We want to share with you what is dear to our hearts and drives us every day.
When planning our events we try to implement what is dear to our hearts as best as possible. Besides the learning and fun aspects of our events, we intend our events to be diverse, inclusive, thought-provoking, and initiating gatherings in a safe and (happy) family-like environment.
For many years we have been working hard to encourage everybody who has an insightful story to share, to submit a paper for our Call for Papers, or to try out presenting at a webinar, etc. We believe in equity, fairness, transparency, sustainability, trust, and much more.
We want all different voices to find their stage and we highly encourage new voices, young & previous young people to be part of our events and the community. What drives us is: Seeing others grow by and from sharing experiences, successes and failures, getting teenagers interested in tech, getting Women in Agile sharing their stories and learnings, encouraging silent voices to speak up, widening everyone's awareness for certain topics, and a lot more. Below, we collected a few examples of how we constantly try to make our events a better place for all of us.
Since its start in 2009, the Agile Testing Days are making a consistent and constant effort to support each and everyone in the agile software testing community and create a positive impact in this community. The Agile Testing Days gathers software professionals and others working in agile software development from all over the world for “Europe’s greatest agile testing conference.” Why? Because besides the agile mindset and practices, diversity and inclusion have always been central to our events. We are committed to our community and care for them.
Our Commitment to the Agile Testing Community
Here at AgileTD, we are 100 percent committed to providing a supportive and safe environment! We’re proud to offer the space to talk about diversity and inclusion.
In the last years, we have supported many underrepresented groups to become more visible at our events, or organized special sessions to celebrate Women in Agile. The social aspects of our events are another important point. We spontaneously organized an art auction to help a community member raise money for experimental cancer treatments and therapy, we campaigned to get the Afghan Girls Robotics to the Agile Testing Days and recently we build a "Little Home" for homeless people.
At AgileTD 2013, we wanted to provide a fun way to learn about agile methodologies for young students. Therefore, we created “an Agile Kids” day at the Agile Testing Days 2012 to introduce the basic knowledge and skills for working as a software tester. In 2016, Grammy Award winner Michael “The Wanz” Wansley shared his experience as a software tester with students from a Berlin middle school.
Women in Agile Summit
This evening has a long history with the Agile Testing Days. Since 2016 the Woman in Agile Summit is an integral part of the Agile Testing Days conference agenda. This evening event reflects our commitment to diversity. In the course of time, this event has been renamed Friends & Allies because it “has grown to be much more than that” (Gitte Klitgaard). Now, it is about more than women, and it is about more than allies but it’s still “a safe space to talk about uncomfortable subjects" (Lisa Crispin).
Afghan Girls Robotics Team
One of our goals is to provide opportunities and access to underrepresented communities. In 2017, Anne-Marie Charrett and Keith Klain made us aware of a group of 6 Afghan school girls aged 14 to 16 that have developed a robot together for a competition in the USA. The girls together with her mentor Roya Mahboob were invited to the Agile Testing Days in Potsdam 2017 to give them the opportunity to present their project abroad. With the help of a GoFundMe campaign initiated by Keith Klain to help send the Afghan Girls Robotics Team to Agile Testing Days, the AgileTD organizers, the agile testing community, and other supporters provided the funds to get the Afghan Girls Robotics to the Agile Testing Days.
Art Auction for a Good Cause
There is a saying that it takes a whole village to raise a child. And sometimes it takes a whole community to save a life. An agile testing community member was in need of funding the experimental but possibly life-saving cancer treatment for a beloved relative. This treatment was very expensive and the family needed any support to cover the costs. Therefore, the AgileTD organizers initiated a spontaneous donation campaign and auctioned off several live drawings from Stuart Young made during the Agile Testing Days 2017 keynotes. At AgileTDUSA 2018, we also auctioned off a big blow-up unicorn, to raise funds.
Collaboration with TechVoices
For Agile Testing Days USA 2019 we collaborated with TechVoices (formerly known as SpeakEasy), which is a conference diversity initiative to bring aspiring speakers, mentors, and conferences together. The goal was to bring new voices and high-quality content to international tech conferences. We continuously aspire to bring up a diverse speaker line-up and include speakers from various experience levels, therefore, we were proud to work together with TechVoices to increase the number of under-indexed and new speakers at our conference. You can find more information about TechVoices on their website.
Little Home e.V.
There is a saying that it takes a whole village to raise a child. And sometimes it takes a whole community to save a life. At Agile Testing Days 2017 and Agile Testing Days USA 2018, we initiated a donation campaign and an art auction to raise money for an agile testing community member in need to fund the experimental cancer treatment for a beloved relative.