Dawn Jardine

I am a Quality Assurance professional with over 15 years experience in QA, including 10 years leading Agile QA teams.

My prior experience and client base spans a diverse set of industries and projects, from small software development firms, medium-sized digital agencies, to large Canadian and global corporations.

I continue to work in the hands-on side of QA, supporting the DevOps team through release support and continuous delivery. I enjoy rolling up my sleeves as well as planning and implementing automation strategies for clients.

As an Agile enthusiast, I lead the transformation of teams from waterfall to Agile as well as coach existing QA teams. Using the Scrum framework, I lead teams to embrace newer forms of testing approaches, such as exploratory testing and pair testing.

I'm passionate about quality process , women in technology and am actively involved in QA meetups and conferences. I’ve been a speaker for StarWest, and will be speaking about Automation and Exploratory Testing at Star Canada in October 2017

What I do

I help implement Agile QA process

Every project is different but I'm able to facilitate Agile transformation by:

  • Creating a culture of creativity and critical thinking for the QA role within an Agile delivery team
  • Managing, strategizing or implementing a combined manual & automated test approach
  • Advising teams or businesses on methods and tools that they can use to improve their QA testing efficiency and quality processes essential for continuous deployment and delivery

I’ve acquired a broad skillset over the years and apply my expertise in all of the following areas:

  • Continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Cross functional and remote team collaboration
  • Agile project management with Scrum/Kan Ban practices
  • Test strategies for eCommerce retail mobile and web shopping experience
  • Client-side automation implementation
  • Organize test case management and defect tracking processes
  • Promote QA and DevOps Best Practices

Projects I'm proud of

I’ve built my career in a variety of technology roles and different industries. The best way to show you what I do is through examples of some of the exceptional work that I’ve participated in.

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Walmart Canada

I’m particularly proud of being a part of the current Walmart ecommerce team at SapientRazorfish. In my role as Associate QA Manager, I guide and support the manual and automation test coverage of a 10+ member Agile QA test team for leading online retailer Walmart Canada

I oversee the test coverage within 6 project streams, working with on-shore and distributed teams in an Agile development application life cycle. We ensure business and technical requirements have been met and delivered with quality

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American Express ®International Membership Rewards

As a QA Lead at Novator ECommerce Systems, our delivery team successfully released and launched American Express® International Membership Rewards in several markets – Canada (English and French), UK, Australia, Germany and Japan

The project moved from waterfall project life cycle to an interation-based delivery process. I coordinated testing coverage of deliverables with our on-site and off-shore QA team. I was fortunate to work with a great team and have stayed in contact with them over the years.

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Canadian Tire University

I was a member of the technology team developing e-learning modules for the Canadian Tire University employee training portal and transitioned into a QA technical specialist. I provided testing coverage in English and French for the IBM LMS web-based application. My years spent working for Canadian Tire gave me the foundation required to champion quality processes.

The Quality Yardstick Blog

The Quality Yardstick is where I write articles devoted to relevant quality topics, the newest testing approaches and skill boosters for QA and delivery teams.

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QA Testing and the Continuous Delivery Model

Agile approaches to software development, along with continuous integration and delivery, have changed the speed of the software life cycle. More and more companies have adopted shorter sprint cycles and have been deploying to production as frequently as several times a day.

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Exploratory Testing: Quality Assurance with an Agile Approach

A growing number of web and mobile technology projects are adopting an agile approach to development. One of the benefits of following the agile method of delivery is a faster time to market.

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The Changing Role of the QA Analyst

Over 50 years ago, Bob Dylan sang “For the times they are a-changin’”. Technology is no exception. In our daily dose of online tech bytes, we read multiple declarations of technical innovation that promise to impact our lives now or in the future.

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