GOVIS Test Meetup

Tue, 27th February 2024, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Ministry of Social Development, 55 The Terrace, Wellington

Wellington Government Test Community meets again – with some interesting results.

It has been a while between meetups for the Wellington Government Software Testing community. But that does not mean that it has stood still during that timeframe. In fact – there has been quite a lot developing away in the Wellington Government Software Testing community.

Our local Wellington testing community met at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to share ideas, information, knowledge – as well as stories over drinks and nibbles. Facilitated by TTC in partnership with GOVIS, this was the first testing-specific government meetup for just over five years. The focus was on getting the community back together and engaging.

And it worked. With just on 55 registrations, there was proof that the community is keen to collaborate.

Over the one and a half hours of the meetup, those present:

  • Saw the results of the pre-meetup informal survey, created to get a sense of workloads and testing team growth from 2023 through to 2024 across the Government Testing Community. Some real insights gained into forecasted workloads, team size and focus on automation.

  • Participated in a collaborative Lean Coffee workshop to identify and prioritise (via voting) on those topics that would be of most interest for discussion and information sharing. Interestingly, Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) was the most popular topic – and was our first group discussion.

  • Had plenty of time for networking over drinks, nibbles and good conversation.

It was a successful first meet for the GOVIS Software Test Meetup community. Our focus is now on planning our next event, using themes and topics from the Lean Coffee to guide us in searching for and selecting our next event speakers. And who knows – thanks to this event there might even be something about testing or SFIA at the GOVIS conference in August!