Keynote Continuous Feedback
Brian Harry, Microsoft Technical Fellow, Microsoft Corporation
Wednesday, May 2
8:30 AM – 9:25 AM

Software teams take for granted the need for continuous feedback involving their stakeholders and applying modern, agile engineering practices. The pressure to increase transparency, reduce waste, and improve the flow of value is more intense than ever. Therefore, it is essential to understand the two ultimate measures of agility and continuous flow:

  • How long does it take from an idea entering the product backlog to the availability of working software in the user’s hands? In standard Lean terminology, this is Cycle Time.
  • How long does it take from the discovery of a problem in production to the availability of fixed working software in the user’s hands? This is commonly called Mean Time to Repair.

Testing is central to these measures and to the success or failure of any organization seeking to deliver lasting customer value. A modern testing approach can be a great enabler of flow, transparency, and the reduction of waste. Come hear Brian discuss these critical software development issues.

Brian Harry is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server, a server-based product designed to dramatically improve the productivity, predictability, and agility of software development teams by ensuring that all team members have easy access to the information they need to make the right decisions at the right time. Previously, Brian worked at start up DaVinci Systems developing electronic mail software. In 1992, Brian left DaVinci Systems with two others to create One Tree Software. One Tree was a classic garage startup company that developed and sold SourceSafe, the product that is now Microsoft Visual SourceSafe. After joining Microsoft, Brian worked in the Tools and Databases division. In 1996, he and others began working on the problem of improving the approachability of API for the developer. This project grew into the .NET Framework. Brian served as the Development Manager for the Common Language Runtime and then as the Product Unit Manager. In 2002, Brian moved to North Carolina where he built the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server development team.

Brian has had a passion for software development tools that dates to his college years at North Carolina State University where he did research on compilers, linkers, assemblers, and processor simulation systems.

Brian Harry, Microsoft Corporation

Keynote What Next? The Future of Software Testing in 2012 and Beyond…
Nick Pointon, Head of Test Center Operations (India & Egypt), SQS
Thursday, May 3
8:30 AM – 9:25 AM

The IT industry is changing, but reports of the death of the software testing discipline have been greatly exaggerated. The Cloud, agile methodologies, mobile computing, offshoring, and virtualization all promise to have a significant impact how software is delivered. And, as IT delivery changes, software testers need to adapt to continue to provide value and to enhance their roles and careers. In this keynote presentation, Nick draws on his personal experience of the testing industry in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia to dissect recent research from Gartner, Ovum and others on software testing. He will highlight the impact globalization and new technologies are having on the software testing industry and discuss what this means for the North American and international software tester. He will outline how North American software testing professionals can prepare themselves for the future, adapt to changes, and succeed in an increasingly globalized and commoditized market.

Nick Pointon is a software testing entrepreneur and executive with over 18 years of experience in the industry. He is Head of Offshore Testing for SQS, the world’s largest software testing consultancy. He manages over 700 testers based in India and Egypt who are testing projects worldwide. In 1998, Nick founded Cresta, a software testing consultancy based in the United Kingdom. Nick grew Cresta to be market-leader in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa until its acquisition by SQS in 2006. At that time, Nick joined SQS as the UK Consultancy Director and, in 2008, moved to India to acquire and manage SQS’s Indian offshore test centre. Nick lives with his family in Pune, India.

Nick Pointon, Head of Test Center Operations (India & Egypt), SQS

Keynote Silent Alarm: Creating a Refuse-to-Snooze Attitude
John Blumberg
Friday, May 4
8:30 AM – 9:25 AM

Beyond a presentation, John’s session is a wake-up call! It engages the paradoxical insights of the alarming things that happen in our lives with the subtle, and often very silent, lessons that surface in the midst of these events. John’s presentation is a powerful call-to-action to bring meaningful change to the depth of our relationships, the motives of our mind, and the way we choose to look at our journey at work. It is about bringing substance to our sometimes surface-level lives in the way we lead and in the legacy we leave behind. Silent Alarm is about creating a refuse-to-snooze attitude in every step of our journey and in every season of our life. Once heard, you will never want to hit the snooze button again!

John Blumberg started his career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen. After four years, he shifted his focus from numbers to people spending 14 years in human resources and recruiting, including worldwide recruiting responsibilities for Andersen. In 1996, he decided to follow his dream into the world of professional speaking. Today, as a professional speaker, John has been featured in keynotes and workshops in 10 countries. His presentations most often focus on working with organizations who want to develop leaders of substance and cultures of genuine service. John has received the designation of Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association. He is the author of Silent Alarm, a parable of hope for busy professionals. Now with over 35,000 copies in print, it has been endorsed by leadership gurus such as Ken Blanchard. John’s newest book is Good to the Core: Building Value through Values.

John Blumberg