Atomic Talk Title: Word Smatter
The words we choose have the power to change the perception, invoke different feelings in humans and can even have legal ramifications. The word Semantic is synonymous to the words ‘Meaning’ and ‘Definition’. So please pay attention to the moment in a conversation, when someone says to you ‘Oh, this is just semantics. It could be your ‘Tell me more’ request or ‘What do you mean’ question time.
Words matter, and hence in ‘Word Smatter’, Damian chose a slightly unconventional, interesting and conversational method to give testers a high-level summary of the importance of Semantics and Semantic Discussions. The metaphors used by Damian are just awesome!
The knowledge of use of these semantic concepts should help you in,
- Communicating better with stakeholders to understand each other better especially on the words chosen
- Choosing the right word or right set of words to label a problem
- Describing and evaluating a bug as a relationship between someone and something at some point of time
For more than 25 years, Damian Synadinos helped “build better software and build software better” through testing. Now, through his company Ineffable Solutions, he helps “build better people”. Damian is an international keynote speaker and trainer, delivering talks and workshops that are focused on fundamental topics and people-skills, based on real-world experience, and supplemented with deep research. His diverse experience spans many roles, companies, and industries, including finance, retail, insurance, education, and realty. Damian also helps organize an annual, regional testing conference (QAortheHighway.com
), has over 10 years of theatrical improv experience, and authored and illustrated a children’s book, “Hank and Stella in Something from Nothing” (HankAndStellaBooks.com