September 13, 2014

Regression Testing: Down the Rabbit Hole

Cover slide of my MEWT talk

I was invited to speak at the Midlands Exploratory Workshop on Testing (MEWT) today, sponsored by the kind folks at Equal Experts. It was my first time presenting to an audience outside of my own organisation, my previous best being a technical demo for 40 Towers Watson colleagues during a company conference at Disneyland Paris.

The theme for the latest gathering was "Regression Testing". I figured that most of the speakers would be presenting idealised (albeit valuable) content about how regression testing should be done, so I decided to counteract that by presenting some of my own experiences from "down the rabbit hole", along with how I'd tried to salvage some of these situations.

The slides mostly served as prompts for my free-form discussion, so they're missing something when taken out-of-context, but if you'd like to take a look, they're available here:
Slideshare: "Regression Testing: Down The Rabbit Hole" (Neil Studd)

I had a lot of fun preparing for this talk, and it stirred a lot of memories (more good than bad!) as I recalled some of these scenarios.

I'll be publishing an essay-based version of the presentation within the next few weeks, so if the slides are intriguing and confusing in equal matter, then stay tuned for that :)

Update, 5th October: The article is now available on The Testing Planet. It should now make sense regardless of whether or not you attended the MEWT session! The Testing Planet: Light at the End of the Regression Testing Tunnel

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