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Actions from the Special Session: "How Should the Forum Evolve?"

At the last Forum meeting we held a special session at the end of the day to discuss how the Forum should evolve and improve. There were four core topics discussed and four main actions arising from the discussion. This note sets out our proposed way forward on each. We have created three BLOG Posts on the site that provide more detail and background.

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Regional TMFs

At the feedback session on how to enhance the TMF, we discussed the possibility of staging regional Test Management Forum events. since 2004, the forum meetings have all been in Central London. That's fine for those that live nearby, but it's quite a journey and expense to travel if you live out of town.

Now, we have some interest in running regional groups in both the Bristol and the Leeds areas, and we would very much like to gauge the interest in these and other areas. Here's what we propose to do:

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    Format of Forum and Summit Sessions

    At the feedback session on how to enhance the TMF, the consensus was that members really appreciate getting involved in discussions and are keen to avoid the TMF turning into “just another testing event” and we’re certainly in total support of that!

    But there were also feelings expressed that we have drifted away from our original vision of a focusing on open discussion and moving towards a more conventional presentation format. This has happened gradually over time for several reasons, but we plan to address this problem as a matter of priority.

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    Test Manager Mentoring

    At the last forum we held a feedback session on how the TMF could be enhanced and there was a suggestion that we increase community support by introducing some form of mentoring scheme.

    Group discussion and networking have always been key a core objective of the TMF. A mentoring scheme, facilitated by TMF members seemed to be very popular idea and we identified two types of mentoring relationship that could be valuable to TMF members.

    • Supporting career development and
    • Current 'challenges'
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    October Test Management Forum

    The 27th Test Management Forum will take place on Wednesday 27 October 2010 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement.

    The meeting is sponsored by our patrons: SQS UK and Original Software and is, as usual, FREE to attend.

    Click here to book a place at the October Forum

    26th Test Management Forum - 28 July 2010

    The 26th Test Management Forum took place on Wednesday 28 July 2010

    Many, many thanks to the facilitators, delegates, the sponsors SQS UK, Original Software and Tricentis Technology & Consulting and of course our venue Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement. for making the latest Forum a big success.

    User Acceptance Testing - A Practical Approach

    James Windle has published the second edition of his book, "Acceptance Testing - A Practical Approach". Last week James asked me to give the book a plug at the Forum, but I didn't have time. So here's a plug on a TMF site instead :-)

    From the back cover:
    "This book is a step-by-step distillation of James's experiences of Acceptance Testing in a variety of industry sectors. The second edition has been fully revised in the light of feedback from readers, clients and industry leaders."

    Click on the image to visit the book's website where you'll find full details of how to buy.

    April Test Management Forum

    My Blog is moving to

    I haven't blogged for a while because I have been working on my new website. It has just gone live at

    Like this site, it uses Drupal as a platform. My blog is moving to the new site. I'll continue to post blogs on the site, but only to make announcements regarding the Test Management Forums and Summit.

    So here are the new blog and blog feed details:

    Paul Gerrard's Blog

    Paul Gerrard's Blog RSS feed

    Please change your news reader accordingly :-)

    The website will take this feed and display my posts here. I'll be copying some, but probably not all, of the old posts to the new site. I've got lots of stuff I'd like to talk about queued up - watch this space.

    Check it out!

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    Free Windows Azure Assessment Survey

    A friend of mine (Michael van Noorden of DotNet Solutions) asked me to forward an interesting offer they are making. There's a brief white paper What is the Azure Services Platform? that gives some background. Perhaps you could pass this onto your technical architect to see if he's interested? Ask him to take you along perhaps - it could be an interesting and informative session. See below...