Romanian Testing Community Conference 2012
The first Romanian Testing Community Conference was held in Cluj-Napoca a week ago. Any expert or any rookie in the field was welcome. The main idea of this event was to find a way to meet other software testers with the same interests and hold a knowledge sharing session with some well-known professionals in this field, iQuest being one of the partners.
Even if it was held on a Wednesday, around 200 people attended just so they could have the chance to listen to 3 international speakers: Michael Palotas (Head of Quality Engineering Europe eBay International), Pawel Krawczyk (Application Security Manager at Aon in Krakow) and Vesna Leonard (Project Test Coordinator at Worx4You). Their presentations had different themes, each of them very interesting:
- Test Automation – 10 (sometimes painful) lessons learned <link>
- Building a cost-benefit model for application security testing <link>
- TaaS – Testing as a Service. On-Demand and As-Needed <link>
All the presenters’ ideas and topics had an excellent impact on the audience and lots of questions were asked after the presentations. Also, the organizers encouraged the local companies to step up and share their experience.
As a result, multiple local speakers sent in their proposals, so the final two presentations were decided through an online vote. After the vote two domestic speakers had the chance to impress the audience with their interesting topics: Programming skills for test automation and Mentoring embedded testing.
The event was well organized: good publicity, a lot of promotional materials, lunch, open bar during breaks, evening party in a local bar. All of these things gave us the opportunity to meet other fellow testers and share ideas with them.
My main lesson learned for this event is the fact that we, as a testing community, still have a long way to go to be able to have very interactive, well-structured and well-presented topics at events like this. But practice makes perfect, so I’m definitely waiting with great interest for the second edition of this conference.
If you participate, please drop us a line about how it was for you. What did you and what didn’t you like?