Testers are from Pakistan
Last week was a special one for Testers in Pakistan as we held our first ever ‘Testers meet up’ for members from Islamabad and Rawalpindi on June 3rd. This activity brought in testers from different organizations and even some Ph.D.s in software testing and resulted in very fruitful discussions.
As part of some ‘food for thought’ my friend Hanan Atif talked about the soft skills that make the testers. He mentioned how team playing skills help you succeed as a tester and described the IBM Black Team leaf from the history. One of the picks from his talk was that in terms of communication, in-depth knowledge of a language (English in most cases) is different than your ability to communicate and suggested to keep these skills separate. A clip is on Vimeo.
Next was a thought provoking talk by Dr. Zohaib Iqbal of Quest Labs, FAST where he elaborated his view of 100% test automation that includes test path/sequence generation, test data generation, test oracle (validation) generation and test execution. His talk was very well received and lot of questions pored in and due to time limitation, the discussions had to be cut short. One of the take aways from the presentation was that Model Based testing is the way forward for test automation and Quest Lab will be happy to work with Industry professionals to solve reasonable complex automation problems using this technique. A clip is on Vimeo.
To fill in the gap, I talked about tooling that works and used Agile Testing Quadrants as a frame of reference for automation tools. With the help of testers from different organizations, we filled in the Testing Quadrants with the tools that we use and got a picture. The gist of the talk was that tools have to be spread across different testing areas and not all areas can have tools. So while picking the tool, consider all the testing quadrants and see where you want to add value.
In the end, we had an open discussion on what can be next. Lot of ideas came in including:
- Arranging panel discussion with students that involve few professionals. This will give more chance to interact.
- Review of the course curriculum on Software Quality and other Software Engineering courses that have Quality/Testing contents.
- Regular meet up of testers with focused discussions on some tracks.
- Solving Industry problems by proposing them as research projects at Academia
Given that there was a vibrant tester meet up in Karachi earlier, and a very successful first meet up here in Islamabad, we are heading towards a dream testing conference in Pakistan.
The testers from Pakistan rock! Join the party.