May 2018 QASIG Meeting Video – Blockchain Overview and Discussion

Blockchain Overview Slide Deck

Blockchain Technology Overview and Discussion

Presented by Jim Frazier & Parke Blake, Quardev

Jim Frazier, one of Quardev’s Business Development Managers and self-confessed tech geek, and Parke Blake, Senior Test Lead, will provide a brief history of Blockchain technology: what it is, what it isn’t, where it is being used today and a discussion about where it might be going in the future.

Being firmly rooted in the technology sector, we at Quardev are always curious about exploring the latest trends in technology, and in finding solutions to help our clients leverage that technology to stay ahead in this rapidly changing environment, which is IT.

Please join us for a casual evening at our office for this month’s edition of the QASIG as we explore where Blockchain is today, and where it might be going tomorrow.

Details:

Blockchain technology is poised to disrupt the software industry as we’ve come to know it, and some go so far as to say, it will ultimately make for a bigger change than the Internet. These are the very early days in blockchain technology development, and the many ways in which it may be employed is as unknown to us today as the Internet was in the early Nineties. In this discussion, we’ll take a look at what blockchain technology provides, why it is important, and also provide an overview of how it works. We’ll also look at some interesting examples of how the technology is currently being employed, and hopefully, stimulate a discussion with the audience on what some key testing concerns might be.

There are few who can be called experts in blockchain technology, and we make no such claims, but we are excited to learn more about this important, emerging technology and happy to share what we’ve found so far. It is our hope that this talk will stimulate you to explore further on your own, and possibly, return one day with thoughts of your own.

About our speakers:

Parke is a software professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. He has been recognized for strong problem solving and leadership skills in many areas of the software lifecycle, including programming, software testing, and QA Management. He has worked at Quardev for over 8 years, working as a Senior Test Lead and advising clients on several key projects. His work has included test planning, test case development, metrics analysis and reporting, and QA process recommendations. In addition, Parke has performed work as an SDET for Quardev, working on both front-end and back-end test case automation in C#, and using both standard and custom automation frameworks.

Jim is one of Quardev’s Business Development Managers and self-confessed tech geek and an 18-year veteran in supporting the IT Consulting Community in the Seattle market. He says that one of his favorite things about the industry is that he has been able to work with so many of the same clients year after year as their businesses have grown, all while keeping his eye on the latest trends and emerging technologies in this dynamic environment.

March 2018 QASIG Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our meeting on Wednesday, March 14th. It was a great discussion!

Test Leadership Panel Discussion

We are excited to welcome esteemed leaders in the test community speaking about how they build and develop teams, including hiring, team composition, goal setting, and performance evaluation and growth.

We look forward to welcoming to the following colleagues:

  • Chris Wiswell, Software Test Manager, Insititute for Disease Modeling
  • Jamie Campbell, Senior Manager Engineering, Tableau Software
  • Sallie Davis, Transition Program Manager, Quardev Consulting
  • Michelle Gutierrez, Engineering Manager, Adobe

Additional panelists will be announced soon and discussion will be moderated by our own Kris Minkel, Recruiting Manager.

January 2018 QASIG Meeting

Adventures in Modern Testing

Presented by: Alan Page, Director of Quality for Services at Unity Technologies

Alan’s Slide Deck

Software testing has always been changing and evolving; but the changes, advancements, improvements, and shifts in the last few years feel much bigger to many of us.Depending on your context, these changes may be massive – or they may be trivial; but the path forward for software quality is clear, and relying on what many of us learned in the 1990s just isn’t going to help us anymore.

Independent test teams are fading in favour of testers embedded into the development team. Large portions of automation are now owned by developers. Data analysis and monitoring are taking on a prevalent role. Technical skills well beyond writing code are becoming critical knowledge. Coaching is becoming a more important skill. The scope and breadth of test and quality roles are requiring more and more expertise and depth of knowledge.

Alan Page has led (and is leading) teams through transformation to modern, advanced testing. In an interactive talk filled with experiences, anecdotes, and practical examples – as well as warnings about potential traps, he shares everything he knows (or at least everything he can fit into this session) about modern testing and what it means to every software tester.

About our speaker: Alan Page has been a software tester for over 25 years, and is currently the Director of Quality for Services at Unity Technologies. Previous to Unity, Alan spent 22 years at Microsoft working on projects spanning the company – including a two year position as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence.

Alan was the lead author of the book “How We Test Software at Microsoft”, contributed chapters for “Beautiful Testing”, and “Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation”. His latest ebook (which may or may not be updated soon) is a collection of essays on test automation called “The A Word: Under the Covers of Test Automation”, and is available on leanpub.

Alan also writes on his blog (http://angryweasel.com/blog), podcasts (http://angryweasel.com/ABTesting), and shares shorter thoughts on twitter (@alanpage).

November 2017 QASIG Meeting

Thank you to all who came and participated in the final QASIG of the year.

We were lucky to hear some great impromptu lightning talks and appreciate the discussion – we feel really lucky to be part of such a great community and are looking forward to many more great meetings next year!

Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in the new year!

The QASIG Team

September 2017 QASIG Video :: Joe Basirico, Security Innovation

Building a Collaborative and Social Application Security Program

Presented by: Joe Basirico, Security Innovation, VP of Professional Services

In today’s environment, there is no arguing that a comprehensive secure development process is necessary. Fitting tools, technology, and security reviews into our current development cycle has become table stakes for companies building the software of tomorrow.

Breaking the “find and fix” vulnerability-based assessment cycle so that software is developed with security in mind from start to finish is critically important, but doing this without leveraging a collaborative and social security program that leverages bug bounty programs, security researchers, and every aspect of vulnerability disclosure misses a huge opportunity. In this talk, I will explore how your security program can reach beyond the Secure SDLC.

About our speaker:  As the VP of Services, Joe is responsible for leading the Professional Services business at Security Innovation. He leverages his unique experience as a development lead, trainer, researcher, and test engineer to direct the security consulting team in the delivery of high-quality, impactful risk and software assessment and remediation solutions to the company’s customers. His ability to blend deep technical skills with risk-based business and compliance analysis is a powerful combination.

Joe has spent his career analyzing application behavior with respect to security. He has researched how software development organizations mature over time from a security perspective. Through this research, he has developed an understanding of application threats, tools, and methodologies that assist in the discovery and removal of security problems both software and process related.

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