LRITA.org 2016 Tech Conference
The 2016 Tech Conference was held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima, Ohio.
2016 Keynote Presenter: Damian Synadinos
Damian began testing software—on purpose, and for money, in 1993. Since then, he has helped build better software and build software better using various methods and tools in numerous roles at many companies in diverse industries. In addition, he is very active in his local testing community, and speaks about testing and more at conferences worldwide. During the past ten years, Damian has focused primarily on teaching and leading testers and improving processes. Today, he is the Testing Practice Lead at Workstate Consulting, and currently working as a test lead at the world’s authority in chemical information.
Talk Title & Summary: Improv(e) Your Testing! Tips & Tricks from Jester to Tester
Improvisational comedy—sometimes called improv—is a form of theater in which the performance is created in the moment. Successful improv involves learning and using a variety of skills and techniques which allow performers to quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment and new information. Now reread the previous sentence, but replace the word improv with testing. In many ways, improv is a great analogy for testing. As both an experienced improviser and tester, Damian Synadinos presents some of the many similarities between improv and testing. After setting expectations, Damian takes a closer look at the definitions of improv and testing to better understand their purpose and value. He then thoroughly explains and demonstrates numerous improv tips and tricks with help from the audience, and shows how the very same ideas can be useful in a testing context. Using creative metaphors and critical analysis, old ideas about testing are reframed in novel and notable ways. Whether novice or experienced, you will laugh, learn, and leave with ways to help improv(e) your testing.
As a new addition to the conference this year, LRITA hosted a special closing presentation on Cyber-Security presented by the FBI in partnership with the Toledo Infragard Members Alliance. More than 27 vendor booths were on hand, and LRITA offered a full day of educational sessions.