Join us on September 26-27 in downtown Kitchener for Targeting Quality 2016 Conference at the Crowne Plaza.
Early Bird tickets are now on sale!
Don’t miss out on 2 exciting days of software testing sessions and workshops. We have speakers who will both motivate and inspire you.
Day 1: Workshops
Day 2: Keynote Speakers and Presentations by Software Testing Professionals.
Karen N Johnson will close Targeting Quality 2016 with her talk on Solving Problems.
I didn’t realize early in my career as a software tester, how often I would need to solve problems. What types of problems you might ask? I’ve had to solve all sorts of problems like technical issues such as building and maintaining testing environments. Or the frequent challenge of testing something that has not been tested before and figuring out how to go about what is needed. As my career progressed and I moved into management positions, I picked up new problems like budget and staffing issues.
Over the past eight years, I’ve worked as an independent consultant in a variety of roles. In recent years, my clients often turn to me to solve elusive problems, such as: What are the real issues in my organization and how do we tackle them? How can we improve quality across the organization?
What makes solving problems difficult is that frequently with technical issues, there are no references to look up; we are often solving new problems and in a field known to be “disruptive” we are often solving an issue for the first time encouraging us to be scientific and creative. What makes solving problems fun is our outlook and attitude. Wanting to get good at being a problems solver is a great start.
So how do you get good at solving problems you’ve never solved before? We have to get good at figuring out how to tackle unknowns. In Karen’s keynote address, she explores ideas and methods for solving problems. If you want to learn how to be a problem solver, come join the session.
Karen N. Johnson has worked as a software test consultant for several years. While focused on software testing and predominantly working with the testers throughout an organization, Karen helps teams and organizations improve quality overall. Her professional activities include speaking at conferences both in the US and internationally. Karen is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Testing by O’Reilly publishers. She is the co-founder of the WREST workshop, the Workshop for Regulated Software Testing. She has published numerous articles; she blogs and tweets about her experiences. Find her on Twitter as @karennjohnson (note the two n’s) and her website: http://www.karennicolejohnson.com.