Nicky Tests Software: November 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Why I have decided to start speaking at Software Testing Conferences

2016 is the year in which I start speaking at Software Testing Conferences. And now that we're reaching the end of November (and thus the end of 2015), the reality is starting to hit me and I'm getting more than a tad nervous.

I'm very excited to have been accepted to speak at two conferences in the first half of 2016: Let's Test (through the Speak Easy Program with the support and encouragement of my mentor Maria) and TestBash.

Here, I'd like to go into why I've decided to start speaking at conferences. To be honest, there's no one clear reason which has led me to this point - but a bunch of things that have added up. In writing this I hope to inspire people who have wishfully thought about presenting at a conference, but doubted themselves thinking "Why would anyone want to hear from me? Why would anyone want to hear what I have to say?" I also want to simply share my experience in deciding to speak. Other people who have spoken at conferences, no doubt have their own reasons - some of which may be similar to mine.

Monday, November 9, 2015

What's the purpose of Test Documentation?

Last week I went to a testing meet-up where one of the presenters said that he used documentation to defend himself - which really caught my attention. But it also got me thinking.

While Test Documentation may be used to defend yourself, surely that is not its purpose.

Why do you write Test Documentation?

Chances are, something along the lines of, "to communicate information" comes to mind.

But what does "communication" really mean?

I think phrases like "strong communication skills" etc are thrown around and misused. According to Meriam-Webster, the definition of communication is:

"It is the art or process of using words, sounds, signs or behaviours to express or exchange information...."