GOVIS Events - 2024

GOVIS Government Software Testing Professionals Meetup

Thursday 11th July 2024, Ministry of Social Development, 55 The Terrace, Wellington

This time our focus is on Test Data Management – particularly the importance of data security and data privacy. Often testing teams are working with a copy of production data in the test environment. What are the risks of doing this and how can they be managed?

Presenting at this meetup will be speakers on the following topics:

  • The need / requirement / importance of data privacy and security in a central and local government context.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner will talk on the expectations of the Privacy Commissioner with respect to Government / Citizen data. Why is data privacy and security important in the Government context and why this needs to be actively managed in the testing domain.

  • Techniques / practices for data anonymisation / data masking and ensuring that you don’t get to a situation where you create personally identifiable information (i.e. despite data masking and data anonymisation you still get to a cohort of one).

Data Domain will present on techniques for data anonymisation and masking – and how despite this, you still need to ensure that you are not exposing personally identifiable information.

Each presentation will be approximately 20 minutes. This will be followed by a facilitated discission on current data management techniques and practices across Government test teams – the aim being for those attending to share and learn what is currently being done across New Zealand Government.

Our host for this event will be the Ministry of Social Development, located on the corner of The Terrace and Aurora Terrace. Our timeline for the event is:

  • 4:30pm to 5:00pm: Registration and Networking. Drinks and nibbles will be supplied.

  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm: Presentations.

  • 6:00pm to 6:45pm: Post presentation drinks, nibbles and networking.


We are limited to 50 attendees so please register early to avoid missing out.

Please note this is an in-person event only at this stage.

Come along, be heard, listen and be part of this community. Register here.

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!