Accelerated Agile Testing: Harnessing the Power of Exploratory Testing presented by Christin Wiedemann

Exploratory testing provides both flexibility and speed—characteristics that are vitally important with the quick pace of short agile iterations. But how do you obtain traceability without losing creativity? How do you actually manage testing that is unscripted and at least partially improvised? A common misconception is that exploratory testing is by its very nature always unplanned, undocumented and un-measurable. One way to introduce more structure and documentation is to manage the testing as pre-defined, time-boxed sessions.

Feb 6: Mental Models in High-Performing Agile Teams presented by Amit Uttam


As the key principles of "Agility" have been put into practice over the last decade, there has been an increasingly alarming trend to look at "Agile" as a magical set of tangible team actions. It has sadly become all too common to equate software delivery agility with the mechanics of standups, certifications and iterations. Collaborative skills and introspection are often diminished, despite being a fundamental pillar of the Agile Manifesto.

Jan 9 - Sprint Planning interactive session, presented by Michael McCullough

Hi CAMUG members,

Note: This session is not at our usual location. Details below.

Are you looking to tighten your sprint planning sessions or just learn a few new great tricks? On Thursday Jan 9, Michael McCullough will guide members through a hands-on session for some interactive learning around Sprint Planning.

Dec 5: Startups and Reality: Startup Experiences, Lean Startup and Agile development" presented by Robin Dymond

Hi CAMUG Members, are you working for a startup, thinking about working for a startup, or have a great idea and want to start your own company? How about working in a company that is trying to launch a new product? You'll be excited to hear about our December 5th session titled: "Startups and Reality: Startup Experiences, Lean Startup and Agile development" presented by Robin Dymond.

Nov 7: Appsec: Why we suck at building secure software, and what we can do about it?

Abstract: The number of security attacks on applications is increasing year over year. This is because developers suck at writing secure software – and the bad guys know it. Web applications are full of security holes. Mobile apps are worse. Real time industrial control systems are easily hacked, which could lead to potential disaster situations. And of course there are still lots of vulnerabilities found every week in personal software: Windows, Adobe Reader, Java, Quicktime…

October 3rd - An Introduction to The Kanban Method by Dave White

An Introduction to The Kanban Method
As a relative newcomer to the process methodology scene, there is a lot of interest and questions in the community about The Kanban Method. Between comparisons with Scrum and inclusion of kanban guidance in the new SAFe literature, there is a lot of confusion about what kanban is and is not.

Sept. 12th - My Journey from U of C Grad to Working at One of the World's Top Internet Brands by Masud Khan

Where did the summer go? It just seems like yesterday that we were wrapping up the 2012/2013 season with a great presentation from Jonathan Rasmusson, and here it is and we're already ready talking about September's session. We're starting off CAMUG's 2013/2014 season with a great presentation by Masud Khan. Masud is living the dream, having been recruited from the U of C by no less than Amazon, where he currently works, and is based out of beautiful Seattle, Washington.

May 8th 2013 - Who moved my Agile Cheese? with Jonathan Rasmusson

"No unit tests. No continuous integration. No TDD."
That pretty much summarizes my last project. It was my first paying iOS gig, and not only did we not apply these cherished software engineering practices, we shipped a high quality product. Even worse I couldn’t explain why. This experience with iOS challenged some deeply cherished beliefs I had about developing software and led me to ask myself some very uncomfortable questions.

April 4th - Don't Be Lazy - Iterate Faster! with Kris Read

When I ask teams how long their iterations are, I hear two to six weeks. "We found that was just what worked best for us." These teams are often very succesful, delivering software following a busy but comfortable and repeatable routine. This talk confronts the complacency of agile teams head-on. I'll explain why it's important to increase iteration speed one day at a time, who's responsible, and how to go about it. The goal of this talk is to help audiences understand and identify the bad habits they may not even realize they've developed.

March 7th 2013 - Ever hear the one about the business guy, the developer and his manager?

Sounds like the next thing should be the punch line! But seriously, folks, ever hear of the Business Guy talking at an Agile user group? This talk is your chance to hear about successful Agile projects from his perspective, and then from the Development Manager, and then one of the Developers.


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