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Zurich Meet-Up | TeamSTAR 2017

  • 29/08/2017
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  • Posted by Ronan


As part of the TeamSTAR 2017 competition we have invited teams from all over Europe to host their own meet-ups and share in “The Magic of Testing”. You can find details of all the Meet-ups here. These are the details of the Zurich Meet-Up. The meet-up will take place on 28th August.


Location:  Zurich, Switzerland Date: 28th August  Time: 18:00





Prior to the meetup and actually just on time the package with the EuroStar 2017 TeamStar material including the most delicious chocolate arrived, all of that organized by Ronan.

Thanks a lot Ronan and EuroStar. :-)

Meetup schedule

17:30 – 18:00 – Welcome and short introduction / get to know each other

18:00 – 18:30 – Presentation by Maja about her experiences with DevOps and Testing

18:30 – 19:00 – Presentation by Simon Berner, House of Test

19:00 – 20:00 – Open discussion

After picking up the attendees and showing them the directions to our meeting room we first had a short introduction round. It was nice to see old and new faces in the audience.


The first talk was by myself. Often testing can be viewed as a barrier to implementing Continuous Delivery and DevOps, but it shouldn’t be. I explained what DevOps is and how Dev and Ops are intervened with QA. Since continuous testing means continually running automatic and manual tests throughout the delivery process, in order to successfully implement it and be able to run your manual tests in a short period time with scaled human resources I explained how we are successfully using crowdsourced testing as part of the testing strategy.

Second talk by Simon Berner was about Testing in a pipeline. Simon showed detailed examples of their continuous deployment environments and how they are covering automated Unit and UI E2E tests.

Main takeaways:

# crowdsourced testing can really help you meet variable demands and improve time to market

# building a state-of-the-art pipeline is very important for testing as well

# read the new book from Katrina Clokie about Testing in DevOps. :)

# timebox the sessions better for the next time so we have enough time for chat

Attendees feedback:

# An exciting overview of your setup and your efforts in the DevOps context. Unfortunately, a little time to chat.




To be continued :-)

In the next months I’ll organize the sequel to this topic and am very much looking to meet my agile testing fellows again.


Report from Simon:


In June Maja Schreiner setup the 15th edition of  Agile Testing Meetup with the intention of having discussions around the topics Continuous Delivery and DevOps. As I’m currently working in this area, I signed up myself for being the second speaker of this event. At that time, the two of us had no idea that at the same time the TeamSTAR Competition was happening.

In July then, Diana Flores gave us the hint about it – thanks Diana for that!

So after aligning the description of the meetup to the theme of the this year’s EuroSTAR Roadshow, we were in the game and ready to host our local _”The Magic Of Testing”_ meetup on the 28th of August.

**The meetup**

We’ve had around 18 participants which joined us on this evening. It all started a little bit in a chaotic way, as we’ve had some problems in getting the Wifi Beamer working – a clear lack of taking the time to get that thing running on time. Because of that, Maja had to give her talk in a freestyle way without having a slide deck which backed her up. This was quite a challenge but she was brave and dove into it. Well done Maja! She talked about her experiences with Continuous Delivery using Crowdsourced Testing. Crowdsourced testing is an untouched area for me within I’ve no experiences at all. Despite the fact that I was desperately trying to get that damn Beamer running, I was able to catch some words and sentences in between. Some of the participants bombarded her with some challenging questions – she did well and mastered them. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to write these questions down. For those who are further interested in this topic, can either see her live on the next stage at the beginning of October, or get in touch with here via whatever channel you prefer.

Then was my turn to open the coffin and unleash the beast. Of course I don’t wanna spoil too much about my topic in here, as I’m planning to apply for some conferences in the future with it. What I can reveal is, that I spoke about my current ongoing project experiences, where we put automation in testing in a deployment pipeline in order to satisfied the need for having a fast feedback loop. I guess I was talking for around 30min and then out of that some nice Q&A discussions arose which took another 20min.

I want especially say thanks to you Maja, for organising this lovely meetup! A big thank you also goes to all participants who contributed with their constructive questions to it. I’m already looking forward to a follow-up! (Next time we’ll have the beamer working from the beginning on.) Last but not less important: thanks Ronan for sending us the EuroSTAR swag!


Besides the feedback we got right away at the meetup this evening, we also got a few feedbacks from the participants via twitter:

**Further Reading**
Maja also wrote a [blog post]( about our meetup. Click and have a look at it!

Be happy and go on with testing!

End of August there was another agile testing meetup, this time on the topic of testing in DevOps environment. It was a very successful meetup with around 18 participants who underscored  they would like to have a sequel on the same topic soon.





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