ANZTB SIGISTs – Call for Presenters!


The Australia and New Zealand Testing Board (ANZTB) facilitates free Special Interest Groups in Software Testing (SIGIST) events in capital cities throughout Australia and New Zealand.  These events provide testing professionals, or anyone interested in testing, the opportunity to share their experiences in software testing, or learn from the experiences of others.  Continue reading

Sydney SIGIST – 30 August 2016

We had an almost full house at the Sydney event this month.  We decided to experiment with a couple of different formats which received great feedback from the audience.

In the first session before networking we decided to look at Risk and its association with testing.  Some of the key points were around understanding Product risk and how this impacts on scope, coverage and prioritisation of testing.  We also looked at breadth vs depth of testing.  We then had a period of networking over drinks and nibbles.  Everyone talked to at least one person that they had never met before.

The second session was an open forum where the audience were encouraged to select topics that were going to help them in their day to day work environment.  Obviously regression testing is a challenge for all of us, as this consumed most of the time.  See the photo of the board below:


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SIGiSTs – Call for Volunteers!

The ANZTB holds regular Special Interest Groups in Software Testing (SIGiST) in most major cities in Australia and New Zealand. The events are free of charge and are a great way to network with other testers whilst learning more about the latest trends and practices in the testing field. The groups are generally based around presentations given by testing professionals but can also follow other themes: quizzes, question panels or roundtable discussions to name but a few.

The ANZTB is always on the lookout for people to present on topics close to their hearts that are relevant to the testing community or indeed suggest other formats such as white papers or demonstrations that they would like to share with other testing professionals. Would you be interested in taking part? Why not help out with the organisation – reviewing presentations or assisting on the night?

For further information or to find out when the next one is in your area please email

Melbourne SIGIST – 18 August 2016


It was a great turnout at the Melbourne SIGiST on Thursday 18 August 2016.  There was a lot of good feedback and we hope everybody got something out of the presentations.

The SIGiST was a great showcase of both ends of the testing spectrum. We had Tim Barker bringing 17 years of experience to the table highlighting the future of software testing in a way that everybody could understand and learn from. He gave a fantastic breakdown of BDD software engineering, not just for testing purposes, but highlighting overall SDLC practices to everybody in the audience to learn from and bring back to their workplace to improve their development process. All from a testing-centric point of view.

On the other hand we had Zarko, new to testing and working in a testing organisation’s graduate program. He provided a fresh viewpoint on technical testing. Moreso, giving the audience a realistic pathway in how to conquer the seemingly insurmountable learning curve for performance. As well as giving an insight in what makes a good performance tester, he also provided advice on the technical and interpersonal skills required to be successful, while also getting some genuine belly laughs along the way.

We’d like to say a big thank you and well done to both Tim and Zarko. Judging by the audience response and the questions afterwards both talks were a big hit and very well received.