July 2014 QASIG Meeting :: Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

We had some great speakers and topics:

Zephan Schroeder, Microsoft :: Batman Returns! – Test tools selection and tooling philosophy revisited

In March Zephan outlined a set of “Software Testing Tools” including categories, curation, a mind map draft, and some interactive discussion related to test tool selection and use. Zephan is back to give a quick recap, update the mind map based on audience feedback, tackle some questions brought up during the original presentation, and discuss a few new questions as time permits.

Zephan Schroeder has worked for Microsoft for over 15 years doing technical support, technical editing, program management, and software testing. He currently works at Philips Healthcare as a Senior Software Engineer testing remote service solutions for Philips medical imaging devices located around the world. Zephan also manages the TFS (Microsoft Team Foundation Server) instance providing version control, work item tracking, defect tracking, and release repository for over thirty users across 4+ product teams. Additionally Zephan is responsible for ISO 27001 audit compliance for the Remote Service Solutions development team.
When not chasing bugs Zephan enjoys raising a family of two cats, two dogs, one teenage boy, one teenage girl, and an amazing wife. When time permits he does mentoring, tech coaching, casual volleyball, and online chess (zephans on chess.com).

Related Presentation:
Software Testing Tools Mind Map (2014-03-12): mind map on xmind.net


Kevin Klinemeier: Agent for Change :: Using crowdsourcing in QA, giving you access to resources you don’t want to own

11,868 unique kinds of android devices, according to OpenSignal’s 2013 fragmentation report. 8 different Android operating systems still in use. Then there’s apple products too. How many of these do you own? Would owning all of them be a blessing or a curse?
After checking off the buzzwords (leverage the long tail of cloudsourcing to get synergy between your products and customers!) we’ll look at current and future products for using all of those wild “in the wild” users for controlled testing activities. We’ll start in the mobile space, and move on to networking, desktop, as well as usability issues such as language, layout, and culture.

Kevin has been a software developer for almost 20 years, currently working with zCrowd to build crowdsourcing solutions that change the way that high-skill work works. In his day job, he is an agile software consultant, helping developers and testers build software that is changeable, extensible, and maintainable enough to keep up with the pace of business change. He has worked in many industries including education, global logistics, legal services, and telecommunication.


Brian Gaudreau :: Saving Customers From Themselves – a new objective for software testing and quality teams

With emerging cloud solutions and strategies, it is critical that software quality teams create new ways to provide feedback to business stakeholders so that true capability can be assessed early in the delivery cycle.

Brian is currently working at Avanade as a Quality Assurance Manager. He has over 17 years of software testing and quality assurance experience relevant to telecom, enterprise metadata, government, multimedia, health care and marketing CRM platforms. In additional supporting software quality organizations, Brian’s other interests include playing live music and working with animal rescue shelters in the Pacific NW.


Joel Werdell :: Story Workflow

A product managers view of a story’s journey through the many stages of maturation, development, test and release and how QA can effectively contribute along the way.

With roots in several startup organizations ranging from non-profit outdoor education to tech ecommerce, Joel brings a passion for delighting customers through exceptional products. Day to day, he is part of the mobile group for Alaska Airlines.

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