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 “” 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


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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“What Will Software Testing Hold in 2016” Webinar Recap

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


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





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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TestBash Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Most software testing conferences suck. There, I said it…

For all our talk about critical thinking, hard questions, the pursuit of scrutiny, the reality is the majority of testing conferences are echo chambers of what we already know. Vendors get keynotes and the long-standing run of uranium depleted skulls get to rehash their talking points – one tired, old, boring talking point at a time.

In my opinion, there are only a handful of software testing conferences worth going to – and TestBash is one of them. When I heard that the Ministry of Testing was coming to New York, I instantly got a hold of Rosie and asked to be a part of it. Three things make a great conference, diversity of thought, the speakers and most importantly the community that attends, and TestBash brings plenty to the table for all of them.

But don’t take my word for it, check out TestBash NY and see for yourself why its the only software testing conference I’m attending this year – you will not be disappointed.


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence in Testing

Homework – Making the Best With What You Got…

“A lot of young people no longer see the trades and skilled manufacturing as a viable career, but I promise you, folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.” – President Barack Obama

When it comes to useless college degrees, according to the President, I might possibly have hit the lottery. Art. Of all the things you can study at university, art has to be the subject most often associated with useless, navel gazing, impractical pursuits of higher learning. I mean, what could you possibly do with a degree focused on creativity, communicating abstract ideas, and viewing things in their appropriate context?

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Paying it Forward – Why I’m a Speak Easy Mentor

The first time I spoke in public was a complete disaster.

I was working in London as a Managing Consultant running the Software QualityManagement practice for the UK and the MD of the region asked me to give an overview of the business – at the annual meeting of the entire company! Now I had spoken dozen of times in private at project and sales meetings, but this was different, as I had never gotten up on stage to present in front of hundreds of people. But being filled with my usual unwarranted self-confidence, I readily said “of course” when asked and then set about trying to figure out what I was going to do.

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Digital.NYC is coming to the Bronx!

Digital.NYC Five-Borough Tour: #Bronx

Come hear NYC’s leading entrepreneurs and investors discuss startup life in the Bronx and NYC. Panelists will discuss their experiences, highlighting the challenges and triumphs of startup business in the City.

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Panelists include:

Majora Carter: Co-founder, Startup Box

Pedro Torres Picón: Founder, Quotidian Ventures

Kathryn Finney: Founder & Managing Director, DigitalUndivided

Keith Klain: CEO, Doran Jones

Issie Lapowsky: Staff Writer, Wired

Additionally, the Digital.NYC partnership will outline NYC’s best tech and startup resources, including today’s most effective ways to find a job, access startup capital, and tap into NYC’s burgeoning tech and startup scene.

This event is being held in partnership with the Bronx Academy of Software Engineering and the Bronx Tech Meetup.

Digital.NYC is the official online hub of the New York City startup and technology ecosystem, bringing together every company, startup, investor, event, job, class, blog, video, workspace, accelerator, incubator, resource and organization in the five boroughs. It is the result of a unique public/private partnership between the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, IBM, Gust, and over a dozen leading NYC-based technology and media companies.