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Toolkit for Test competitions

As part of our talk at the Nordic Testing Days 2016 about “Bake your own STWC (Software Testing World Cup)”, we presented a checklist for the different roles involved in a testing competition.

If you plan to participate or organize a testing competition, this can be a guideline, what to consider and keep an eye.

Player

  • Build a team
  • Find your way
  • Know your tools
  • Practice
  • Keep up to date

Organizer

  • Event size (company vs. global)
  • Framework (team size, timebox, restrictions)
  • Infrastructure (online vs. Offline, chat vs. room)
  • Gamification/recognition
  • „Supporters“, people who like that idea and assist
  • Don’t restrict, where it is not needed.
  • Have fun and take away learnings for yourself.
  • Feedback! Actively look for feedback. Adjust on it.

Judge

  • Time investment
  • Discuss & define the judging criteria
  • Ask for feedback, discuss in group
  • Be neutral
  • Avoid conflict of interest

Supporter / Sponsors

  • Money
  • Rooms
  • SUT (Software under Test)

STWC – Software Testing World Cup – Changes for 2015/2016

The official STWC website has gone public with the new information about the next STWC.

There are some changes and one of the obvious ones is the team registration fee of 40 Euro per Team (10 Euro per team member).

While the reasoning can also be found on that site, I want to explain some more about it.

As stated there are basically two major reasons, why we decided for that.

1. No Shows

Anyone who has ever organized an event, a user group or even a dinner table booking for people, who are not direct friends, might have experienced it.

There is most often a quota of “no shows”. Meaning people who said, they would come, but then don’t.

And I mean, without informing the organizer upfront; they just don’t show up.

Btw. that might be a reason, why sometimes e.g. airlines or hotels are overbooked. They expect, that a certain percentage of people are not showing up.

 

Why is this a problem for STWC?

Since each STWC continental round has a limit how many teams can participate, the teams who register, but then don’t show up, are blocking slots for teams, who are really interested and would love to play.

Why do we have limits on how many can particpate, its online anyway?

Well, one main concept of STWC is the evaluation of the teams deliverables by (as we call them) judges.

Each team is evaluated at least by two judges to get two opinions.If they are close to each other, fine. If not we bring in 1-2 more judges.

This takes a lot of time and commitment of the judges.

Most (if not all) are doing this as a voluntary, unpaid task next to their main jobs and private life.

With a round limit of 250 teams one can do the maths….

Often a judge has to evaluate around 20 teams in a period of one month.

Depending of course, that we get that many volunteers who want to participate as judges.

 

2. Raising money to realize the unique points of STWC

A lot of people invest their own, unpaid time for STWC. Be it the players, the volunteering judges from all over the world and also the organizers.

One of the awesome aspects of STWC is, that we want to fly in the winner team from each continent and pay their flight and accomodation. And also the professional live recording and video streaming.

I personally think, that is a great incentive to participate, cause a) it gives the event something unique and elevates it from a pure online event and b) it gives the team members a chance to participate in a good conference, make contacts with other testers from around the world and exchange with other known, public names.

This of course comes with a price tag.

While we were lucky to ask at the right time and place and could convince HP to be the global tool sponsor, it is not running so smoothly every time.

So we decided to take some money from the teams.

We could not realize the intial idea which we had, which was to charge each member 10 units of their local currency (peso, euro, dollar, yuan, rupees, etc.) to balance out the conversion differences and we thought to mirror the Big Mac Index .

Sadly it was too complicated, cause Diaz & Hilterscheid would collect the money (since they paid the tickets, etc.) and the tax issues involved were too much a headache and complicated, that we scrapped that idea.

This team fee will pay forward to the costs involved.

And, on a personal note, I think, some investment intoa testers learning should be worth to each of us. For some, 10 Euro is still something, but for a lot of folks that money is equivalent to 2-3 beer or other beverages of choice.

PotsLightning 2014 and STWC Antarctica wildcard team

Are you going to the Agile Testing Days‎? Why not come one day before and enjoy the company of fellow testing professionals? Potslightning gives you the (open) space to talk about topics from our craft, which focus on what the attendees want to talk about.

You want to discuss, how the advancement of mobile devices has advanced from mere mobile phones to new kinds of “things”? And how that changes our working area as testers?

Maybe you want to hear, how and why the winner teams of the STWC choose their testing strategy and reports; which scored them a place in the final round of the world cup.

BYOT: Bring your own topic. You have an area you want to talk about? Bring it along and put it to the vote for the other participants. Maybe it’s the newest trend or information, which we all are interested in.

If you are pumped up from a day of full testing passion, why not put it to the test (pun intended).

Open Space attendees:

George Dinwiddie (The Three Amigos concept),  Oana Juncu (Storytelling), Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory, Matt Heusser, Helena Kolpakova, (Embedded System), Carl, STWC New Zealand Champions: Joshua Urieli, Joseph Walker, Henry Ashton-Martyn and Mark Tokumaru

This years PotsLightning will also be connected with the STWC.

We will create a 4 person team from interested participants, who will enter the final round of STWC as the wildcard team “Antarctica”.

If you are interested, sent me an email with your details, your topic ideas and why you should be one of the 20 participants. Please also indicate, if you are interested to play in the Final round of STWC.

 

The third PotsLightning peer workshop will be held on 9th of November 2014.
It is lined up on the sunday before the Agile Testing Days 2014 conference.

Some people are arriving the weekend before and now they have the chance to attend also a workshop with peers in a relaxed atmosphere.

We will do an Open Space format as not to restrict the flow via setting a strict theme upfront.

Plus we offer a small competition (max. 20 players) to be team “STWC Antarctica” and particpate in the STWC Finals round on Monday, 10th November 2014 on the AgileTestingDays.

If you are interested to attend, please contact us via email.
Should you already know a topic you want to talk about, feel free to sent it in the email.

Twitter Hashtag: #PotsLightning

Here are the information in short:

Date: 09.11.2014
City: Potsdam, Germany
Venue: Dorint Hotel

Official Announcement – STWC – Software Testing World Cup

We are proud to announce the first annual Software Testing World Cup (STWC)!

Imagine a world test competition, held over the internet, on your continent, in a time zone that is reasonable for you, on a Saturday, with local judges you know and respect.

STWC is a global event with a sportive, competitive character for the testing community.
It will consist of a continental round of testing, done online, so that all the testing professionals out there have the chance to participate.

The continental champions will be invited to one of the best testing conferences in Europe; the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam, Germany!
There they will test it out to crown the winning team and get their hands on the STWC trophy!

All flavors or testing can participate and form a team to enter the competition.

Interested and want to get more information?
Registration is free. Participation is free.

Check out the official website: http://www.softwaretestingworldcup.com/

We will update the website over the next days and fill it with more information.
Get yourself registered as a team or stay updated with general news regarding the Software Testing World Cup.

Melior homo vincat!
May the best win!