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Zeger Van Hese


Belgium-based Zeger Van Hese has a background in commercial engineering and cultural science. Zeger started his career in the movie distribution industry, switched to IT, was bitten by the software testing bug (pun intended), and has never been cured. He is passionate about exploratory testing, testing in agile projects, and, above all, continuous learning from different perspectives. The 2012 EuroStar program chair, Zeger recently founded his own company, Z-sharp. He cofounded the Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing, is a founding member of the ISST, muses about testing on his TestSideStory blog, and is a regular speaker at  conferences worldwide. Contact Zeger at [email protected].

Speaker Presentations
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 10:00am
Testing in the Age of Distraction: Flow, Focus, and Defocus in Testing

We live in interesting times. Knowledge is available at our fingertips, no matter where we are. Social networks enable communication around the world. However, along with these marvels of the information age come weapons of mass distraction. With so many things competing for our attention—and so little time to focus on real work—it’s a wonder we get anything done at all. What does this mean for testers? A common belief is that only focused concentration leads to productive work—and conversely, that distraction causes procrastination and stifles creativity. While it is important that testers find flow and maintain focus, Zeger Van Hese believes that a state of defocus—guilt-free play—can also be helpful in testing. Zeger shares tips, tricks, and tools that have helped him focus and defocus while testing. He explains not only how to benefit from distraction but also how to return to flow and focus when needed. Learn to make the most of these techniques in your testing.