VanQ April 2016: Automated and Manual Testing for Web & App Accessibility

Each month, Optimus Information hosts VanQ, Vancouver’s testing and quality assurance meetup group. To attend the next event, join VanQ here

Date: April 28, 2016

Topic: Methods in Automated and Manual Testing for Web & App Accessibility. This presentation will:

  1. Provide a background on web accessibility standards and legislation
  2. Discuss software tools to automate the discovery and remediation of accessibility issues
  3. Present methods for manual testing for desktop and mobile devices

Speaker: Janos Sitar

Janos joined Central 1 in September 2015 as a Web Accessibility Specialist. Currently, Janos is leading projects such as improving the user experience of desktop and mobile products with assistive technologies and conducting interviews of Central 1 members with accessibility issues so they can achieve greater independence of their finances. He is Central 1’s accessibility evangelist and will proudly share his comprehensive understanding of the benefits of accessible design practices to anyone interested to learn more.

Janos was introduced to web development via an online film journal while completing a Masters degree in Film Studies. His interest in form, function, audience response and the web, leveraged by his years of experience conducting usability studies and writing reports for organizations like Telus, BC Hydro, and Logitech, makes him a natural fit for conducting user experience studies of websites and software.

VanQ – Vancouver’s Local Software Quality Assurance Community Reaches 700+ Members and Counting

VanQ Software Quality Assurance group was formed over 10 years ago with a small community of local software developers and testers. This month we are celebrating a milestone as VanQ has now hit over 700 members.

Ed Dahl co-founded VanQ with the mission to build a strong local Software Quality Assurance community. Over the years the organizers have changed, but the mission has remained intact. Optimus Information took on carrying through this mission over two years ago and it has been a great way to connect with local and new software developers and testers. Our monthly Meetups bring out anywhere between 50 – 80 members with equal parts new and familiar faces. VanQ has proven to be a great way for new QA professionals to connect with seasoned professionals and become involved in this thriving community.

Over the years we have seen a number of great leaders, from a range of backgrounds and industries, share their ideas and experiences. We have also had a variety of sponsors join us in bringing the community together such as Hootsuite, Boeing – Aeroinfo Canada, Vision Critical, SOASTA and Mobify to name a few.

We have been able to capture a number of the Meetup presentations on video. Here are a few of our most recent Meetups. You can find the full archive at http://www.vanq.org.

Overview of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB)

For this Meetup, Gary Mogyorodi from the Canadian Software Testing Board in Toronto came out to speak with our members about the ISTQB, benefits of the ISTQB, Syllabi and Extension, the ISTQB footprint, the Canadian Software Testing Board, and the ISTQB Partner Program. Watch the complete presentation here:

Essential Skills for Test Automation & Load Testing

This past May, Alex Siminiuc, Freelance Tester with uTest.com, shared with us his thoughts on the skills needed for test automation and load testing. Alex has been a Software Tester since 2006 and actively blog’s here: test-able.blogspot.ca. Watch his complete presentation here:

Vision Critical’s QA Strategy: Prevention Rather Than Cure

Stuart Ashman, Vision Critical’s QA Director gave VanQ a presentation on how they attempt to ensure they ‘build it right’ as well as ‘build the right thing’. He goes through their process of using white box approaches, automation, risk analysis and strong critical and test thinking. Watch the full presentation here:

After taking the month of July off to enjoy some of the summer weather, we are gearing up for the next Meetup on Thursday, August 13, 2015. For this one we are excited to partner with Electronic Arts Games, TestDroid and the Vancouver Unity Games Meetup group for an exciting talk on ‘Driving Quality Through Test Automation of Mobile Apps and Games’. We will be hosting this Meetup at The Pint Public house. Join VanQ today and we hope to see you at the next Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/VanQ-Vancouver-Testing-and-Quality-Assurance-Group/

We are always looking for topic suggestions, speakers, sponsors and venue hosts. If you would like to get involved with VanQ get in touch with us.

Mobile Development Outsourcing: Do’s and Don’ts – November 27, 2014

An insightful presentation by Rod Hsu, Chief Experience Officer at nTrust on the his experience working with multiple outsourcing vendors.

As CXO at nTrust, Rod focuses on establishing the product road-map of nTrust’s systems and applications. With over 10 years of experience in the technology sector, Rod has successfully executed projects for companies in the telecommunication, finance, entertainment and software development industries. In this video, Rod discusses his experience working with multiple outsourcing partners and touches on the following points: Decision to Outsource, Advantages & Benefits, Disadvantages & Challenges, Advice & Takeaways.

Mobile Test Automation: Tools & Techniques

Mobile Test Automation: Tools & Techniques
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Topic Description
The mobile device ecosystem has exploded over the past few years and, with new devices entering the market every week, it shows no signs of slowing down. Because of this growth, it has become increasingly difficult to target specific devices as well as provide adequate test coverage for both new and existing platforms. By taking a breadth first approach, Mobify employs industry standard tools and protocols to achieve test coverage that compliments and enhances their fast-paced work environment.
In this interactive session, you will learn about ways to automate Mobile Testing, tools, techniques and best practices. We will also be sharing the step by step approach to start and institutionalize mobile test automation.

Speaker Highlights
Steve Calvert is the Engineering Manager on Mobify’s Customer Success team. He assists and mentors a group of Software and QA Engineers creating high quality mobile sites for some of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies. Steve has utilized countless testing frameworks and tools, and has depth of experience solving common testing problems using an engineering approach.

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