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2017-2018 DFW-ASEE Speaker Series

March 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m., 7-11 location

Our March General Meeting will be at our 7-11 Cypress Waters location, 3200 Hackberry Road, Irving, TX.  75063

The presentation is entitled “Enhanced Communications for next Job or Promotion Opportunity”  by Mark Slighton, “Oh Thank Heaven” Toastmasters Club





ASEE Meetings & Conferences

All Meetings provide Continuing Education for PMI, ASQ, and Scrum Alliance

March 6, 2018, Registration 6:30 p.m., Meeting 6:45 p.m., Cypress Waters  7-11 Store Support Center, 3200 Hackberry Rd., Irving, TX 75063

Topic:  “Enhance Communications for Next Job or Promotion Opportunity” Presented by Mark Slighton of “Oh Thank Heaven” Toastmasters Club

By attending this ASEE meeting you will learn tips and how supportive learn-by-doing that allows one to achieve goals. Learn how Toastmasters has changed the lives of members.

Our speaker asks:

Does this sound like you?

You may have heard the name “Toastmasters” once or twice before but you never received enough information to really understand what Toastmasters is, how it works and most importantly what’s in it for me?

This was my experience until I visited my first club meeting.

To fix this, we are bringing the “Oh Thank Heaven” Toastmasters club meeting experience to you at the ASEE monthly meeting on March 6th at the 7-Eleven Store Support Center in Las Colinas.

You will get to:

Experience a typical club meeting

  • Learn about various roles at club meetings &
  • Hear how Toastmasters has helped others and
  • Find out how Toastmasters can help you become a better leader.

Toastmaster’s motto is: “Where Leaders Are Made”.  With Toastmasters, You can be a better version of You!


Prior General Meetings Include:

” Career Opportunities with an Eye to the Future in 2018 ”  Presented  By: Red River Systems of Addison

  • Where we have been in 2017 – a review of the 2017 market
  • What 2018 future brings to Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex
  • Interactive Q & A


“Key Factors for Project Success ”, Presented by Steve Barton, 7-Eleven Chief Evangelist for Project Management

  1. Effective Project Management
  2. What Does “Done” look like
  3. Plan All Activities
  4. Communicate Actual verses Planned

Steve Barton  is a 7-Eleven leader and the chief evangelist for project management activities at 7-Eleven, Inc. As a Servant Leader Steve works with team members to apply appropriate project management activities. Steve has 25+ years at 7-Eleven with store operations and IT experience and has supported the four largest transformation programs within 7-Eleven during the last 20 years. He is a graduate of Kansas University (BS Business), Steve has the distinction of being a Quartermaster Sea Scout (equivalent to Eagle Scout), Steve served in US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.


Reimagine Quality for Digital Tomorrow“, Presented by Vineet Srinivasan, QA Leader / Solution Architect with Cognizant

Successful businesses in digital are harnessing technology advances to create superior customer experiences. To build it first time right, enterprises should elevate QA outcomes from:

  • Application quality to business process assurance
  • BOT based predictive analytics on Defect
  • Intelligent Testing thru quality engineering
  • Quality Orchestration

Vineet Srinivasan is an accomplished QA Leader with 15+ yrs of extensive experience in providing thought leadership, setting up of large TCoE for multiple Retail & Consumer Goods Customers. He has rich experience in QA/QE Delivery, QA advisory and consultative services to CIOs and IT Executives. He has been with Cognizant for over 11 years and is now the Solution Architect/BU Lead for Retail CG South Central at Cognizant.


Current State of Software Engineering“, Presented by Mary Sakry, The Process Group

Since the beginning of Software Engineering, our primary focus has been on creating and delivering products to users, so that we can create more products for even more users! Meanwhile several of us, have spent decades coaching and aiding organizations to improve appropriate ways of running and implementing their products.

Mary will examine the progress and discuss the current state of Software Engineering. Come prepared to examine the current state and think about where we are headed.  More than 20 years ago I was spending time in India and other places around the world; while now most of my time is spent in China. What should you be excited about, concerned about, and which actions should we take to move the industry forward?

Mary Sakry is a software process improvement engineer.  Her Background, includes engineering, process management (services and development), project management and software development.  For decades, she has been helping organizations improve their software engineering. Since 2009 she has been focusing on Chinese development organizations that are working at CMMI high maturity levels.  Mostly, she inspires developers and managers to fix problems resulting in better functioning and happier organizations. She is the co-workshop chair for the ASSE workshops. She and Neil Potter, Co-authored “Making Process Improvement Work – A Concise Action Guide for Software Managers and Practitioners,” Addison-Wesley, 2002.



Effective Performance Testing“, Presented by Ron Franklin Senior Process Engineer, Commercial Metals for Applicaiton Performance Management and Performance Engineering.

“Effective Performance Testing”

An important aspect of performance testing is providing actionable information related to a proposed solution. Too often we hear, “just add users until it breaks”.  Using a case-study approach, we will walk through the steps to correctly model and execute our performance tests. Along the way, we will learn how to determine the true objective of a test, reveal hidden requirements, address resource constraints, and create a model which represents the expected usage of the solution.

Ron Franklin is a thirty year veteran with a proven track record of successfully architecting application performance management and performance test solutions for Fortune 500 businesses; fulfilling mission-critical performance objectives and goals, directing cross-functional technology teams, and leading complex projects from conception to deployment. Ron is an accomplished speaker and has presented locally. He is active in local user groups and is on the Board of Directors of DFW-Quality Assurance Association (DFW-QAA).


The Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications”- Presented By: Ed Hightower, Ingenu Consultant

The many technologies that enable IoT/M2M are driving the next industrial revolution.  We’ll be able to monitor and control… and analyze objects and conditions that were never technically or economically possible before.

Connectivity technologies like cellular, satellite, wireline, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mesh, etc. will be joined by powerful Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies that will enable low cost, long range, deep-building penetration and long-battery-life connectivity that will make possible applications that were never practical before. 

This presentation will give a brief history of IoT/M2M, then explain what LPWANs are and why they will be so important in enabling IoT/M2M, and finally who the most likely long-term players will be in LPWAN arena.


2017 27th Annual DFW-ASEE Software Engineering Conference – Conference Presentations

Responsible Automation“,  by Paul Grizzaffi


“Project Survivability:  Antifragile”, by Ryan Meinzer

Ryan-Meinzer-Project Survivability

“Old Dog, New Tricks“, by Doug Johnson


“DevQA Security Perf Ops”, by Tim Lyon

About DFW – ASEE


The DFW Association for Software Engineering Excellence is dedicated to providing a platform for community learning, awareness, and networking for Software and Quality Engineers, and associated Software Management professionals.  


We enjoy affiliations with SPIN (the Software Process Improvement Network) and SEI (the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon).




Position Name Email
Chair Michael Wilk (Acting) L-3 Technologies
Vice Chair David Carrier (Acting) University of Phoenix
Membership Barbara Read membership@dfw-asee.org
Secretary Michael Wilk L-3 Technologies
Treasurer Laurie Irish-Duncan treasurer@dfw-asee.org
Program Chair David Carrier University of Phoenix
Academic Liason (OPEN) academic@dfw-asee.org
Marketing / Sponsorship (OPEN) sponsorship@dfw-asee.org
Historian Laurie Irish-Duncan (Acting) historian@dfw-asee.org
Conference Neil Potter The Process Group
Conference Mary Sakry The Process Group
Webmaster Laurie Irish-Duncan webmaster@dfw-asee.org