Minesweeper in Melbourne

I did a presentation on Einstein the Minesweeper robot at an ANZTB SIGIST in Melbourne this morning. The facilitator of the session was ill so I was asked to host the event as well, so I felt very much under pressure.

I came up with an idea for a quick activity to “awaken our senses” as it was early in the morning where I asked everyone to count how many human senses they are aware of. Most people gave the traditional response of five (or six), and I challenged their views by presenting some additional senses we humans possess. Check out the Wikipedia article if you’re interested to know more.

Unfortunately the first presentation on Context Driven Testing by Mark Richards went well over the allocated time, so I had to rush my presentation to ensure I could catch my 11am flight home: I made it, just.

Being for a group for testers, my intention was to not focus on the detail of the actual Minesweeper robot but what solving a complex problem such as automating Minesweeper can teach use about testing and how to be better testers.

Click the slide below to view the slideshow.

Melbourne SIGIST Einstein_ The Minesweeper Robot

4 thoughts on “Minesweeper in Melbourne

  1. Thanks Alister for sharing the ideas and slides. Having played enough minesweeper, I can value your effort in writing a robot.

    And yes, I’ll try today to “Be young, be foolish, be happy” :)

  2. I enjoyed your presentation and I didn’t see any nervousness. Well done.

  3. I was there n saw your presentation..n enjoyed it….your “lessons learned” were thought-provoking… Keep up the good work!!

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