December meeting announcement – Social Hour

Join us in December for social time and celebrate Holidays at Improving with fellow ATDD enthusiasts! We won’t have a formal agenda, rather take the time to get to know other practitioners and share your experiences. Pizzas, drinks and fun will be provided. We hope to see you there.

Thanks to Improving Enterprises for hosting us and providing lunch!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at – http://www.meetup.com/techlifecolumbus/events/138566282/

Meeting Details –

Thursday, December 5, 2013
11:30 AM 
Improving Enterprises
One Easton Ova, Suite 175
Columbus, OH

http://goo.gl/maps/k37AF

 
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November meeting announcement – Open Discussion on strategies for writing automated tests for testing integration of multiple systems

Come see Central Ohio ATDD wizards in November for an Open Discussion on strategies for writing automated tests for testing integration of multiple systems.

Writing acceptance tests for your system is one thing, but what happens when you want to write automated tests for interactions between multiple systems?  What if that other system you want to interact with isn’t a system that you own?  We’ll have an open discussion about the techniques and challenges that you’ll face when you try to write automated tests across system boundaries.

Thanks to Nationwide for sponsoring for hosting us and providing lunch!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at – http://www.meetup.com/techlifecolumbus/events/138566212/

Meeting Details –

Thursday, November 7, 2013
11:30 AM 
Nationwide Insurance
5100 Rings Road, Dublin, OHFloor 1 – Diamond Conference Room

http://goo.gl/maps/8nzwC

 

October meeting announcement – Structured Conversations and 7 Dimensions

Join us in October for an interactive workshop where Terry Wiegmannand Ayan Dave will share a high level overview of Structured Conversations and 7 Dimension for forming Acceptance Tests. Structured Conversations is an approach to Exploring, Evaluating and Confirming product needs with stakeholders developed by Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman.

The 7 Dimensions, also by Ellen and Mary, is a framework for developing and categorizing a comprehensive understanding of the product resulting from the Structured Conversations.

Terry and Ayan will share how they used the 7 Dimensions when working with stakeholders to collect domain knowledge and categorize questions that enabled them to build a list of Story Questions specific to the project’s domain that easily translated to Acceptance Tests.

This will be a working session enabling you to build a similar Acceptance Test asset for your project, whether COTS or custom, new or maintenance, heavily regulated, development or changing platforms.

Terry Wiegmann, CSQE, CBAP, PSPO, ACG

Terry is a longtime software quality engineering practitioner in commercial and backoffice software in both plan-driven and agile approaches. She is one of the few people in the world to be both an IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional and an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer, and is also a Professional Scrum Product Owner, Advanced Gold Toastmaster and Ambassador for the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.She presents and teaches frequently throughout the Midwest on quality, analysis and agile topics; as Director and the People Service Line Lead with Quick Solutions, she is passionate about helping analysts and teams celebrate learning and working with agility, efficiency and joy.

Ayan Dave, PMP, PSM, OCMJEA

Ayan Dave is a software engineer with eight years of experience in building and delivering high quality applications using languages and components in JVM ecosystem. He is passionate about software development and enjoys exploring open source projects. He is enthusiastic about Agile & Extreme Programming and frequently advocates for them. Over the years he has provided consulting service to several organizations and has played many different roles. Most recently he is the “Architectus Oryzus” for a small project team with big ideas and subscribes to the idea that running code is the system of truth. Ayan has a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Houston Clear Lake and holds PMP, PSM and OCMJEA certifications. He is also a speaker on various technical topics at local user groups and community events. He currently lives in Columbus Ohio where works with Quick Solutions Inc as a Sr. Consultant. In the digital world he can be found at http://daveayan.com.

Thanks to Northwoods for hosting us and providing lunch!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at – http://www.meetup.com/techlifecolumbus/events/138566102/

Meeting Details –

Thursday, October 3, 2013
11:30 AM 
Northwoods
5818 Wall Street, Dublin, OH

http://goo.gl/maps/svtef

 

September meeting announcement – Developing an Automated Testing Strategy

There are many different kinds of automated tests you can write – unit tests, integration tests, acceptance tests, load tests… aaaah!!! How do you decide what approach you should take to testing your application? Do you really need all of these tests anyway? Where does QA fit in? Let’s walk through the thought process that you need to go through to make this decision for yourself and your team.

Please join us in September when Jon Kruger helps you develop Automation Strategy for your application and team.

Thanks to Quick Solutions for hosting us and providing lunch!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at – http://www.meetup.com/techlifecolumbus/events/123045212/

Meeting Details –

Thursday, September 5, 2013
11:30 AM 

Quick Solutions
440 Polaris Parkway
Suite 500
Westerville, OH
http://goo.gl/maps/sg5iN

 

 

Venue Changed – July-August meeting announcement – Redefining the Purpose of Software Testing

In case you missed, please note that venue has been changed for our July-August meeting. New venue is  – One Easton Oval, Suite 175, Columbus, OH, 43219.

Meeting description  from our prior blog –

Note: This is a joint meeting with agileLunchbox.

In our July-August meting, Joseph Ours will be speaking on the topic of Redefining the Purpose of Software Testing.

Throughout the history of software testing, the profession has evolved from expectations of just meeting requirements to ensuring fitness of use. Along the way, testers have been saddled with the burdensome expectations of ensuring overall quality in each of these ways. They get stuck in situations where there is not enough time or resources to fully evaluate a product. In addition, with the increased use of agile methodologies, testers are finding their turnaround time is shrinking. In this presentation we will talk about the common challenges our stakeholders have in understanding our craft, as well as some of the common negative perceptions of value. We will see how this is driven by our typical approach to testing, in a methodology agnostic way, and work to identify common challenges that impact our daily lives. We will discuss how our history has driven what most believe is our purpose. We will redefine our purpose with advice on how to implement a new mindset. We will discuss embracing our newly defined purpose of software testing, where the emphasis is placed on providing information, not just raw data, to stakeholders. This will enable us to provide information instead of data and will transform testing into a service minded group whose value is transparent and ultimately empowered by their stakeholders instead of just tolerated by them.

During this session, participants will learn:
• Common challenges facing software testers today
• A better defined testing role that aligns with business value
• Things to stop doing and things to start doing to deliver value to stakeholders

Joseph is responsible for the development and delivery of Cohesion’s Quality Assurance and Testing Services. As Director of Quality Assurance and Testing Service, Joseph draws on more than 15 years’ experience providing executive-level leadership while managing high profile initiatives with a demonstrated ability to drive people towards successful delivery. Throughout his diverse career, Joseph has built a solid reputation as a thought leader who demonstrates a results-driven business approach and exceptional ability to create innovative solutions to today’s challenges. Joseph is a strong leader in business processes with a proven history of providing project and portfolio management of large technology initiatives. He brings both a strategic and tactical thought process to solving IT related issues.

Joseph earned a Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering Technology from World College, a Bachelor’s in Technical Management from DeVry University, and his MBA from Keller Business School of Management with a concentration in Information Systems. Joseph is also PMP certified.

Thanks to Improving Enterprise for hosting us and Quick Solutions for providing lunch!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at – http://www.meetup.com/techlifecolumbus/events/115939772/

Meeting Details –

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
11:30 AM 
 
Improving Training Center
One Easton Oval, STE 175, Columbus, OH
http://goo.gl/maps/IHtwX
 

July-August meeting announcement – Redefining the Purpose of Software Testing

7/29 – Due to overwhelming response, we are changing venue to Improving Enterprise – One Easton Oval, Suite 175, Columbus, OH, 43219.

Note: This is a joint meeting with agileLunchbox.

In our July-August meting, Joseph Ours will be speaking on the topic of Redefining the Purpose of Software Testing.

Throughout the history of software testing, the profession has evolved from expectations of just meeting requirements to ensuring fitness of use. Along the way, testers have been saddled with the burdensome expectations of ensuring overall quality in each of these ways. They get stuck in situations where there is not enough time or resources to fully evaluate a product. In addition, with the increased use of agile methodologies, testers are finding their turnaround time is shrinking. In this presentation we will talk about the common challenges our stakeholders have in understanding our craft, as well as some of the common negative perceptions of value. We will see how this is driven by our typical approach to testing, in a methodology agnostic way, and work to identify common challenges that impact our daily lives. We will discuss how our history has driven what most believe is our purpose. We will redefine our purpose with advice on how to implement a new mindset. We will discuss embracing our newly defined purpose of software testing, where the emphasis is placed on providing information, not just raw data, to stakeholders. This will enable us to provide information instead of data and will transform testing into a service minded group whose value is transparent and ultimately empowered by their stakeholders instead of just tolerated by them.

During this session, participants will learn:
• Common challenges facing software testers today
• A better defined testing role that aligns with business value
• Things to stop doing and things to start doing to deliver value to stakeholders

Joseph is responsible for the development and delivery of Cohesion’s Quality Assurance and Testing Services. As Director of Quality Assurance and Testing Service, Joseph draws on more than 15 years’ experience providing executive-level leadership while managing high profile initiatives with a demonstrated ability to drive people towards successful delivery. Throughout his diverse career, Joseph has built a solid reputation as a thought leader who demonstrates a results-driven business approach and exceptional ability to create innovative solutions to today’s challenges. Joseph is a strong leader in business processes with a proven history of providing project and portfolio management of large technology initiatives. He brings both a strategic and tactical thought process to solving IT related issues.

Joseph earned a Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering Technology from World College, a Bachelor’s in Technical Management from DeVry University, and his MBA from Keller Business School of Management with a concentration in Information Systems. Joseph is also PMP certified.

Thanks to Improving Enterprise for hosting us and Quick Solutions for providing lunch!

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at – http://www.meetup.com/techlifecolumbus/events/115939772/

Meeting Details –

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
11:30 AM 
 
Improving Training Center
One Easton Oval, STE 175, Columbus, OH
http://goo.gl/maps/IHtwX

 

 

Reminder – no meeting on July 4!

Needless to say but we won’t be meeting on July 4. Our next meeting will be on July 31, Wednesday. Stay tuned for next meeting announcement. Wishing you a warm and wonderful Fourth of July… and a summer filled with good times.