Essential Skills for Test Automation & Load Testing – Alex Siminiuc (May 28, 2015)

Written by Optimus Marketing on May 28, 2015

This month we are welcoming Alex Siminiuc, Freelance Tester with to share his thoughts on the skills needed for test automation & load testing.

Learning test automation and load testing is always a challenge for manual testers.

These testing types are difficult to learn because:

•  they are technical

•  require diverse skills

•  it is not obvious the order of learning the new skills

The presentation will discuss the skills needed for test automation and load testing.

It will also present a learning process that

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Overview of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board – Gary Mogyorodi (April 30, 2015)

Written by Optimus Marketing on April 30, 2015

For April’s Meetup we are welcoming Gary Mogyorodi from the Canadian Software Testing Board in Toronto.

Gary will be telling us about the International Software Testing Qualifications Board and he will review the following:

•  Introduction to the ISTQB

• Benefits

• Syllabi and Extensions

• Examinations

• The ISTQB Worldwide Footprint

• The Canadian Software Testing Board

• ISTQB Partner Program- Special Initiatives

Gary Mogyorodi has over 30 years of computing industry experience. He is the President of Software Testing Services providing consulting, training and mentoring in software testing, specializing in Requirements-Based Testing and Cause-Effect Graphing test

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Vision Critical’s QA Strategy: Prevention Rather Than Cure – Stuart Ashman (March 26, 2015)

Written by Optimus Marketing on March 26, 2015

Stuart will present on how Vision Critical is attempting to ensure they “build it right” as well as “build  the right thing”, using white box approaches, automation, risk analysis and strong critical and test thinking.

About Stuart:

Hi, I am currently working as the QA Director for Vision Critical and I have worked in a variety of roles over the past 20ish years, almost all of which had testing or QA as part of them. My previous role was Director of QA

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Automated Front-End Testing at Battlefy – Jaime Bueza (January 29, 2015)

Written by Optimus Marketing on January 29, 2015

Moving fast and not breaking things sounds impossible — but it really isn’t! In this talk, I’ll be telling our story of how we’ve evolved our testing processes to include a tool called Screener, a DOM and screenshot diffing tool for end-to-end testing that is integrated into our continuous delivery pipeline.


Jaime Bueza (@jbueza) is an engineer at Battlefy (@Battlefy), an eSports platform that makes it easy for people to organize, manage, and join eSports tournaments for popular games like League of Legends,

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How to Select a Test Automation Environment – Balash Akbari (October 30, 2014)

Written by Optimus Marketing on October 30, 2014

Topic: How to Select a Test Automation Environment

Join us this month for a combined Meetup with the Vancouver Software Automation Group at the Hootsuite Headquarters.


During the last decade the number of available software automation tools has increased dramatically. Perhaps one of the major factors behind this significant increase is adoption of new development paradigms. More programs are writing tests and creating test tools. But how do development paradigms affect functionality? What feature sets do these tools offer over one another? Commercial

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Software Architecture and Software Quality – Dinesh Adithan (June 26, 2014)

Written by Optimus Marketing on June 26, 2014

Topic: Software Architecture and Software Quality.

Our speaker for June 2014 is Dinesh Adithan. Dinesh will be sharing his experience on Software Architecture and the relationship with software quality during the Software Development Life Cycle.

About Speaker:

Dinesh Adithan, currently Director Dealer Services at TRADER corporation has extensive experience in architecture and implementation of high traffic websites. This talk will be a guided discussion on supporting the changing architecture and quality factors needed during software development.

Software Testing at Central 1 Credit Union – Ivana Ilic (May 29, 2014)

Written by Optimus Marketing on May 29, 2014

Our speaker for the month is Ivana Ilic, Manager, Software Test Team at Central 1 Credit Union. She has 17+ years of experience in software testing and quality assurance. She is a well known professional in BC testing community.

She will be sharing her experience on QA at Central 1 Credit Union. Details of the presentation will be updated closer to the date.

Test Coverage Outlines – Stuart Ashman (March 27, 2014)

Written by Optimus Marketing on March 27, 2014

Our presenter of the month will share his experience on testing tools – coverage outline.

Speaker: Stuart Ashman, Director of QA at Vision Critical

Stuart Ashman is currently working as the Director of QA at Vision Critical, a market research software and services company. He has been working in a variety of roles involving testing and quality assurance for over 20 years.
Stuart started off testing flight deck instruments and progressed through GSM network operations software, Unix Operating Systems and Lights Out Management Firmware, into

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Fire Side Chat: Software Testing – Ben McConnell (Feb 27, 2014)

Written by Optimus Marketing on February 27, 2014

We are bringing a little twist to our February event. This will be a fire side chat with Ben McConnell.

Ben is Director of Product Platforms at Recon Instruments. He brings great experience in Product development. He is a well known professional in product management in the wireless communication industry.

There will be an open discussion on areas such as product testing, challenges, testing engagement, process, career etc. Audience will be given chance to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

QA In the Wider World – Mike Hrycyk (Nov 28, 2013)

Written by Optimus Marketing on November 28, 2013

This time our speaker will be bringing a twist to Quality Assurance. A discussion around what talking about quality means when you get outside of Software QA. What really is the difference between QA and QC? How do our skills relate to others in the Quality Profession? Does ever software release really need a little tag stating ‘inspected by 38’?

Speaker: Mike Hrycyk – Sr QA Manager at Digital Payment Technologies

Mike’s Bio: Mike Hrycyk has been in the software industry for

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