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Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Artful Testing

At first glance, art and testing may seem like an odd couple. However, Glenford Myers combined both in his book The Art of Software Testing. More recently, Robert Austin and Lee Devin published Artful Making, which relates software development to the creation of a piece of artwork. These authors inspired Zeger Van Hese to consider the idea of artful testing. Zeger will investigate what happens when we combine and infuse testing with aesthetics. With some surprising examples, he’ll show how the fine arts can support and complement our testing efforts. For instance, the tools art critics use for their critiques are valuable additions to the tester toolbox, enabling testers to become more professional software critics. Zeger discovered that testers can benefit from learning how to analytically study art, a skill that relates directly to our job of evaluating software. Yes, good testing can be artful in many ways. Come and learn how in this thought-provoking session.


Zeger Van Hese

Born and raised in Belgium, Zeger Van Hese has a background in Commercial Engineering and Cultural Science. He started his professional career in the movie distribution industry but switched to IT in 1999. A year later he was bitten by the software testing bug and has not been cured since. Over the years, he developed a passion for exploratory testing, testing in agile projects and, above all, continuous learning from different perspectives. In 2013 he founded his own company, Z-sharp, dedicated to helping clients on the path to smarter testing. He is co-founder of the Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing (DEWT), muses about testing on his TestSideStory blog and is a regular speaker at conferences worldwide. He makes Sketchnotes for fun. Contact Zeger at [email protected]