from "thinking differently" to "gaining better access to different thoughts”

Ben and Martin aim to get testers excited about a field of study that is:

  • Over two decades old
  • Being extensively used by governments and international agencies
  • Proven to be highly successful for studying, describing and successfully impacting extremely complex systems

Cynefin might look simple, but there’s a lot going on under the hood and it truly needs to be experienced rather than observed. Come experiment safely, and discover for yourself what might make this topic so interesting, and be part of the paradigm shift.

Martin Hynie
Martinhynie With over fifteen years of specialization in software testing and development, Martin Hynie’€™s attention has gradually focused on emphasizing value through communication, team development, organizational learning, and the significant role that testers can play to help enable these. A self-confessed conference junkie, Martin travels the world incorporating ideas introduced by various sources of inspiration (including Cynefin, context-driven testing, the Satir Model, Pragmatic Marketing, trading zones, agile principles, and progressive movement training) to help teams iteratively learn, to embrace failures as opportunities and to simply enjoy working together.
Ben Kelly
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Ben has been in the testing industry for over fifteen years working as a tester, manager, coach and mentor with companies ranging from startups to large enterprise businesses across the globe. Most recently he has been Head of Testing for the European Product Development department at eBay.

Whilst not a conference junkie to the extent Martin is, he has nonetheless made a habit of regularly presenting at conferences world wide.

He is heavily influenced by over two decades in martial arts, having competed several times at the world kendo championships. He thinks that the software development industry could be so much better if we were all just a little nicer to one another.

Getting Started With Appium
Dan Cuellar

This is a hands on half day workshop where attendees will get to grip with the basic of Appium.

They will explore how it works, and how to write Appium tests for mobile applications.

You will learn:
  1. How to install Appium
  2. What are the capabilities of Appium
  3. How to write a simple Appium test
  4. Good practices for writing Appium tests
  1. Android SDK installed
  2. Latest version of Xcode installed (Mac users only)
  3. An IDE of your choice, IntelliJ if you want to use the same as the instructor
Dan Cuellar
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Dan is the creator of the open source mobile automation framework Appium, and Head of Test Engineering at FOODit in London. Previously, he headed the test organisation at Shazam in London and Zoosk in San Francisco, and worked as a software engineer on Microsoft Outlook for Mac, and other products in the Microsoft Office suite.

He is an advocate of open source technologies and technical software testing. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Music Technology, from the world-renowned School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Friday, 30th June 2017:
Morning Sessions

Feature Mapping - The Fast Track from Stories Executable Specs
John Ferguson Smart

Writing good acceptance criteria is one of the keys to effective software delivery. But it’s hard. In this workshop, you will learn about Feature Mapping, a new technique and easy that can help teams write higher quality acceptance criteria more easily. Feature Mapping is an excellent way to build a deep shared understanding of a story's requirements and clear a path to a smooth implementation of automated acceptance tests.
John Ferguson Smart
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John is an experienced author, speaker and trainer specialising in Agile Delivery Practices currently based in London. An international speaker well known in the Agile community for his many published articles and presentations, particularly in areas such as BDD, TDD, test automation, software craftsmanship and team collaboration, John helps organisations and teams around the world deliver better software sooner and more effectively both through more effective collaboration and communication techniques, and through better technical practices.

John is also the author of 'BDD in Action', 'Jenkins: The Definitive Guide', and 'Java Power Tools', and lead developer of the Serenity BDD test automation library.

Telling the Testing Story - Storytelling for Testers
Huib Schoots

Storytelling is hot and people talk about it. Everyone loves stories. Actually it is a centuries old means of communication. We are not always aware, but we constantly tell each other stories. Stories are powerful and effective to transfer your vision, strategy, approach or status. We can benefit from it in our work in agile teams. Good stories surprise us. They make us think, make us feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that numbers and text on a slide with a bar graph don’t. Storytelling will increase your impact on the organisation. Stories make presentations better. Stories make ideas stick. Stories help us persuade.

A professional report communicates the information our customers and stakeholders need to make decisions. Test reporting is more than writing a document using a template. It's much more than listing the test results, counting tests executed or the pass/fail rates at the end of a project. We report about our work every day: we tell stories about what we do constantly. A good testing story builds up while go: it starts with learning and parts of the story are added over time.

Effective communication, reporting is an important skill that almost every tester should practice but just a few actually do. Only a few have really mastered it. Professional (test) reporting is not only vital to your professional credibility, it is also important to keep track during testing. This workshop helps testers to improve their communication by telling stories. Using the "test story" (a concept from Rapid Software Testing) you will learn to guide your work.

This workshop will teach you the basics of practical storytelling. It will be much more of a communication tool for all aspects of work and life! The workshop will focus on what storytelling is and we will practice telling stories. You will learn about the practical use of stories. You will also learn how to use the testing story to transfer a clear and concise message about your testing.

Huib Schoots

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.

Friday, 30th June 2017:
Afternoon Sessions

Understanding Blockchain and Testing
Rhian Lewis

Blockchain technology – the architecture that underpins digital currencies such as Bitcoin – is going mainstream, with organisations such as Barclays, Nasdaq, Ebay, the Bank of England and IBM developing projects based on distributed ledger principles.

As developers grapple with the challenges of this emerging technology, so must testers understand how to evaluate and test blockchain applications. Note that blockchain use cases are not limited to the financial world – smart contracts have the ability to touch many different areas of our lives, from energy allocation to government services.

After this workshop, you will:

  1. Understand at a high level the requirements for a proposed blockchain project and how to test them
  2. Know the main differences between several different types of blockchain, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Hyperledger
  3. Be able to debug a simple contract using a local test node of Ethereum (optional)

Dockerfiles will be provided for anyone who has Docker installed and is comfortable working with it. There will also be an option to use a browser-based debugging tool for those who don't want to use Docker.

Rhian Lewis
Rhian lewis Rhian Lewis is a contract test automation specialist, who has worked on projects for some of Europe's largest financial, leisure and automotive brands. She is also the co-developer of the cryptocurrency portfolio tracker and a co-founder of award-winning blockchain startup She works as an independent blockchain consultant and runs the London Women in Bitcoin Meetup group. She was named as one of the CoinFilter Top 40 Women in Bitcoin, and last year made it into the Richtopia list of Top 100 Fintech Influencers.

Traffic, Verbs, Testing, and T-Shirts
Sharath Byregowda & Tony Bruce

Everything is getting connected to the web in some form. From enterprise application integration, workflows, mobile apps, third-party integration of cloud services, to fridges that do your grocery shopping, web services are everywhere. As a tester, to be effective in this web world, it’s vital that you have an understanding of these protocols.Things we’ll explore during this workshop:

  • How are HTTP/S requests structured?
  • How can we see these requests and responses?
  • How do we explore and test Web APIs?

As an attendee of this workshop you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of HTTP/S along with some additional tools for your tool belt. These technical skills will assist you when testing products that utilise HTTP/S, such as websites, REST APIs and Microservices.

This workshop is aimed at everyone, especially those people looking to increase their knowledge of how websites and IoT devices work, and how we go about testing them.

Sharath Byregowda

Sharath Byregowda is an experienced software delivery consultant with a deep passion for testing and quality, developed through various roles across different domains.

He seeks to understand the specifics of each situation, selecting practices that fit the context. He also likes to work closely with developers, testers and other business functions to reduce bottlenecks and improve collaboration.

As a practitioner, Sharath is compelled by questions around what makes good quality, how to mitigate product risks and how to design tests to provide fast, valuable information to answer these questions. He is also the co-founder of Weekend Testing and blogs at

Tony Bruce

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.

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