Past Meetup

#15 South West Test

This Meetup is past

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OVO Energy

1 Rivergate Temple Quay · City of Bristol

How to find us

This is a link the an image of the front door -

Location image of event venue


OVO Energy are very kindly allowing us to use their space again.

We have Dan Ashby (, who is the current Head of Testing at eBay in London, coming over to share a talk with us all.

I would totally recommend taking a look through his blog posts, to get a flavour of the types of things he would be talking about at the event -

Dan has so many great things to share so he could talk about anything but I will update the page with details of the talk as soon as possible.

The format of the event will be a brief intro following by a couple of short (5/10 mins) talks, a quick break and then a longer talk from Dan.

Our first talk will be from a couple of members of the OVO Energy Test Team. Each talk will be roughly 5 mins each.

For our second short talk of the evening, we have Jack Cole. Jack is the co-founder of Method Resourcing (

More details will be added to the page as soon as I receive them.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a message. :)


Meet up Agenda:

18:30 - Arrive at the OVO Energy office.

19:05 - Quick Intro

19:10 - Talk one

We have not 1 but 2 talks squeezed into this section :) These will be from Jon & Joe from the OVO Energy Test Team.

- Ways of working with multiple 3rd parties and many moving parts
- ‘Gray box’ testing; ways of getting more insight when facing semi restricted access to systems and information

19:20 - Talk two

'Recruiters top tips' by Jack Cole (

With LinkedIn recruiter becoming one of the UK’s most popular and powerful recruitment tools, it won’t be long before the conventional CV becomes a thing of the past. Get an insight into testing market trends and how to boost your LinkedIn profile to attract recruiters and perspective future employers.

19:30 - Quick break

19:45 - Talk three

'Testing your ideas' by Dan Ashby (

How do you test ideas?

Sounds like a hard question... What does it even mean?

To test ideas, you need to break out of a traditional mind-set of thinking that testing purely relates to the boundaries of making sure that software meets the expectations of how it is supposed to work. We need to think more about the unknowns... The unexpected things relating to software. Only then can we transpire those ideas of unknowns to our initial thinking about the software solution before we even attempt to write a line of code, or an artefact to try and describe the expectations.

All software starts with an idea - an idea for a solution to a problem, or an idea to make money, or an idea to delight people. Testing the idea of the software solution is a hugely important part of continuous testing.

This testing, at the earliest point in time within the SDLC, actually helps prevent problems and bugs. It helps uncover unknowns. Unknowns related to risks and unknowns that cause assumptions and ambiguities within the design and development of the software. And this testing requires a whole host of psychology and sociology skills.

In this talk, Dan will share his ideas, experiences, success stories and pain points, strategies, tips & tricks and more, regarding why and how to test your ideas.


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.

We also have a meet up Twitter account ( - Please follow us if you use that platform and drop us a message if you need to get in touch.