Let’s Learn Together – Reposting My Online Talks

In this post I’m linking to all the talks that I’ve made over the last few years that are available to watch online. In these talks I discuss topics such as: exploratory testing, Agile testing, diversity and an introduction to Docker for cloud based testing.

MoT – Exploratory Testing Ask me Anything

Testing Ask Me Anything - Exploratory Testing - Callum Akehurst-Ryan


[Requires MoT Club account to watch] In this talk I answer people’s questions about exploratory testing using slides to explain what exploratory is, how we can run it and how to win over people so that we can embed this testing into our teams.

Test Buddy – Conversations (Exploratory Testing)

I talk to Simon Tomes about how we can tailor our approach to exploratory testing to provide the right information at the right time and how to take test notes to allow for better debriefing. I also talk about using Charisma testing to help win over our teams by finding and sharing the good in the developed product.

Exploratory Testing in Modern Teams

In these talks I explain how we can use exploratory testing within an Agile environment. I also describe the different ways you can embed exploratory testing as a practice within a new team and how to take your company on a journey. At the end of my initial presentation is a lean coffee style ask me anything where I answer people’s specific questions about using exploratory testing and getting started.

Testing in the DevOps World

In this talk I discuss the basics of how we can test in a continuous development / integration pipeline, the types of tests we can add and and I talk about the ways that testers and developers can collaborate to improve continuous testing.

Quality Advocates – Introduction to Docker Workshop (2 parts)

This 2 part workshop introduces the use of Docker for creating test environments allowing us to test in the cloud. We talk through getting started, initial commands for using Docker and then build our own environment for running tests against.

Quality Advocates – Do we all need to be SDITs?

Following the swing in the market with job specs that ask for testers to be automation experts or software developers, I ask the question “Do we all need to be Software Developers in Test?”. I discuss the market asks for agile testers that can automate and what skills and learning journeys we can go on to meet these. I also mention the role of recruiters in educating companies about the types of testers they really want.

A follow up blog was posted here.

Testbash – Testing Progressive Web Apps

Testing Progressive Web Apps (or How to Achieve App-iness) - Elizabeth Fiennes and Callum Akehurst-Ryan

[Requires MoT Pro account to watch] In this talk Elizabeth Fiennes and I talk about the new standards for making a web application progressive and the different ways we can test for these.

At a simplistic level, a PWA is a layering of technology types, almost a miniature integrated system in itself. It has its own rules on how it will behave depending on how it is built, how it is accessed, the options the end user chooses and any hardware available. As testers, we don’t have the luxury of waiting until an app is all grown up before we start to test it. So how can we test PWAs whilst remaining faithful to shift-left principles?


Let’s Test – Accessibility Testing

In this paired session I talk to BugHunterSam about accessibility testing and the tools and techniques we can use to run an accessibility audit.

QA in London – QA teams during COVID

This panel discussion goes through a number of points talking about how QA teams have changed during the 2020/2021 pandemic and how this has influenced how we work, hire and communicate as testers.

How Diversity and Inclusion can help Testing

I spoke with Blackmetric about my experiences of being lgbtqia+ in the software development industry and how this can be seen as a benefit for testing. I also speak about how monocultures in engineering can lead us to build the wrong thing and how we can use our own individual differences as a way to design and improve products.

A link to my post of the same name can be found here.