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:

Software QA & Testing Meetup – July 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

Last month’s meeting was full of great discussion as we discussed a wide range of topic during our “open discussion” night.

We covered topics such as:

  • Working for startups
  • Developer/Tester relationships
  • Will “manual” testing stay relevant?
  • Automation ROI
  • Algorithms vs. Heuristics
  • QA vs. QC

Do you know the difference between “testing vs. checking?”  July 28th’s meetup will focus on these key concepts and approaches.

Bring your research, experiences, stories, tips, questions, advice, and resources regarding this topic.  This evening will be entirely a discussion based format.

For all of the details for this 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!

Software QA & Testing Meetup – June 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

For our last month’s meeting in May we completed our discussion about “Interviewing & Hiring for Software Testing Jobs – Part 2.”

“Let’s Talk Testing, An Open Discussion” is the title of our meeting for June 30, 2015.  As the name suggests, we will not be having a specific topic predetermined.  Rather we will leave the evening as an open topic format where we can discuss a wide range of topics.

– Have a problem you are trying to solve?  Or even a general question about testing or test management?  Bring it to the group and let’s see if we can use our collective brain power to help each other out and share our experiences.

Software QA & Testing Meetup – May 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention Ohio Testers:

Last month’s meeting was full of so much great discussion that we were unable to cover the topic entirely.  Our meetup group decided to continue the conversation in May.

Topic: Interviewing & Hiring for Software Testing Jobs- Part 2

How do you hire a good tester? This will be an exchange of hiring techniques: what has worked well and what hasn’t.

Software QA & Testing Meetup – April 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention: Ohio Testers

For our March meeting we had a great interactive learning session where we built out a cucumber framework from scratch.  Many thanks to Matthew Eakin for leading the group!

Our Topic for April 28th:  Interviewing & Hiring for Software Testing Jobs

How do you hire a good tester? This will be an exchange of hiring techniques: what has worked well and what hasn’t
We can talk about what’s easy to see during an interview and what’s not.
What is your hiring process like?
What types of questions do you ask?
Expectations for those being interviewed?

Software QA & Testing Meetup – March 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing Meetup

Attention: Ohio Testers

Our February meeting recently concluded with a good discussion and recap of “What I Learned at QA or the Highway 2015

Our Topic for March:  An Intro to Cucumber

The format is simple: bring your laptops. We will build a cucumber framework from scratch.  Here we will walk folks through the process from the ground up; creating a project, directories, gherkin scripts, and create some step definitions. Time permitting maybe even launch a browser and hit a web page.

Don’t forget to bring your laptop as this is meant to be an interactive and hands on experience for the evening where YOU build the framework.

Software QA & Testing Meetup – February 2015 Meetup Scheduled

Software QA & Testing MeetupAttention: Ohio Testers

Our January meeting recently concluded and we had quite a lively discussion on the topic of trends in testing.  Look for a recap of the meetup coming to a blog post in the near future.

And now, it’s time to announce the topic for our next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015!

Our Topic for February:  What I Learned at QA or the Highway 2015

The one day conference, QA or the Highway 2015, is scheduled for February 17th, 2015 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 answering the following questions:

State of Testing Survey 2015 – Coming Soon!

StateofTestingSurvey2015On Thursday afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to come across Joel Montvelisky’s Tweet that he was working on the State of Testing Survey for 2015.

StateofTestingSurvey2015 Tweet

I found the Survey from 2013 to be quite interesting. Last year there were around 630 respondents. If you missed out on last year’s survey results, you can go to: http://qablog.practitest.com/state-of-testing/year-2013

The purpose of the 2015 survey is to “identify the existing characteristics, practices and challenges facing the testing community in hopes to shed light and provoke a fruitful discussion towards improvement.”