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SQAUG Presents: Finding Room for Quality in Start-Up Culture

2055 NW Savier St
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

Access Notes

Parking: Plenty of free parking in front of the building.

Con-way's reception desk is located at west end (closest to 21st Ave.) of the AdTech II building, best accessed by turning into the entrance located on 21st Ave.



There are many reasons why QA roles have a hard time getting funded in start-up organizations. Most start-ups begin with small teams that adopt (read: ignore) Lean or Agile methodologies and tend to favor TDD or rapid iteration to get the products built or shipped as quickly as possible. Because every dollar counts up front, getting 'something' out the door quickly often trumps making sure quality is built in. Market pressures, competition, and limited resources often force start-ups to make difficult (read: convenient) choices in order to keep the lights on.

This session will cover how QA can become a relevant role in this challenging environment and will discuss strategies that QA professionals can use to find their way into fulfilling quality roles in start-ups.

About Our Speaker: Frank D’Andrea is an experienced listener, thinker, and doer. He likes motivating self-organizing teams, eliminating wasteful practices, and delivering digital solutions that are designed to be flexible and that are developed in a sustainable way. He believes in engaging clients as partners, demonstrating the value of iterative delivery, and bringing award-winning products and services to the marketplace. He is an Agile instigator and relentless self-critic as well as a process improvement specialist. Specialties: Internet of Things (IoT), Social, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud, Big Data, Product Management, Digital Strategy, Market Strategy, Product Requirements, Customer Implementations, and Business Development.


5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking

6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements

6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: • Event is Free to the public • Onsite parking (directions below) • Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served • No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are BRAND NEW, and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG