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Testing Night with James Bach

NOTE: we change the meetup place to Dynacron Group in Kirkland for this month meetup. please make sure you check the map.

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.


=== Agenda =====

6:00pm - 6:20pm, Pizza & social
6:20pm - 6:30pm, Introduction
6:30pm - 8:00pm, How Not to Explain Software Testing: Coping with the Challenge of Tacit Knowledge by James bach

Perhaps the biggest untold story in software testing is the untellable story of software testing skills. Let's talk about that. James Bach will attempt to describe and explain why most of what is important in software testing is routinely NOT described or explained. Tacit knowledge plays a huge role in our ability to test, and that's why so many people think that testing is simple and easy. Ask any experienced tester how to test and you are likely to get mumbles and platitudes-- which is exactly what you get from inexperienced testers. We need to get a handle on this problem, and we can do that in two ways: A) learn how to make a little more of our knowledge explicit, and B) learn how to develop and transmit tacit knowledge WITHOUT making it explicit. Come and hear about how to do that.

Speaker Bio:

James bach: I work with project teams and individual engineers to help them plan SQA, change control, and testing processes that allow them to understand and control the risks of product failure. I also assist in product risk analysis, test design, and in the design and implementation of computer-supported testing. Most of my experience is with market-driven Silicon Valley software companies like Apple Computer and Borland, so the techniques I've gathered and developed are designed for use under conditions of compressed schedules, high rates of change, component-based technology and poor specification

8:00-8:30pm, lucky draw & mingle


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  • Nora T.

    I enjoyed the talk, thank you James and thank you organizers!

    August 10, 2013

  • Richele

    Thank you James for coming out and imparting insight and wisdom. It was greatly appreciated!!!

    August 10, 2013

  • Patrick T.

    Much Thanks to James. He is always insightful and engaging.

    August 9, 2013

  • Roy C.

    Interesting and entertaining.

    August 9, 2013

  • Mary P.

    long time fan!

    August 7, 2013

  • Christine H.

    Quality Analyst and Project Manager

    August 7, 2013

  • Lanette C.

    Bummer. New location is a no go for me.

    July 24, 2013

  • Lanette C.

    I'd like to specifically discuss how to explain to the business person who knows little about testing the difference between a software "user" and a software "tester". This topic is vital to the future of our profession! Glad to see it.

    July 12, 2013

    • Lanette C.

      Darn. The new location is not going to work out for me. Bummer. Well, refund me this time. If I can attend remote, I'd like to participate still.

      July 24, 2013

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