QA Automation Services Work Week 2011 – Day 1

QAASWW11 kicked off yesterday with a day of planning at IdeaSpace in Cambridge, UK. We had a meeting room for the day – kindly offered up by our new friends at Springboard – and plenty of instant whiteboard! As with the last work week I attended, it was organised UnCon style, which worked really well before. I will say that the first day is usually the most painful, as the entire team filled out their thoughts/needs for the week onto post-it notes, which gradually were organised into groups and ultimately sessions with agendas. Once this was finally done, the schedule for the week was set out. Although the schedule is incredibly flexible, it really helps to have this set of intentions outlined on the first day.

In the evening, the Springboard teams were kind enough to practice their investor pitches on us, and we saw 10 very promising ideas presented by an incredibly smart and enthusiastic bunch of people. I noticed a very strong lean towards mobile devices in the pitches, which really reflects the current state of the market and the direction things are heading.

After the pitches, everybody relaxed with will deserved beer and pizza, and we had an opportunity to talk with the Springboard guys, who are in their last week.

So ends the first day. Tomorrow we will be working from a cottage, which unfortunately we have already discovered has slow connection to the Internet. This won’t affect our work week sessions, but will be an obstacle during the time we have scheduled to get on with our day-to-day work activities, as well as communicating with our colleagues and community around the world! If you want to follow our activities for the week, we have created a Twitter hashtag of #mozautoqa.

Good luck to everyone at Springboard for the investor pitches on Friday, and thank you so much for inviting us to spend the day with you at IdeaSpace!

Mozilla in London for Selenium Meetup #3

On Wednesday, the third London Selenium meetup went ahead. Attendance was good considering there was a London Underground strike in action, however it had clearly made an impact. I arrived at midday and enjoyed a chilled out afternoon at Google’s offices – much more relaxed than my previous visit as I wasn’t actually presenting this time!

The event started with a presentation on how Mozilla uses Selenium to test their sites. Stephen Donner described the infrastructure and technologies in place, and explained the benefits of a page object approach to testing.

This was followed by a rather anticipated update from Simon Stewart on the progress of Selenium 2 (beta soon!) We were also fortunate enough to have Jason (Mr Selenium) Huggins at the event, and he even stepped up to answer some questions on the advantages of moving to Selenium 2.

David Burns then demonstrated a much updated version of his GTAC 2009 presentation on automating gathering client side performance metrics – now using Selenium 2! There was also a peek into using the bleeding edge WebTimings API.

In my personal favourite presentation of the evening (probably because it’s my new area of work), Henrik Skupin gave a demonstration of how Mozilla are approaching crowdsourcing their test automation with the upcoming MozMill Crowd Testing addon for Firefox. There were definitely a few ‘wow’s from the audience when Henrik ran the tests.

Something I found very encouraging was the quality of questions coming from the audience. I’d like to thank those that came, it’s great to get everyone together, and really great to recognise people from previous events!

This was also the first event where the #ldnse hashtag was actively used on Twitter, which is also encouraging. After LDNSE2 I was considering trying to find someone else to continue the events, but I’m glad I didn’t as I’m now really looking forward to organising LDNSE4! Our frequency at the moment is about one every six months, so I’ll be looking to at least keep this regular.

Thanks again to everyone for coming, to all of our presenters and contributors, and to Google for hosting again!

Update: slides/videos/blogs available below.

YouTube channel (all the videos):
http://www.youtube.com/user/londonselenium

How Mozilla Uses Selenium – Stephen Donner
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/stephendonner/selenium-londonmeetup-5671730
Video (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvd_TIxLziI
Video (Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATtXDuUlt9Q

Update on Selenium 2 – Simon Stewart & Jason Huggins
Video (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYJMct82YXg
Video (Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYSJUSI3_VU

Client-side profiling with Selenium 2 – David Burns
Slides: http://prezi.com/dgqpq7bywuin/client-side-profiling-with-selenium-2/
Video (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TSJHJfbOHE
Video (Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrvN8HwmpQ4

Crowd-sourcing Automated Firefox UI Testing – Henrik Skupin
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/hskupin/crowdsourced-automated-firefox-ui-testing
Video (Part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8NaG07NoLc
Video (Part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIfH5Bku20U
Blog: http://www.hskupin.info/2010/11/19/mozmill-crowd-talk-at-selenium-meetup-3-in-london/