Please Note : The TPN committee will be charging $5 for this meetup to cater for food and drink , so please ensure you have some cash on you.
Bounded awareness, described by Max Bazerman and Dolly Chugh , refers to the well-documented observation that people routinely overlook important information.
One cause is our tendency to become overly focused. Focus limits awareness, and important information outside the range of focus can be missed. Thus, an airplane pilot attending to status monitors and controls can overlook the presence of another airplane on the runway. And a Software Tester can overlook obvious problems when restricted by a Test Script.
Join our TPN leadership team member Craig O’Loughlin (Test Consultant and Business Owner) as he explores this phenomena with examples and approaches to prevent this blindness when testing software.
Back by popular demand, we are reprising our Joy of Refactoring meetup. This time, however, it's Enterprise Ready™.
Once again we'll have a tiny* Rails app, this time featuring a simple Xero integration. For the first half of the night, we'll pair up and explore some of the ways we can reorganise the code to be more readable, reliable, and ultimately more joyful. During the second half, we'll discuss the results, along with the pros and cons of the various techniques that emerge.
If you're looking for inspiration, I highly recommend this talk examining the purpose of OO software design.
And always remember…
> Any way you want it to be, that's just right.
* It's actually only ~200 lines across 4 files.
Come along for a blast of an evening, as we quickfire all the bootstrapping questions you could ever want answered, at our panel of local bootstrappers.
What is Bootstrapping, you ask?
In business, it’s where entrepreneurs start and grow a company with little capital, usually from personal finances and operating revenues.
The Q & A will be hosted by Alex Procter, of bootstrapped WriteMaps; a visual sitemap builder used by web agencies to plan web projects with their clients.
The bootstrapper panel:
• Rupert Curry, a construction industry success story turned tea merchant, is co-founder of loose-leaf tea brand Noble & Savage, found in all the cool cafe’s you’ve ever been to.
• Kendall Flutey, CEO of Banqer - simulated online banking for classrooms, to help children become creative and confident with money.
• Matt Gorinski, the managing director of self-funded iTrak, which allows companies operating work sites to easily update and show health and safety compliance.
If you want to submit questions for the panel, please fire them through here, and we’ll sort them all into a logical order so the evening makes sense =) https://goo.gl/forms/NtZATxrUOQ0nIiF22
Join us for pre-drinks from 5:30pm, with formalities starting at 6pm.
We’ll wrap up the evening with free drinks and pizza =)
It's gonna be amazing. Let's do this.
Christchurch Startups Meetup
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CHCon begins with a full day of professional training. This year there are four courses on offer - three full-day and one half-day. It's not often that dedicated security training is offered in our neck of the woods, so we encourage you, your colleagues and anyone else who you think could benefit from the training to jump on the opportunity.
Introduction to Secure Web Coding - run by Gavin Porter of Catalyst IT.
Building Security into your Development Teams - run by Kim Carter of BinaryMist.
Security Testing for Software Testers - run by Nick Malcolm and Sam McLeod of SafeStack.
REV.ENG.E (Reverse Engineering for Education/Entertainment) - run by Karl Barrett of Lateral Security.
More information on each is available at: https://2017.chcon.nz/#training
Teams: The Not So Secret Sauce to Make Your Teams Responsive
In our working lives, nearly everything we do is in teams. Sometimes we sit in two or three teams with our organization. In the Agile world, we hear a lot about the 'cross-functional' team concept and the 'Agile mindset', but often we do little to understand what it means and even less to nurture the skills required within our teams to make them cross-functional or have the right mindset for success.
This presentation will get into the nitty-gritty of what the characteristics of a great team are, what to look for in individuals to identify whether they'll make great team players, plus some techniques on how to develop your team into a great one. All with a view to understanding how to set your teams on the path of being responsive to end-user needs.
About Joe Kearns
Joe's been involved in software projects for over 20 years, during which he's seen a lot of good and bad practices. He draws on his knowledge of Agile, project management and leadership techniques to take a lead role to deliver successful change to client organizations.
Having worked as a Developer, Project Manager, IT Manager, General Manager, Product Owner and Scrum Master, Joe has a lot of software and business experience across a range of roles.
Think your app is too small for a nation-state to target? That's probably true, but in this presentation we'll take a look at some freely available automated tools that can be used by a bored kid with an internet connection and the ability to Google.
The talk will demonstrate the potential impact a low-skilled attacker can have if your app is vulnerable to a number of common flaws, as well as briefly discussing remediations for the issues.
All tools are freely available and download links will be provided, so you can use them to test YOUR OWN applications after the presentation.
Come down for a beer and a chat, and you can enter the draw for a 1-year Frontend Masters subscription.
Ticket and merchandise sales are now available through our website: https://chcon.nz
Also announced is an amazing THREE day lineup of speakers and trainers. It's not often that high-end, security focused training is available in Christchurch - so be sure to jump on the opportunity.
Training is to be held on Thursday the 26th October, and the conference on the 27th and 28th. All events will be at the UCSA Events Centre, 90 Ilam Rd, Riccarton.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch with one of the organisers of this group or see if it's answered in the FAQ on our site: https://2017.chcon.nz#resources
This month we have James Carpinter, Microsoft Regional Director and CTO of Zarmada down from Auckland to talk about Bots and Cognitive Services.
Get a crash course on all of the developer frameworks, APIs, and tools that Microsoft has released in the AI space. Dive in from the ground up and learn how you can plug into Microsoft Cognitive Services RESTful APIs to access the latest and greatest intelligence and integrate it into your apps and solutions.
With a focus on speech and vision learn how you can build better customer experiences with intelligent bots using Microsoft Bot Framework, including how to make Cortana smarter through your own Cortana Skills.
Note that as of March 2017, the meeting day has changed!
Our meetups are always first Tuesday of a month at the Catalyst IT office above Pomeroys Pub.
We usually have a talk about anything that relates to Python programming language. Some months we run team coding challenges (aka "dojos"). These will be announced beforehand.
If you have a question about Python on or are stuck with some Python project, feel free to bring it up at the meetup. There will be people around who will be happy to help.
Doors open at 5:30pm, talk starts at 6pm.
At the start and end of the meetup, an informal conversation takes place, usually over a pint of beer.
Do not hesitate to pass this information around to whomever you think may be interested to hear and discuss all things Python.
PS: NZPUG's Code of Conduct applies for our local meetups and the online meetup.com group. Please read it up in case you haven't yet https://nzpug.org/code-of-conduct/