This month's meetup will feature two speakers, and this just in, we'll be doing another giveaway, details below:
First, Alex Kalinovsky (CEO, Creamtec) will be talking about UI/QA testing methods and tools, and introduce a new visual approach called Screenstr:
Testing is not fun. Regression testing is outright painful. But buggy products alienate users and permanently damage brands. While most understand the importance of testing and benefits of automation, why is it that most companies in the 21st century still rely on manual testing and end users to find bugs? The short answer is inadequate tools. Test automation tools are too complex, too unproductive and they don’t handle change well.
Alex Kalinovsky will be presenting various testing tools and strategies, and introduce a new approach to web UI testing based on visual testing, called Screenster.
Then, Steve Wendel (Principal Scientist, HelloWallet) will talk about designing interfaces for behavioral change:
Steve will talk about how to apply the recent explosion of research on decision making and behavioral change to the practical problems of designing software products. He’ll give a step-by-step approach to integrating explicit behavioral goals to product development, UX, engineering, and testing. The end goal: to help users do things they haven’t been able to do before, like getting in shape (Nike+ FuelBand), taking control of their finances (HelloWallet), or being more energy efficient (OPower). The focus of the talk will be on the design part – identifying the key lessons from the research, developing the user stories, and making sure UX has the freedom to build a beautiful, usable product that is also effective at changing behavior.
6:30-7:00: Refreshments, introductions
7:00-7:30: Automated visual testing of web UI
7:30-8:00: Designing interfaces for behavioral change
Beverages will be provided by AddThis.
Creamtec has kindly offered to sponsor pizza this month. Thanks!
This month's giveaway: Jon West from LC Technologies has generously provided another giveaway this month. We'll be doing a drawing for "A Day with the EyeFollower" (eye-tracking technology). Here are some details:
LC Technologies harnesses the power of the eyes to enhance insight into human perception and cognition, providing powerful tools to analyze how people perceive and interact with the world.
The EyeFollower provides users with a completely unobtrusive and natural environment when conducting eye tracking studies. There are three main distinguishing factors with the EyeFollower. This system offer the largest amount of free head movement of any remote eye tracker on the market, operates on the largest portion of the human population while simultaneously achieving the highest level of accuracy (<0.4 degrees).
Jon has asked that we limit this giveaway to meetup attendees with a specific desktop interface that they'd like to test (no mobile devices, sorry folks!)