EuroSTAR Conference 2017 Call for Submissions
Picture this: just a few weeks before EuroSTAR 2016 and I was driving to work. It was supposed to be a regular Monday morning, but a call from Ireland that day changed that very quickly. The EuroSTAR organisation asked me whether I wanted to be the Programme Chair for EuroSTAR 2017. First there was surprise, then I felt honoured and after that completely blown away by this question. Of course I wanted to take up this job! I visited the EuroSTAR conference for the first time in 1998 in Munich.
The conference was relatively small at that time, but after visiting the conference once, I already got so many new ideas, heard so many inspiring stories and met so many interesting people that I’ve visited the EuroSTAR conference almost every year since. Over that time, the conference has grown bigger and bigger.
So, I am honoured that I am the Programme Chair for EuroSTAR 2017!
After visiting the conference the first time, I knew that I also wanted to share my story with others. This Call for Submissions will hopefully encourage you to share your ideas, experiences and thoughts with our ever growing community. If you are selected you will not find a more welcoming and engaging audience than the EuroSTAR attendees.
Of course I cannot take up this task all by myself. So I am delighted that I found some great members for the Programme Committee (in alphabetical order): Graham Freeburn, Kristoffer Nordstrom and Alexandra Schladebeck. They all have different backgrounds which makes it possible to cover different perspectives and make sure that EuroSTAR 2017 will be a great, inspiring and varied conference.
Besides assembling a committee, I had to think of a theme. For me there is only one theme possible: The Magic of Testing.
Ever since I started working in testing, it is still magic to me what we can achieve with testing in our projects and teams. I ask you to share your magic moments with all attendees at the EuroSTAR 2017 conference.
To maybe help you in your thought process, here are some examples that we defined as Programme Chair & Committee.
Do you perhaps find magic in applying new methods, approaches or tools? Did this lead to better efficiency in the testing process, fewer defects in production or better ways of communication with your stakeholders? Or did you provide clarity to the project as you were transparent in your actions and related results? We are sure this is something you are proud of and hopefully you want to share these successes with us.
Or is the magic for you related to Test Automation? Building up an automated test set might have brought a huge benefit to your projects. Perhaps you have discovered other applications of tooling that provided real magic to your test process. Consider this an invitation to submit your story about it.
For others the magic might be in building a team. Trying to break down the wall between various roles and especially between developers and testers. Maybe this goes more smoothly in an Agile environment, but we are sure there are successes out there also in waterfall projects where people in various roles ended up working together in a constructive and collaborative way. This might also involve the coaching of junior team members, the education we can or want to follow and the evolution of the various test roles. Let’s hear those human-aspect stories!
And more and more of us will get involved in Agile projects or environments where DevOps and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery will be implemented. What do you make of Block Chain, Robots and the Internet of Things? For some of you the magic might be in getting familiar with these principles and try to help to implement these principles. Even if you are not fully sure of how successful this will be, a lot of attendees who are just introduced to these principles will be delighted to hear your stories.
In summary, the theme leaves space for a wide variety of subjects. Magic is about special things but dig deeper and some would say it is about misdirection and illusion – you have lots of scope and we are curious to see what magical solutions you want to share with us. Let the theme inspire you!
Even if you have never spoken at a conference before – don’t let that stop you from sending in your story. New speakers come with new, refreshing and out-of-the-box viewpoints. Of course we also like to hear from more experienced speakers as they have seen a lot and can share many do’s and don’ts. Basically, anyone with a story is welcome!
Furthermore there are a variety of ways in which you can share your ideas with the attendees. This ranges from Track Talks to Interactive Workshops – or maybe you have a good idea for a Keynote! We are also looking for Full-Day tutorials and Half-Day tutorials. Before sending in a submission for these types, please make sure that you already think of how and what type of interaction you might want to have with your group.
In addition, we are looking for Special Sessions. This can be anything outside the categories mentioned above. Think of panel sessions, brainstorm sessions, fun sessions; anything is possible as long as it has some relation to testing and the theme. We are looking forward to hearing some ideas that might be really different and can inspire attendees.
We are looking forward to a huge amount of excellent and inspiring submissions!
Good luck and see you all in (Magical) Copenhagen!
Iris Pinkster – O’Riordain
EuroSTAR Programme Chair 2017
Submit your proposal
If you have not submitted a proposal to EuroSTAR before, please read the submission guide before submitting. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Sunday, 5th February 2017.
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Iris Pinkster – O’Riordain
Iris Pinkster – O’Riordain is test advisor at Professional Testing and has experience in testing and test management since 1996. She co-developed Logica’s method for structured testing: TestFrame ®, their test management approach and TestGrip, the method on test policy and test organization. She is co-author of the books published on these topics. She often speaks at (inter) national conferences. In 2007 she won the EuroSTAR award for “Best Tutorial”.