Romanian Testing Conference 2017

This year I was invited to do a workshop of my own choice. It turned out to be an “Improve your Selenium WebDriver Testing” workshop. So, I went the 10th of May to Romania to join the conference. The first expression of Romanian people is that they are really friendly, open and honest and luckily their English is also really good. Anyway, those were very good ingredients to start an interactive workshop.

My workshop

There were 32 attendees for this workshop. It was a little bit overwhelming (in a positive way) because normally I put a limit of max. 15. Surprising for me was that half them were women. (That didn’t happen so far at workshops I gave in the past in mainly The Netherlands.) It went pretty good. I started with a theoretical overview of why and what you should automate. After that, we went to the specifics of Selenium WebDriver. All participants enjoyed the locator game, which is available here: . After the lunch, we started to iteratively fix tests and implementing the Page Object Model to achieve better maintainable tests.


On my second day of the conference, I was delighted to join the presentations of the day. So, herewith a brief summary of the presentations I attended.

Passion wanted to leave me, but I convinced it to stay, by Santhosh Tuppad (Twitter: @santhoshst)

A presentation presented with a lot of passion. He started his career with a few one-week jobs before he found his passion as a software tester. He said: ‘You need to find your passion because the passion doesn’t find you’. I think he is very right with this statement.

Testing the energetic consumption of software: why and how, by Paulo Matos (Twitter: )

Poorly developed applications consume more energy and they can drain your batteries. (from your phone/ iPad / smart watch). Energy might be cheap in the Western world, but it isn’t in, for example, Africa or remote areas. Also, the batteries of mobile devices are very limited. So, it might be good to optimize your application in regards to the energy consumption, especially when developing mobile applications. CPU/GPU cycles are the most expensive. After all, he demonstrated some tooling you could use to visualize the energy consumption per application.

Succeeding as an introvert, by Elizabeth Zagroba (Twitter: @ezagroba ‏)

A nice presentation about how to survive in a project/organization as an introvert person. Surrounding people should be aware how to react to introvert people. (they won’t keep asking things to identify all possible risks up front) Funny thing was that I actually recognized a lot of the things she said.

Debugging your test team, by Keith Klain (Twitter: @KeithKlain )

One of the points he made was to fire all test managers who spend more than 25% on non-testing activities. Like the typical spreadsheet managers 🙂


Test automation – the bitter truth, by Viktor Slavchev (Twitter: @Mr_Slavchev)

He nailed the points on why automating everything is impossible or inefficient, really spot on. He also pointed out that we need to change the definitions, in order to set the correct expectations. “Programmatic testing” in stead of “test automation”. (so, managers don’t expect a huge cost saving and traditional testers don’t expect that their testing will be automated.

Independent tester – A game changer, by Uros Stanisic (Twitter: )

Organizations are requesting more and more T-shaped testers. He described what value a tester can add other than ‘just’ testing.

12 vs. 18, who says “we” cannot be “them”? , by Harry Girlea

This was an amazing talk from a 12-year-old boy standing in front of about 500 people. He pointed out that children start early with playing games, nevertheless, they are never part of testing (because they are legally too young). A solution he presented that they (kids) can be paid with game points.


All in all an awesome conference! Very eager to attend next year as well.


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