Talks

Here you can find videos and slides from some of my past talks. If you would like me to give a talk at your event or company, contact me for my fees and availability.

Conference presentations

Keynote: Transparency – A holistic approach to software quality – Agile Testing Days, 2018

Take your testing career to the next level by shifting your focus to transparency.

The variables that impact software quality go far beyond the variables that are defined in the codebase. Trish Khoo explains how shifting focus from testing to transparency can turn an ordinary tester into a super tester.

Any testing activity is essentially an exercise in increasing transparency within the team.

So if transparency is the true charter of testing, how else can a tester increase transparency of the system under test? Some examples include technical activities such as monitoring, code reviews, and logging.

Keynote: Scaling Up with Embedded Testing – Conference for the Association of Software Testing (CAST), 2014

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them that my job is to take software from idea to release as efficiently as possible. I provide this service for multiple teams as a time, without writing a single test case. But in my journey to here, it made me question what the role of a tester really is. My conclusion was that testing is not a role – it is an activity. My role therefore is to embed that activity in the software development process, shortening the feedback loop between creation and verification as much as I can. In this talk I will explain what this involves, why it’s awesome and what it means for you as a tester, a software developer, a software engineering manager, and for the budding entrepreneur who’s thinking of building a startup in the next couple of years.

Rock Solid Testing without Hiring an Army – Business of Software Conference, 2016

You’re already selling ahead of your roadmap and your dev team is getting pretty big. In this talk, Trish Khoo outlines two approaches to keeping pace and quality high without hiring an army, drawing on a decade of software testing at Campaign Monitor, Google and Microsoft.

How to Solve Intermittent Issues, aka Random Failures – Selenium Conference, 2013

There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing that almost-green test suite ruined by a couple of intermittent issues that are difficult to reproduce. Intermittent issues are not only a maintenance pain – they also lead to low confidence in the test tools themselves. I will go through a few of the more common reasons for these failures, share some mitigation strategies and tell some stories about some intermittent failures that were caused by some surprising issues.

Interviews and other talks

Ask Me Anything with Trish Khoo – Ministry of Testing, 2018

An interview with questions about test management.

Testcast – podcast series with Bruce McLeod, 2012-2015