5th & 6th june, 2021
Hundreds of Precious Lessons You can learn from the Bests in the business.
You want to learn from others’ failures and avoid those, or you want to fail yourself, lose time and opportunities on something you could have learned from others?
Haven’t we already heard enough glamorized success stories at conferences? FailQonf is a conference dedicated to normalizing and celebrating our failures in our industry.
Let’s look back at our own Career and Life, we all would remember failures teaching us the strongest lessons.
Hear failure stories around software testing and quality from experienced to rising leaders, from non-testers to top executives.
Imagine the learning that would unfold when these stories come to life at FailQonf, a virtual Software Testing Conference like none other.
If you have ever failed, FailQonf is the conference to attend in 2021.
See you there.
When is it happening?
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You’ve heard of a con artist, right? Someone is is an expert at conning people. Well, I’m here to introduce you to me, a successful failure artist. A failure artist is someone who has become an expert in handling failure. Want to become a failure artist? Then this is the talk for you! I have many many stories on failure in software testing ranging from failures in product to failures in leadership. There’s so many I don’t know which one to chose! So I won’t, you will! In this talk, I’m going to let the audience chose which story they want to hear, and then I will tell that story, describing the failure, what I learned and how I might do it differently next time. At the end of the session, I will summarise what I feel are the key lessons on failure that I’ve learned over the past twenty years being a successful failure artist. This talk will be candid but will also provide pragmatic advice on how to deal with the inevitable failures that will occur throughout your software testing career.
Anne-Marie excels at creating spaces where quality thrives. As co-founder of Testing Times and its principal quality engineer, Anne-Marie is the lead advocate on quality engineering and how to navigate change and keep quality in the minds of all. Standing her in good stead is her years of experience as Head of Engineering at Tyro Payment, Quality Engineering Consultant and Test Automation Engineer. Anne-Marie’s technical background as an Electronic Engineer has enabled her to speak to both technical and product expertise. Anne-Marie is an international keynoter having spoken at multiple international conferences. You can read more about her ideas on her blog https://mavericktester.com and/or catch some of her thoughts on Twitter at @charrett.
In chess, the word blunder means a very bad move by someone who should know better. Even though system-level functional test automation has been around for a long time, people still make some very bad moves and serious blunders. The most common misconception in automation is thinking that human testing is the same as automated testing. And this thinking accounts for most of the blunders in system level test automation. Dorothy Graham takes us on a tour of the top four of these blunders, including: Do Testing Tools actually Test? Where are you going with your automation?, Is it all about the Tool(s)? (Silver Bullet Syndrome), and Automating the Wrong Things. Different skills, approaches, and objectives are needed or you’ll end up with inefficient automation, high maintenance costs, and wasted effort. Join Dot to discover how you can avoid these common blunders and achieve valuable system-level test automation.
Dorothy Graham has worked as an independent consultant and trainer in software testing and test automation for 50 years, and is co-author of 5 books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, Experiences of Test Automation and A Journey Through Test Automation Patterns (see TestAutomationPatterns.org). She has been a popular and entertaining speaker at hundreds of conferences and events over the years. Dot has been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing, including programme chair for EuroStar (twice). She was a founder member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and helped develop the first ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. She was awarded the European Excellence Award in Software Testing in 1999 and the first ISTQB Excellence Award in 2012. Now retired, she enjoys singing in choirs and small groups.
Having a learning disability is more common than you think, but at the same time, it changes the way dyslexic people approach different aspects of life. It initially gave me a tough time in my academics and later in my professional life. Still, once I learned to manage and navigate it, it gave me excellent tools and lessons for thriving in other things in life, especially when it comes to failure.
This is my story of dealing with failure and understanding my learning patterns to do better in life. I learned how to tinker around and became comfortable with being back to square one. Embracing and leveraging your quirks can be an asset, and that’s what we will talk about!
Faiza Yousuf is a technologist with over a decade of experience in building products and teams. She is an award-winning community leader and the force behind WomenInTechPK. She co-founded CodeGirls, a community-funded coding boot camp for girls, and runs the online education program for Blockchain and AI from CryptoChicksPakistan.
She leads the product development wing at Genetech Solutions and runs a consulting practice as a Product Management Expert. She is a top-rated freelancer on Upwork with the honor to be part of Upwork’s first-ever social impact report. She is also working with [email protected]’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee to improve gender parity in Pakistan’s tech ecosystem.
Karen will share a past project experience that came with several challenges – lack of clear objectives, shared understanding of the technical aspects of the work and SMART goals. She will highlight observations and actions she took in an effort to prevent project failure. The presentation will offer some context of the project but will not identify the client. The failure points will focus on lessons learned and how Project Doom changed the way she now approaches work.
Karen has been a longtime contributor in software testing. She is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Testing by O’Reilly publishers. She has published numerous articles and blogs about her experiences with software testing. For more on her speaking and writing, see her website: http://www.karennicolejohnson.com. She is currently employed at Grainger as the Director of Engineering Effectiveness.
Stories of #epicfails are pretty common in the performance world during busy times like Thanksgiving shopping when websites go down under load. And it is not limited to just the retail world, we have seen everyone from the likes of streaming companies apologizing on Twitter when their service couldn’t keep up with the demand on the launch of a new season of a popular series to even travel companies that cannot keep up with holiday demands at times. Join Kaushal Dalvi who has spent 10+ years in the performance world as he describes some of the failures he has seen that eventually lead to some of these public meltdowns to make sure you don’t see some of these tell-tale signs in your organization.
Since he got his first computer at age thirteen, Kaushal Dalvi has been interested in systems and software performance. He spent days researching performance characteristics of different motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and disks to configure and overclock them in order to squeeze the maximum frames per second out of the games he played. Kaushal built and maintained websites for local businesses, where he started learning about performance and reliability. He developed a taste for it, and now ten years later he continues working in the same field leading teams that deal with workload modeling, test scripting and execution, bottleneck analysis, debugging, and much more.
I’m a fixer. If something is broken or ineffective, I dig in to figure out why and solve the problem. However, not all projects want solutions. They thrive on the dysfunction that rules them.
Through a mix of personal stories & lessons learned, this session will discuss how to deal with being a fixer on projects that don’t want fixing.
You’ll learn to:
A passionate Exploratory Test Manager with 19 years of diverse IT experience, Nancy enjoys working with teams that are implementing or enhancing their testing practices and provides adaptive testing approaches to exploratory, context driven, and traditional testing teams. She has coached test teams in various environments and facilitated numerous local and international workshops and presentations. From small scale to multi-million dollar projects; Nancy has played many roles within testing including Project Test Manager, Test Manager, Test Lead and Tester. Her most recent work has been exclusively with Exploratory Testing implementations at large scale companies.
Raise your hand if you initially failed to prioritize your automated E2E tests. From having Jira issues with ill-fitting workflows to making well-intentioned assumptions, there are almost infinite ways that we can fail as managers. In this talk, I will share my journey across the testing galaxy with you and discuss concrete examples of failure where I grew as a test automation leader. Why fail alone when there is so much more to be gained by learning from each other? And remember to never give up and never surrender!
Rob Sabourin has been managing software engineering professionals since 1982. Fresh from school, as a
recent graduate, with tons of technical programming experience, Rob was charged with managing a
development team. As an Engineer, Rob had some knowledge and extensive training. As a manager
Rob had no training, no experience, no mentors, no books, and no idea what he was in for! Rob hit his
head against many walls as he learned about leadership, through the school of hard knocks, and by the
way he continues to do so even today.
In this dynamic, high energy, presentation Rob shares five major, and very formative, mistakes he made
and the lessons learned from them.
Leadership is not a popularity contest.
Delegate the problem not the solution.
Technical competence is not enough.
Identify the right stakeholders.
Organizations change around you and despite you.
Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-nine years of management experience leading teams of software
development professionals. A highly respected member of the software engineering community, Rob
has managed, trained, mentored, and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently
speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and
internationalization. Rob authored “I am a Bug!”, the popular software testing children’s book; works as
an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University; and serves as the principal consultant
(and president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc. Contact Rob at [email protected]
Have you ever wanted to try a quality coach role? Sam tried one and was let go after 6 months. This talk goes into what went wrong in that process, managing expectations and the hiring process.
This company was trying to scale a quality mindset in its 60+ engineering team with 2 testers.
Sam is a Test Engineer based in Sydney. She has worked in tech for over 10 years and specialises in mobile app testing. She is the director of BugHunterSam, a company that helps software engineering teams improve their own quality engineering practices. Sam is active in the tech community, she led the Sydney Testers meet-up group for 4 years and runs live exploratory pair testing with people all over the world every Sunday.
To err is human, the true measure of success is how you bounce back from the failures. Come to this session to understand the common errors/failures at each stage of the career, traits that cause these outcomes, the denials that follow and how we can avoid some of these failures, better so how we can turn around these failures into success stories.
Srinivas Kantipudi is an experienced Software Engineering & Quality Assurance enthusiast with diverse experience driving quality of products in the application development space. He has held a wide variety of roles ranging from Developer, Test engineer, head of QA CoE, Engineering head to Scrum Master and Product Owner. He is passionate about testing, designed and implemented several tools/frameworks, always ready to try out new things, and constantly looks at ways to improve the process.
We all fail at some point but, the more important part is how to tackle that failure. I see failure as an opportunity for improvement. It is ok to fail but what matters is how you bounce back! You can learn just as much from your mistakes as your successes. Throughout, my career I have seen loads of failures; gaps in automation framework, failure due to lack of resources, or even scrapping the project which the team worked on for 18 months! I always try my best not to repeat the same mistake, instead learn from it and open, so others don’t go through the same. We succeeded and failed as a team. In this talk, I’ll share how one failure opened our eyes to look deeper into the infrastructure, and we worked as a team to improve our estate.
Suman Bala is an award-winning QA advocate with a passion for improvement in quality processes and is a strong believer in Test Automation. She feels proud of how people’s perspective has changed regarding testing throughout her career. She is striving to instill the idea that quality is everyone’s responsibility as opposed to merely laying it at the feet of QA. She is a co-organizer for the Ministry of Testing Leeds meet-up. She is a mentor and coach at work and within the wider testing community. She is co-designing and delivering the “Software Testing Bootcamp” sponsored by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Anuj Magazine currently works at Walmart Global Tech India and leads Strategic Technology Programs. Prior to this, he worked at Citrix and handled roles in myriad of functions- Director (Product Management), Director (Technical Operations), Director (Engineering) during his tenure spanning 12.5 years. Prior to this, he played different roles in technology companies like McAfee and Quark. He has 15 patent filings.
He considers ‘having a beginners mindset’ as his biggest strength.
A good part of who he is comes from my interests and hobbies. He is a self-trained marathon runner. Have done 18 full marathons+ distances (42.195 km) (did 100 km couple of times, also a 75 km). Is an avid Sketchnote artist, which is about representing complex concepts in simple sketches. My portfolio: https://www.behance.net/anujmagazine. Holds a professional qualification in handwriting analysis. Like to read and have been writing regularly at http://anujmagazine.blogspot.com/ .Is a passionate supporter of India’s Olympic Sports. Towards this, I have been an evangelist for the NGO Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ).
In December of 1914, the laboratory and workshop run by Thomas Edison was destroyed by fire. Looking at the ruins, he said “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start a new.”
Getting fired, made redundant, sacked. It does not matter what you call it, losing your position can be a devastating experience. It does not matter what the reason is. Getting sacked is usually seen as a massive failure. How you respond will determine if this is a permanent state or if you can recover, if not soar higher than before. Pete talks about the first time (there has been more than one!) he was fired, and how he answered the challenge.
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Q: FailQonf will have live talks or recorded?
A: FailQonf will have the Speakers addressing through live sessions.
Q: What is the duration of the event?
A: The duration of the event would be around 7-8 hours on both the days, covering multiple time zones.
Q: Will session recording be shared with participants?
A: No. This would be a live event and we highly encourage attendees to enjoy and learn from it live, while they add life to the event.
Q: Will I be awarded a Participation Certification if I attend?
A: Yes, a Participation Certificate will be awarded to every attendee.
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A: -You can bring in your testing peers to register for the event and join The Test Tribe community.
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Q: When do I get event joining instructions?
A: Event link and instructions will be shared with registered participants 2 days prior to the event
Q: I want my entire team to attend, is there a way to do bulk registrations?
A: You can share the list of participants with First Name, Last name, Email address, Country, Organisation, Designation with us at [email protected] and we will bulk register your teams.
Q: Is there any group discount?
A: Yes. Same will get auto applied on checkout when you buy 5 or more tickets in one transaction.