2016 State of Testing Discussion

Join Keith Klain, Matt Heusser, Lalitkumar Bhamare and Joel Montvelisky in a discussion about:

“The Latest Trends in Software Testing”

Following the 2016 State of Testing Report, find out what will be shaping the present and future of the testing community.

Date: Wednesday , May 11 2016

Time: 10am EST / 3pm GMT

Duration: 1 Hour

Targeting Quality 2016

Targeting Quality 2016

Join us on September 26-27 in downtown Kitchener for the 2016 Targeting Quality Conference at the Crowne Plaza.

Registration will begin mid-May. Get your tickets early to qualify for Early Bird Pricing!

 Day 1:  Workshops

 Day 2:  Keynote Speakers and presentations by Software Testing Professionals.

Keith Klain will kick-off #TQ2016 with Lessons Learned in (Selling) Software Testing. Join Keith as he shares what has and hasn’t worked when talking to stakeholders about what they need vs. what they want, applying context-driven testing principles on projects that haven’t had any principles, and dealing with test case allergies and the “smarty pants syndrome.”

Karen N Johnson will close #TQ2016 with her talk on Solving Problems. What makes solving problems fun is our outlook and attitude. Wanting to get good at being a problems solver is a great start. So how do you get good at solving problems you’ve never solved before? We have to get good at figuring out how to tackle unknowns. In Karen’s keynote address, she explores ideas and methods for solving problems.

Do you think you have what it takes to present at KWSQA Targeting Quality 2016?  Email us at “info@kwsqa.org” to learn more.

Save the Date! Tickets will go on sale mid-May! Stay tuned for more information!  #TQ2016

Dr. StrangeCareer or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Software Testing Industry

Enjoy this in the April 2016 issue of Testing Trapeze!

“Find a problem you care about and focus on fixing that.” – Scott Berkun

Software testing is a strange business. It’s commoditized, devalued, misunderstood, and goes through cycles of being chopped, changed, and lives at the front lines of imminent takeover by our robot overlords. Why anyone would want to be a professional software tester is even harder to understand. After over 20 years in this business, I’ve seen people
from all stripes and walks of life wander in and out of this industry, but the ones that stick with it all have one thing in common: they are slightly nuts. Sure, they might seem sane – they are probably well read, hold a job, support a family – all the makings of normality, but inside, some part of them is just a little bit crazy.

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The Viability of Context-Driven Testing: An Interview with Keith Klain

Summary: 

In this interview, Keith Klain, a software testing and quality management professional, discusses all the lessons he’s learned from selling software testing. He also explains why context-driven testing is viable, as well as how to discern between wants and needs.

Josiah Renaudin: Welcome back to another TechWell interview. Today I am joined by Keith Klain, a software testing and quality management professional, and a keynote speaker at our upcoming STAR EAST Conference. Keith, thank you very much for joining us today.

Keith Klain: Great to be here. Thank you very much.

Josiah Renaudin: Absolutely. Before we really dig into the meat of your keynote, can you tell us a bit about your experience in the industry?   Continue reading

QASymphony Quality Jam 2016

Very excited to be talking about how to positively impact software testing in your organization at the 2016 QASymphony Quality Jam. It’s an incredible line up featuring one of my favorite speakers/authors Scott Berkun who has previously blogged on reinvention for me! Hope to see you in Atlanta!

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Register HERE

Software Testing as a Martial Art – by David Greenlees

I recently had the privilege of writing the foreword to my good friend David Greenlees new book, “Software Testing as a Martial Art”. I encourage you all the buy the book on Leanpub HERE and spread the word for anyone looking for some great insights into the world of software testing. Here is what I had to say about David and his book…enjoy!

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Code/Interactive: THE DIVERSITY IN TECH AWARDS

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“What Will Software Testing Hold in 2016” Webinar Recap

From QASymphony‘s blog…enjoy! (Register here for the playback)

WWTH-2016

The Bronx Takes on Mumbai for IT Outsourcing – Crains New York

The Bronx takes on Mumbai for IT Outsourcing

Doran Jones has built a software testing empire in Port Morris, with local workers and a new approach to finding capital

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Doran Jones co-CEO Keith Klain began forming visions of creating an outsourcing powerhouse on the banks of the Harlem River as he flew from New York City to places like India, Eastern Europe and Singapore to visit offshore software consulting company vendors. Why travel halfway around the world, he wondered, when you can set up a facility a mere seven miles from midtown, where many of the company’s financial-services clients’ offices are?

And so Doran Jones—named after co-founders Glenn Jones (who has since left the firm) and current co-CEO Matt Doran—set up its technology hub in a warehouse on East 138th Street. From this location, directly across the East River from Rikers Island, Doran Jones is reimagining the idea of offshore staffing by running a profitable business using local employees.

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CodeGirl Screening at Doran Jones

Doran Jones is proud to present a free screening of CodeGirl and networking event at our Urban Development Center in the South Bronx. Our special guest for the evening will be NYC CTO Minerva Tantoco! Hope to see you there!

By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.

DJ CodeGirl Screening

Website: www.codegirlmovie.com

Twitter: twitter.com/codegirlmovie

Facebook: http://fb.com/codegirlmovie

Instagram: instagram.com/codegirlmovie/

Education, Infrastructure Pose Challenges for Tech in the Bronx – The Fordham Ram

Education, Infrastructure Pose Challenges for Tech in the Bronx – The Fordham Ram

October 21, 2015

By Cailin McKenna

“The discussion also focused on incorporation of minority youths into the industry. “By 2020, the demand for technology resources is only going to be met by about 60 percent by people who come from universities,” said Keith Klain, co-CEO of Doran Jones, a technology consultant firm located in the South Bronx. “There is a huge opportunity to keep those jobs in New York by providing people with alternative backgrounds access to those jobs.””

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Biased Against the Bronx – Crains New York Business

Biased against the Bronx

The name stirs up unsavory images for New Yorkers. A handful of entrepreneurs building the borough back up want to change that.

By Jeremy Smerd

“One of the findings from our sojourn earlier this month was the degree to which many businesses face bias because they are based in the Bronx. This was especially true for tech entrepreneurs. I found that to be striking. After all, the Bronx could give the tech industry some much-needed diversity. In fact, entrepreneurs make this point to investors, often to little avail. “There is a perception issue. That’s something we struggle with,” said Keith Klain, COO of Doran Jones, which bills itself as the first urban “on-shoring” tech firm in the country. “How do we break through the negative media barrier?””

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Brighton Meets the Bronx – Per Scholas at TestBash NY

If you’ve followed what I’ve been doing since leaving Barclays in 2013, you know that the Software Testing program at Per Scholas has been a passion project of mine. But in order to be successful, besides a foundation in Rapid Software Testing training, the graduates of the program need mentoring and industry support. With that in mind, I was overjoyed when my pal Rosie Sherry let me know she was offering TEN FREE PASSES to TestBash NY to graduates of the program. Now, I’ve already said my piece about TestBash and why it’s the only software testing conference I’m going to this year, but giving back to a community like the Bronx is beyond my expectations. If you have not checked out what the Ministry of Testing is doing for our industry or aren’t planning on attending TestBash NY – you’re doing it wrong! Register today!

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