STARCANADA 2019 Concurrent Session : Enabling Enterprise Quality

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Enabling Enterprise Quality

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Too often quality is identified as solely owned by the quality assurance team. By taking a broader approach to roles, tools, and ideology, you can restructure your vision of how to provide rapid, frequent releases that empower all delivery team members. From advancing the QA role to developing in-house frameworks to facilitate developer testing, you can make significant strides to become a leader in software development. Learn how Mike Cullen's team built and deployed an automated test framework that allows developers to write supplementary UI tests that reside within their code base alongside unit tests. This enables them to accelerate pipeline deployments by providing instant feedback and removing the second-layer requirement of having QA maintain or evolve test scripts in response to development requests. Come discover how to get everyone on your team to own the quality of their work and the software overall.

Mike Cullen
Wawanesa Insurance

Mike has been in a QA role for eighteen years, with the last twelve focused on QA leadership. While developing quality assurance skills and methods as part of a small and growing financial planning company, his strategy evolved from reacting to client issues found in production to establishing quality processes, building a team of highly analytical and technical resources, and focusing on proactive solutioning. In his six years at Wawanesa, he has led a number of teams through significant change. Currently, as part of the Centre for Enablement, Mike leads a team that provides enterprise solutions for testing—manual, automated, and performance—through establishment of best practices, building relationships across enterprise teams, and being champions of change as we learn from industry leaders.