So I presented my talk “Autism and Software Testing – A good fit”.
I started by explaining what autism was, and what the most up to date science says causes it. I then went on to the attributes of autism that make autistics good software testers. The next slide dealt with the attributes of autism that can hinder autistics as software testers.
I was originally going to talk about two cases where autistics had been employed to great effect as testers (SAP’s internship program for autistics and the Australian Governments Project Dandelion), but after the talk was announced, I’d learnt that Microsoft was also introducing a program to hire autistics, so I updated my talk to include it. Interestingly enough, the Danish company Specialisterne, which specialises in placing autistics, was involved with all three programs.
After the presentation, the floor was opened for questions. The SIGiST had wished to record it, but that plan fell through. A bit disappointing, as I feel the Q & A at the end was the best part. I took questions on what it feels like to be autistic, on how it affected me at work, and so on. One of the people on the floor thought he may be autistic.
All in all, it was a good talk.
Thank you once again to Rob Kerrich-Walker and the rest of the SIGiST Team for accepting my presentation.
If you wish to view my presentation, it can be found here.