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Classic QA's Relevance in Age of Agile

Kevin Weiss, CEO of Philip Crosby Associates

Are you even aware whether your Agile, QA, or testing emphasis has lost sight of quality? We easily get so wrapped up in what we're doing that we fail to make sure it's accomplishing intended results; and too often it may not be. We assume that merely saying magic words, doing Agile, or whatever, suffices to assure quality. IT DOESN'T.

Philip Crosby was one of the three monumental quality gurus, along with W. Edwards Deming and Joseph Juran. Together, they made Quality top of mind. Most of what we do today, and too often take for granted, was because of their breakthrough thinking.

Phil Crosby introduced cost of quality, zero defects, the basis for capability maturity models, and the most common definition of quality as "conformance to requirements". Kevin Weiss carries on today as CEO of Philip Crosby Associates and brings us desperately-needed insights to fill too-common software quality gaps due to thinking that ignores wisdom older than the latest tweet.

About the Speaker:

Kevin Weiss previously was General Electric's IT Six Sigma Master Black Belt responsible for Board-empowered enterprise-wide parallel quality structure affecting the entire software development organization and contributing significantly to GE's quality-driven business dominance.

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from September through June, at the offices of RSA, 174 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730.

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