What we're about

SQUID (SW1 Quality In Delivery) is a new group created in Meetup in March 2017. The organisers work in IT delivery in the London SW1 area and are curious to know what interest there would be in a regular (monthly?) meetup in the SW1 (Pimlico and Victoria) area of London.

Our vision is for a group loosely focussed on software quality engineering. With a topic as broad as that we would love to attract people from a range of backgrounds, including architecture, analysis, design, development, test and operations.

With both businesses and IT delivery methodologies going through profound and continual disruption we wanted to capitalise on this exciting time to establish a community of people passionate about change and passionate about discovering and sharing great innovation in the area of software engineering and quality delivery.

We believe being involved in such a community will benefit members through sharing ways of thinking & working; personal development and growth; enlarging personal networks; and eating some pizza and drinking some beer / wine once a month amongst a crowd of people with similar interests.

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SQUID March 2019 Meetup (Liz Keogh and Julian Harty)

John Lewis & Partners Head Office

We have two excellent talks this meetup. [Timed agenda to follow] VALUE STREAMS ARE MADE OF PEOPLE Liz Keogh For millennia, human beings have survived by learning, then applying our learning to different contexts. We’re so good at it that we’re driven to find those patterns, even when they don’t exist. Our desire for the predictable suffuses everything we do; our beliefs, our behaviour and even our identity, to the point that we treat even the most complex of systems as if they might be machines too... and our language, which we use to model the world around us, reflects that. In this talk we look at the "metaphors we live by", and how we typically treat work as boxes and substances to be passed around. By breaking the boxes and considering the relationships between the people doing the work, we can see possibilities for change and improvement that we might otherwise miss, making value streams out of the people involved in them: not from the sum of their parts, but from the product of their relationships. (Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a passionate advocate of the Cynefin framework and its ability to change mindsets. She has a strong technical background with 20 years’ experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and organizational transformations, and the use of transparency, positive language, well-formed outcomes and safe-to-fail experiments in making change innovative, easy and fun.) ENRICHING SOFTWARE TESTING - RESHAPING YOUR TESTING THROUGH DATA AND INSIGHTS Julian Harty [abstract to follow] (Julian's been actively involved in many aspects of testing and development of mobile apps globally, since 2006. This includes roles at many innovative and successful tech companies across a wide range of industries. He's a long-term contributor to opensource apps (including Kiwix for Wikipedia) and test automation including Selenium and several test automation frameworks for mobile apps. He's co-authored several books, including the highly successful Mobile Developer's Guide to the Galaxy and the Mobile Analytics Playbook; and wrote perhaps the first book on test automation for mobile apps. Currently he's studying a PhD part-time to find ways to improve the testing and development of mobile apps using mobile analytics in addition to the other bits and pieces.)

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