Despite the number of commercial and open source tools available today for requirements management, test management, test automation and defect management, spreadsheets are still the most frequently used “tool” in documenting requirements, test cases and defects. Testing organizations may want to use tools to improve productivity and collaboration, but often lack the time, budget, skills, standards, and processes to effectively implement or expand their usage of testing tools. Tools can easily become abandoned or replaced by another tool having greater promise.

QUEST is on a mission to foster the exchange of success stories in implementing and using testing tools, regardless of the specific tool. Come join QUEST’s Testing Tools Information Exchange and hear about innovative and value-added approaches to implementing and using testing tools.

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Alan WaldronAnish Krishnanmargaret100x128Nancy Kastl, SPR Companies/TAP GroupRaj KoulTodd Wascom

Alan Waldron has over 23 years experience in the field of Information Technology Quality Assurance and Process Engineering that spans numerous industries. He specializes in executing Lean Six Sigma and CMMI level process maturity assessments for numerous fortune 500 companies and architecting their advanced testing solutions such as extreme automation, risk-based testing, advanced logical modeling requirements and testing tool design. His prior experience includes serving as President of True Bearing Group Inc., a Principal Consultant & Technical Architect for UST Global, the Global Software Quality Assurance Manager for CNN, and Global Quality Assurance Manager at CSC.

Anish Krishnan is an experienced strategic consultant involved in defining testing strategies and test solutioning for large transformational programs. His consulting strengths include process optimization, engagement planning and estimation strategies for financial Clients. He has rich experience in understanding Client’s “As-Is” process maturity and provide tailor made processes to align with Client’s maturity goals. He brings in strong testing project life cycle experience with hands on end to end operations. Anish is QAI certified CSQA (Certified Software Quality Analyst) and HP certified HP2-N32 ALM Sales Certified.

Margaret Callaghy is the Director of Quality Assurance at HealthEsystems L.L.C. HealthEsystems is a fast growing Pharmacy and Ancillary Benefits Management Company for Workers Compensation headquartered in Tampa, Florida with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Amarillo, Texas. She is currently building a team to implement total quality assurance using Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Prior to HealtEsystems, Margaret was leader of the Test Management Office for a global media research company with over 300 testers in 80 countries. She was instrumental in introducing HP test tools and standard testing processes to coordinate test activities across multiple time zones.

Nancy Kastl is an accomplished professional with over twenty-five years of experience as a consultant, director, facilitator, and instructor in software quality and testing. As an entrepreneur and consultant, she brings her expertise to management teams in strategic planning, measurement, quality management, software testing, process re-engineering, program management offices, and project management. As the director of the TAP Group’s quality practice, she provides leadership for the On-shore Testing Studio in Chicago with a mission to retool and provide jobs for unemployed Americans, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Nancy is a former VP of Quality Assurance at Harris Bank and is the founder and President of the Chicago Quality Assurance Association. Nancy is a frequent conference speaker and is currently the QUEST conference chairperson. She has served on the Purdue University's IT Advisory Committee and the QAI Global Institute’s Certification Board.

Raj Koul is the Director of Enterprise Quality Assurance at United Airlines IT department. He has more than 16 years of experience in Application Development, Program Management and Quality Assurance. Raj oversees an organization which has been in the middle of merger and system integration, playing a critical role in Service Delivery, Risk Management and Stability. In recent past Raj has redefined his teams approach to innovation, by supporting Rapid Application Development introducing dynamic white box testing, automated acceptance tests, encouraging teams to find new ways to optimize and improvise by using technology and tools. Raj has a Master in Computer Science from Governors State University.

Todd has held a number of senior technology, software and business leadership roles spanning the SDLC market. He has spent the last decade helping the largest names in finance, media, manufacturing, retail, and major Government agencies deliver mission critical applications. In his current role as Director of Business Development for Mobile Labs, LLC, an innovator in the mobile testing space, providing next-generation mobile app testing and device access management solutions in a private cloud, Todd extends his SDLC knowledge to mobile testing. Previously, Todd held positions with Shunra , Dun and Bradstreet and Borland Software. While at Borland, Todd recognized the evolving role of QA during their acquisition of Segue Software in 2006. From that point forward, Todd’s focus has been on helping organizations both large and small improve efficiency, security, and mobile app quality.