DSTB testing conference 2015

I participated in the DSTB testing conference 9. june 2015 at Tivoli hotel in Copenhagen. A total of 250 People from 11 countries participated – mostly from Denmark.

I followed:

  • Velkomst og introduktion til konferencen ved DSTB´s formand John Fodeh
  • Velkomst ved ISTQB´s præsident, Gualtiero Bazzana
  • Keynote 1: Building on Success, Erik van Veenendaal, Improve IT Services, Holland
  • Inspiration for Software Development Process – Sushi, Sashimi and Root of Scrum, Susumu Sasabe, Adviser, JUSE (Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers), Japan
  • Agile practices applied in life-science industries? What works, what not, and how we can get it working, Thomas Muller, Software Validation, Schweiz, Chair of Foundation WG, ISTQB
  • Mobile testing and its part in testing tools, Kari Kakkonen, Knowit, President FiSTB, Finland
  • Hvordan bliver du involveret tidligere i projektet som tester – forstå dine interessenter? Ole Chr. Hansen, Capgemini Sogeti Danmark A/S
  • Keynote 2: Skills Assessment of Testers – New Paradigms, Vipul Kocher, SALT, and President ITB, Indien

I liked:

  • To meet fellow test managers and previous colleagues
  • Keynote 1 by Erik van Veenendaal
  • Keynote 2 by Vipul Kocher

Reflections:

If you use 7 hours to learn something new you have to apply your knowledge in practical use within 72 hours to build your skills. Otherwise the knowledge will be lost according to Vipul Kocher. I tend to agree with him.

Certifications help you build knowledge (when you study – not the exam) but it does not give you skills.

We still have problems communicating the value of testing to non-testers – at least in DK – we need to understand our stakeholders better and speak their language. We must learn to communicate outside the testing community.

Will the ISQTB strategy with new modular certifications give us better skills as testers?

See program and content briefs below.

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