Back to Blogs

02/06/2024

America’s sizzling job market: From Bloomberg

“The sizzling US labor market is good news for American workers and President Joe Biden, whose message on the nation’s booming economy may be starting to get through. It’s a bittersweet state of affairs though for those on Wall Street hoping for the Federal Reserve to start dropping interest rates soon. The January jobs report blew estimates out of the water and appears to affirm (yet again) the wrongheadedness of almost two years of recession predictions. The Fed is still pursuing its soft landing in the fight against inflation while the US has added thousands of jobs and broken with the pre-pandemic trend of weak wage growth. In the US version of post-Covid recovery, employers have been able to hire at a steady clip, allowing for business growth, while wages continue to outpace inflation, boosting workers’ spending power even in the face of rising prices.”

 

Based on this article alone,  you’d think that we’d all have 2 to 3 job offers trying to lure us away from our current employer. However, during our Quality Jam event in January, two themes dominated the discussion.  One was an amazing desire to learn that we saw in many of our participants.  The other, more unsettling discovery was that several folks were looking for new opportunities, and had been doing so for a longer time than they wanted to.  Additionally, we found that some of our younger participants who had majored in computer science - usually a fast track to a great job - were having trouble finding suitable employment.   The tech sector labor market is not as “sizzling” as Bloomberg would have us believe.  

 

Since jobs, and the lack thereof, seem to be a hot topic in 2024, PNSQC is stepping up to help our members and friends with the daunting task of finding that next great gig or, if you’re new to the tech industry, your first great gig!

 

To help our community get on the right track to new employment, our next two normal meetup events have been tailored to assist job seekers on the hunt.  Additionally, we are planning to add a special track to the conference this Fall.  Since our virtual track is only one day, we are going to use that time on the second day to offer a series of talks aimed at “Newbies”.  Folks of all ages who are looking to leap into the tech industry will find sessions on polishing your resume, interviewing skills, and even basic QA tips and tricks.  Information that will improve your Quality chops and hopefully help you take that next step into technology.  Register for our February and March events to get a jump start on 2024 whether you're looking for a new gig or just want to learn more about the latest in software quality tools, technologies, and methods.

12/07/2023

Thanks to all for attending today and joining our community. In line with our meeting title, we used Claude to write up this summary.

















 

Introduction

  • Purpose: Explore capabilities and limitations of AI systems like ChatGPT
  • Attendees: Group of software engineers, testers, and IT professionals

Experiences Using ChatGPT

  • Writing Test Frameworks and Daily Tasks
  • Generated code snippets from URLs
  • Iterative refinements are needed in most cases
  • Comparing Content Management Systems
  • Building Cryptography Systems
  • Conversational Nature
  • Allows tuning parameters and prompts
  • Requires expertise to evaluate the quality of responses

Differences from Traditional Search Engines

  • Relies on associations rather than rigorous facts
  • Can provide conversational and contextual responses
  • Risk of incorrect or misleading information

Considerations in Using ChatGPT

  • Importance of Clear Prompts
  • Phrase prompts properly to get desired outputs
  • Evaluating the Quality of Responses
  • Cannot take output at face value
  • Need human expertise to critique and identify gaps
  • Security Considerations
  • Risks in using AI-generated code or text
  • Potential propagation of biases and outdated information

Key Takeaways and Next Steps

  • Balance benefits while addressing ethical risks
  • Develop prompt engineering skills
  • Enhance critical thinking when reviewing AI output
  • Explore policy guidelines for using AI responsibly
  • Submit papers for upcoming conference

This summary structures the various discussion points and insights shared during the meeting under useful headers highlighting key areas like current applications in testing, differentiating AI capacities from search engines, critical considerations for responsible usage, and concluding takeaways. Below are more detailed notes from our discussion. Read more to get detailed notes from the meeting.

 
12/04/2023

Benefits of Being a Presenter at PNSQC 

Give and You Shall Receive

 

As mentioned in a complementary blog (It's Not As Hard As You Think), one of the key things that has differentiated PNSQC from the ‘other’ conferences is our pursuit of deep knowledge fostered by asking for technical papers as a key part of the process of being a presenter.  Anyone who submits an abstract, gets accepted to the conference, and comes to present is required to complement their presentation with a peer-reviewed paper. You may think that this is a lot to ask, but it's not as hard as you think, and the benefits you get will surpass your expectations. Listen to some of our past authors on their paper writing and presenting experience at PNSQC and read on!

  1. Free admission to the conference - Perhaps the easiest to quantify benefit is that you get free entry to the conference. As a regular attendee, the regular cost is over $1,300, but as an author/presenter, you get in FREE!
  2. Collaborate with reviewers to develop your paper - One of the key aspects of writing a paper for PNSQC is that your paper is peer-reviewed by 2 past authors. This means you have access to experienced professionals who work with you diligently to turn out a top-notch paper and presentation.  They’ll give you constructive feedback on your drafts and recommend how you can improve. What’s exciting is meeting them face to face at the conference and furthering your working relationship. We find that many authors and reviewers go on to form long-term working relationships and come back year after year to PNSQC.
  3. Access to the In-Depth Workshops - Normally, workshops cost $600 to attend, but as an author/presenter, you’ll be able to attend any of the workshops for only $99. 
  4. Networking opportunity - When you step into our Sunday evening Opening Reception, you’ll understand the PNSQC difference right away. You’ll feel welcome and comfortable in mixing in with other software quality enthusiasts in a casual setting. Along with our Opening Reception, we’ve intentionally selected our venue and layout to promote networking. Our sponsored happy hours after each day of the conference will allow you the opportunity to chat with your new and old colleagues not only about AI and test automation but, especially for returning attendees, what happened in the past year. All of this is fostered through our ever-expanding group of returning attendees. Over half of our conference attendees have been to previous PNSQC conferences and keep coming back.
  5. Being Published - Your paper will be published in our annual proceedings and additionally, it will be available along with your presentation to all visitors to the pnsqc.org website. In essence, you and your contribution to the software quality community will continue for decades to come.
  6. Your Own Personal Web Page on pnsqc.org - As an author/presenter at PNSQC, you get your own personal web page that you can use to promote your paper and your professional credentials in perpetuity.
  7. Professional Advancement - Speaking at PNSQC, an industry-leading conference with over 40 years of history, is something you want to put on your resume!   Writing a paper demonstrates to current and potential employers that, not only are you serious about your career but you’re also serious about being involved in the larger Quality Community.  When applying for a job, you can link your page from the PNSQC website to your application and give potential employers an easy way to see what kind of work you’re capable of.  It’s also a clear demonstration of your willingness to put in the extra time to create Quality results.  Career experts often comment that many jobs are found and acquired through personal contacts.  Being a speaker is a quick way to expand your network and achieve the best kind of notoriety within the Quality world. Once you’ve given your presentation, you’ll find that your LinkedIn account will light up with requests to connect from folks who attended your talk.  Speaking at a well-attended conference gives you the kind of positive exposure and notoriety that is hard to achieve through normal social networking.      
  8. Visit Portland, Oregon - If you’re into beer and other spirits, Portland is the place to go. But the Northwest offers much more than just beverages!  There are so many things you can do within minutes of the city. Many of our attendees have shared their adventures in apple picking, winery hopping, jogging across the many bridges, as well as outings in nature to view the scenery such as Multnomah Falls. If you’re a shopper, then enjoy tax-free purchases as Oregon has no state sales tax! Portland is described by Lonely Planet as: “One of the world's great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighborhoods, forest hikes, and much more, Portland is the kind of city you visit for two days and then move to.” 

Send in Your Abstract Today

Do you have something to share with our community? Perhaps some big Problem you solved or a new tool you implemented at work? It’s not as hard as you think! Submit today and let others learn from your experience!  You won’t regret presenting and, when it’s all done, you’ll find that you’re happy you did it!

 
11/21/2023

PNSQC Author Guidelines

Authors and their dedicated efforts to producing high-quality papers and presentations are the keys to ensuring a high-quality conference. PNSQC would like to take this opportunity to thank all authors for their participation. We hope you find this PNSQC Author Guidance document useful during your paper preparation. Writing a PNSQC conference paper, presentation, poster, tutorial, or workshop is a non-trivial task. PNSQC deeply appreciates your efforts. With this said, the guidelines below may be viewed as having subjective aspects, and you may have a different opinion on specifics. You and your Reviewers would ultimately need to apply judgment in producing a high-quality paper accepted for publication in the PNSQC proceedings.

 
  1. Title. The title should be short, memorable, and to the point. PNSQC recommends titles that are fewer than 10 words, with a subtitle explanation if necessary.

  2. Overall Coherence. Your paper should flow from one section to the next so that the reader can understand from beginning to end. Make sure your paper follows a logical ordering such as; cause and effect, time sequence, or other logical order. Let the reader know what your ordering is upfront so they know what to expect as they read. 

  3. Use of Examples. Authors should give examples of concepts that they introduce to maximize the benefit of knowledge transferred. Use examples to make concrete the point you are trying to make.

  4. Use of Data. Real data should be provided on experiments you have done to support your proposition or assertions made based on observations – whether the observations come from the author or a third party. Make sure you use data or references to relevant data to support your argument based on a trend or related evidence.

  5. Use of Graphs or Graphics. Graphs and drawings can be recommended where appropriate to make the paper more clear and more understandable to the reader. As an author, ensure that it is easy to visualize the trend or pattern that you are describing; please consider using a graph or appropriate graphics to make it easy for the reader to grasp your ideas.

  6. Clear Introduction and Conclusion. Papers should have a clear introduction and conclusion that ties to the introduction and abstract while stating clearly what the reader should remember the most about the paper, and where they can apply it in their professional work. 

  7. Use of References. Papers should reference other similar works, tools, or authors that have discussed or worked on things that are similar but different. Also, relative to references cited, an author should say where the item under review is different, better, or for a different application of a similar theory or concept. 

  8. Use of Previous Work. As an author, you are allowed to cite your own work, and use your own work for the current effort, however, there should be substantial differences between your past works, and the current work for PNSQC. A general guideline is that the current work should have at least ⅓ of new content from any previous work.

  9. Grammar and Spelling. Sentences should be grammatically correct, poor spelling, run-on sentences, and other writing defects should be corrected by you, the author, and not need to be pointed out or corrected by the reviewer. Use a third-party tool to make corrections and support you.

11/07/2023

Writing and Presenting a Paper for PNSQC: It’s not as hard as you think!

Summary: Writing and presenting a practical experience-focused paper for the PNSQC conference is a great way to share your insights with the community.

Since PNSQC began in 1982, one of the key things that has differentiated us from the ‘other’ conferences is our pursuit of deep knowledge. We implement this idea by asking for technical papers as a key part of the process of being a presenter. Anyone who submits an abstract, gets accepted to the conference, and comes to present is required to complement their presentation slideshow with a peer-reviewed paper. 

The paper expectation strengthens the integrity and depth of the conference offerings. This is because authors have to think through their content twice - first in the paper and then during the formation of their presentation. As mentioned, it is a major differentiator for PNSQC and it puts us on the same level as many academic conferences. 

Now, you may think writing a paper is a daunting task. This is especially true for those of you who’ve participated in an academic conference and know that writing a research paper is not easy! However, keep in mind our conference and hence papers, are focused on practical experience. It’s not as hard as you may think. Really, it’s as easy as telling a friend or colleague how your day went.  
10/05/2023

Talking with PNSQC Keynote speaker Andrea Goulet about empathy, technical skills, communication and collaboration

Andrea Goulet has a tendency to take the counter-intuitive view. For years with CorgiBytes she focused on the idea of remodeling legacy software rather than writing new systems. Rather than siloes of professional specialists, she suggests bringing the whole team approach to work. And while many believe that we are building software free from organizational constraints, she enjoys pointing to Conway's Law that says "Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization's communication structure."

We are pleased to be able to bring Andrea to PNSQC 2023 where she will present two more counter-intuitive sessions: the keynote on Empathy as a Technical Skill, and a workshop on Productive Conflict.  PNSQC volunteer Sam Simataa recently talked with Andrea about her thoughts on technical skills, communication, collaboration, and the Legend of Zelda.

PNSQC: With your keynote presentation titled “Empathy Is A Technical Skill”, who is your intended audience and what do you hope they will take away from your talk?

 

Andrea Goulet: The folks that I love talking to are people who are actively coding as the majority of their role.  I have a unique perspective where I spent the first part of my career really understanding empathy on a technical level. I was focused on strategic communications, and then in 2009, I met up with a friend from high school. He was really into working on legacy systems and modernizing them using agile practices. [He] invited me to be the CEO of his startup, so I learned [a lot] about software and all of these things too. And what I observed in learning about software, was that really code is communication. And if we want to write quality code, then we need to be able to communicate effectively and collaborate effectively. And functionally, the mechanism that we have evolved as humans to do that is empathy. And to me, empathy is the thing that is the foundation of all the practices like Agile or even Test Driven Development, or why a compiler was created [by] Grace Hopper. The intention was to make something better for people [and] to understand and make things easier.
09/10/2023

Elevate Your Software Quality Game at PNSQC 2023: Register Now!


Are you ready to take your software quality to new heights? If so, mark your calendars and get ready for the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) 2023.

PNSQC has been a beacon of excellence in the software quality industry for over four decades, and this year's event promises to be nothing short of groundbreaking.

PNSQC 2023 in a Nutshell

  • Date: October 9-11, 2023
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, and Virtually on Zoom
  • Theme: "Amp it up!" - Exploring ways to amplify quality through technology and processes

Why Should You Attend PNSQC 2023?

08/31/2023

PNSQC and Beyond: Exploring the Definitive Guide to Top 10 Software Testing Conferences of 2023


Finding the right path is difficult. What's your guiding light when it comes to your software quality?

In the dynamic realm of software development, where innovation is the heartbeat and quality is the lifeline, software testing conferences stand as crucial platforms for sharing insights, honing skills, and networking with like-minded professionals. As we navigate through 2023, it's the perfect time to delve into the definitive guide to the top 10 software testing conferences, with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) leading the pack.
 
08/28/2023

For PNSQC 2023, we have chosen the theme "Amp it up! Transforming Quality."  There are many ways to amplify your voice and your influence on quality in your organization, and Selena Delesie has a depth of experience in implementing them throughout her career. Selena will present the keynote Amplifying Agile Quality Practices at PNSQC 2023 in October.
Some may say that trying to lead a quality initiative in an unstructured organization is like herding cats, but Selena says there is an objective way to look at team and organizational quality practices and contrast them with behavioural patterns.  We sat down with Selena to ask more about this quality assessment model that she has developed with Janet Gregory, and to find out more about what she may talk about at PNSQC.


 
08/28/2023

Karl Wiegers on guitarYou may recognize Karl's name as the co-author of the book "Software Requirements." In addition to being a software engineer, consultant and trainer, focusing on process improvement, Karl enjoys playing music. PNSQC has asked him to be a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at the  41st PNSQC this October.  PNSQC volunteer Sam Simataa recently interviewed him to catch up on what Karl has been thinking about lately.

 
04/11/2023

I received this letter the other day from a teacher with the local high school’s robotics team in Portland, Oregon. It was rewarding to receive these kind words knowing that PNSQC is making an impact in the local community above and beyond our conference and extending into the future.

 

“I would like to thank you and PNSQC committee for accepting Portland high school robotics team paper submissions in the past. It gave students a great opportunity to showcase their accomplishments in software quality excellence. In addition, students were also able to connect with professionals at the conference and learn from everyone in this area.  

 

04/10/2023

My name is Andy Peterson and I am the new chair for the Emerging Technologies Track at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) this year. I have been in the technology technology industry for over 20 years including more than a dozen in various QA roles. I currently serve as the QA Manager for Costco Travel’s Shopping group where we develop the best Search and Browsing experience for our members and travel agents. I am originally from Michigan and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2006. I’ve been going through many of the regional hobbies like winemaking and mountain climbing, however these days I’m spending most of my team keeping up with my two daughters.

I fell in love with PNSQC in 2017 as an attendee. I appreciated the smaller group atmosphere with the same level of talent. I was prompted to submit a proposal the following year. I also began reviewing submissions and helping in other ways. I value the volunteer ideals that this conference is built on.

After several years of the same description, I made some updates to the Emerging Technologies Track description. Some of my thoughts going into the new description were built on the expanded use of many of the existing technologies such as extended reality and AI which have been around for many years and now seeing popular uses. Autonomous things and Robotics are also rapidly advancing and have potential to revolutionize transportation and other industries. With the rise of digital technologies, Cybersecurity and Blockchain is becoming a crucial concern to continually keep ahead of the criminal element. With climate change becoming an increasingly pressing concern, green technologies such as renewable energy, electric vehicles, and green data centers are gaining importance. 
 
03/22/2023

Woman considering her PNSQC abstractEvery paper presented at the Pacific NW Software Quality Conference over the years has started with an abstract.  You might be wondering “What is an abstract and how do I get an idea for one?”  PNSQC President Philip Lew takes you through the process in this blog post.

 
03/09/2023

At the PNSQC 2023 March Meetup, Bhushan Gupta provided an orientation on attack surfaces, vectors, and methods of penetration for web applications.  Then, he looked further into a method for quantifying the risks and assigning security priorities before the code is written.  

Michael Larsen wrote an account of the presentation as part of his "live blogging" experience.
 
02/23/2023

Volunteer for PNSQCWe are actively looking for people willing and able to help us over the coming months to help us make 2023 our best year yet.

Delivering our conference and Meetup events depends on volunteers.

 
02/22/2023

The 2023 Quality Jam took place on February 8, 2022, at Golden Valley Brewing in Beaverton, OR.
We had a good attendance of both in-person participants and virtual/online participants.
02/04/2023

 

As part of our tradition for the last few years to kick off the conference year, we'll be holding our annual Quality Jam on Feb 8, 2023. The Quality Jam features a half-dozen lightning talks of 10-12 minutes as a warm-up to the October conference where we also kick off the Call for Papers. The event, to be held live at the Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton, Oregon  will also be hybrid-virtual.

11/04/2022

10/20/2022

Amol Patil receives a top-speaker award from Bhushan Gupta and Tariq King at PNSQC 2022
Our 40th birthday party is over but not without some outstanding accomplishments. 



 
08/26/2022

PNSQC 2022 Invited speaker and seasoned Quality Assurance Engineer Michael Larsen sat down to answer some questions to share with the PNSQC community. You're not going to want to miss his talk in October! If you don't have your conference tickets yet, there's still plenty of time to sign up here.


Interviewer: How do Accessibility and Inclusive Design relate to Quality?

Michael LarsenIf a product is difficult or impossible to use, we can't rightly call it a quality product. When we ignore users with disabilities or put them on the back burner, so to speak, we are telling a population of users that they will be receiving a sub-par service or product, one in which they will not be able to use effectively. To me, that goes against Quality in any meaningful sense that I am aware of.

08/26/2022

Invited speaker and Security expert Yesenia Yser recently took time out of her busy day to interview with PNSQC, and we know you'll enjoy all she shared! Remember that you can still sign up for October's conference and hear her talk entitled "Supply Chain Security: Threats, Defenses and How We Can Help."
 

Interviewer: You have a master's degree in digital forensics. Can you describe the field in a nutshell, and what drew you to pursuing this degree?


Yesenia Yser: Digital forensics is the digital practice of forensics, instead of a physical body or biometric, it is focused on digital data such as network, mobile devices. According to NIST, “Digital forensics is the field of forensic science that is concerned with retrieving, storing and analyzing electronic data that can be useful in criminal investigations.”

In high school, I was obsessed with the TV show, NCIS and their gothic forensics scientist, Abbey. She did a mixture of digital and criminal forensics. I was also so fascinated with this area of security work.  When I was looking into my degree, I wanted to focus on cyber security, but there was no degree path with this focus outside of the Master’s degree at UCF. I focused my education on accomplishing this degree. 

 

08/26/2022


PNSQC 2022 Keynote speaker, Performance Engineering enthusiast, developer and computer games enthusiast Kaushal Dalvi took the time to answer some questions to share with the PNSQC community. If you hadn't already made a note to attend his talk in October, you will after reading the following interview! If you don't have your conference tickets yet, there's still plenty of time to sign up here.

 

Interviewer: You mention that quality and performance are first to go when development teams try to move quickly. How do you rank quality versus performance, or are they equally important?
 

Kaushal Dalvi: The simplest definition of quality that I have found myself using more and more is Josephs Juran's "fitness for use" definition. In that view, quality is an all-encompassing umbrella term that covers all of the '-ilities'. However, in most day to day conversations when one speaks of quality, the intention is to speak of functional correctness, as opposed to conformance to non-functional requirements.
From that perspective, I would still point back to Juran's definition of 'fitness for use'. If an application does not function correctly, it is not fit for use even if it is extremely performant. And an application that functions correctly but takes too long to return the response in a usable time-frame is again, not fit for use. So, long story short, there are thresholds of functional correctness and performance and the other '-ilities'. If a system, app or functionality falls outside this fitness for use threshold, then the other '-ilities' may not matter in that case.

08/26/2022

Keynote speaker and seasoned Quality expert Julia Pottinger graciously took some time to interview with PNSQC, and we are thrilled to share her words with the community. The following Q&A make us all the more excited to hear her talk in October, and believe it will do the same for you. Enjoy, and see you at the conference! There's still plenty of time to sign up here.
 

Interviewer: You talk about balancing learning on the job with learning on our own time. Is it expected that you should learn during company time?

 

Julia Pottinger: Companies should invest in the upskilling of their employees. There is a balance between how much you invest into your own learning and growth outside of work hours, while still having dedicated time from your job to learn. Learning on company time takes different forms, attending conferences, paying for courses/training budget, certifications, brown-bag sessions, workshops, peer coaching/programming etc. I expect guided learning by a company where employees learn during company time.

08/17/2022

Panel on the Trends and Future of QA

Panel on the Trends and Future of QA, August 2022
PNSQC held an Ask Me Anything (AMA) panel on the Trends and Future of QA last week. A huge thanks to our panelists
  • Tariq King
  • Srilu Balla
  • Greg Paskal
  • Mark Bentsen
  • Philip Lew (moderator)
There was plenty of laughter and collaboration amongst the panelists, each sharing the perspective on where our profession is going (or not going). Some of the highlights of the discussion include:
07/25/2022

Does this sound familiar? You’ve spent the last few years building up your company, learning new ways to work remotely, restructuring your department, strengthening your team, and moving ahead of the competition. 

But, now, pundits are saying a downturn is coming. Will all that you’ve gained in recent years be lost?

07/25/2022

Alan Ark waves at youThree Steps … How To Attend the PNSQC Conference

You’ve heard the buzz about PNSQC 2022: Top-flight speakers, powerful technical program, and three days (Oct. 10-12). You want to attend! But will your boss give you the green light? More importantly, will the boss let you put the bill on the company tab?

We are here to help you get to Yes! Here are tried and true steps for convincing your boss to cover your attendance.

 

07/11/2022

The year is 1984. Preparation for one of the first PNSQC conferences is underway. Typed meeting minutes from the January board meeting report that "it was decided that late September would be a good time.
07/05/2022

If you’re here reading PNSQC blog content, and have not yet submitted a proposal for a conference paper, there’s an excellent chance that our poster option may be a great fit for you!

 

05/03/2022

Monoliths vs MicroservicesThe recording for PNSQC's April 2022 meetup, “The Evolution of Enterprise Software System in the State Regulatory Space - From Monolith to Microservices,” is available on the PNSQC Youtube channel. Subscribe to the channel to get regular updates from all the recorded events.

 

04/25/2022

Four Trends Showcase The Challenges And Opportunities. 
A guest post from Bridget Hughes, of mabl software.

04/21/2022

PNSQC and the Statewide QA Program of the State of Oregon co-hosted an Accessibility Workshop & Meetup on March 30, 2022. As a hybrid event, there were some 60 people that participated – both via Zoom and in person at our NE Portland venue.

 

04/04/2022

Rachael Lovallo - Award for 3rd Place PNSQCThis is the first in what we hope becomes a series of blog posts from people in the PNSQC community about how we navigate careers in Quality. 

By Rachael Lovallo

My career as a tester began with quitting. 

 

03/29/2022

Tips on writing a successful abstract from Senior Test Engineer and PNSQC Presenter Rachael Lovallo.

Are you considering submitting a proposal to present at PNSQC’s 40th anniversary conference in 2022? The abstract is your chance to state your case and win over the review committee.

 

03/13/2022

"You’re pretty smart for a girl."

[caption id="attachment_327714" align="alignright" width="322"]Heather Wilcox on Security Trends PNSQC volunteer Heather Wilcox describes the challenges and opportunities for women in technical roles. The path is not always easy, but here are some ideas for balancing the scales.[/caption]

I know now that this sentence is a micro-aggression. However, In January of 1995, when I started my first job in the software industry, it was something I heard all the time and, although I hated it, I got used to it. After deciding to abandon an advanced degree in Anthropology, I looked at my talents and decided that maybe my skills in small network administration and my lifelong love of technology might serve me well in the software industry. It took a few job interviews, but I finally snagged myself an entry-level position in technical support for a large software company.

 

03/10/2022

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” -Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr 

This quote roughly translates into English as “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” This is a common refrain among tech workers, especially software quality professionals. 

 

03/10/2022

PNSQC successfully started the 2022 conference year with a Quality Jam. This evening of lightning talks was designed to kick off the call for paper proposals for the 2022 conference.

 

03/10/2022

2021 marked the second year of a fully-digital conference, and going digital means we recorded every talk. With more than 50 talks, panels, and discussions packed into two days, there’s so much you may have missed or want to revisit.

 

03/10/2022

This year’s conference covered so much: From common testing challenges to how to implement lasting change within your team. 

With more than 50 talks, panels, and discussions packed into two days, there’s so much you may have missed or want to revisit. This marked the second year of a fully-digital conference, and going digital means we recorded every talk.

 

03/10/2022

It’s funny how many still think that a single best automation testing tool exists. That’s like saying mint chocolate is an all-time favorite ice-cream flavor when many may think it tastes like toothpaste.
By Adam Satterfield, Katalon Evangelist
 

 

02/26/2022

Dawn Haynes at PNSQC 2019[The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference puts quality at the forefront. The conference programming emphasizes evolving technical, management, and process practices, plus the methods needed to develop high-quality software. 




 

 

01/01/2022


PNSQC is celebrating its 40th anniversary and it’s time to kick-off the 2022 Call for Papers with a Quality Jam.  This will be an afternoon of lightning talks to inspire and be inspired for new proposals on software quality — a jam session to get together as a group and see where the “music” takes us.