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About the Quality Assurance Special Interest Group Meeting

The primary goal of the meeting is to facilitate informal discussion relating to agile testing.

The group is facilitated by Colin Turner, Development Manager with Starview Solutions, and Ben Rogers, Quality Architect for Sendmail, Inc.

Food and Drink

Pizza and drinks will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin.

Informal Directions and Parking Info

Hyperformix is on the south side of Lake Austin at the 360 Pennybacker bridge.

  • Coming down 360 from the north, turn right into the first driveway (immediately) after the bridge.
  • Coming up 360 from the south, exit right before the bridge, take the turnaround under the bridge and then turn right into first driveway.

You can park in the open lots or any of the garages that aren’t indicated as reserved.  The meeting will be held on the first floor.

Seating is limited!

Please make sure you are able to attend this session.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign-up if you are committed to attending and have an interest in the topic.  Meetings are held on a monthly basis, and topics vary, so don’t worry if the topic for this month does not interest you–there will be plenty of chances to attend future events.  If you have an idea for a future discussion, please tell us!  These sessions are valuable to both beginners and experienced alike, and folks from all disciplines are welcome.

About the Program

Go with the Flow:  The Perils of Swarming


A major issue for all software teams is embedded within the notion of deadlines and committed work.  For example, if a feature is promised for a particular sprint, but the team will be unable to deliver it, there will be a push to get the feature done.  Common solutions include working long hours and expanding the size of the team.  In Kanban, the notion of swarming in order to address the bottlenecked story entails using the latter strategy.  While this makes sense, it does introduce risk, whereby people unfamiliar with the story being worked on do their best to push it into the next cycle phase or to completion.  In this discussion, we will talk about ways to mitigate this risk, how QA can assist Development, and vice versa.

Speaker Bio:

For the September meeting, there will be no facilitator…the discussion will be a free form one.