Lunch & Learns / Custom Webinars

Lunch & Learns / Custom Webinars2018-11-20T09:46:29-05:00

tap|QA is offering different complimentary Lunch ‘n’ Learns and Custom Webinars for your organization!

tap|QA is a recognized industry leader in QA, Test Automation, and DevOps solutions, enabling our partners to possess a competitive edge when it comes to perfecting the processes and technology skills necessary for rapid software release. We’d love to share our experiences in a variety of topics with you over lunch!

We will bring the session to you and your team – either onsite at your location, virtually via webinar, or join us at our Minneapolis, MN headquarters – just let us know what you’d prefer!

Featured Lunch & Learn

Improve Test Strategies and Outcomes with Mind Maps

Do you ever sit in test strategy or test plan review sessions and get little or no participation from others? Are you looking for a better way to communicate important information around the test plan or strategy? Do you want your stakeholders to understand and engage in providing feedback and suggestions? Jennifer Bonine has a solution for you—a mind mapping tool that can help you address these questions. A mind map is a visual approach used to help organize information rather than a text outline or list. Jennifer helps you download a free mind mapping tool, trains you how to use the tool, and takes a real-life problem and solves it using the tool. She discusses the benefits of mind maps for solving problems that communicate information about your testing plan and strategy. Take back to your organization a working approach you can use to improve velocity in your testing cycles and planning sessions.


Lunch & Learn Sessions

QA and DevOps: Running In Tandem

In today’s “footrace” to deliver high-quality software products, efficiently and ahead of the competition, it is critical for organizations to ensure QA and DevOps are running in tandem.

In an era of shorter software product release schedules, organizations adopting the principles of DevOps can realize an important competitive advantage. Simply put, DevOps is a process for close collaboration between developers, QA, product owners and IT operations during the entire product lifecycle to ensure software is released rapidly without compromising on quality.

In a high-functioning DevOps culture, QA is one of the pillars because it ensures everyone is responsible for bug-free software throughout the entire process. The “lines” between development and QA are blurred and many responsibilities become shared – and bug prevention becomes even more important than bug detection.

When QA and DevOps runs in tandem, it enables continuous integration, delivery and deployment of applications.

Learning Objectives: Our Lunch and Learn will help to demystify DevOps, suggestions on how to best align QA, Development and Operations within your organization, and allow you to tap into our expertise on how to release high-quality products quicker to your audience.  We’ll tackle the following subjects (and more):

  • Implementing DevOps, and the culture impacts to be prepared for
  • Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD) ensuring faster delivery and ability to scale
  • Deployment Automation, Quality Gates & Approvals
  • Test Strategies to focus on shifting left – Bug Prevention as opposed to just Bug Detection
  • Blurring the lines between QA and Development
  • Test Automation as part of a high-functioning DevOps culture

Shifting Left – Evolution of Automation

As the software development lifecycle shifts toward agile and lean methodologies, quality in every build becomes critical. Continuous integration allows development teams to receive immediate feedback on their code, creating more efficiency and higher quality.

At a high level we will explore the differences in continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment.  We will discuss the high level view of how this is impacting the resource requirements for organizations and how this has shifted the QA automation strategies. We will also explore models that show where your organization is on the continuous integration/continuous delivery path, the required technical skills needed to implement them, and how to decide if this strategy is right for you.

Learning Objectives: 
Participants will gain knowledge of how different automation tools & platforms will integrate together including Visual Studio (C#, C++, Objective C), Java, Jenkins, Jira, Qmetry, and other tools.  The audience will gain a perspective of how Continuous Integration works from the Development roles to QA roles and what processes are critical to implement for success.


It’s All About the Peeps: Hiring and Retaining High-Performing Teams

Learn how to attract, and keep, the best team for YOUR company, even in today’s competitive market!
We currently live in an impossibly tight market for IT Talent. It is extremely tough to assemble a top-notch QA / Automation / DevOps team. Sometimes, it’s even tougher to keep the “peeps” on that team together! This can make or break a successful SDLC organization!

In this presentation, we’ll cover strategies on how to build the best team possible for YOUR organization, with tips on how to make talented individuals fall in love with your team, the right questions to ask in an interview to ensure you are hiring the right people, and what to do once your team is built to keep your high-performers happy and motivated to stay with your team over the long haul! We’ll provide a best practices guide as a takeaway after the presentation is complete.


The Impact of IoT on Testing: What’s in Store

No longer just a futuristic concept, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a strong presence in our world even today. If your business is not prepared for it, you’re already behind. With the proliferation of connected “things”—devices, appliances, cars, and even clothes— the stage is set and IoT apps are here to stay.

Testing, product management, and development teams must address developing and testing in this paradigm. Testers, accustomed to traditional platforms, are now asked to test on more complex devices and more advanced platforms. Testers must keep up with the demand for new skills, new strategies, and an entirely new set of knowledge for testing IoT apps. IT organizations must master the new skills, tools, and architectures required by the IoT.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review where we are today and explore the challenges that IoT and increased complexity pose to our testing profession.
  • See what tools are available to aid IoT testing, what to consider and plan for when testing, how other organizations are preparing, and the new skills testers need.
  • Case studies around companies who are successfully testing in the IoT world, and strategies they are currently using.

How to Request a Lunch & Learn

Lunch ‘n’ Learns are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis and are going quick!  Please contact us to coordinate by December 31st for a session in 2019.

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