Picture a dinner-and-discussion event run like an Agile end-of-sprint retrospective, where members write down on Post-It Notes things they want to discuss, and people vote on the topics.
I haven't run an event in at least five years, since I was part of the Nerd Fun - Boston Meetup running five events a week, back in 2008 - 2011. Back then, my favorite place to meet was at John Harvard's Brew House, holding discussions at a large round table that seats fifteen. It is situated under a stairwell, and with the lower ceiling, the acoustics are much better than you would think in the crowded pub atmosphere.
I met up people before the event around the corner in the food court of the Harvard Square Garage mall, with my "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a big red MEETUP sign attached to my black messenger bag, just like the old days.
We filed in at 6:30 pm, and had a lively discussion! Some of the discussion topics:
- Scrum as a QA Process
- How Can We Tell If Automation is Improving Quality
- Favorite Automation Tool for Agile
- Cucumber vs TestNG vs JUnit
- Should QA be in DEV teams?
- Picking Stable Jobs/ Compaines
- Suggestions for Agile Training
- "Testing" or "QA"
- Lean Coffee at Work
If you want to keep track of the discussion, I have posted a conversation thread on the Ministry of Testing - Boston Message Board at https://www.meetup.com/ministry-of-testing-boston/messages/boards/thread/50584497/
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