ABSTRACT: Many IT professionals have misconceptions about Quality Assurance. They may have a basic misunderstanding of its role, purpose and value. They may think that small IT organizations can't afford it. And they may think that agile organizations don't need it or want it. In this presentation Don Strayer describes the true value of QA and accepted best practices. He gives examples of various ways that small and agile organizations have implemented an effective QA function. Then he covers common mistakes to avoid since that can cause QA to fail.
SPEAKER: Don Strayer. For the past 10 years Don has been an independent consultant specializing in quality assurance and process improvement guidance for IT and lean six sigma for small business. Before that he had more than 25 years IT experience with Honeywell International and predecessor companies AlliedSignal and Allied Chemical. His many roles there included project manager, business analyst, EDI coordinator, IT process group leader, quality assurance leader, and software process lead assessor. In the latter role he spent 10 years part-time leading 2 to 4 CMM/CMMI appraisals per year of IT organizations outside of his business unit, including contractors, and became the senior member of the corporate team. He was QA leader for his business unit several times. In his last position he was global QA leader for the chemicals industry where for two years he was responsible for QA for an average 80 active projects worldwide. Don is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and a former member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society, and itSMF USA.