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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 Shango, and Ben Rogers, Quality Architect for Sendmail, Inc.

Pizza and drinks will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin.

About the Program

Let’s Learn About SBTM: Session-Based Test Management!


One of the challenges for testing teams today is keeping up with Rapid Software Development.  It is extremely painful to keep up with a large volume of scripted manual test cases.  One proposed approach to reducing the artifact maintenance and manual execution of hundreds of test cases is Session Based Test Management, SBTM.

SBTM as described by James Bach is a method for measuring and managing exploratory testing.
The vision is that test cases that are scripts in nature and routine should be automated.  Manual testing becomes a more cognitive process through SBTM.

Speaker Bio

Senior QA Engineering Manager,, Carl Shaulis has been testing software for 10+ years and has over 15 years of management experience. Carl takes an analytical approach to testing and has the fortitude to embrace change. Carl has led testing teams for small start-ups to large enterprise organizations. Carl is currently at creatively testing in order to make a difference in the vacation rental marketplace. You can find his testing opinions at

Sponsored by HyperformixCA

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.

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