Software QA & Testing Meetup – March 2016 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

Thank you to all that attended February’s meetup.  What a great turnout as we talked about “What I Learned at QA or the Highway 2016.″

Our meeting on March 29th will have the following topic:

“Commutication – An Exploration of Idea Transfer With Words” with Damian Synadinos

Communication is a key skill for any profession and especially true for testing.  Damian will be sharing an abbreviated version of his workshop that will be presented later this spring at STPCon.

Below is a description taken from his workshop:

“By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.” – Jean Baptiste Girard

How are concepts conveyed? How are thoughts shared? One way is by using words.  But, which words should you use?  And how can you tell if your words effectively convey your thoughts?  What causes miscommunication, what are its effects, and how can you avoid it?  And what are the benefits and limitations of a shared language?

We will move from general to specific as we collaboratively attempt to understand and answer these questions.  Starting with the definition of definition, we will investigate words and meaning, their properties, and their relationship.  We will examine how miscommunication can occur, look at some potential consequences of it, and explore a few methods to minimize it.  Finally, we will apply these ideas as we attempt to define some common testing terms and create a “common testing language”. In the end, attendees will gain new knowledge and tools to help them more effectively transfer ideas with words.


• The meaning of words and meaning.

• Some causes and effects of miscommunication and strategies to avoid it.

• The difficulty of creating a shared language, even in a microcosm.

• Ways to better understand others, and be better understood.

For all of the details for this meetup and to RSVP, be sure to visit the Software QA & Testing Meetup on

If you are going to be in the Columbus area, we would love to see you there!


Is there a topic that you would like to discuss at a future meetup?  If so, send a message to @testingcurator or thecurator -at-