Join us for the May QASIG Meeting – Blockchain Technology Overview and Discussion

Hope you can join us on Wednesday, May 9th at 6 PM for a collaborative talk about Blockchain technology presented by our own Parke Blake and Jim Frazier.

Jim Frazier, one of Quardev’s Business Development Managers and self-confessed tech geek, and Parke Blake, Senior Test Lead, will provide a brief history of Blockchain technology: what it is, what it isn’t, where it is being used today and a discussion about where it might be going in the future.

Being firmly rooted in the technology sector, we at Quardev are always curious about exploring the latest trends in technology, and in finding solutions to help our clients leverage that technology to stay ahead in this rapidly changing environment, which is IT.

Please join us for a casual evening at our office for this month’s edition of the QASIG as we explore where Blockchain is today, and where it might be going tomorrow.

 

See the QASIG site to learn more and sign up.

Wednesday, 11/15, November QASIG Meeting

View details and register at QASIG.org

For our last meeting of the year, we are excited to welcome Penny Allen, from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), who is going to share her PNSQC Keynote presentation with us. If you weren’t able to attend PNSQC this year it’s a great opportunity to catch it. Let us know if you can join us!

Quality Engineering 2017: Trends, Tricks, and Traps

The motivation to develop digital experiences faster and better is the centerpiece of the Quality Engineering movement. Said more simply, we have to do even more with even less despite galactic level complexity and consumer expectations.

The question is: How?

We have to evolve our toolset, our techniques, and even our thought processes. In a very real sense, we have to redefine ourselves and our craft and we have to do it NOW before the choices are made for us.

In this talk, we’ll look at the different ways QA teams are adapting to their new reality: everything from service virtualization to contract testing to blue/green deploys. We’ll explore tools and techniques that worked and a few that failed. We’ll look at the trends driving mobile development, platform development, and cloud engineering with a very specific eye on keeping quality at the forefront of every effort.

My goal is to arm you with the knowledge necessary to start your own revolution and the will to challenge the norm in search of the next, great evolution.

About our speaker:  Penny Allen is the Director, Enterprise Quality Assurance at Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) and started her technology career as a mission systems engineer for NASA and then decided to try something really challenging: quality assurance! Her fortuitous decision to attempt something new became a hallmark of her career as she explored the expanse of software development with Engineering Leadership roles at companies like Nike and Fiserv.

That passion for continually trying new things brought her to the forefront of the Quality Engineering movement in the age of Continuous Deployment, DevOps, and SAFe. No longer content to watch the same good intentions produce the same mediocre results, Penny dove head first into rebuilding the concept of QA. Telemetry instead of test plans; meaningful data instead of monotonous metrics – the list of opportunities is endless.

In her current role at REI, Penny is building a quality program centered on solid engineering, great people, and the desire to always do a little better than the day before. There is always something novel to try in the quest to build better experiences.

QASIG Meeting: September 13, 2017, 6PM

Join us at our headquarters for the next QASIG meeting on September 13th at 6 PM. As always, we’ll have pizza and beverages at 6 with the program starting at 6:30.

Register at the QASIG site: https://www.qasig.org/events/september-qasig-meeting/

Building a Collaborative and Social Application Security Program

Presented by: Joe Basirico, Security Innovation, VP of Professional Services

In today’s environment, there is no arguing that a comprehensive secure development process is necessary. Fitting tools, technology, and security reviews into our current development cycle has become table stakes for companies building the software of tomorrow.

Breaking the “find and fix” vulnerability based assessment cycle so that software is developed with security in mind from start to finish is critically important, but doing this without leveraging a collaborative and social security program that leverages bug bounty programs, security researchers, and every aspect of vulnerability disclosure misses a huge opportunity. In this talk, I will explore how your security program can reach beyond the Secure SDLC.

About our speaker:  As the VP of Services, Joe is responsible for leading the Professional Services business at Security Innovation. He leverages his unique experience as a development lead, trainer, researcher, and test engineer to direct the security consulting team in the delivery of high-quality, impactful risk and software assessment and remediation solutions to the company’s customers. His ability to blend deep technical skills with risk-based business and compliance analysis is a powerful combination.

Joe has spent his career analyzing application behavior with respect to security. He has researched how software development organizations mature over time from a security perspective. Through this research, he has developed an understanding of application threats, tools, and methodologies that assist in the discovery and removal of security problems both software and process related.

July 2017 QASIG – Lightning Talks

At July’s QASIG Meeting, Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30 PM, we’ll be doing the Lightning Talk format – 4-5 short presentations (5 minutes each) on various subjects and with different presenters.

Confirmed Speakers:

Ian King, Hardware/Software Simulation Engineer, Flight Sciences, Blue Origin – Hardware-In-Loop Testing

Matt Griscom, MetaAutomation – Logs are the wrong tool for quality automation. Here’s what actually works

Satyajit Malugu, SDET4, GoDaddy – Robust and reliable Android app automation with Espresso

Srilu Balla, SDET, Holland-America Lines, SDET vs. Product Owner in Test

Michael R. Wolf, Scrum Master & Agile Team Coach, Independent – “Using the Agile Mindset (as Exploratory Testing) on the Agile Mindset”

Hope you can join us! Register here.

MAY QASIG VIDEO – PERFORMANCE AND SECURITY QUALITY PRACTICES IN CONTINUOUS DELIVERY

 

Performance and Security Quality Practices in Continuous Delivery

presented by Khan Klatt, Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering

Modern software engineering practices have challenged traditional thinking around the delivery of quality software. Waterfall practices have been eclipsed by agile practices, reducing cycle time to deliver software features from quarters or years to weeks or months. Agile practices are now being challenged by lean practices, which some organizations have exploited to reduce that cycle time from weeks/months to days/hours. In this talk, discover how decades-old quality practice and modern software engineering capabilities can be applied to deliver high-quality software on ultra-agile timeframes.

About our speaker: Khan Klatt is a Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering, leading the company’s Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy. Khan joined McGraw-Hill Education in 2014, previously having worked in entertainment/gaming and social media startups local to Seattle. Khan built high-performance, highly-scalable APIs used by television game shows, web scraping/crawling, and content ranking algorithms, as well as a social media platform that scaled to 50M users in the early 2000’s. In the 1990s, Khan also helped co-found a Web consulting business and successfully built and sold a regional startup Internet Service Provider to a national ISP.

Khan attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he served as the first Webmaster for that organization in 1993. His passion for progressive innovation was demonstrated in his work to integrate make the Campus-Wide Information System database available on the Web as early as 1994.

Khan came to the United States from Ankara, Turkey, where he attended grades K-12 in a Department of Defense Dependents School. Born in Turkey, Khan speaks Turkish and English as native tongues and learned elementary French in high school. In his free time, Khan enjoys hobbies like programming, photography, and travel.

May QASIG – Featuring Khan Klatt, Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering

Performance and Security Quality Practices in Continuous Delivery

presented by Khan Klatt, Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering

Modern software engineering practices have challenged traditional thinking around the delivery of quality software. Waterfall practices have been eclipsed by agile practices, reducing cycle time to deliver software features from quarters or years to weeks or months. Agile practices are now being challenged by lean practices, which some organizations have exploited to reduce that cycle time from weeks/months to days/hours. In this talk, discover how decades-old quality practice and modern software engineering capabilities can be applied to deliver high-quality software on ultra-agile timeframes.

About our speaker: Khan Klatt is a Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering, leading the company’s Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy. Khan joined McGraw-Hill Education in 2014, previously having worked in entertainment/gaming and social media startups local to Seattle. Khan built high-performance, highly-scalable APIs used by television game shows, web scraping/crawling, and content ranking algorithms, as well as a social media platform that scaled to 50M users in the early 2000’s. In the 1990s, Khan also helped co-found a Web consulting business and successfully built and sold a regional startup Internet Service Provider to a national ISP.

Khan attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he served as the first Webmaster for that organization in 1993. His passion for progressive innovation was demonstrated in his work to integrate make the Campus-Wide Information System database available on the Web as early as 1994.

Khan came to the United States from Ankara, Turkey, where he attended grades K-12 in a Department of Defense Dependents School. Born in Turkey, Khan speaks Turkish and English as native tongues and learned elementary French in high school. In his free time, Khan enjoys hobbies like programming, photography, and travel.

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