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    • 27 Aug 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Revealing the Mystery behind Test Automation Framework Design
    Dean Carvin, Checkpoint Technologies

    About the Topic

    Test automation framework design is a mystery to many in the industry. There are no two alike but all those that are successful share some simple common elements whether they are complex or simple in their design. But if you get the basics figured out it is not a difficult task to build a test automation framework that can meet your company’s needs.

    Let’s take a look at some of the common elements of a successful framework design and implementation. Then we will look at two examples of successful frameworks, both of which share the common elements but are at different ends of the complexity spectrum.

    Key Learning Objectives

    • Accept responsibility for your own life to achieve greatness
    • Prepare to adapt to the challenges in business and in life
    • Program your own personal life code for prospering and succeeding

    About the Speaker

    Dean Carvin, Checkpoint Technologies is an HP Certified Accredited Software Engineer and Certified Instructor with well over 13 years of experience in the software quality assurance field. His areas of expertise include test automation strategy, design and implementation, and test management focused around the HP suite of tools. Dean is regularly involved in the design and presentation of POCs and product demos, consulting, mentoring and training. He has trained, consulted, and mentored on HP tools at over 40 different companies having implemented successful test automation frameworks in a variety of environments and industries. Dean has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Rowan University. He is an HP Certified Instructor for UFT and ALM and is AIS certified in QTP 10.


    Checkpoint Technologies
    Instructions for joining the webinar will be posted to the event on the CQAA website before the day of the webinar


    12:00 - 1:00 PM Webinar



    PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, August 25, 2014 at If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at

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    System Requirements

    PC-based attendees

    Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

    Mac®-based attendees

    Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

    Mobile attendees

    Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

    • 22 Sep 2014
    • 8:30 AM
    • 23 Sep 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • Willis Tower 233 South Wacker Drive 33rd Floor Washington Room Chicago, Il 60606

    Certified Software Tester (CSTE) Prep Course

    September 22-23, 2014

    8:30 am - 4:30pm

    Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois


    The Certified Software Test Engineer Prep Course is designed specifically to prepare the quality testing professional for the CSTE examination. The course aids the quality testing professional in focusing in on the topics that are important for understanding, thus helping toward the successful completion of the exam. This course is not intended to supplant the need for proper examination preparation. However, it will serve as an excellent review of the CSTE Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK) which consists of the ten skill categories listed below. Sample exam questions are provided throughout the course

    • Software Testing Principles and Concepts
    • Building the Test Environment
    • Managing the Test Project
    • Test Planning
    • Executing the Test Plan
    • Test Status, Analysis, and Reporting
    • User Acceptance Testing
    • Testing Software Developed by Outside Organizations
    • Testing Software Controls and the Adequacy of Security Procedures
    • Testing New Technologies


    $595 CQAA Members

    $695 Non-Members

    Morning and afternoon break beverages will be provided. Lunch is not included. There are several convenient places for sandwiches and salads inside Willis Tower and across the street.


    Willis Tower

    233 South Wacker Drive

    33rd Floor Washington Room

    Chicago, IL 60606

    (Check in with security at front desk on first floor is required with a photo identification)



    PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, September 15, 2014 at If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at

    • 24 Sep 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Allstate Insurance West Plaza – Auditorium 3100 Sanders Road Northbrook, Il 60062-7154

    CSI Chicago: Attributes of a Successful Software Forensics Solutions

    Tom Ticknor, QAI Global Institute

    About the Topic

    $6,800,000,000,000 ($6.8 trillion USD) is the estimated ANNUAL costs of IT failures globally. If "IT failure" was a country, it would have a GDP surpassed only by the USA and China ($16.2T and $8.3T respectively). $6.8 trillion equates to well over $500 billion (yes with a B) per month. What could the world do with an extra $500 billion per month? LOTS! Unfortunately, too often our response to failing or struggling IT projects is just to accept it as the cost of doing business in a complex world. This might have been true at some point in IT history, but now with software and systems buried deep in almost every aspect of our lives, our once voracious "risk appetite" might now be ready for a "low risk diet". Ok, so where do we start? Simply put, it is about getting back to basics. We need to learn how to know what we don't know and to learn to investigate. Much like the NTSB has their Crash Site Investigators, our IT organizations must develop and embed Software Process Failure Investigators skills within all aspects of the ALM.

    In his talk, Tom will provide an overview of the Software Forensic Analysis (SFA) process and focus on the six critical attributes of a successful forensics solution. Attendees to the presentation will leave with a clear understanding of what it takes to embed a "forensic solution" within their organization.

    Key Learning Objectives

    • The cost of IT failures to the global economy … the problem
    • Other industry processes to reduce failure
    • Six critical attributes of a successful forensics solution
    About the Speaker

    Tom Ticknor, CSQA, CSTE, CSBA is the Chief Operating Officer for QAI overseeing the daily operations of the Institute’s global activities. He has over 30 years of experience in IT software development and quality. He has a wide range of experience including management of product design teams, development teams, software QA and testing departments. Tom has been training and consulting in the field of software testing and quality for the past 15 years. As a speaker, Tom is a keynote speaker and presenter at testing and quality conferences, software development trade conferences and has spoken both in the U.S. and internationally. He has been a guest lecturer at universities in the U.S. and China. Before joining QAI, Tom held executive level positions with software development companies in Boston and Orlando.

    Host and Location

    Allstate Insurance
    West Plaza - Auditorium
    3100 Sanders Road
    Northbrook, IL 60062-7154


    1:30-2:00 Sign-in & Networking
    2:00-2:15 Announcements
    2:15-4:00 Presentation (15 minute break at 3:00)



    PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, September 22, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at

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