Sail or Fail? Navigating Test Automation Pitfalls

Speaker: Paul Grizzaffi

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7pm – 8pm CST

Location: Paladin

Sailing the treacherous waters of test automation is challenging at best. From executives thinking “it’s going to fix all of our quality problems, right?” to team members saying “no, that’s YOUR job,” our automation initiatives face an uphill battle with a tendency to struggle… or at least to not achieve their full potential. Let’s shed some light on several of these challenges and pitfalls while discussing some of the approaches we can use to avoid a voyage on the SS Failboat.

Paul Grizzaffi is the QA Automation Architect and Manager for Online Technology at GameStop. His career has focused on the creation and deployment of automated test frameworks, tools, and platforms. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSA) from Scrum Alliance. Paul has created automation platforms and tool frameworks based on proprietary, open source, and vendor supplied tool chains in diverse product environments (telecom, stock trading, and online/digital retail). He looks forward to expanding his automation and QA knowledge for other product environments.

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RHQ – Enterprise Management Platform

Speaker: Stefan Negrea

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7pm – 8pm CST

Location: Paladin

This presentation is an introduction to RHQ, a pluggable management platform for administering, monitoring, alerting, and configuring enterprise resources. The presentation will also feature a demo of the recently introduced platform REST interface.


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Infrastructure in One Hour

Speaker: Alex Soncodi

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7pm – 8pm CST

Location: Improving Enterprises

This discussion covers the basics of setting up an instance on Amazon’s EC2 platform. We will show you how to create and boot your own AMI micro instance from an official Ubuntu EC2 image and set up the canonical LAMP stack.

Then, for kicks, we’ll set up a Git repository and some update/backup shell scripts for a one-click-update style RAD setup. This discussion is aimed at beginner-intermediate developer/network admin.

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