How are concepts conveyed? How are thoughts shared? One way is by using words. But, which words should you use? And how can you tell if your words effectively convey your thoughts? What causes miscommunication, what are its effects, and how can you avoid it? And what are the benefits and limitations of a shared language?

“By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.” – Jean Baptiste Girard

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In this workshop, we will move from general to specific as we collaboratively attempt to understand and answer these questions. Starting with the definition of definition, we will investigate words and meaning, their properties, and their relationship. We will examine how miscommunication can occur, look at some potential consequences of it, and explore a few methods to minimize it. Finally, we will apply these ideas as we attempt to define some common testing terms and create a “common testing language”. In the end, attendees will gain new knowledge and tools to help them more effectively move ideas with words. 

Damian Synadinos started testing software – on purpose and for money – in 1993. Since then, he has helped “build better software and build software better” using various methods and tools in numerous roles at many companies in diverse industries. Over the past ten years, Damian has focused primarily on teaching and leading testers and improving processes. Currently, he runs his own training and consulting company, Ineffable Solutions, specializing in IT and focusing on testing. Damian also enjoys performing improv comedy, golfing, playing poker and basketball, gaming, acting, cartooning, and spending time with his family.


6:00PM – Introductions, food, drink, and networking
6:30PM – Presentations begin

This is part of LOPSA Columbus’ 2017 special series on developing and building soft skills. Keep an eye out for future presentations on related subjects!

Additionally, in 2017, we’ll be experimenting with locations. This month we’re at the Idea Foundry! Big thanks to them for hosting us.

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