What an opportunity given by Eurostar – Team star 2017 to host a meetup with the theme “The Magic of Testing”. I am glad, this time Eurostar gave me and my team from ETMarlabs Pvt. Ltd- INDIA a chance to arrange the meetup.
While writing this blog, I thought of asking few questions to myself:
Why this event?
Eurostar, a community of testers across the globe and an international event which gives the opportunity/platform to Software testers in the world to talk and share their knowledge. Eurostar events are conducted across the globe such as Amsterdam, Stockholm and in 2017, Copenhagen will join that list of most frequented host city. Being the frontrunner in IT services, India produces more testers than any other country in the world.So it is important to have a forum to discuss industry best practices from every corner of the world & Eurostar gives an amazing opportunity to explore, discuss, debate.
I thought, it would be great if I can represent “The magic of Testing in INDIA” Specially in the “Silicon city of India” – Bangalore.
On 1st Sep 2017, Eurostar tagged my company on social media showing the list of participants hosting the meetup.
We were glad to see “INDIA” on the top of the list. My first goof up was done where I had given the date to host the event in Nov 2017 however if I would have done so, I wouldn’t be eligible to win ticket to Eurostar Conference 2017. Here comes the first challenge, it’s already 1st of Sep 2017 and we have deadline till 15th Sep 2017. In short, we had lesser than two weeks’ time to host the meetup. As we thought to host the meet up in weekend, we ended up with less than a week of time.
It’s always said,” Without a proper plan, your execution will not be smooth”
“A goal without Plan is just a wish”
The very first challenge was to finalize the idea for meetup which must be unique. All of team had chosen one or the other idea. Our idea had to be unique and different. So, we came up with prototype of conferences and informal meetup which has learnings in form of fun and games. Here, I started working on a plan for the meetup.
MEETUP PREPARATION AND PLANNING
Planning divided into Tasks:
Task 1: Finalize the Duration, Date & Venue.
On 2nd Sep 2017, we finalized the date of meetup i.e. 9th Sep 2017 and Venue was my company “ETMarlabs pvt ltd” Koramangala, Bangalore
Task 2: Plan the Agenda.
We planned the meetup timings, activities and what all should be part of the meetup. Starting from Welcoming to Presentation.
Task 3: How do we plan to get the people know about this meetup?
We created pages on social medias’ like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and we opened free registration through Town script and google forms. As in 2 days of time we got the 50 registrations. We kept the window open for 1 day till 7th Sep 2017. Our final registration count was 80.
We got another challenge that, on the same day, same city there was another meetup happening in Agile testing alliance. Now the pressure was more as the participants splits. But what to worry! We were determined and focused.
Task 4: To create the unique logo for theme “The Magic of Testing”.
By now I was waiting for the package sent by Eurostar which includes Goodies (Posters, stickers, pens & registration cards etc.). Unfortunately, our package was held by customs and we didn’t receive it on time. Now we had another small hurdle of arranging the goodies in 2 days. We first started with Banners, Posters etc.
Here comes our logo with the Banner:
Task 5: To split the Agenda activities:
We divided the agenda in smaller tasks like logos, posters, Banners registration, Game plans & Quiz arrangements, logistics & food arrangement etc.
Task 6: To confirm with audience:
Coordinate with speakers and topics, attendees and sent them confirmation details.
“THE MAGIC OF TESTING” MEETUP DAY
Here comes the “D” Day. We all were ready and excited.
Registration & Welcome :
We started with Registrations & total number of participation was 60. And few of them came from different cities like Chennai and participants were from different background like starting from “Tester to Test Manager” and developers.
Our first presentation:
Mr. Vinay Krishna- founder and Director-Technology of Pingala Software presented on the topic of “Behavior Driven Development – What, Why and How – from a tester’s perspective”. Participants got a chance a learn Behavior Driven Development by hands on practice.
It helps to share the understanding by examples among three amigos (BAs, Developers and Testers) and helps to explore unknown. It describes what business/end users want the system to do by talking through example / behavior.
Software Testing Relay Race:
This was our first fun game to showcase SDLC Model along with fun tasks in between all the phases. We combined the learning model with childhood fun Hurdle race. We divided the participants into 4 teams and 8 people in each team. Every team member is supposed to complete a stage by finishing two tasks in each phase i.e one is SDLC task and fun tasks. It goes spontaneously for 6 stages and whichever team completes all the tasks first with all the stages completion was the winner.
Why this concept:
- To have fun with learnings.
- To check presence of mind by discovering each phase and testing the application on the spot.
- Quality of work shorter span of time.
- Team coordination & team building exercise.
- Better networking because, I have seen in the conference and meetups people are quite formal. But this game gave them opportunity to interact more.
Networking session & Break time:
This time was given them to network with each other by having snacks and cup of coffee. They got time to share their knowledge and chance to learn new processes. We had a small discussion on Upgradation of Software testing models. I spoke about Eurostar, why this meetup and other various parts of event.
Wow! See how people are enjoying at our amazing photo booth & we captured their smiley faces 🙂
Second Presentation by Mrs Nishi Grover Garg:
We had our 2nd speaker Mrs. Nishi Grover – Agile coach & ATA Trainer who presented “Find all answers to your Agile Testing dilemmas within the ‘Agile Manifesto” Topic to participants. She explained about various models of Agile and how testing fits into it.
With this presentation, all who had participated in this meetup got an opportunity to do certifications/courses on software testing by “Agile testing alliance” with 50% off. This will give all of us to upgrade our knowledge.
Earlier we had only planned for only questions related to Testing. Then we thought why not include other aspects of skills. We also included a fun element by adding few non-technical questions like Sports and Entertainment etc. We divided the quiz into 4 rounds.
Round 1: Testing Skills
Round 2: Complete the words
Round 3: General knowledge
Round 4: UI Testing skills.
To make the event interesting and motivating we had kept various prizes categories. It helped them to opened in such kind of event. We had kept following categories:
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Social networking Pro
- Organizing the event in shorter span of time.
- Public speaking skills, People Interaction and Hosting an event.
- Attention to details. It was not only setting up the Agenda, we had to focus on minor details.
- Networking and collaboration.
- Team building exercise.
- Knowledge on agile and new technologies/Tools in industry.
- Better planning and execution. We made the plan and most importantly we executed as per plan.
- We thought of all the possible scenarios while planning for games.
We had mainly 3 channels to collect the feedbacks from participants like feedback wall, forms & social media’s. Feedback given by audience was overwhelming. As our first meetup, it was a big hit. Our major success was none of the participants left the meetup till the end.
We had created event page in Facebook and Twitter with #themagicoftesting.
All in all, conclusion is “With the determination, we can achieve anything in shorter span of time “. We are successful in presenting Eurostar – Team star 2017 in another territory which is INDIA, I am glad that Eurostar chose me and my team to represent “The Magic of Testing”
Thanks to Eurostar- Team star 2017 for giving such an opportunity and using the brand like Eurostar made this event happening and successful. Last but not the least I would like to thank ETMarlabs for supporting me and my team throughout the event.
It’s fun time 🙂
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