September 18, 2017
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‘QA and DevOps: Running in Tandem’ by Michael Faulise

Running in Tandem

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Eventbrite - [DAQAA] 'QA and DevOps: Running In Tandem'

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
CCOP Training Center, 7780 Office Plaza Drive South, Suite 140, West Des Moines, IA 50266

In today’s “footrace” to deliver high-quality software products, efficiently and ahead of the competition, it is critical for organizations to ensure QA and DevOps are running in tandem.

In an era of shorter software product release schedules, organizations adopting the principles of DevOps can realize an important competitive advantage. Simply put, DevOps is a process for close collaboration between developers, QA, product owners and IT operations during the entire product lifecycle to ensure software is released rapidly without compromising on quality.

In a high-functioning DevOps culture, QA is one of the pillars because it ensures everyone is responsible for bug-free software throughout the entire process. The “lines” between development and QA are blurred and many responsibilities become shared – and bug prevention becomes even more important than bug detection.

When QA and DevOps runs in tandem, it enables continuous integration, delivery and deployment of applications.

Learning Objectives: Our talk will help to demystify DevOps, suggestions on how to best align QA, Development and Operations within your organization, and allow you to tap into our expertise on how to release high-quality products quicker to your audience.  We’ll tackle the following subjects (and more):

  • Implementing DevOps, and the culture impacts to be prepared for
  • Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD) ensuring faster delivery and ability to scale
  • Deployment Automation, Quality Gates & Approvals
  • Test Strategies to focus on shifting left – Bug Prevention as opposed to just Bug Detection
  • Blurring the lines between QA and Development
  • Test Automation as part of a high-functioning DevOps culture

Speakers:
Michael Faulise

Michael Faulise is founder and managing partner at tap|QA LLC, a national company that specializes in quality solutions for businesses. His current focus as an executive leader for tap|QA includes sales, marketing, business development, innovation and solutions. He has more than 20 years in consulting services with his focus on client engagements, including working with the NASDAQ, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, HBO and several other Fortune 100 clients. Michael has specialized in partnering with clients in the areas of software development, quality assurance and testing, technology, process training, and process improvement. He has spoken at several national conferences including SQE Agile Development, IIST and the StarWest/East conferences. He continues his passion for driving innovative ideas as software development evolves and adapting to those changes.

Jennifer Bonine

A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In an engagement for one of the world’s largest technology companies, Jennifer served as a strategy executive and in corporate marketing for the C-Suite. In her career, she has had several opportunities to build global teams from the ground up and has been fortunate to see how many of the world’s top companies operate from the C-Suite viewpoint.

Sponsor:
tap|QA

At tap|QA – We Test. tap|QA is a consulting services firm 100% focused on Quality. Our consultants’ wide range of experience includes Quality Assurance & Testing, Test Automation, DevOps, and Business Analysis within a vast array of industries. Our Quality focused solutions enable IT Organizations to meet the growing demands of their business partners. tapqa.com

Our solutions include:

  • Strategic Quality – Strategic Consulting to Optimize  IT Capabilities, Technology & Organizational structure.
  • tap|NEARSHORE – cost-competitive with offshore, but embedded locally with your team, or at our site in Minneapolis.
  • tap|AUTOMATION – Continuous Integration, Automation Accelerators, DevOps and Performance
  • QA/QC/BA Project Augmentation – From well-seasoned QA experts to bright, talented to well-trained associate consultants
*** Join us after the meeting for Happy Hour at Granite City in Clive. ***

tap|QA is sponsoring drinks and light appetizers following our September meeting to continue the DevOps & QA discussion.

Granite City

Granite City
12801 University Ave.
Clive, IA 50325


The mission of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association is to be a network of QA professionals sharing best practices, processes, and methods in the QA information technology disciplines. DAQAA will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new ideas, and techniques for the purpose of educating its members. We hold a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss relevant topics in QA and testing. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you would like additional information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit the Events page for more details.

July 13, 2017
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‘Think Like a Tester – Puzzles and Games to Spark Great Questions’

puzzle

Great software testing relies on more than technical acumen. Testers must be curious and flexible in their approach to testing. We’ll share some puzzles and games that challenge testers (and anyone else who wants to think differently) to dig deeper and ask better questions, ultimately helping us improve our testing and our software.

Presentation slides

Speakers:

Annette Head – IT Consultant at Source Allies

Annette is a QA practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She is currently the secretary of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association. Annette is passionate about learning, testing and agile. In her free time she loves spending time with her dogs, traveling as much as possible and dabbling in assorted hobbies like speaking French and teaching herself to play piano.

Brian Kampling – IT Consultant at Source Allies

Brian is a Software Test Engineer with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about context driven testing, test automation, and agile development. In his free time he enjoys caring for his chickens and garden, tinkering with python and a RaspberryPi, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Sponsor:

Special thanks to Source Allies for sponsoring this month’s event.

Source Allies

Eventbrite - [DAQAA] Summer Social

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Source Allies, 4501 NW Urbandale Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322


The mission of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association is to be a network of QA professionals sharing best practices, processes, and methods in the QA information technology disciplines. DAQAA will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new ideas, and techniques for the purpose of educating its members. We hold a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss relevant topics in QA and testing. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you would like additional information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit the Events page for more details.

July 5, 2017
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2017 Summer Social at Wellman’s Pub on Ingersoll Ave.

We want to get to know you!

Come out to Wellman’s Pub on Ingersoll from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and join us for an evening on the patio at our annual Summer Social. This is a great time to come and chat with other QA professionals in a relaxed setting, get to know one another, and to find out what people are seeing in the marketplace. It’s also a good opportunity to see what other companies are doing in their QA areas, the tools they use, the problems they’ve seen, and the solutions they’ve discovered.

Free appetizers and drinks are being provided, courtesy of Kforce.

Kforce

We look forward to seeing you there.

Eventbrite - [DAQAA] Summer Social

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 PM
 Wellman’s Pub, 2920 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312


The mission of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association is to be a network of QA professionals sharing best practices, processes, and methods in the QA information technology disciplines. DAQAA will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new ideas, and techniques for the purpose of educating its members. We hold a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss relevant topics in QA and testing. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you would like additional information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit the Events page for more details.

May 12, 2017
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‘TechnoLeaders: Steps to Enhance Your Technical Leadership’ by Tom Henricksen

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Dial-in: (712) 770-4663
Access Code: 
940297

Overview:

Leading teams of technology professionals takes a mix of leadership and technical understanding. In this presentation, we will step you through the process of how you can take your technology position and become a leader in your field.

Presentation slides

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Speaker: Tom Henricksen, Career Coach at MyITCareerCoach.com

Tom Henricksen is a technology professional, career coach, and speaker. He has worked in various roles in technology for over fifteen years. Tom has learned how to lead technical teams and can help you develop those skills too!

You can find Tom on Twitter @TomHenricksen, and his book on TechnoLeaders is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Sponsor: Diversified Software Resources

Special thanks to Diversified Software Resources for sponsoring this month’s meeting.

DSR logo

We look forward to seeing you there.

Eventbrite - [DAQAA] 'TechnoLeaders: Steps to Enhance Your Technical Leadership'

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Farm Bureau Financial Services, 5400 University Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266


The mission of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association is to be a network of QA professionals sharing best practices, processes, and methods in the QA information technology disciplines. DAQAA will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new ideas, and techniques for the purpose of educating its members. We hold a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss relevant topics in QA and testing. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you would like additional information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit the Events page for more details.

May 5, 2017
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When is testing not required?

This is an excerpt from the book Dear Evil Tester by Alan Richardson, available on Amazon and Leanpub. The book is based off the“Dear Evil Tester” column, an obvious rip-off of the Agony Aunt columns that have existed in newspapers for a bazillion years. I’ve just started reading the online version at Leanpub, and just received the actual book from Amazon yesterday. I like physical books, but my suggestion is to stick with the ebook. Still, I really liked the response to this question, so I thought I’d share it. – Dusty Juhl, DAQAA Vice President/Treasurer

Q. When is testing not required?
When can a person say that testing is not required for a particular product ?

Yogesh

A. Hi Yogesh,

I like questions with flippant answers. So, of course the answer is “Whenever they want”. They can equally say “Bibble Bibble” whenever they want.

But I suspect you want a less flippant and more scientific answer (Bwahaha).

My first Google search for “% of IT projects that fail” provided me with a scientific range of “62 – 68”%. I will make this complicated statistic easy for my readers by conclusively stating that 70% of IT projects fail.

Therefore, I can conclude that 100% of people on 70% of IT projects can say “Testing is not required for this particular product” and they can hold their heads up high in the hope that the project was doomed anyway. Pretty good odds.

Consequently we only have to concern ourselves with the 100% of people involved in 30% of IT projects.

We all know that “you can’t test quality into a product” therefore I can use this to conclude that the product will either be quality or it won’t, so we can’t use ‘quality’ as a justification for testing.

So basing my judgement on the preceding science; I can say: if a person has the power to cause the project to fail, then they can say “testing is not required”, at the point they make the decision to doom the project.

Making rocket science look easy,

Uncle E.

April 12, 2017
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‘So You Think You Can Freelance’ by Dusty Juhl

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Dial-in: (712) 770-4663
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Overview:

You’ve likely seen the listings of “Work from Home” jobs or heard or read tips from people about how easy it is to work as a freelancer. Did you know there are freelance testing jobs as well?

In this talk, we’ll learn about tips for becoming a successful freelancer, the different websites where you can become a freelance tester, how to build/establish your reputation as a tester, and most importantly, how to make money as a freelance tester.

Presentation slides: <link to be provided>

Speaker: Dusty Juhl, Sr. QA Analyst at ADT

Dusty is a QA professional with over 13 years of IT experience. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Certified Software Tester (CSTE), and he’s currently the Vice President / Treasurer of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association (DAQAA). He’s an active member of a number of user groups in the local community. When he’s not crushing bugs, he’s cheering on his 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs or willing the Dallas Cowboys onto another Super Bowl title.

You can find Dusty on Twitter @DustyJuhl, and also @DAQAA_Com.

Sponsor: Beacon Hill

Special thanks to Beacon Hill for sponsoring this month’s meeting.

Beacon Hill

We look forward to seeing you there.

Eventbrite - [DAQAA] 'So You Think You Can Freelance'

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 PM
CCOP Training Center, 7780 Office Drive Plaza South, Suite 140, West Des Moines, IA 50266


The mission of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association is to be a network of QA professionals sharing best practices, processes, and methods in the QA information technology disciplines. DAQAA will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new ideas, and techniques for the purpose of educating its members. We hold a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss relevant topics in QA and testing. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you would like additional information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit the Events page for more details.

February 28, 2017
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‘Oil & Water or Peanut Butter & Jelly: DevOps and Regulatory Compliance’ by Brandon Carlson

PB&J

Dial-in: (712) 770-4663
Access Code: 
940297

DevOps and Regulatory Compliance, two critically important ingredients in today’s connected society. The first enables you to move quickly and respond to change in an era where change is increasing at an exponential rate and shows no sign of slowing down. The second protects your organization from exposure from hackers, privacy, and internal corruption and seems to require a slow and methodical approach to risk management.

These two ideas appear to be incompatible at first glance, but they actually go together like peanut butter and jelly. While maintaining, analyzing, confirming, and reporting on the status of required information security, compliance, and privacy controls is a difficult and significant task for our industry, integrating it within your DevOps/Continuous Delivery pipeline is easier than you think.

Using examples taken from real-world projects in companies just like yours, you will see how to integrate compliance and reporting into your projects using tools such as Pair Programming, Jenkins, Chef, Metasploit, and others. When it comes to compliance, it’s not about Oil and Water, it’s “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”.

Session Takeaways:

  • How to integrate security and compliance within their existing workflows.
  • Seamlessly integrate compliance reporting into your test automation strategy.
  • Tools for integrating compliance into your continuous integration/delivery pipeline.

Speaker: Brandon Carlson, IT Nerd at Lean TECHniques

Brandon Carlson is an internationally recognized management consultant with expertise in Lean and Agile Software Development. Unlike many trainers in the industry, Brandon is also a practitioner, helping put into practice the things he teaches in his courses. This ensures that you are always receiving the most up to date information available.

With a career that spans over two decades, he has worked in a variety of industries and organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 100 organizations and is experienced in both Management and software development disciplines.

His focus is on delivery of high-value products to market through the combination of the simple techniques, a large toolbox, and a whole lot of common sense.

Sponsor: Palmer Group

Special thanks to Palmer Group for sponsoring this month’s meeting.

Palmer Group

We look forward to seeing you there.

Eventbrite - [DAQAA] 'Oil & Water or PB&J: DevOps and Regulatory Compliance'

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 PM
CCOP Training Center, 7780 Office Drive Plaza South, Suite 140, West Des Moines, IA 50266


The mission of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association is to be a network of QA professionals sharing best practices, processes, and methods in the QA information technology disciplines. DAQAA will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new ideas, and techniques for the purpose of educating its members. We hold a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss relevant topics in QA and testing. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you would like additional information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please check out the upcoming events section on this page or visit the Events page for more details.

February 9, 2017
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‘SAFe in 8 Pictures’ by Laura Kelly

SAFe

What is SAFe?

The goal of this presentation is to create a shared understanding of the approaches and principles in SAFe and understand how it may help you achieve your agile transformation goals.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Scaled Agile Framework, plus shared experiences regarding implementation.

Presentation Slides: SAFe in 8 Pictures

Speaker: Laura Kelly, Agile Coach at Principal Financial Group

Laura has worked in Quality Assurance for over 15 years in every role from tester to a leader of QA teams. She’s spent the last 10 years at Principal, where she found a passion for agile methods and principles.

Her first agile project was over 7 years ago, and while it was more chaotic than agile, she knew it was how she wanted to work going forward. Laura is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Scaled Agile Consultant (SAFe). She’s led efforts for agile transformation in multiple areas at Principal and helped roll out SAFe. Most recently, she’s worked with business areas to help them adopt agile methods in their day-to-day work.

Laura is a self-proclaimed agile hippie, using agile methods in both her work and personal life. In her free time, she loves to read, cuddle with her two dogs and three cats, and play board games with her husband, daughter, and two sons.

Sponsor: Kforce

Special thanks to Kforce for sponsoring this month’s meeting.

Kforce

We look forward to seeing you there.

Eventbrite - [DAQAA] 'SAFe in 8 Pictures'

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Farm Bureau Financial Services, 5400 University Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266


The mission of the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance Association is to be a network of QA professionals sharing best practices, processes, and methods in the QA information technology disciplines. DAQAA will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new ideas, and techniques for the purpose of educating its members. We hold a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss relevant topics in QA and testing. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you would like additional information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please check out the upcoming events section on this page or visit the Events page for more details.

February 2, 2017
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Upcoming Training Classes from Braintrust

Braintrust Consulting Group is bringing several Scrum training classes to Des Moines in 2017, and they’re offering a $100 discount to DAQAA members.

They’ll be in Des Moines this month with a couple all-day Scrum classes.

They’re holding a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) class February 20-21, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM in West Des Moines. Registration is still open. Sign up here. Use the promo code “DAQAA100” to get $100 off of your registration.

They’re also holding a Certified Scum Product Owner (CSPO) class February 22-23, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM in West Des Moines. Registration is still open. Sign up here. Use the promo code “DAQAA100” to get $100 off of your registration.

Check out their full schedule for 2017 to take advantage of their Early Bird discounts, plus the additional $100 DAQAA discount.

January 23, 2017
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Call for Speakers

Do you have a topic you are interested in presenting? Contact us with your idea!
Call for Speakers
Topics can cover a wide range of QA practices, to be presented to a typical audience of 30-40 people. The format can vary from just a single topic to a panel or roundtable discussion to a hands-on workshop of a longer duration.

DAQAA meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, beginning at 4:00 PM and typically last about one hour, depending on the format.

As a free user group, we rely on volunteers and contributions from the community in order to provide content for our members. We are extremely grateful for any time you are able to give to us.

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