Welcome to the St Louis Quality Assurance Association (STLQAA)

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About the St Louis Quality Assurance Association

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, July 20, 2017

STLQAA Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM-8:00PM

Location:  SSM Health

10101 Woodfield Lane

St. Louis, MO 63132

Room:  Room C

On the right through the glass doors once you come in the main entrance




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Linda Pretre










 Transition to Agile Coach 

John Yorke

Agile Coach and Product Ownership Champion St. Louis

WWT Asynchrony Labs

 Oxford Brookes University

Saint Charles, Missouri


My background is quite varied, I have been a software engineer, a UX designer, a project manager a software department manager and a Scrum Master. 
As an Agile Coach I draw from all of these experiences both good and bad to offer advice based on both theory and real world experiences.

I also maintain my own blog at www.YorkeSoftware.com


·       Twitter   johnyvindex


What John does at Asynchrony


Asynchrony is an extremely forward thinking software house where Agile is at the forefront of all decisions. They have a reputation for thought leadership in the Agile community and are active at many conferences and Agile centered events. There is a team of 7 Agile Coaches, who collectively train and support 40 internal teams conducting training workshops and embedded team coaching. In addition to this we also coach external customers on Agile practices and coach companies through Agile Transformations, agile scaling advice (LeSS, DAD, nexus, SAFe, Spotify model, etc) and coach them in the management and support of agile software delivery projects.
The primary methodology used is KanBan, but there are elements of Scrum, XP and other agile methodology incorporated where deemed appropriate.
I am a generalist Coach expected to perform all of the skills above but each coach has areas of particular interest: My specialties are internal team coaching; Scrum practices; product ownership; story writing; and estimation/forecasting.



Company Name: Agile Product Ownership St. Louis

Jun 2016 – Present


Our mission is to support agile product ownership through building a community of practitioners who are passionate about learning, sharing and improving their skills. The primary focus of this group is on supporting those in an agile product owner role and those who work directly with agile product owners. Members will share ideas and learning on topics such as stakeholder engagement, prioritization methodologies, user story writing and story mapping, value and risk assessment exercises, roadmap creation, forecasting, and more. This group is framework-agnostic; Kanban, Scrum, and other framework practitioners are all welcome - it should be noted that an acceptance and understanding of agile basics is assumed.


Previous: ADMIRALTY Maritime Products & Services

Company Industries Maritime Taunton, Somerset Company - Working at the UK Hydrographic Office, in Taunton.

Consultant Agile Coach and Scrum Master June 2017 to March 2016

  7:15-8:00   Networking


Driving Directions

Directions to SSM Health at Woodfield:

270 to Olive Blvd. East  

Turn left at Old Olive (past plaza and Monsanto)

Take right on Corporate Square and the building is about a half mile down on your left

Once inside go to your immediate right through the glass doors down the hallway to Room C


QAI Global Institute

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.

QAI takes pride in being one of the first professional organizations to recognize the need for quality assurance and to have the vision to be exclusively devoted to the information technology profession. QAI provides leadership and state-of-the-art solutions in the form of consulting, education and training services, and assessments.

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