Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group

Join the SASQAG group on Linked in Join the SASQAG group on Linked In 

Past Meetings 2015

     2015 ·2014 ·2013 ·2012 ·2011 ·2010 ·2009 ·2008 ·2007 ·2006 ·2005 ·2004 ·2003 ·2002 ·2001 ·2000 ·1999 ·1998
Domain Expert Automation Programming (DEAP)
January 2015

Domain Expert Automation Programming (DEAP) is an automation testing framework that enables non-programmers to harness the power of data-driven, Selenium automation tests. The DEAP web portal simplifies and guides the creation of otherwise complex scripts through the use of an intuitive user interface that manages an object repository, test input data and test scripts. This approach is intended to enable test script automation to be completed in hours or days instead of weeks or months. The motivation behind the DEAP development is to equip business experts with an intuitive tool to create and execute sophisticated, automated end-to-end testing scripts. This will increase automated test coverage and allow the highly skilled automation developers to focus on more complex automation testing needs of the organization.


Loren J. Brown
Quantum Peg, Inc

Loren J. Brown is a Test Automation Architect and owner of Quantum Peg, Inc. He is currently teaming up with John Cvetko from TEK Associates to develop the DEAP testing tool. After obtaining a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Portland State University, Loren worked for over two decades as a QA Engineer in various capacities. At Intel Corporation He spent a little over a dozen years in various product teams and Intel Labs as a QA Lead in various software projects including Video Conferencing, IP Telephony, TCP/IP Network Performance, and others. He spent over six years at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as a QA Lead developing various test automation frameworks and harnesses, and multiple software lifecycle data visualization projects. When he carves out time for hobbies, Loren likes tinkering with microcontrollers and small electronics projects.
MetaAutomation: Software Quality done Faster, Stronger, and Cheaper
February 2015

Starting with the Atomic Check pattern, MetaAutomation enables automation to be vastly more trustworthy and powerful in measuring and regressing quality. Trustworthiness and precise, descriptive artifacts will also help manual types of testing become more effective, faster, less boring and more fun.


Matt Griscom

Matt Griscom has 20 years’ experience creating software including test automation, harnesses and frameworks. Two degrees in physics primed him to seek the big picture in any setting. This comprehensive vision periodically puts Matt in the vanguard. Matt loves helping people solve problems with computers and IT.
EZModel: A Free, Simple Model-Based Testing Tool
March 2015

Model-based testing is powerful, but MBT tools tend to be:

  • Expensive
  • Over-engineered
  • Complex
  • All of the above
It doesn’t have to be that way! EZModel is a simple C# tool to create state models and generate test sequences. I plan to release it as open source for testers and developers to try out, build on, and improve. Come see what EZModel can do for you!


Harry Robinson
Serious Quality LLC.

He currently writes, teaches, and consults as Serious Quality LLC.

Harry Robinson was a Principal Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) for Microsoft’s Bing team, with over twenty years of software development and testing experience at AT&T Bell Labs, HP, Microsoft, and Google, as well as time spent in the startup trenches. He has worked with Bing teams on developing effective test strategies across the product.

While at Bell Labs, Harry pioneered a test generation system that won the 1995 AT&T Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Area of Quality. At Microsoft, he created the model-based test technology which won the Microsoft Best Practice Award in 2001. He holds two patents for software test automation methods. He speaks and writes frequently on software testing and automation issues.

Process Engineering, Documentation, and Evaluation
April 2015

A lively romp through process capability, documentation, and measurement without getting your feet too wet.

Many standards, initiatives, and measurement programs rely on the identification and documentation of work processes with the goal of improving quality, cost, schedule performance, productivity, and etc. The problem has been how much of a process needs to be documented to make it a “capable” and “managed” process. If we improved it, how would we know? Why does there seem to be a “disconnect” between process improvement initiatives, quality assurance, and the real work of getting software out the door? This presentation gives you a set of tools that can be used at a project, program, organizational, and/or enterprise level to incrementally define and measure processes to identify and eliminate waste and rework. You will probably never look at your washing machine the same way again!


Tom Gilchrist

Tom has worked at Boeing for the last 32 years, and is currently an Associate Technical Fellow in the field of software quality assurance for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services (CAS). Before his work at Boeing, he worked as the principal in a number of software development startup companies and has worked as a software development consultant. Tom is currently involved in the University of Washington's Software Testing Certificate program both as an instructor and as a member of the advisory board. He also currently serves on the board of the Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group ( CSQE
Using Test Points on Agile Projects
November 2015

Test points are a sizing metric, similar to story points, that can be used for tracking (a test burndown chart), estimation (story sizing), and scaling (by normalizing effort metrics across teams).

Test Points slides and Test Burndown Whitepaper

Eric Rimbey
QA Lead at Remitly

Email questions about SASQAG or this web site to: webmaster at

Mailing Address:
Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group (SASQAG)
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd
Suite A3-222
Renton, WA 98058