Akemi Micallef has 20 years of experience in the IT industry with over 15 years in software testing and quality assurance. She spent the last 8 years in various leadership positions in professional services environments with responsibilities ranging from solution design, team building and management, customer relationship management, expertise development, process improvements, and delivery support. In her current role as the manager of Testing Center of Excellence for TEKsystems’ Montreal Solution Center, she has grown QA delivery capacity and capability by providing a vision, plans, communication, measurements, and support. Akemi holds CSTE and APMG Change Management Practitioner certifications.
QUEST 2013 Conference and EXPO Sessions:
QA has a unique position in IT as the bridge between business and technology. Today, QA is expected to address quality at earlier stages of code construction and use appropriate tools and techniques to tackle each architectural layer effectively. Relying solely on their business expertise is no longer enough. But, how do you grow your QA team’s skills while maintaining the ever-increasing workload? Join Akemi in this interactive workshop that will help consolidate all the learning from this conference into an action plan to grow your team’s QA skills. Explore the skills required from the effectiveness, efficiency, and economy points of view helping to articulate the value of QA to your upper management to gain support for skills development. Learn the common personality traits of QA professionals to understand how they learn and what motivates them. Akemi will discuss key elements such as learning styles, knowledge sharing, creating an environment of learning, turning knowledge into ability, and leveraging newly acquired skills.
- Learn the skills required for today’s QA
- Examine the QA learning profile
- Build a model-based action plan for skills development initiatives