The title is a quote by Hans Christian Andersen who is of course best known for his fairy tales. Less well known is that he also was a great music lover who worked with and inspired several composers. His quote reminds us that when you can’t say something, you can let music explain how you feel. Music can give your words a new tone, a new viewpoint. Music is very powerful.
In this keynote music lovers Alexandra Schladebeck (violin) and Huib Schoots (trombone) will take the audience on an exploration for artistic parallels between music and their other passion: agile testing.
Using music and musical theory as a metaphor they will touch on topics like culture, testing, agile, learning, fast feedback, teamwork and team building. What can testers and people in agile teams learn from how musicians learn and work? And what about quality and improvisations in music?
They won’t just be talking about music though – they will also perform live on stage to show that there are many interesting things we can take away from music in our daily agile testing practice.
An entertaining and interactive performance with a serious undertone!
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[Bio] Alexandra Schladebeck
She comes from a background in linguistics, so it’s no real surprise that she spends her time communicating – with customers, users, testers, developers and the ‘outside world’.
Alex is the head of Test Consulting at BREDEX GmbH and is also Product Owner for Jubula, the open source test tool. Within both roles, she’s responsible for making sure that customers’ needs are satisfied, be it in terms of quality services for their projects or features for implementation.
You’ll usually find Alex talking about quality and how it affects the whole development process. She’s also a frequent speaker at conferences where she likes to share her project experiences and learn from other practitioners. Alex has played violin since she was nine, participating in classical orchestras as well as folk festivals, and currently plays and sings in an Irish folk band in Germany.
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[Bio] Huib Schoots
Huib Schoots is a tester, consultant and people lover. He shares his passion for testing through coaching, training, and giving presentations on a variety of test subjects. With almost twenty years of experience in IT and software testing, Huib is experienced in different testing roles. Curious and passionate, he is an agile and context-driven tester who attempts to read everything ever published on software testing. A member of TestNet, AST and ISST, black-belt in the Miagi-Do School of software testing and co-author of a book about the future of software testing. Huib maintains a blog on magnifiant.com and tweets as @huibschoots. He works for Improve Quality Services, a provider of consultancy and training in the field of testing. Huib has a huge passion for music and plays trombone in a brass band.
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