SEETest took place this year in Bucharest, from 26th to 27th of September. As part of the Quality Assurance community, I was following it for a while so of course I was super happy when I saw Cognizant Softvision decided to support this edition. I might have some work done for the business case there so.. yeah..
And oh boy, was it a good idea. Was also lucky enough to be asked to speak on the company behalf at the conference and I gladly accepted.
First day was dedicated to workshops. With themes from Testing AI till Testing Psychology. They covered all sides of testing and brought new horizons to the test engineers. Second day kicked in with Andy Redwood’s keynote on how we can benefit from automation in an agile world. Then, the audience splitted in 4 tracks covering test automation, agile testing, cloud testing and mobile testing in the first part of the day. Second keynote came from Paul Gerrard on Transforming to New Test and Assurance Approaches. And after it there were the industrial slots and more session on automation, general testing, test design and never the less test management.
I would have loved to share some key take away points but.. as I was “an industrial speaker” I was told I have access only to my talk. Being tired, I did not fight it. I spent my time in Bucharest with the team I have there in stead of asking for access. The company offered to buy me a ticket but that would have been definitely not ok — I was speaking there for free and also paying a ticket? oh no, no, no.. This definitely left me with a bitter feeling related to how the conference is organized. 🤷♀️ ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Did any of you ever faced such thing before? How did you or would you handle it?
My talk about “How I learned testing from mobile browsers “ was in the second part of the day. It was about my team’s learned lessons when we had to address 6 apps instead of 2 like before, in the same time, same resources. In a few words — we learned to reuse better the tests for same components that are in different apps (REUSE) , to automate only the necessarily parts (REFUSE) and to be open to different and new ways of testing with open arms. Yes, I use the Rs from Zero Waste to spread the know how in technology. Or was it the other way around?
The audience was pretty open to check Cognizant Softvision’s booth, to take the QA (but not only) quiz in order to gain some of the amazing swag we had! I was glad to see their enthusiasm when they were scoring at the quiz but also their curiosity as they were discovering or learning new things. They’ve also found out more about the opportunities we have open at Cognizant Softvision and will know more about the impact of the company in the tech and digitalisation field.
The best thing that happens at conferences? The networking. Yes, even for introverts. I am not saying that you need to go and reach for as many people as you can. No. But seeing familiar faces and friends it always bring good vibes. And in my case here, meeting Alexander Todorov — Project lead of @KiwiTCMS. And yes, I got socks! 🧦 🙌 Another highlight was to meet again the PR team at CSV from Bucharest and the 4 members of the QA Community within the company
Being in Bucharest to meet and work with one of my teams, before the presentation day, I was able to attend briefly the social event, on the 16th evening. When I arrived there and entered the room, I heard for a few minutes only Slavic languages (not English). That made me realise how impactful it is to have an event on a technical side more approachable for smaller communities.
And it worth to be mentioned that the venue for the social dinner was.. beautiful!
Hope to see us again at SEETest!
Originally posted on Medium.