WOTBLACK 2 – Call for Participation

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We invite you to the second WOTBLACK, a single day intensive LAWST-style context driven workshop on testing in complex and ”Black Swan” domains. The goal of the workshop is to facilitate knowledge sharing in the testing community.

Hosts: Anna Royzman and Anders Dinsen

Where: New York
Address: TBA
When: Sunday December 3rd, 2017

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Testing informs about quality and qualifies risk. Some risks are obvious, but many are complicated or complex:

  • Hidden bugs, usability issues, accessibility, and performance.
  • Safety and security
  • complex combinations of data, system functionality, and users’ actions

Such risks can be hard to qualify in testing.

In hindsight, these things can lead to failures that seemed unlikely before, but turned out to have unacceptable consequences, “a black swan”.

At the first WOTBLACK in April 2017, a group of eight testers discussed cases of IT-failures and learnings from that. (We are still working on a write-up and a video from the event.)

At this second WOTBLACK, we would like focus more generally on complexity in testing, investigating cases and testing problems and challenges, and discussing strategies, techniques, methodologies and tools for dealing with complexity in practice. E.g.:

  • Can exploratory and/or combinatorial testing help discover complex patterns in software?
  • How can automated testing help discover complexity?
  • Can Cynefin help us with better, risk focused testing strategies?
  • Testing tools that support complex testing?
  • New methods, ideas or innovations from other domains?
  • Taking usability, performance testing beyond the obvious
  • What tools to we have to assist security testing?
  • What role does testing have in terms of systems safety?
  • Etc

We are open to what participants find interesting.

Logistics

The meeting will be in New York. Final arrangements are being prepared and will be announced before the meeting.

We will start informally at 8.30 (breakfast and chat), starting the meeting at 9am We will finish at 5pm.

Invitation and application

We invite people with interest in testing and the subject of testing, managing and qualifying risks. Participants could be:

  1. Consultants and senior thinkers in the field
  2. Agile leaders and coaches who have experience with complicated systems
  3. Business analysts
  4. Test managers
  5. Automated testing specialists
  6. Individual testers with interest and/or experience in the area

The number of participants will be limited to 12. Participants will need to pay for their own lunch, coffee, and drinks, but first and foremost we expect people to pay for attendance by offering valuable experiences and insights at the meeting, in a collegial and supportive way.

If you want to attend the meeting, please send an e-mail to Anders Dinsen ad@asym.dk.

Format

This is a meeting in the LAWST (Los Altos Workshops in Software Testing) tradition. Discussions will be facilitated and the sequence of presentations will evolve as the meeting progresses, our emphasis will be application and we will particularly value detailed reports of actual experiences. Presentations are subject to discussion, which might be very brief or very long. A presenter who captures the imagination of the meeting in a 45-minute presentation might face as much as a day of questions, arguments, counter-examples, supporting examples and demonstrations, and other comments on the ideas raised in that presentation. Discussions rarely last this long, but we don’t shift topic while there is still strong group energy with the current topic. We would rather spend enough time on a few things to learn their lessons well than to cover a broad agenda at the expense of useful depth.

Intellectual Property Agreement

We expect to be able to share the work developed for and in this meeting. Material that we create at the meeting or that was created in preparation for the meeting will be reusable by all participants in the meeting. Explicitly excluded from this will be actual experience reports where personal information and information about causes of actual system accidents should not be shared outside of the meeting. For a fuller description of the IP agreement, see http://www.wtst.org/WTST5.html.

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WOTBLACK #1 is now a one-day event; WOTBLACK receives backing from AST

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I’m excited to share news about WOTBLACK in New York on April 30th.

First, WOTBLACK is also now supported by AST. AST has generously offered a grant to support participants’ expenses, and offered to publish experience reports from WOTBLACK.

I am extremely grateful for AST’s support.

While WOTBLACK is something I am very passionate about, the knowledge we collect and share in WOTBLACK should come from the testing community and be made available to everyone. The support from AST is a great motivator – and help.

Further, to make the event more accessible for locals, we have decided to change the event into a single day workshop. The ambition with WOTBLACK #1 is to get the ball rolling on the systematic sharing of knowledge about testing in high-risk contexts. The workshop in New York will be the first one, but not the last one.

And after the workshop, we will publish a write-up after the workshop, and possibly also one or more videos with experience reports.

Finally, I’m pleased also to share also that Fiona Charles will join us in New York, as well as Anna Royzman of course, who is co-hosting with me.

The Call for Participation is still open, so don’t hesitate to join if you wish to share and learn.

Let’s get the ball rolling by sharing knowledge and co-creating heuristics on testing in high-risk contexts.

Best,
Anders

Call for Participation for the First Workshop on Testing in Black Swan Domains “WOTBLACK”

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We invite to the first WOTBLACK, Workshop on Testing in Black Swan Domains: A LAWST style context driven workshop on testing in high-risk contexts such as banking, healthcare, industrial plant management, safety systems, public sector, transportation…

The goal of the workshop is to facilitate knowledge sharing across testing communities.

Hosts: Anna Royzman, Anders Dinsen

Where: New York City
Address: 16 Court Street, Brooklyn
Suite 711, Floor 7, Room 1
When: Sunday April 30th 2017

(The weekend preceding Test Masters Academy‘s 2nd Annual Test Leadership Congress and Masterclasses)

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Black Swans: Improbable Events with Disproportionate Impact

With testers working on increasingly complicated and complex systems, testing with a risk focus seems more important than ever. Nassim Taleb’s “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” published 10 years ago, in 2007, seems a very good source of inspiration.

The core question of the workshop is how we perform deep testing for improbable events with disproportionate impact.

We are looking for experience reports within the following areas:

  • Testing heuristics in high-risk contexts
  • Risk and accident aware test strategy
  • Testing AI-based systems
  • Advanced integration testing and testing large integrated systems
  • Risk based agile testing
  • Anti-fragility and resilience through testing
  • Stories of engineering and testing failures
  • Testing leadership in high risk projects and/or political, risk averse contexts
  • Personal experiences and staying personally sane in high risk contexts

Logistics

The meeting will be in New York City. Final arrangements are being prepared and will be announced before the meeting.

Saturday and Sunday, we will start informally at 8.30 (breakfast and chat), starting the meeting at 9.30 We will finish Saturday at 6, Sunday at 4.

Participants and guest(s) are welcome to join us for (pay-for-your-own) dinner on Saturday, and Sunday nights. We will supply lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Invitation and application

We invite people with interest in testing and the subject of testing, managing and qualifying risks. Participants could be:

  1. Consultants and senior thinkers in the field
  2. Agile leaders and coaches who have experience with complicated systems
  3. Business analysts
  4. Test managers
  5. Automated testing specialists
  6. Individual testers with interest and experience in the area

The number of participants will be limited to 10. There will probably be a small charge in the order of 50 US$ to cover costs of the workshop. But we expect people to pay for attendance by offering valuable experiences and insights at the meeting, in a collegial and supportive way.

If you want to attend the meeting, please send an e-mail to Anders Dinsen <ad@asym.dk> that briefly describes your software testing background, your experience with or knowledge of testing, why you want to attend this meeting, and what you think you can offer to it.

Format

This is a meeting in the LAWST (Los Altos Workshops in Software Testing) tradition. Discussions will be facilitated and the sequence of presentations will evolve as the meeting progresses, our emphasis will be application and we will particularly value detailed reports of actual experiences. Presentations are subject to discussion, which might be very brief or very long. A presenter who captures the imagination of the meeting in a 45-minute presentation might face as much as a day of questions, arguments, counter-examples, supporting examples and demonstrations, and other comments on the ideas raised in that presentation. Discussions rarely last this long, but we don’t shift topic while there is still strong group energy with the current topic. We would rather spend enough time on a few things to learn their lessons well than to cover a broad agenda at the expense of useful depth.

Intellectual Property Agreement

We expect to be able to share the work developed for and in this meeting. Material that we create at the meeting or that was created in preparation for the meeting will be reusable by all participants in the meeting. Explicitly excluded from this will be actual experience reports where personal information and information about causes of actual system accidents should not be shared outside of the meeting. For a fuller description of the IP agreement, see http://www.wtst.org/WTST5.html.