Wednesday, November 25, 2020 – The Adventure of Software Testing Discovery

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our November KWality Talk available online for free.

Location: Online via this Zoom meeting link

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Amal JEMAIYA

Topic: A Tester’s first time in Testing is like a human’s first time in the wild.

We are naturally inquisitive creatures, so when we are unsure of the best way forward, we grit our teeth and have the gumption to never stop asking questions.

When I first started in testing, big five questions came on my mind and it was by building answers for them that i understood how to get into it:

1- What’s out there?
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Metaphysics: what is the wild (testing domain) made of? What is the nature of whatever it is that exists? This includes everything from requirements, test cases, tools.. Before I started really testing, I passed a period only analysing other tester’s work. In this section I will illustrate how an analysis period can be beneficial for a tester.

2- How do I know what I know?
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Epistemology: How do I acquire knowledge? And how can i be sure of what I know? In this section I will illustrate how integrating testing communities offers important advantages to members, in fact a tester does not only need technical skills that they can learn individually, but also and most importantly needs to create links with different people regardless of the domain they work on.

3- What should I do?
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Ethics: what is right? What is wrong? What is the best way for testing? Hold on tight! Testing gets a whole lot trickier when we begin to ask about right and wrong actions, and does that change under certain circumstances?

4- What actions are permissible?
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Politics: How should testers be organised? What rights and responsibilities should testers have? Or not have? in this section I’ll illustrate how some wrong managerial practices of the distribution of power and resources may lead to lack of knowledge sharing, deep ignorance, lose of self esteem, and even worst, people leave their jobs if they don’t feel valued. I’ll also illustrate how communities of practice are essential to any agile organisation.

5- What can Testing be like?
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Aesthetics: what can be considered as good, attractive, efficient and an example to follow? Is it really in the eye of the beholder? This person deals with notions of efficiency and quality. In this section I will illustrate how culture, society and organisations influence our perception and understanding of these concepts.

Bio: Amal JEMAIYA is a software test and validation engineer in automotive domain, working with Primatec engineering. She is constantly participating in testing community activities. Amal studied Electronic systems and communication engineering and got specialized in Microelectronic systems and circuits. Her attention to details is the reason why she chose to be in Testing: “Testing is about caring for each detail that may affect the user”.