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Joint TCQAA & TwinSPIN Meeting - Special Invited Speaker Esther Derby

Date of Event: 
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:15pm to 6:00pm
Arrowhead Conference Room, One Meridian Crossing, Richfield, MN 55423



For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Regional Area

December TwinSPIN meeting


Joint TCQAA & TwinSPIN Meeting - Special Invited Speaker


Please note changes in date, location and times for this meeting.

Meeting Announcement


December 13th, 2018

Arrowhead Conference Room, One Meridian Crossing, Richfield, MN 55423

4:15 – 6:00 PM


Arrowhead Conference Room, One Meridian Crossing, Richfield, MN 55423 

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4:15-6:00, presentation starts at 4:40



$5 guest fee - Please register online using this link.




This Month’s Meeting Topic:

"Esther Derby Presents: “Claiming Your Seat at the Retrospective Table”"



TCQAA is thrilled to have Esther Derby, an international expert in Agile, present to our TCQAA community, for our special December event!
Esther is one of the three original founders of the Scrum Alliance and co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! Join us to discover the unique value quality assurance professionals can bring to a retrospective!
Esther started her career as a programmer, and over the years she has worn many hats, including tester, business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear to her: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, she has spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.
She's a founder of the AYE Conference, and is serving her second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance. She also was one of the three original founders of the Scrum Alliance. In 2006, she co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. Since then, she’s seen many teams reflect on their work and choose small changes that over time led to dramatic improvement. Esther has an MA in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Human System Dynamics.



A Retrospective is a special meeting outside the normal rhythm of work where a team can consider the way they are working — their technical practices, collaboration within the team and with other groups, how work flows into the team, as well as obstacles and patterns.
Quality Assurance professionals are in a unique position to notice patterns. Where do defects congregate? What sorts of defects happen every single sprint? Which defects could have been discovered earlier?
All these data points provide important information not just about the product, but about the development process.
In this interactive session, Esther will share a flexible framework for retrospectives. Then, we’ll explore together what testers can bring to the retrospective table that can help the entire team improve the quality of the product./span>

Program Manager:

Larry Green -


Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network  (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a   forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement   experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.  

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:45-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC).  See:

2018 Sponsors:

Facility Sponsor
University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering


$2,000 Sponsors
University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)


Best regards.   Hope to see you on December 13th


Dick Hedger
Twin-SPIN Coordinator


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