January 2013 QASIG Meeting

Agile and Quality – How Can They Work Together? A Panel Discussion.

Moderated by: Jacob Stevens, Quardev, Inc.

Panel Members: Joy Shafer, Quardev, Inc.; Uriah McKinney, Deloitte Digital; and Shawn Henning, Deloitte Digital

Join us for a panel discussion on Agile practices and quality – hear from industry professionals from various company sizes who work in Agile environments on how they mitigate risk and incorporate quality best practices. The panel will take questions from the moderator and audience and is sure to be a great discussion!

Jacob Stevens is a Senior Test Lead at Quardev, Inc. and a ten year QA veteran with over 40 industry leading clients. The scope and scale of the projects, and the types of platforms, technologies and methodologies he’s worked with have been widely varied. Jacob studied under Jon Bach to adopt a context-driven approach to test design. One of Jacob’s favorite topics in QA is epistemology. How do we know that our test results are accurate? How do we ensure inherent biases in our test execution methodologies do not manifest in false positives or false negatives? Jacob enjoys talking technology and many other subjects on Twitter @jacobstevens. Jacob is also a little uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person.

About our panel members:

Joy Shafer is currently a Consulting Test Lead at Quardev on assignment at Alaska Airlines. She has been a software test professional for almost twenty years and has managed testing and testers at diverse companies, including Microsoft, NetManage and STLabs. She has also consulted and provided training in the area of software testing methodology for many years. Joy is an active participant in community QA groups. She holds an MBA in International Business from Stern Graduate School of Business (NYU). For fun she participates in King County Search and Rescue efforts and writes Fantasy/Sci-fi.

Uriah McKinney has been deeply involved in mobile quality assurance since the beginning of the 3rd mobile revolution (circa 2008). Throughout his tenure with Deloitte Digital (formerly, Übermind), Uriah has balanced client engagements on iOS, Android, and mobile web projects with developing a methodological framework for quality assurance specifically tailored to the intersection of mobile and agile development. Uriah is one of the founding members of the Center of the Agile Universe meetup (https://centeroftheagileuniverse.com/); the Product Owner of the upcoming Mobile Agile Quality Conference (https://maqconference.com/); and apparently not above shameless cross-promotion.

Shawn Henning is part of the Agile transformation at Deloitte Digital (formerly Übermind). As both a Senior QA engineer and Scrum Master he helps teams iteratively deliver world class mobile software. He is passionate about working closely with clients to regularly deliver working code, organically growing a completed product through constant feedback and iteration. Shawn has over fifteen years of experience in Quality Assurance in both desktop and mobile software. He attended his first Open Space Technology conference a year ago and was struck by the power of this format to foster conversations which resulted real and practical answers to participants problems. He has since attended many OST and LEAN Coffee events and helped to organize last year’s highly successful Mobile, Agile, Quality conference: MAQCon.

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