KWality Talks ™

Member meetings consist of a speaker, panel or discussion.

 

Our next meeting:

DATE: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

TIME: Doors open at approximately 11:30 am. Announcements and discussion start at approximately 11:50 am. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

LOCATION: University of Waterloo, William G. Davis Computer Research Centre, Room DC1302; For maps and directions, see https://uwaterloo.ca/about/how-find-us/maps-and-directions

Please send an email to RSVP@kwsqa.org by Friday, May 26 at 5:00 pm if you plan on attending this meeting.

SPEAKER: Mike Lyles

TOPIC: The Drive-Thru Is Not Always Faster: Re-Thinking Your Testing Practice

How many times have you sat in line at the drive-thru window waiting and waiting? You watch as some people park their car, walk inside, buy their food, and then leave…..all while you are still in line.

The drive-thru window was created to speed up the process and make things faster. However, many times that process is not as fast as a different way.

How many times have we done the same thing with testing? We focus on what we believe is the best and fastest process and we don’t allow ourselves to consider alternatives that might work just as well, or better.

You are not alone. And it would likely surprise you that many others in the testing community share the same struggles and needs for re-thinking.

In this session, Mike Lyles will share his findings in talking to various leaders and practitioners in testing, their struggles, their strategies to overcome them, and their creative approaches to providing alternative solutions to make their testing organizations successful.

Key Takeaways:
• Survey responses from testers from all over the world
• A discussion on the common problems every test team will face today
• Suggestions from the community on how to approach and resolve the daily challenges
• Strategies that can be implemented immediately in your team

BIO:

Mike Lyles is a QA Director with over 24+ years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, software configuration management, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization.

Mike has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring of IT & QA professionals. He has managed multiple high impact programs simultaneously, on time, and under budget.

Mike has been an international keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events, and is regularly published in testing publications and magazines. He is the President of his corporate Toastmasters Club. Mike’s passion to help others improve and grow, in the field of testing, leadership, and management, is his key motivation. His first published book on leadership will be released this year.

See https://mikelyles.wordpress.com/speaking-engagements-media/ for a listing of all conference speaking, webinars, podcasts, and articles.

 

Our previous meeting:

DATE: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

TIME: Doors open at approximately 11:30 am. Announcements and discussion start at approximately 11:50 am. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

LOCATION: University of Waterloo, William G. Davis Computer Research Centre, Room DC1302; For maps and directions, see https://uwaterloo.ca/about/how-find-us/maps-and-directions

Please send an email to RSVP@kwsqa.org by Friday, April 21 at 5:00 pm if you plan on attending this meeting.

SPEAKER: Jess Lancaster

TOPIC:  Mobbing, and Pairing, and Bug Bashes, Oh, My! Spreading Tales of Testing Practices

Are there software testing practices that you would like to try in your organization, but you don’t know where to start? Have you had challenges getting others to try new practices?

Finding time to learn test techniques, mentor other testers, grow application knowledge, and cross-train your team members is a daunting task. That’s where collaborative testing techniques can help! Testers on our teams try new testing techniques regularly and in this presentation Jess will cover tips and experiences from the trenches with a focus on Mob testing, Pair testing, and Bug Bashes. Let’s build the courage to try new techniques together!

BIO: 

Jess Lancaster is the QA practice manager at TechSmith, the makers of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He coaches and equips testers with the skills to be quality champions on agile teams. With more than twenty years of information systems and software development experience, Jess has been a consultant, test lead, and test manager with government, financial, insurance, and commercial software organizations. Jess is passionate about getting into the trenches with other testers, exploring software, and trying new testing techniques. Cofounder of the Lansing Area Software Testers meetup, has also helped grow the next generation of software testers by teaching software testing courses at Lansing Community College.

 

KWSQA Seasonal and Single Attendance Purchase

  • A seasonal membership gets you entry into all of our KWSQA monthly meetings from September 2016 to August 2017.
  • Lunch is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
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