You need to build skills in your test team. Skills like Exploratory Testing, Software Diagnosis, Bulk Testing, Use of Tools, Building Test Data. I can help.
I have built and delivered interactive testing workshops since 2001. I build exercises and tools for other trainers. My teaching clients include Google, Oracle, the BBC, Cassidian, Reuters, Adobe, Cisco, GE, Aviva. I've delivered paid full-day tutorials at EuroSTAR, Agile Testing Days, Nordic Testing Days, Let's Test, STAREast, STARWest and more.
My workshops are hands-on, and based on my experiences as a tester and as a consultant – they keep people engaged, and use practice to introduce core transferrable testing concepts.
My core workshop is Insights into Exploratory Testing – I offer the workshop in different sizes and with different content to suit your needs, and can deliver online or in person. I have material from several other workshops; on data, on bulk testing, on management, tool use, collaboration and much more.
Book me for an hour with your team; I'll deliver an interactive and engaging online workshop.
£490 / €590 for one 40-45 minute online workshop with 15-20 minutes Q&A, for up to 25 people.
We'll set the content together. You and your team will have acces to a page for your workshop with all the materials in one place. On the day, I typically use Zoom or gather.town to allow small groups to work together, and enable shared workspaces with Miro.
Deeper Content – online
I'll teach your team online, working with them for a series of sessions over weeks, timed to fit around their work, and allowing the team to develop ideas and practices of their own, and to review them with me as we progress. I provide videos and other materials for study before a session, and follow-up materials after the session for those who wish to go further. Class size 5-15 people.
£2450 for six one-hour sessions (or a day on-site teaching).
£4300 for 12 x 1-hour group sessions (or two days onsite).
Bring your team together in person for a day or two's teaching, with similar hands-on exercises, and even more opportunities for conversation and connection. Workshop prices match online costs, with an add on for time away.
I frequently customise my materials to suit my client's interests.
Unfold answers - mainly older answers for on-site workshops...
- Do you still do in-person workshops?
Sure. Do you do onsite workshops? Circumstances may mean we can't plan as easily as we might. Let's talk.
- Are your workshops just for testers?
My exercises have different things to find for people with different skillsets. A more diverse group allows participants to take away more surprising ideas. In a broad group, we’d have managers, coders, systems architects, ops, business owners and key customers alongside the people labelled as testers. I often have a broader group when I go back to a site for a second visit.
- Can we have people from outside our organisation?
Some clients like to share my workshops with suppliers and contractors. That’s fine. Others want to teach a few of their staff, and sell seats to the public. That’s generally fine, too.
- What does your workbook look like?
The printed one is pretty, with lots of space for notes. I'll send you a sample on request. Online, we use this site, Miro or similar, Zoom or similar, and my exercises.
- Can we teach internally with your exercises?
I offer four exercises under Creative Commons for non-commercial teaching. If you want to teach internally, we typically allow use of those, and negotiate paid licenses for others.
- Do you travel?
I’m in London. I’ll try get to your office and back in a day. If you’re close to a mainline station or airport and not much further than Manchester, Bristol or Amsterdam, that’ll work. Otherwise, I tend to travel out the day before, and try to get back to London in the evening of the last day of the workshop. If you want me further afield, that’s fine – we’ll sort out logistics. And, if you’re flexible with dates, I may be able to visit your office from somewhere closer than London. I'll pass on travel and accomodation at cost, and if you need me to be on the road a lot, I'll add a per-diem.
- What are your typical travel expenses?
I generally waive travel if you’re in Central London. For workshops in the South-East, travel typically costs under £70 per day. For longer trips, I often need to stay a night, and have to take a cab as well as a train, so travel is around £150, and accommodation around £130 / night. For workshops in Europe, travel is typically around £250, and accommodation around £150/night.
- What is your per-diem?
Depends on distance, time away, location – and on my own costs for being away on the dates you need. Give me specifics and I'll quote for those.
- What size of group?
The workshops go best with five or more. If we’re doing a coached workshop, where I get to work with everyone directly, I keep numbers to 12 or fewer. If you need me to teach more, I can adjust many exercises for small groups. For conferences, I’ll often have 40-80, which brings different challenges. I have a few exercises that I’ve run with more than 100.
- What are the preparatory exercises?
Short videos on a particular topic, with a bunch of open questions. Participants may want to work through these on their own, or they might be used in a team gathering to provoke thought and stimulate engagement.
- How do you customise?
We talk, you tell me what your organisation and team wants out of the workshop, and we discuss potential subjects and emphasis. I gauge your interest, propose topics and exercises, and link them together. I’ve got 8-10 days of materials to choose from.
- Can you customise to use our own software?
Yes. I’ll need to get to understand what your target system is used for, and then I’ll need to explore and test it for a couple of days. I’ll charge for my time. I’ll share any bugs, adapt some of my exercises and may build new ones. Sometimes the bugs alone are worth the cost of customisation. Clients find this particuarly useful if they want to introduce greater variety, to compare themselves with my appraoches, or to create a closer engagement between the workshop and their customer’s needs.
- Do we own the exercises?
If you pay me for an exclusive exercise, yes. If you don’t, no. I do license exercises for teaching in-house, and can “train the trainer” if needed.
- Will you teach us about penetration testing and security
Not directly – it’s technology-specific. I find that groups do better teaching themselves by looking into the typical faults and attack vectors in the technologies that their systems use, and trying to discover ways that those can be used in their dicovery work.
- Will you teach us about tool X
Let’s be clear: Exploratory testing without tools is weak and slow, but this workshop is about how to do exploratory testing, rather than how to pick up and use any specific tool. We’ll talk about types and purposes of tools, we’ll probably have a tools workshop, and we’ll be resourceful in considering and using the tools we have to hand.
- What do you need in the room?
A flipchart or whiteboard (preferably both), a projector, internet access. Powersockets for everyone.
- What arrangement of tables?
I strongly prefer to have the group arranged so that everyone can see each other – in a U-shape is great, round a big table is fine, rows of classroom desks are rubbish.
- What do you need beforehand?
I want to have at least one conversation about what the organisation wants from the workshop. I put that information into a proposal for a linked set of exercises and topics, and we’ll work together until the proposal satisfies you and I. Not long before the workshop, I survey participants to find out what they want, so that I can tune the content and emphasis for the individual participants. It’s good to have everyone’s names.
- What equipment do our participants need?
At least one laptop between two. Handheld devices aren’t great for testing, and desktop machines get in the way of conversations. Most of my software exercises run in the browser – for compatibility, rather than technology. For some legacy exercises, participant machines need to be able to run Flash (!). Laptops need access to the internet. I try to avoid anything that installs software on participant laptops.
- How do you adjust to teach people who aren’t native English speakers?
Most of my workshops are in Europe. I’ve learned to speak more slowly, to use clear and simple language, and to listen carefully to my workshop participants.
- Will you sign our NDA?
- What about cancallation?
Cancellation terms are in my proposal.
- Can we record your workshop?