QUEST 2012 Blog

The QUEST 2012 blog is an ongoing opportunity for industry thought leaders, evangelists, innovative practitioners, and IT professionals to share their insights with the broader QA community before, during, and beyond the 2012 conference. Follow the latest posts in whatever format you prefer (see "Blog Subscription" in right sidebar), and be sure to join the discussion online by joining the QUEST discussion group on LinkedIn!

CSTE Prep and Practice at QUEST

Monday & Tuesday, April 30 & May 1, the Chicago Quality Assurance Association is sponsoring a Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE) Prep Course and Practice Exam. This opportunity is specifically designed for anyone interested in becoming certified as a CSTE.

The two-day course is taught by a certified QAI instructor, and is an excellent review of the important concepts in the CSTE Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK). Sample exam questions are provided throughout the course.

As an industry-leading software testing conference, QUEST is packed with professional development and networking opportunities. These include a selection of multi-day classes for professionals at all levels. If you are considering becoming a CSTE, be sure to read the full course overview and register soon to reserve your seat!

Eliminate Waste and Sustain Value!

Are you a process engineers or involved in process improvement? Then be sure to make the most of your QUEST 2012 experience by attending the many sessions included in the Process and Assessment Track. Learn how to identify your best software practices, assess your testing organization’s maturity, eliminate waste in your processes, and sustain your process improvement over the long run to realize greater benefits with educational opportunities across three days. These include:

Process and Assessment Class: “Build and Sustain Value Based Processes”
This one-day course walks through the life cycle of process development and definition, improvement, maintenance, and follow-up for continuous improvement. The class examines business and system development related processes and references techniques commonly useful for any process improvement effort including LEAN Six Sigma, capability and maturity model approaches, and industry best practices.Explore the full class objectives and outline online.

Process and Assessment Tutorials
Maximize your training dollars and enhance your educational experience by registering for these half-day, in-depth tutorials:

Process and Assessment Sessions
Wednesday’s conference schedule boasts a full slate of process-focused sessions:

Early Registration Discount Ends Soon!

Planning ahead has its advantages! Register for QUEST 2012 this month to take advantage of Early Registration discounts and the special hotel rate negotiated just for QUEST 2012 attendees.

Time is running out – Early Registration ends February 17! Registering now saves money and ensures your seat at preferred classes and sessions.

Find the discounts and registration options right for you at

Calling all Test Automation Engineers!

As part of the week-long Conference and EXPO, QUEST 2012 will offer test automation engineers a dedicated track on Thursday, May 3. Featured sessions will cover automation frameworks, end-to-end automation of ERP software, risk-based automation assessment, and open source tools vs. integrated testing tools. Additionally, QUEST EXPO talks provide insight into the latest tools and approaches for test automation.

Maximize your QUEST experience by also registering for the intensive full-day “Five Common Test Automation Approaches” class on Monday, April 30. Led by recognized automation expert David Dang, the class will focus on the major factors that test automation engineers must consider before determining a test automation approach. A combination of lecture, classroom exercises, and experiential techniques will provide attendees with a strategy to select an approach that is best suited for their test automation objectives. Explore the full class objectives and outline to learn more about this unique opportunity.