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:
Topics in this area include:
Topics in this area include:
Topics in the Performance and Security could include:
Maybe a topic raised at work gathered some interest?
Wherever you are on your journey, someone is just beginning. Your experiences — good or bad — could be essential advice for new testers.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
There is a little-known concept known as “General Specialization,” which may be the most urgent topic of the future for development teams. This means being a generalist working on a series of diverse tasks. But, once you get into a particularly difficult area, being able to become much more specialized by focusing on resources and knowledge specific to that environment. To use a sports analogy: can Tom Brady play linebacker or is it best to use him as a quarterback? Perhaps he should play linebacker or offensive lineman in special situations. Would he need special training to be an offensive lineman?
This track contains all things quality and replaces the ‘Testing track’ to include any activity in Devops, Development, and Testing that tie to quality.
PNSQC is seeking speakers of all experience levels and backgrounds to contribute to our conference program. Speaking in front of your peers offers benefits far beyond what a general attendee comes away with.
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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