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Background The idea of starting the St. Louis Quality Assurance Association (STLQAA) was born because of the need of having a place and time to gather with colleagues of software quality in the area, and was also inspired by the activities of the previous association.

Founders The founders of the STLQAA are all certified CSTE and/or CSQA and their combined experience is the greatest value for this group.

The STLQAA counts on the experience of one of the chairpersons who participated in the previous association.


Next Meeting is on Thursday, September 18, 2014


Pradeep Chennavajhula-VP QAI & CEO Edista Testing Institute (QAI Global Venture) will present: 

Test Automation – Snake Oil for Testers & Pitfalls to Avoid  

Very often, Automation is viewed as a silver bullet in reducing testing efforts and increasing delivery speed. While it is true that automated tests can provide rapid feedback on the health of the system, all approaches to automated testing are not created equal, and surely there are some pitfalls to be avoided. Section 1 of the talk focuses on clarifying the expectations, providing a perspective on when automation is helpful.   

Introducing test automation is an exciting time, however, it is also fraught with danger. Silly mistakes or oversights could cost you dear in future, so you need to make sure you don’t stumble over the common pitfalls early on, and clear the hurdles just perfectly. Section 2 of the talk focuses on identifying the pitfalls early, and taking relevant steps to ensure that the automation program yields results. 

In the concluding section titled “Don’t put socks on the Hippopotamus”, the presenter provides his own experiential perspective on the common sins of automation, and how we need to avoid making Test Automation – a snake oil for all ailments..! 

About Pradeep:

Pradeep Chennavajhula is Vice President of the QAI Global Institute & CEO Edista Testing Institute (A Venture of QAI Global). His current focus is to enable IT organizations with Operational Excellence & Workforce Transformation – strategy and execution in the Software Testing and Quality domain. 

He leads the design and delivery of products and services for Continuous Improvement and Professional Development of testers across all levels in India, China, UAE and USA. Some of the major clients he works with include  Mass Mutual, Lincoln Financial Group, Travelers Insurance, Emirates Airlines, Cadbury’s, Accenture, Siemens, SLK Software, and over 50+ others across 12+ countries.  

Pradeep is well known in the IT conference network in India, particularly those focusing on Software Testing, Quality & Engineering Economics. His technical interests include software testing, estimation, and project management; his business interests are in talent management, economics, and strategy. 

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 5 PM-8:00PM
Location: 12312 Olive Blvd (Westview)
St. Louis, Mo 63146
Room: Conference Room #5 (6th Floor - Suite 650)

Driving Directions:

Directions to Westview:

270 to Olive Blvd. West 
Turn left at first stoplight
Take first right and drive to 2nd right into garage
Once inside Westview go straight and take elevators to 6th floor
Knock on Suite 650 door




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Test Automation-Snake Oil for Testers & Pitfalls to Avoid

Pradeep Chennavajhula-VP QAI and CEO Edista Testing Institute




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The QAI Global Institute, formerly known as Quality Assurance Institute, was founded in 1980 in the United States of America. QAI's founding objective was and remains to provide leadership in improving quality, productivity, and effective solutions for process management in the information services profession. It is a worldwide membership organization serving over 1000 corporate members, organized to share state-of-the-art methods, tools, and techniques. Combined experience of QAI experts and their member companies provides an impressive body of knowledge, a reservoir for their members to share. QAI has transformed this knowledge and experience into a "how-to" approach that is being taught worldwide.

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