Software QA & Testing Meetup – January Notes

Software QA & Testing MeetupDuring last January’s meetup, I promised to publish my notes containing the concepts and links that were discussed.  While this post is a little late in coming, it’s finally here.

Finding Your “Testing Spark”

The following information is good for:

  • New testers
  • Managers thinking about helping their staff to improve
  • Testers feeling burn out and needing to find their Testing Spark

Testing Bits – 11/15/15 – 11/21/15

Testing Bits

Here is this week’s collection of articles, blogs, and announcements covering the days of 11/15/15 – 11/21/15.

Articles & Blogs

Software QA & Testing Meetup – Back for 2015!

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Attention: Ohio Testers

After our typical November/December break, it’s time to resume the Software QA & Testing meetup on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015.

Our Topic for January:  Testing Trends 2015 and Beyond

In this meetup, we will be trying to answer the question, “What trends/changes do you see developing over the the next few years for testers and the testing industry?”

The evening will be a discussion format covering a wide range of topics that may include:

Testing Games with Erik Davis at Software QA & Testing Meetup – June 2014

Software QA & Testing Meetup – Testing Games
Date – June 24, 2014
Location – OCLC – Dublin, Ohio

Background:

For our Software & QA Testing Meetup, we follow a general format.  A backlog of discussion topics is kept that has been generated by our regular attenders and at end of our monthly meeting, a group of us will decide on a topic for the next meeting… or I will decide on the topic if something strikes me of interest.  From there, I will announce topic formally and do the scheduling on meetup.com.  Typically, we have have about three weeks to prepare for any given topic.

We follow a discussion based format for the entire evening.  I try to kick things off with a question or two and only try to step in when conversation begins to die down or when the conversation needs to be reigned in just a bit.  A good evening is one where I really don’t need to intervene too much and the discussion can flow back and forth between all participants.  It’s a successful night when all participants have the opportunity to have their voice heard, share their experiences, ask questions, solve problems and INTERACT with each other.   

My Experience at QA or the Highway

Event – QA or the Highway
Date – February 18, 2014
Location – OCLC Conference Center – Dublin, Ohio

QA or the Highway was the first conference of the year for me to attend and was practically located in my backyard.  The conference was well attended with approximately 250-300 testers in attendance.  The one day conference consisted of an opening keynote, 4 breakout sessions (with an option to chose from one of four tracks), and the closing keynote.  The speakers consisted of national, regional, and local speakers from the area.

For the details:
http://qaorthehighway.com/Schedule.html
http://qaorthehighway.com/Speakers.html

Here is my account…it’s a bit lengthy, but so was the day.

State of Testing Survey 2013

As you know, I like to keep up with blogs and news in the Testing Community.

On Monday, I came across Michael Larsen’s blog post about a new testing survey coming out very soon that will be taking the pulse of the testing community. Since his posting, I have seen several others promoting it too.

So….I am jumping on the bandwagon to help promote this survey.

For all the details on this survey, you can visit:
http://qablog.practitest.com/state-of-testing/

Here are some details gathered from the site:

What is the goal of the survey?

To find answers to many interesting questions, such as:
– What are the main challenges faced by testers around the world?
– What does our professional environment look like?
– Where is the testing profession heading?
and even things like
– How tester’s salaries vary across different locations worldwide?

Who is conducting the survey?

Joel Montvelisky (http://qablog.practitest.com)
Lalit Bhamare (who edits Tea Time with Testers)

When is the survey?

Coming Soon – Projected as early as December 5. It will only run for about 10 days.

How can I help promote this survey?

Simply read and follow these directions:
http://qablog.practitest.com/state-of-testing/help-the-survey/

I am looking forward to participating in the survey and seeing the results. I hope you will too!
Be sure to share the news with other testers that you know!