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GTIS Branch - What do Project Managers need to know about Quality Assurance to keep their Sanity?
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When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
From 5:30 Pm to 8:00 PM 1.5 PDUs
Where: Room 2029
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
33 Russell Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2S1
Presenter: Neil Price-Jones

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If you register after 12:00 PM on Thursday November 16, 2017, please bring proof of registration, to make onsite registration smoother.  

Event Type: GTIS Branch Event

Speaker: Neil Price-Jones

Title: What do Project Managers need to know about Quality Assurance to keep their Sanity? - Quality Assurance (QA) is frequently not brought into a project early enough to make a meaningful difference in their area of expertise.  This talk will outline what can be expected from QA and when it is best to involve them. 


Why involve QA?  What value does it bring to the project and how does it help the PM successfully deliver a completed project on time and in budget?  

QA is frequently an afterthought and brought in late with the expectation that testing will occur with little or no notification or information.   QA provides much more value than just testing and can remove many of the items like unexpected test cycles; late breaking project interruptions and scope changes that can seriously slow or stop project delivery.  

This presentation will cover best QA practices that reduce project disruption. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. The value of engaging QA in a project. 
2. Benefit to the project in terms of ROI and increased satisfaction. 
3. Reduce project variability.

Neil Price-Jones has 30 years-experience in Software Testing and Quality Assurance covering a wide variety of industry verticals including Financial, Utility, and Telecommunications.  He provides Senior Quality Assurance management to critical projects emphasizing best practices adapted to the project at hand and ensuring the risk is in line with acceptable levels.

Current practice focuses on Process Improvement and Management for clients where the end product is safety critical.  He is a senior consultant and trainer for the Quality Assurance Institute, Inc (USA) and QAI Canada. He is certified by the International Software Certification Board to teach the CAST, CSTE, CMST, CSQA and CMSQ exam preparation courses as well as Test Leadership and EMST.

He has made presentations to many software quality organizations including the Kitchener Waterloo Software Quality Association (, the Toronto Association for System & Software Quality (, the Southwestern Ontario Software Quality Group (; at TesTrek, QUEST, CITAGS, and ISACA as well as the International Quality Conference. 

5:30 PM - Registration & Networking with Light Snacks & Refreshments
6:20 PM - Announcements & Introductions
6:30 PM - Presentation Starts
7:55 PM - Thank You Note
8:00 PM - Event Closes

Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) - $17.70
Non-Members and Guests - $22.30

PDUs: 1.5 (0.5 Strategic/ 0.5 Technical/ 0.5 Leadership)


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