GATE 02 Announcement

We are proud to announce the call for contributions for the second GATE workshop. It will be held in Munich, Germany on September 8th 2012.

The main theme for the second workshop will be

The future of Agile and Exploratory Testing

We expect participants to submit content in line with this theme. We are interested in contributions such as

  • innovative approaches to testing
  • combining session- and thread-based test management
  • collaborative test chartering
  • testing in practice (Testing Dojos, Testautomation Coderetreat, Hands-on testing)

Feel free to contact us if you are unsure. We will be most glad to provide you feedback.

The language of the workshop will be dependent on the workshop participants. It might be German all day, but if we got international contribution, we might decide to hold the workshop in English.

If you want to attend the second German Agile Testing and Exploratory Workshop, come up with a contribution, and send it to us until August 1st. Further details on the attendees, the program, and travel information will be provided later.

If you are interested in the format, there have been quite a few of these peer workshops in the testing space recently. Here are some pointers:

Hope to meet you in September 2012.

GATE 01 Findings

On October 1st 2011 the first German Agile Testing and Exploratory Workshop took place in Hamburg, Germany. The five participants Meike Mertsch, Maik Nogens, Eusebiu Blindu, Christian Baumann, and Markus Gärtner discussed Agile Testing and Exploratory Testing in General, and tried to come up with a definition. You can read more about the experiences from the participants on their related blog entries:

Looking forward to GATE 02.

GATE 2011 participants

So far our call for participation has resulted in some responses. Currently we have the following line-up for the first German Agile Testing and Exploratore Workshop. Here they are:

  • Markus Gärtner – Helping traditionally trained testers to contribute on Agile teams
  • Maik Nogens – tbd
  • Meike Mertsch – Helping Teams and Testers to create valuable products
  • Eusebiu Blindu – Exploratory Testing and visualization
  • Sven Finsterwalder – agile testing with SBTM supported by the “SessionCreator”
  • Christian Baumann – Shared responsibility for quality vs. separate QA teams
  • Alexandru Rotaru – demotivating testers – why good testers choose different career paths;
    teaching testing using exploratory testing

There is still room for more. If you struggled so far with a topic, feel free to contact us. We will be happy discussing your proposal, and providing feedback on early drafts.

GATE 01 Announcement

We are proud to announce the call for contributions for this workshop. It will be held in Hamburg, Germany on October 1st 2011.

GATE will be a low budget, non-profit peer workshop. This means that we might split expenses for the location and commodities equally among the participants (probably below € 100). Every participant will take care of the remaining costs for her- or himself, e.g. travel, lunch.

As the main goal we identified the following elevator pitch:

For ambitioned testers who want to learn established approaches and practices in the craft of software testing the GATE workshop provides a platform for an equal knowledge exchange. In contrast to traditional conference formats the GATE workshop provides a practical, low budget, controversial experience on software testing.

That said, we are interested in contributions such as

  • realistic experience reports
  • controversial testing techniques
  • testing in practice (Testing Dojos, Hands-on testing)
  • options for distributed software testing

Feel free to contact us if you are unsure. We will be most glad to provide you feedback.

The language of the workshop will be dependent on the workshop participants. It might be German all day, but if we got international contribution, we might decide to hold the workshop in English.

If you want to attend the first German Agile Testing and Exploratory Workshop, come up with a contribution, and send it to us until September 5th. Further details on the attendees, the program, and travel information will be provided later.

If you are interested in the format, there have been quite a few of these peer workshops in the testing space recently. Here are some pointers:

Hope to meet you in the nicest city in the world. Hope you are as excited as we are.