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The start of the test lab ‘journey’ through the eyes of the Apprentices…

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Join Test Lab Apprentices Adina Moldovan and Ruud Cox on their Journey, read about what they’re looking forward to in this year’s Test Lab!

Test Lab journey through the eyes of Ruud Cox

In 2011 I went to the EuroSTAR conference for the first time since 2004. This was the first time that I was at a conference with a Test Lab. While in Manchester I made up my mind which sessions I wanted to attend. While I was creating some sort of schedule, I decided to do an experiment; Instead of spending all my time at sessions, I decided that I would spend 50% of my time at sessions and the other 50% I would spend at the Test Lab. It turned out to be a good decision. Although the Test Lab location was a little bit away from the expo, there were always enough people to hang out with, have a chat or actually do some testing.

I remember a test session with Tony Bruce, who, at that time, I had never met before. We tested some sort of database application. I don’t remember exactly what application it was. What I learned from him was to look for help files, manuals etc. There’s quite a lot of information in there which can be used and explored. We found some problems too.

I also remember a remarkable test session with Darren McMillan that lasted only 10 minutes. He completely blew me away. He showed some tricks while testing a web application. Within a few minutes he installed a few tools and of he was. I’ve never tested web applications myself so I couldn’t exactly follow what he was doing. Even while he was explaining what he was doing, what he was looking for and showing it to me. What impressed me, more than anything else he did, was his amazing speed. It reminded me of how fast a skilled tester is able to find information about a product and I learned about a few tools which were new to me.

At the last day of the conference, there was a test competition. The mission was to test a product for one hour and submit at least one bug report. The team that submitted the best bug report was about to win. After one hour of hard work, and having a beer or two, Ru Cindrea and I were announced as the winners of the competition. The test competition was simply a fun session.

This is where the Test Lab is all about; meeting other testers in a relaxed, safe environment, learn from each other, share idea’s and have some fun. Since Manchester, I always spend some time at the Test Lab if there’s one at a conference.

This year I wanted to take the Test Lab experience one step further for myself. I thought that instead of being a participant it would be a nice experience to be part of the organizing team.  That’s why I applied for being an Apprentice. During our first meeting over Skype, it became clear that Ru and Kristoffer already did a lot of work. I don’t know if you’ve seen the menu of this years Test Lab; it’s amazing.

I’m really looking forward to working with the masters Ru and Kristoffer and with my colleague Apprentice Adina. And of course I’m looking forward working with you.

Let’s meet at the Test Lab and DO some testing!

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