2014/2015 Event Details

The following is a listing of the events for the 2014/2015 season including presentation abstracts, speaker biographies, and additional event details. Please see the 2014/2015 Season page for the details on the schedule, location and sponsor(s).

Season Events by Month
September 2014
September 10, 2014
Exploring How to Adapt Your Test Strategy for COTS
Adam Geras, Steven Méthot, Dulcie Jones

Welcome to the start of the 2014/2015 season of SQDG!  We have a fabulous season lined up for you and we are kicking it off with a panel discussion on September 10th!  Hosted by Adam Geras, the panel discussion will be an open conversation on testing of Commercial Off -The-Shelf (COTS) implementations. We will discuss such questions as “What are the factors that drive the test strategy for a COTS implementation?”  ”What is the optimal approach for regression testing of service packs, version upgrades, or releases of customizations?“ “How should the implementing project handle the situation when the vendor release cycles are shorter than the implementation project release cycles?”

Though we’ll have a few questions to kick off the discussion, we want to make sure we spend time on what you care about most, so bring your questions with you!  Share your stories of COTS implementations and get feedback from our panel.  Have a COTS implementation coming up?  We’d be glad to talk about those as well. 

Adam Geras - Adam is a test manager at PQA Testing, advisor and coach for those that test software. He's currently working as the quality control lead on an enterprise program with a wide range of test requirements, including devices, networks and enterprise software.

Steven Méthot - Among other roles, Steven is the acting Project Services Manager at Groundswell Group. Steven has IT leadership and management experience with Strategic Planning, Infrastructure, Project and Program Management, Application Sustainment, Business Development and Architecture assignments, with early career adventures as business analyst and application tester, and has the scars to prove it. He also knows the difference between quality assurance and quality control. Don’t get him started.

Dulcie Jones - Senior SharePoint Consultant, The Joneses' Solutions

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

October 2014
October 8, 2014
Agile Testing in Large Organizations and Distributed Teams
Janet Gregory - DragonFire Inc.

When agile development first gained popularity, agile meant collocated teams, including testers, programmers, analysts, and customers who were expected to perform many functions. As agile methods have spread and expanded, large organizations and those with globally-distributed teams are facing challenges with their agile deployment. Having worked with many such teams, Janet Gregory has observed ways that testing in agile teams can still help deliver a high-quality software product. Whether your agile team is part of an enterprise solution, or part of a distributed team is scattered across time zones with individuals working remotely from home, or is part of an offshore outsourced project, you’ll take away methods and tools to help develop open communication, deal with cultural differences both within an organization and across continents.

Janet Gregory - Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc., Janet Gregory is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley, 2014). She is also a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product; for example, guiding development with business-facing tests. Janet works with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide. She contributes articles to publications such as Better Software, Software Test & Performance Magazine and Agile Journal, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit www.janetgregory.ca. You can also follow her on twitter: @janetgregoryca

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

November 2014
November 12, 2014
Analytical Lag – A Facilitated Discussion
Sherry Heinze and Christin Wiedemann

Recently, James Bach gave an overview of a concept he calls “Analytical Lag”. You can hear him describe it in this recent video from the CAST conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLVP_Z5AoyM (description at the three (3) minute mark) or read about it here: http://www.testingcircus.com/testing-trapeze-2014-february-edition/.

Analytical Lag - the time between seeing new information and really understanding it or the context it fits within. The concept is fairly simple but could have broad implications on how we approach work, timelines and planning.

PQA Testing’s Sherry Heinze and Christin Wiedemann have offered to jump in and help facilitate. Our discussion will focus on the following:

  • What is analytical lag?
  • How does it, or how could it, affect us?
  • Is it real and, if it is, do we plan for it?
  • Could we deliver higher caliber software if we understood it more?
  • Are we already compensating for this concept but calling it something else or maybe nothing at all?
  • Any other questions you would like to discuss

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

December 2014
December 10, 2014
Let's Start A Test Revolution: a Team-based Approach to Agile Test Planning
Christin Wiedemann

Is testing really keeping up with the advances of software development? Are our testing approaches evolving as quickly as the new technologies, or are we being left behind, using the same methods and techniques as we did a decade ago?

Agile testing needs to get more innovative, find new ways to test more efficiently and effectively, and to better adapt to each unique context. The first step is to realize that testing is not about finding answers, but about asking questions. Testers on agile teams need to get everyone involved in the test planning, exploring new approaches and questioning old habits.

In this presentation, I will suggest an approach for test planning that encourages teamwork, innovation and overcomes barriers to quality. Through a cogent discussion of ideas around brainstorming, collaboration and creativity, I will provide you with new insights that can help you revolutionize testing!

After finishing her PhD in Physics at Stockholm University, Christin Wiedemann began working as a software developer. Christin soon discovered that software testing was more challenging and joined the Swedish testing company AddQ Consulting. There, she worked as a tester, test lead and trainer, giving courses on agile testing, test design and exploratory testing throughout Europe. Christin developed a course on exploratory testing and is a co-creator of the exploratory testing approach xBTM. In late 2011, Christin moved to Vancouver, where she joined Professional Quality Assurance (PQA Testing) Ltd. In her roles as tester, test lead, trainer and speaker, Christin uses her scientific background and pedagogic abilities to continually develop her own skills and those of others.

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

January 2015
January 8, 2015
An Evening with Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton

Over the last several years, Agile development has hit mainstream recognition, even though there is often uncertainty and turmoil around what “Agile development” means in theory and in practice, and that uncertainty and turmoil affects Agile projects and the people in them. James Bach and Michael Bolton, authors of Rapid Software Testing, hear testers expressing a good deal of pain over the role of the tester and the structure of testing activity in Agile projects. There are some models, such as Marick, Crisipin and Gregory’s Agile Testing Quadrants, and many people have found them helpful. However, it’s time to build on what has gone before. In this presentation, Michael Bolton will offer a review and an update of the Agile Testing Quadrants as seen through the lens of Rapid Software Testing—an agile (but not necessarily Agile) approach. Michael will show how Agile development can—and should—be infused with testing that helps to identify and defend the value of the product while reducing the costs of development.

Michael Bolton has over 20 years of experience in the computer industry testing, developing, managing and writing about software, and has been teaching software testing and presenting at conferences around the world for nine years.  He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a course that presents a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure.

In the 90s, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, delivering the company’s flagship products and directing project and testing teams worldwide.  Since then, he has been principal of DevelopSense, a Toronto-based consultancy specializing testing and software quality.

Michael is a leader in the context-driven testing community.  He has been Program Chair for the Toronto Association of System and Software Quality and for the Conference for the Association for Software Testing 2008 and is co-founder (with Fiona Charles) of the Toronto Workshops on Software Testing.  He wrote a regular column in Better Software Magazine from 2005 through 2009, and produces his own extremely sporadic newsletter.  He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Mary Alton (a user interaction designer) and two children.

Michael can be reached through his web site, http://www.developsense.com.

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

February 2015
February 11, 2015
Setting up a Quality Ecosystem from the Ground up – a Case Study
Pranjal Dutta - Cenovus Energy

Pranjal will be presenting a case study from his current project where he has faced some unique challenges in establishing uniform QA practices. The initial project was to implement the IBM Maximo Asset Management application and replace the JDE Asset Management module across the organization. Pranjal will share his experiences, and solutions, with resourcing issues, coaching business users and ongoing enhancements, as well as dealing with budgetary constraints in a large organization.

This case study will provide the entire journey as there were both success and failures.

Pranjal Dutta has over 15 years of IT industry experience, starting as a developer and then moving into Quality Assurance. He is currently consulting at Cenovus Energy as a Program QA Lead for the IBM Maximo project. Before Cenovus Energy, he was a consultant for AESO, EnCana, Neteller/Neovia, WestJet Airlines, HP Services, Pearson Education, FedEx and Motorola to name a few. He has been involved in many areas of testing including functional automated testiF and system performance testing (using HP LoadRunner). In his current role, he has developed a script-less test automation framework which allowed Manual QA, BA/SMEs to contribute to test automation without writing any code.

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

March 2015
March 11, 2015
Lessons Learned in Implementing Exploratory Testing
Nancy Kelln - FGL Sports Ltd

Many organizations are not ready to accept the differences between exploratory testing and more traditional testing methods. As testers who have an exploratory approach to testing, it can be challenging to gain acceptance and buy-in from leadership.

As an exploratory tester, Nancy has implemented exploratory testing concepts at various organizations over the past six years. Her experience spans implementing these concepts as a tester, a test lead and also as a manager. She also has experience in selling exploratory testing to testing teams, management, leadership and senior leadership across numerous IT organizations. During these implementations, she has experienced many successful and failed attempts.

This presentation will examine the lessons learned at each of the organizations and share with attendees what worked and what didn’t, as well as how to recover when things go awry.

Test Manager at FGL Sports Ltd. with 16 years of diverse IT experience, Nancy Kelln provides adaptive testing approaches to both Agile and traditional testing teams and enjoys working with teams that are implementing or enhancing their testing practices. From small scale to multi-million dollar projects, Nancy has played many roles within testing including Project Test Manager, Test Manager, Test Lead and Tester. She has coached test teams in various environments and facilitated numerous local and international workshops and presentations. Nancy has presented at numerous conferences around the world and is an active member of the Calgary Software Quality Discussion Group, Association for Software Testing, and the Software Test Professionals organization. Nancy and her family live in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. Connect with Nancy on Twitter: @nkelln.

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 2015
April 8, 2015
How to Maximize Your Usage of Recruiters in a Changing Job Market
Kevin Ireland, Nancy Taylor, Tory Khalil, Adriana Sveen

Join Kevin Ireland of Tiree Consulting, Nancy Taylor of Inteqna, Tory Khalil, principal of Konextz Career Services and Adriana Sveen of Modis for a discussion on how to maximize usage of recruiters in a changing job market, moderated by Randy Wetmore of PQA Testing.

As you all know, the job market is rapidly changing in step with the current price of oil in Alberta. With fewer jobs available and companies looking to pause or cancel major technology initiatives, it’s difficult to get a sense of what’s really going on in the local market. Recruiters do not have a magic ball for the job market, but they do have their finger on the pulse of who is hiring in Calgary, where potential new opportunities exist and what you can do to stay up to date with your search.

Some topics to be covered are:

  • What can you do to stay competitive with your job search?
  • What are best practices for approaching recruiters?
  • How do you find someone who will work with you to help you navigate the hiring market?

For those looking, considering a move or just wanting to stay current with the current recruitment trends, SQDG is pleased to host a panel discussion to discuss those topics and more. If you have specific questions you’d like the panel to discuss, you are encouraged to send them ahead of time or come ready to pose a specific question to the panel.

Kevin Ireland - IT Recruitment/Sales Consultant and Partner at Tiree Consulting

Nancy Taylor - Senior Recruitment Consultant Information Technology at Inteqna

Tory Khalil - Principal of Konextz Career Services

Adriana Sveen - Resource Development Manager at Modis

Location: Inteqna Conference Room on the main floor of 715 - 5th Ave SW

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Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

May 2015
May 20, 2015
SPEED GEEKING – Discussion groups in a relaxed atmosphere

As this is our last session before the summer break, we’ve decided it was time to let our hair down! Our last event of the 2014/2015 season will be Speed Geeking, held on Wednesday, May 20th at 5:00 pm at Ceili’s Pub on 8th Avenue.

What is Speed Geeking? It’s an exciting way to exchange ideas with your peers about topics in QA and testing, while relaxing after work in a casual atmosphere.

How it works: We break up into small groups of 4-5 people and each group is given a topic to discuss and an assigned note taker. After 20 minutes, the groups will switch, giving everyone 5 minutes to join their next group and discuss a new topic.

Location: Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant on 803 8 Ave SW

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Time: We'll be there around 4:30 pm, for those of you who work the early shift and want to join us a little earlier. The first round of Speed Geeking will start at about 5:30 pm.