2010/2011 Season

The Software Quality Discussion Group will be meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from September to June. The session time is from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm; doors open at 11:30 am. All sessions start at 12:00 pm SHARP, so please be on time. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided free of charge by our meeting sponsor(s). Remember that all sessions are free but we require advance registration by RSVP.


The theme for the 2010/2011 season is "Past, Present, Future". In an industry of constant change, this year's theme will reflect on the past, examine the present and look to the future in all aspects of software quality. Presentations this year will speak to at least one of the three.

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:

Best Critical Success Factors for Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD)
Jennitta Andrea, The Andrea Group

Session Sponsor: Integritas Solutions


Event Passed
Networking 12th Annual SQDG Networking Event
James Joyce Pub, Downtown Calgary

Event Sponsors:
Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.
Sabina Fabbian, Newton's Flaws Inc.
Sherry Heinze, Diversity Consulting Ltd.


Event Passed
Best Guided Exploratory Testing with Checklists and Testlists
Adam Geras, Ideaca Knowledge Services

Session Sponsor: InSync Systems


Event Passed
Best Get Creative: Testing the "Untestable"
Dave Woods, SMART Technologies


Event Passed
Cancelled Lightning Talks
Various Presenters
Best About Learning
Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc
Sherry Heinze, Diversity Consulting Limited


Event Passed
Best Test Framing: Constructing Tests and Telling the Testing Story
Michael Bolton

Session Sponsor: InSync Systems


Event Passed
Best But, I'm a Tester, Not a Leader! - Leading from the Middle
Patti Blackstaffe, Strategic Sense


Event Passed
Best Deception Dangers of the Numbers Game
Lynn McKee, Quality Perspectives


Event Passed
Best Leading Business Testers
Nancy Kelln, Unimagined Testing


Event Passed
Best Successful Automation in an Agile Environment
Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.

Session Sponsor: Eagle Professional Resources Inc.


Event Passed
Best Measurement Framework for Software Projects
Prashanth Harish, Accenture


Event Passed
Planning Annual Planning Session
James Joyce Pub, 114 - 8th Avenue S.W.


Event Passed

** Please note scheduled sessions are subject to change.

Please see the 2010/2011 Event Details page for a listing of the events including presentation abstracts, speaker biographies, and additional event details.


This year's sessions will be held in the Inteqna Training Room on the 5th floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW.

Primary Sponsors

Inteqna, www.inteqna.com, provides us with our much needed meeting space for the monthly sessions from September until June. Without Inteqna's support, we would not be able to provide our sessions.

Secondary Sponsors
Monthly Sessions

The following sponsors have sponsored the light lunch and refreshments provided at the sessions from September until June. Without their support we would not be able to provide our attendees with a free lunch.

Annual Networking Event

The following sponsors have sponsored the 12th Annual SQDG Networking Event in September; kicking off our 2010/2011 season. Without their support we would not be able to provide the SQDG community with an opportunity to network over good food and great discussions.


The following sponsors support the operations of the SQDG including our domain registration, web hosting, website design, monthly website maintenance and newsletter mailings. We are very grateful for their time and all the hours of work that went into this year's new design.

Thank you to all our 2010/2011 sponsors, we greatly appreciate your support.

At the end of the season we held a survey to gather feedback about the 2010/2011 season. We received great feedback and based on your responses we have made improvements for the 2011/2012 season. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. You can view the results on our 2010/2011 Season Review page.

2010/2011 Season
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