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 meetup.com.

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.” 

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:

Software QA & Testing Meetup – February 2016 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

Thank you to all that attended January’s meetup.  What a great turnout!  As mentioned in the meeting, I will be posting notes from the meetup soon.  Be sure to watch for it.

Our meeting on February 23th will have the following topic:

“What I Learned at QA or the Highway 2016”

The one day conference, QA or the Highway 2016, is scheduled for February 16th, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.  There are some excellent tracks and speakers listed for the event.  We are going to dedicate our testing meetup to sharing our experiences at the conference.

Software QA & Testing Meetup – January 2016 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing MeetupAttention Ohio Testers:

Happy New Year! The Software QA & Testing Meetup returns from its November/December break.  It’s time to get back together and talk testing.

Our meeting on January 26th will have the following topic:

Finding Your “Testing Spark”

What advice would you give to testers to be the best professional that they can be?  Are you an experienced tester that is feeling burnt out on the job?

Matt Hutchison will give a short presentation and will lead discussion on ways that testers can “Find Their Testing Spark.”

State of Testing Survey 2016 – Coming Soon!

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Earlier today, I was pleasantly surprised to come across blog posts by Stephen Janaway and James Thomas that the State of Testing Survey 2016 was coming soon.

I found the Surveys from 2013 and 2015 to be quite interesting to read. The 2013 survey year had 630 respondents while the 2015 survey contained almost 900 respondents.

If you missed the two previous survey results or need a reminder, you can go to:

Software QA & Testing Meetup – September 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

Last month’s meeting was a great two part discussion as we discussed CAST 2015 and the importance of a common Testing Language.

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

Testing in Agile: Challenges, Problems & Coping With Them

I found this topic from the Grand Rapid Testers meetup and thought it might be a good idea to discuss at our Columbus meetup as well.

Testing is seen as either a bottleneck because we take “too long” to test or inefficient because we don’t find bugs that are uncovered in later sprints or in regression testing.

  • What can we do to deal with some of the common, and not-so-common, problems around testing in Agile environments (perhaps Scrum in particular?)
  • What are the problems that you have faced in an Agile testing environment?

This discussion will help people share what they have tried, done and read about.  We will look for sharing and helping each other with new ideas.

Software QA & Testing Meetup – August 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

Last month’s meeting was full of great discussion as we discussed “testing vs. checking”.

August 25th’s meeting will have two focuses for the evening and promises to be quite informative.  Here is the planned agenda:

1) CAST 2015 – A look back

  • For those that were able to attend CAST 2015, we will discuss your personal Experience report(s).
  • For those able to watch any part of webCast 2015, we would like your view about the event as well.
  • Open Discussion on Lessons Learned from the conference.  Action items that you might have gotten from the event?

2) Testing Language

Inspired by the recent blog series by Jean–Paul Varwijk on Testing Definitions (http://arborosa.org/) and after July’s meetup, our group thought it would be a good idea to get to a common vocabulary or “testing language”.  We will begin that journey in part two of the evening.

Concepts to look into include: