Change in leadership

Hello everyone,

This past April marked the 2 year anniversary of this group. What started as an attempt of a few people to find other like minded practitioners has grown into a diverse group of technology professionals with many different skill sets with a common interest of finding a better way to test software. I’m really proud of what the group has become and all of the people who are involved.

After 26 meetings, I think the time has come for me to step aside and let others take the group where it needs to go next. I’ve enjoyed leading the group for these two years and it’s been really rewarding, but there is a time and place for everything and I would like to step away from a leadership role at this time.

In reality, there are a number of people that have been involved in leadership of the group. While you often see me up front leading the meetings, we’ve had a group of leaders for the last couple years, namely Joe Ours, Parva Thakkar, Terry Weigmann, and Ayan Dave, all of which have been influential in the coordination of the meetings and helping to decide the direction of the group.

Going forward, Joe Ours will be leading the charge along with some of the other existing leaders. We are always looking for new people with fresh ideas and passions who would be interested in helping to lead the group. If you would be interested in being on the leadership team, please contact Joe at joseph.ours at gmail and he’ll be able to get you plugged in.

While I might not be at every meeting, I will try to attend so I’m sure I will see many of you in the future.

Jon Kruger

ATDD user group meeting 10/2

Meeting will be held at Northwoods

5815 Wall St, Dublin, OH 43017

Join Shawn Wallace Senior Architect, Centric Consulting, as he discusses applying automation and ATDD principles to brownfield applications.   Brownfield applications are more commonly known as legacy applications.  Shawn‘s first hand experience applying these principles in a brownfield environment make this an excellent opportunity for you to bring your questions and hear some great advice.

September meeting announcement – Write Great Acceptance Criteria

Writing good Acceptance Tests isn’t necessarily as easy as getting examples from the business and putting them into a table.  In this open discussion with leading experts, we’ll share our experiences on what makes a good acceptance criteria and good acceptance tests.  We’ll talk about imperative vs declarative writing, SRP (single responsibility principle) concept being applied against the acceptance criteria, equivalency classing (to reduce the number of examples), etc…

Joseph Ours, National Software Quality Assurance and Testing Service Lead for Centric Consulting.  Joseph has nearly two decades of career experience in Information Technology and Certified Project Management consulting.  He believes in finding ways to harmoniously work with all core IT competencies, and as such as works as a developer, tester, business analyst, and program manager. His strategic thought process and his ability to translate vision into action has resulted in many large successful initiatives.  Joseph’s expertise has also led to numerous national speaking engagements.  He earned an MBA, as well as two bachelor’s degrees: in Electronic Engineering Technology, and Technical Management. He is also PMP certified by the Project Management Institute. Joseph lives in Columbus, Ohio, and has six adult children. He is an early adopter and active technology enthusiast. When not busy with family events, he chairs the Columbus Advisory Council for Per Scholas, a national non-profit organization based in New York, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing technology education, access, training and job placement services for people in under-served communities.

Thanks to Improving Enterprises for hosting us and sponsoring food!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at


Meeting Details -

Thursday, September 4, 2014
11:30 AM

Improving Enterprises
1 Easton Oval
Suite 175
Columbus, OH 43219

August meeting announcement – ATDD: Why should agile have all the fun

ATDD was born out of behavior-driven development. It is traditionally only practiced in agile shops because the SCRUM process forces the team to discuss small User Stories early, agree upon Acceptance Criteria, and easily create some Acceptance Test scripts before code is written. The result is usually precise code delivered quickly which meets the acceptance criteria. Waterfall projects typically don’t flow so smooth. Acceptance Test scripts are traditionally created and managed by the business; what is usually not very involved in waterfall projects. So the team rarely ever sees these scripts resulting in code being delivered that doesn’t always hit the mark. In this presentation Mr. Eakin will demonstrate that implementing ATDD in waterfall shops is not only easy to do, it can actually speed up the process.

Matt has been in the IT world for many years with a focus in the last dozen years on software testing and quality assurance. In his current role as a Manager with Sogeti, USA’s Managed Testing Practice, Matt has become a National leader on Agile Testing. He has created a number of training workshops for clients including a 2-day Agile Testing Workshop, a 2-3 day Ruby Training Workshop, a Gherkin Scripting class, an ATDD class, and additional classes on various Agile Testing topics.

Thank you Cardinal Solutions for hosting us and sponsoring lunch!

Parking details -

1. Follow instructions listed here.

2. The garage has monthly (north part of Front street) and daily parking (south part of Front street). You will want to use the Daily parking area.

3. You might also need to go to the top floors of the garage to find spaces during the lunch hour. Their office is a short walk from there.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at

Meeting Details -

Thursday, August 7, 2014
11:30 AM

Cardinal Solutions
401 N Front St
Suite 210
Columbus, OH

Happy 4th of July! No meeting this month!

Hello everyone,

Our next meeting was scheduled to be on July 3, and since many people will be taking time off for the 4th of July holiday, we’re going to do the same thing. So no meeting in July.

Check back again to find August meeting announcement.

If you want to talk, send us the title of your talk and a brief overview (abstract) of what you want to speak on. You can send the info to columbusatdd [at] gmail.

Happy 4th of July!

June meeting announcement – Easing the Tension Between Developers and QA

ATDD works best when you have good communication between team members, but in many organizations there is tension and animosity between developers and the QA team. We’ll have an open discussion about how we can break down these barriers and help people to start liking each other again.

Thanks to Improving Enterprises for hosting us and sponsoring food!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at

Meeting Details -

Thursday, June 5, 2014
11:30 AM

Improving Enterprises
1 Easton Oval
Suite 175
Columbus, OH 43219

May meeting announcement – Panel Discussion ATDD Implementation in Enterprise

11:30-11:45 Lunch and Networking 

11:45-12:45 Panel Discussion

Note: This is a joint meeting with agileLunchbox.

Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is an important milestone in Agile journey. ATDD is a long and continuous journey especially in a large department and companies with matrix management. Implementation of ATDD includes many challenges. Meeting these challenges is guaranteed to yield quality products and better communication within and across team. Join us for our May meeting to hear from our panelist who have pioneered and championed ATDD implementation in larger departments and in multiple teams.

Our Panelists

Sue Fielding Is the Software Quality Assurance Leader for Nationwide Financial’s Integrated Application Services Team.  Sue has been leading technology teams for over two decades.  She has experience implementing and supporting a broad spectrum new technology & processes.  Most recently, Sue has worked with her team to establish an ATDD maturity model that gauges ATDD team readiness & progress.  She has also been focused on ATDD skillsets and the transitional needs to move from manual tester to test automator or from developer to test automator.  She is a 1988 graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in Management Information Systems.  She is a MBA honors graduate of Capital University (1995).

Aruna Srikanth is currently the Director of Software Quality Assurance for the Finance IT Business Solutions area at Nationwide Insurance.  In this role she is responsible for Requirements Elicitation, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Release Management functions.  She has over 22 years of prior experience within Software Quality Assurance activities at Intergraph Corporation, AT&T, IBM and at Nationwide Insurance.  Aruna is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has led several continuous improvement initiatives at Nationwide.

Aruna’s involvement utilizing Agile began in 2006 where she was an active leader for the adoption of Agile practices within Nationwide Financial Internet Applications area.  Automated Acceptance Test Driven Development was of particular interest as it put the Quality Assurance and Quality Control practices ahead of code development utilizing a Test First Methodology.

Steve Coleman has spent the last ten years working for Nationwide in various IT roles such as Developer, Manual/Automation Test Analyst, Coach, and Manager. In regards to ATDD, Steve was the lead on an ATDD A3, which used the scientific method to determine if ATDD could be used effectively within Nationwide’s Application Development Center (ADC). As a result of the A3, Steve spent a year and a half coaching all ADC development lines in the basics around ATDD implementation as well as the general Agile practices that enable ATDD. Currently, Steve is an Software Quality Assurance Manager within the ADC.

Thanks to Improving Enterprises for hosting us and providing lunch!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at –

Meeting Details -

Thursday, May 1, 2014
11:45 AM 
Improving Enterprises
One Easton Ova, Suite 175
Columbus, OH


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