I'm organizing an informal discussion of software testing in West Michigan. I've planned the first meeting Monday, April 27th at Calvin College at lunch - 12:00-1:00.
The focus will be on testing as an investigative, critical thinking activity. Discussion of testing as a design activity ("TDD") or as a communication tool ("Acceptance Test Driven Development") is welcome but is not the focus. Test-infected developers and formal Software Quality Assurance professionals may be interested as well.
The event is vaguely inspired by the Indianapolis Workshop On Software Testing. For the time being, though, "It's just lunch." with a bunch of like-minded people.
Seating is limited and by invitation only. If you'd like an invitation, please drop me an email privately - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't live in West Michigan and don't have a club to go to, I would encourage you to start your own informal testing group. You don't need a charter or legal framework to get four or five people together for lunch. If you want a charter or legal framework, though, there are groups like the QAI Worldwide that offer a chapters program.
Schedule and Events
March 26-29, 2012, Software Test Professionals Conference, New Orleans
July, 14-15, 2012 - Test Coach Camp, San Jose, California
July, 16-18, 2012 - Conference for the Association for Software Testing (CAST 2012), San Jose, California
August 2012+ - At Liberty; available. Contact me by email: Matt.Heusser@gmail.com