Public Speaking

Sometimes, I talk to some people about some things.

Some photos of me Talking to some People about some Things


Some of the Things I talk about

Improv(e) Your Testing! Tips & Tricks from Jester to Tester

(1-3 hour interactive presentation)

Improvisational comedy—sometimes called improv—is a form of theater in which the performance is created in the moment. Successful improv involves learning and using a variety of skills and techniques which allow performers to quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment and new information. Now reread the previous sentence, but replace the word improv with testing. In many ways, improv is a great analogy for testing. As both an experienced improviser and tester, Damian Synadinos presents some of the many similarities between improv and testing. Each improv tip and trick is thoroughly explained and demonstrated with help from the audience. Damian then shows how the very same idea can be applied in a testing context. Using creative metaphors and critical analysis, old ideas about testing are reframed in novel and notable ways. Whether novice or experienced, you are sure to laugh, learn, and leave with ways to help improv(e) your testing!

Commutication: An Exploration of Idea Transfer with Words

(4-8 hour workshop)

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

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?

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 transfer ideas with words.

Workshop takeaways:

  • The meaning of words and meaning.
  • Some causes and effects of miscommunication and strategies to avoid it.
  • The difficulty of creating a shared language, even in a microcosm.
  • Ways to better understand others, and be better understood.

Some of the Times & People I talk to

  • Presentation – Software QA & Testing Meetup, Columbus, OH, September 2014
  • Presentation – KWSQA – Targeting Quality conference, Kitchener Waterloo, ON, October 2014
  • Presentation – COQAA – Monthly Meeting, Columbus, OH, November 2014
  • Presentation – QA or the Highway Conference, Columbus, OH, February 2015
  • Presentation – NOSQAA – Monthly Meeting, Cleveland, OH, April 2015
  • Presentation – Agile & Beyond, Dearborn, MI, May 2015
  • Presentation – Better Software Conference West, Las Vegas, NV, June 2015
  • Presentation – Software Test Professionals Conference, Boston, MA, October 2015
  • Presentation – Columbus Ruby Brigade, Columbus, OH, January 2016
  • Workshop – Huntington National Bank, Columbus, OH, January 2016
  • Presentation – McGraw Hill Education, Columbus, OH, February 2016
  • Workshop – Software QA & Testing Meetup, Columbus, OH, March 2016
  • Keynote & 1/2-day Workshop – Software Test Professionals Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 2016
  • Keynote – Lima Regional IT Alliance, Lima, OH, April 2016
  • Presentation & Roundtable – Let’s Test conference, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2016
  • Full-day Workshop – KWSQA – Targeting Quality conference, Kitchener Waterloo, ON, September 2016

Some of the Things people say about me talking

“[Improv(e) Your Testing!] was the workshop that inspired me the most.” -Philip De Rop

“I enjoyed the workshop, the engaged discussions, and funny improv pieces, as well as the testing pieces. I had high expectations and got not disappointed.” -Patrick Prill

Other Times I talk about Things

I’m also a facilitator for ImprovEdge.  We use improvisation as a learning catalyst for corporate training.  I facilitate 1-hour presentations to full-day workshops for clients such as NBCUniversal, Cardinal Health, Becton Dickinson, and Nationwide Insurance.