Gretchen Henrich, LexisNexis

Outsourced Test Skills: What Are You Doing to Stay Current?

Thursday, April 18, 2013: 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM | Room:


Have some or even most of your technical skills been outsourced? Do you feel like you are losing the skills that you have learned? How do you maintain those skills and even add to them when you aren’t practicing them regularly? Attend this presentation and you will leave with ideas on how to maintain or increase your skills by a variety of different methods. Try reading, for instance. This does not necessarily mean reading technical literature, which is always good, but also looking at other genre. For example, have you ever considered how reading a mystery is like testing software? How about working puzzles? A variety of puzzles and brain activities will be presented that will challenge you and get your brain moving. Finally, there will be a discussion among participants of ideas to maintain or increase skills. Is anyone researching tools? Has anyone signed up for a 30-day trial lately? What about crowd-sourcing – are you a member yet? Join Gretchen as she gives back by sharing the knowledge and experience that she has gathered over 30 years in the testing community.

Pradeep Chennavajhula, QAI Global Institute

Being Mature About Quality

Friday, April 19, 2013: 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM | Room:

You can’t force maturity, but you can learn it. Organizational Maturity involves creation of a totally different mindset. While organizations are growing and increasing in size and complexity, they may not yet be fully developed enough to cope with maturity and continuous improvement of quality. There will be moments of brilliance and clear thinking, but for the most part, quality is what happens accidentally, and not by design.

Given this context, the presentation focuses on the principles of “good change” that we must imbibe and learn from to create quality by design. Building on the principles of “continual improvement”, the presentation suggests a multi-dimensional approach focusing on the aspects of people, engineering, infrastructure, technology, management, tools and automation, for building organizational maturity. The talk also focuses on providing a “business view” to maturity, and provides a road map for building organizational maturity.