Dublin event: “Reinventing the Testing Role”

BY : softtestireland - Friday, February 19th, 2016 at 4:33 pm

SoftTest Ireland in association with Eurostar and ISA Software Skillnet would like to announce the following event:

Speaker: Jon Bach, Quality Evangelist at eBay
Date/Time: Tuesday March 8th 6pm registration for 6.15pm start
Title:  “Reinventing the Testing Role”
Location: The Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dublin-event-reinventing-the-testing-role-tickets-21828329120

Whether it’s called “Agile Development” or “DevOps”, you’re likely using some method to produce software.  That means it will need to be tested.  However, popular development methods today do not usually emphasize the word “testing”.  It’s been replaced by the word “engineering” to emphasize automated tools that do testing.  But tools don’t do testing.  Tools aid humans who have to design and execute a test strategy.  The problem is, it’s often the tools that get the credit, and you’re expected to master these tools.  Furthermore, when the word “testing” is used, it’s often mentioned as if it’s an obsolete 18th century craft. Better call it “automation”, else people will look at you funny.  Call it “quality engineering” and you have everyone’s attention.  If you feel the same way, let’s talk about reframing what testing is.

In this presentation, Jon talks about his reinvention from Test Manager to Quality Evangelist in his 5 years at eBay.  Reinvention does not necessarily mean transformation. It means achieving deep understanding and ownership over your practices and motivations. It means knowing why you do what you do, and being able to explain it to others.  Let’s talk how we can do this.


  • What are the meanings and purposes of roles on projects?
  • What are the potential roles of skilled testers in projects, no matter the job title?
  • How can you create and maintain a testing culture?


Jon Bach is a Quality Evangelist at eBay.  That means he looks for patterns and practices meant to improve developer productivity while also helping teams understand overall product health.  He’s the younger brother of famed software consultant James Bach, who showed him what testing was all about in 1995.   Since then, he’s made a career in software testing, focusing on the thinking, craftsmanship, and fun of finding problems.  His blog archive is called “Tested” and can be found at https://jonbox.wordpress.com.

EuroSTAR Conference:
For over 20 years, the EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference has been the most successful and widely acknowledged gathering of European software testing professionals, and for most people, the premier knowledge and networking event on the software testing calendar. The annual conference takes place over 4 days with full-day & half-day tutorials, active workshops, dozens of track sessions, networking & social events, an interactive Test Lab and software testing exhibition. In 2016, the 24th annual EuroSTAR Conference will take place from October 31 – November 3 in Stockholm. See more at: https://conference.eurostarsoftwaretesting.com/


4 responses to “Dublin event: “Reinventing the Testing Role””

  1. i would like to have being present to watch “Reinventing the Testing Role” by Jon. is there any link to this conference?

    • Hi Ger,

      We are going to be getting the slide deck from Jon and will have it on the website. Ill send a mial round when this has been done.



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