We’re growing as a company, not just in terms of infrastructure but also in terms of talent. That’s why we recently held the first in-house quality meetup to discuss relevant, current topics in the testing universe. It was delivered by our colleagues and we were lucky to have a guest from the Argentesting community.
The room was packed with professionals eager to learn about the situation of testing in Latin America, the things to bear in mind when testing a mobile app, and how to do stress tests with JMeter. However, when it comes to organizing a meetup, there are many doubts.
What are the things we feel more anxious about when organizing a meetup?
It usually has to do with the following:
- How can I contribute, based on what I know?
- What’s the audience like?
- How long will it take to organize the meetup?
- Do we have to be management experts to hold one?
- How can we encourage target audiences to attend?
For that reason, we would like to share a few things to bear in mind if you want to hold a meetup.
Points to Consider
1.What knowledge do I have that’s relevant today and I can share with others?
Think about the technical expertise you have acquired along your career. Success stories (and why not, failures as well!) are highly appreciated: in the first case, you can tell which tools you used, and in the second case, you can explain your course of action to overcome obstacles, or the areas of improvement you can identify today.
2.Who may find this interesting? What would the audience be like?
All talks are valuable and useful, but defining your target audience will help you consider the questions you might be asked and even the ways to announce the meetup. If your target audience are senior professionals, you can broadcast the event in Facebook groups, for example.
You will probably find colleagues in your company or work area who have already been through this and can help you organize the meetup with different perspectives. It’s essential that all the people willing to help are aligned, in order to better manage expectations.
If you’re part of any given community (testing, development, design), take advantage from it! Contacts can help you advertise the event. But if you’re not part of a network, it’s time you approached your colleagues or mentors.
5.Trial and Error: Reducing the Level of Stress
Testing the meetup will help you manage the speakers’ performance and balance expectations when the big day comes, in addition to identifying possible infrastructure errors (Internet speed, for example) and working to solve them before “entering production”.
Though there aren’t specific guidelines for organizing this kind of events, we will describe the ones that worked for us. There will be areas to improve, definitely. The important thing is to learn during the process, leave the comfort zone and create spaces that promote shared learning. In case you work with agile methodologies, you can do a retrospective to assess the event’s strong and weak points, for example.
Bonus Track —This is Just a Glimpse of What Happened at the Meetup
- Gustavo Terrera, our special guest from the Argentesting community, pointed out that 56.3% of Latin American testing professionals are based in Argentina: 66.8% of them are men and 45.2% are aged between 31-40 years.
- Federico Ruiz Huidobro, QA Lead and automation specialist in our company, highlighted the importance of running tests in mobile apps, especially when considering the new demands of the tech market.
- Fernando Lescano made a live demo of how to stress test a website using JMeter and how to get a report of such tests with Blazemeter that’s clear enough to show to the client.
Here’s the link to the meetup!
What’s your experience preparing meetups? What would you like to discuss in a meetup organized in-house?