MOIIST is a Software Testing peer conference.  MOIIST stands for MOntreal Insights Into Software Testing.  MOIIST is facilitated in the style of LAWST workshops. Presentations are based on the first-person experience of invited delegates. MOIIST accepts French or English language submissions and presentations.


The Content Owner, Robert Sabourin, along with the MOIIST Organizers, invites you to submit your proposal for MOIIST 2014.


The theme of this year’s workshop is collaboration. Experienced software testers and development professionals are invited to share experience reports about collaboration. Testing can be modeled as a team activity.  This workshop will explore how people interact with each other to accomplish a wide variety of testing tasks.  Who do testers collaborate with? What do testers actually do when collaborating with others? When do different activities take place?  How does collaboration vary due to lifecycle, business, technology, organization and cultural factors? We are seeking a wide variety of collaboration stories.  We would like to share examples of great successes and dismal failures.  What worked?  What did not work?  Did collaboration impact product quality? By sharing collaboration stories we hope to identify specific skills which could be taught to foster better collaboration.  After each experience report is shared, a short affinity analysis will be done to capture relevant collaboration skill ideas. Collaboration skills are especially important for testers in a transition from structured or phased development models to iterative incremental agile frameworks.  How team members work together to get things done is very different.  The transition can be quite tricky.  How can we teach testers to collaborate effectively with the many different team members, customers, end users and other stakeholders? Short summaries of presented collaboration stories will be collected and made available to the testing community. Some examples of collaboration stories could include:

  • Bug isolation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Debugging
  • Software design review
  • Story grooming
  • Inspections
  • Reviews
  • Walk through
  • Paired exploratory testing
  • Helping users get things done
  • Planning
  • Developing automated test frameworks 

About Experience Reports

Experience Reports describe an experience that you had firsthand. You will tell your story as a narrative, with (or without) any visual aids you feel might help you explain the situation (architecture diagrams, graphs, etc). Then, you will answer questions about what happened, and the group will discuss issues brought to mind from hearing your story. The goal is not to present tools, methodology, or practice, but to share what you saw and did in your work. Both positive and negative outcomes are instructional. More guidance on experience reports can be found here: You can also learn more about Experience Reports by watching a video on the subject here:

Conference Location and Key Dates

  • Saturday, January 11, 2014: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 12, 2014: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The conference will be held in the downtown Montreal area.


MOIIST is a peer workshop for practitioners to share experiences in software testing, to allow people interested in these topics to network with their peers, and to help build a community of professionals with common interests. Our constituency is people who are interested in all areas of software testing. MOIIST is not vendor-, consultant-, or end-user-centric, but strives to provide a mix of viewpoints and experiences. The range of potential interest is broad, from single-device embedded systems to complex ecosystems that are multi-tier, multi-platform, and multi-vendor, including components spread across multiple organizations. To learn more about MOIIST, visit  No fees are charged to participate in MOIIST. Delegates will be selected from applicants by MOIIST organizers with an attempt to get a broad variety of experiences from different business, organizational and technical contexts.  A maximum of twenty delegates will be invited from among applicants.


Please send proposals to: Submissions should include a short summary of the proposed experience report (max. 500 words) along with a short summary of the candidates’ relevant experience. The deadline for receiving submissions is October 1, 2013.  Successful applicants will be informed by November 1, 2013.