May QASIG – Featuring Khan Klatt, Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering

Performance and Security Quality Practices in Continuous Delivery

presented by Khan Klatt, Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering

Modern software engineering practices have challenged traditional thinking around the delivery of quality software. Waterfall practices have been eclipsed by agile practices, reducing cycle time to deliver software features from quarters or years to weeks or months. Agile practices are now being challenged by lean practices, which some organizations have exploited to reduce that cycle time from weeks/months to days/hours. In this talk, discover how decades-old quality practice and modern software engineering capabilities can be applied to deliver high-quality software on ultra-agile timeframes.

About our speaker: Khan Klatt is a Director of Engineering at McGraw-Hill Engineering, leading the company’s Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy. Khan joined McGraw-Hill Education in 2014, previously having worked in entertainment/gaming and social media startups local to Seattle. Khan built high-performance, highly-scalable APIs used by television game shows, web scraping/crawling, and content ranking algorithms, as well as a social media platform that scaled to 50M users in the early 2000’s. In the 1990s, Khan also helped co-found a Web consulting business and successfully built and sold a regional startup Internet Service Provider to a national ISP.

Khan attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he served as the first Webmaster for that organization in 1993. His passion for progressive innovation was demonstrated in his work to integrate make the Campus-Wide Information System database available on the Web as early as 1994.

Khan came to the United States from Ankara, Turkey, where he attended grades K-12 in a Department of Defense Dependents School. Born in Turkey, Khan speaks Turkish and English as native tongues and learned elementary French in high school. In his free time, Khan enjoys hobbies like programming, photography, and travel.

January 2017 QASIG Video – Panel on the Future of QA

The Future of QA – Panel Discussion


Meet our panel – QA representatives from local companies who will help us answer some of these questions. We are happy to welcome to the following colleagues:

  • Brian Gaudreau, Software Quality Professional
  • Matt Pina, IT Security Consultant, UW Medicine IT
  • Joy Shafer, Software Developer in Test, The Climate Corp
  • Jamie Campbell, Senior Manager Engineering, Tableau Software

Moderated by Andy Fox, Software Design Engineer in Test, Quardev

Wednesday is the final QASIG meeting of our 15th Year and it will be a great one – come celebrate with us!

Our final QASIG meeting of our 15th Year this Wednesday (11/9) will be a great one – come celebrate with us!

We are excited to welcome Ryan Papineau, Automated Testing Engineer with Alaska Airlines to present his talk on Service Virtualization in Action.  And we’ll raise a glass and toast another great year of QASIG meetings and camaraderie – we’ve loved the community that comes together and are actively planning for an even better year next year. 

Also, don’t forget the to bring items for the University District Food Bank if you can – we are coming up on the holidays and the needs of our local community remains as large as ever. In particular, there is a need for personal items, baby items, and pet items – along with the non-perishables that you generally think of. We’ll be doing a run on Thursday to drop off all items and will match it.
Hope you can join us!
Please see the Event page to learn more and to register:

November QASIG: Service Virtualization in Action: How Alaska Airlines tests for snow storms in July

#ServiceVirtualization | November 8 | QASIG-Seattle

Fall in Seattle

“Service Virtualization in Action: How Alaska Airlines tests for snow storms in July” is a QASIG-Seattle talk being presented by Ryan Papineau, Automated Testing Engineer at Alaska Airlines during the upcoming #QASIG #SeattleTech #Meetup at #Quardev | reserve your seat

Why did Alaska Airlines receive J.D. Powers’ “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” recognition for 8 years straight, plus the “#1 on-time major North American Carrier” award for the last 5 years? A large part of the credit belongs to their software testing team’s proactive approach to disrupting the traditional software testing process.

The team uses advanced test automation in concert with service virtualization to rigorously test their complex flight operations management application, which interacts with myriad dependent systems (fuel, passenger, crew, cargo, baggage, aircraft, and more). The result: operations that run smoothly—even if they encounter a snowstorm in July.

Attend this session to get a first-hand account of how Alaska Airlines leverages service virtualization to address common testing challenges and to learn Alaska Airlines’ best practices for managing the complexity of multiple dependent systems for testing.

About Our Speaker | Ryan uses systems engineering, cross-team collaboration, along with data analytics to provide complex test environments that behave like production.

Join us for this and other upcoming QASIG-Seattle events by reserving your seat at www.qasig.orgEvents are held at QUARDEV 2707 NE Blakeley Street in Seattle. Doors open at 6:00 for networking and nosh, presentation begins at 6:30 – all are welcome.

Join the Conversation

About #QASIG Seattle

QASIG seeks to engage members of the high-tech community in discussions on the evolving challenges of software quality assurance and look at ways to advance the leading methodologies and best practices.

Challenges Ahead

As software development continues to evolve, the way in which we approach quality assurance and software testing must keep pace or become obsolete.

Consumers demand software that is available, reliable, and secure. It is important for us to continually re-evaluate the QA and testing processes we are employing and why we are using them.

We hope to explore these and many other questions facing the software development, quality assurance, and software testing industries in upcoming QASIG meetings and invite you to take part in the dialog.

Join us for this and other upcoming events by reserving your seat at

March QASIG Meeting – So You Think You Can Write a Test Case

March 9th at 6PM with the presentation beginning at 6:30PM

See the Website for more information and to RSVP: QASIG March Meeting Details

So You Think You Can Write a Test Case

Presented by Srilu Pinjala

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, mobile communication, advanced extreme programming, and agile methodologies, we have come a long way. But did we come a long way in every aspect of software development and testing?

Why do we develop software? To practice great coding and to create products that will provide value and be successful.

Why do we test software? To make sure the requirements were met, bugs are found early on, and to passive aggressively give your developers a run for their money.

Software has been developed and tested, now what? Are we done? Is it time to move on to the next best thing or are we just getting started?


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