Software QA & Testing Meetup – April 2016 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

Our next meetup is scheduled for April 26, 2016.  We are just a few weeks away!  Matthew Eakin has volunteered to give a presentation on “Cucumber as a Collaboration Tool.”  Having heard Matthew speak on several occasions, I am sure this will be an interesting discussion.

For all of the details for our 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!

I am going to endeavor to try to post raw notes or recaps from previous meetups on a more frequent basis than I have in the past.

March’s meeting featured Damian Synadinos speaking on the topic of “Commutication – An Exploration of Idea Transfer With Words.”  This was a fast paced “beta” presentation helping him to prepare for STPCon Spring 2016.  It was quite an endeavor by Damian to try to produce a workshop’s worth of material into just less than two hours…and in my opinion, it went very well!


Here are some of the highlights discussed during the night.

  • Commutication was referenced as a combination of Commute and Communication
    • Commute – journey
    • Communication – exchanging information with another person
  • The importance for clear communication
    • Deep understanding
    • Ways to better understand and be better understood
    • Shared understanding
    • Your Wants, needs, expectations
  • Took a deep diving into definition, words, and means and method to create cleaner definition to improve communication
  • We looked at idioms, statements, semantics, expressions, purposes, and their kinds.
  • Various communication methods and there components were explained
    • Models
      • Transmission
      • SMCR
      • Transactional
      • Constructionist
      • Linear
      • Satir Interaction
    • Communications
      • Sender
      • Encode
      • Message
      • Channel
      • Noise
      • Receiver
      • Decodes


  • Various reasons why miscommunication can occur were explained (including group exercise of the Telephone Game)
    • Miscommunication causes
      • sender has unclear idea (bad foundation)
      • choosing wrong words
      • wrong timing, wrong audience
      • subjective language
      • appropriate channel/method
      • distraction, interference,
      • unprepared
      • past experience change a meaning
      • jargon & acronyms
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      • indirect communication
      • accents, dialects, colloquialisms
      • homonyms – sound same, different spelling, different meaning
      • heteronymns
      • grammar
        • dangling participles
        • garden path sentences
        • McGurk Effect
      • Shallow Agreement


  • Several examples of effects from Miscommunication (historical and personal examples)
  • Various methods to reduce Miscommunication were explained
    • When to reduce?
    • consider the audience, environment, risk
    • definition dissection (looking up each word)
    • etymology, history, roots
    • giving examples
    • explain, describe
    • asking
    • paraphrasing
    • metaphor/analogy
    • reverse dictionary
    • 5 W’s
    • Safety language – epistemic, deontic modalities
    • Change perspective – relative rule
    • Drawing
  • The needs for creating a common language, in our case, an exercise in defining a testing vocabulary


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