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Wednesday, June 26
 

08:30

09:00

Differentiated Management: Build Stronger Teams
Jess Ingrassellino has successfully built and managed a fully remote testing team with testers located across the US, Canada, and Uruguay, working together in various scrum teams. To keep her growing team communicating well, learning from one another, and achieving their personal career goals, Jess has borrowed techniques from her experience in education, and has developed Differentiated Management.

This workshop will teach participants the three key components of differentiated management strategy, and multiple ways of applying the strategies to meet the needs of every team member.

Participants will interact through role play, and perform activities to reinforce concepts, finding their style and developing a personal differentiated management plan to strengthen their teams.

Speakers
avatar for Jess Ingrasselino, Ed.D

Jess Ingrasselino, Ed.D

Director of Quality Assurance at Salesforce.org (USA)
Dr. Jess Ingrassellino is the Director of Quality Engineering at Salesforce.org, where she developed and implemented the testing philosophy. She is active in the education community as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for CUNY Techworks, and teaches Python and testing to participants... Read More →


Wednesday June 26, 2019 09:00 - 12:30
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:00

Experience Serious Games for Facilitating Quality and Testing
Are you wondering how to get more attention for quality? Would you like your team(s) to be actively involved in more testing? Done struggling with how to teach testing?

Get your ticket to ride this rollercoaster of a workshop. It’s your turn to use serious games to make quality a team value and testing a team effort!

In this workshop you will explore and experiment with serious games, gamified activities and energizers. By the end of the session you know what defines a serious game and how to facilitate and debrief them. You go home with actual serious games that you can put into practice the next day. You'll be able to mix and match your own recipe to help your team become higher-performing and improve your testing along.

Eddy & Jordann have been using serious games and learning metaphors for many years to help teams and organizations embrace change. They have facilitated and created games that advocate testing to move teams forward.


Take-aways:
  • Experience and understand when to choose for a presentation, a serious game, or something in between to get the message across.
  • Know which 7 elements define a serious game
  • Experiment with some serious games yourself
  • Know serious games that teach several aspects of testing.
  • Understand that a game is an excuse to debrief, as that is where the neural connections are created
  • Improve your testing skills as a team by gaming
  • Use playful metaphors to reflect on team dynamics
  • Learn how to become a better facilitator
  • Experiment safely to invite change

Speakers
avatar for Eddy Bruin

Eddy Bruin

Agile Coach at Rabobank (Netherlands), The Serious Gamers
For many years Eddy has have been using serious games and learning metaphors to helpdrive teams and organizations forward. Eddy is an Agile and Test Coach with the mission tohelp teams deliver software that people actually want to use, while having as much fun aspossible. He helps... Read More →
avatar for Jordann Gross

Jordann Gross

Chief Culture Officer, fable+
Jordann has an open and energetic personality. Combining this with his experience in transformation and leadership coaching, he designs organizations of the future. He believes in creating environments where people can become the best version of themselves.His motto is 'putting the... Read More →


Wednesday June 26, 2019 09:00 - 12:30
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:00

Personal Leadership Development for Quality Professionals
Software cannot be tested to be right or wrong. The desired outcome of testing is quality and reducing risk for people who matter. Yet, testers, test managers, and quality coaches are often challenged to deliver absolute results.

We see testing and QA as value and quality driven, social, and collaborative activities. We treat the absolute and objective as terms for interaction, dynamics, and means to drive quality and context. Testing influences others far beyond the objective results we deliver with it.

In this tutorial, you will be exploring the impact of your personal thinking and your values on coaching and managing quality, testing software. We will offer you a management perspective combined with a philosophical and psychological perspective on leadership.

This tutorial aims to increase your consciousness about your personal motivations and perspectives. It’s about personal growth in leadership. The tutorial is ‘experiential’ in the sense that you will learn through a combination of short lectures and exploration and experiencing.  It is imperative, that you are eager to participate in the facilitated activities in the tutorial.

Speakers
avatar for Anders Dinsen

Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →
avatar for Ole S Rasmussen

Ole S Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Wednesday June 26, 2019 09:00 - 12:30
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

12:30

13:30

Effective Problem Solving for Leaders and Managers
You are now the team lead or the manager, and suddenly you are responsible for solving problems which you have never faced before. There are various problems to be solved, and every team member has their own set of problems, waiting for your guidance. What do you do? Time is ticking away.

Attend this interactive and challenging workshop by Ajay Balamurugadas, who will put you in the “hot seat” and help you learn through failures. Equipped with multiple modes of information and utilizing the experience of the team members, you will learn how to solve problems in an effective manner. There will be some theory to set the common understanding, role-playing games to simulate real-life scenarios and challenging problems for you to test the learning.

Understand and solve problems, gain confidence as a Leader or Manager.

Learn:
●    Why the problems are never ending
●    Common ways of approaching problems and their pitfalls
●    Key techniques and approaches for effective problem solving
●    Reinvent yourself by understanding your team

Audience:
Anyone interested to solve problems at the team and individual level.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

Delivery Manager at Qapitol QA (India), Qapitol QA Services Pvt. Ltd
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Wednesday June 26, 2019 13:30 - 17:00
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

13:30

Quality Outcomes: Driving Change
In this workshop, the participants will collaboratively train their abilities to influence the social and organizational outcomes of the work performed personally and by their teams.

We will offer you a management-perspective combined with a philosophical and psychological perspective on leadership. You will be given the chance to use the two perspectives as tools or means to increase your understanding of the needs of your stakeholders and their strategic needs. You have experienced leading, motivating, managing testing; we will train your ability to act, producing significant outcomes for stakeholders.

The tutorial is ‘experiential’ in the sense that you will learn through a combination of short lectures and exploration and experiencing. It is imperative, that you are eager to participate in the facilitated activities in the tutorial.

The goal for us is for you to experience clarity, power, and virtuosity for action in your daily work with software testing and quality.

Speakers
avatar for Anders Dinsen

Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →
avatar for Ole S Rasmussen

Ole S Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Wednesday June 26, 2019 13:30 - 17:00
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

13:30

Selecting Test Automation Tools: Team and Enterprise Solutions
The latest World Quality Report 2018–2019 suggests that test automation is the biggest bottleneck to deliver “Quality at Speed,” as it is an enabler of successful Agile and DevOps adoption. With so many offers on the market, discovering and implementing right test automation solutions is not a trivial job.
In this workshop, we will teach how to identify and select the test automation tools. The workshop will focus on building the right toolset for the enterprise and team needs.

The workshop will cover:
  • Identifying right tool for the right job
  • Evaluating COTS tools for the enterprise: the promise, the support, the ROI
  • Buy vs. Build decisions
  • Business, Ops, Tester needs
  • Success criteria
  • POC and Acceptance Testing
  • Integration to existing SDLS and toolset
  • Challenges and solutions from the trenches

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Test Masters Academy Founder
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →
avatar for Joe Lopez

Joe Lopez

Executive Director - Global Lead Finance QA at Morgan Stanley (USA)
Joe Lopez is the Global Lead Finance QA at Morgan Stanley, a major investment bank. Joe has 22 years in financial technology testing with a very technical background. He specializes in automationand performance testing.


Wednesday June 26, 2019 13:30 - 17:00
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
 
Thursday, June 27
 

08:30

09:00

Conference welcome
Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Test Masters Academy Founder
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:00

Conference welcome
Speakers
avatar for Jess Ingrasselino, Ed.D

Jess Ingrasselino, Ed.D

Director of Quality Assurance at Salesforce.org (USA)
Dr. Jess Ingrassellino is the Director of Quality Engineering at Salesforce.org, where she developed and implemented the testing philosophy. She is active in the education community as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for CUNY Techworks, and teaches Python and testing to participants... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:00

Conference welcome
Speakers
avatar for Anders Dinsen

Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:15

If You Really Want to Make a Difference, Be the Flexibly Robust Leader
The latest trend in Scandinavian Leadership 
If you really want to make a difference as a leader, both for your employees and your bottom line, forget about standard management principles - Be the Flexibly Robust leader, instead.

Being a leader today requires self-knowledge, not just in terms of your profession, career, and experience, but in terms of yourself as a human.

I clearly remember how it felt giving my very first orders in the armed forces in the 1980s: "Atteeeention! - I will now give the order to ....". Once the task was carried out it was easy to imagine that it was because I was a great leader.

Danish corporate culture is known for its low power-distance. This influences the way many Danish managers act: Issuing commands is very much becoming a thing of the past. It is being replaced with an appreciative and coaching style of leadership, combined with psychological and philosophical approaches.

In this you have a special position as a leader: On the one hand, you have to be both your employees' whip and their caring leader, while on the other hand you have to take care of your own balance. One of the latest bids for a "tool" to care for this balance is "resilience". I see resilience as an expression of your ability to regain balance, when you are about to topple as you have slipped right out at the tip of the rocker and it is so violently tipping, that you are about to fall off ... But why wait until you are pushed to the edge, at risk of falling off? Why not prevent unbalance instead?

I believe that:
  • *   The ability to prevent, lies in strengthening your robustness - not the classic common sense of robustness, but the robustness of knowing your own point of view, your strengths, and your fragilities.
  • *   Working with chaos or taking control ... there is an ongoing discussion about whether one is better than the other. Personally, I am mostly into "framed chaos". Both chaos and control have their strengths and benefits, but they certainly have their weaknesses and risks, too.
  • *   For you as a leader, it is a core competence to be in - and be with chaos. You must be able to stand on deck, in the strong wind, without falling for the temptation to tie yourself to the mast of the ship.

In order to handle this necessary balance, you need to know yourself and your personal foundation - your values. You must be genuinely robust - or as my wise friend and working partner, prof of philosophy Ole Fogh Kirkeby call it; Flexibly Robust.

Speakers
avatar for Ole S Rasmussen

Ole S Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 09:15 - 10:00
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:15

Onboarding Test Engineers
Starting a new job as an engieer is stressful as they need to go through the process of integration again, processing a lot of information in a very short amount of time, figuring out how and what tool to install, who is responsible for this product, trying to remember all the names, etc, etc...

They just want to start working on this cool new product, how hard can it be?

What is happening very often is, waiting for access, not having clear ownership or not knowing who to ask for some information, not understanding systems, motivation will suffer.

In this talk, Milan will share his experience of onboarding QA and Test engineers. It is a process that is constantly improving with the feedback from new team members. He will explain good practices from his experience and talk about creating a personalized space for every new engineer joining the organization.

We will hear and see what personalized onboarding space contains, how long does it take to complete and how the time is structured.

Session takeaways

  • Creating a structured, yet personalized onboarding process
  • Values processes can give both to the new engineer and the organization




Speakers
avatar for Milan Kuveljic

Milan Kuveljic

Head of Quality Engineering at N26 (Germany)
Milan Kuveljic is the Head of Quality Engineering at N26, the Mobile Bank. In his role, he is working with engineering teams on establishing good practices for building the highest quality software solutions. In the last decade, he has gained practical experience in software testing... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 09:15 - 10:00
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:15

Taming Your Dragon: From No QA to Fully Integrated QA
Many companies struggle with their QA processes and think of them as bottlenecks to their releases. Join me on my journey transforming QA and improving reputation and reliability.

Transforming QA has required me to take deep dives into some of the technical challenges organizations face when they try to integrate an automation-focused QA team. I will be talking about 3 stages of QA adoption: Strategies on smart learnings from failure, pre-planning for success, and key action points for successful implementations (POC, tools, team structure).

I will also review how I created transparent and effective processes in QA that helped in gaining trust from other teams such as product, engineering including senior management team on QA.

Session takeaways
  • Leadership strategies integrating a new QA team with Visual validation and selenium.
  • Quality coverage on multi-platform, device
  • Managing POC's for automation tools 
  • Coaching teams to stabilize visual automated tests 
  • Scaling teams horizontally with automated visual testing



Speakers
avatar for Priyanka Halder

Priyanka Halder

Head of Quality Engineering at Goodrx (USA)
Priyanka Halder has more than 12 years’ experience in Quality Assurance from GoodRx Inc, Heal, and Homeme Inc. She currently heads the Quality Engineering team in Goodrx which serves to more than 8 mn monthly Americans to purchase their medication. Growing up in India, Priyanka... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 09:15 - 10:00
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

10:00

10:15

How I Learned to Be a Better Tester Through Practicing Humble Inquiry
I wanted to become a better tester, so I asked myself three questions:
  1.  Am I prepared to be vulnerable? Yes!
  2. Am I committed to being genuinely curious? Yes!
  3. Am I willing to be empathetic? Yes!
These three skills are the core of “Humble Inquiry”, and by practising them, I have become a better tester.
“Humble Inquiry”, a technique defined by Edgar Schein, is “the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person”. 

In my talk, I’ll share my story of learning this technique, teach people how to use it, and inspire people to use it themselves to become better testers.

I will answer why I can find it so hard to be vulnerable and talk about “Here-and-now Humility”, i.e. recognising that I am dependent on somebody else at this moment to achieve my goals. I will share worked examples to teach people how to use “Here-and-now Humility” to achieve their goals.

I’ll give examples of poor exploratory testing I’ve done due to a lack of curiosity, how I learned to trigger curiosity, and give worked examples to teach how to trigger curiosity in exploratory testing.

I don’t always respond with empathy when confronted with problems or conflict, and I’ll give worked examples to teach people how to use “non-violent communication” when dealing with problems.


Session takeaways
  • Achieve testing goals by allowing yourself to be vulnerable
  • Enhance exploratory testing by learning to cultivate curiosity
  • Build better relationships through practising non-violent communication

Speakers
avatar for Kwesi Peterson

Kwesi Peterson

Senior Software Test Engineer at Metaswitch (UK), Metaswitch
Kwesi is a Senior Software Test Engineer at Metaswitch testing Networking protocol stacks performing exploratory testing, writing tools to enhance automation frameworks, coaching testers, managing project delivery, and improving processes.I’m particularly interested in rationality... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 10:15 - 11:00
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

10:15

Test Tool Strategies for Lone Testers
These days, test teams in many companies all over the world are going through staff reductions to the point where probably only a few or one tester is left. In my proposed session I will present and demonstrate some unconventional tool strategies and approaches. This is from the perspective of a lone tester working on fast paced projects with very little assistance.

Session takeaways
  • Here is the GitHub repo I will use for this interactive presentation, https://github.com/jg8481/Tool-Strategies-Lone-Testers-Test-Leadership-Congress-2019 
  • I hope that the audience will take away some ideas for detecting high risk areas in the projects they are testing. 
  • By identifying those risky areas, they might be able to design more powerful tests to experiment and explore deeper into the products or systems they need to test.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Gorospe

Joshua Gorospe

Senior Test Engineer
I have been a tester for roughly 12 years. I have worked in agency and product companies. I love testing, and have an insatiable curiosity for researching anything related to testing. At the moment I am most interested in experimenting with software test oracles, a few machine learning... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 10:15 - 11:00
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

10:15

The Game of Continuous Delivery (Part 1)
“It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

The most critical step in Continuous Delivery adoption is identifying the bottlenecks in the product development cycle. In this interactive tutorial, you will learn about tools and methods that facilitate the bottleneck discovery as well as ways to deal with the most common bottlenecks that cripple development process.

To solidify the concepts, you will play the “Continuous Delivery” game, competing with other Agile teams to deliver feature to production while improving your software delivery process. This game serves as a great tool to understand the importance of automating Quality Gates and investing into process improvement initiatives to achieve long-term success.

Session takeaways

  • Learn to identify and prioritize the bottlenecks in the software delivery lifecycle,
  • Leverage Tools available in the market to address above bottlenecks (e.g. test environments, manual regression)
  • Use innovative techniques to move towards Continuous Delivery.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Kravtsov

Tanya Kravtsov

Senior Director of QA at Audible (USA)
Tanya Kravtsov is a Director of QA at Audible, helping to build a new QA org to support innovative web product development at scale. Previously, as the head of automation and continuous delivery at ROKITT, Senior QA Manager at Syncsort and VP at Morgan Stanley, Tanya focused on Quality... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 10:15 - 11:00
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

11:00

11:15

3 Steps to Success from a VP of Quality Assurance
Are you a quality leader with a quality problem?  Every organization struggles with quality at some point in their product life cycle.   Knowing what to measure and how to build a culture of quality with specific and actionable methods is key.  

Join Karen as she goes through the 3 steps you can take to ensure success:

Karen begins by guiding you through your analysis of the issues including product, customer, and organizational factors. Secondly, Karen shows you the five key quality differentiators to implement within your development process. Finally, she focuses on how to create your own Customer Quality Metric for your organization.

Come and see how you can transform your organization into the quality team you know it can be!

Session takeaways

Any test team member in a leadership position will have concrete steps to take when assessing their own organization quality and the steps to put into place to improve and measure.


Speakers
avatar for Karen Holliday

Karen Holliday

VP, Quality and Customer Care at InGenius Software (USA)
As a motivated leader with a track record of developing quality products, Karen is passionate about unraveling complexity to solve business problems.  Throughout Karen's 20+ year career, she has experience at leading small focused, as well as large, multi-function organizations including... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

11:15

How I Learned to Learn
At one point in my career I was forced to choose between changing my attitude towards work or be fired. Changing meant leaving procrastination and frustration and instead set up goals. An important goal was constant learning.

Evolving and adopting is a key skill. Every day features are released, tools developed. Terabytes of new information need to be processed.

The prefrontal cortex area of our brain has just 4 slots of working memory that together combine into an understanding of the chunk of data you are observing. The brain can connect that chunk with already known information in hippocampus. Occasional "Eureka"-moments happen when those combination brings understanding to something you didn't fully understand before. 

Understanding the set of patterns by which the brain consumes and interprets new data will help boost learning skills as well as make the process of studying much more enjoyable. For example: switching between focusing on new material and letting the brain rest activates both the focused and diffused mode of your brain. 

Looking at something that one would rather not do activate areas of the brain associated with pain. Researchers have discovered that it doesn’t take long for that neuro-discomfort to disappear once you start actually doing it.

Knowing how to learn has been a foundation, base, and iron core for me building solid competences in tech. 

Session takeaways

  • Experiences Boosting learning skills
  • Neurology of learning to learn
  • Dealing with change in tech


Speakers
avatar for Igor Samokysh

Igor Samokysh

Senior Technical Test Analyst at Visma Labs (Latvia)
Igor Samokysh is a professional technical test analyst with a talent in finding bugs and more than 8 years’ experience in delivering quality. Numerous times I've implemented test processes including manual and automation on different types of projects. Managing test speciality... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

11:15

The Game of Continuous Delivery (Part 2)
“It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

The most critical step in Continuous Delivery adoption is identifying the bottlenecks in the product development cycle. In this interactive tutorial, you will learn about tools and methods that facilitate the bottleneck discovery as well as ways to deal with the most common bottlenecks that cripple development process.

To solidify the concepts, you will play the “Continuous Delivery” game, competing with other Agile teams to deliver feature to production while improving your software delivery process. This game serves as a great tool to understand the importance of automating Quality Gates and investing into process improvement initiatives to achieve long-term success.

Session takeaways

  • Learn to identify and prioritize the bottlenecks in the software delivery lifecycle,
  • Leverage Tools available in the market to address above bottlenecks (e.g. test environments, manual regression)
  • Use innovative techniques to move towards Continuous Delivery.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Kravtsov

Tanya Kravtsov

Senior Director of QA at Audible (USA)
Tanya Kravtsov is a Director of QA at Audible, helping to build a new QA org to support innovative web product development at scale. Previously, as the head of automation and continuous delivery at ROKITT, Senior QA Manager at Syncsort and VP at Morgan Stanley, Tanya focused on Quality... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

12:00

13:00

10 Things We Did to Relocate Testers from Waterfall Town to Agile City
When our Business bus moved to Agile city, the driver thought of hiring agile testers from agile city only to find out there is no one. There is no perfect agile tester, perfect agile testing team in the agile city , no magic wand that can solve challenges in relocation.

At the same time testers relocated to agile city from waterfall felt neglected, old-outdated, old-fashioned with their rigid ways of performing their tasks.

As a driver of the bus, what do you do ?
How do you show paths of comfortability in this new city ?
What measures do you put in place for progress?
How do you make your testers feel like home ?
How to develop testing skills that meet the demand?

Ride with us in a journey where testers buckle their seatbelts and becomes navigators, coaches and thrilled to be part of an unknown future.

But wait, what did drivers do with Business Managers ?
How did the driver receive Business Managers approvals ?
How did driver demonstrate Returns On Investments ?

Presentation takeaways

  • Test Managers will learn how to lead in a new world , how to re-shape their testers skills to match needs, how to get management buy-in etc. etc.
  • Testers will learn about their career growth.
  • Business will learn the value of their Time / Money and Investment.

Speakers
avatar for Monika Budhiraja

Monika Budhiraja

Lead Software Engineer in Test at Grubhub (USA)
Monika Budhiraja is a Lead Software Engineer in Test at Grubhub, a developer at heart with a mindset of quality. In her current role, she is responsible for release system improvement for web / mobile web , iOS and Android native apps teams as fast as possible. Monika teaches and... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

13:00

Implementing BDD - How One Team is Making it Work
Behavior Driven Development, or BDD, has been a buzzworthy term in the testing and development community for several years. At first glance the elements of BDD seem simple: Testing scenarios! Living documentation! Automation! Reports! 

That sounds great; why isn't everyone doing it? 

Upon deeper dive, it's obvious the implementation of BDD needs a lot of forethought and planning and that teams must approach it for the right reasons. 

This talk will follow the evolution one team is currently experiencing in their shift to BDD. BDD was selected to help them modernize the work that the business analysts, manual testers, and automation testers were doing and to support the larger organization's DevOps transformation. 

Why is BDD the right methodology for this and what does the process look like? 

This talk will answer those questions and share the preparation, major milestones, successes, and failures the team has encountered along the way. Join me to find out what happens when a traditional organization completely turns their old processes upside down sets out to conquer BDD.

Session takeaways

  • Learn about a real team's current success and struggles as they work to implement BDD
  • Be armed with ideas on how to start to implementing BDD on your own teams
  • Draw a connection between BDD and DevOps for leaders who are struggling with helping their testing teams find their place as organizations move to DevOps


Speakers
avatar for Christine A. Fisher

Christine A. Fisher

Manager, Business Analysis and Quality Assurance at NAIC (USA)
Christine started her career as a high school history teacher, but a switch to software training got her started on a career path in technology where she has held various positions in professional services and development over the past 15 years. Currently managing a team of Business... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

13:00

Black Stories to Unleash Lateral Thinking and Advocate Testing
Black stories are riddles to be explored and solved. This little card game is a great tool for discovering processes why exploratory testing is a necessity when you want to deliver high quality software. The game can however also be used to  get a teams collaborative mind to lateral thinking. A skill to let you explore requirements, user stories and host refinement sessions.

Session takeaways
  • Know how to utilize black stories to explain the necessity of exploratory testing (to your team or management)
  • Know how to activate a team for a refinement session/requirement review
  • Understand what lateral thinking is
  • Know what the 5 orders of ignorance are and why it is important to know this
    Obtain a new perspective of seeing software development as a knowledge acquiring tool.
As a Bonus Jordann Gross will co-host this session.

Speakers
avatar for Eddy Bruin

Eddy Bruin

Agile Coach at Rabobank (Netherlands), The Serious Gamers
For many years Eddy has have been using serious games and learning metaphors to helpdrive teams and organizations forward. Eddy is an Agile and Test Coach with the mission tohelp teams deliver software that people actually want to use, while having as much fun aspossible. He helps... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

13:45

14:00

Smart Test Transformation: Think Big, Start Small!
Our organization has always been living a dynamic life:  we have to take care about more and more clients across Scandinavia every day, and satisfy growing business demands as Insurance is very competitive domain. For the IT department this meant that delivering with the quality and on time are crucial for the success. Huge pressure is put on delivering, where Quality assurance&test is one of key components within the journey our organization goes on!

Transforming our test process and test organization to achieve better quality and accelerate running of test activities in parallel with the development wasn’t the only goal. We also needed to raise our test process maturity to make a difference to the way we were working, to solve issues and gaps smarter, and assure test team is organically integrated into all elements of delivery chain. Furthermore, we aimed to make our people happy and evolve tester’s role so everyone becomes a valuable team player with the focus on continuous test via more automation. Needless to say, test automation model itself has been turned upside down!

This is the test transformation journey with the big and the small steps on its way, a few pitfalls, great team spirit involved, and truthfully inspirable leadership! Julia shares the story of one big Insurance company on its way to the better future and how we secured “happily ever after”.

Session takeaways

Practical tips on...
  • how to assess improvements needed in their test process
  • how to plan actions needed
  • how to communicate, and practically implement changes needed in an organization

Speakers
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Julia Zavertailo

QA Manager, IF Insurance
Julia is a passionate leader, a colleague and someone who likes to invest into building an inspired and motivated team as she believes that a good, motivated team is always a key to success! She has been working on test models and test processes in the recent years, transforming old... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 14:00 - 14:45
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

14:00

Testing on Production, Deep Backend Edition
Why do we test on production? Why not avoid the risks? 

Thorough testing before merging to master is great, but it doesn’t cover the unknowns. Staging on shared environments tends to be slow, unreliable and costly to support. Why not just learn from the only true environment by conducting safe and efficient experiments?

This talk is based on my experience of "shifting to the right" testing within the context of back-end systems of bol.com (one of the biggest online retailers of the Netherlands; logistics and purchasing domains), where correctness is often a bigger concern than performance, and recovery might require a bit more than users hitting the refresh button of their browser. 

Testing on production is often associated with A/B testing or canary releases, but those aren't always the best - or even applicable - techniques. We will look instead at shadow and dry runs, controlled experiments, survival of the fittest; how to apply these techniques and what to be aware of.

Session takeaways

  • Production as a first-class testing environment
  • Managing risks of experiments in production
  • Shift-right of testing in backend systems and risk adverse environments


Speakers
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Mykola Gurov

Full-Stack Software Engineer at bol.com (Netherlands)
Mykola is a Java backend developer (calls himself full-stack). He has a keen interest in CI/CD, testing, and everything that helps to move faster without breaking too many things. Since 2015 he works at bol.com, one of the biggest online retailers of the Netherlands.


Thursday June 27, 2019 14:00 - 14:45
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

14:00

Build Your Personal Brand and Elevate Your Career
How to find motivation by communicating your strengths and taking ownership of your career path.

Session takeaways

  • Own your career, operate with confidence, and aim to deliver results.
  • Improve leadership techniques and focus on building relationships.
  •  Achieve career satisfaction through refining your skills, growing your career, and bringing others along with you.

Speakers
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Marietta Gentles Crawford

Writer, Personal Brand Strategist at Mari Brands for You (USA)
Marietta Gentles Crawford is a personal brand strategist, speaker, and author of "From Nine to Thrive: A Guide to Building Your Personal Brand and Elevating Your Career."  Her words and ideas have been featured on The Muse, Fast Company, Inc., Thrive Global, and HuffPost, among other... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 14:00 - 14:45
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

14:45

15:15

Compliance and Agility - How It Can Be Done
Delivering a compliant product is a resource intensive and challenging activity for most teams. Whether a team is trying to adhere to company, industry, or international standards, it needs to produce deliverables under tight deadlines with the right level of quality.

When you work with Forensic teams the stakes are high. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is a new forensic DNA sequencing technology which can result in increased detection ability for degraded and complex mixture samples. It can also provide ancestry and physical trait information which help's narrow down suspects.

Join Aprajita Mathur as she shares how her team successfully built the first Forensics, NGS “sample-to-answer” platform, working in a cross-functional team, using a scrum-based methodology, yet in a compliant environment. For her team, the stakes were high, timelines tight, and quality was of upmost importance to ensure the truth is always found: An integrated “sample to answer” solution to aid forensic investigation teams must be accurate, precise, reliable, and provide information in the timescales of investigation. 

Session takeaways

  • Impactful Agile practices to deliver compliant products
  • Scrum based methodology in a compliant environment
  • Myths about software development in regulatory space


Speakers
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Aprajita Mathur

Bioinformatics Software Test Manager at Guardant Health (USA)
I love to talk to people about challenges they face in workplace/life and how they have overcome them or how they envision they will overcome them. I believe people and their zeal to make things better is what drives innovation and progress. This is also true in organizations. No... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 15:15 - 16:00
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

15:15

Shift Left – Why It’s So Difficult (and How to Succeed)
The benefits of testing earlier in the development cycle are clear, but the road to the left is filled with obstacles that make it difficult.  From test suites that take hours (or longer) to run, to test automation that requires manual effort to operate and review, to flaky tests and unreliable automation that cause builds to fail, shifting left isn’t easy.  

This session will review the challenges and discuss solutions, including predictive test selection and flaky failure isolation, that make it possible to test every commit, so defects can be found and fixed immediately without waiting for a full test cycle.

Speakers
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James Farrier

CTO at Appsurify
James Farrier is CTO of Appsurify, where he builds products to make software testing smarter, faster, and cheaper. James has been in QA testing for more than 15 years as a test lead and test manager in the financial services industry with a focus on test automation.  James has been... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 15:15 - 16:00
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

15:15

The Danger of an Isolated QA
The first and only QA in small startup, one QA in the team of ten developers, QA as a separate team or organization, QA who works in the same team in the same company for a long time. What is common between all of them? They all can be caught in isolation trap and lose their effectiveness and even bring harm to the project.

Isolation was always used as punishment, it increases risk of mental health issues, it is dangerous, but the issue of QA’s isolation is often overlooked. Not using test design techniques, inventing bicycles and missing obvious harmful bugs are only some of the problems that isolations can bring. We need to learn how to recognize isolation issues early and how to avoid isolation traps.

Session takeaways

Managers will learn:
  • How to recognize early signs of an isolation
  • How to keep QAs connected to the outside world
  • The most common isolation traps and how to avoid them.

Speakers
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Iryna Suprun

QA Architect at Xandr (USA)
Iryna started her career as a Software Engineer in 2004 in Ukraine where she was born. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2006 and in 2007 she began her first position as a Quality Analyst. She remained in QA, focussing on the telecom industry and testing real-time... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 15:15 - 16:00
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

16:00

16:15

Antifragility or Taming the Hydra
The name Nassim Taleb has come to be associated with the crash of fincancial markets, as he's predicted aptly what happened in the banking crisis of 2008 in his book "The Black Swan". Following from that work, "Antifragility" explores how trying to predict the future leaves us missing the opportunity to withstand disaster by preparing for recovery instead of trying to predict and avert the inevitable crisis.

My talk examines the concept of antifragility as part of the software development process, and how that can be applied to an agile work environment. It aims to straddle the border between development reality and a broader view on how process can be made resilient, and how we can use a philosophical approach to guide our decisions in day to day software development.

This talk offers a new perspective on many of the problems we encounter every day in software development, and I hope to illustrate that sometimes a change of perspective can point in the right direction for building resilient, lean software applications.

Speakers
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Katja Obring

Test Consultant at Infinity Works (UK), Infinity Works
Katja Obring has a passion for the detail in the big picture. Testing is more than just the finding of faults in a product, it is about making unique ideas shine so they can solve genuine problems for real users. Starting her career in the virtual world of Second Life, she has worked... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 16:15 - 17:00
Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

16:15

The Backbone of The New York Times Push towards Continuous Testing
To combat the rapid shift in how we create and release software without compromising quality and velocity, The New York Times test strategy went through a series of transformation from building the right team structure to clarifying roles and responsibilities on who owns the automated tests. The result is the birth of Test Automation Team with a vision to develop Test Frameworks and Test Infrastructure that a maximum number of Development teams can apply/adapt to develop and execute their automated tests.
After a year implementing this model, we are moving towards a culture where quality is truly being considered as everyone’s responsibility and it begins with the product requirements.

In this talk we will go over:
  • Birth of Central Test Automation Team
  • Use cases demonstrating how test automation team plays an important role in ensuring high-quality product without compromising release velocity
  • Behind the scene process of developing and maintaining test frameworks and infrastructure that caters to developers
Session takeaways

  • Lessons learned from challenges we faced to adopt a culture of quality through test automation
  •  Best practices in maximizing test automation adoption in your development teams
  • A practical guide on measuring test maturity of a product


Speakers
avatar for Prathamesh Nagle

Prathamesh Nagle

Sr Software Engineer In Test, New York Times
Prathamesh Nagle is a Senior Software Engineer in Test in The New York Times. He's currently working with Test Automation Team responsible for enabling Development teams to accelerate their speed of Test Automation development by providing support for various testing tools and frameworks... Read More →
avatar for Thilak Subramanian

Thilak Subramanian

Senior Software Engineer in Test at New York Times (USA)
Thilak Subramanian is a Senior Software Engineer in Test in The New York Times. She's responsible for enabling developers to use the right tools, frameworks and test strategy needed to deploy their code faster with confidence. In the past, she has managed and mentored teams responsible... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 16:15 - 17:00
Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

16:15

Improv(e) Your Self!
Improvisation is simply the process of creating and performing spontaneously and simultaneously. By this definition, we are all improvisers.  Since birth, we have all been living life without a script - making it up as we go.

Comparatively, Improvisational Comedy - sometimes called Improv - is a form of theater in which a performance is created in the moment in order to entertain an audience. The details - the context and the purpose - make a difference. Successful Improv requires considerable preparation, and involves learning and using a variety of principles and skills which allow performers to better extract and expand ideas, make them manifest and meaningful, and quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment and new information. These principles and skills - the "rules" of improv - are also very useful in contexts outside of theater and are frequently applied as teaching tools for varying purposes.

In this workshop, I focus on the "rules" of Improv. After a brief introduction to Improv, I explain various Improv "rules", demonstrate each with help from the audience, and then collaboratively (and improvisationally!) explore how the same Improv "rule" might be correlated and useful to various, different contexts and purposes.

This workshop is for any and all! No matter your background, experience, interest, or goals, you’re sure to laugh, learn, and leave with practical ways to Improv(e) Your Self!

Speakers
avatar for Damian Synadinos

Damian Synadinos

Owner, Ineffable Solutions
For more than 25 years, Damian Synadinos has been helping “build better software and build software better” through testing. Now, through his company Ineffable Solutions, Damian offers talks and training that are focused on fundamental topics and people-skills, based on real-world... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 16:15 - 17:00
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

17:00

Technical Lab Trials of New Technologies (and FUN Competitions!)
What would a tech conference be without technology? This is your chance to relax your mind from learning and compete hard. We will open our technology lab and let you play to win. Details will be announced before and during the event, so stay tuned!

18:00

Reception, Games and Round Tables
Join us for an evening reception, networking, games and round table discussions. Stay tuned to the announcements!

 
Friday, June 28
 

08:30

09:00

Programme Chair
Speakers
avatar for Anders Dinsen

Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:15

Opening Keynote: A Systems Approach to Software, Testing, and Test Leadership
There are problems with software and software testing. We realize that every time we experience accidents and losses in software-enabled systems: hacking, financial losses, autonomous vehicle crashes, airplane accidents, and other losses where software plays a role.

At MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, we work with a systems approach to safety. We assume that accidents and losses can be caused not only by component failures but by unsafe interactions of system components that have not failed. These ‘components’ include humans.

How do we identify potential flaws, identify the most critical test cases, do targeted testing for software that is very complex, and identify important test cases that include human interactions?

How do we engineer the role of testers and management? Testers and test leadership obviously impact safety, but how are those captured when we analyze safety? How do we take into account the human actions and beliefs of testers, testing managers, and of operators in the systems we are building? How do we account for the safety-critical decisions they make and ensure they are receiving adequate feedback to make the correct decisions? This keynote will introduce the Systems-Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) methodology and how these factors can be addressed in modern testing.

Session takeaways:
  • Safety requires engineering more than just the technical system
  • Understanding and modelling the whole system, including testing and management
  • Methods to analyze safety
  • Introduction to systems theory and STAMP
  • STPA, a systems theoretical approach to safety analysis


Speakers
avatar for Dr. John P. Thomas

Dr. John P. Thomas

Executive Director, Engineering Systems Laboratory Safety and Cybersecurity Group at MIT (USA)
Dr. John P. Thomas’s work involves creating structured processes for analyzing cyber-physical systems, especially systems that may behave in unanticipated, unsafe, or otherwise undesirable ways through complex interactions with each other and their environment. By using control... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 09:15 - 10:15
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

10:15

10:30

Finding Power in Authenticity
I was terrified. I did not feel that I was good enough. I started thinking that tech may not be for me. I just joined a very high-performing team having modern agile practices as a first-ever QA. The team did not know what exactly to expect from me, and I did not know myself how I can help, so I had to learn to embrace others and most importantly myself.

Having worked in a startup as the first QA it had and then shifting to consulting where I also was the only QA in the role, I had some challenges: there was noone to tell me what a QA is supposed to be within that context. At the start I even did tasks which were not really my expertise, like, working on the infrastructure code. This was a good learning experience, but I did not feel like I was contributing.

Finding the power in just being yourself can be a daunting task, but it’s extremely rewarding. I managed to climb over myself and find ways how to contribute to the team just embracing myself and not trying to be somebody else. In this session, I will share my story of how I did that, and, hopefully, inspire you to find power in your own authenticity.

Session takeaways

  • QA role is very flexible and can be shaped according to the needs
  •  Often QAs act as a team glue for which we work on adaptability
  •  As there is no silver bullet, every QA needs to embrace their authenticity

Speakers
avatar for Lina Zubyte

Lina Zubyte

QA Consultant, ThoughtWorks
Lina Zubyte is a passionate Quality Enthusiast who loves to ask questions, test, collaborate with diverse departments and investigate issues. Lina has worked in companies of different sizes (large multi-national companies and a startup), moved countries for work and had to adapt quickly... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 10:30 - 11:15
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

11:15

That Everything Else You Need to Do in DevOps
Something massive was set in motion when Flickr a decade ago showed how they could deploy into production 10+ times a day. A bigger audience became aware of CI/CD, build and deployment pipelines, microservices, containers and proper use of automation, but unfortunately by many DevOps was seen only as a technological feat.

If you roam through the internet for articles, attend relevant conferences or in general talk with people, DevOps is often reduced to its technological dimensions. How it entwines into the structures of business, leadership, people, culture, architecture, company image, feedback and yes, even testing, is however something that unlocks the full potential of DevOps.

In this session we dig deep into that everything else you need to do in DevOps.


Speakers
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Sami Söderblom

Testing & DevOps Coach, Elisa / Happy Monkey
Sami is one of Finland's leading experts in context-driven quality practices. He has over fifteen years of history from a variety of testing and quality leadership positions in nearly twenty different business domains. He's a colorful blogger, award winning author of industry publications... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

12:00

13:00

The Changing Role of Test Leadership
Mike Talks joined Datacom in 2013 as a test manager. His unit was in the final stages of a 15 month waterfall project. To help get the project over the line it was all about managing the tests, and telling a team of eight what to focus on next.

Today Mike leads the same team, but the landscape has transformed significantly. Instead of one team on one project, there are multiple agile projects in flight, some of which with only a single tester in place.
With this his focus on “managing the tests” to “supporting the team”.

Find about the change he’s found in his role as test leader.

Speakers
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Mike Talks

Test Manager at Datacom (New Zealand)
Mike Talks has worked in the IT industry for 22 years. Rather than having two decades of proficiency in Windows 95. that time has been one of constant evolution and rediscovery, none more so than the last 6 years. But he's learned to not be afraid. As David Bowie, the master of reinvention... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

13:45

13:55

Quality Leaders: Today, Tomorrow, and The Next Generations
What challenges and opportunities exist for quality leaders of tomorrow? Let's look at some emerging technology problems.

Today many AI products and tools are missing global voices and cultural data. This might mean that future AI systems will internalize the same lack of cultural diversity that we find in several media narratives -- unless there are interventions in collection, usage, and sharing of data about world cultures. Join Davar Ardalan, CEO of IVOW, an AI storytelling startup, as she explores ways to invite global voices into AI as we collaboratively build the foundations for Cultural IQ in machines.

Following this talk, let's discuss the roles, skills and future landscape development for quality leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan

Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW (USA)
Davar Ardalan is the Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW, a cultural storytelling startup powered by AI. Prior to this, she was a public broadcasting journalist for 25 years, most of those at NPR News, where she designed stories anchored in multiculturalism and steeped in historical context. In 2015, her last position at NPR was senior... Read More →
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Anna Royzman

Test Masters Academy Founder
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 13:55 - 14:20
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

14:20

Are You the Best Leader You Can Be?
We are all leaders.  At minimum we must lead ourselves every single day.  In addition, many of us have teams that we lead and serve.  Have you ever stopped to analyze yourself to determine if you are the BEST leader you can be?

Many of the great leaders outside the testing arena that Amy Jo has had the joy to learn from in person, online courses, through books and podcasts include John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Mel Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Michael and Megan Hyatt, and Rachel Hollis to name a few. In addition, Amy Jo has learned and continues to learn from many leaders in our testing community, including the great late Jerry Weinberg, James Bach, Michael Bolton and Anna Royzman. All of these leaders have shared ways to be the best leaders we can be.

Leadership areas along with tactical take-a-ways that will be covered in this talk to assist you in becoming the best leader are: Win the Morning, Win the Day!; The Continuous Learning and Growing We all MUST Do; Embrace and Face Your Fears; Be the Best You!; and Favorite Leadership Books, Blogs and Podcasts.


Speakers
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Amy Jo Esser

Director of Quality at ProAssurance (USA)
Amy Jo Esser is an enthusiastic self-confessed conference and learning addict.  She feels like a kid in a candy store at conferences.  She has enjoyed learning at conferences from the beginning of her career through today.  Amy Jo believes the time is now to start giving back at... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 14:20 - 15:05
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

15:05

15:20

Leaders Peer Workshop
This signature workshop, led by Anna Royzman, is the highlight of the conference.  

There is a saying "Your problem is someone's solution". Experience the power of community of peers to tackle your worst problems. Gain a fresh perspective to a seemingly unsolvable challenge. Help your peers get through their own blocks and obstacles.

Anna runs this workshop at every Test Leadership Congress since 2016. The outcomes never fail to amaze everyone who participated. Experience it for yourself.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Test Masters Academy Founder
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 15:20 - 15:45
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

15:45

16:00

Closing Keynote: More Than That!
“What do you do?”

It’s a frequent first question asked at parties, networking events, and bad dates. And sadly, the answer often includes the word “just”.

Perhaps a more interesting question is, “Who are you?”. But, how do you answer? Often, our identity is dominated by our professional image. However, even those that “live to work” have other facets which may contain hidden value.

Testing labels and work sometimes obscure our actual and potential value, which can lead to frustration. Can eschewing labels and understanding anxiety help lead to stronger self-image, teams, culture, and results?

In this keynote, Damian uses humor, personal stories, models, pop-culture examples, and more to examine our identities, explore our interests, and find inspiration from unexpected sources. Join him to laugh, learn, and “unjust yourself” as you rediscover Who You Are!

Speakers
avatar for Damian Synadinos

Damian Synadinos

Owner, Ineffable Solutions
For more than 25 years, Damian Synadinos has been helping “build better software and build software better” through testing. Now, through his company Ineffable Solutions, Damian offers talks and training that are focused on fundamental topics and people-skills, based on real-world... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 16:00 - 17:00
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

17:00

Afterparty
Farewell and THANK YOU to all new and old friends! Interviews, group pictures, reminiscence, contact exchanges and more.

Friday June 28, 2019 17:00 - 18:00
Room 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA