National Software Testing Conference
Leigh Rathbone

Leigh Rathbone

Test Principal, Shop Direct

Is your mind-set ready for future challenges within testing?


Have you really had time to stop, and think about what the future challenges mean for testing?

Moving waterfall to agile, have you the mind-set to support the testers needs, the support a test manager needs?

In the squad and the tribe, what skills will be needed for the tester, how does that affect the interview process?

Communities, have you given enough thought to how communities can help solve the loneliness a tester feels in agile?

The future might be where a tester needs to look for a ‘good test’ rather than the expected outcome, that’s a real mind-set change

Hopefully this talk will leave you with food for thought, and hopefully you’ll go back to work with some sense that change is needed

Leigh Rathbone (@Villabone) is the Test Principal at Shop Direct. Leigh’s been in the testing arena for over 18 years, testing in nine different industries, across 4 continents, and 14 countries, from utilities to telecoms, Gaming to clinical software, from financial to retail, to name a few.


He is currently involved in lots of testing initiatives within his current role which is serving as a real ‘fail fast / test and learn’ testbed. Self-development is absolutely key to Leigh’s drive and passion.


Leigh is heavily involved in building a Liverpool testing community. He is one of the co-founders of Liverpool Tester Gathering which has been running 6 months, and has over 100 attendees. They broadcasts live on Facebook and periscope, have their own professional video recorder, and record podcasts during the night.