• Experiences at QA or the Highway 2017

    Meeting: ** If you arrive later than 6:15, please text[masked] and someone will come and let you in through Security. ** The one day conference, QA or the Highway 2017 (https://qaorthehighway.com/), is scheduled for February 7th, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. There are some excellent tracks (https://qaorthehighway.com/2016-qa-or-the-highway/2017-conference-schedule/) and speakers (https://qaorthehighway.com/2017-conference_speakers/) listed for the event. We are going to dedicate our testing meetup to sharing our experiences at the conference. Keep in mind, this is YOUR meetup! The most valuable information that is shared here comes from people like you (no matter your skill level). The more participation we have the better our meeting will be. So remember take some time to review the topic as the meet-up draws closer, think of questions you have or experiences you would like to share! Such as: - What was your impression of the conference? - What lessons are you going to take back to your work to try to implement? - What nuggets of wisdom did you pick up? - What did you hear that was good to be reinforced? Join us even if you were not able to attend the conference as there will be valuable information shared. Agenda: 5:45-6:00 - Networking 6:00-6:05 - Announcements 6:05-7:45 - Discussion 7:45-8:00 - Networking if time permits. Please FEEL FREE to bring food with you to the meetup. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH 43017 6:00-8:00 p.m. - February 28, 2017 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Before getting to the turnaround circle where the visitor entrance was, turn right. Park in Employee Lot #1. - The old visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) is now closed. Enter the new entrance for Kilgour where the Employee entrance was prior. Let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup and sign in. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there. - Matt & Mindy Hutchison

  • Defect Triage

    OCLC

    ** If you arrive later than 6:15, please text[masked] and someone will come and let you in through Security. ** Welcome to a new meetup season! For the month of January, we are going to be talking about defect triage. This will be a discussion based format for the evening. Matt Eakin will be speaking on this topic at QA or the Highway 2017. Let's see if we can give home some additional material to think about before his presentation. If time persists, I would be curious to learn about the goals and objectives that you might have for 2017 in the area of testing. Agenda: 5:45-6:00 - Networking 6:00-6:05 - Announcements 6:05-7:45 - Discussion 7:45-8:00 - Networking if time permits. Please FEEL FREE to bring food with you to the meetup. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH[masked]:00-8:00 p.m. - January 31, 2017 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Before getting to the turnaround circle where the visitor entrance was, turn right. Park in Employee Lot #1. - The old visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) is now closed. Enter the new entrance for Kilgour where the Employee entrance was prior. Let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup and sign in. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there. - Matt & Mindy Hutchison

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  • "Let'­s Talk Testing, An Open Discussion"

    Topic: "Let'­s Talk Testing, An Open Discussion" This month, we will be holding an open discussion format for the evening. ADDED NOTE: New security changes are in place at OCLC that may take it a little longer to get signed in. We will need to badge you in to get to the Presentation room. For those arriving after 6:15p.m., please text[masked] and we will come get you. Thanks! - Have a problem you are trying to solve? Or even a general question about testing or test management? Bring it to the group and let's see if we can use our collective brain power to help each other out and share our experiences. - Thoughts from CAST2016? - See anything interesting from the testing community recently you would like to share? - We can also take a few minutes to pick a topic of interest and hold an informal discussion. - Speaking at a conference this year? Bounce ideas off of us or use us as a beta group. - Any new tools that you have picked up? Feel free to share with the group. Come ask questions and share your experiences. When we exchange knowledge we help each other become better testers! Agenda: 5:45-6:00 - Networking 6:00-6:05 - Announcements 6:05-7:45 - Discussion 7:45-8:00 - Networking if time permits. Please FEEL FREE to bring food with you to the meetup. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH[masked]:00-8:00 p.m. - August 30, 2016 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Before getting to the turnaround circle where the visitor entrance was, turn right. Park in Employee Lot #1. - The old visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) is now closed. Enter the new entrance for Kilgour where the Employee entrance was prior. Let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup and sign in. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there. - Matt & Mindy Hutchison

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  • Career Advancement & Skill Development for Testers

    Topic: Career Advancement & Skill Development for Testers For the month of June, we are going to be talking about career advancement and skill development for testers. We will be going back to a discussion based format for this meeting. Let's plan on covering some of the topics below: - What types of roles are there for those wishing to start within the testing profession? - What could different career advancement possibilities look like for testers? - What steps do you take as a manager to help testers with their career progression? - What skills are necessary/helpful for testers to advance? Be sure to bring other discussion ideas that might be relevant for the night's topic. Come prepared to share your questions, insight, and experience! Agenda: 5:45-6:00 - Networking 6:00-6:05 - Announcements 6:05-7:45 - Presentation & Discussion 7:45-8:00 - Networking if time permits. Please FEEL FREE to bring food with you to the meetup. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH[masked]:00-8:00 p.m. - June 28, 2016 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Before getting to the turnaround circle where the visitor entrance was, turn right. Park in Employee Lot #1. - The old visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) is now closed. Enter the new entrance for Kilgour where the Employee entrance was prior. Let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup and sign in. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there. - Matt & Mindy Hutchison

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  • Cucumber as a Collaboration Tool

    OCLC

    Topic: Cucumber as a Collaboration Tool Matthew Eakin will be presenting "Cucumber as a Collaboration Tool." Whether in waterfall or agile, every discipline seems to have its own tools. Analysts have their own way of documenting the system (requirements/User Stories in ALM or JIRA), developers have their own way (inline code documentation) and testers have their own way (test scripts). Wouldn't it be nice if there was a tool which enabled Analysts to document the system, enabled testers to write their scripts and keep them current, and enable developers to understand how a system truly works? There is and it is called cucumber. As Analysts begin writing their Requirements/User Stories, they can do it straight in cucumber in a Feature file. Each Feature file has white space at the beginning where teams can document everything they need to know about the User Story. As the Acceptance Tests and subsequent Test Cases are also written in the Feature file, it will become a single source of information about how the team tests the User Story. More importantly, the tests are living; potentially executed nightly as part of a full regression test. Cucumber can also be version controlled. This gives Analysts tremendous insight into how a specific feature has evolved over time. Developers can also benefit from cucumber. Tests can be written in cucumber for almost the entire test stack. This can give tremendous insight into how the application works. Agenda: 5:45-6:00 - Networking 6:00-6:05 - Announcements 6:05-8:00 - Presentation & Discussion, Networking if time permits. Please FEEL FREE to bring food with you to the meetup. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH[masked]:00-8:00 p.m. - April 26th, 2016 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Before getting to the turnaround circle where the visitor entrance was, turn right. Park in Employee Lot #1. - The old visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) is now closed. Enter the new entrance for Kilgour where the Employee entrance was prior. Let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup and sign in. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! I look forward to seeing you there. - Matt & Mindy Hutchison

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  • Commutication – An Exploration of Idea Transfer With Words

    **Please read this message in its entirety as agenda times are different than last meeting** Topic: Commutication – An Exploration of Idea Transfer With Words Communication is a key skill for any profession and especially true for testing. Damian Synadinos will be sharing an abbreviated version of his workshop that will be presented later this spring at STPCon. Below is a description taken from his workshop: “By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.” – Jean Baptiste Girard How are concepts conveyed? How are thoughts shared? One way is by using words. But, which words should you use? And how can you tell if your words effectively convey your thoughts? What causes miscommunication, what are its effects, and how can you avoid it? And what are the benefits and limitations of a shared language? We will move from general to specific as we collaboratively attempt to understand and answer these questions. Starting with the definition of definition, we will investigate words and meaning, their properties, and their relationship. We will examine how miscommunication can occur, look at some potential consequences of it, and explore a few methods to minimize it. Finally, we will apply these ideas as we attempt to define some common testing terms and create a “common testing language”. In the end, attendees will gain new knowledge and tools to help them more effectively transfer ideas with words. Takeaways: • The meaning of words and meaning. • Some causes and effects of miscommunication and strategies to avoid it. • The difficulty of creating a shared language, even in a microcosm. • Ways to better understand others, and be better understood. Agenda: 5:45-6:00 - Networking 6:00-6:05 - Announcements 6:05-7:50 - Presentation & Discussion 7:50-8:00 - Networking Please FEEL FREE to bring food with you to the meetup. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH[masked]:00-8:00 p.m. - March 29th, 2016 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Visitor parking is out front. - Please come into the visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) and let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! I look forward to seeing you there. - Matt & Mindy Hutchison

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  • What I Learned at QA or the Highway 2016

    **Please read this message in its entirety as some details for the meetup are changing. ** Topic: What I Learned at QA or the Highway 2016 The one day conference, QA or the Highway 2016, is scheduled for February 16th, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. There are some excellent tracks and speakers listed for the event. We are going to dedicate our testing meetup to sharing our experiences at the conference. Join us even if you were not able to attend the conference as there will be valuable information shared. Keep in mind, this is YOUR meetup! The most valuable information that is shared here comes from people like you (no matter your skill level). The more participation we have the better our meeting will be. So remember take some time to review the topic as the meet-up draws closer, think of questions you have or experiences you would like to share! Such as: - What was your impression of the conference? - What lessons are you going to take back to your work? - What nuggets of wisdom did you pick up? Agenda: 5:45-6:15 - We are going to start with a time of networking. You are invited to come a little earlier than the posted 6:00 p.m. time 6:15-6:20 - Announcements 6:20-7:45 - Discussions 7:45-8:00 - Networking Please FEEL FREE to bring food with you to the meetup. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH[masked]:00-8:00 p.m. - February 23th, 2016 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Visitor parking is out front. - Please come into the visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) and let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! I look forward to seeing you there. - Matt & Mindy Hutchison

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  • Finding Your "Testing Spark"

    OCLC

    Topic: Finding Your "Testing Spark" What advice would you give to testers to be the best professional that they can be? Are you an experienced tester that is feeling burnt out on the job? Matt Hutchison will give a short presentation and will lead discussion on ways that testers can "Find Their Testing Spark." We will also be collecting ideas for future discussions. What topics would you like to to cover in 2016? Note: It's not too late to fill in the Software QA & Testing Survey for 2015. Please follow the link below to participate. We value your feedback (this is for brand new and seasoned members of the meetup). Don't wait and fill it out today! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23NCTRP This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH 43017 6:00-8:00 p.m. - January 26, 2016 Directions: - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Visitor parking is out front. - Please come into the visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) and let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there.

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  • Testing in Agile: Challenges, Problems & Coping With Them

    Topic: Testing in Agile: Challenges, Problems & Coping With Them I found this topic from the Grand Rapid Testers meetup (http://www.meetup.com/GR-Testers/events/218702312/) and thought it might be a good idea to discuss at our Columbus meetup as well. Sometimes testing is seen as either a bottleneck because we take "too long" to test or inefficient because we don't find bugs that are uncovered in later sprints or in regression testing. What can we do to deal with some of the common, and not-so-common, problems around testing in Agile environments (perhaps Scrum in particular?) What are the problems that you have faced in an Agile testing environment? This discussion will help people share what they have tried, done and read about. We will look for sharing and helping each other with new ideas. Like our typical meetings, this evening will be entirely a discussion based format. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH 43017 6:00-8:00 p.m. - August 25, 2015 *** Be sure to use the visitors entrance. Be aware as construction is actively occurring in the entrance area. *** Directions: *** Be sure to plan some extra time as there is construction and ramp closures may be occurring. *** - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Visitor parking is out front. - Please come into the visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) and let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there.

  • CAST 2015 & Testing Language

    OCLC

    Topic: CAST 2015 & Testing Language August's meeting will have two focuses for the evening. 1) CAST 2015 - A look back - For those that were able to attend CAST 2015, we will discuss your personal Experience report(s). - For those able to watch any part of webCast, we would like your view about the event as well. - Open Discussion on Lessons Learned from the conference. Action items that you might have gotten from the event? 2) Testing Language Inspired by the recent blog series by Jean–Paul Varwijk on Testing Definitions (http://arborosa.org/) and after July's meetup, our group thought it would be a good idea to get to a common vocabulary or "testing language". We will begin that journey in part two of the evening. Concepts to look into include: - Definition of definition - Some linguistics concepts - Approaches & techniques - Common Testing Terms, Definitions, and Meanings ----Leave your baggage at home, and bring an open mind! ----“Unit Testing”, “System Testing”, “User Acceptance Testing”, “Regression Testing”, “Functional Testing”, “Non-functional Testing”, “Performance Testing”, “Exploratory Testing”, “Ad Hoc Testing” ----Test Plan”, “Test Strategy”, “Test Case”, “Test Scenario”, “Test Script” ---- “Defect”, “Bug”, “Issue”, “Ticket”, “Record” ---- “Quality Assurance”, “Quality Control” ----“Production”, “Staging”, “Sandbox” ----“User”, “Customer”, “Proxy” ---- …and more! I have a high confidence that we won't be able to hit all the concepts in half of a meeting, but let's see where we can take it. This meeting is for: - Seasoned QA & Testing Professionals - New testers starting out - Those interested in starting a career in testing - Anyone interested in learning more about Testing Time & Location: OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH 43017 6:00-8:00 p.m. - August 25, 2015 *** Be sure to use the visitors entrance. Be aware as construction is actively occurring in the entrance area. *** Directions: *** Be sure to plan some extra time as there is construction and ramp closures may be occurring. *** - Take I-270 to Exit 17A (US 33 East/161 East) - Exit 17A will turn into Dublin Granville Rd. - Turn left on to Post Road (1st intersection you come to) - Veer immediately right onto Frantz Rd./Kilgour Place. You will see a sign for OCLC - Drive into the campus. You will see three buildings. At the stop sign, turn left and follow signs for the Kilgour building. Visitor parking is out front. - Please come into the visitor entrance of the Kilgour building (by the lake) and let the receptionist know you are here for the meetup. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers about this meeting. Don't forget to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there.