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Testing night with Alan Page - Silos, Walls and Great Software

=== Agenda =====

6:00pm - 6:20pm, Pizza & social

6:20pm - 6:30pm, Introduction

6:30pm - 7:30pm, Silos, Walls and Great Software by Alan Page, Microsoft

There’s a wall between testers and programmers. Programmers “build”, testers “break” – but passing features back and forth between one group and another is wasteful. It takes time and extra communication to traverse a wall - but some teams seem to embrace their walls (just as some people can't see beyond their assigned role). It takes great teams to make great software, and great teams work together, but teamwork is often thrown aside in the face of combativeness or individual accomplishments. What software teams need in the future is team members who can perform the activities of programming, testing, and analysis – together.

What does all of this mean to the future of software (and the future of software quality)? At this event, Alan Page will share his thoughts on silos, walls and the future of software development - and what it means for all of us.

7:30-8:30pm, Functional Testing with Selenium, by Keith Bloomfield, Dynacron.

8:00pm, lucky draw & mingle


Speaker Bio:

Alan Page began his career as a tester in 1993. He joined Microsoft in 1995, and is currently a proud member of the Xbox test team. In his career at Microsoft, Alan has been a part of teams working on Windows, Internet Explorer, Windows CE, and Office Lync; and spent two years in the role of Director of Test Excellence. Alan writes about testing on his blog (, was the lead author onHow We Test Software at Microsoft (Microsoft Press, 2008), and contributed a chapter to Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009), andExperiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation (Addison-Wesley, 2012). You can contact him at[masked].

Keith Bloomfield, Lead Developer with Dynacron Group.


This event is hosted by Dynacron and sponsored by Dynacron and CapabilityIT.


We are actively seeking new sponsors and speakers for future meetups...


Parking:  Park Lane is a one-way street heading East.  There is a pay lot across from Starbucks, street parking, or you can park under the Kirkland Library/Peter Kirk Swimming pool for free and it’s only a 1 ½ block walk.  Our office entrance is near Cactus restaurant.  Go up the stairs and you’ll see the space for the meet up on the left.

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    My name is Marcus, and I'm bringing my friend Amy. We both work on Internet Explorer.

    October 7, 2013

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