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Upcoming events

    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (CST)
    • Online via Zoom
    • 58

    TCQAA, in collaboration with TwinSpin, is pleased to announce our December event:  The 12th Annual World Quality Report (WQR), presented by Sogeti/Capgemini

    Zoom registration information will be sent with your TCQAA registration confirmation.

    Meeting Schedule:

    4:00 - Welcome, Social Time and Open Discussion Topic: What has been the greatest improvement in your QA organization in 2020? 

    4:15 Presentation begins

    5:15 Q&A

    5:30 End


    Our co-presenters, Kyle Abraham and Sathish Natarajan, are both contributing authors for the 12th Annual World Quality Report!  We will hear directly from these global leaders about the key findings of the report and what they mean for the future of testing and quality within your organizations.

    One of the key conclusions is that the value of quality assurance (QA) and testing to the success of an organization has continued to increase (not decrease, as some had speculated might occur with the rise of Agile and DevOps). 

    The 12th annual World Quality Report is based on research findings from 1,750 interviews carried out during June and July 2020 and therefore reflects the impact of covid19 on these organizations.  The report has lots of great insights for quality, including:

    • the impact of the pandemic on QA and IT strategy, forcing teams to do even more with even less, and to adjust to new ways of working with their colleagues
    • how the acceleration in the transition to agile and DevOps ways of working, as well as the transition to digital businesses has increased the importance of QA and testing
    • a willingness to change going forward, with a high percentage of survey respondents anticipating important transformations for QA and Testing operations

    About our Presenters:  

    Minnesota based, Kyle Abraham is the Director for the Heartland Division of Capgemini's Digital Assurance and Quality Engineering Practice (DAQE), and has been in the digital assurance world for more than twenty years.  He started out as a C/C++ QA developer and moved into automation and performance testing. In the last 10+ years, he has led several large, multi-million dollar quality engineering global teams and agile programs. In addition to program leadership, Kyle has been leading strategic global solutions and quality engineering advisory and assessment engagements. Kyle endeavors to support quality engineering leaders to focus on upstream quality in order to ensure the best outcome for their clients and employers. His industry background includes a depth of experience in Life Sciences, SAP, Retail, and Financial Services. 

    From his home in San Francisco, Sathish Natarajan serves Capgemini as a Vice President, and the Global Practice Leader for the DAQE Practice.  In this role, Sathish is responsible for leading the global growth strategy, establishing Capgemini’s market position, providing thought leadership and driving innovation for Capgemini’s internal teams – as well as its client’s teams.  Sathish is a testing service practitioner with more than 20 years of experience dedicated to the quality and testing discipline.  He has acquired a rich blend of experience – leading high performing global teams, developing shared practices, driving quality program innovation, delivering large scale program management, advising clients, and ensuring customer success. 

    The Capgemini DAQE practice includes more than 23,000 testing professionals, serves more than 500 clients and operates 75 managed testing centers around the world.  With the invaluable contributions from Kyle and Sathish, Capgemini has been established for many consecutive years as the leader of testing by NelsonHall, and one of the top 3 in the Leader Quadrant by Gartner.  

    As the sponsor and producer of the “World Quality Report” in partnership with MicroFocus for 12 years, Capgemini has contributed invaluable research and insights that have helped to guide the profession to seize the opportunities of technology innovation and expand the value of quality assurance within organizations.

Past events

08 Oct 2020 Accessibility Testing presented by Trissential
10 Sep 2020 Continuous Automation presented by UIPath
11 Jun 2020 Improving Your Technical Portfolio
14 May 2020 Testing the Manifesto
09 Apr 2020 Unleashing Quality at Speed: Understanding the Basics of DevOps Quality
09 Mar 2020 March TCQAA Meeting is Cancelled
13 Feb 2020 Mobile Testing with a Robot Framework
09 Jan 2020 The World Quality Report - 2019
12 Dec 2019 Mobile Performance Testing: Execution and Monitoring
14 Nov 2019 2020 Vision: How Design Thinking Will Change QA in the Next Decade
10 Oct 2019 Best Practices Implementing DevOps - Starring Test Automation!
12 Sep 2019 The life-changing magic of tidying up... your regression test suite!
13 Jun 2019 "Hi-Fi" Test Data
13 May 2019 QAI - QUEST 2019
09 May 2019 Thinking Like a Hacker: How to Become Unconquerable
11 Apr 2019 Thinking Like a Hacker: How to Become Unconquerable
14 Mar 2019 Is Your Functional & Regression Testing Worth It?
21 Feb 2019 Your Test Cases - Only Better!
10 Jan 2019 The Changing Landscape of the QA Profession
13 Dec 2018 Esther Derby Presents: Claiming Your Seat at the Retrospective Table
12 Dec 2018 Non-TCQAA webinar: Scaling Agility – A Practitioner’s Framework
08 Nov 2018 BDD Automation
11 Oct 2018 Best Practices for Desktop and Mobile Open Source Automation
04 Oct 2018 Non-TCQAA event: Scrum Day MN
14 Sep 2018 Writing Agile User Story and Acceptance Test Requirements (1-day Intensive Seminar Workshop)
13 Sep 2018 Testable User Stories & Acceptance Criteria
02 Aug 2018 Annual Summer Social!
14 Jun 2018 New Options in Test Data Management
21 May 2018 QUEST 2018 - Quality Engineered Software and Testing Conference & Expo
10 May 2018 Walking the Agile Testing Tightrope
12 Apr 2018 What are Digital Winners doing to ensure Quality & Velocity in a Mobile-First Economy?
11 Apr 2018 Micro Focus Data Privacy Briefing
08 Mar 2018 Implementing a Test Automation Framework in a DevOps World
08 Feb 2018 Targeting Change: How to Test Less & Improve Risk Coverage
14 Dec 2017 Best Practices for Testing with Agility
09 Nov 2017 DevOps & The Future of Testing
12 Oct 2017 Kanban for Quality Management
15 Sep 2017 1-Day Security Testing Awareness
14 Sep 2017 Agile QA - Bridging the Gap Between Dev & QA
10 Aug 2017 Annual TCQAA Member Happy Hour!
08 Jun 2017 Removing Data Constraints in Testing
11 May 2017 Strategies for Effective Security Unit Testing
13 Apr 2017 QA for the Internet of Things
09 Mar 2017 Strategic Software Testing: Keys to Higher Impact and Less Effort
09 Feb 2017 Agile Testing Challenges
12 Jan 2017 Mobile Untethered: Lessons Learned without the Wires
08 Dec 2016 Behavior-Driven Development
31 Oct 2016 Data Security Testing Standards
30 Sep 2016 September demo
14 Jul 2016 TCQAA July meeting

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