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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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – Baking Quality In: How Testers Can Help Drive Continuous Improvement

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: Ali Hill

Topic:
Testers are often labeled as bottlenecks in continuous delivery environments. In a world where companies are aiming to release frequently, what value can testers provide their team? How can they learn to drive a culture of continuous improvement to assist their team in releasing high quality software?

Being a great tester and being able to perform the testing activity is vitally important. But if that’s all that testers focus on, then they can often find themselves acting as more of a blocker than an enabler within the team. Despite the fact that companies have either adopted or are moving towards an Agile and DevOps cultures, teams are still exhibiting behaviours more commonly associated with Waterfall development processes. Work is thrown over the wall by developers and test results are thrown back.

How, then, can testers use their skills to help bake quality into their teams processes and therefore the software being developed?

Testers can help their team get the most out of their automated tests. Automation tells us much more than whether a code change has introduced a bug. The metrics these tests produce can be monitored and help drive process improvements.

They can also get involved in more activities around the design of the functionality being developed. Testers can coach other team members on the types of tests they should write in order to provide the team with fast feedback on whether they have introduced any problems with their latest changes.

In this talk I will draw upon my own experiences of working as a tester within teams living DevOps cultures and share the value-add activities I have practiced and how these helped the team develop a quality culture and strive for continuous improvement.

Testing is about way more than carrying out the testing activity. Testers can play a key role in accelerating quality releases and helping to bake quality into their processes and the software they are producing.

Takeaways:
– How testers can add value to their teams and assist in delivering high quality software by acting as quality coaches and building a quality culture.
– Activities that teams can perform (such as testing ideas or designs) to prevent bugs from ever entering the software being developed.
– How to extract the most value out of the team’s automated tests and produce metrics that can be used to continuously improve the team’s processes.

Bio: Ali is a Continuous Delivery Consultant currently working for digital transformation consultancy ECS. He began his career as a software tester and went on to spend five years in various software testing roles. Passionate about quality, he has always focused on how to improve his teams’ processes to allow them to deliver quality software for their customers. Although Ali is now working in the DevOps space, he continues to use that passion for quality to drive a quality culture within his team. Ali is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and can be found on Twitter at @ali_hill91 where he is an active member of the testing community.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – Testing a Data science model

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: Laveena Ramchandani

Topic:
I have heard from other senior testers around the world that they know of data science teams but no testers testing the models, how do we have enough confidence what is produced is good enough? A model is a statistical black box, how to test it so we understand its behaviours to test is properly. Main aim would be to help inspire testers to explore data science models. I’d like to share how I explored the world of data science when testing a model and how we can apply that if we find ourselves in this situation. It is an emerging area for testers and exciting. I’d like to invite you to my talk where, we will go through my journey of discovering data science model testing and find the following takeaways useful not just for testing a data science model but day to day testing too.

Takeaway:
1. Have a better understanding of what data science is.
2. Know how we can test models.
3. Know what existing skills we already have that we can apply in a data science team.
4. Leave with resources to help our teams’ better structure itself to have confidence in the data produced.
5. We’ll look at what did or didn’t work

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, March 31, 2021 – Skyrocket your career: Find and thrive in the career you deserve

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: Raj Subrameyer

Topic:

When I started my career in IT, I faced several obstacles. Some of them include lack of motivation and guidance, high self-doubt, and low self-esteem, and having to apply for 1293 jobs during the 2008 recession. Yes, I said that right. Since then, I have discovered different strategies that have transformed my life from having an entry-level job to building a six-figure business. I have helped numerous people get a job and be successful under any circumstances. So how did an average software tester like me make this dramatic transformation?

Come join this talk where I reveal all my secrets to help you discover your dream job, and become hugely successful. I will share various tips, tricks, and tools related to finding your dream job, cracking interviews, exponentially increasing your salary, becoming a rockstar at work, and building your personal brand. In the new era we live in, success is all about how you differentiate yourself from your competition and impact your lives and others. So, if you are at the forking point of your career, feel stuck, and want practical strategies to become the leader you want to be, this is your chance. Join my talk and get inspired.

Session Takeaways

  • Different ways to identify your dream career and work towards it.
  • How to be successful at work.
  • Strategies to set us miles apart from our competition and get the career growth we deserve.

Bio: Raj Subrameyer is an international keynote speaker, author, and tech career coach who helps people to land their dream job and become successful leaders. He has helped countless individuals discover their zone of genius and leverage it to live a life that they love. He is a sought-after speaker at various conferences and has been featured in numerous podcast and publications, including Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success and The Good Men Project. He is also the author of the new book – Skyrocket Your Career. In his spare time, he loves traveling with his family and discovering new experiences which includes craft beer. You can connect with him on twitter @epsilon11, or his website www.rajsubra.com.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – PyTest: The Awesome Parts

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

Location: Online via this Zoom meeting link

Register: Here

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

Speaker: Josh Grant

Topic: PyTest is an excellent test tool and library for use with Python. I want to talk about the awesome parts of it. In this talk, I’ll discuss some of these awesome parts including

  • How to write and run some basic tests using Pytest – without any messy overhead
  • What are fixtures and how to use them
  • The Pytest-selenium plugin and what it provides to help with browser-based testing.

Bio: Josh Grant is a Solution Architect at Sauce Labs. He’s been with Sauce since 2018 and been working in test automation since 2010. He’s worked on building Selenium-based test frameworks in Java and Protractor, API test frameworks in Python and CI systems with Jenkins. As a Solution Architect at Sauce Labs, he’s helped customers big and small with their test frameworks and test approaches in a variety of languages and settings. He’s also into big ideas and beautiful food. He’s based in Toronto.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – I am tester and I build my own test environments

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

Location: Online, will be posted on our YouTube channel

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

Speaker: Mahesh M

Topic: We have often heard testing teams complaining that they have to wait for days or months to get a test environment, and this becomes a pain when they have to test something to meet deadlines. Depending on external teams for a testing environment is painful; we transitioned and built a testing team which was capable of building their own infrastructure and environments for all testing activities. In this talk I will outline how we did this, and how the entire process was automated based on requirements from the testing team.

Bio: I have never run away from challenges and have always embraced challenges with open arms, since I believe challenges are what can shape a person and provide the opportunities to grow. My journey spanning many years has taken me across various companies like Accenture, Sony, Ellucian providing me an opportunity to learn, contribute and grow.

I have played various Leadership roles on many large-scale engagements across various companies. I have been involved in leading various testing operations and engagements.

Have Managed Challenging and Critical engagements which demanded building, managing, and nurturing high performance, result-oriented teams to support delivery and contribute towards the success of the organization.

I have always enjoyed various opportunities, challenges, success, failures that were thrown at me in my career and have received them equally. Each of them has taught me one or the other lesson and made me only stronger.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 – The Adventure of Software Testing Discovery

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

Location: Online via this Zoom meeting link

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

Speaker: Amal JEMAIYA

Topic: A Tester’s first time in Testing is like a human’s first time in the wild.

We are naturally inquisitive creatures, so when we are unsure of the best way forward, we grit our teeth and have the gumption to never stop asking questions.

When I first started in testing, big five questions came on my mind and it was by building answers for them that i understood how to get into it:

1- What’s out there?
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Metaphysics: what is the wild (testing domain) made of? What is the nature of whatever it is that exists? This includes everything from requirements, test cases, tools.. Before I started really testing, I passed a period only analysing other tester’s work. In this section I will illustrate how an analysis period can be beneficial for a tester.

2- How do I know what I know?
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Epistemology: How do I acquire knowledge? And how can i be sure of what I know? In this section I will illustrate how integrating testing communities offers important advantages to members, in fact a tester does not only need technical skills that they can learn individually, but also and most importantly needs to create links with different people regardless of the domain they work on.

3- What should I do?
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Ethics: what is right? What is wrong? What is the best way for testing? Hold on tight! Testing gets a whole lot trickier when we begin to ask about right and wrong actions, and does that change under certain circumstances?

4- What actions are permissible?
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Politics: How should testers be organised? What rights and responsibilities should testers have? Or not have? in this section I’ll illustrate how some wrong managerial practices of the distribution of power and resources may lead to lack of knowledge sharing, deep ignorance, lose of self esteem, and even worst, people leave their jobs if they don’t feel valued. I’ll also illustrate how communities of practice are essential to any agile organisation.

5- What can Testing be like?
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Aesthetics: what can be considered as good, attractive, efficient and an example to follow? Is it really in the eye of the beholder? This person deals with notions of efficiency and quality. In this section I will illustrate how culture, society and organisations influence our perception and understanding of these concepts.

Bio: Amal JEMAIYA is a software test and validation engineer in automotive domain, working with Primatec engineering. She is constantly participating in testing community activities. Amal studied Electronic systems and communication engineering and got specialized in Microelectronic systems and circuits. Her attention to details is the reason why she chose to be in Testing: “Testing is about caring for each detail that may affect the user”.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – Teaching Testing with Exercises

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

Location: Online via this Zoom meeting link

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

Speaker: Matt Heusser

Topic: A lot of test education is PowerPoint. Yet we know that a disproportionate number of testers are tactile learners. We learn by doing, which is what makes many of us so good at exploration and discovery. This class involves actual testing. Participants are immersed in a simulation that includes time pressure, uncertainty, and conditions of ambiguity with evolving requirements. After sharing our bugs, we reflect on what we have learned, discuss as a group, then provide enough instructors’ notes for others to run the exercise with their own teams. We’ve been working on this simulation for a few years. We use it for job interviews and in training. Come learn how to demonstrate the value of testing, teach everyone some important lessons in testing, and maybe even learn a thing or two yourself.

Bio: As Managing Director of Excelon Development, Matt Heusser is arguably the single most prolific writer on software testing who is also a practitioner. The lead editor of “How To Reduce the Cost of Software Testing”, Matt is a co-author on “Save Our Scrum”, and was lead organizer of The Workshop on Self-Education in Software Testing, the Workshop on Teaching Test Design, and the Workshop on Technical Debt. His black-belt testing challenge inspired the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing in 2009.

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