WTA is the “Americas” chapter of Weekend Testing. It premiered in November of 2010.
This initiative is aimed at testers in the Western Hemisphere and covers Canada in the North to Chile in the South and everyone in between. Though we tend to select times where those in the Americas can conveniently attend, we encourage anyone, anywhere, who wants to participate in our sessions to do so.
For 2017, we are trying something different. We are holding chat sessions through Twitter called #WTBlitz. Anyone can participate. We have scheduled these for the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Pacific).
To be part of these sessions LIVE, you need to use #WTBlitz as a hashtag, and to thread questions and answers, when we post a question with:
“Q(n): (text of question) #WTBlitz”
please reply directly to the question with:
“A(n): (text of answer) #WTBlitz”
This will allow us to gather all of the comments together for experience reports. Unlike our regular sessions, these #WTBlitz chats last one hour.
Traditional WTA Sessions
Traditional WTA sessions will be announced as they are made available. When scheduled, they will take place on the first or second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Pacific (unless otherwise stated). We will post a detailed description of the session on the Weekend Testing site, as well as email participants as to when it will happen.
Michael Larsen is a software tester in San Francisco, California, USA, and is a strong proponent for the continuing education and skills development for software testers. Michael is a black belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing and is actively involved as an instructor with the Association for Software Testing. Michael also blogs at TESTHEAD, and can be reached on Twitter at @mkltesthead.
Jean Ann has been in the Software Testing and Quality Assurance field for over 13 years including 5 years working within a Regulatory Environment. Her niche is system integration testing, specifically on mobile medical devices. Maintaining an active presence in the software testing community, Jean Ann has gained inspiration from many authors and practitioners. You can reach her on twitter @JA_Harrison.
Justin Rohrman is a software tester currently living in Nashville, TN. He has been involved in software testing for about 8 years now in various industries (consulting development, oil & gas, pricing science and a few different flavors of healthcare). Outside of his day job, Justin is an instructor for BBST classes run by the Association for Software Testing, works with Miagi-Do, and writes for StickyMinds and ITKnowledgeExchange. You can reach him on Twitter at @JustinRohrman.
Albert Gareev is a dedicated testing and test automation professional, technical lead and a hands-on consultant. He combines his passion for testing as investigation and learning with an automation approach helping to reach observation levels beyond “naked eye and hand” in complex, large-scale systems. Albert has a blog at http://automation-beyond.com/ and occasionally tweets at @AGareev
We want to give our thanks to Lynn McKee and Joe Harter for their help and assistance in getting Weekend Testers Americas off the ground and up and running!