Matthew Hum

Critical Skills of Test Automation Professionals in a Fast Pace World

Thursday, April 10: 7:45 AM – 8:15 AM


The change in organizations due to increased demand to do more with less and deliver more in a shorter period of time has given rise to faster delivery cycles. This requires that the automation professional change with the trend. They must now extend their skill set outside of QA and programming. An automation professional must engage the business, be involved throughout the project delivery, and build a framework and approach that can fit in this new, fast pace, changing environment. Join Matthew and learn to interact with the business and project stakeholders. Discuss how to sell automation to them by showing the value, simplifying the approach, and setting expectations from the onset.

Jeremy Berriault, Manulife Financial

Closing the Value and Knowledge Gap between Business and Testing

Friday, April 11: 7:45 AM – 8:15 AM


Within any business project, relationships are built that can have a lasting impact on the project team and the organization. Positive internal associations ensure efficient management of projects preventing over run budgets, reduction of scope, and overextended timelines. A key internal relationship that should be strongest is that of Business and Testing groups (IT); yet a gap exists that results in rework and cost increases often pointing to QA processes as the culprit. Understanding roles and job perception play a large part in determining the value of quality assurance. This meta-analysis will consider studies that focused on the knowledge gap and perceptions between business and IT groups. Lack of appreciation for the QA role was directly related to poor marketing of QA capability and the resulting knowledge gap between disciplines. This discussion will review available data and provide solutions through the use of recognized strategic and operational management models.