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Last Chance to Register for the CQAA Agile Testing Practices Program on Jan 26th in Chicago

by Angela 25. January 2016 15:54

I don’t run across many non-QA folks that are members of CQAA – the Chicago Quality Assurance Association, which is a shame. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably part of a software development team (or you are my mom being supportive – Hi Mom!), and ALL members of the team are responsible for quality so really you should check out CQAA in general. They have a lot of really great local events and webinars, AND this year they have a conference coming to Chicago. More on that later…

I coach a lot of software teams on agile and Scrum and hands down one of the biggest challenges is quality.  Specifically – how does QA keep up with development efforts? Well, my first bit of advice is that keeping up with testing implies that only QA is bothering to assure that quality is there, and developers have a huge role to play too. How they do that, well, your team needs to decide. Some level of up-front testing is critical to ensuing quality from the moment there is enough of a requirement worth swarming on to the minute it hits production. TDD, BDD, ATDD, there are many options. This might be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for to delve more deeply into that topic if you’ve been on the fence, or maybe if you haven’t even begun doing the research. Software developers are inherently “lazy” right? How efficient is it that Karen can give you the run down and save you a lot of Googling Smile

This looks like a great event that I hope you consider attending, regardless of your role on the team. I was fortunate enough to end up at a lunch table with Karen many years ago at a Quest conference, and Karen had so much great experience and insight to share. I look forward to any opportunities I can find to learn from her. Today is the last day to register, and I really apologize for the last minute notice but I had forgotten about it myself until today.

 

Influencing your Team Towards BDD & Agile Practices

Karen N. Johnson

About the Topic

We’ve shortened the software development release cycle and we are even moving towards continuous delivery, but our testing efforts still seem to have that waterfall-feel to it. How can we influence more Agile testing practices without feeling like our testing strategies have “fallen off the rails!"

First let’s look at a few of the common terms such as BDD and TDD and understand what each term means and what those practices look like in our daily lives. Next let’s explore small tactical practical ways we can influence adoption of early test thinking on our teams. Let’s also develop a few short concise “elevator pitches” that we can share with teammates, product owners and even senior management in those casual spur of the moment conversations that take place to help influence a continual and evolving adoption of BDD and Agile test practices.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the terms BDD & TDD
  • Learn specific tactics to help move your team towards Agile testing practices
  • Develop an “elevator” pitch for promoting BDD for every layer of management 

About the Speaker

Karen N. Johnson has worked as a software test consultant for many years. Her client engagements range from teaching to project work. Karen is frequent speaker at conferences. She is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Testing by O’Reilly publishers. She has published numerous articles and blogs about her experiences with software testing. She is the co-founder of the WREST workshop, more information on WREST can be found at: http://www.wrestworkshop.com. Find her on Twitter as @karennjohnson (note the two n’s) and her website: http://www.karennicolejohnson.com.

Host and Location

SAVO Group Ltd.

155 N Wacker Drive

2nd Floor Conference Center

Chicago, IL 60606

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, January 25, 2016 at www.cqaa.org. If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at programs@cqaa.org.

 

Hope you can make it! And if you do attend, wave to my husband if you see him, as it is in his office Smile

Tags:

TDD | BDD | Software Testing | Quality Assurance | Quest | CQAA | Software Quality | unit testing | Test Automation | Testing | Agile | Application Lifecycle Management | Scrum

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Chicagoland IT Community - January Events

by Angela 13. January 2016 11:55

It’s a busy month for the Chicagoland IT community. I’ve seen a lot of really great talks just in the next week, and wanted to spread the word! If you’ve never attended events with LCNUG, CNUG, or the Fox Valley Computing Professionals, I highly recommend checking them out.  No matter where you work or live, one of them is bound to be nearby Smile

I’ll be adding to this list as I uncover more, so feel free to let me know if there are some great events that I missed!

Windows 10, IoT, Raspberry Pi 2 with Greg Levenhagen

Lake County .NET Users Group

College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL - Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM

The Internet of Things has been buzzing for a while. Let's get a little hands on with devices and take away some of the mystery about IoT and Windows 10 IoT Core. We will get a Rasberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 IoT Core and running a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app to do something that we desire.

We want you to bring your Rasberry Pi 2's and let's get them working with Windows 10 IoT Core. Don't have a device, no problem. Greg will be going through things for everyone and you can follow along or maybe join up with another attendee. If you want to follow along on your own hardware instead of observing,

  • Required: Windows 10 on a laptop/surface
  • Required: Visual Studio 2015 on that laptop/surface
  • Required: An ethernet cable to connect the Pi directly to your laptop/surface. You may need to have an adapter to plug the ethernet cable into your laptop.
  • Optional: An HDMI cable and a Monitor if you want to display the UWP app. You don't need this to get things working.

The other pieces are not time consuming to download/install and they will be available on USB sticks.

Greg Levenhagen

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-10-iot-raspberry-pi-2-greg-levenhagen-tickets-20542021740

 

Microsoft 10 Universal Apps

Fox Valley Computing Professionals

201 W State St, Geneva, IL (map) - Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Our first presentation will be an Overview of Windows 10 Universal Apps - presented by Robin Schroeder

• Windows 10 Universal Apps (UWP) apps are designed to run on all Windows devices, from IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, PC, Xbox to Surface Hub. They can be authored in a number of different programming languages, including Visual C++ with DirectX or XAML, C# or VB with XAML, or JavaScript with HTML.

• Brief History

• High level introduction to Windows 10 Universal Apps

• Device Families

• Data Storage

• Adaptive UI

• Windows Store

• MVVM

• A demo of a UWP written in C#/XAML with short code tour

Following intermission, Paul Schroeder will present Agile process basics and detail how motivated and collaborative individuals are the true key to project success.

Social hour starts at 6pm, presentations start at 7pm and should end about 9pm.

Be gracious and buy dinner and drinks, Old Towne let's us use this place for free so it's only right!

http://www.meetup.com/foxvalleycp/events/227841439/

 

An Introduction to mobile development using Xamarin 4

CNUG 

Microsoft, Downers Grove - Thursday, January 21st, 2016 @ 7PM

The Xamarin platform enables you to build and create native cross-platform mobile apps. Recently, Xamarin released a set of new features and major enhancements collectively known as Xamarin 4. Join Florin Ciobanu to find out what this popular mobile development platform has to offer. Florin will go over the major enhancements and new features in the recently released Xamarin 4, some of which include Xamarin.Forms 2.0, Xamarin.UITest 1.0, Xamarin Test Recorder (preview), and Xamarin Insights (real-time app monitoring service). He will also cover everything you need to know in order to start building your own mobile apps today.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Chicago-NET-Users-Group/events/227506041/

Tags:

Xamarin | Agile | Windows 10 | Raspberry Pi | IoT

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CNUG January - An Introduction to mobile development using Xamarin 4 with Polaris Solutions

by Angela 4. January 2016 11:49

Happy New Year everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s already 2016, and that I’ve been at Polaris Solutions for 4 years already! ::throws confetti::

Our company has grown a lot since I joined, and not just in sheer numbers – it’s almost doubled in size since I joined in 2012! We’ve also started doing some exciting stuff in the mobile space lately as well, and wanted to share some knowledge with the community.

Florin Ciobanu, one of our awesome senior consultants, will be presenting an intro to mobile development using Xamarin​ 4 to the Chicago .NET Users Group. Yeah, remember that group? It’s back and on Meetup.com! Polaris is sponsoring the meetup, so come on out and meet some of us Smile

Topic: An introduction to mobile development using Xamarin 4

The Xamarin platform enables you to build and create native cross-platform mobile apps. Recently, Xamarin released a set of new features and major enhancements collectively known as Xamarin 4. Join Florin Ciobanu to find out what this popular mobile development platform has to offer. Florin will go over the major enhancements and new features in the recently released Xamarin 4, some of which include Xamarin.Forms 2.0, Xamarin.UITest 1.0, Xamarin Test Recorder (preview), and Xamarin Insights (real-time app monitoring service). He will also cover everything you need to know in order to start building your own mobile apps today.

When: Thursday, January 21st, 2016 @ 7PM

Where: Microsoft, Downers Grove

More details and RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/The-Chicago-NET-Users-Group/events/227506041/

Refreshments will be provided. Please share this information with anyone that may be interested.

Florin Ciobanu

Florin is a consultant at Polaris Solutions. He has been involved in software development using Microsoft technologies since 2002. He enjoys building web applications and is currently focused on mobile cross-platform development. Florin is certified as MSCD – Web Applications and is a certified Scrum Master. In his spare time (limited by his 2 year old twins) he likes to experiment with new technologies. His hobbies include photography, sports, and remote controlled airplanes.

 

Hope to see you there!

Tags:

Mobile | Mobile development | Xamarin

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