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14023 Denver West Parkway · Golden, CO

How to find us

Come to the west building (the one with the door open) and head up to the 2nd floor. Follow the signs.


You may have heard fireworks recently. Contrary to what you might have thought, they are not, in fact, heralding the announcement of our July meetup. They should be though. Because celebration is in order.

For July's meetup we have the distinct pleasure of welcomeing back one of our all time favorite speakers. Melissa Tondi, has been such a driving force in Test Engineering and automation that there are few in this state that have not been shaped by her philosophies and guidance either directly or indirectly.

She has come to give a talk called 'Automation: We're Doing it Wrong'. Which is sure to be a barn burner and will really get discussion going and maybe even challenge some of your own beliefs. And, what pairs better with having your beliefs challenged than pizza? (That's rhetorical nothing pairs better than pizza for all philosophical dilemmas)

That's right food and beverages will be provided! So I hope you join us this Thursday the 26th for what is sure to be a fantastic time.

Specific details are below.

What the talk is about:
The term automation as it pertains to software testing has been a driving force in defining the software testing industry. For many years, we've used it as a catch-all to determine whether a tester, testing team, or IT organization is successful. In this talk, we will discuss the five misconceptions that are pervasive within companies - including using a percentage or number of test cases to define success and specifying a title/role for those who automate and matrixing that role across teams versus embedding it within the project they are supporting.

Melissa will discuss re-booting our current thinking of automation and show tactics to address the five misconceptions that have contributed to what many of us would consider one of the wedges that divide the testing industry. In addition, she will share practical and proven approaches you can take back with you to show immediate and valuable results.

About Melissa:
Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within software testing teams. She is the founder of Denver Mobile and Quality (DMAQ), board member of Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD), and Director of Quality Engineering at Disrupt Testing, where she assists teams to continuously improve the pursuit of quality software—from design to delivery and everything in between. In her software test and quality engineering careers, Melissa has focused on building and organizing teams around three major tenets—efficiency, innovation, and culture – and has created the Greatest Common Denominator (GCD) approach for determining ways in which team members can assess, implement and report on day to day activities so the gap between need and value is as small as possible.

* 6 - 6:30 - Meet and greet your fellow test engineers
* 6:30 - 7:30 - The presentation
* 7:30 - 8:00 - More chatting and meeting