Can you quantify quality? How do you distill qualitative and contextual dynamics of product development into actionable monitoring that empowers leadership decision-making and exemplifies the quality vigilance you specialize in? Reporting Up is a critical soft skill that’s not always clear. This talk expounds on basic tactics and advice for test and quality leadership.
About our Speaker:With 15 years of test & quality leadership in software, Jacob Stevens has extensive experience engaging with project stakeholders and executives. He has moved into quality consulting and project management for the emerging fields of non-deterministic computation including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Quantum Computing.
Presented by Jon Bach, Senior Program Manager, eBay
There are all kinds of boxes to consider as a software professional. Your project needs to have people who will question assumptions, examine the design, create experiments, analyze data, and report meaningful metrics. It needs people with the social skills to connect teams who work in silos, bring customer insights to light, and track risks that no one seems to make time to think about.
For 22 years, Jon Bach was a tester, test manager, test trainer, and test consultant. Then he became a Program Manager. This talk is about how he still uses his testing skills, but in different ways to examine the boxes around us. He will share his new perspective on the state of the testing profession and provide some insights for you to consider when growing your skills and following the path to being a PM. He’ll also ask you some questions via an anonymous poll, sharing the results the second the answers come in.
About our speaker: Jon Bach is a Senior Program Manager at eBay, leading various quality-related efforts in its Marketing Technologies team of 150 people. He has more than two decades of software quality project experience as a tester, test manager, test consultant, and test director, which he now uses to help eBay make sure its marketing efforts are thoughtful and relevant. He has an energetic and practical style, and he is known to many eBay customers as “Jon the Bug Hunter.” Jon can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Service virtualization in Action: How Alaska Airlines tests for snow storms in July
Presented by Ryan Papineau, Automated Testing Engineer, Alaska Airlines
Why did Alaska Airlines receive J.D. Powers’ “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” recognition for 8 years straight, plus the “#1 on-time major North American Carrier” award for the last 5 years? A large part of the credit belongs to their software testing team’s proactive approach to disrupting the traditional software testing process. The team uses advanced test automation in concert with service virtualization to rigorously test their complex flight operations management application, which interacts with myriad dependent systems (fuel, passenger, crew, cargo, baggage, aircraft, and more). The result: operations that run smoothly—even if they encounter a snowstorm in July. Attend this session to get a first-hand account of how Alaska Airlines leverages service virtualization to address common testing challenges and to learn Alaska Airlines’ best practices for managing the complexity of multiple dependent systems for testing.
About our speaker: Ryan uses systems engineering, cross-team collaboration, along with data analytics to provide complex test environments that behave like production.
You’ve heard the rumors, and you’ve seen it happen. A software development team decides they don’t need testers, and you have questions. Do they not care about quality? Are they irresponsible? Are they crazy? Will I still have a job?
Alan Page is a career tester who has not only gone through the transition, he’s taking it head on and embracing it. Alan will share experiences, stories, strategies, and tactics for how he’s taken everything he’s learned in over twenty years of software testing, and used those skills to have an impact on software engineering teams at Microsoft. If you’re going through this transition, think you may be going through it soon, or your just curious to hear what Alan has to say, this will be a great talk for you.
About our speaker: Alan Page has been building and testing software for nearly 25 years. He was the lead author on the book How We Test Software at Microsoft, contributed chapters for Beautiful Testing and Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation , and recently published a collection of essays on test automation in The A Word. He also writes about a variety of software engineering subjects on his blog at http://angryweasel.com/blog.
Alan joined Microsoft as a member of the Windows 95 team, and since then has worked on a variety of Windows releases, early versions of Internet Explorer; Office Lync and Xbox One. Alan also served for two years as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence. Currently, he’s working on a brand new collaboration application for Microsoft.