TestCon Europe 2020


October 13-15

Vilnius and Online

Rick Tracy

Agile Coach / Test Consultant

Hapalion Consulting, The Netherlands


Rick is an avid test philosopher, constantly digging into themes and activities in testing. With a background in retail, banking, medicine, psychology and of course information technology, he enjoys exploring how all converge in new experiences and scintillating debate. Whether as a tester, manager, pathfinder, scrum master or coach, Rick always finds himself drawn to the wild open exchange of ideas and techniques in any testing event.

When not at work Rick enjoys spending time with his newborn twin boys, his wife and his cats, or settling in for a good reading or writing session. Come talk to him about anything!


Beyond the Bugs: The Full Value of Testing

How can we test something that is constantly learning, changing, and might be hiding things from us? Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is increasing at an exponential rate, meaning that soon most of us are going to at least have some experience in either testing an AI product, working with AI tools, or even being assisted by an AI colleague.

That’s where psychology comes in. As a clinical neuropsychologist Rick had to “test” people, who are also learning, changing, and sometimes lying. The speaker thinks a lot of the same principles there can be applied to AI testing, and so he’ve set out to recon, understand and chart the methods and tools we might need to learn very soon.

In this talk Rick will walk through the questions and challenges we have today, as well as the work done so far in AI testing. Expanding on those foundations we will take a look at psychology and how the same principles used there can aid us in testing and working with AI and further evolutions of our technology. Rick`s goal is to show a new direction of growth in our testing discipline, one that acknowledges and embraces how human we will need to be.

Session Keywords

🔑 AI
🔑 Future
🔑 Psychology

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