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    • 28 Jun 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Morningstar, Inc. 22 W Washington St Chicago, Il 60602 7th Floor Auditorium

    Leveraging Free, Open Source, and Low Cost Tools for Back End Testing

    Elysia Lock, Slalom

    About the Topic

    Front-end GUI testing is a small slice of the QA pie. Much more goes on beyond the interface in the server, database, and API layers. Many testers are discouraged from really digging into the back-end to find the source of issues and uncover bugs that aren’t presented in the application’s GUI. Learn how to identify some areas of the back-end that are prime targets for low-effort, low-cost testing. Elysia shows how back-end testing does not need to be expensive by giving a real-world demo of back-end testing of popular web applications such as Google and Twitter using grep and tail, jmeter, SoapUI, and smart SQL queries. Join Elysia to learn some quick and easy ways to get started with back-end testing for true white-box testing. Finish with a Q & A session aimed at real-life challenges.

    Key Learning Objectives
    • Learn tools that make back end testing cost effective
    • Identify areas of back end testing that are low-effort and low-cost
    • See a real-world demo of tail, grep, SoapUI, SQL, and jmeter
    About the Speaker

    Elysia Lock has spent the last 10 years testing a wide variety of software, including web, desktop, and mobile applications. She got her start in tech by testing Tetrinet Aqua, an open-source multiplayer Tetris game. She has worked for top Chicago dotcoms including GrubHub, Sittercity, and Emmi. Now she serves as a QA Solution Architect at Slalom. Her passion is leading tech teams in creating robust and stable manual and automated test suites. She has a degree in education and has taught both technical and non-technical sessions.

    Host and Location

    Morningstar, Inc.
    22 W Washington St
    Chicago, IL 60602
    7th Floor Auditorium

    Note: A photo ID is required at the security desk.


    1:30-2:00 Sign-in & Networking
    2:00-2:15 Announcements
    2:15-4:00 Presentation (15 minute break at 2:45)


    PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, June 27, 2016 at If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at
    • 17 Aug 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Simplicity: The Path to Achieving Agile Testing Efficiency

    with Paul Herzog, SPR Consulting

    About the Topic

    The pace of an Agile project creates demands efficiency in all testing techniques and processes. Traditional approaches run counter to this efficiency and must be changed during the Agile transition. Join Paul as he applies the Agile Manifesto Principle #10: “Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done – is essential” to distinguish what past testing practices work and don’t work to clean out the clutter of the non-working. He will identify common process traps when adopting Agile methodologies, suggest priorities that are most important to Agile testing, and present ways to remove testing inefficiencies. Determine how to include process evaluation in regular Sprint Retrospectives or other checkpoints and implement continuous improvement focused on simplicity. Experience a successful transition to Agile with Paul!

    Key Learning Objectives
    • Identify what has to be changed and change it before the Agile transition
    • Get rid of extraneous information that clutters the project and reduces efficiency
    • Motivate your team for continuous improvement and eliminate "that how we have always done it" syndrome
    About the Speaker

    Paul Herzog is the Delivery Manager for the Testing Practice team at SPR Consulting. He has over 20 years of experience in software quality assurance, systems engineering, and Agile planning as a Scrum Master. His engineering career has taken him through projects in a wide variety of industries, from telecom to dental scanners to slot machines. He is passionate about helping SPR’s clients adopt intelligent methods for Agile testing, automation, and test tool implementation. Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and lives in Lake Zurich, Illinois, with his wife and three children.


    12:00 - 1:00 pm Webinar



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