5 reasons why you should attend RTC this year

Every spring Romanian Testing Conference is the event that gathers hundreds of quality lovers, software testing enthusiasts, manual testers, automation experts, men, females, teenagers, companies, sponsors, people who want to learn more, hear more, interact more, all sharing a common passion – software testing.

Every spring we see new faces, we hear new stories, but we also see familiar faces that have been with us during the years.

And every spring we are so happy and grateful to have all these people joining us in creating the biggest software testing conference in Eastern Europe.

If you’re asking yourself what makes Romanian Testing Conference so special, you are in the right place.

Here are the top five reasons why quality lovers should attend Romanian Testing Conference 2019.

#1 International Networking

You can get direct access to our great speakers and get insights about their job, their experiences, their testing stories and why not, get inspired by their way of doing things.

We truly believe and encourage communication and the RTC event can be a good opportunity for everyone to speak with testing specialists across continents and make friends.

With more than 600 attendees expected this year, you can have excellent networking opportunities and gain visibility on what the others are working with.

#2 Unconf

Also, in 2019 we’re introducing Unconf, where you get the chance to have the ultimate “backstage experience” and be the one who drives the conversation.

Remember telling you about our belief in communication?

Oh well, at Unconf you have the spotlight. This workshop will take you on a journey, figuratively and literally, to help you understand how you can overcome your fears of sharing that story, experience, or idea with others.

#3 Top Notch Topics

Among all these, we’re discussing about  test automation, exploratory testing, web security, visual testing, blockchain, testing in AI, leadership and how to manage crisis situations and these are just a few of the topics we are preparing for 2019 edition.

#4 5 keynotes, 8 Workshops, 12 tutorials

In 2019, Romanian Testing Conference comes up with a big variety of workshops and tutorials. Attending one of these, puts you in the same room with industry leaders and gives you the chance to learn from them new skills, new techniques, new ways of thinking, gain proficiency and become better at solving various situations.

Oh, did I mention about having fun? 🙂

#5 Diversity

We fight for gender equality and diversity in our event that’s why our stage has no gender nor colour.

What’s more beautiful than having such an equilibrium between females and males participants: 👩‍💻👨‍💻44.3% females and 55.7% males?

A good measurement on how successful your event is, is to analyse the participant’s returning rate.

We are proud to have 48% rate of returning participants! So, if you plan to see your old friends testers, now is your time.

Did I say five reasons? Oh, there’s actually one more.

#6 Connected Events

We love to create new challenges and take each year a step forward and be better than we were the previous year. At RTC we keep the fire of curiosity, innovation and creativity always burning, that’s why each year we’re creating new concepts around our main event.

If in 2018 we introduced the XTesthaton, a unique concept in the testing community, which combines testing skills and unconventional situations, in 2019 Unconf is introduced. Also, before the main event in June, every two months we’re organising the RTC Meetup, where we are bringing the testing community together, share ideas and knowledge and offering a stage for new voices.

Is an event considered to be successful without the after party, some cocktails and good mood? We have it this year too! In the conference day, when the curtain falls, every participant is invited to the after party to continue chatting and enjoying a more relaxed atmosphere.

Hope to see you in June!

Listen to Laura Oniga – Business of Software Testing (Podcast Host – Johan Steyn)

ABOUT LAURA ONIGA

With more than 7 years of professional experience in the business and IT domains, Laura prides herself for having gained a rounded set of skills and competencies – the blend of IT smarts, teamwork, conceptual thinking, and business acumen is what allows her to successfully solve problems and cut through complexity.

Throughout her career, she purposefully studied the craft of solution testing, as a risk discovery and mitigation enabler.

She is studying methodologies, heuristics, and approaches that allow her to persuasively talk to how companies can manage risk in their solution life-cycles and to how frameworks can be designed in order to meet the growing expectation and appetite for professional approaches to risk management.

Her mission and value-add statement are to design, coordinate and implement a more deliberate and defensible approach to solution testing and technology and business risk management.

SECURITY TESTING IS NOT AN OPTION, BUT A WISE DECISION

Generally speaking, security testing is treated as an add-on to our testing coverage. Well, it is like this; if you want to function very well and you want your customers to love you for what you have given them? It becomes very important to care for their software needs. And people hate when their data is compromised. But, the fact remains the same. And that fact says, “No matter what your users want, you still continue only with functional testing and UX testing”, but you forgot that if users do not have secure experience then they shall still be satisfied with your User eXperience ingredients. However, this is a sloppy fact and a lie which many people consider as a fact.

Possible reasons why security testing is not given importance?

#1 Product owners/stakeholders are not aware of how security testing can help to safeguard their business in the long-run.

#2 Companies are doing great business and they are least bothered to spend on security testing activity

#3 Testers in testing companies do not have time to learn something else. Really?

#4 To do security testing, passion is required and most of us lack that.

#5 Most or some testers want straight-forward training with security/penetration testing tools, they do not want to practice the mindset of it. Mindset is always boring, we humans are impatient and we want have take-away very soon.

#6 Most or some testers do not like to spend on credible security testing workshops. They always love to receive but do not like to give (And here giving for the workshop will benefit themselves).

So what’s the solution?

Security testing is not an option, it’s a choice for those who want to build a cleaner and safer web. Those who perform security testing for their web apps or mobile apps or client-server stand-alone apps contribute to the world for the safe web. Others would continue to make money without caring for the data of users, that’s inevitable. You can do your bit if you like to. Having said that, some or most people may face a large loss due to breaches and also class-action lawsuits due to sloppy security practices in their organization. For instance, you don’t want to be fined for not being compliant towards GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

What can we do as testers to create awareness?

No worries if your area of interest is functional testing, but you can still learn something about security testing and help your customer understand the importance of it. But, its tricky as your customer may go to someone else who can do both functional testing and security testing. But, I personally would make the customer understand even though I cannot test for security. Like how a layman can be made understood about security hassles, even you can do it for a customer.

Why it’s a choice and not an option?

It is simple! You are dealing with sensitive data of your users. How can you consider it as an option? It’s surely a choice that you want to safeguard your users. Don’t you?