Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Content Creation Process 2018 is on its way!

European Testing Conference 2018 takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on February 19-20th 2018. Check also our web pages

European Testing Conference does its content creation a bit differently. While other conferences call for proposals, we call for collaboration. We want to meet the people delivering the talk, have a conversation on what the talk is about. After all, the talk isn't the writing, but it's what you say on stage. 

We seek a balance of testing and quality topics as testers and developers know it, with a practical emphasis. 

Call for collaboration - what is it?

When you submit for European Testing Conference, it is just an opening connection for us to have an online face-to-face discussion with you. For the 2018 edition, the organizers pair more heavily than before, meaning you get to have a friendly chat with two of us.

We know we have limited space, and a vision of how we would most likely want to fill that space. We learn as we work with people, and our vision adapts. We seek the best content for our participants. But not only that.

When we collaborate, we might learn ways for us to help you forward with other conferences you might not have known of. We might give you hints on how to improve your submission. And at minimum, we get a chance of forming a connection between you and us, and we appreciate your time. 

Have you submitted already? Let us get to know you. Deadline is August 20th. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Call for Collaboration 2018

ETC 2018 Call for Collaboration

Other conferences call for papers or proposals. We call for collaboration.

TL;DR: Propose an idea or outline for a session. We are selecting based on discussions via Skype/Hangouts.
Event: ETC 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands 19.-20.2.2018.
Compensation: Speaker travel expenses guaranteed by the conference.
Deadline: Submit by August 20th.


Our conference

European Testing Conference 2017 takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands February 19.-20.2.2018. The conference travels annually to different locations in Europe.

We are setting up the best practical testing conference that represents testing as different people know it: testers, developers, business analysts and managers. We recognize that testing is continuous, and we want to learn to do its different flavors better through sharing ideas and experiences in spirit of dialog. We seek to understand.

Looking for sessions

To find the right people to share in this conference, we want to collaborate with the existing and emerging speaker communities. We find our professional home communities to be those of agile and context-driven testing, and software craftsmanship, but actively seek to break the walls between them.

We want a good balance of European and non-European speakers and a good balance of craftsmanship and (exploratory) testing backgrounds.

We ask you to collaborate on three types of sessions:

  1. Talks of ideas with practical applicability (30 minutes)
  2. Demos of ideas in use – show and tell (40 minutes)
  3. Workshops of hands-on experiences for participants (90 minutes)

We ask you to collaborate, because we believe the best results come out of working together. We want you to share your topic and excitement, and collaborate before you invest heavily in making the session final as a proposal.

We acknowledge we can’t fit all the great sessions there are. So we want to make it mutually efficient while enabling great content we as organizers would be unaware of. We believe there’s more value out of the collaboration than just our conference talk selection through getting to know one another.

When you respond to the call and we’re considering you, we’ll have a 15-minute Skype/Hangouts session with you to talk about your idea. If you get cut from consideration just for not having space in our talk budget for your type of idea, we’ll let you know by email. We expect the finalized abstract from those who we choose, not as criteria of entry. Timeframe for the discussions is August and September, and this call closes on August 20th.

What we have to offer:
  • entry to participate and present at a great conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands 19.-20.2.2017
  • travel expenses and hotel 3 nights reimbursed
  • Profit sharing – we share ½ of the profits with the speakers. You get part of the honorarium pot that translates to money, based on the conference’s financial success and the length of your session

What we expect:
  • Speakers who can stay and participate for the duration of the conference. This is very important to having a great learning environment.

Come. Learn. Do. Teach. Test.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pre-Conference Training without the conference

European Testing Conference 2017 takes place in Helsinki, Finland on February 9-10th 2017. Check also our web pages

Just before the European Testing Conference 2017 on Wednesday Feb 8th, we are organizing a set of one-day trainings. As we have been talking about the conference and the pre-conference trainings with various people, we have come to a realization we wanted to share.

The pre-conference trainings are not an extension of the conference, but they are sessions for a different audience. They are the local people's chances to get great trainings that it would be expensive to travel to. The trainers are here for the conference, but as they are here, it would seem a shame not to make their best *training* content available.

In a conference, a participant gets multiple views and practical tips from various speakers, and in particular, networks with other professionals. The time for each topic is limited, and it is a great way to sample on things we might want to dig in deeper.

In a training, a participant gets thorough, hands-on guidance on how to work with a particular theme. Trainings give us a chance to pass on a bit of skill and dig in deeper into the participants problems.

Take a look at our trainings. Think of them from the perspective of your and your colleagues training needs. Would learning the things these trainings provide help you succeed with your testing? We believe they would.

Contact us for group discount for groups of 3 or more people. We've put a lot of love and thought into organizing this and would love to you to join us, either for the trainings or the conference. Or even both.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Experiment with giving out free tickets for use of your personal networks

European Testing Conference 2017 takes place in Helsinki, Finland on February 8.-10th 2017. Check also our web pages
We have an amazing conference and amazing pre-conference trainings coming up in February. We'd love to see people join us, and we are realizing that the networks you have outshine the networks we have in passing on the word, and want to invite you into our experiment:

Get a free ticket for yourself (transferrable) for finding five people from your networks to join the conference. 

Get in touch to get a personalized 10 % off the prices discount code and pass the message for people to join European Testing Conference. Your contacts get the discounted tickets with that code, and with five uses of the code, you get your free ticket.

The little epiphany leading to us trying this out is that this is what conferences have been doing forever with closed circles. We want to see if opening this up is something people would be interested in.

We don't ask you to pass our marketing message. We ask you to look at our program, see if you feel you're excited about it and share your own personal excitement in whatever way you choose.

We keep hearing from people that they *did not know* the conference existed. Partner with us to make sure your contacts don't need to feel that way.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

From Not Paying to Speak to Timely Payment

European Testing Conference 2017 takes place in Helsinki, Finland on February 8.-10th 2017. Check also our web pages
It's never been as easy to organize a conference as today. Just decide you do it. If you want to start small, try a single track conference. Find a place that has flexible terms on number of participants  and invoices first part just a little before the conference (easy or hard depending on country). Find speakers to fill your day and attract the crowd. Finally, find people who will pay for the tickets. If you hook on to an existing community, that might be also straightforward.

The thing in particular that makes organizing new conferences easy is the fact that the common expectation for speakers still is that they pay their expenses to come and speak, or at minimum, when you promise to pay the expenses they expect that to happen after the conference. Speakers commonly act as a distributed loan office for the conferences.

The usual sums tossed around in conference budgeting is 700 euros within Europe and 1400 euros when from outside Europe. That's a significant amount of money to bind into someone else's conference for up to 6 months in advance. And surely you need to book on time, otherwise that budget won't be enough.  And you would rather see the conference not pay extra just because you, as a speaker, booked late. 

This is one of the many things  we've set out to do differently for European Testing Conference. Just now, 5 months into the conference, we sent out an expense link to all our recently chosen speakers to encourage them to submit their travel expense compensation claims as they incur. We also opt to coordinate the whole travel from our end with some speakers who don't have even momentarily these kind of assets around to move.

Why is this relevant? Why do we care? The reason is to enable voices that are worth hearing and learning from for you, our audience.  The speakers that would have to choose not to do speaking as finances are hard. We want true diversity, and it means for us that we are working actively to bring down blocks that stop people from sharing the great stuff they have.

Most of seasoned speakers (consulting speakers) are past this already. But they are not the only ones we want to hear from, as awesome as they are. And for them, it might be that a significant part of their assets is tied into payments to expect on expenses of various conferences they're doing. 

Not all of us have a company to back us up and we still have things to say. Asking for different (fairer) treatment seems like something that shouldn't need to happen, when it could be built into the system.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Safety at conferences

European Testing Conference 2017 takes place in Helsinki, Finland on February 8.-10th 2017. Check also our web pages

There's an item on the organizers to-do list that did not get done for the 2016 edition a Code of Conduct.

The reason why it is still on the to-do list is twofold. One is that it is easy to believe that this conference will reflect the values of its organizers. Another is that instead of copying a common code of conduct, we feel we have special needs. 

The code of conduct we want could be summed up as Don't be a jerk. We would like everyone to feel safe and included. And we recognize that with a special mix of testers and developers, and our history of separation it is easy to make someone not feel safe. We will have differences of backgrounds and opinions. We hope to work on those in spirit of dialog and aim of understanding the other over winning an argument. 
Testers say things that offend developers. "Developers can't be trusted with testing". "What developers do is only checking". And Developers say things that offend testers "You're not needed unless you become programmers too". "Why didn't you find that bug, testing is your responsibility".
We want to start this conference from the premise that we are all valuable. Testing is too important to be left only for testers - it's everyone's business. We need diverse views to make feedback make more sense in the world of software development. 

When there is any reason to feel unsafe at European Testing Conference, we hope people would approach us and we're committed to take things seriously. And we recognize that even we are not immune to offending people with out actions even with a good intent. 

We have work to do on this one. Creating a safe learning space is something we all do together. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Testing is important is a given

European Testing Conference 2017 takes place in Helsinki, Finland on February 8.-10th 2017. Check also our web pages.

When we started European Testing Conference, two things were very clear to us in the vision:
  • Our focus is practical - "getting experts and practitioners together to talk, learn and practice the art of testing" and "We’re tired of conferences that feel more like sales pitches than practitioners sharing the craft"
  • We're about testing, not testers - "we bring together testing from developer and tester perspectives in a practice-oriented package in a dialog culture, aiming for mutual learning of how testing can be done in practice"
With the collaboration calls with our potential speakers, what this means in practice has been shaped for clarify. We're not selecting talks that explains what testing / tester is and isn't. We're selecting examples of what testing looks like. What would be the practical things people have done and want to teach others. From people in different locations, organizations, and different roles. From voices old and new.

With every collaboration call, we've been looking for the practical core to every view that the amazing potential speakers have proposed us. We've learned that sometimes the practical stories are hidden under abstractions. Sometimes people want to talk about a big thing in a short time, when a subset of the big thing is of the best practical value to us.

In this conference, we take it as a given that testing is important. Testing is needed. And we respect the variety of ways to organize for it, and learn from each other in the spirit of dialog.

Super-Early Bird Tickets are available until end of August (timezone: whole world). And Early Bird Tickets after that. 

Join us to learn on testing from peers. The organizers and speakers are approachable and everyone wants to share both in sessions and on hallways. Be there to take your learnings back to the work we do.