Testing as a
way of thinking

From my first days of testing, I was intrigued and fascinated by the gazillions of flavours and perspectives of software testing. Everything became exponentially bigger when I finally understood that even though we build software using technologies, testing is all about humans and their perception over quality.

A couple of months ago, I was addressed a question which totally took me by surprise - Is software testing a social science or a software engineering science? Is software testing even a science or more than that? Is it a mindset?

The topics of artificial intelligence or test automation replacing the human element of testing had only confirmed my ideas about the future and capabilities of software testing - that testing is more than an activity or a science, it's a way of thinking.

Having this in mind, "Testing as a way of thinking" wants to address the human element in testing. It aims to emphasise that quality is a human driver. We - humans - need to constantly evaluate critically and see things as they are, no matter the role or the hierarchy within the company.

Belgrade Testing Conference is both an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity because we aim to highlight the value of human through testing. A challenge because we invite developers, analysts, devops, product owners, managers, team leads, everybody to share their stories and how they contributed towards the quality of their work, through testing.

We're looking for submissions reflecting the "Testing as a way of thinking", applied in a wide variety of situations. Here's a few suggestions, but not limited to:

  • Performance testing
  • Test Automation
  • Exploratory testing
  • Agile processes
  • Testing techniques
  • Testing stories
  • Testing Perceptions
  • Testing Heuristics
  • Mobile testing
  • Cloud computing
  • DevOps

Good luck,
Andrei Contan