March 19, 2024

Stepping down from being a Meetup Organizer of Ministry of Testing - Boston

Today is a hard day. I just stepped down from being a Meetup Organizer of the Ministry of Testing - Boston. Life has been so busy the past year, I haven't even been able to host even a virtual Lunchtime Discussion.

I first encountered Conrad Holloman's Greater Boston QA and Testing Meetup when he hosted a Meetup event back in 2016 when Fitbit - Boston, where I was a budding automation developer. Before I knew it, I was organizing events, volunteering to be on discussion panels, and giving presentations to the group. When Conrad moved the Meetup under the Ministry of Testing banner at the end of that year, he encouraged me to take over as organizer.

As Meetup Organizer, I have had so much fun recruiting speakers such as Angie Jones, Seb Rose, Matt Wynne, Lisa Crispin, Moshe Milman, Eran Kinsbruner. Thank you so much, SmartBear and Mabl for always hosting us!

Everything came to a halt due to Covid. I tried switching to virtual Meetup events in 2022 for this group, but that came to a halt when my kiddo was diagnosed with ADHD + Autism. All of my time and energy from that time forward has went to my family, shuttling my son to new schools and doctor appointments, and it hasn't let up.

I have really enjoyed being a Meetup Organizer! It has been a thrilling ride!

-T.J. Maher

MassMutual Boston, Software Engineer in Test
Meetup Organizer, Ministry of Testing - Boston

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