2009/2010 Season

The Software Quality Discussion Group will, once again, be meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from September through May. The meeting time is from noon to 1:00 p.m. The meetings start at 12:00 p.m. SHARP, so please be on time. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided by our meeting sponsor(s). Remember that all sessions are free but we still require advance registration by RSVP.


The theme for the 2009/2010 season is "Lessons Learned in Software Quality and Testing". This year's goal is to dive into various software development topics and present lessons that have been learned in the real world. Our knowledgeable and experienced presenters will speak about lessons they have learned on the job and give the audience tangible takeaways.

Event Schedule

Our events include "Introductory" and "Best Practice" sessions, networking events and planning meetings. Occassionally, we host vendor presentations. The schedule for this season is as follows:

15-Sep-09 Best Continuous Improvement - From Incremental Changes to Monumental Leaps
Lynn McKee, Quality Perspectives


20-Oct-09 Best Reinvigorate Your Retrospectives
Jennitta Andrea, The Andrea Group


17-Nov-09 Best Lessons Learned Implementing Agile
Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.


15-Dec-09 Best Lessons Learned in Building a Learning Organization
Michelle Dunn


19-Jan-10 Best Lessons Learned from Test Automation
David Cranstone & Peter Chau, Shaw Communications


28-Jan-10 Soiree 11th Annual SQDG Networking Event
All participants are invited

Meeting Sponsor: Integritas Solutions


16-Feb-10 Best Lessons Learned Using Metrics - Are your Metrics Dumb or Smart?
Mike Griffiths


16-Mar-10 Best Lessons Learned in Hiring QA Professionals
Sabina Fabbian


20-Apr-10 Best Lessons Learned in QA Management
Karen Price


12-May-10 Vendor A Lap Around the Testing Capabilities of Visual Studio 2010
Aaron Kowal, MS Developer Solutions Technical Specialist

Meeting Sponsors: Calgary .NET Usergroup, Microsoft and Inteqna


18-May-10 Best Cutting the Mustard - Lessons Learned in Striving to Become a Superstar Tester
Nancy Kelln, Unimagined Testing


10-Jun-10 Best Testers: Get Out of the Quality Assurance Business
Michael Bolton, DevelopSense

Meeting Sponsors: Integritas Solutions and Nexen


** Please note scheduled sessions are subject to change.

Please see the 2009/2010 Event Details page for a listing of the events including presentations abstracts, speaker biographies, and additional event details.

This year's sessions will be held in the 2nd floor XCHANGE Conference Center, Standard Life Building at 5th Ave and 6th St S.W (accessible by +15).

Our primary sponsors for the 2009/2010 season include:

Additionally, the following sponsors are sponsoring specific sessions:

Thank you to all our 2009/2010 sponsors, we greatly appreciate your support.

At the end of the season we held a survey to gather feedback about the 2009/2010 season. We received a lot of good feedback and based on your responses we have made improvements for the 2010/2011 season. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. You can view the results on our 2009/2010 Season Review page.

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