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!

Download and/or Print Session Presentations

Select QUEST Conference session presentations are now available online for downloading and printing. Attendees registered for the three-day conference can access these files by visiting the Downloads page.

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QUEST Discounted Hotel Rate Ends This Week!

QUEST 2012 will be held at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. A special nightly rate of $159.00 (plus tax) has been negotiated for conference attendees. The regular room rate is substantially higher than the negotiated rate. The number of rooms at this group rate is limited. The negotiated room rate is available until April 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM CDT, or until space has been filled.

Make your hotel reservation online now OR call 1-888-627-9031 and identify yourself as a QAI QUEST conference attendee to receive the group rate. Visit the Hotel page to learn more about The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center.

Conference Hotel Discounted Rooms Filling Quickly

Don’t wait to book your hotel room for QUEST 2012! Rooms are filling up quickly, and a limited number of rooms are still available at the group rate. A special nightly rate of $159.00 (plus tax) has been negotiated for QUEST 2012 attendees at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Make your hotel reservation online now OR call 1-888-627-9031 and identify yourself as a QAI QUEST conference attendee to receive the group rate. The negotiated room rate is available until April 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM CST, or until space has been filled.

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center is located just 12 miles southwest of O’Hare International Airport in the heart of the Lombard/Oak Brook business and shopping corridor, the Westin provides downtown Chicago style, sophistication, and full-service but with the lower cost and free parking of a Chicago suburban hotel. For more information visit

Beyond QUEST’s exciting social and networking events there are attractions and activities for every interest imaginable! The Chicago area is one of the world’s premiere destinations for music, architecture, food, sports, historical landmarks, museums, and the arts.

Start planning your trip today!

QUEST Magazine Available Online

This year’s QUEST Magazine, sponsored by SQS Group, is a must-read for IT professionals serious about quality software. In addition to providing a comprehensive schedule of sessions and activities at the QUEST 2012 Conference & EXPO, this year’s magazine also includes a full slate of original articles written by IT professionals about some of the hottest trends in software quality. Download the QUEST Magazine for FREE!

Featured Articles

Identifying Your Organization’s Best Software Practices

David Herron from the David Consulting Group explores the definition and criteria for defining a “best practice” to help you better document your own software development best practices. Read the full article.

ETL Projects Don’t Have To Be So Hard

What can be done to ensure the success of ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) projects? Al Rago and Rob Wozniak of Analytics8 cover a series of best practices for limiting the impact of the unexpected. Read the full article.

Agility with Traceability: Blending Requirements and User Stories

How can teams combine requirements and user stories within the context of the same project? Peter Varhol of Seapine Software outlines an approach that results in a better understanding of the use of the application and the needs of the users. Read the full article.

Web Accessibility As Part of Quality Assurance

Ray Campbell from the TAP Group defines “Web Accessibility” and discusses why website accessibility is as important a quality assurance issue as any other testing requirement. Read the full article.

In-the-Wild Testing: The Case for Real-World QA

Doron Reuveni, CEO and co-founder of uTest, examines a fundamental link missing in the QA chain and the merits of in-the-wild-testing. Read the full article.

The Three Aspects of Software Quality: Functional, Structural, and Process

What exactly is software quality? How do the perceptions and expectations of different stakeholders change this definition? David Chappell of David Chappell & Associates helps examines this important issue. Read the full article.

Throw-Away Test Automation

As traditional test automation becomes too cumbersome, George Wilson, COO of Original Software, makes the case for throw away automation. Read the full article.

Maintenance Phase Testing – The Significant Value in Doing it Right!

We all know the value of testing during product development, but are we paying the same attention to testing during the maintenance phase? Gireendra Kasmalkar from the SQS Group explores the significant benefits that can be realized by testing in the maintenance phase. Read the full article.

Registered for QUEST, the Quality Engineered Software and Testing Conference?

Join thought leaders and peers in the QUEST for quality software with 110 unique learning opportunities across 5 days of classes, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and more! Special discounts are available for QAI Community members and Group Registration. Register now online to start your QUEST!

The Audacity of Quality Requirements

Are you challenged to develop high quality requirements that are easily recognizable, clear, testable, and meet the business need? Join Bob Prentiss, Client Solutions Director of Business Analysis at Watermark Learning, for a one-day, interactive, exercise-driven course that will help you discover, develop, and deliver solid, high-quality requirements.

Bob is CBAP® certified with over 20 years of experience in corporate America; managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. He is the developer of the PMI 2011 Product of the Year, the Project R.E.A.L. (Real Experience Applied Learning) class, a hands-on, live project experience.

Check out the full course outline and reserve your seat today for this exciting class!

Get Agile at QUEST 2012

QUEST 2012 features a dedicated agile track on both Wednesday and Thursday. Class, keynote, and two days of sessions offer an opportunity to learn about Scrum, user stories, agile transformations, communications, the backlog, test automation, success stories, and the pitfalls and perils of agile. Click on individual titles below to view full abstracts.

Agile Class: Transitioning to Agile Testing
Projects using agile methods for software development are becoming more common. One of the greatest challenges project teams face in this environment is getting the testers up to speed. Join Janet Gregory, co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know, who will explain the new role of an agile tester and some of the skills needed to make them successful. Explore the full class objectives and outline.

Conference Keynote: “Continuous Feedback” with Brian Harry, Microsoft
Don’t miss QUEST’s Wednesday keynote presentation by Brian Harry, Microsoft Technical Fellow, as he discusses how a modern testing approach can be a great enabler of flow, transparency, and the reduction of waste. Explore the full class objectives and outline.

Agile Conference Sessions