Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Next Weekend Testing Americas Session: 12/11/2010

Weekend Testing Americas Session number 3 will be here in just 10 more day. Since European Weekend Testers is doing a session this coming Saturday, December 4th, and since our times are so close, generally speaking, we decided to wait a week for WTA03.

Lynn, Joe and I have been thinking that, since we are testers, it would be kind of cool to test a test tool. The previous two sessions, Shmuel Gershon's Rapid Reporting Tool has been used, discussed, and lauded by all who have used it. It's a tool that allows users to quickly capture information about their testing and have a record of what happened and use it for reporting (hence the name, Rapid Reporter). Since this has proven to be such a boon to our testers participating in our sessions, I asked Shmuel if he'd be game to have us use Rapid Reporter as our next testing challenge. He was totally up for it, so that's the plan.

So what do you all need to do to participate? It's simple.

First, go to and make an account if you don't already have one (it's not mandatory, but if you participate in Weekend Testing sessions, it would certainly be sporting to be a member of the community, right :)?).

Second, send a message to saying that you will be participating in the "WTA03" sesion to be held Saturday, December 11, 2010.

Third, download Rapid Reporter from

Fourth, if you haven't already done so, add "weekendtestersamericas" to your Skype contacts.

Fifth, come and join us on Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 AM PST (which is 1:00 PM EST, and I'll let the rest of the world do the math from there :) ).

Our testing challenge has been determined but will not be announced until the start of the session (in keeping with Weekend Testing tradition) but rest assured, Rapid Reporter will be a key part of that challenge, and is the point of the session. Please make sure you have installed it and can run it before the session begins. Caveat: this does mean that this session will be limited to those with Windows computers running with .NET 3.5, although even if you do not have such a system, you may be able to pair with another tester who does. Let us know if you have any issues prior to the start of the session, and we'll see what we can do to help make the experience a good one for all involved.

My thanks to Shmuel Gershon (an active participant in WTA as well as the creator for Rapid Reporter) for his willingness to let us go to town on it. We look forward to seing you all on the 11th.

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