We won the EuroSTAR TestLab Apprentices competition last year
and had a marvelous experience. This also
meant that we are appointed to run the TestLab this year in
Manchester. And we are ready to take care of the new
Let us tell you a little of what to expect if you become this
Running the EuroSTAR TestLab is similar to software testing itself
-- the most important ingredient is people. The TestLab wouldn't be
much without people running it or people attending it. Firstly, we
have to consider a number of stakeholders and their interests:
Ourselves; EuroSTAR organisation; invited experts; lab rats;
visitors (skilled, newbies, different schools, different cultures);
and sponsors. Secondly, we have to make sure that the interests of
these stakeholders are met in some way. And we need to have a
strategy for dealing with this.
It is really like a mix of having an open house and being a test
lead handling several projects at the same time. We serve different
stakeholders; the plan is ever changing; each stakeholder value
different things. Just like in the real world...
That being said, being apprentices is a really fun and honorable
assignment. All you need to have is an expertise in test
methodology; test management; leadership; and technology.
Oh, and you also need to be fearless; sociable; pedagogical; able
to improvise; able to organise; structured; humble; and have a good
sense of humour. Nothing more than that! ;-)
As soon as you are appointed as apprentices we will kick-off the
project by bringing you up to speed as soon as possible. This is
indeed a team effort and the key things are communication,
spreading information, and asking questions. All in order to create
a common understanding on what needs to be done; how to do it; and
when we do it.
We will, together with you, plan the project and discuss on how to
implement and realise the TestLab; and we will detail all things
needed in order to setup the TestLab once we arrive in
If you want to learn more about some of our experiences as TestLab
Apprentices during the conference, you are most welcome to read our
Stories from the EuroSTAR TestLab
AND...most importantly - Enter
the TestLab Apprentices Competition Now!
Henrik Emilsson & Martin Jansson