DEWT8 announced

We are happy to announce DEWT8, the eighth edition of our annual peer conference. The conference will be held from Friday October 19 until Sunday October 21 2018 at Hotel Bergse Bossen in Driebergen, the Netherlands.

The conference starts on Friday evening at six o’clock with dinner, fun, games & conversations. On Saturday morning, around nine o’clock, the official part of the conference starts. On Sunday we will wrap up at about three o’clock in the afternoon.

The peer conferences of the Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing are based on the experiences of the participants. Therefore each participant is asked to prepare an experience report on the conference theme. DEWT peer conferences are invitation only.


The theme of DEWT8 is Developing expertise in software testing.

Increasingly, software testing is regarded as the use of a particular set of skills rather than the execution of steps in a process. In order to be able to talk about skill and the development of skill we need models that can show us how to recognize a skilled tester and how to become one.
Therefore we encourage you to think about how one develops expertise in software testing. It can be developed through practical training and mentoring, learning by participation and by transferring tacit knowledge. But developing expertise also means establishing a reputation, being passionate about and proud of your work and having a thirst for knowledge. We are eagerly looking for experience reports on these subjects. So if you have ever been mentored, we would like to know how that felt. How did it influence your learning and what did you do to evaluate your skills? Which skills did you sharpen? And perhaps you have been a mentor yourself or you have been part of a guild or a community of practice. What did you do to transfer knowledge about software testing and how did that work out?


The DEWT peer conferences follow these rules:

  • The focus of your experience report should be an actual experience.
  • All presentations are 15/20 minutes followed by open season; a facilitated discussion. See the blog post “A Guide to Peer Conference Facilitation” by Paul Holland to learn more about facilitation.
  • Anything shared during the peer conference can be made public with proper attribution. So be careful not to share any proprietary or confidential material.
  • Not everyone will get the opportunity to present. The reason for this is that the focus of a peer conference is on the facilitated group discussion after each experience report.

Jean-Paul Varwijk – Conference chair

Joris Meerts – Content owner

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