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.
Paul Gerrard's blog
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:
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.
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'
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.
I haven't blogged for a while because I have been working on my new website. It has just gone live at www.gerrardconsulting.com
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 www.uktmf.com site, but only to make announcements regarding the Test Management Forums and Summit.
So here are the new blog and blog feed details:
Please change your news reader accordingly :-)
The www.uktmf.com 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.
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...