Quality Excites 2017 review

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About

Quality Excites (QE) is a Polish nationwide conference on software quality, dedicated to the professionals who use the newest technologies and the best practices. Year by year, the event attracts more and more people who are interested in Quality Assurance (QA) and who want to influence the field.

The attendees include software developers, project managers, product owners and designers. The popularity of QE is not only represented by the growing number of speakers and participants. The second year in a row, Quality Excites took 1st place in the voting for the best testing events in Poland, within the category of free conferences.

https://qualityexcites.pl/en/

Attendee

Slides from all presentations should be available on Future Processing slideshare soon. Below some of my thoughts on topics that I was able to attend.

Keynote: Testable Software Architecture
Aslak Hellesøy

Good keynote from creator of Cucumber. At first I was a little bit worried because Aslak was talking about things which was also a part of my talk 🙂 However in middle point he change direction. The only regret that I have is it was quite basic stuff. I identify with statements that tests should be as fast as possible and feedback loop should be as short as possible. Also he told how to maintain architecture in a testable way.

Introduction to machine learning
Marcin Drobik

Quite nice introduction to Machine Learning. I did expect something totally different, but I enjoyed theoretical stuff. It made me think that stuff that I learned at my University can be used for real needs. Marcin did simplify things as much as possible, so definitely it was good “Introduction”. Mission accomplished!

SQA in TestOps era
Dawid Pacia, Tomasz Janiszewski

From my perspective this presentation was rather basic. Short feedback loops, automation everywhere, monitoring- that kind of stuff. However, if someone was there to check if this whole “DevOps, TestOps” culture is for him/her then it could be really interesting.

How to increase the value of unit tests?
Michał Kopacz, Łukasz Wróbel

The only one presentation I did not like. Maybe because of PHP source code examples, maybe because of presentation flow. I just don’t feel it. Also, I did not agree with certain statements and would like to discuss them with speakers someday.

Developer on detox
Michał Płachta

This one was great. If you haven’t seen that then honestly you need to watch recording as soon as it will be published. Presentation about being aware of our limitations- don’t judge too soon, don’t make decisions only based on opinions without facts. Love it.

SOLID Page Objects — Screenplay Pattern in action
Tomasz Kras

Another really good presentation- this time much more technical. Tomasz describe briefly Screenplay pattern which is “Page Object Pattern” on steroids. Very, very, very good introduction.

Speaker

I talked about Evolving Architecture from a totally different perspective than usual (4Developers 2017, Confitura 2017, JUG BB Meetup, IPIJ). I tried to use my experience with quality assurance from various projects and connect them with my topic. I regret that I didn’t change description and topic name- these talks are quite different (about 50% of this presentation is different than “basic” Evolving Architecture).

You can find slides from my talk here.

Best talk!

As far as i know my talk was rated by conference attendees as the best talk of Quality Excites 2017 with rating 4.90! Thank You all! 

Organization

What I liked:

  • Food! Please, don’t even think about change 🙂
  • Immediate feedback boxes:

  • Block A lecture hall,
  • Countdown speaker timer 🙂

What can be improved:

  • Web page. I was not able to share direct link to any presentation. Its (a little bit) annoying from speaker perspective, but also from attendee perspective.

Upcoming Events where you can meet me

  1. JUG Zielona Góra – Kubernetes intro for programmers

    October 25 @ 18:30 - 21:00
  2. SpreadIT 2017

    November 18

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