July 2020 Virtual QASIG – Lightning Talks!

Date(s) - 07/15/2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Every year in July for QASIG we have Lightning Talks – 3-5 quick presentations on a QA subject.

This year we’ll do the same via Zoom – register here.

Mike Lyles, The Forensics of Testing

In this presentation, we will put the role of the tester under the microscope and discuss how testers can learn from the research and work that criminal investigators do today, how to use hard facts, as well as hidden facts, to determine a trustworthy conclusion.

In testing, we are the team’s version of “investigative reporters”. Good testers always investigate the facts, document findings, compare the notes, and make educated decisions to determine the true story for the system under test.  Crime scene investigators have DNA, fingerprints, security cameras, and other evidence. Similarly, testers have a wide range of tools to investigate the “scene” as well, such as: observability, testability, accessibility, performance, security, TDD, BDD, and other tools. Testers must be constantly accumulating facts and findings, evaluating the results of those findings, and taking decisions that are thoroughly walked through. As testers, we must learn that “HOW” we use the data is much more critical than “WHAT” data we have regarding the product.

About our speaker: Mike Lyles is a Director of QA and Project Management with over 25 years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, software configuration management, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization.

Mike has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring of IT & QA professionals.  Mike has been an international keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events and is regularly published in testing publications and magazines. His first published motivational book, “The Drive-Thru is Not Always Faster”, was released in 2019.

You can learn more about Mike at www.MikeWLyles.com where you can also find his social media links and connect with him there also.  His book site is at www.TheDriveThruBook.com .


Chris Wiswell, Senior Software Test Manager, Institute for Disease Modeling

Chris Wiswell has been testing IDM’s infectious disease model for years. There were tools, processes, and established test cases that were well understood. Then COVID19 came along, and IDM needed to write a brand new model from scratch. Learn how that model got tested, and lessons on testing specialized software quickly.

About Chris: Software Test Professional with more than 10 years in the industry as an individual contributor and 5 years in test management. Chris is passionate about accomplishing the business mission and developing employees for their next roles.


Jim Frazier & Cindy Ponko, Quardev, Inc.

Jim Frazier – How Companies are “Opening Up”

Jim, Business Development Manager with Quardev, will share some insights on what going back to work looks like from an office/collaboration perspective, including a snapshot of how a range of clients are planning their reopening strategies, ideas for successfully engaging with clients remotely, and tips for adapting to client-specific safe distancing practices.

About Jim: A Business development manager at Quardev, Jim is a 20-year veteran in supporting the IT Consulting Community in the Seattle market. 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. Jim is a native Washingtonian, who after having had the chance to cover most of the USA in a BDM capacity, says that there is nowhere he would rather work and live than the Pacific Northwest. An avid outdoorsman, you will almost always find him pursuing one of his many outdoor activities with family and friends when he is not in the office.

Cindy Ponko – Recruiting in the time of COVID

Cindy, a Senior Technical Recruiter with Quardev, will share some actionable tips for those looking for a new opportunity or need to hire new employees who will primarily work remotely. Cindy will share some best practices for remote interviewing and hiring techniques, how to inspire and maintain engagement, and how we are implementing safe distancing at the Quardev testing lab.


Register here.

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