Software QA and Testing-related Organizations/Certifications/Conferences

SEI – Software Engineering Institute web site; info about SEI technical programs, publications, bibliographies, some online documents, SEI courses and training, links to related sites.

EOQ-SG – European Organization for Quality – Software Group, an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 1983. It is comprised of more than 30 national quality organizations and other institutions, enterprises and specialists.

American Society for Quality – American Society for Quality (formerly the American Society for Quality Control) web site; geared to quality issues in general, not just Software QA. ASQ is the largest quality organization in the world, with more than 100,000 members. Provides a wide variety of general quality-related certifications, as well as the CSQE (Certified Software Quality Engineer).

Association for Software Testing – A nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and practice of software testing. For scholars, students, and software development practitioners. Sponsors conferences, publications, web sites, newsletter.

QAI – Quality Assurance Institute.

SPIN – Software Process Improvement Network, for those interested in improving software engineering practices. Organized into regional groups called “SPINs” that meet and share their experiences initiating and sustaining software process improvement programs. Annual meeting at the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) Conference, which is co-sponsored by the SEI and a regional SPIN. Web site lists links to regional SPINs worldwide.

IEEE Standards – IEEE web site; has Software Engineering Standards titles and prices; the topical areas for publications of interest would include listings under the ‘Computer Engineering’ section in the categories of Software Design/Development and Software Quality and Management.

Society for Software Quality – Has chapters in San Diego and Washington DC area; each with monthly meetings.

Northern Virginia Test Automation Interest Group – Monthly meetings on software test automation in the Washington DC area.

SQuAD – Software Quality Association of Denver – software QA monthly meetings and an annual conference, in Denver, Colorado.

TCQAA – Twin Cities Quality Assurance Association of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Has monthly meetings.

Southern California Quality Assurance Association – Software QA organization with chapters in the U.S. in the Los Angeles area including in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fernando Valley, and Inland Empire.

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