• Post-TestBash Social

    Punch Bowl Social Detroit

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  • Pre-TestBash Meetup

    Altimetrik Collider

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  • Pre-TestBash Workshops Meetup

    Granite City Food & Brewery

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  • Event Storming with Greg Cupal @ Detroit Meets Night of Meetups

    Grand Circus Detroit

    ******* Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-meets-presents-a-night-of-meetups-in-november-tickets-80258510365 ******* Greg will be presenting a revi of the mapping and modeling technique called "Event Storming." This is an interesting approach because many of the artifacts can be “interpreted” to suit the needs of the business users, developers, and testers. The sticky notes use in the modeling phase can then be transcribed into test scripts, Page Objects and other test artifacts. Event Storming has a few rules so it keeps the exploration moving while keeping the formalizing to a minimum. It can be enhanced with other techniques to capture the level of detail needed for the task. In addition, Event Storming can be used outside of DDD, on other projects, due to the closely related concept of Value Stream Mapping / Management or BPM. *Bio* Greg Cupal began working in manufacturing where his career advanced by using Lean Process Improvement techniques to build efficiency in his departments. His business insights and technical ability eventually lead him to support, design and testing roles at a major ERP software vendor. Greg's experience with Value Stream Mapping experience directly transferred to working with Business Process Mapping, Test Automation, creating User Journey, and Event Storming.

  • Exploring a DevOps Transformation Like a Tester with Parveen Khan

    Just when we, as testers, got a handle on what Agile means for us, the landscape changed yet again to a DevOps culture. Words like continuous integration (CI), continuous deployment (CD), and pipelines are now ones we’re hearing on a daily basis. As a tester, I’ll admit, I had no clue of what these words meant, and how was I to change the way I tested to fit within this DevOps culture. Researching DevOps provided some information, but it was still fuzzy how testing fit into this process. As opposed to panicking about yet another shift in culture, I decided to approach this with a tester’s mindset and explore it just as I would a new application. In this talk, I’ll share my journey of illustrating models to visualize and understand CI/CD pipelines; my various phases of exploration of the DevOps culture; and the thoughtful questions that I posed at each phase to learn more about this methodology. I’ll also share how my new understanding of DevOps influenced my decisions on which automated tests should be contributed to the CI/CD pipeline and at which stages. Key Takeaways: A visualization of the CI/CD pipeline How to approach understanding of CI/CD pipelines as a tester Which tests should be added to the CI/CD pipeline - when and why *note - this is a talk given via Zoom from London, though the speaker will be answering questions/interacting with the audience live* *Agenda:* 6:00pm - 6:30pm - dinner and networking 6:30pm - 7:30pm - main presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm - swag giveaways (if any :D), socializing and networking *Location:* Altimetrik Collider 1500 Woodward, 4th Floor, Detroit *Dinner:* Dinner and refreshments are provided! Be sure to note dietary restrictions when RSVPing *Bio:* I'm Parveen Khan and I'm a Senior Test Engineer at Square Marble Technologies. I am a passionate tester and very keen in learning new things so I can use it in testing and deliver better quality. I am always interested to share her testing lessons learned or experiences in the form of stories and also like brainstorming and bouncing ideas by having deep diving conversations.I have gone from being a solo test advocate to building up a team of 4 testers. I have been part of few transitions like - waterfall to agile, agile to devops, from testing on monolith to microservices architecture. Apart from work, I'm a super mom of two lovely kids

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  • Risk or Fear: What Drives Your Testing with Jenna Charlton and 5 Year Birthday!

    We have Jenna Charlton joining us again for a new talk, but we also have the Motor City Software Testers 5th Birthday Party! We'll have ice cream (vegan and gf options as well) to celebrate after the presentation! ****************************************************** Risk or Fear: What drives your testing? Many say they do risk-based testing, but walking the walk is showing to be more challenging than organizations realized. Teams are finding they end up testing “everything” which is counterproductive to a risk-based approach. The testing community must apply a truth telling question: What motivates your test coverage decisions? Fear or Risk? Many teams are realizing after implementing a risk-based strategy, they continue to test from a place of fear as opposed to calculated risk. Others never reassess or renegotiate risk as their application matures. As the application under test matures, so must your strategy. In this session we’ll discuss: Discernment: Test decisions, what is your real motivator? Embracing the concept, “What is good enough quality?” Reassessing risk by integrating new data How to overcome bias created by fear and previous failures *Agenda:* 6:00pm - 6:30pm - dinner and networking 6:30pm - 7:30pm - main presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm - BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! 5 YEARS!!! *Location:* Altimetrik Collider 1500 Woodward, 4th Floor, Detroit *Dinner:* Dinner and refreshments are provided! Be sure to note dietary restrictions when RSVPing *Bio:* Jenna is a senior tester with over 8 years of experience. Jenna is passionate about risk based testing, servant leadership and ensuring the web is accessible to all. When not testing Jenna serves as a deacon at her church, attends pro wrestling events with her husband Bob, and caters to the 3 feline overlords that share her home.

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  • Being a trusted advisor as a tester with Elizabeth Fiennes

    1500 Woodward Ave

    Testers are called on to give advice or information daily as part of their role. How can do we do that in a way that is in the best interest of our team and product without our natural bias getting in the way? Leveraging the concept of the trusted adviser is one solution to this. *Agenda:* 6:00pm - 6:30pm - dinner and networking 6:30pm - 7:30pm - main presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm - swag giveaways (if any :D), socializing and networking *Location:* Altimetrik Collider 1500 Woodward, 4th Floor, Detroit This presentation will also be livecast on Crowdcast: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/being-a-trusted-advisor/register NOTE: If you are attending remotely, please RSVP via the crowdcast link and NOT in Meetup, so we don't order too much food! *Dinner:* Dinner and refreshments are provided! Be sure to note dietary restrictions when RSVPing *Bio:* Elizabeth has been in testing and QA since 1998 (yes, they had computers way back then). Since then, she has taken some time off for two people shaped development projects of her own. She describes herself as “cat slave” to a very large and opinionated Tuxedo Tom who likes walking across keyboards and spilling tea. Doing talks and writing blogs were not something she was comfortable with so she challenged herself to start doing more of them which has led to some fun adventures.

  • Testing in Codecept.JS at A Night of Meetups (with Detroit Javascript)

    We'll be joining with Detroit Javascript and the Detroit Meets Night of Meetups for our next meetup! Check out the meetup here for more information! https://www.meetup.com/Detroit-Javascript/events/260678313/

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  • Inside Test Driven Development with Jim Rieck

    1500 Woodward Ave

    Are you tired of production bugs that get in the way of being productive or moving your team forward? What if there's a better way to build software? In this talk I will show you a live demo of the basics of Test Driven Development and how test driving your code will lead to a higher quality code base and less production issues. *Agenda:* 6:00pm - 6:30pm - dinner and networking 6:30pm - 7:30pm - main presentation 7:30pm - 8:00pm - swag giveaways (if any :D), socializing and networking *Location:* 1500 Woodward, 3rd Floor, Detroit Hosted by Altimetrik *Dinner:* Dinner and refreshments are provided! Be sure to note dietary restrictions when RSVPing *Bio:* Jim Rieck has been a developer for the better part of 20 years. He has built software in a variety of industries including automotive, service, public safety just to name a few. Jim currently works for Accenture Industry X.0.

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  • "Are we there yet? Driving quality & tackling automation debt" with Amber P

    “Automate All the Things!” your team cheers. But it’s easier said than done—particularly with new features in need of testing every sprint and near-constant support demands that cannot wait. When there’s always something that seems higher priority how do you find the time to tackle tech debt, and more specifically test automation debt? I’d like to share my team’s lessons learned as we waded in to address our automation debt. Starting with automated test coverage that focused too heavily on UI tests, we committed to shoring up our unit test coverage and getting our tests in SonarQube so we could effectively monitor product health—and test debt progress. Since our long-term goal is to get right with CI/CD, we also linked up tests to run as part of our build process in TFS. Come learn from our hits and misses on the path to automating all the things! Topics that will be covered: • Acknowledging “shiny object syndrome” and learning to balance new demands with test debt. • “Who’s wearing the automation hat?” Our grand experiment to build discipline by committing one Quality Engineer to test automation each sprint. • “We look forward to seeing you fail”: Championing quality for the team, with the team. • Using SMART goals to battle our mountain of test debt and avoid capacity crunch • “Leveling up” coding skills through paired programming between Development Engineers and Quality Engineers. • Bringing in expertise from outside the team to support our efforts, such as when the path was unclear for our unit tests written in F#. ************************************************************************* We are simulcasting this meetup via Crowdcast, thanks to Ministry of Testing! We're excited to host the meetup in person and virtually! NOTE: If you want to attend online via Crowdcast, please do NOT RSVP to this meetup (or we'll order too much food!), click this link and RSVP here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/are-we-there-yet-driving ************************************************************************* *Agenda:* 6:00pm - 6:30pm - dinner and networking 6:30pm - 7:30pm - main presentation (Crowdcast starts) 7:30pm - 8:30pm - swag giveaways, socializing and networking *Location:* 1520 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Thanks to Detroit Labs for hosting! and online via Crowdcast: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/are-we-there-yet-driving *Dinner:* Dinner and refreshments are provided! Be sure to note dietary restrictions when RSVPing *Bio:* Amber Pollack-Berti started out her career as a grad student studying glowing bacteria that live in squid. But instead of spending her life at the lab bench she took a job as a software tester at a bioinformatics company, and over the past 8 years she's experienced the joys and challenges of delivering quality software, from Biotech to Fintech. She is dedicated to driving quality on her team with enthusiasm, grit, and a sense of humor.

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