Wednesday, April 27, 2022 – Why TMMi?

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2022 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Neil Price-Jones

Topic:
Many people ask why they would bother looking at a model for testing. Why add the expense and effort to implement a model when the current process works and all the testing is proceeding well (save for those few nasty bugs that made it out to production and cost us several customers and a lot of good will).

Join us for a brief overview of the TMMi model; three reasons why you might want to consider a model with associated ROI; and a way of implementing the identified improvements. We will consider the process used to evaluate one organisation and the results obtained from that evaluation and what they are doing now.

Bio: 
Neil Price-Jones has 35 years-experience in Software Quality Assurance in Financial, Utilities, Health Care, Retail, and Software Development including test automation and test management. Most recently he has supplied Maturity Assessments to Health Care, Quality Assurance Management to High Risk Utilities projects, and consulting on the implementation of Quality Assurance to companies looking to improve their Process Maturity.

In 1993, Neil founded NVP Software Testing to provide Quality Assurance Assessments, Coaching, Consulting, Management, and Training. He has made presentations to many software quality organizations including the ASQ, ISACA, KWSQA, MoT, PMAC, PMI, SWOSQG, and TASSQ and at Software Conferences in Canada and the United States (QUEST, TesTrek, & StarCanada).

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – A Tester’s Appreciation of Unit Tests

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2022 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Katie Fox

Topic:
Unit tests are the foundation of the test pyramid but are commonly seen as a developer’s obligation and not as a tester’s secret weapon for risk-based testing. During recent interviews with Quality Engineer candidates, I heard a recurring theme that unit tests are “tests developers write,” and it had me questioning my own contrary opinion. I questioned how I had arrived at those thoughts, and how I would encourage others to view them differently: as simple, powerful tests that increase in value with more visibility and more attention to detail during their creation.  

Well-written unit tests provide a way to concisely understand the changes for a story without reading every line of source code. Applying risk-based principles and factoring in the areas of change indicated by unit tests could allow either for a reduction in testing scope, or it could reveal new areas that were not initially considered. It can also inform where test scenarios have already been partially or fully automated and thereby prevent duplicated effort and test suite bloat. If the “whole team owns quality,” and “everyone contributes to automation,” then developers and test engineers should be familiar with all levels of automated tests that ensure such quality. As part of a team’s effort to shift-left, everyone needs to include focusing on creating and improving automation in areas that will gain the most benefit.  

This paper will discuss the benefits of shift-left testing via tester-developer collaboration around unit tests and show its successful applications in practice within unique team structures. It will provide frameworks to help developers to write readable, atomic unit tests and testers to decide which tests to automate at each level. Additionally, this framework provides less-technical testers with conversation starters to conduct code and test inspection verbally.

Bio: 
Katie Fox is a senior software test engineer at e-Builder.  

She spent her post-college years learning and growing within the field of test at Ultimate Software (now Ultimate Kronos Group) and has been navigating remote work since 2016. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Computer Science and no idea that her future career existed. Fast-forward to now, she loves balancing strong domain knowledge of the user experience with a thorough understanding of the technical implementation to determine how to layer exploratory and automated testing. She takes joy in catalyzing collaborative solutions to persistent team-wide problems… if two or more people have complained about something, it is time to fix it.  

When not working, she likes to spend time outside (on coffee runs+walks, yardwork, puppy sniffs), snuggle with her cat and dog, and cultivate plants both indoors and outdoors.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – My Journey from Tester to Engineering Manager

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2022 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Josh Assad

Topic:
One of the biggest questions in anyone’s career is how it will progress.  There are generally two natural courses most professions will grow into; Technical mastery or people management (sometimes both, along a spectrum, but that is a topic for another day).  For testers, the path to people management is a little less clear than it was in the pre-Agile days of testing departments and QA Managers.  However there is still a very strong case for growing testers into Engineering Managers, Directors and beyond.

In this talk I will share my journey from Tester to Engineering Manager, and highlight the skills you use as a tester today that managers leverage every day too.  If you’ve ever wondered if people management was a destination on your career journey, this talk is for you!

Bio: 
Josh Assad has been working in the software industry for over 20 years across many domains such as physical and cyber security, mobile technology, e-learning, and dev-ops/infrastructure.  A tester first, Josh has always been passionate about quality, which has extended from products to processes & people.  He has naturally taken to people-leadership roles where he strives to create cultures of innovation, safety and trust to empower those around him to do their best work.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – How to Bring Accessibility Into Your teams

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2022 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Laveena Ramchandani

Topic:
How often have you heard that ‘Yes this is important, but we don’t have the capacity right now’ or ‘sure let’s put it in the backlog’?
This is something we should not brush off or take lightly. Accessibility testing is vital especially when your product is a user facing application.
We need to be socially aware as a team and build quality towards our product with making it more accessible.

At least 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long term illness, impairment or disability. Many more have a temporary disability. A recent study found that 4 in 10 local council homepages failed basic tests for accessibility.

This is quite vital and the sooner we as testers can advocate this into our teams, we make our product more accessible, reduce the risk of bad product reviews, reputation and also be more socially aware. Let’s shift left and make accessibility testing built-in our teams. 

Takeaways
1. Understand why accessibility testing is important? 
2. How I adapted accessibility mindset? 
3. How to coach team and bring accessibility into your teams? 
4. Demonstrate various tools available to perform accessibility testing

Bio: 
I am an experienced Testing Consultant with a comprehensive understanding of tools available for software testing and analysis. I am an energetic, technical-minded professional seeking a position as a Product Experience Analyst. I would really like testers out there to get involved with data science testing as there is a lot of opportunity and a great area to bring testing in. My aim is to provide valuable insights that have high technical aptitude, and unyielding commitment to work. Being able to inspire more individuals out there in the world be a great achievement.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – Testing Processes: One Size Does Not Fit All

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2021 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Bailey Hanna

Topic:
“So, what’s your testing process like at *insert company name here*?”. We’ve all been asked this question. It comes up all the time when you tell someone that you work in testing and who you work for. People want to know what your cookie cutter process is for testing at your company; either out of genuine curiosity, a search to find a fit for their skills or to find issues in it that they think you could solve by changing “just one thing”.

What happens when the answer is “we don’t have one.”? In the tech industry things are changing every single day, and every individual has their own skills and experiences that they bring to the table, so why would we have one specific process for our entire organization?

In this talk, we will discuss what it looks like to have a constantly evolving test process within a company, and to have multiple teams within a development org working with different processes and workflows. We will discuss how we all stay on the same track, how we discuss our successes (and our failures), and how we use individual and team strengths to have an organic, and changing process that still keeps us all moving forward and working together.

Bailey Hanna: 
Bailey Hanna is a passionate and driven quality advocate with experience in a variety of testing roles. She enjoys using her background in software engineering and knowledge of risk assessment, risk mitigation and exploratory testing skills to prepare and execute appropriate testing strategies for new and existing projects within multiple teams. She also speaks at quality and development conferences about quality/testing as well as team communication and collaboration. When she’s not thinking about all things quality related, she likes to spend her time outside, reading books, or really doing anything away from her laptop!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – The Tester of the Future

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2021 KWality Talks available online for free.

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Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol

Topic:
The nature of technical skills is undergoing a radical change. Testers need to be aware of a dramatic shift to being a generalist, and be prepared to redefine their career.

The last ten years have seen a great number of changes in the testing profession, such as widespread automation, agile, DevOps, and test-driven development. And yet we are only in the early stages of a profound transformation in testing skills and the roles testers will play in delivering quality software.

Today many testers are asking what knowledge and skills are needed to have a successful career in an era where testing means many different things. While no one has a crystal ball into the future, it is possible to look at current trends and make educated analyses of what the future of testing and test activities may look like.

This presentation describes groundbreaking research on the advantages and limitations of flexibility in problem-solving, and how that relates to how individual employees may be asked to work in the future. It focuses on how these changes in worker expectations will affect testers, from skills needed to attitudes and outlooks. Some may even reject the title of tester.

Takeaways:

  1. Attendees will understand the changes affecting the testing profession today and in the future.
  2. How changes to testing are impacting how we do our jobs.
  3. How testers can prepare for new ways of thinking about their work.

Gerie Owen: 
Hi, I’m Gerie Owen. I’ve been a software testing manager in various domains including insurance, financial services, energy and transportation.

I’m Certified Scrum Master, Conference Presenter and Author on technology and testing topics. She enjoys analyzing and improving test processes and mentoring new QA Leads as well as bringing a cohesive team approach to testing.

I’m excited about my role as QA Architect at Medullan because I bring my passion for and experience in quality assurance, quality engineering and testing along with my background in health education to make a difference in the people’s lives. Quality is critical because heath matters.

Peter Varhol:
Peter Varhol is a well-known writer and speaker on software and technology topics, having authored dozens of articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences and webcasts. He has advanced degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology. Currently he is technical evangelist for Gurucul, specializing in AI, Big Data, and analytics. His past roles include technology journalist, software product manager, software developer, and university professor.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – Engineering Team Metrics That Matter

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2021 KWality Talks available online for free.

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Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Blake Walters and Graeme Harvey

Topic:
We can measure activity, we can measure delivery, but when we measure the performance of our engineering teams, are we measuring the things that really make a difference? And, if not, how can we succeed in the tricky challenge of measuring every task an engineer does so that it creates a positive outcome for the business?

Join Blake Walters and Graeme Harvey who will be discussing how you can measure the performance of your engineering teams using the metrics that matter most.

We will cover:

  • Business metrics
  • Velocity metrics
  • Morale metrics

Bio: 
Blake is the Director of Engineering for Growth and Data at CircleCI, working remotely out of his home in Longmont, CO. He’s a product engineering focused leader, working with teams supporting CircleCI’s user journey and customer data needs. Outside of work, he’s a husband and a dad, an avid amateur photographer, a serious car nut, and spends what little free time he has left playing as many video games as possible.

Graeme is the Engineering Manager for the Data Insights team at CircleCI, based in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. He brings a storied history from his experience across software quality, automation development, and agile team management backgrounds to help his teams perform at their best. Beyond work hours, Graeme spends much of his time with his family, and occasionally mountain bikes and plays ultimate frisbee.

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A 2021 Mid-Season Update From the KWSQA President

Dear KWSQA Members and Supporters,

We’re taking a break from our virtual KWality Talks series in August, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to send out a more general update about what you can expect from the KWSQA in the coming months, and some ways you can get involved.

First of all, thank you all so much for continuing to participate in our virtual events this year! Although we do miss the in-person interactions (and the M&M cookies from Mambella’s), it’s been a great way to remain connected with our community. We plan to hold virtual KWality Talks in September, October, and November to close out our 2021 season. We’ll have to wait and see what the next few months bring, but we’ll re-evaluate early next year whether in-person events might be feasible again some time in 2022.

Did you miss a virtual KWality Talk that you were hoping to attend? We post recordings of all of these events in our YouTube Channel. While you’re there, click the Subscribe button so that you can be notified about future videos as well.

If you’re interested in presenting at a virtual KWality Talk this fall, let us know via our KWality Talks CFP form.

We’re also looking for a local startup to partner with us on a virtual Testing Games event over the next few months. To learn more about these events, or if you’d like to apply to co-host one, please visit the Testing Games section of our web site. It’s a great opportunity to get feedback from some of the best testing minds in Waterloo Region!

Finally, you may have noticed on our web site that we are currently offering Sustaining Memberships at a cost of $20. Purchasing one of these is a great way to help support our organization while we are operating without an income stream. And if you live or work in Waterloo Region, a Sustaining Membership is required in order to vote or run in our Board of Directors election this year. The election will take place in a few months’ time, just prior to our Annual General Meeting. 

Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of your summer – hope to “see” you soon!

Sincerely,

Tina Fletcher
KWSQA President

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – 5 Quality Assurance trends to keep. Even when we get back to the New Normal

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2021 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Joel Montvelisky

Topic:
These past months, since the world went into Pandemic State, have been unique in many ways, bringing important changes to the way we work and live in general.  The overall results of this pandemic were and still are disastrous.

But, everyone who knows me keeps telling me I am a stubborn optimist, and so I can still see a number positive outcomes from the current situation.

In this talk, I will go over five Testing related lessons that we will be able to keep using (hopefully) once COVID is long gone:
– Around the Clock and Around the World Testing
– Collaborative processes
– Transparency based Management
– All-Team testing
– Coordinating Automatic and Manual testing

In the session we will:
– Learn how working apart in distributed teams can help development teams get feedback faster and release functionality at higher speeds than ever before.
– Learn how to build a collaborative process that can increases communication despite physical distance to create more value and bring new ideas to the table
– See how managers can lead their teams better and create a team-work atmosphere by establishing transparency inside their teams.
– We will go over steps to ensure managers are not harming the independence of their individual contributors or falling into the ugly trap of micromanagement.
– Understand better why the all-team-testing approach makes sense and can help the team release faster.

Bio: Joel Montvelisky is a Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect at PractiTest.

Joel has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager and Director, and a Consultant for companies in Israel, the US and the EU. Joel is a Forbes council member, a blogger with the QA Intelligence Blog, and is constantly imparting webinars on a number of testing and Quality Related topics.

In addition, Joel is the founder and Chair of the OnlineTestConf, and the co-founder of the State of Testing survey and report.

Joel is a conference speaker, presenting in various conferences and forums worldwide, among them the STAR Conferences, STPCon, JaSST, TestLeadership Conf, CAST, QA&Test, and more.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – Panel Discussion: How Do Things Work Where You Work?

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our 2021 KWality Talks available online for free.

Register: Online Using Eventbrite, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email

Location: Online

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Topic:
Have you wondered how testing and quality work in various organizations that have offices in the region? Our June Meeting will be a Modertated Panel on the topic “How Do Things Work Where You Work?” where you will get to hear from a group that is assembled from some of those organizations.

Moderator: Rob Bowyer

Panelists:

  • Jenna Zhang (D2L)
  • Shane Gautreau (Square/Cash App)
  • Geoff Sherritt (Google)
  • James Spere (Masterclass)

 

 

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