Elisabeth (Lisi) Hocke

Main focus: Agile Testing

Twitter handle: @lisihocke

Website/blog: https://www.lisihocke.com

Languages: English, German

Country: Germany

Topics: agile, testing, learning, collaboration, software quality, mob programming, mob testing, pair programming, pair testing


Having graduated in sinology, Lisi fell into agile and testing in 2009 and has been infected with the agile bug ever since. She’s especially passionate about the whole-team approach to testing and quality as well as the agile culture mindset behind it. Building great products which deliver value together with great people is what motivates her and keeps her going. She received a lot from the agile testing community; now she’s sharing her stories to give something of her experience back to the community. She tweets as @lisihocke and blogs at www.lisihocke.com. In her free time you can either find her in the gym running after a volleyball, having a good time with her friends or delving into games and stories of any kind.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Cross-team Pair Testing: Lessons of a Testing Traveler

Did you ever wonder how to improve your testing skills? Well, I did. I wanted to learn where I stood in terms of my testing knowledge and at the same time improve my exploration and automation skills. Maybe dive deeper into special areas like security or accessibility testing. I read and thought a lot, but what I felt I was missing was hands-on practice. So I decided to run an experiment.

My hypothesis: “I believe that pairing and mobbing with fellow testers from the community on hands-on exploratory testing and automation will result in continuously increasing skills and knowledge as well as serendipitous learning. I’ll know I have succeeded when I noted down at least one concrete new insight or applied one new technique per testing session and shared that with the community.”

In this talk, I will share the lessons learned on my journey as well as tips for doing pair testing sessions yourself. Let’s uncover if my hypothesis proved true, that a testing tour is indeed a feasible and valuable way to improve your testing knowledge and skills!

Key takeaways:
- Hear about lessons learned as a testing traveler
- Get tips on how to make the most out of pair testing sessions
- Learn why collocation is not a requirement but an excuse and how you can benefit from geographical dispersal
- Get inspired to run experiments for your own personal development

This talk is in: English
Finding a Learning Partner in the Testing Community

(Paired talk together with Toyer Mamoojee)

Main statement: Multiply your knowledge by finding your ‘testing buddy’ anywhere in the world.

The product development and testing world has never experienced such a boom as it has in recent years. Tons of concepts are thrown at you in the digital world via tweets, blog posts, podcasts, and more. Inspiration can be found everywhere you look. But would these insights work in your professional environment as well? Pair up and learn by sharing actual experiences!

Accomplishing something major in your industry or company has always been at the top of your list, but you struggle to find the motivation and drive to do so? Collaborate and inspire each other to achieve your ultimate goals!

Come with us on our journey on how we found each other and what we have learned so far. Pairing up was one of the best experiences we had, so we want to spread the word and encourage you to give it a try. The conference doesn’t have to end on the day you leave - it’s where the fun begins and relationships grow!

Discover how people from different continents, countries, companies, and cultures can work together to achieve one common goal. The answer to gaining the desired knowledge might be sitting with a peer in another part of the world - so break down the barriers of distance, share your ideas and experiences, and find your personal testing buddy!

This talk is in: English
Next Stop: FlixBus! A Tester Exploring Developer Land

Welcome to our journey with FlixBus! My name is Lisi and I’m your guide today. Our tour will start way back in history where we will discover testing constructions of ancient times. From this starting point we will move on, and observe how testing at FlixBus evolved over time to a whole-team approach of building quality in. Let’s have a rest at the experiment-driven park of collaboration, and finish our tour at the fun fair of alternative futures. Snackable pieces of knowledge are included throughout our trip and you're welcome to take notes and photos to keep your memories fresh! Looking forward to some fun time together!

Key takeaways:
- Learn how testing throughout the workflow helps to shorten feedback loops and build quality in
- Find out how to engage the whole team to resolve bottlenecks
- Experiment with different approaches to find solutions in your context
- Tips to foster cross-team collaboration and grow a company-wide testing community
- Discover how to explore beyond your product to drive continuous improvement

This talk is in: English
'I am Groot' - Learning Agile Testing

Everybody's talking about continuous learning and how essential it is for a tester. You have to keep growing, keep stretching yourself, keep exploring new worlds so as not to miss the forest for the trees.

But how do you actually do that? Okay, since you’re reading this it seems that you're at least thinking about going to conferences to learn. But is learning once a year enough? If not, how do you grow on a daily basis? How can you become a better tester? And what about learning as a team, company, community? In this talk, I will share my personal experience and concrete tips on how to constantly reinvent yourself and the world around you. We are Groot!

Key takeaways:
- Hands-on tips & resources on how to learn, grow, and flourish every day
- Find answers to your problems & learn what’s new in the testing world
- Overcome the fear of learning, failure, or success
- Create & foster a safe environment for learning
- Enhance your growth by sharing your lessons learned

This talk is in: English