Welcome to the St Louis Quality Assurance Association (STLQAA)

STLQAA - Official Federation Chapter of the Quality Assurance Institute (QAI)

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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, May 10, 2018

Joint STLQAA/AITP Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

Location:     UMSL Express Scripts Hall (ESH)
                    Room 204 Express Scripts Hall (the cybersecurity room)
ESH is Building 10 (shown in brown) on the map. It is located on West Drive and is internally connected to the tallest building on campus (i.e., the Tower Building which is Building 11). There is a parking garage on West Drive (#52) where you can park but anywhere on West Drive would be fine to park.

UMSL campus parking permit:
    To get a parking permit - RSVP by Tuesday, May1st.
    (If you don't have a parking permit, you will get ticketed by campus police.)
    We need your email address to send you the parking permit.
    You must include your email address in order to get a parking permit.
    Parking pass will include directions and available parking.




PLEASE REGISTER using the directions shown later on this page.

Meal:  Light refreshments

Price:  $10.00 in advance (non-refundable) or $15.00 at the door.
              No cost to Current Students with a valid Student ID card.
Payment at the door is by cash or check only.

RESERVATIONS required  to get a parking permit.
Include:  Name, Company or affiliation, Daytime phone,
Please E-mail to: meetings@aitpstl.org

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Join          http://www.meetup.com/Saint-Louis-Association-of-IT-Professionals

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4361023

Website:  www.aitpstl.org

This meeting has a fee.  See Registration info below.


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Topic Leader






Linda Pretre










Careers in Quality Assurance (and Quality Control)

Interactive presentation on:  What is QA and what types of QA careers might you choose?  Why would you choose to work in QA? You will learn the difference between QA vs QC. You will learn what types of work you would do as a Tester  (two "real-life" Testers will co-present to talk about what they do and their careers). How about if you were a QA Analyst? Maybe a Test Lead or QA Manager? What is the QAI CBOK and how does it apply to all this?  

Speaker:   Dave Magditch

Dave Magditch began his career as a network operator for the government in 1977, and retired in 2015 as QA Manager at Stauder Technologies. In between, he worked as a Computer Programmer (FORTRAN), Software Configuration Management Analyst, QC Tester, QA Analyst, and QA Manager. Companies he worked for as a Developer, Tester, QA Analyst or QA Manager include Defense Mapping Agency, McDonnell Douglas (Boeing), Anheuser-Busch, Maritz, Clark Oil (Premcor), Wells Fargo, MasterCard, Iron Data (Micropact), and Stauder. His boss at Maritz said he worked for so many companies because he couldn't hold a  job! 

Dave has been certified in Software Quality Assurance from the Quality Assurance Institute (CSQA #444, in 1987), is a trained ISO Auditor, a trained SEI CMMI Assessor, and a former Missouri Quality Award Examiner. He enjoys creating, staffing and directing a Quality Assurance group. He also enjoys writing processes, delivering Quality training, collecting metrics which allow management to make more informed decisions, and helping set the Quality direction of a company. He's currently a part-time QA Consultant at


Speaker:  Jamessa Caffey

Jamessa Caffey is an MBA graduate with experience in Finance, Human Resources and InformationTechnology. She has a knack for l earning how things work and loves the challenge of finding defects.

Jamessa has been with Mastercard for 4 years and currently oversees the standard processes for the Quality Engineering department there.

Speaker:  Michael Fritzius

Fritz is a tester, business owner, father, engineer and technologist. President of Arch DevOps, he has been in IT since 2006 and around computers his whole life.He enjoys solving extremely hard problems, reducing the complexity of testing large systems into simple automated test frameworks for a variety of clients, in a variety of sectors. He regularly experiments with smashing cutting edge technologies together just for the lulz, which often results in specialized solutions for his clients. Along with this, he offers targeted training to level up the people around him, and does show-and-tells of various technologies for his teammates.

He also blogs and writes articles, and has been featured in TechBeacon, testproject.io, the IIBA newsletter, TEST magazine, and his own blog at archdevops.com/blog. He has also spoken at STLQAA meetings, Full Stack and Agile user groups. 

When not slinging code, speaking or writing, he and his wife homeschool their children, teaching them all sorts of things relevant to their interests in the areas of math, art, science, exercise and social skills. Fritz lives with his wife Charlotte in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in an estrogen filled house with their four daughters, Lorica, Amelia, Serena and Karisa, and a fish named Marcia.

  07:00-08:30   Breakouts, Informal Discussions, Networking


Driving Directions

UMSL campus parking permit:
    To get a parking permit - RSVP by Tuesday, May1st.
    (If you don't have a parking permit, you will get ticketed by campus police.)
    We need your email address to send you the parking permit.
    If you pay online you must include your email address in order to get a
    parking permit. Parking pass will include directions and available parking.


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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