KraQA #34

Tuesday evening greeted us with one of the coldest days in this half of the year so far. Did you get caught in the hail on your way to meeting, as us? KraQA meetup #34 took place on November 20th in our new (not quite but we might stay for some time) place – Re Club. Despite the unfavorable weather, the place was crowded – many people interested in software testing came to the lectures. And it was well worth it!

The meeting started with a short announcement presented by ConSelenium co-organizer. He invited to participate in the conference, which is intended for Selenium and test automation enthusiasts. The conference will take place on April 4-5 in Łódź. He especially invited all potential speakers to sign in for „Call for papers”.
We had two presentations planned for the evening – both (quite exceptionally) carried out in English. Our guests were Iana Lymar and Roman Shcherbak representing GlobalLogic – a company which designs, creates and delivers new generation products and services to commerce.

During the first presentation named „Risk Based Testing approach” Iana Lymar talked about her experience in the corporation, working in the scrum methodology. She started by presenting what the risk means and what types of risks we have, focusing on project and product related approach. She also discussed specific cases where she handles risk in projects and how this strategy is linked to the test automation in their company. Interesting discussion that arose after her presentation made the subject even more deeply grasped.

The second presentation – „In Sprint Exploratory testing” discussed the matter that is quite often discussed but sometimes lacks detailed information on specific strategies and ideas. To capture the subject Roman Scherbak shared with us his big experience gathered as Test Manager. He spoke primarily about the possibilities that this exploratory tests – they inspire our creativity and the ability to describe test cases as we want. Next, he shed some light on how to implement exploratory sessions in a rapidly changing environment. Roman presented an interesting approach based upon the methodology called „hats” – in which each of the testers could have other perspective while testing the application. For example: being positive, factual, critical, creative, controlling – what can be a very productive session of finding new defects for several testers. Especially if you work with small testers’ group in your company – you could use this approach to help you to achieve best results.

The closing point of the meeting was an open invitation to all KraQA members: we need your help in building the biggest open, free and non-commercial conference SkładQA once again! Feel free to email us at kraqa.pl@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating in this great experience as a co-organizer.