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    • 23 Sep 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 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


    Description

    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


    Cost

    $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.


    Location

    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)

     

    Registration

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS CLASS. Seats are limited.

    PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, September 15, 2014 at www.cqaa.org. If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at programs@cqaa.org.

    • 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

    Agenda

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

    Registration

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS PROGRAM.

    PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, September 22, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at programs@cqaa.org.
    • 23 Oct 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Morningstar Inc. 22 W Washington Street Auditorium, 7th Floor Chicago, Il 60602

    Creating Useful Metrics to Provide Quality Software

    Helene Astier's, Cars.com

    About the Topic

    In order to provide quality software, a Quality Assurance Team needs to create useful metrics that span the entire Software Development Life Cycle. Metrics can usually be categorized in three ways - people, process, and technology. People metrics are used to monitor teams, to plan teams, and to measure team productivity. Process metrics evaluate the health of products, the day to day operations and enforcement of processes, and gauge the effect of changing processes. Technology metrics assess the impact of new technology and measure QA automation. During this presentation, you will learn what to measure and why, how to measure it, how to benchmark effectively, and how to spot trends over time. You will also gain insight on how to interpret the results, how to convey the information back to the stakeholders, and how to make metrics actionable and take corrective actions.

    Key Learning Objectives

    • What are good metrics for measuring people, process and technology
    • How to calculate, analyze, interpret and benchmark metrics
    • How to ensure metrics are useful to stakeholders
    About the Speaker

    Helene Astier’s Software Quality Assurance career started in 1999 under the mentorship of two prominent authors in software testing, Dr. James Whittaker and Dr. Cem Kaner. She graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. Recently, she was the VP of Quality Assurance and Process Control Manager at Incapital, a financial firm that underwrites billions of dollars of bonds a year. She was responsible for building the Quality Assurance Department, overhauled the SDLC processes and built metrics to monitor processes. Currently, she manages a distributed cross-functional team of 40 Quality Assurance professionals at Cars.com.

    Host and Location

    Morningstar Inc
    22 W Washington Street
    Auditorium, 7th Floor
    Chicago, Il 60602

    Agenda

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

    Registration

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS PROGRAM.

    PLEASE REGISTER BY Tuesday October 21, 2014 at www.cqaa.org. If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at programs@cqaa.org.

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