Important Announcement Regarding March 2020 KWSQA Events

To our community, The KWSQA board is closely monitoring the global situation with COVID-19 and how it evolves. The health and safety of everyone at our events is of the utmost importance to us, and we have made the difficult decision of cancelling our March events: KWality Talk (initially scheduled for March 25, 2020)Testing Games (initially scheduled for March 31, 2020) Regarding Targeting Quality 2020, our CFP remains open for submissions. Further updates to follow in the coming we...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – Visual Differential Testing: The Good, The Bad, and The Different

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our April KWality Talk available online for free. Location: Online via this Zoom meeting link Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:45 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm. Speaker: Mark Weiss Topic: If it’s said a picture is worth a thousand words, could a screenshot detect a thousand defects? This is a talk around a much lesser known type of test automa...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Heroes are Expensive: Extinguishing the Firefighting Culture

RSVP Today! Speaker: Sue Johnston Topic: Does your organization rely on heroes to complete your products and projects? Fueled by pizza, coffee and who knows what else, they work all hours, flat out, giving 110% to meet that critical release date. Sometimes they do it week after week. It isn't pretty. It isn't smart. And it isn't agile. In this session, you'll explore ideas that aim to prevent that unsustainable and costly scenario and create environments where people can contribute their ...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Quality Starts With a Shared Understanding

RSVP Today! Speaker: Jeff Kosciejew Topic: Using the game "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes", we'll explore and highlight the importance and impact solid teamwork, communication, and creating & developing a shared language, can have on any project or product. Likely different from any other workshop, this really dives into the importance of creating the conditions for success when working with others. This is an interactive session will directly involve a small group actively partici...
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – The Secret Life of Automation

RSVP Today! Speaker: Michael Bolton Topic: The Web is abuzz with talk about “automated testing” and “test automation”. Automation comes with a tasty and digestible story: eliminate “manual testing”, and replace messy, complex humanity with reliable, fast, efficient robots! Yet there are many secrets hidden between the lines of the story. Automation encourages people to think of mechanizable assembly-line work done on the factory floor, but neither development nor the testing with...
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – Reality Driven Testing

Speaker: Rob Sabourin RSVP Today! Topic: Many agile teams rework previously deployed stories, even after plenty of in-sprint testing. Well groomed, refined, stories framed with typical, alternate and error scenarios, gracefully described in well formed gherkin, continue to encounter all sorts of bugs. Software engineering consultant, Rob Sabourin, often sees rework in over 20% of deployed stories. In this presentation Rob shows how agile teams can drive rework down dramatically, often achievin...
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – Measuring Quality: Take Your Escaped Defects Count and Stuff It

Speaker: James Spere RSVP Today! Topic: Managers are weird - they like to have metrics on everything. The same is true for product quality. So how do you measure quality? If you're looking for how to track escaped defect counts and testing find rates, this isn't the talk for you. I'll take you through how to start with the customer and work your way backwards - measuring the things that actually impact them. Find out the 2 measurements that really matter, how to actually track them a...
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – KWSQA/LAST Collaboration

RSVP Today! Topic: Collaboration with Lansing Area Software Testers (LAST) Have you got a tough problem at work that you haven't been able to solve yet? Feel like you could use some fresh perspectives? Then this is the meeting for you! This month KWSQA teams up with LAST to provide a unique collaborative test clinic. Bring your toughest testing problems to share and draw on the talent and experience of two regions of software quality professionals! We will provide a video conference link and an ...
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – Making the Web a Little More Accessible

Speaker: Samantha Campbell RSVP Today! Topic: Making the Web a Little More Accessible Accessibility is so much more than adding ALT tags to images. It should be a consideration in all of our digital interactions - writing an email, making a visual presentation, posting a tweet, or coding a website. This session will go over the current state of web accessibility. Not just what you are required to do under AODA, but how you think about all digital interactions. Some food for thought: Have you ev...
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed! Enabling Your Team Testing Efforts to Focus on Automation

Speaker:  Maciek Konkolowicz RSVP Today! Topic: Modern software delivery requires quality and agility at levels of speed which break the sound barrier. Unfortunately, not all teams come prepared with battle plans, and equipment for a fair fight. Listen to Commander Maciek "IceMan" Konkolowicz describe the journey which took his group of inexperienced manually focused team members, and converted them into "the best of the best..in test". Maciek will focus on the process and tools which en...
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