QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series – Featuring Ken DeSouza

QA or the Highway

Our fifteenth featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Ken DeSouza.


1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway?

I heard a talk at the Targeting Quality Conference in Waterloo Ontario by Joseph Ours. At the end of his talk, he had mentioned QA or the Highway. I regretted not submitting to a conference in my own backyard, so I thought I would take this as my opportunity. I had a personal career goal to speak at a conference, so this is a fulfillment of that goal.

2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?

The diversity of speakers. Many of them I follow on twitter, so I’m looking forward to seeing their presentations in person.

3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway?

Use the time to confer with peers. That’s my plan, I want to talk to more people who enjoy this type of work. I’m hoping to build at least one new professional relationship here. I’d suggest that anyone attending should try to do the same.

4. How did you become involved in testing?

I have developing software for over 15 years. I was always interested in testing, even early on, where I would try to build automated checks into the code I was building. I self-identified as tester in 2008 and that’s where my education in building quality software really took hold. I haven’t looked back ever since!

5. What are some of you favorite tools in your “testing toolbox”?

I have my “bag of tricks”, which is a combination of various sources I have collected. Over the last 7 years, I have compiled this into a cheat sheet (which can be found below). Boundary value analysis and equivalence class partitioning are my bread and butter.

6. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your testing efforts?

Lessons Learned in Software Testing is still one of the better books I use on a regular basis. As for people I follow, it is usually people who contribute back to the community; those are the people I follow on twitter.

Ken will be speaking on “Feedback and its importance in delivering high quality software”.

You can find Ken’s speaker bio, session information, or more information about QA or the Highway 2015 by going to any of the following links:

You can also find Ken online at the following locations:

Twitter: @kgdesouz

Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series:

Jim Holmes
Raj Subramanian
Joseph Beale
Kelli Searfos
Dmitry Sharkov
Justin Rohrman
Shaminder Rai
Jess Lancaster
Joe DeMeyer
Gareth Bowles
Damian Synadinos
Anna Royzman
Todd Fox
Dave Patel