WOTBLACK 2 – Call for Participation


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

Hosts: Anna Royzman and Anders Dinsen

Where: New York
When: Postponed


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.


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.


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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