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Thursday
Apr 16, 2009
WATIR training by Bret Pettichord
through TransCore

Intro to Watir C'mon in, the Watir is warm!

In this hands-on, two-day workshop you will:

install and configure Watir, including the new Watir framework learn how to turn requirements or user stories into browser-based automated functional tests use the Watir testing tool to drive a web application in IE and Firefox know how to make web interfaces more testable By the end of the second day, you will have created a test suite using the most popular open-source tool for testers on agile teams, and you'll be ready to do the same for your own applications.

Who should attend Intro to Watir is for individuals and teams seeking a better way to create, execute and maintain automated functional tests for browser-based applications. Participants should already know how some basic scripting or programming, although no prior knowledge of Watir or Ruby is assumed.

What to bring You will need a laptop running Windows XP or Vista. If you are using a Mac, you will need to be running VMware Fusion or Parallels.

Your instructors Intro to Watir will be taught by the most experienced Watir users and project contributors, such as Bret Pettichord, the lead developer of Watir and CTO of Watircraft.

Pricing Intro to Watir is offered as a public class for individuals and small teams. $1195 per student; discounted to $995 if you register and pay 30 days before class begins.

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Tuesday
Nov 10, 2009
National Instruments Technical Symposium
Tektronix Bldg 38

Register for the National Instruments Technical Symposium, a series of free, full-day conferences featuring the latest developments for automation, manufacturing, design, and test. With an agenda format including keynote presentations from NI experts as well as a variety of technical and hands-on sessions, the conference offers information on emerging industry trends within a valuable networking forum and product exhibition.

Highlights

  • See new product demonstrations and network with colleagues and professionals
  • Learn how industry leaders are adapting NI products to meet their specific application needs
  • Further your knowledge and maximize the use of your NI tools
  • Build your application development expertise through hands-on tutorials
  • Collaborate with exhibitors to discover product and integration solutions

Event Details: 11/10/2009 | 08:00 a.m.- 03:30 p.m. Tektronix 3025 SW Zworykin Avenue Beaverton Campus Bldg. 38 BEAVERTON, OR 97077 503-627-6924

Visit our website below to view the agenda and register today! http://sine.ni.com/nievents/app/offering/p/offeringId/517739/site/nic/country/us/lang/en

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Tuesday
Oct 19, 2010
Jon Bach: My Crazy Plan for Responding to Change (Rose City SPIN)
World Trade Center

Talk will be held at the World Trade Center, Portland, Mezzanine Level 2 in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC).

This is a free talk and open to the public.

Abstract

During a given workday, we either focus on testing activities or we have to focus on the things that interrupt testing activities. Some of us lament the interruptions, others find it energizing because it’s consistent with notions of Agile — like responding to change over following a plan. I’ve got an idea on how to use interruptions to focus on testing activities. Multi-tasking is not evil, nor does it have to torpedo your project, but it may require a management technique to help you stay sane. Enter Thread-Based Test Management — a way to let interruptions guide you to where you’re needed most. Using a kanban-style dashboard is one way to go with the flow without losing your way. Using a spreadsheet with rows to track topics you followed in a day is another. In this talk, Jon Bach describes his experiences with a new technique he and his brother James invented that might help you get rid of the shame of feeling undisciplined for letting yourself be interrupted while being more response-able to the important things that need your time and attention.

Speaker Bio

Jon has over 15 years of experience, including Fortune 500 and start-up companies, serving in the Quality Assistance and Software Testing domain. He is a co-author of a Microsoft Patterns and Practices book on Acceptance Testing (2010) and is an award-winning keynote speaker for major testing conferences (STAR, QAI, BCS SIGIST). He has served as the vice president of conferences for the Association for Software Testing; invented a method for managing and measuring exploratory testing; a method for coaching testers (Open-Book Testing) and categorizing risk (Color-Aided Test Design) and has published over 50 articles, whitepapers, and presentations about the notions of value of exploration and rapid, risk-based testing. He has been with Quardev for the past 6 years and serves as the speaker chairman for the acclaimed Seattle non-profit QASIG testing forum (www.qasig.org).

About Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Monthly seminars are sponsored by the Rose City SPIN and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference.

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Thursday
Dec 15, 2011
Portland Oregon Selenium Users Group - Inaugural Meeting
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Be part of the pdx Selenium inaugural meeting!

Come enjoy some beers, meet fellow developers & testers and help mold the future of the Portland Selenium user group.

Agenda:

Meet & Greets

Discuss Future:

  • Topics
  • Speakers
  • Venues
  • Frequency of meetups
  • Sponsors
  • Goals
  • etc...

We hope to see you there!

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Wednesday
Jul 9, 2014
SQAUG - Viral QA: Making Progress in Software Quality One Small Step at a Time
Con-Way

Viral QA takes its name from the process of a virus infiltrating a host, adapting to its new environment and spreading itself throughout the system. It is an iterative approach to implementing structured QA into projects and teams that are ‘too busy to do it right’.

Viral QA is not meant to replace traditional QA, instead it enables the QA Team to continue driving structured QA forward even when the rest of the organization is struggling and overwhelmed.

About Our Speaker: Michael Cowan has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, and has held individual and management roles in both QA and Development. His passions have always been automation, and he has been a lead engineer on several successful automation frameworks.

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Wednesday
Jan 14, 2015
SQAUG Presents : QA in an Agile World
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

QA in an Agile World

by Lloyd Bell, Quality Engineering Manager at CrowdCompass by Cvent

at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday January 14, 2014 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

As more companies are moving toward agile development, there isn't a lot of knowledge on where QA fits into the development life cycle. The objective is to go over some common problems and some possible solutions that could be implemented for those riding the agile train.

About Our Speaker: Lloyd Bell is an 18 year veteran of software and hardware testing and development. Lloyd has experience in game design, voice acting, test management, has been a producer on multiple titles and has also started a 3rd party customer service and testing lab. He has recently worked with Microsoft on the Connected Experiences team and has led teams to help with the release of Microsoft’s day-one launch of the Windows 8 platform. Lloyd is currently working at CrowdCompass by Cvent as the Quality Engineering manager. CrowdCompass helps organizations make their conferences, meetings, conventions, and trade shows a lot more popular through the power of mobile event apps. They have developed thousands of apps for events of all sizes and industries each year. Lloyd has been a resident of Portland for the last 4 years.

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: • Event is Free to the public • Onsite parking (directions below) • Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served • No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are BRAND NEW, and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

Wednesday
Mar 18, 2015
SQAUG Presents: Non-Expert Automation Testing (NEAT)
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

Non-Expert Automation Testing (NEAT)

by Loren Brown

at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday March 18, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Non-Expert Automation Testing (NEAT) is an automation testing framework that enables non-experts to harness the power of data-driven, Selenium automation tests. The NEAT web portal simplifies and guides the creation of otherwise complex scripts through the use of an intuitive user interface that manages a web element object repository, test case input data, and test scripts. This approach is intended to enable test script automation to be completed in hours or days instead of weeks or months. The motivation behind NEAT is to equip business analysts, without automation expertise, with an intuitive tool to create and execute sophisticated, automated end-to-end testing scripts. This framework enables teams to increase automated test coverage and allows the highly skilled automation developers to focus on more complex automation testing needs of the organization.

About Our Speaker: Loren J. Brown is a Test Automation Architect and owner of Quantum Peg, Inc. He is currently teaming up with John Cvetko from TEK Associates to develop the DEAP testing tool. After obtaining a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Portland State University, Loren worked for over two decades as a QA Engineer in various capacities. At Intel Corporation he spent a little over a dozen years in various product teams and Intel Labs as a QA Lead in various software projects including Video Conferencing, IP Telephony, TCP/IP Network Performance, and others. He spent over six years at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as a QA Lead developing various test automation frameworks and harnesses, and multiple software lifecycle data visualization projects. When he carves out time for hobbies, Loren likes tinkering with microcontrollers and small electronics projects. Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: · Event is Free to the public · Onsite parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is the Portland/Vancouver area’s leading Software Quality Assurance User Group. We are in our 3rd year and extend a warm welcome to everyone to participate in a group dedicated to growing the Software Quality Assurance profession.

SQAUG is a group of SQA professionals who come together in an open forum to learn from each other. We engage in discussions, debates, presentations, explore tools of the trade, network, and share job opportunity information. Our goals are to expand knowledge of Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers and take software quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Wednesday
May 20, 2015
SQAUG Presents: The Importance of Abstraction in Automation Projects
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

The Importance of Abstraction in Automation Projects at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday May 20, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

The majority of automation projects fail, most within the first 6-12 months. Initially it’s easy to put something together that works for a small number of test cases, but as the application evolves, the troubleshooting/maintenance needs of the tests quickly overcome the ability of the team. Eventually (around 6-12 months) a new engineer takes over and restarts the automation effort in a new direction, often with the same issues.

This presentation will be focused on how to use the OOP concept of Abstraction to reduce the maintenance costs of automation and extend the life of your frameworks. Additional benefits will be discussed, like the ability to change the Automation Technology without rebuilding all your tests.

These concepts will work with 3rd party automation products like QTP as well as homegrown frameworks. You will get the most value from abstraction when its added at the beginning of the projects, but we will discuss how they can be leverages in larger, existing frameworks. Level: Intermediate. Knowledge of automation concepts along with some basic understanding of development practices will be assumed.

All code examples will be shown in C#, but the concepts will apply to any tool or language.

Supporting Material https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS550US550&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Why+software+automation+fails

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstraction_%28computer_science%29#Abstraction_in_object_oriented_programming

About our speaker: Michael Cowan is a Principal QA Engineer at Viewpoint Construction Software. He has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, and has held individual and management roles in both QA and Development. His passions have always been automation, and he has been a lead engineer on several successful automation frameworks.

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: · Event is Free to the public · Onsite parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are in our 3rd year and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Wednesday
Jun 17, 2015
SQAUG Presents: QA and The Role They Play in Team Dialogue
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

QA and The Role They Play in Team Dialogue at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday June 17, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Dialogue is a contraction from the Greek words for through and words. It suggests an activity aimed at eliciting meaning…

The Greeks introduced the idea that individuals are not intelligent on their own, that it's only by reasoning together that they are able to uncover the truth for themselves. …By questioning and probing each other, carefully dissecting and analyzing ideas, finding the inconsistencies, never attacking or insulting but always searching for what they can accept between them, they can gradually attain deeper understanding and insight.

The role of QA is often seen as one that only reports negatively on the work of others: “…found a bug with your code”; “…the way you designed this isn’t good for the end user”; “…You never include requirements in your stories…and when you do, they lack sufficient details.”

The importance of True Dialogue is that it allows positive reactions and outcomes, from negative input…when done well, the benefits can be extraordinary!

About our speaker: Joe Famme is a Quality Minded individual, who’s been helping to improve the quality of his teams, and the software they work on, for over 20 years. He started in phone support with WordPerfect, in the early nineties. After about a year and a half of that…and the release of Windows 3.0…he discovered the world of QA, and has never looked back.

Besides WordPerfect, Joe’s also worked for internationally known companies Novell, Corel, Intel, and Sage.

Joe’s been working in the Portland Tech Community since 1996. He’s been part of several strong Oregon Companies and several startup companies, .com’s & .bomb’s. And, Joe’s been part of the SQAUG organization since before it became a public group.

In all of his years of being part of the Quality Assurance field, he has found that the quest for the mastery of effective communication and true dialogue has been a key element to success. And, he hopes that some of the dialogue during his presentation provides at least one insight for all attendees to take back to their teams.

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: · Event is Free to the public · Onsite parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are in our 3rd year and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Thursday
Sep 24, 2015
Teamwork Best Practices between Development, Test, and DevOps | Dev & Eng Event
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

What's the best way to collaborate as a team to move code from development to production? What tools are available that really work? And how do you get your team on-board to use them?

Join us September 24 for Teamwork Best Practices between Development, Test, and DevOps! During this event industry practitioners will share practical experience, different models to use and best practices associated with DevOps, Development and Testing. They are also prepared to discuss insights into the new advances in this area.

Panelist: Andrew Blew, Manager - Service Reliability Engineering at iovation Jim Dewson, DevOps Manager at HealthSparq *Lisa Davis, QA & DevOps Engineering Manager at Columbia Sportswear

Moderator: Randy Pelligrini, Software Quality Assurance Manager at Healthsparq

Event Details: Date: September 24 Time: 5:30-8:00 pm Where: Kells Irish Pub Cost: Members $25 | Non-members $45

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Wednesday
Oct 14, 2015
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Wednesday
Oct 21, 2015
SQAUG Presents: QA and Poetry - Scott Poole is here to discuss how these two disciplines are surprisingly related!
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

QA and Poetry - how these two disciplines are surprisingly related at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday October 21, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm Event is FREE and Open to the Public

This month, we are excited to welcome Scott Poole for a talk on how writing a poem is similar to QA. You have to anticipate the pitfalls an audience and a user might fall into. To illustrate this, Scott will read several humorous poems that reflect on this QA type experience. He will discuss about how both disciplines have influenced each other and the benefits gained. Scott is also one of the keynote speakers for the PNSQC’s October events and will be tailoring his presentation specifically for SQAUG!

About our speaker: Scott Poole is most well known as the “House Poet” on the weekly Live Wire! public radio variety show, taped in Portland and broadcast nationally by Public Radio International. However, he is also a software developer. Currently, he’s the Senior Web Developer for Columbia United Providers in Vancouver, WA. He’s been writing code for 9 years and poetry for 25. He is the author of three books of poetry, The Cheap Seats, Hiding from Salesmen and, most recently, The Sliding Glass Door.

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: • Event is Free to the public • Onsite parking (directions below) • Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served • No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are in our 3rd year and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org

Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Tuesday
Nov 24, 2015
[ACM Event] Pair Programming and Test-Driven Development Workshop
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 40-07

Come practice Pair Programming and Test-Driven Development with us. Pair Programming is an Agile methodology in which two developers share a single workstation and work together to solve some problem. Test-Driven Development is a development process that relies on the repetition of a short development cycle driven by writing tests before any implementation code. Red, Green, Refactor.

Contact ACM:
Website: www.acm.pdx.edu
E-mail: acm_officers@cs.pdx.edu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pdxacm

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Monday
Jan 4, 2016
**CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Portland Puppet User Group Meeting
Puppet

Please join us for an evening of Puppet talks!

We'll have Ryan Whitehurst, SysOps Engineer to talk about what he learned from the recent move of our internal Puppet deployment from PE 3.2 (Puppet 3.4.3) to PE 2015.2 (Puppet 4.2). He'll cover the successes, troubles, and tricks we used to make this transition. Ryan works on the SysOps team at Puppet Labs. His current primary responsibility is the development and maintenance of our internal Puppet Enterprise deployment.

Agenda:

  • 6:00-6:30 Pizza & salad, including vegan & gluten free options

  • 6:30-7:15 Moving from Puppet 3 to Puppet 4 - Ryan Whitehurst, Puppet Labs

  • 7:15-7:45 Discussion about challenges that you've experienced moving your Puppet deployments

  • 7:45-8:15 Mingle & plan for the next meeting

Extra Details: The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking on the street and just inside the parking garage at the corner of SW Stark and SW 1st Ave. Parking is available on the street or at one of the many pay to park lots near the office

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Monday
Feb 1, 2016
Portland Puppet User Group Meeting
Puppet

Please join us for an evening of Puppet talks!

We'll have Ryan Whitehurst, SysOps Engineer to talk about what he learned from the recent move of our internal Puppet deployment from PE 3.2 (Puppet 3.4.3) to PE 2015.2 (Puppet 4.2). He'll cover the successes, troubles, and tricks we used to make this transition. Ryan works on the SysOps team at Puppet Labs. His current primary responsibility is the development and maintenance of our internal Puppet Enterprise deployment.

Agenda:

  • 6:00-6:30 Pizza & salad, including vegan & gluten free options

  • 6:30-7:15 Moving from Puppet 3 to Puppet 4 - Ryan Whitehurst, Puppet Labs

  • 7:15-7:45 Discussion about challenges that you've experienced moving your Puppet deployments

  • 7:45-8:15 Mingle & plan for the next meeting

Extra Details: The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking on the street and just inside the parking garage at the corner of SW Stark and SW 1st Ave. Parking is available on the street or at one of the many pay to park lots near the office

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