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TeamSTAR: First day at the EuroSTAR Conference-->
One hundred thousand welcomes! The 2014 edition of the EuroSTAR conference has debuted today. Here to report the pulse of the conference are the TeamSTARs. As “noobs” (term used by Alexandra Schladebeck in her spicy talk), we will provide our fresh insight.
Before the Grand Opening of the Grandest testing conference of Europe, we had a sneak peak at the (unusually quiet) Test Lab waiting for its explorers. Luckily for us, we managed to steal one of the Test Lab masters, Ruud Cox. In the first part of the attached video, he told us some words about the goodies waiting for those who dare to get their “hands dirty” performing some actual testing.
Wandering across the expo area we bumped into Michael Bolton who let us in on some of the points on his to-do list for the conference. We’re not going to spoil the surprise, hint hint video :).
Something was brewing in the Conference hall and we let ourselves go with the flow to the Auditorium for the Opening Remarks and the first keynote: “The Internet of Things- It`s coming!”
by Andy Stanford-Clark. We found out what it`s like to have a house that has its own veins connected to the internet and more followers on Twitter than its owner.
The crowd dissipated – each attending the talk of their choice. Some found out how to build a virtual office, others got insights on testing in the world of start-ups. Some got valuable advice on how to take back their own reins, others got tips on adapting automation to the available workforce.
The following round of talks focused on: teaching testing skills and judgements, great QA recipes, things that make innovation work and testing the new web.
The second keynote of the day centred on continuous delivery and the story of transitioning to shorter release cycles.
What was going on at the moment this was being written? Testers sharing ideas over a pint of Guinness (or other drink of their choice), people solving puzzles in the rocking Expo Hall (yes, there is rock music playing ). The faces start to become familiar, ice is more easily broken, and the feeling of community gathers momentum.
Heading to the HP corner to learn how to pour the perfect Guinness pint, we leave you with today`s video.