Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – Measuring Quality: Take Your Escaped Defects Count and Stuff It

Speaker: James Spere 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 and strategi...
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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: February 27, 2019 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 enabled a min...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – In Praise of the Generalist

Speaker: Matthew Middleton Topic: Michael Bolton calls software testing “Applied Epistemology.” To me, this suggests that those who wish to practice the art and science of testing need to study broadly, to better understand the contexts in which they work. In this presentation, I’ll be discussing the need for generalists versus specialists, why I think cross-pollination is critical to the testing community as well as the other communities we interact with, and some examples of observation...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Big Data and Analytics for QA

Speaker: Sarah McKenna RSVP Today! Topic: At a Web scraping company covering 3,000 (and growing) websites, staying on top of changes to scripts and target third party sites was a constant struggle until we started logging each http call and response to an easily queried nosql db and built real time error analytics and error handling. Was not expensive or particularly hard yet made a huge impact on overall quality. Bio: Passionate quality evangelist with 20 years experience leading QA i...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – “Well-stated, half-solved:” Effectively Reporting, Triaging, and Managing Defects

Speaker: Lauren Weber RSVP Today! Topic: The quotation “A problem well stated is half-solved” is from American inventor and businessman Charles Kettering [1]. This axiom can be applied to defect reporting, especially when defects are complex, hard to reproduce, or cross several layers of software. A defect report that is complete and accurate can help development correct a problem faster, with fewer log gathering and test-fix cycles, resulting in better quality software delivered faster. I...
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Everything I Know About Test Automation I Learned From A Developer

Speaker: Lee Manchur RSVP Today! Topic: Effective test automation requires using the same principles and practices as “real” software development, but often QA teams are expected to write and maintain their own test automation frameworks without a development background. With this in mind, we asked our company's developers to take a hard look at our automated test architecture, and were amazed at the efficiencies they found! This presentation will explore developer-initiated ideas for func...
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Testing Through Time And Space: NASA’s Twenty-Year Mission to Saturn

Speaker: Andrea Connell RSVP Today! Topic: NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn launched in 1997, and orbited the ringed planet continuously for thirteen years until the mission ended in 2017. Throughout this time, the Mission Sequencing Subsystem team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed software used to design and validate the spacecraft’s science activities. As we learned more about the Saturn system and as the spacecraft aged, software changes were needed. Automating tests for softwa...
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018: Buckets of Testing – working in a multi-project environment

Speaker: Phil Kirkham RSVP Today! Topic: As the sole exploratory tester in a company with multiple projects going on I had to work out how to work efficiently and to make teams aware of how I could help them. The current Agile literature didn't seem to fit in with my particular needs so after some trial and error we came up with a plan where teams asses the size of the testing 'bucket' they think they will need. My talk will explain the challenges that we had and the plan we came up with t...
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