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.

May QASIG Video – Performance and Security Quality Practices in Continuous Delivery

Performance and Security Quality Practices in Continuous Delivery

presented by Khan Klatt, Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering

Modern software engineering practices have challenged traditional thinking around the delivery of quality software. Waterfall practices have been eclipsed by agile practices, reducing cycle time to deliver software features from quarters or years to weeks or months. Agile practices are now being challenged by lean practices, which some organizations have exploited to reduce that cycle time from weeks/months to days/hours. In this talk, discover how decades-old quality practice and modern software engineering capabilities can be applied to deliver high-quality software on ultra-agile timeframes.

About our speaker: Khan Klatt is a Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering, leading the company’s Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy. Khan joined McGraw-Hill Education in 2014, previously having worked in entertainment/gaming and social media startups local to Seattle. Khan built high-performance, highly-scalable APIs used by television game shows, web scraping/crawling, and content ranking algorithms, as well as a social media platform that scaled to 50M users in the early 2000’s. In the 1990s, Khan also helped co-found a Web consulting business and successfully built and sold a regional startup Internet Service Provider to a national ISP.

Khan attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he served as the first Webmaster for that organization in 1993. His passion for progressive innovation was demonstrated in his work to integrate make the Campus-Wide Information System database available on the Web as early as 1994.

Khan came to the United States from Ankara, Turkey, where he attended grades K-12 in a Department of Defense Dependents School. Born in Turkey, Khan speaks Turkish and English as native tongues and learned elementary French in high school. In his free time, Khan enjoys hobbies like programming, photography, and travel.

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