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2019 06 Agile vs. Waterfall

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date:
Monday, 10 June 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Do you manage projects? Software development projects? Are they big projects or small projects? Are there many or few developers? Is it complex software or easy to understand? Are you developing for external customers or your own organization? Are there many opportunities for testing or only a few? Can you develop new code while testing, or is development dependent on test results? Are transient coding errors tolerated or not? Do you need Agile or Waterfall Development?

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2019 05 Education

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date:
Monday, 13 May 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Is your Non-Profit an educational organization? As its main function? Or is teaching one of many services you offer? What do you teach? How do you teach it? Do you have classrooms? With computers? What software do you use for teaching in the classroom? Do you have online courses? What online software do you use online? How do you establish your curriculum? How do you perform evaluations? How do you track student progress? Do you work with other educational institutions? Other certifying agencies? What constraints to they impose on your teaching programs?

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2019 04 Software Testing

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date:
Monday, 8 April 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

If you work in software development, how much of your job involves testing? If you’re a project manager, do you work closely with the testers to keep an eye on their results and bug reports as a project progresses? If you are a developer, do you do your own unit testing and work with testers on test plan reviews and fix the bugs they find when they do integration and regression testing? If you are a software tester, how do you balance the need to be thorough with the need to deliver on time? How does that affect writing test plans? When a project team has to deal with a lot of changes in the middle of development and testing, how do you cope with updating test plans with limited time? Since you should be considerate when reporting bugs in software, especially when people have worked hard on it, how can you do this tactfully? How do testers work with people like technical writers who use test plans as a reference when writing documentation like user manuals?

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2019 03 Network Security

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 11 March 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

We’ve talked about Malware and the importance of Keeping Computers Up To Date, and even just about The Things We Should Fear. But what new hazards are unveiled when you connect two or more computers together? When some of those computers aren’t on your own network? When malusers are out there trying to break into your network? When you’re actually inviting everyone into your network by running servers and services? Should you just outsource everything? Or are there tools available for the Non-Profit SysAdmin to help secure your networks?

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2019 02 Gaming

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 11 February 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Are you a gamer? Wouldn’t it be great to play games during work? Are you a game designer? What role does gamification have in Non-Profit organizations? Can gamification make a SysAdmin’s life easier? What value do games have in the Non-Profit sector?

Join our round-table discussion on Gaming, and share your views.
–Bob Jonkman & Marc Paré

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2019 01 GDPR

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 14 January 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Does your Non-Profit organization collect personal data on people? People in Europe? And what is Personal Data anyway? Does your organization have an office in Europe? Store data in Europe? Process data in Europe? What is the ”General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR)? Does it apply to your organization? What policies does your organization need to have? What technical measures need to be in place? What’s the SysAdmin’s role in all this? Could a SysAdmin be liable?

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2019 Colocation

Location: To Be Determined. This may be a field trip to a colocation site!
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Where are your servers? Is that really safe? Have you thought about professional hosting at a colocation site? What’s a colocation site? Who offers colocation services? What services do colocation sites offer? How much will all this cost? Can I still come visit my server when it’s been placed in a colocation site?

Bob and Marc have questions, and —- of —- will provide the answers!

See you at the meeting!

–Bob and Marc

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2019 Agile vs. Waterfall

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— Bob, Steve and Marc

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2019 LibreOffice User Group

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— Bob, Steve and Marc

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2019 Content Management

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— Bob, Steve and Marc

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