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DAQAA: Maintaining QA Productivity in a Work-From-Home World
July 8, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
In the wake of COVID-19, companies nationwide are doing all they can to ensure employee safety. This has led to an unprecedented number of remote workers, creating a “new normal” with a work-from-home environment.
This presents numerous productivity challenges for Agile Software Development organizations, and especially for QA / Software Testing teams. Those that rely on in-person collaboration and teamwork may see disruptions in a “work-from-home” environment.
tapQA prides itself on helping QA organizations thrive through remote work. As one of the country’s leading Software Testing Services organizations, tapQA has created processes that result in maintained productivity even when Agile teams are not located together.
Join tapQA’s Kimberly Bunda, Josh Brenneman, and Kirk Walton for this presentation on how to best maintain QA productivity in a work-from-home environment.
In this presentation, we discuss the following:
* How the “new normal” of today’s world differs from traditional remote testing environments
* Best practices for Agile testing teams in both traditional settings and our current climate
* An example schedule for a work-from-home testing team, and the key differences from working together in one location
* A look at some of the top communication tools to foster collaboration in remote Agile teams
* Lessons learned from experienced remote testing teams, and those who are adapting to today’s challenges
After the recorded presentation, Kim, Josh and Kirk will lead a live Q&A session and share more thoughts about best practices for remote work that we’ve shaped since the start of the pandemic.
Kimberly Bunda is a Co-Founder and partner of tapQA, one of the country’s leading software testing consulting services firms. She has over 30 years of IT Experience with project experience in various roles including Quality Assurance, Testing and Test Automation, Project Management, and Organizational Change. In addition, she has over 20 years’ experience in Consulting, Consulting firm growth and development on a national level. Kimberly has led Quality projects with some of the country’s most respected companies, including Oracle, Cargill, US Bank, Wells Fargo, ING, Portico Benefits, Westar Energy, and Medtronic.
Josh Brenneman is a resourceful technology change leader with over ten years’ experience delivering value to organizations in the areas of strategic quality, delivery, release management, and testing. Josh has experience implementing standardized quality practices and managing practice and delivery plans. He has led businesses through all aspects of testing from on-premise to cloud service solutions. Josh’s diverse industry experience includes Technology, Media, Marketing, Agency, Retail, Healthcare, Benefits Administration, and Manufacturing.
Kirk Walton has over 20 years’ experience in the IT Consulting Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) His experience includes consulting, recruiting, marketing, and consulting services leadership. Kirk is incredibly passionate about the the people aspects of the IT Services industry, and about building team and helping organizations and individuals find the perfect fit with one another. He established the recruiting and marketing practices at tapQA, a national consulting firm exclusively focused on QA, Test Automation and DevOps.
Rick Pope is a Senior Consultant for tapQA with 23 years in the QA field. He brings broad industry knowledge in QA strategy and process. He is currently practicing work from home skills and techniques, which includes keeping the snacks to a minimum.