7 March 2019
For millennia, human beings have survived by learning, then applying our learning to different contexts. We’re so good at it that we’re driven to find those patterns, even when they don’t exist. Our desire for the predictable suffuses everything we do; our beliefs, our behaviour and even our identity, to the point that we treat even the most complex of systems as if they might be machines too... and our language, which we use to model the world around us, reflects that.
In this talk we look at the "metaphors we live by", and how we typically treat work as boxes and substances to be passed around. By breaking the boxes and considering the relationships between the people doing the work, we can see possibilities for change and improvement that we might otherwise miss, making value streams out of the people involved in them: not from the sum of their parts, but from the product of their relationships.
(Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a passionate advocate of the Cynefin framework and its ability to change mindsets. She has a strong technical background with 20 years’ experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and organizational transformations, and the use of transparency, positive language, well-formed outcomes and safe-to-fail experiments in making change innovative, easy and fun.)
ENRICHING SOFTWARE TESTING - RESHAPING YOUR TESTING THROUGH DATA AND INSIGHTS
Incorporating analytics data into our software and our engineering practices can help us improve in three related aspects: How am I doing? How is our software doing? Do they like it? This talk looks at the signals that emerge from both how we work and how our users use the products we deliver. Choosing to identify these signals helps us to improve our work, our products and as a results provides us with greater fulfilment.
(Julian's been actively involved in many aspects of testing and development of mobile apps globally, since 2006. This includes roles at many innovative and successful tech companies across a wide range of industries.
He's a long-term contributor to opensource apps (including Kiwix for Wikipedia) and test automation including Selenium and several test automation frameworks for mobile apps. He's co-authored several books, including the highly successful Mobile Developer's Guide to the Galaxy and the Mobile Analytics Playbook; and wrote perhaps the first book on test automation for mobile apps. Currently he's studying a PhD part-time to find ways to improve the testing and development of mobile apps using mobile analytics in addition to the other bits and pieces.)