DevOps at GameStop

Joey Guerra – Dev
Jason Wainwright – SWAT (Ops)
Kijana Woodard – Dev
Michael Sanders – QA
Hampton Reese – Dev
Zach Burke – Dev

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST

Location: Paladin Consulting

This month we will have a team from GameStop that has implemented DevOps practices in their business. Several speakers will present various perspectives and we will learn about their experiences and what has happened since these principles have been applied.

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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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Agile Testing Tactics for WaterFail, FrAgile, ScrumBut, Kantban, and DevFlops

Speaker: Tim Lyon

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7pm – 8pm CST

Location: Paladin

Agile development is being used more and more but the Quality Assurance personnel and management are playing catch-up to be able to work in a lean environment and still produce quality testing. Waterfail, FrAgile, ScrumBut, KantBan, and DevFlops are all various amalgamations of different methodologies trying to be shoe horned into existing development and delivery patterns that tend to fall short in quality assurance practices. No one practice fits all but there are various tactics that can be used to help address some of those concerns and better limit the delivery quality exposure – especially in tight turn around projects.



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