What Topic For The First Testing Meetup?

(Heather) #1

The list of Ministry of Testing meetups is growing, rapidly! Testing meetups around the world are sprouting up, it’s a fantastic thing to see :slight_smile:

One question that regularly comes up is:

“What would you recommend for the first meetup?”

When NI Testers started up in Belfast, we started with Lean Coffee. This was a 2 pronged approach so to speak. It worked to get testers talking to each other and getting to know each other. The over arching topic for the Lean Coffee was “What would you like to see at future meetups”. This gave the organisers a good idea of what the communty wanted from the meetup and even some suggestions of speakers/locations/etc moving forward.

What would you suggest for a first meetup? Lean Coffee? TestSphere? TestCircus? Lightening talks? Something else?

(T.J. Maher) #2

Lean Coffee or some type of dinner-and-discussion group are great ideas for those MoT Meetups which are starting out with a zero budget.

The first goal when you are starting out is building out the group, deciding on what cadence to meet. I try to have our group meet monthly. In our Meetup’s previous incarnation, we only met when there were professional speakers and corporate sponsors… so it would meet once every five months or so.

Lean Coffees, TestSphere, or any other type of member led activity is perfect so members can start building personal relationships with the group and each other.