Saturday, December 6, 2008

meeting in the DC metro area to discuss software QA related topics

Hi Folks,
One of my friends and former co-worker Rick Hower is starting
a Northen Virginia Test Automation Interest Group. I will be there.
If you are in the DC metro area and this is of interest to you I encourage
you to be there. The meeting details are below.

NOVA TAIG - Northern Virginia Test Automation Interest Group Monthly meetings beginning in January 2009.

Meetings will be on Wednesday nights 6:30 – 9:00; no cost other than food you order and your active participation in meeting discussions.
First meeting Wednesday January 7 2009 (Next meeting is being planned for early February)

Test Automation Frameworks: Roundtable discussion (see more info below).

Send e-mail to Rick Hower to reserve a spot if you are planning to attend.

Meetings will be held in the Reston-Herndon area, usually at a local restaurant or company facility. Specific meeting location will be sent in response to reservations.

6:30 - 7:00 Networking, food.
7:00 - 7:30 Each attendee introduces themselves and discusses their test automation interests/news/challenges/successes.
7:30 - 7:40 Announcements re automation job openings or those seeking test automation work.
7:40 - 8:40 Topic or Presentation
8:40 - 9:00 Follow-on discussions

INITIAL TOPIC JAN 7: Test Automation Frameworks: Round table discussion re: what is meant by a ‘framework’?, what types of reusable functionality/components/services/practices should be in a framework?, how can frameworks help with management/planning/ROI? Note: We will also spend some time at the January meeting discussing suggestions for upcoming meeting topics.

Please email if you are planning to attend the meeting so we can a) let you know the specific meeting location b) so that you can be notified of any last minute meeting location changes.

The meetings will be participatory and discussion oriented.
--There will not be a presentation at the first meeting, but it is expected that future meetings will often include informal discussion-oriented presentations.
--Meetings are expected to be technically-oriented at times (and may include showing and discussing code) Examples: unit testing, automation programming languages, tool specifics, security test automation, vendor presentations, load testing, code coverage, etc.
--Some meetings are expected to be less technical and oriented to design/strategy/management subjects related to test automation. Examples: determining when a software project is ready for test automation, choosing a tool, open-source vs COTS, build vs buy, ROI, how to find a great test automation engineer, automation estimation, etc.
--It is expected that attendees will contribute actively to the discussions and be willing to discuss (in general terms or, if possible, specific terms) past or current automation experiences, challenges, and successes


Friday, September 26, 2008

QA questions on linked for September

Asked by Soumen Sarkar on Sept 24th
Is unit testing doomed?

Rick Hower's QA site

I met Rick Hower at Verisign. He has been running a QA Automation Birds of
a Feather (BOF) lunch group here for a little while. His contract is up and
we are sad to see him go as this was a very well run group. Rick is very
active in the QA community and his website
Rick Hower's QA site
is a source of good ideas.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Recruiters and headhunters

This is a stub for recruiters and headhunters to post comments.
Also can be used by group members to post comments about recruiters.


Monday, June 2, 2008

QA questions on Linkedin for the month of June

Asked by: Gianmaria Gai on June 5th
Examples of ISEB Foundation certification software exam

Asked by: Gianmaria Gai on June 6th
Help for a open test software comparator

Asked by: Sangeetha Santhanagopal on June 1st
Business Requirements and System Requirements

Asked by: Dave Macaulay on June 6th
Web-based Project Tracking/Management

Asked by: David Harwood on June 9th
Where can you find published metrics which can be used to estimate software development projects?

Asked by: Swamy Karnam on June 13th
How effective is Code Coverage Analysis ?
Accidentally entered the same above question twice

Asked by: Yoav Aviv on June 14th
Although not strictly on QA it has some relevance. Also it has 85+ responses within
the hour it was posted so seems like a good topic for discussion:
What top ten actions can IT project managers take to increase the likelihood of implementation success?

Asked by: Swamy Karnam on June 13th
How do you define efficiency and effectiveness with respect to Software Quality Assurance ?

Asked by: Md Abubucker Alathick on June 16th
Steps to create a testing productivity baseline

Asked by: Mark Wheeler on June 17th
Which should it be, Certification in WinRunner/QTP ( Specialist Exams) or ISEB Intermediate?

Asked by: Mark Rooks on June 25th 2008
Application Testing using virtualised clients

Asked by: Surajit Dutta on June 28th 2008
Do you see a problem in applying Lean manufacturing and/or Kaizen principles to software engineering?

Asked by: Charly Pearce on June 26th 2008
Test managers in Holland - what would attract them to move?

Asked by: Ravi Shankar on June 28th 2008
What is the best testing process ever?

Asked by: Damnish Kumar on June 28th 2008
Do you see changes in Software Testing Approach because of high demand for Rapid Production Process? How will this impact quality of software development and overall cost of product including support.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

uncategorized testing links

for further review: