I attended the 2017 WeTest Conference in Wellington, NZ on Monday 18 September. Wellington has a great test community and conference itself had a friendly vibe and lots of interesting talks.
The most interesting talk was “Machine Learning for Testers” by Kathryn Hempstalk. She described what Machine Learning is (in simple terms it is an algorithm plus data that produces a model) and gave us some examples along with the caveat that it will not solve all business problems. She recommends testing from the start of the process.
The most practical talk was by Daniel Mcclelland on debugging proxies. While I’ve used debugging proxies such as Fiddler and Charles before, Daniel gave us some tips on using breakpoints to simulate network failures that I’ve already put into practice.
The most inspiring talk was Angie Jones’s closing keynote “Owning Our Narrative“. She took us on a journey through contemporary music history and made an analogy between a musician and a tester and how we both need to adapt to changing technologies.
If you would like to see more details on the presentations check out http://www.wetest.co.nz/wetest-2017/. All in all a very worthwhile conference with good networking opportunities.
PS I can recommend the QT Museum hotel as a great place to stay if you visit Wellington. It’s a quirky boutique hotel on the Wellington waterfront with a good French restaurant Hippopotamus.