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Updated June 4, 2015 1:00 PM


Wednesday, June 3, 2015
(Rescheduled from January & March)

Building an “Automated Testing Center of Excellence (ATCE)”

IDT’s software engineers have set up an “Automated Testing Center of Excellence (ATCE)” environment.  Developers and testers both can take advantage of this environment, whether it’s used for development testing or system testing. This presentation discusses a case study of a successful ATCE implementation, including the use of Virtual Test Environments, Automated Test and Re-Test (ATRT) solutions, and continuous integration.

June Speaker
Elfriede Dustin
Technical Director
Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT)

Elfriede Dustin is a Technical Director at Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT) in Arlington, Virginia. She has contributed to the development of ATRT: Test Manager from its inception. You can reach Elfriede via email,(, Twitter ( (@ElfriedeDustin),or  on LinkedIn.

Wednesday April 1, 2015
Socialized Requirements

When we talk about Analysis, we usually think about the two areas of a software development project where Analysts are “front and center:” Requirements Elicitation and Documentation.  In projects using either waterfall or agile approaches we gather requirements through elicitation and then lock in those requirements with the documentation. Using an iterative approach, we do the same, just more than once, preferably in  smaller time frames. When that is complete, the Analyst is done and can move on to the next project. Development starts and because everything is approved and locked down, we don’t need the Analyst, right?

Well, not exactly…

Two decades of experience shows there is a fundamental change that is needed.  The requirements have to be socialized to draw disparate concepts and personalities together in order to create a social community within the team and it is that social community most importantly the stakeholder that ensures quality outcomes on a project.

April Speakers
 Pete Carroll Enterprise Sales and Solutions
Cary Bryczek Solutions Architect

Pete Carroll has been involved with the ALM tool vendor industry for the last twenty years.  His range of experience spans tools such as DOORS, RTM, Req Pro, Quality Center, and Clearcase.  His career has been focused in the DoD and Aerospace sectors.

Cary Bryczek

With more than two decades of process and systems engineering work in commercial and defense sectors, Cary Bryczek has developed a sharp eye for how organizations get mired with inefficiencies, cross-purposes and miscommunication — and how they can retool for a sleeker, smoother, strategically focused organization. As a solutions architect she helps organizations set priorities and create innovative processes using modern tools and data architectures to help them compete in the marketplace or meet mission objectives.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This will replace the May DC SPIN meeting. We will have a speaker from the SATURN 2015 Conference and will be colocated with it. More information to come soon.