The Pacific NW Software Quality Conference is starting the call for proposals earlier than ever this year and introducing a new theme to inspire ideas. The 2019 theme centers around a Culture of Quality. Culture can be defined as the basic assumptions and beliefs that are shared by members of an organization or a region. For a company, a department, a team, a culture of quality is not just an idea created by the organization as a singular occurrence. People sustain the culture. Sustaining a culture of quality means sharing your knowledge with others with similar interests and passions. When you get involved with PNSQC, either by proposing a paper or volunteering, you contribute to the culture of quality in the Pacific Northwest.
The Program Committee is putting a lot of energy and enthusiasm into the tracks this year. Having more speakers and shorter breaks was a popular change for last year that will be carried forward this year. The five tracks cover a wide range of topics targeted for testers, managers, developers and other quality software professionals. Thinking in terms of these tracks may help focus topics for proposals:
The Call for Papers opens with a special event on Friday, January 25th at Intel Ronler Acres. Dubbed the PNSQC Culture Jam, this event is a short talk format with five top speakers sharing their experiences spreading the culture of quality in the software industry. Consider attending the talks and discussing your ideas during the networking session afterward.
Another popular addition carried over from the 2018 conference will be the People’s Choice Best Presentation Award. To top last year, we have decided to present three (3!) awards for papers chosen in real-time by the attendees via the PNSQC mobile app, so the opportunity to be recognized for your contribution to a Culture of Quality is even stronger.
Writing a quality paper and giving a quality presentation is hard work, but we’ve put together some resources to help you succeed and come home with a people’s choice award!
The Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho has written that “culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first, they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” By sharing your experiences and your successes, you will help others and gain a better understanding of the software quality community and profession.
PNSQC invites you to refine your ideas and submit an abstract. If your idea is accepted, you’ll be invited to present your paper at PNSQC in October 2019 in Portland, OR.
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