Viktor Slavchev Siteground

BIO: My profession is software testing and by that I don’t mean mindless clicking on UI elements, nor comparing result to predefined expected states. When I talk about testing or perform testing or teach testing I always think of it as a scientific activity, process of evaluation of quality, exploration, of questioning, modeling, experimentation, risk assessment and gathering of information in general. In other words, I take software testing very, very seriously!
I come from a non-technical background – linguistics and I am very happy about it, since it provides me with a unique perspective and a lot of diverse experience which is always something that is beneficial in software testing.
In my previous experience as a software tester I was involved in many different projects related to mobile testing, testing of software products in the telco area, integration testing, test automation (even though I prefer the term “tool assisted testing”).
In general I am interested not only in the technical, but also in the scientific part of testing and its relation to other sciences like epistemology, system thinking, logic, problem solving, psychology and sociology.

Presentation: Automation vs. intelligence – “come with me, if you want to live”
session level: beginner

Have you ever heard the story that your job is automatable, that all the human testers will be replaced by machines or automated tests and you will lose your job? Or even worse, that machines and artificial intelligence will take over our craft and our life and we will be totally useless. Do you buy these? Are you afraid?
“Come with me, if you want to live” – this was the famous line that many members of the Human resistance in the Terminator franchise used, when offering their help in the war against Skynet.
So, come with me (and John Connor), and join the testing resistance to fight on the side of intellect against the evil machine army. I am willing to challenge the I part in AI on contest by focusing on few key topics:

  • If we were really “at war” for productivity and capabilities against machines, do we really have a chance?
  • Do we know what are the benefits of human testing? What are human testers irreplaceable for?
  • Is expert work just a set of procedures we can codify? Action vs. behavior.
  • Can we translate testing into machine language? Polimorphic and mimeomorphic actions – what are these?
  • Empirical evidence for expert testing systems or just myths?


  • Practical view comparing human intelligence to machine one.
  • Realistic view of the abilities human tester has, what makes them unique and untranslatable to a machine.
  • Practical advice how to promote and develop skills that make us stand out, even when compared with machines.