Another perspective on Citcon 2016

I recently attended my first fully open-space conference, CITCON Europe, which conveniently happened in Cluj-Napoca (where I live) this year.
I had experienced a bit the open-space format at European Testing Conference earlier this year, in Bucharest, so I had some expectations set: I knew everyone would be able to propose topics, I saw how the “marketplace” would work, and I had used the law of 2 feet before.
However, some things surprised me about how the conference turned out, and I’d like to share them with you.

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Volunteering for CITCON 2016

The Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, abbreviated as CITCON, is an OpenSpace non-profit conference which for ten years has been organized in various cities around the globe. Currently, each year there are four editions taking place on four continents: Europe, America, Asia and Australia & New Zealand. The previous editions in Europe took place in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, London again, Budapest, Turin, Zagreb, Helsinki and this year in Cluj-Napoca.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 4

Hoping I’ve got your attention by now, I invite you to discover the last part of my retrospective series.

Which was my influence within the project?

My influence on understanding the client’s need to be informed
I learned from my past experiences that even if the client is not specifically asking for a status all the time, he wants to have transparency and he needs to be informed of what is happening.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 3

In the first two parts of my retrospective series I revealed I had the opportunity and experience of traveling a lot to the client’s site.

What about working on client’s site?

Now, this is an interesting topic, because, until this project, I worked mostly remote, in the Altom office.

Working on client’s site was a request I knew about from the beginning of the project and I found it intriguing and challenging at the same time. I was told I should be available at client’s site in Germany as much as possible in the first three months. I knew this would take me out of my comfort zone. No sooner said than done.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 2

In the first part of my retrospective series, I told you about the first three months I spent on the project, the challenges I encountered and the lessons I learned.

What changed after those 3 months?

Well, the Pilot project ended. And the actual collaboration started.

Since the Pilot project went well and the clients were pleased with my involvement, work and qualified opinions, the project was extended. The trips to Germany were carried on as before.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 1

Recently, I finished a project I was involved in for 2 years. I had the opportunity to allocate some time for doing an analysis, so I started to write down my ideas. The outcome was a nice and comprehensive retrospective, covering challenges I encountered during the project and lessons I’ve learned, which I would really like to share with you.

Since we’re talking about a long project and my ideas expanded on lots of pages, I decided to do a series of four blog posts that I’ll post during March.

The series will debut with how I started the project and how the first three months on the project were.

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Say hello to AltTap!

Built in the Altom test lab, AltTap is a robot designed to help with and mitigate some of the critical challenges of test automation. It is especially useful in scenarios involving the running of tests on devices of varying screen sizes and resolutions. AltTap’s special power is that of performing automated tests on any type of touchscreen device.

How does it do that exactly? It simulates a human tester by the using of a stylus to perform click actions on a touchscreen. The process is based on an image-recognition algorithm.

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