The KWSQA Board is excited to announce Targeting Quality 2024 returning to the Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre on September 30th & October 1st, 2024.

Early Bird registration is NOW OPEN!

Registration is opening concurrently with the CFP giving you an opportunity at the Early Bird discount (available until Sunday July 14 2024 at 11:59 pm EDT), lock in at this years early bird prices! Check out our Registration page now.

Interested in Sponsoring Targeting Quality?

Check out the Google Form linked on our Sponsors page.

Day 1 Workshops Announced!

Choose from three wonderful workshops curated for this years attendees:

  • Rob Sabourin: Automating Test Design & Designing Test Automation – A Problem Solving Approach … see more.
  • Jade Promhouse and Justin Wong: Auditing your End to End Tests … see more.
  • Bailey Hanna and Tina Fletcher: KWSQA Presents: Conference Speaking – Where Do I Even Start? … see more.

Keynote Presentation on Day 2, October 1st!

The KWSQA Board is proud to announce this year’s Keynote, Gauging Software Health: Applying the “Apgar” score model to Software Testing.

 A baby is born. Within 10 seconds an “Apgar” appraisal has been done. Healthcare professionals embark upon a well-lit path. They know right away where further medical testing and interventions are required without having to sweat the small stuff.

“Apgar” is a medical heuristic. “Apgar” saves lives and helps medical teams direct and focus scarce resources. There are many software testing lessons which can be derived from Labor and Delivery Room Nursing, but one of the most valuable is the ability to perform really, really, early health assessments of a new born infant literally seconds after the delivery. Agile teams can apply “Apgar” methods to early stories, in early sprints, to help them learn what matters, what to focus on and to swiftly redirect a team’s development approach.

The medical “Apgar” score was originally developed in 1952 by Virginia Apgar, and has been a widely accepted heuristic guiding medical professionals in health care at the earliest stages of a patient’s life.

In software testing early, meaningful, assessments can help teams decide if they should dive deeper or accept the risks at hand. Traditional smoke testing and DEVOP release acceptance testing (RAT) challenge a products integrity before detailed or more involved testing takes place.

“Apgar” considers a simple rubric which asks practical questions from five dimension. Each dimension has three possible alternatives. In software engineering, pragmatic “Apgar” tests can open stakeholder’s eyes to simple but critical risks. “Apgar” applies whenever an object changes hands. In this presentation we look at a several examples of “Apgar” including Functional acceptance simple testing (FAST) provides a wide yet shallow view of a build instance; Layered testing (Onion skin) which can be directed to deeper levels as a result of assaying earlier risks; targeted quick stress testing; user experience lightning tests and others.

Husband and wife team Anne DeSimone, and Robert Sabourin, will present this highly entertaining, energized, talk filled with many examples and plenty of case studies drawn from Anne’s 35 plus years of OBGYN delivery room nursing and Rob’s 35 plus years of engineering software to get quality products to market quickly focusing on what matters when. They will even throw in a couple of group exercises to spice things up! Learn how “Apgar” helps team gauge software health early, effectively and efficiently.

Call For Presentations has now CLOSED!

Thank you to everyone who submitted and watch your email for more details after our selection committee reviews them, lots of great entries! Our CFP used to anonymously collect and analyze submissions, and has now closed, find out more on our Call for Presentations page. As always, you can find out more on our Speaker Information page. The call for presentations closed Tuesday April 16 2024 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Watch here for further details and announcements as the conference draws closer!