Wednesday, June 19, 2024 – KWSQA June Social

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page, this is an in person event.

Location: Morty’s Pub, 272 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2Y9

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Details:

It’s that time of year again! On June 19 join the board and members of the KWSQA community at Morty’s Pub for an evening of food, drinks, and socializing with your peers.

The social will kick off at 6pm and will run until 8pm. We’re hoping to host the social on the patio to enjoy the summer weather, but in the case of inclement weather the event will be moved indoors. Food will also be provided through the event by KWSQA. Drinks and extra food will be the responsibility of attendees.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – Futureproofing Testing in the Age of AI

KWSQA is offering this KWality Talk as in-person only, details under Location below (with map)!

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page,

Speaker: Michael Bolton

Topic:

Do Large Language Models represent the end of testing as we know it? Are testers doomed to extinction? Or is ChatGPT this year’s Watson, non-fungible tokens, or Metaverse?

Fear not, Dear Testers: testing is not going away. As long as there is new technology, there will be product risk that leads to business risk. Responsible organizations will want to know about problems that matter before it’s too late.

Discovering those problems requires far more than providing input to a product and demonstrating that it produces some desirable output. Avoiding unpleasant surprises requires skilled, technically and socially competent investigators, performing experiments to reveal truths about software products and their problems.

Join us as Michael Bolton looks at the current state of Large Language Models, and how they relate to testing – and how serious testers need not fear the future.

Meet our Speaker: 

Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. In 2006, he became co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing (RST), a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. Since then, he has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries on six continents.

Michael has over 30 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For over 20 years, he has led DevelopSense, a Toronto-based testing and development consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world.

Contact Michael at michael@developsense.com, on Twitter @michaelbolton, or through his Web site, http://www.developsense.com.

KWality Talk Details

Time

Event starts at approximately 11:55 am. Announcements and discussion start at approximately 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Registration

Please follow the instructions on the KWality Talk Page to register for this event.

Location

This months in-person event will be held at the D2L event space located at 137 Glasgow St, Kitchener, ON N2G 4X8. This event space, including entrance, is located on the side of the building opposite to Glasgow street. Please refer to the map below for directions and information on where to park.

Map displaying location of KWality Talk

Code of Conduct

People attending our meetings are expected to adhere to the KWSQA code of conduct.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024 – An Hour of Lean Software Delivery

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page, Zoom link will be included in an email the day of the event.

Location: Online via Zoom. Please ensure that your name on Zoom matches your registration name.

Time: The meeting starts between 11:55 am and 12:00 pm, a waiting room might be enabled if you arrive prior to this time. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Matt Heusser

Topic: An Hour of Lean Software Delivery

The past decade brought us changes in technology, the mainstreaming of continuous delivery, cloud-first, mobile-first approach, shift left, shift right, sudden remote work followed by return to work mandates followed by restructuring. After all this ongoing change, how do we know if we are actually doing better?

Lean delivery, which inherits from lean auto manufacturing, provides a set of tools to measure and improve system performance. In an hour, you’ll learn:

  • Where did lean come from (contrasted to the lean startup)
  • Enough to get started implementing it
  • And decide what, if any, is a fit for you
  • Customized for testing and quality
  • To help you measure and improve your software process
  •  In a way that stands up to scrutiny

In one hour.

Bio: 

The managing director at Excelon Development, Matt Heusser is the co-author of “Software Testing Strategies: A Guide for the 2020s.” He is also the 2014 recipient of the Most Influential Agile Test Professional Person (MIATPP) award in Potsdam, Germany, and a 2015 recipient of the Most Popular Online Contributor to Agile at the Agile Awards (Marble Arch, United Kingdom). Over the course of his adult career in software, he has served two terms on the Association for Software Testing and delivered keynote speeches on the topic on three continents. Learn more about Matt at https://www.xndev.com

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Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 – Applying an Ethical Decision Model to Software Testing

KWSQA is offering this KWality Talk as in person only!

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page,

Speaker: Jim Jordan

Topic:

When something can affect a person’s well-being, ethics has something to say about it. Software is one of those things that can affect a person’s well-being, so the process of developing software has to take that into account somehow. One way to identify the moral considerations around developing software is to identify often-overlooked stakeholders who can be affected by the software. This goes beyond the list of purchasers, interface users, colleagues, and investors to those whose lives and personal data are managed by software, even though these persons are not typically considered users. I propose adapting an ethics-grounded decision-making model from business ethics to identify where to focus software testing so these stakeholders’ interests are at least addressed, if not entirely satisfied, within prudential constraints.

Meet our Speaker: 

Jim has spent 15 years as a software developer at what eventually became Nortel Networks. He is now a senior test developer at D2L. In between he completed a PhD in philosophy, defending a dissertation on cyberwarfare and international humanitarian law. He is listed as a co-inventor on a database patent, has co-written a textbook on business ethics, and has taught many philosophy courses that promote critical thinking and ethical reasoning as workplace skills.

KWality Talk Details

Time

Event starts at approximately 11:55 am. Announcements and discussion start at approximately 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Registration

Please follow the instructions on the KWality Talk Page to register for this event.

Location

This months in-person event will be held at the D2L event space located at 137 Glasgow St, Kitchener, ON N2G 4X8. This event space is located on the side of the building opposite to Glasgow street. Please refer to the map below for directions and information on where to park.

Code of Conduct

People attending our meetings are expected to adhere to the KWSQA code of conduct.

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Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 – How to be a Great Quality Engineering Manager

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page, Zoom link will be included in an email the day of the event.

Location: Online via Zoom. Please ensure that your name on Zoom matches your registration name.

Time: The meeting starts between 11:55 am and 12:00 pm, a waiting room might be enabled if you arrive prior to this time. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Laveena Ramchandani

Topic:

As one of the most challenging roles in an organization, modern Test Managers not only have to understand how to plan, implement, and manage a complex testing effort but also how to communicate and lead these efforts.Join Test Manager Laveena Ramchandani as she shares the skills and strategies needed to be successful in Test/QA leadership. Drawing from her own experiences and from those with varying backgrounds, she offers actionable guidance for those aiming to become, or just starting to work as, a Test Manager.Explore how to choose and deploy the right processes, tools, and team members to meet your quality mandate. Learn how to create a culture that values feedback. Understand why growing and retaining your best people is critical in uncertain economic times.

Key takeaways:

  • Traits to cultivate
  • Being a people manager
  • Tools and techniques: How to choose what’s best for your team
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Working smart

Bio: 

Laveena Ramchandani is a passionate Test Manager who has been testing for nearly 10 years and is always seeking to learn and share. She is a community leader for data science testing and testing in general. Her entry on the digital platform has enhanced many individuals to learn a new area within testing. Laveena was a finalist for The Digital Star 2022 at the everywoman in Technology awards. She has also been on various podcasts, international speaker and blogs trains new testers.

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Wednesday, Nov 29, 2023 – On-call doesn’t need to suck; ways to help make your on-call better

KWSQA is offering this KWality Talk as in person only!

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page,

Speaker: Ken De Souza

Topic:

Being on-call can be really hard at times. Incidents happen and when they do, it can cause alert fatigue, long hours, lots of stress and not getting your day job done. In this talk, Ken will discuss his experience working for a company that grew rapidly over several years and where on-call needed to evolve to make it more humane.

As part of this talk, Ken will discuss strategies such as:
– Being an advocate for better quality software, so that it prevents outages and unnecessary alarms
– Dealing with the emotional component of the firefighting related stress when incidents happen
– How to help change your organization so that it makes on-call part of the culture.

Attendees will take away:
– Way of making your on-call rotation more humane
– Identifying ways of evolving how your on-call rotation can work effectively in order to prevent incidents from happening
– Ideas around making your alerting and monitoring better to prevent burnout and to increase your visibility.

Bio: 

Ken De Souza has been in software development for over 20 years. He is a software developer, currently specializing in building tools and culture related to helping developers securely deploy and monitor the code they create, with a passion for delivering high quality software at a rapid pace.

He has spoken at software development conferences over the last 10 years. He currently resides in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

KWality Talk Details

Time

Event starts at approximately 11:55 am. Announcements and discussion start at approximately 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Location

151 Charles St W Suite 100, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our first in-person Kwality Talk since 2020 at Communitech! Communitech is located in the Tannery Building at 151 Charles St W. Once you arrive please enter the main lobby of the building and look out for KWSQA board members who will be waiting to direct you in green KWSQA branded shirts.

Parking: Communitech has asked that attendees park in the City of Kitchener parking lots. The closest one to Communitech is on Water Street. (Parking not included in ticket price.)

Code of Conduct

People attending our meetings are expected to adhere to the KWSQA code of conduct.

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Wednesday, Oct 25, 2023 – Building Fair, Accountable and Trustworthy Machine Learning Systems

For the time being, the KWSQA is continuing to offer KWality Talks online for free via Zoom.

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email.

Location: Online

Time: The meeting starts between 11:55 am and 12:00 pm, a waiting room might be enabled if you arrive prior to this time. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Rashmi Nagpal

Topic:

Have you ever wondered why 87% of machine learning models never make it to production? Who must be held responsible if a machine learning algorithm discriminates or shows bias? Are the decisions taken by these models trustworthy? In this talk, let’s unravel the answers to such complex questions!

Machine learning has had a significant impact in many areas, including medicine, entertainment, security, and education, but its use can also result in increased cognitive dependence on technology and ethical concerns such as bias. Therefore, it is crucial to address these issues by reducing the impact of human biases and creating trustworthy, reliable, and understandable machine learning systems.

The key takeaways of my talk would likely include the importance of understanding and interpreting the decision-making processes of machine learning models, as well as the need to ensure that these models are fair, accountable, and trustworthy in their predictions and actions. Additionally, the talk may highlight the challenges of building interpretable models and the importance of evaluating and testing models for bias, as well as the need for transparency and accountability in the development and deployment of machine learning systems.

Bio: 

Rashmi is a Software Engineer with a passion for building products in AI/ML. In her almost 4 years career in tech, she’s brought products to life at pre-seed startups, scaled teams and software at hypergrowth unicorns, and shipped redesigns and features used by millions at established giants. When she’s not coding, capturing cosmos using her telescope, or playing board games with friends, you can find Rashmi playing with her maltese breed pet dog, Fluffy!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023 – KWSQA June Social

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page, this is an in person event.

Location: Morty’s Pub, 272 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2Y9

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Details:

It’s that time of year again! On June 21 join the board and members of the KWSQA community at Morty’s Pub for an evening of food, drinks, and socializing with your peers.

The social will kick off at 6pm and will run until 8pm. We’re hoping to host the social on the patio to enjoy the summer weather, but in the case of inclement weather the event will be moved indoors. Food will also be provided through the event by KWSQA. Drinks and extra food will be the responsibility of attendees.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – A test is a test is a test

For the time being, the KWSQA is continuing to offer KWality Talks online for free via Zoom.

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email.

Location: Online

Time: The meeting starts between 11:55 am and 12:00 pm, a waiting room might be enabled if you arrive prior to this time. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Rob Bowyer

Topic:

The core of a test is the same regardless if it is a scripted test intended to be run manually, an Exploratory test that is performed in a less structured manner, or if it is an automated test that will run the exact same way every single time.

In this session, we will explore the core of a test. We’ll have an opportunity to discuss our interpretation of a test and what makes a good one.

The session will be interactive, so if you have strong opinions on what a “test case” is, then this session is for you.

Bio: 

Over the past 20+ years, I have been helping individuals and teams develop software in a rapid and cognitive manner. As a coach and leader, my main focus is on mentorship and enabling individuals to succeed.

As a Software Tester, my experience is in a wide variety of domains, including healthcare, mobile, education and municipal.

Currently, I am teaching software quality and testing topics at Conestoga College.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023 – Virtual Lean Coffee

For the time being, the KWSQA is continuing to offer KWality Talks online for free via Zoom.

Register: Online at our KWality Talk Page, Zoom link will be included in registration confirmation email.

Location: Online

Time: The meeting starts between 11:55 am and 12:00 pm, a waiting room might be enabled if you arrive prior to this time. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Facilitator: Lisa Crispin

Topic:

Please join us for a virtual Lean Coffee style meeting! Lean Coffee is a structured discussion technique where participants propose and then vote on topics to cover. There is no agenda defined in advance. This is a great way to connect and interact with your fellow software quality enthusiasts!

Bio: 

Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of three books: Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction, More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams; the LiveLessons Agile Testing Essentials video course. She and Janet co-founded the Agile Testing Fellowship, which offers “Holistic Testing: Strategies for agile teams” live training course both remotely and in-person. Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person at Agile Testing Days in 2012. She is co-founder with Janet of Agile Testing Fellowship, Inc. and is happily available for training and consulting. Please visit www.lisacrispin.comwww.agiletestingfellow.com, and www.agiletester.ca for more. Contact Lisa on Twitter as @lisacrispin, and LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-crispin-88420a/.

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