Archive for the ‘testing’ category

Jan 22 P2P – Pitfalls in Agile Testing and How to Avoid Them

January 19, 2013

When?: Tuesday Jan 22, 2013 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where?: Communitech Hub, 151 Charles St. W., Suite 100, The Tannery, (Matrix & Atlas Rooms), Kitchener, Ontario

What?: Good Agile Testing is hard. Transitioning to Agile is doomed if the testers, team or org. aren’t prepared to handle the changes in how testing is performed, managed and communicated. The path to great testing contains many traps and pitfalls along the way – including: only performing manual testing, automated tests that aren’t maintained, and user stories that aren’t “done” on time. In this interactive workshop, you will explore some of the major challenges and discover ways to avoid them. Everyone tests. Are you ready?

Who?:Paul Carvalho, Quality Architect at Desire2Learn:
Paul has been in IT for 24 years and has been tinkering with computers since the mid-70′s. He has held just about every role in development at one time or another and has focused on QA and Testing for the last 19 years. A regular speaker at Testing conferences and workshops for the past 11 years, Paul has become more involved in the Agile community over the last 4 years since he became an independent consultant.

Paul has been practicing Exploratory Testing exclusively for the last 9 years and has been teaching and coaching testers in this approach for the past 7 years. He draws upon his Science and Teaching backgrounds to help people learn in ways that are grounded in solid skepticism, ensuring that they have more questions afterwards than before they began! Paul currently consults with organisations to help them enrich their development practices with integrated QA and Testing activities, helps build test teams, and offers training and coaching on effective testing practices. He is also authoring his first book “Put Your Mind To The Test”.

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Agile/Lean P2P Nov 23rd – Agile Developers Go Testing

November 16, 2010

What: Alexei Zheglov and Darcy Casselman will present a mosaic of testing techniques and approaches used by software developers in their quest for quality. Expect some unexpected turns in the middle, leading to unifying conclusions at the end. The technical level is easy and appropriate for developers, testers, development managers and business analysts.

You can download the session slide decks here:

When: Tuesday November 23, 2010 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EST

Where: Desire To Learn  (take Elevator to 3rd Floor)
151 Charles St. W.
Use Glass Entrance doors right beside Balzac’s
Tannery Parking entrance located off Charles St.
Kitchener, ON

Speakers Professional Biographies

Darcy Casselman is a software developer for Open Text. He has more than 10 years experience in the local software industry.

Alexei Zheglov is a software developer at Desire2Learn and the technical lead for Web services and APIs. Since the mid-1990s, he worked for both large companies and startups, writing software and looking for ways to do it better.


To register and confirm your attendance, click here

2010-10-26 Software Testing

October 22, 2010

Attendance at the monthly Peer2Peer group sessions is only open to employees of companies that are Communitech Network members. If you are not a member, you can still join the blog and get valuable information, either from notes, presentation slides, or announcements of other events of interest. If you would like more information on Communitech Network membership, please contact Angela Watkins at

Communitech Network members, I hope that you join us for the next exciting session. Don’t forget to Register if you plan to attend. Thanks.

Topic: Software Testing
Session Leader: Vesna Leonard, worx4you
Tuesday Oct 26, 2010
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Communitech Hub (located in the Tannery)

Vesna will lead a conversation about software testing. You will hear about:

1. what testing is,
2. who does it,
3. testing methodologies,
4. ‘proper’ testing,
5. knowing when you’re ‘done’ testing, and
6. the simple, out-of-the-box testing solution

Slide Deck from Creating a Test-Infected Team session

July 22, 2010

Hi All,

I was on vacation for the last couple of weeks and did not get a chance to post June’s slides on Creating a Test-Infected Team.

Jason Cheong-Kee-You, Agile Coach from Toronto, graced us with his knowlegeable presence at June’s session.  Jason tells us “Testing is a necessary practice for creating sustainable software”.  The slides are only a reminder of what Jason talked about, however, the last two slides, include his recommended reading list.  Thanks Jason for taking the trip to Waterloo and sharing your experience with our group.  Very much appreciated!

Also, I thought I would add InfoQ as a very good resource on all things Agile.  There are a number of articles, presentations, interviews, etc. etc. on everything software development.

P2P June meeting location changed to Creative Options

June 18, 2010

Hi All,

Meeting location has changed.  We are meeting at Creative Options for the  June session (next Tuesday).  Don’t forget to mark this change in your calendar.

Creative Options, A Protiviti Co.
200 Bathurst Drive
Free Parking

See you there.

An Examination of Test Automation Use Cases

March 1, 2010

Click on Mark’s name for slide presentation at January’s Agile/Lean P2P session –  Mark Meninger Jan 2010, Senior Test Automation Manager – QA Consumer Applications at McAfee.  Very interactive discussion.

Hope to see you at the next session coming up on March 16th.  I will post more details as they come available.


2010-01-19 Test Automation

January 13, 2010

Hope you can join us for the upcoming session on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010.

Topic: An Interactive Exploration of test automation Use Cases: when to automate(or not), how to automate and considerations for shortened testing cycles
Speaker: Mark Meninger, Senior Test Automation Manager, Consumer Applications at McAfee Inc

Click here for more information and registration.

Here is the slide deck that Mark presented Mark Meninger’s presentation on test automation.

Hope to see you there.


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