Monday, November 25, 2013

Another BAST Event: Productivity Sucks, How About Being Effective?

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who came out a little over a week ago to help us usher in our first formal talk at the Bay Area Software Testers (BAST) Meetup group. I was officially the first speaker with a prepared talk, and it was a repeat of my talk that I gave in Sweden a couple weeks back about "Balancing ATDD, GUI Automation and Exploratory Testing". Overall, it was a fun time, a great group, lots of great question, and our thanks to SalesForce for letting us use their offices at One Market in San Francisco.

To keep the momentum going, we (that is, BAST) are hosting another Meetup on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. As part of our mission, we are striving to invite speakers and perspectives that break from the traditional "software testing" talks and focus on additional areas and a broader range of topics. To that end, this month we are pleased to welcome Jim Benson, the author of "Personal Kanban" and a contributing author of "Beyond Agile: Tales of Continuous Improvement".

As seen above, the topic is "Productivity Sucks, How About Being Effective?" Jim will speak to us about the myths surrounding our work and how we think of it when determining what is and is not productive.

Again, our goal is to arrange to have speakers that talk to and about testing, but also to hear from people outside the narrow confines of what we traditionally hear at software testing talks. We think this would be a good talk for anyone, not just software testers, so we are hoping that some programmer, project manager and management types may find this interesting.

Date/Time: December 4th, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Climate Corporation, 201 3rd Street #1100, San Francisco, CA

The Meetup announcement is here. Please help us spread the word :).

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