The fun continues – Experience report of  TMATLC 2020 – Day 1

Some of you might have read my experience report for the pre-conference week of Test Leadership Congress 2020. In case you missed it then please find it here.

Monday 27th July

Seems like an interesting week ahead. I started my Monday with this inspiring tweet from Roberto Salas who has summarized the leadership beautifully.

The first session started with Alexander Podelko who shared his knowledge with us around “Context-Driven Performance Testing” 

Alexander recommended ApacheJMeter and  Gatling Tool as tools for performance testing and emphasized that performance testing better be part of performance engineering.

Alexander touched upon interesting bits of Performance Risk Mitigation such as –

  • Single -user performance engineering  – Profiling, WPO, single-user performance
  •  Software Performance Engineering
  • Modeling, Performance Patterns
  • Instrumentation / PM / Monitoring
  • Production system insights –  Capacity Planning / Management 
  • Resources Allocation
  • Continuous Integration / Deployment
  • Ability to deploy and remove changes quickly

Later on, Dawid Pacia shared his experience of a tester becoming a change agent of quality assurance,  in his great session called “When Startup Meets Quality…A Short Story of QA Game Changer

Dawid advised testers to show the value of testing to the whole organization.

Some highlights from this talk – 

What it takes to become a great Startup QA (Quality Assurance) Agent:

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” -Richard Branson

There are two paramount goals to be addressed at the company level which is to increase the quality of the product and to build culture across the organization.

Dawid`s definition –

  • Focus on Growth – It’s a business built to grow extremely rapidly. Startups want to conquer the world.
  • Work with technology – Startups find (new) scalable solutions to known problems (in an innovative way).
  • Searching Business Model – Search for a repeatable business model.

What can you do? Sky is the limit.

Dawid concluded his session with the words by Richard Branson.

During the day “lean coffee” sessions also happened which I could not participate in but I am sure they went great.

All in all, it has been an interesting day. Despite being a newbie to the testing world, I enjoyed the sessions I attended. Looking forward to the next awesome day. 

Signing out for the day.


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