Van Hese

BELGIUM _ Z-sharp

_ testsidestory.com/

Sketchnoting Essentials – An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking

Session type: 120 min tutorial

Session level: Beginner

Empirical evidence suggests that humans have an innate capacity to think visually. Once we are schooled, however, we lose much of that, and our thoughts and communication become language-centric.

Zeger would like to bring back that long lost art of thinking and communicating visually. In this hands-on workshop, he covers the basics of visual note-taking, also known as sketchnoting. This style of note taking helps you develop visual metaphors, retain information and allows you to tap into several learning modalities at the same time: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile. Whether you use it to summarize conference talks or presentations, to map or generate ideas, notes, thoughts or test strategies, this form of note taking is easy to learn, practical and fun.

Yes, you will be drawing. The good news is that sketchnoting doesn’t require you to be good at drawing. It is about conveying ideas, not making art. Come and learn how to create visual notes that stick and leave with a desire to try this not only at home, but also in the office.


Zeger Van Hese has a background in Commercial Engineering and Cultural Science. He started his professional career in the motion picture industry but switched to IT in 1999. A year later he got bitten by the software testing bug (pun intended) and has never been cured since. He has a passion for exploratory testing, testing in agile projects and, above all, continuous learning from different perspectives.

Zeger considers himself a lifelong student of the software testing craft. He was program chair of Eurostar 2012 and co-founder of the Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing (DEWT). He muses about testing on his TestSideStory blog, tweets as @testsidestory and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. In 2013, Zeger founded his own company, Z-sharp.