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Lean Quality Assurance: Day 1 of a 2 Day Seminar by Tom Gilb

Date: Monday, 20th May 2013
Time: 09:00
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead


BCS Nottingham and Derby branch, in conjunction with the BCS Quality Assurance Special Group, and Europoint Communications, a testing consultancy based in the East Midlands, are proud to present a two day seminar on Lean Quality Assurance, presented by the world-renowned Tom Gilb.

Testing costs too much, but is in fact ineffective. There are many proven methods for ensuring much better qualities, much sooner. But testers cannot be held responsible for deploying them. This is a CIO, CTO, QA-manager responsibility. This seminar guides you through the 'lean' methods which can be operated upstream, up front, pro-active, and with rapid learning.

Amongst other things, you will be looking at:

  • Stakeholder Quality: Stakeholder quality analysis and specification.
  • Quality Quantification: All quality requirements need to be quantified, to reflect all critical quality dimensions.
  • Quality by Design: Design Quality In! Don’t try to test it in. How to find and evaluate designs that give us needed quality levels. How to estimate impact of designs and architectures on requirement levels, as the basis for 'assuring' that we have later reached planned quality levels. Smart architecture for quality.
  • Quality Decision Tables: a practical tool for managing multiple qualities, multiple costs, and multiple architecture and strategy options - quantitatively and objectively.
  • Agile QC: Establish 'agile quality control', a quantified simple review process. This includes measuring the quality of requirements, designs, code, test plans. It will give people strong motivation to follow best standards practices.
  • Quantified Quality Process Gates: Quantified Process Entry and Exit Control, to drive learning, and practice, of your standards.
  • Quality by Feedback: Evolutionary Product Quality Development: one step above conventional 'agile' in dealing with quality. The Unity (111111) method for decomposing architecture into high quality increments.
  • Quantify Maintainability Requirements: Engineer a variety of maintainabilty qualities (Portability, Maintainability, Adaptability)

The two day seminar is primarily for people not in permanent employment, or underemployed contractors, but we are more than happy to accept others attendees who are currently employed, both BCS and non-BCS members alike. Food will also be available for lunch on both days if you don't fancy going out.

Applications for places on each of this courses are to be sent directly to Soheir Ghallab .
Please specify, 1. Why you are interested, 2. Your Employment status

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About the Presenter

Tom has mainly worked within the software engineering community, but since 1983 with Corporate Top Management problems, and since 1988 with large-scale systems engineering (Aircraft, Telecoms and Electronics).

He is an independent teacher, consultant and writer. He has published nine books, including the early coining of the term "Software Metrics" (1976) which is the recognized foundation ideas for IBM CMM/SEI CMM/CMMI Level 4.

He is recognized as the founder or major driver of several technical disciplines such as software metrics and evolutionary project management, as well as being an innovative pioneer in Inspections, and the inventor of the planning language Planguage. He is directly recognized as the idea source for parts of the Agile and Extreme programming methods (primarily the incremental cycles). Tom and Kai have recently developed their own Agile Inspections and Agile Evolutionary Project Management processes, that are being successfully used by clients.

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