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The QA SIG meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each odd-numbered month.

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November QA SIG Meeting

November 12, 2014
6:30 PM (Networking and pizza at 6PM)
Location: Quardev Offices, 2707 NE Blakeley Street, Seattle, WA 98105.
See the Quardev Website for a map and driving directions: http://www.quardev.com/contact

Details coming soon...


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QA SIG meetings are free for all attendees - please sign up so we can be sure to have enough food/bevs for everyone. We look forward to seeing you!

6:00-6:30 Pizza and networking
6:30-7:30 Speaker presentation
7:30-8:00 Q and A

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Details coming soon...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Details to come...

Past Meetings

from September 10, 2014

From Tester to Evangelist: Finding a calling in Live Site Quality, Jon Bach, eBay

See the Past Meetings page for the abstract and the slide deck

from July 9, 2014

Lightning Talks

See the Past Meetings page for the abstract and the slide decks

from May 14, 2014

How Data Science is Changing Software Testing

Presented by: Robert Musson, Principal Data Scientist with the Skype team at Microsoft. See the Past Meetings page for the abstract and the slide deck

from March 12, 2014

Testing Like Batman

Presented by: Zephan Schroeder, Software Development Engineer in Test at Philips Healthcare. See the Past Meetings page for the abstract and the slide deck

from January 8, 2014

Testing Science: Breaking the Fourth Wall of Engineering

Presented by Curtis Stuehrenberg, Software Quality Assurance Manager, Climate Corporation. See the Past Meetings page for the abstract and the slide deck

from November 13, 2013

High Volume Automated Testing for Software Components

Presented by Harry Robinson and Doug Szabo Past Meetings page to see the abstract and the slide deck

from Sept 11,2013

Human-Scale Test Automation

Presenter: Michael Hunter Past Meetings page to see the abstract

from July 10,2013

Lightning Talks

Presenters: Dave Mozealous, Samantha Kalman, and Jacob Stevens Past Meetings page to see the abstracts and the links to the slide decks.

from May 8,2013

Scripted Manual Automated Exploratory Testing

Presenter: Keith Stobie Past Meetings page to see the abstract and the link to the slide deck.

from March 13,2013

Anyone can be a test innovator - why not you?

Presenter: Alan Page Past Meetings page to see the abstract and the link to the slide deck.

from January 9,2013

Agile and Quality - How Can They Work Together? A Panel Discussion.

Presenters: Jacob Stevens, Joy Shafer, Uriah McKinney, and Shawn Henning Past Meetings page to see the abstract

from November 14,2012

Leaping into "The Cloud": Rewards, Risks, and Mitigations

Presented by Ken Johnston and Seth Eliot Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from September 12,2012

QA in Scrum: Beyond mere hand waving

Presented by Uriah McKinney Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from July 11,2012

On Combinatorial Testing

Presented by James Bach Past Meetings page to see the abstract.

from May 9,2012

Managing Quality Debt

Presented by Chris Sterling Past Meetings page to see the abstract and a link to the slides.

from March 14,2012

The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work

Presented by Scott Crabtree Past Meetings page to see the abstract.

from January 11,2012

Pairing Developers with Non-Developers

Presented by Lanette Creamer Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from November 2, 2011

Google's Approach to Test Engineering

Presented by Dr. James Whittaker Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from September 14, 2011

Sabotaging Quality

Presented by Joy Shafer Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from July 13, 2011

6 Considerations for Mobile Device Testing

Presented by Jacob Stevens and Matt Pina Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from May 11, 2011

Testing in Production: Your Key to Engaging Customers

Presented by Seth Eliot. Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from March 9, 2011

To Test or Not To Test

Presented by Adam Yuret. Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from January 12, 2011

Teaching the New Software Testers - an Experiment

Presented by David Socha. Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from November 10, 2010

My Crazy Plan for Responding to Change

Presented by Jon Bach. Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from September 8, 2010

Beyond Six Sigma: Agile/Lean/Scrum/Xp/Kanban for physical manufacturing - building a 100 MPG road car in 3 months

Our September speaker, Joe Justice, presented an experience report about Taking on the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize using Lean software techniques - this report included how Joe and his team did it, pictures and information about the car, the methods, methodology, and secrets, questions and next steps, and the future of this approach. See the Past Meetings page to see the abstract and slides.

from July 14, 2010

Lightning Talks

The format is the "lightning talk" where each of the speakers know that they only have five minutes to present their idea (one at a time). Each speaker has a severely limited time-frame, but can speak about anything related to testing in that time – a new idea for status reporting or measurement, a lesson they learned on a project, an experience report about a new technique they tried, or a general test principle they want to share. See the Past Meetings page to see the abstract, bios, and slides.

from May 12, 2010

MetaQA: Show Them What Quality Really Means

Presented by Jim Benson from Modus Cooperandi who discussed how Lean techniques like Personal and Organizational Kanban can be applied to the highly variable workload of a tester. How understanding the variation in work and making judgments based on this understanding will help testers, managers and clients schedule for testing and the impacts on QA of unreasonable demands. See the Past Meetings page to see the abstract and Jim's bio.

from March 10, 2010

Reducing Test Case Bloat

Presented by Lanette Creamer from Adobe who discussed the subjective and difficult part of testing which has no provable mathematical correct answer. It is about risk management, test planning, cost, value, and being thoughtful about which tests to run in the context of your specific project. The discussion covered identifying and reducing test case bloat, when it can be done, who does it, along with some examples used in practice. Further, it will covered one untested but under test theory, experiences shared in significantly reducing test cases to cover more than three times the applications when the test team reduced from sixteen to four testers. When facing increasingly complex software and growing software, we must balance testing existing features that customers rely on every day with new features and interactions. When balanced in a sensible way, the best of the legacy test cases can be maintained, using existing knowledge to reduce risk as much as possible. See the Past Meetings page to see the slides, abstract, and Lanette's bio.

from January 13, 2010

The Business of Crime Investigation

Presented by Detective Brian Stampfl from the Seattle CSI unit who discussed the business of Crime Scene Investigation - a discipline not unlike bug investigation, with processes often used in software testing. Stampfl talked about parallels and gave some insight into what Crime Scene Investigation is really like, straight from the source. See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.

from November 11, 2009

Half-Baked Ideas for Rapid Test Management

Presented by Jon Bach. Whether you are a tester or a test manager, Jon Bach assumes you have no time to do the things you want to do. Knowing that even the things you absolutely must do today is its own list of competing priority 1 items, he has ideas on how to cope. They are truly "half-baked," as in, they are still in the oven, still being tested. See the Past Meetings page to see more detail and the presentation slides.

from September 9, 2009

What Would MacGyver Do?

Presented by Harry Robinson. The goal of this program was to stimulate a dialog on how QA testing professionals can best collaborate with agile development to form a quality continuum for enduring sustainable software. Harry's talk: What Would MacGyver Do? looks at the current state of test automation and seeks to find new fresh ideas, including his "freestyle test automation." See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.

from July 8, 2009

Improving Testing Collaboration in Agile Development

Presented by Bruce Winegarden. The goal of this program was to stimulate a dialog on how QA testing professionals can best collaborate with agile development to form a quality continuum for enduring sustainable software.
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.

from May 13, 2009

Data Governance - Protecting Proprietary Information from Unauthorized Release

Presented by Det. David Dunn and Seaton M. Daly III, Esq.
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.

from March 11, 2009

How To Be A Test Pilot

Presented by Rob Bach
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.

from November 12, 2008

Color-Aided Test Design

Presented by Ben Brodsky
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.

from September 10, 2008

Acceptable Acceptance Testing

Presented by Jon Bach
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.

from July 9, 2008

Top Tester Pub Quiz

from May 14, 2008

Secrets of a Buccaneer Tester

Presented by James Bach
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.


from March 12, 2008

Distributed Agile

Presented by Joy Shafer
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.


from January 9, 2008

The Strange World of Problem Solving

Presented by Dr. John Medina
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.


from November 14, 2007

Please Break My Stuff!

Presented by Brian Snyder
See the Past Meetings page to see more detail.


from September 12, 2007

SBT Lite: Components of Session-Based Testing

Presented by Sam Kalman
See the Past Meetings page to view the slides.


from May 9, 2007

STAREAST Preview: Top Ten Tendencies that Trap Testers

Presented by Jon Bach
See the Past Meetings page to see the abstract and view the slides.


from March 14, 2007

Panel Discussion: Steer Your Quality Career with a Career Portfolio

Presented by Brian Branagan, Lisa Buffmire, and Rebecca Warriner. See the Past Meetings page to see the presenters and view presentation materials.


from January 17, 2007

CSI Seattle

Presented by Detective Hanf. See the Past Meetings page to see the presenters and view presentation materials.


from November 8, 2006

Lightning Talks

Presented by multiple presenters. See the Past Meetings page to see the presenters and view presentation materials.


from September 13, 2006

An Integral Approach to Creating Quality Software

Presented by Brian Branagan and John Forman.


from May 10, 2006

Measurement Pitfalls

Presented by Steve Smith, Technical Business Consultant for EMC, a manufacturer of intelligent storage systems, software and services and an independent consultant.


from March 8, 2006

Breaking Down (and Building Up)Exploratory Testing Skill

Presented by Jonathan Bach, Manager, Corporate Intellect and Technical Solutions, Quardev Laboratories


from January 11, 2006
See the slides

Evolution of Structured Exploratory Testing at Philips Ultrasound

Presented by Doug Carlton, System Integration Test Manager and LeAnn Coker, Integration Test Lead, Philips Ultrasound.


from November 9, 2005
See the slides

Anatomy of an Attack

Presented by Joe Basirico, Manager, Technology & Security Services with Security Innovation (http://www.securityinnovation.com)


from September 14, 2005
See the slides

It's Too Darn Big to Test

Presented by Keith Stobie from Microsoft Corporation


from May 11, 2005
See the abstract

A Theory of Variation in Software Development, Architecture and Project Management

Presented by David Anderson from Microsoft Corporation


from March 9, 2005
See the abstract

Agile Product Management

Presented by Greg Patrick from TechMeth, Inc.


from January 12, 2005
See the abstract

The Revolution in Manufacturing Quality - What can we learn?

Presented by Larry Schuiski, President/CEO, AGILEAN Corporation, Productivity for Performance™


from November 10, 2004
See the abstract

TeamTest 2005 Demo

Presented by Tom Arnold and Jason Anderson, Microsoft Corporation


from September 8, 2004
See the slides

When *You're* Tested

Presented by Jonathan Bach, Quardev Laboratories


from July 14, 2004
See the slides

Rapid Test Planning

Presented by Joy Shafer, Quardev Laboratories


from May 12, 2004
See the overview, slides, and review

Exploratory Testing Bootcamp with Microsoft's Noel Nyman

Presented by Noel Nyman


from March 10, 2004
See the overview, slides, and review

Model-based testing in the key of C#

Presented by Harry Robinson and Michael Corning


from January 14, 2004
See the overview, slides, zip files, and review

The Three R's of Software Testing

Presented by James Bullock and Brian Branagan


from November 11, 2003
See the abstract, slides, and review

When All is Said and Done—hosting a meaningful project retrospective

Presented by Christina Chen
Microsoft Corporation


from September 23, 2003
See the abstract

Measuring up: QA and the FDA

Presented by Andrew Jelen
Encompass International Inc.- www.encompassintl.com


from July 8, 2003
See the slides and review

It's a Beta... What Do You Expect?

Presented by Hal Bryan
Microsoft Corporation


from May 13, 2003
See the slides, article, and review

Testing In Session: A Way to Manage Exploratory Testing

Presented by Jonathan Bach


from March 11, 2003
Defect Management: Building a Better Bug Trap. Presented by BJ Rollison


from January 2003
The Revolution in Manufacturing Quality – What can we learn? Presented by Larry Schuiski


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