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Last updated: 05/05/2009

Manager's Solutions Workshop

The 2-day Manager's Solutions Workshop is an exclusive event for managers during QUEST
Chicago and will be held on April 20 and 21.

The Manager's Solutions Workshop focuses on the top challenges facing managers in building, testing, and delivering quality software applications and products in today's fast-paced and demanding environment. This intense and interactive workshop provides a unique opportunity for managers to learn from the QAI Global Institute's professional staff and industry leaders and to discuss issues with their peers from other companies to leverage group skills and knowledge in developing pragmatic solutions. Each attendee will have the opportunity to have their specific challenges and concerns addressed during the workshop. An example of some of the challenges that have been addressed in past Manager's Solutions Workshops include:

  • Proving the value of software quality and testing
  • Budgeting for software changes
  • Defining quality and testing metrics
  • Improving the software testing process
  • Building quality in throughout the software development process
  • Making test automation work
  • Establishing a testing center of excellence
  • Estimating the testing effort
  • Improving requirements

Why Attend

QAI Global Institute's studies show that if an IT organization forms an internal committee to develop a solution to a current challenge, the cost to the organization can range from $10,000 to $50,000. In addition to the cost of time for internal resources, there are lost opportunity savings and other benefit deficiencies from the delay in implementing a solution. By attending the Manager's Solutions Workshop you will:

  • Get solutions to your specific work challenges
  • Focus on strategic and future oriented issues
  • Connect with peers who can be contacted in the future to discuss work challenges
  • Have the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with peers and leading experts on confidential topics that cannot be discussed in a group setting

Worskhop Format

The input to this workshop is the software quality challenges that the workshop's participants are facing, plus the input received from the companies and organizations affiliated with the QAI Global Institute. Prior to the Manager's Solutions Workshop, participants submit a list of their current challenges. These challenges are consolidated into a list of potential topics, which are ranked in order of importance to the workshop participants prior to the beginning of the workshop. These five to six challenges become the agenda for the workshop.

Each challenge is introduced to the workshop participants, who then break into small work groups. Using the QAI Global Institute's problem-solving approach, the work groups define the challenge and develop potential solutions based on their collective experiences and shared knowledge. Each group selects one of their potential solutions and defines "how to" tactics for the solution. Each group presents their proposed best solution which is critiqued by the workshop's leaders and guest industry experts. Additional time is spent by the guest industry experts to share their solutions and answer specific questions from the workshop participants while the expert is on the "hot seat". All workshop participants are given opportunities throughout the workshop to bring their specific challenge before the group as they sit on the "bar stool" to ask for friendly group advice. Participants will leave the workshop with a series of potential solutions to today's quality challenges.

Connections Dinner

In addition to the two-days interactive workshop, participants will also have the opportunity to attend the Manager's Connection Dinner. This evening will provide the workshop attendees a chance to discuss the topics and related quality issues in a more relaxed setting, and provides an ideal opportunity for networking with peers and exchanging ideas.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for managers responsible for the building, testing, and delivering quality software applications within their companies or software products for the marketplace. Persons who would benefit the most from attending the Manager's Workshop are those holding positions of, or similar to:

  • CIOs and CTOs
  • IT/IS Vice Presidents and Directors
  • Quality Managers
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Testing Managers
  • Project Managers

Don't miss this great opportunity to be part of a select group of managers and industry experts who will aggressively tackle today's most pressing quality issues!

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