The 23nd Testing Retreat was awesome !

This weekend I spent my time in together with 14 peers from the profession. We gathered to share our experiences and war stories, to benchmark opinions and discus trends in the testing Profession. The Testing Retreat is an international peer conference that aims to discuss relevant test topics and inspire its participants. During this 23rd edition we had participants from the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Poland, Denmark and even the USA. During normal conferences there is mostly little time to have the in-dept sessions of the kind that the retreat hosts. Some of this year’s agenda topics were:

  • Challenges for the profession
  • Looking in the crystal ball – Trends
  • The Agile Tester
  • What are key knowledge items we need to teach our young professionals
  • Blockchain (p=np)
  • Lean vs Agile
  • Failure modes while transitioning to Agile

But we discussed a lot of non-agenda topics during the breaks, dinner and time-of moments. E.g. AI and Ml, Scaling Agile, Security and test automation. It was a very nice, inspiring weekend, that I trust enables participant to improve their value as test professional and to see developments in right perspective. I am already looking forward for next year’s edition.

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