Bill started with Software Testing in 1982 and worked in Test and Quality Assurance for 25 years before moving Project Management and Agile Methods, earning CSTE and CSQA certifications along the way. Often, when talking with other Agile practitioners Bill hears they don’t have QA. What they mean is they don’t have a traditional QA process following a V-Model and weeks of integration, performance, load, stress, and user acceptance testing between the end of development and deployment to production.
As more and more companies and government agencies embrace Agile methods, QA and testing professionals will continue to see this drastic change. What does it mean for you at your job and as you plan your career?
Bill will address the following topics:
The difference between Agile and Traditional QA
The role of a professional, certified Quality Analyst in an Agile organization
Requirements, Stories, Use Cases, and Acceptance Criteria
Planning testing for the iteration and for the release - lightweight, fast, and thorough
The role and nature of test automation
Creating a developer contract
Bill Rinko-Gay is a Scrum Coach for the City of New York’s Department of Sanitation, currently helping DSNY with its largest enterprise development project to-date, the Sanitation Management Analysis and Resource Tracking (SMART) system. SMART is being developed using Agile methods with Scrum and Kanban along with some traditional methodologies. Bill joined the project in July of 2014. After the first roll-out the team re-architected to resolve some of the issues found in the first iteration and rolled out SMART 2.0 in late 2016. SMART is now taking advantage of a microservices architecture to incorporate a Systems Integrator working on new features while existing DSNY employees maintain the existing functionality.
Bill has been involved in Software Test and Quality Assurance since 1982 when he began testing command and control software for orbiting satellites for the US Air Force. Frustrated with the lack of structure in the testing community, Bill began working on a more comprehensive approach to Software Quality Assurance.Since leaving the DOD Bill has worked on projects in the defense, computer manufacturing, publishing, computer security, financial, state, and local government vertical markets.Bill has experience in development teams ranging in size from three to sixty and is in his fourth decade in the field.Bill is still evaluating techniques to allow teams to produce better quality with greater efficiency with a good work-life balance.Bill currently teaches a two-day course in Agile testing. Bill currently holds PMP and Certified Scrum Master certifications.
Bill has spoken several times at QAAM meetings on testing and Agile topics and is the QAAM Speaker of the year for 2013.Agile Community: AgileDC (AgileDC.org) Organizing Board Member, Agile2016 Track Reviewer, Agile2015 speaker, Agile 2013-14 Participant, Agile Meetup junkie, Coaching Clinic Volunteer, ICAgile Training Partner, and SAFe Trainer.
Registration: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks: 9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. Presentation: 9:05 a.m. to 12 noon. Lunch: Noon to 1:00 p.m. Q & A: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Take I-95 West from airport to 95 South towards Washington D.C. Take 175 West towards Columbia exit 41B. At your first traffic light make a right onto 108. Make a left onto Lark Brown Rd. continue onto Benson Dr. Hotel is on the right.
Distance from Hotel: 11 miles
Drive Time: 15 min.
From Reagan National Airport -
I-95 South over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Route 1 North, take BWI airport exit
Distance from Hotel: 36 miles
Drive Time: 15 min.
From Dullas International AIrport -
I-95 South to exit 27 (I-495 West) to exit 45A. Follow signs to BWI airport, approximately 13 miles from exit 45A