#10 South West Test

South. West. Test.
South. West. Test.
Public group

Scott Logic

25 King St, Bristol · BS1 4PB

How to find us

We'll have someone on the door to meet you and point you in the right direction of the meet up.

Location image of event venue


I'm very pleased to announce the next South West Test event, This event has been made possible by the wonderful folks at Scott Logic (https://www.scottlogic.com/). Their continued support of this local meetup is very much appreciated.

We have an awesome main talk for you all by Viv Richards. He'll be sharing his knowledge and experiences around visual regression testing - This is a very interesting talk and has been well received at a number of meetups and conferences, I'm very happy that he's agreed to come and share this with us all too. Check out the talk summary below. :)

Danny Dainton (https://twitter.com/DannyDainton) will be giving a quick intro and also an update on the organisation changes to the South West Test event - It's all good, I promise.

We have a couple of lightning talks for you by Dan Rowlands and Adam Knight before the main talk. Dan will be sharing a short talk about "Developing a Growth Mindset" which sounds like it's going to be really interesting topic, Adam's talk title is still a bit of a mystery so it literally could be anything but I can assure you that it will be awesome! :)

Meet up Agenda:

18:30 - Arrive at the meet up - Pizza and refreshments is being kindly supplied by the amazing Scott Logic team.

19:00 - Intro and an quick SWT Update

19:05 - Lightning Talks:
- "Developing a Growth Mindset" by Dan Rowlands (https://twitter.com/danrowlands)
- "The Wave of Risk Perception" by Adam Knight (https://twitter.com/adampknight)

19:30 - Main Talk:
- "Spot the difference; automating visual regression testing" by Viv Richards (https://twitter.com/11vlr)

This session looks at common issues with just relying on end to end automation testing tools, using examples to demonstrate common pitfalls and how visual testing can help add another tool to your tool belt.

The talk looks at why we automate tests, the issue with just manually testing, common end to end automation pitfalls, a brief introduction to visual testing and finally a look at common issues with visual testing and ways to overcome them.

Through the use of interactive examples the audience will gain an understanding of why relying on just manual testing can become an issue and how too much automation has a negative impact by looking at testing anti-patterns. The audience will also learn what visual testing is, what tools are available, some of the common pitfalls of using visual testings as well as tips on ways to overcome them based on experience of creating a custom visual test framework at my current employer.

A little bit more about Viv:

Viv Richards is a senior test automation engineer, a blogger and a community bumble bee. In his spare time he enjoys teaching children to code as a CodeClub volunteer as well as bringing communities together to share skills and knowledge by organising local meet-up's as well as organising South Wales largest agile and developer conference.

Viv blogs at http://vivrichards.co.uk/ and you can also find him on Twitter @11vlr

Post Meetup:

Some of us will be staying around after the event and heading to a bar close by for a quick drink and to carry on the conversations. Please do join us if you don't need to head off straight away.

The event is open to all:

Although this is billed as a "Test" meet up it's not just for Testers, it's open to anyone who wants to come along to hear some amazing talks and interact with some lovely like minded people. Please do share the meet up details with your friends, work mates or anyone who you think would love to attend.

I will endeavour to keep you all informed of all the details of the event but if you do have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

We also have a meet up Twitter account (https://twitter.com/south_west_test) so please do follow us if you use that platform and drop us a message if you need to get in touch.