EuroSTAR Conference 2018 Call for Submissions
The first testing conference I attended was EuroSTAR 2005 in Copenhagen. I forced my company to send me since my submission was accepted. The abstract was better than the talk, but I had a great time! What was especially magical was the energy in the air when a thousand people met, sharing a passion for the peculiar occupation I love: software testing.
I have been to eleven EuroSTAR conferences where I have met wonderful people and had great conversations. I have learned a lot from many different people while at the same time having a lot of fun. I have done EuroSTAR talks, tutorials, keynote, and now it is time to chair this conference; a great opportunity and responsibility.
So I need a lot of help. I have assembled a superb program committee that will shape the program:
Anna Elmsjö, Sweden
Helena Jeret-Mäe, Estonia
Joris Meerts, Netherlands
Zoltán Molnár, Hungary
I also need help from all attendees: delegates, vendors, venue staff, and the marvellous EuroSTAR staff. It is the people of the conference that make it what it is.
We also need great speakers who rely on an inspiring theme that help them bring out the best. I struggled with the theme. There have been at least seventeen themes and most good words have already been used. I was considering Adding Value II (first theme again), but it wasn’t new enough. I think diversity is important for testing and so is creativity, which can be found by thinking in new and opposite directions. That is how – after some hard work – I found the theme for EuroSTAR 2018:
je ne sais pas
Might be better known as ”I don’t know”, ”ich weiss nicht”, or ”jag vet inte”, but it sounds quite a lot better in French!
Not knowing things is the foundation for software testing; if we already knew, we wouldn’t need testing and curious testers. “I don’t know” is followed by ”but I want to find out”, which is the basis for conferences and most learning activities.
The ”I” in the theme is important, it’s all about people, and subjectivity is what brings testing (and other things) to life.
”I don’t know” is also a sign of the humility I have seen in many great testers; we don’t have the final answers or the right to decide, but we have important information regarding quality that we can share.
”Je ne sais pas” can also mean ”I can’t”, which isn’t the intention of the theme, but it also highlights the ambiguity of language, which is a trademark of testers to resolve.
Actually, I am somewhat surprised the theme hasn’t already been taken!
These are my thoughts around the theme, but of course we are looking for yours as well, so we all can go from “I don’t know” to “now I know” (a bit more).
I can’t decide what the real theme next year will be; the content is created by you, it lies in the conversations between people, who have different testing experiences and testing challenges. So I want you to have a feeling of something you need to share with the rest of the testing world. I want you to articulate your thoughts and ideas in an inspiring way, so we will grow as a community.
If you are relatively new and feel uncertain and intrigued, great! I bet you feel like that because you have something important to say, and conferences need new voices.
We are looking for the usual stack of sessions: tutorials (half-day, full-day), workshops, track talks, special sessions (surprise us!) or a keynote if you have something very, very special.
You are free to submit a talk about a method that will save the world, but you will have a better chance of being accepted if you tell the story about what you did and how it turned out. An experience report is always interesting; it is your story, and it is unique.
I hope to meet many of you in The Hague 12-15th November 2018, and don’t forget to do good testing until then.
Note: Despite the theme, abstracts should be in English.
If you have not submitted a proposal to EuroSTAR before, please read the submission guide before submitting. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Monday, 5th February 2018.
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Rikard Edgren, humanistic and technical tester since 1998, specialized in generalities like test strategy and exploratory testing. Eight speaking appearances at EuroSTAR. Member of the think-tank The Test Eye. Co-author of Software Quality Characteristics, author of The Little Black Book on Test Design and Den Lilla Svarta om Teststrategi.
Test expert at Nordic Medtest, Karlstad, Sweden, working with Swedish healthcare infrastructure.