Speaker Guide


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Ali Rauf, Deloitte

Ali is a technology focused manager with over ten years of experience in Healthcare, Financial Services, and Telecommunication Media and Technology (TMT) industries. His engagements have included project management, information systems implementation, revenue cycle improvement, quality assurance, testing, and analysis. Currently he is focused on ICD-10 implementation and testing at healthcare provider clients.

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Amanda Adams, Xpanxion

Amanda Adams has experience in quality assurance, development, product management and project management specializing in consulting on quality assurance best practices. Adams’ focus is consulting with enterprise-level clients to solve problems by using development-level skills to test software. This consulting includes architecting solutions around automation and performance testing and working with clients to affect process changes within their organizations. Currently Adams serves as VP, Rural Services for Xpanxion, a professional services software development organization and wholly-owned subsidiary of UST Global. In this role, Adams is responsible for ensuring the quality of Xpanxion’s delivery in the quality assurance and business intelligence spaces as well as managing Xpanxion’s rural centers from an organizational perspective.

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Anne Hungate, DIRECTV

Anne Hungate was the Quality Engineering executive for Union Bank Technology. In this role, Anne drove system and software engineering practices to improve productivity and manage risk. Anne joined Union Bank from Nationwide Insurance where she established the quality function for Nationwide Direct. She also led the property and casualty PMO capability improvements. Anne earned her MBA from Case Western Reserve University and her BS from Miami University. She holds both CSQA and PMP designations. Anne is invited frequently to speak at conferences and software community events on key topics in software engineering, project management, and quality leadership.

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Baboo Kureemun, Perception Matters

Baboo Kureemun is a seasoned agile project manager who has successfully led complex large-scale transformation programs and projects in both the private and the public sector. As a business innovation expert, Baboo collaboratively engages with very diverse process stakeholders to articulate current processes and desired innovations. Baboo is a published author, a coach on lean business principles, and is credited with a TED talk on “Taming Your Dragon of Perception”.

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Bob Crews, Checkpoint Technologies

Bob Crews, President of Checkpoint Technologies, is a consultant and trainer with over 24 years of IT experience including full life-cycle development involving development, requirements management, and software testing. He has consulted and trained for over 240 different organizations in areas such as addressing mobile testing challenges, effectively using automated testing solutions, test planning, risk analysis, implementing automated frameworks, and developing practices which ensure the maximum return-on-investment with automated solutions. Bob has presented at numerous conferences and user groups throughout the world including QAI, EuroStar (Copenhagen), HP Software Universe, and LatinStar (Mexico City). Bob was named as one of the top five speakers at the QAI Annual Software Testing Conference in 2004.

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Bob Galen, Velocity Partners

Bob Galen is an agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach who helps to guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile practices. He is currently Principal Agile Evangelist at Velocity Partners. He is also President and Agile Coach & Trainer for RGCG, LLC. Bob has over 25 years of experience working in a wide variety of companies. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is the author of several books including Scrum Product Ownership and Agile Reflections.

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Brian Lazenby, Applause

As a Senior Solution Evangelist for Applause, Brian Lazenby is responsible for running the company’s presales delivery team and processes to ensure customer satisfaction. In this role, Brian also leads Applause efforts to expand growth and scale up its offerings. Brian has held senior positions across the software development lifecycle and production operations, while working with many Fortune 500 companies at Applause, including Compuware, Hewlett Packard, and more. Brian specializes in both processes and tools that enhance the application lifecycle, including functional automation, performance testing and real user and application monitoring. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science from University of Alabama.

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Bruce Benton, TrueNBE

Bruce Benton has 27 years of experience across software industries, including: aerospace, industrial automation, operating systems, development tools and line of business applications, He has worked as a developer, systems engineer, program manager, development manager, software QA/Test manager and software architect in companies ranging in size from 500 up to 90,000 people. Bruce strongly believes that any process or deliverable that does not exist in direct response to a well understood organizational need is a waste of time and money. His significant experience in agile and predictive development practices, scope estimation, capacity planning, domain modeling, software validation, and organization management helps teams achieve their objectives with maximum reliability and minimum cost.

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Bryan Sebring, notjusttesting.com

Bryan Sebring is a Quality Assurance Professional with a passion for providing users with quality products and a strong commitment to the associates with whom he works. After spending 10 years of his career in retail and call center management, Bryan transitioned into IT, starting as a self-taught web developer and continuing on to his founding of the IT Quality Assurance Teams for both First Union National Bank eChannels and, more recently, the Georgia Department of Transportation. Bryan’s diverse background has given him a unique customer-driven perspective that allows him to look beyond the typical QA work scope to identify additional areas in which higher quality can be attained.

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Carolyn Swadron, CIBC

Carolyn Swadron is Senior Manager, Quality Assurance & Quality Control for the Internet & Mobile Project Delivery group at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. There, she leads a team of professionals who certify online and mobile banking applications and updates on a wide variety of devices. Carolyn holds a certification from the Canadian Information Processing Society, is an Information Systems Professional, an Information Technology Certified Professional and an International Professional Practice Partnership Professional. She has an Honours BSc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Toronto. Carolyn is an active member of CIBC’s QA Council and Discipline Leaders Council and has a strong commitment to continuing education and training. Her experience includes people change management, quality assurance, process reengineering, project management, development support, methodologies and standards, CMM, application development, and teaching ecommerce at the college level.

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Chockalingam Gomathisankar, VISA INC

Chockalingam Gomathisankar is a QA Engineer at VISA INC. He is an international SOA QA speaker and author with experience working in various roles including software engineer, test engineer, test analyst, and test lead. In his current role, Chockalingam is responsible for implementing the SOA Test Automation framework using industry leading SOA toolsets such as CA Lisa, SOAPUIPRO, HP Service Test and IBM Rational Tester. He has extensive experience in Service Virtualization leveraging the CA Lisa-Virtualize and related toolsets in the QA industry.

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Clareice Chaney, MITRE

Clareice Chaney has over 30 years of experience in commercial and government contracting with an emphasis in information technology contracting and specific expertise in performance-based contracting techniques. She holds Master’s Degree, PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager through the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). She has presented at the National Contract Management Association World Congress.

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Clyneice Chaney, Quality Squared

Clyneice Chaney brings over 20 years of testing, quality assurance and process improvement experience. Clyneice holds certifications from American Society for Quality as a Certified Quality Manager, Quality Assurance Institute’s Certified Quality Analyst, and Project Management Institute’s Professional Project Manager. She has participated as an examiner for state quality awards for Georgia and Virginia. Focusing on process improvement and procedure development in the software testing and quality assurance areas, Clyneice has successfully lead process improvement, methodology development, and reengineering projects for organizations wishing to improve their software development, testing processes, and tool implementation. Clyneice has presented technical papers at the Software Engineering Institute: SEPG Conference, American Society for Quality: Quality Manager’s conference, Quality Assurance Institute International Testing Conference, International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Software Test and Performance Testing Conferences.

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Costa Avradopoulos, Avracom

Costa is a thought leader with over 25 years experience in development, from requirements, to delivery, and process engineering. He has taken on roles such as Development, QA, Automation, Product Management, VP, and CTO, and managed systems up to 15 million users, in verticals such as Telecommunications, Financial, Wireless, Transportation, and Retail. A visionary innovator, he has devoted much of his career to the mobility space, culminating with a breakthrough invention, a patented mobile technology. Costa is a frequent speaker, and is writing a book due to be published soon, titled “Winning Mobile Strategies – Bridging the Quality Gap”. Currently Costa is currently CEO of Avracom and formerly the Mobile Testing Practice Leader for Capgemini. As a trusted advisor, he enjoys transforming organizations by creating winning mobile strategies to develop best of breed applications. Costa is certified Six Sigma and TPI.

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Dana Dietz, Nationwide

Dana Dietz works in Columbus Ohio in Nationwide’s Application Development Center as an IT Analysis Manager focused on software quality assurance. She leads requirements analysts and test engineers, ensuring capability uplift and consistent approaches in a highly matrix environment. She is passionate about education, experience and exposure as drivers of continuous improvement. Dana’s background is in product management and requirements analysis having worked over 15 years in IT developing software for insurance, financial services and not-for-profit institutions.

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Danielle Sprengart-Tirey, Nationwide

Danielle Sprengart-Tirey is a Director, IT Analysis for Nationwide Insurance and has a passion for staff development and empowering others to lead process improvements. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a MBA, as well as several IT field related certifications such as her PMP, CSQA and ITIL Foundations. Danielle has worked in the IT industry since 1998, beginning her IT career as a Test Analyst and spending many years growing in the IT Analysis space as well as Project Management, Process Management and Application Development. Danielle has recently been leading the Lean sustainability efforts in her organization and working on her Lean Bronze Certification. Along with her Lean efforts Danielle has been driving capability uplift across her organization with skill matrix and current state baselines.

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David Dang, Zenergy Technologies

David Dang has over 20 years of experience in general IT, with the last 17 focused on test automation and QA/test process improvement. He has extensive capabilities in test automation, management, planning, analysis, execution, and metrics. David has proven ability to assess, design, and implement test automation frameworks. He has worked with over 100 companies to assist and drive their test automation and QA projects. David is a HP Certified Instructor (CI) for QuickTest Professional, WinRunner, and QualityCenter and has experience in a wide variety of automation tools including open source. He is a featured speaker on test automation and related topics at local and national QA and Testing conferences including Quality Assurance Institute (QAI), StarEast, STP Con, PSQT, and TISQA. David received his BS in Management Information Systems and BA in Psychology from the University of Buffalo.

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Diane Walker, Equifax

Diane Walker; CSQA, CSTE, CSQE, CSM has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology. Her experience ranges from software development architecture to leading software quality efforts for financial services, health care, transportation and manufacturing applications for both internal software packages and resale software packages. Current focus is improving quality for financial products using Scrum methodology and multiple automated tools. Diane has long been a recognized leader and supporter of Quality Assurance (QA) best practices. She has served as a member of Atlanta Quality Assurance Association’s Board of Directors with roles from President to Treasurer for over 15 years.

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Giancarlo Bisceglia, Yellow Pages Canada

Giancarlo has built and managed QA teams working in IID and Agile development. He has been involved in testing complex backend systems, API’s, and software that was deployed on millions of end user’s computers/mobile devices. Currently, Giancarlo is building and managing a team of 50 QA people at Yellow Pages Canada.

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Gina Brooks, Lincoln Financial Group

Gina Brooks is Assistant Vice President, IT Enterprise Services Quality Assurance for Lincoln Financial Group. She is responsible for Fixed and Variable Life and Annuity New Product testing; General Ledger, Customer Service Accelerator (CSA), CommonView, IVR, and internet testing for Life New Products; and provides QA testing and management services to support various strategic projects. Her team also provides IT Enterprise technical support for Performance Testing, Automation, Quality Center; and QA process and methodology via the QA Center of Excellence. Gina has her FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) designation as well as her CSM (Certified Scrum Master) certification.

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Helene Astier, Cars.com

Helene Astier’s career started in 1999 at the Florida Institute of Technology where she became academically trained in Software Quality Assurance. She graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science and an MBA. Recently, she was the VP of Quality Assurance and Process Control Manager at a financial firm that underwrites billions of dollars of bonds a year. She was responsible for building the Quality Assurance Department, overhauled the SDLC processes and built metrics to monitor processes. Currently, she manages a distributed cross-functional team of 40 Quality Assurance professionals at Cars.com.

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Helene Simmons, Lincoln Financial Group

Helene is the QA Manager of the QA Center of Competency for Lincoln Financial Group. She obtained a test management tool and implemented QA process and procedures including Peer Reviews, QA Estimation techniques and Test Planning. She heads a monthly Quality Assurance Leadership Group that is responsible for implementing enterprise-wide changes within QA. Helene also holds a CSQA designation and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Huw Price, Grid-Tools

With an almost 30 year career as an innovator and Lead Technical Architect for several United States and European companies, Huw Price has considerable experience in bringing leading products to market, including Grid-Tools’ Datamaker™, Agile Designer™ and Fast Data Masker™. He has become an industry thought leader, speaking at conferences around the world with publications in a variety of periodicals. Huw is also an advisor to King’s College in London and Swansea University in the United Kingdom. Voted IT Director of the Year 2010 by the QA Guild, Huw has balanced pragmatism with innovation to re-cast the way organizations think about test data management.

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Ian Mills, Deloitte

Ian has over seven years of experience providing quality assurance and testing custom built solutions. He has served clients in industries ranging from Telecommunication to Financial Services with his primary focus being Health Plans. He has led the design of test strategies and managed diverse teams responsible for functional, regression, and automation testing. Ian holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University.

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Jacqueline Walton, Trover Solutions

Jacqueline Walton is an energetic and passionate IT Quality Assurance Lead. Jacqueline possesses a solid record of pioneering, building, managing, training, and mentoring high-performance functional and automation test teams. Although she has acquired excellent knowledge and working experience in all phases of the software development life-cycle, Jacqueline has found that her passion lies within QA ensuring successful product releases for large international corporations such as Gannett (USA Today, Deal Chicken, etc.), AT&T, Luxottica Retail, and more. She has also advised, designed, and implemented quality assurance automation frameworks for international organizations.

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Jason Vanecko, TransUnion

Jason Vanecko is an innovative results driven leader with over eleven years in the industry. He has worked in both Financial and Higher Education sectors across a spectrum of roles and accountabilities including development, enterprise architecture, and quality engineering. Throughout his career he has focused on innovative ways to increase value and quality during the development lifecycle. Jason currently leads the Quality Engineering (QE) group at TransUnion, which is responsible for building and delivering quality and productivity capabilities to development and test organizations. These process capabilities include Scrum and Kanban.

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Jeff Wilkinson, Accenture

Jeff Wilkinson is co-founder and leads Accenture's Global Testing & Quality Assurance Practice in North America and EALA with more than 22,000 members worldwide. Jeff has more than 22 years of quality management, application testing, and test assessment experience at several companies across multiple industries. He is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Technology Growth Platform based in Indianapolis. Jeff recently rolled off the Vanderbilt University Business School Board of Directors where he served a three year term alongside his wife, Donna. He is currently a member of the Indiana chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Board of Directors.

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Jeremy Berriault, Manulife Financial

Jeremy Berriault has been in the testing discipline for over 20 years within the Canadian Banking industry. He is currently the Director of Quality Assurance Center for Manulife Financial, Group Functions Division. He is responsible for QA processes, job families and QA training curriculum across the enterprise. Jeremy holds an MBA, completing a research project on the attitudes and views business and testing groups have for each other as part of his master’s program. His research provided reasoning as to why each group would think the way they do and solutions to help resolve issues. Jeremy’s main drive is to help bring attention to the value testing groups can bring to an organization, not just providing assurance of quality software, but also financial and efficiency benefits across the organization.

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Jim Mondi, Cognizant

With 27-years of management consulting experience in IT process and quality transformation, Jim Mondi is AVP and Global Head of Cognizant’s Process and Quality Consulting practice, focused on high-end process and quality transformation value propositions for new and existing customers. Prior to joining Cognizant, Jim worked as a VP for Testing at a Financial Services Organization, accountable for quality for an enterprise program transformation. Earlier, Jim was a practice lead and senior executive at Tier-One consultancy and Diamond Management Consultants, leading strategic process and quality initiatives at Fortune 500 companies. Jim holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois and a MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Jim Parson, Checkpoint Technologies

Jim Parson is a Senior Technical Engineer with Checkpoint Technologies with expertise in application security testing, test automation, test frameworks, and test planning. Besides his vast experience in QA, QC, and software testing he also has strong knowledge in several software testing solutions such as WebInspect, Fortify, UFT, ALM, and Zephyr Enterprise. Jim has been in the IT field for 14+ years in a variety of roles. He has spoken at numerous user groups, provided mentoring, and written several blogs and white papers on the subjects of test automation and scriptless automation. Jim is also HP ASE Certified in UFT and has the VTSP and VSP certifications from VMWare.

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Jim Trentadue, Ranorex

Jim Trentadue has over 15 years of experience as a coordinator/manager in the software testing field. He has filled various roles in testing over his career, focusing on test execution, automation, management, environment management, standards deployment, and test tool implementation. In the area of offshore testing, Jim has worked with multiple large firms on developing and coordinating cohesive relationships. Jim has presented at numerous industry conferences including the Rational Development Conference, IIST, and QAI chapter meetings. Jim has acted as a substitute teacher at the University of South Florida's software testing class, mentoring students on the testing industry and trends for establishing future job searches and continued training.

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Joseph Ours, Centric Consulting

Joseph Ours draws on 15 years of experience providing executive-level leadership while managing high profile initiatives with a demonstrated ability to lead people toward successful delivery. Throughout his diverse career, he has built a solid reputation as a thought leader who exhibits a results-driven business approach and exceptional ability to achieve success. He is a strong leader in business processes with a proven history of providing project and portfolio management of large technology initiatives. Joseph brings both a strategic and tactical thought process to solving IT related issues. He holds bachelor's degrees in electronic engineering technology and technical management in addition to a Master’s of Business Administration.

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Joyce Reid, Columbian Financial Group

Joyce has QA knowledge spanning over 20 years with experience in all aspects of software development, including SDLC, Agile, Automated Testing, Project Management, Business Analysis, System Design, Start-Ups, Test Execution, Test Strategy, Test Planning, Integration Testing, Test Lab start up and maintenance, Virtualized Lab setup and maintenance. She has worked as a QA/Release Manager, QA Manager, Sr. QA Analyst, QA Analyst and QA Lead. Her current position has her improving quality for CFG products using Agile methodologies and automated testing tools. Joyce received her CSTE in 2012, and received her CMST as well as her CSM in 2014.

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Kevin Dunne, QASymphony

Kevin Dunne is currently a Product Manager at QASymphony, supporting the direction of their eXploratory testing tool, qTest eXplorer. In his day to day role, he works directly with hundreds of customers who are in various staging of implementing and perfecting exploratory testing. Previous to joining QASymphony, Kevin was a tester with Deloitte Consulting, driving testing activities for custom development and ERP projects at Fortune 500 and large Government clients.

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Lee Barnes, Utopia Solutions

Lee Barnes has over 19 years of experience in the software quality assurance and testing field. He has successfully implemented test automation and performance testing solutions in hundreds of environments across a wide array of industries. He is a recognized thought leader in his field and speaks regularly on related topics. As founder and CTO of Utopia Solutions, Lee is responsible for the firm’s delivery of software quality solutions which include process improvement, performance management, and test automation.

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Lynn McKee, Quality Perspectives

Lynn McKee is an independent consultant with 20 years experience in the software industry and a passion for helping organizations, teams and individuals deliver valuable software. Lynn is an advocate of the software quality management practices espoused by Jerry Weinberg and provides consulting on software management, leadership and testing. Lynn is active within the software testing community by speaking at conferences, writing articles, contributing to blogs and forums. She is also a co-founder of the Calgary Perspectives on Software Testing Workshop.

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Mais Tawfik Ashkar, PerfNG, LLC

Mais Tawfik Ashkar is a Performance Engineering Consultant guiding clients to delivering faster, more scalable and reliable applications. Prior to consulting, Mais was a Performance Engineering Manager and lead with Pearson Learning Technologies representing their Denver and offshore teams and overseeing performance and scale solutions. SQUAD board member and an organizer of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability [WOPR], Mais has 10 years of experience in the software engineering industry working as a software performance engineer, automation engineer, and consultant. An accomplished speaker, she is passionate about the multi-faceted discipline of software quality engineering and data analytics. She is experienced with leading and implementing performance engineering and data analytics solutions at the enterprise level for highly complex, integrated, and distributed systems. As an Independent consultant, she is focused on implementing innovative solutions around the performance engineering discipline. Mais also offers coaching, training, and consulting services helping clients evolve their performance testing practices and deliver faster and more scalable applications.

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Manish Mathuria, Infostretch

Manish Mathuria has more than 14 years of professional and management consulting services experience. With his extensive knowledge, and experience in technology, Manish leads the InfoStretch team in developing architecture, scalability, performance, and IT strategies for InfoStretch customers. He has been a senior technology consultant in Quality, SaaS and, Mobile to executive management in Fortune 500 firms and high-tech Silicon Valley startups. Manish speaks regularly at leading quality and software engineering conferences worldwide. He holds an Executive MBA from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science.

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Matthew Eakin, Sogeti USA

Matthew Eakin is a Manager with the Managed Testing Practice of Sogeti USA and has over 20 years of technical, leadership and planning experience. His experience in all aspects of the SDLC, combined with development skills, has helped Matthew to be an effective Agile testing practitioner and coach. He talks extensively on Gherkin Scripting and is in high-demand as a BDD (Behavior Driven Development) and ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development) coach. His two workshops (Agile Testing and A Manual Testers Guide to the Ruby/Cucumber Framework) have been so successful that Matthew now leads the series nationally and teaches customized variations of the program at client sites.

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Maurizio Mancini, Yellow Pages Canada

Maurizio has built and managed QA teams working in incremental and iterative and agile development. He also has extensive experience implementing the right process in places where no process exists, or where the existing process is just not working for the team. Maurizio has a sixth sense for QA and process, and is currently building and managing a team of over 100 QA people at Yellow Pages Canada.

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Megan Sumrell, Mosaic ATM

Megan Sumrell is the Quality Architect for Mosaic ATM and Mosaic Data Science. She is a Certified Scrum Practitioner with over 19 years of software testing experience. She has worked as a developer, quality engineer, Director of QA, QA Architect, Product Owner, Scrum Master and Agile Coach and Consultant. She has built QA organizations at several software companies including CommerceOne and ChannelAdvisor. She also served as the Director of Transformation Services at Valtech where she not only coached teams transitioning to Agile but also developed and taught several Agile/Lean courses including Agile Testing, Product Owner, and Pragmatic Scrum Master classes. She specializes in process improvement and agile testing and has worked with several teams to help them transition from waterfall to agile practices.

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Michael Cooper, W3 LLC

Michael Cooper is the Chief Quality Officer and VP of Enterprise QA and Testing for W3 companies, Healthcare IT Leaders and Run Consulting. Michael brings 16+ years of QA and Testing leadership experience. Prior to joining W3, Michael was the World Wide QA and Testing Evangelist with HP Software. Before joining HP, Michael was Head of Enterprise Quality Management at T-Mobile USA. Michael held Senior QA and Testing leadership positions at FICO, Inovis and Equifax. Michael previously served as the President of AQAA; and actively participates in the QA community blogging, mentoring, coaching, and speaking at conferences around the globe.

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Michael Yudanin, Conflair

Michael Yudanin is the CEO of Conflair, a QA and testing company. He has been working on automating tests for mobile devices since before mobile apps and smartphones became commonplace. Michael developed RealMobileTM, a unique approach to using common automation tools to automate testing of mobile apps and websites. Among the large enterprises that have benefited from this approach to mobile testing are Home Depot, Bank of America, The Weather Channel, and Spirit Airlines. Michael is a frequent speaker at testing conferences and regularly delivers classes on test planning, requirements management, test automation, XML, web services testing, and other subjects.

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Mike Ennis, Capgemini

Mike Ennis is a Senior Manager with Capgemini specializing in planning and executing testing efforts. Mike has a deep technology and testing background and has led numerous test teams both on and off-shore. Additionally, Mike has conducted test assessments, created process improvement initiatives, created test strategies, test plans and has led execution efforts at various clients such as IBM, BMC Software, and Intuit. He has over 20 years of experience and is a Certified Software Testing Engineer, Certified Software Quality Analyst, a Certified Foundation Level Tester as well a respected speaker, mentor and coach.

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Mike Trites, PQA Testing Ltd.

Mike Trites has nearly a decade of experience in the software testing industry and holds multiple certifications, including an Advanced Level Certification from the International Software Testing Qualifications Board. In his time as a consultant, Mike has worked with a number of clients, both small and large, in a wide range of environments. He has been involved with projects that included testing everything from web applications and database management software to financial software and video lottery systems. As a Test Manager, Mike has experience managing all aspects of the testing lifecycle and works with clients to help define, implement and improve their internal testing processes.

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Mush Honda, KMS Technology

Mush Honda is QA Director at KMS Technology, a provider of IT services across the software development lifecycle. Mush joined KMS Technology in 2010 with a focus on Software Testing, Business Analysis, Test Automation, Data Analytics, Usability, Programming in C++, Java, Visual Basic, and PLSQL. He has performed testing and business analyst roles for several companies including Alere, Nexidia, Colibrium Partners, Connecture, Ernst & Young, Superior Insurance, and Systems Task Group. He is on the Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 Software Testing Atlanta Conference. Mush earned a BS degree in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University and diploma in Computer Engineering from Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Bombay University, India.

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Nancy Kastl, QUEST Conference Chairperson

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 SPR’s testing 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.

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Paul Trompeter, Cognizant

Paul Trompeter has a broad range of experience in the computer industry at a variety of companies including Litton, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard (Tandem Computers), Network Appliance, SDT, WellPoint, Technicolor, and GDI InfoTech. Prior to moving into the testing arena, he held positions as a development programmer and manager, a project manager, and a program manager. For the last twenty years, however, Paul has been directing enterprise-wide and global SQA and test efforts spanning many industries including aerospace, manufacturing, entertainment, financial, and healthcare. Paul holds degrees in math, technology management, and organizational change. He has published journal articles and has participated in pre-publication reviews for several books. Paul has also successfully conducted business in many counties across the globe including those in Asia, South America, Central America, and Europe.

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Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, PhD, Advantage Leadership, Inc.

As President of Advantage Leadership, Inc., Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, Ph.D., CSQA, works with companies to improve the quality and productivity of software-related efforts. She helps IT organizations assess the current situation and create strategic plans to engineer successful processes, establish business-oriented measurement, and improve bottom-line results. She works with both technical and managerial staff to discover hidden costs and demonstrate ROI. Rebecca has successfully established three QA organizations; she has an international client base, and is the author of books on improving software quality and strategic planning including Get Great Requirements, The Hard Job of Making Software Work: Building the QA Function Step-by-Step, Success Planning: A ‘How-To’ Guide for Strategic Planning, and Conventional Wisdom: How Today’s Leaders Plan, Perform, and Progress Like the Founding Fathers.

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Richard Campbell, Campbell & Associates

Richard Campbell wrote his first line of code in 1977. It had a bug in it. His career has spanned the computing industry both on the hardware and software sides, development and operations. He was a co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, acquired by Radware in 2013 and was on the board of directors of Telerik which was acquired by Progress Software in 2014. Today he is an advisor to a number of successful technology firms and is host on two podcasts: .NET Rocks! (www.dotnetrocks.com) which publishes three shows a week to .NET developers and RunAs Radio (www.runasradio.com) which is a weekly show for IT Professionals.

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Robert Fantina, Perception Matters

Robert Fantina is a process improvement professional, with over twenty years of experience in the field. An independent contractor, he has worked at Lucent Technologies, Merrill Lynch and Motorola in the U.S., and NorthwesTel and BlackBerry in Canada. He is the author of the book Practical Software Process Improvement, and the co-author of Your Customers' Perception of Quality. Currently on assignment at an insurance company, he resides near Toronto, Ontario.

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Robert Kelman, DIRECTV

Robb Kelman is a Senior Manager of Tools & Architecture for DIRECTV’s Software Quality Team, where he has developed the Integrated QA Labs and implemented many tools and processes to support them. With over fifteen years experience delivering Enterprise Software he has developed a passion for continuous improvement and innovation to eliminate waste and drive quality. Robb has an MBA in IT Management from UC Irvine and a Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt designation.

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Robert Walsh, Excalibur Solutions

Robert has been a teacher, a hardware technician, an IT director, a trainer, a programmer, and a business owner. He has worked with a variety of computer languages and matches the language and technology to the problem at hand rather than allowing the technology to dictate the solution. Robert’s background in education, technology and business has enabled him to communicate effectively with people in different roles and capitalize on each person’s goals. He received his B.S. from Mississippi State University in Secondary Mathematics Education.

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Sameer Siddiqi, Fiserv

Sameer Siddiqi is the Director of Quality Assurance within Financial and Risk Management Solutions at Fiserv. He is responsible for managing several QA teams across a variety of product lines and locations. Sameer has spent the majority of his career focused on Quality Assurance across several industries including banking, healthcare and energy. He specializes in Agile/Scrum, metrics and process improvement and has helped to transition several organizations from Waterfall to Agile. He has also implemented several automation frameworks from the ground up. Sameer has presented at AQAA and STAC.

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Sorroya Carder, Nationwide

Sorroya Carder, CSQA, PMP is a Software Quality Assurance manager and has twelve years experience in managing software lifecycle. Sorroya’s focus is on technical software requirements gathering and facilitation, as well as QA/Process implementation for large strategic projects. She is part of Nationwide Insurance’s Application Development Center (ADC) with strategic focus on highest quality delivery through Agile tenants and best practices as it applies to new technology domains.

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Susan Brockley, ExxonMobil

Susan Brockley has over 24 years of software engineering experience with ExxonMobil working in the areas of quality assurance, testing, requirements, and project management. She is currently a Business Analyst in the IT Center of Expertise. Her background also includes security and controls and requirements management. She has held the Quality Assurance Institute CSQA designation since 2002 along with a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Texas. Susan is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas for a course on Measures and Metrics and has spoken at Quality Assurance Institute Conferences in Chicago (Usability – What you Need to Know to Begin Testing NOW) and Toronto (A View from the Back Seat - Past, Present, and Future Thoughts on Test Management).

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Susan Conley, ROCKbiz

There’s only one explanation as to how this historically poor math student enjoyed a thriving career at two global accounting firms over the span of nearly two decades. Susan Conley knows how to cultivate relationships that ROCK. At Arthur Andersen Susan was the Southeast Area Marketing Director managing a team of 22 marketing and sales professionals. While at Andersen, Susan pioneered a client relations strategy that improved engagement economics, profitability and client loyalty. Competing firm Ernst & Young recruited Susan to invigorate their client satisfaction rankings and client development efforts. Susan went on to pioneer an Assessment of Service Quality (“ASQ”) methodology that is now integral to Ernst & Young’s global service delivery and overall client experience. In 2010, Susan launched ROCKbiz and perfected a Relationship Development Framework that produces results. Susan’s passion is to help professional service providers expand their relationships and their results. ROCKsolid relationships form the foundation of success in business… and in life.

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Susan Schanta, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Susan Schanta has spent over 25 years managing large-scale programs and quality assurance projects in both new ventures and global Fortune 500 companies. She brings with her vast experience spanning the financial, healthcare, and retail domains. She has led corporate initiatives in business optimization, onshore-to-offshore transitions, and QA enterprises including SDLC management, automation, and performance. Susan’s expertise in industry-best practices and project execution has helped companies to achieve their goals. Her proven experience includes implementing lifecycle disciplines through change management, sharply reducing budget variances related to estimation techniques, improving performance of tiered applications, introducing new disciplines for UAT execution, and devising calibration methods to measure these achievements.

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Tatyana Kravtsov, RokiTT

Tatyana Kravtsov is a Head of Automation and Continuous Delivery at RokiTT, which provides technology transformation services and solutions to clients. Tatyana established the Quality Management group at Syncsort and was driving the Continuous Integration and Delivery effort, working with DevOps team to adapt tools like Jenkins, Puppet, Selenium, etc. Previously, she worked as VP at Morgan Stanley leading a Test Automation group of 50+ engineers. She is very passionate about Process Automation which encompasses Test Automation, Continuous Integration and Delivery, Automated Environment Provisioning, etc. Tatyana is a founder of DevOps & Automation NJ Meetup group.

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Tim Hahn, IBM

Tim Hahn is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has been with IBM since 1990. He is the Chief Architect for Connected Vehicle and Internet of Things within the IBM Software Group Rational organization. He is responsible for strategy, architecture, and design for Rational's Internet of Things related offerings. These offerings, coupled with others from across IBM Software Group, enable customers to design, build, experiment, run, manage, and operate solutions involving diverse sensor data coming from connected devices. These solutions leverage IBM's strengths in cloud, analytics, mobile, social, and security.

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Tim Korson, PhD, QualSys Solutions

Dr. Timothy Korson is a Certified Scrum Trainer. Tim has many years’ experience working with testers from all types of organizations helping them to be more effective. Tim’s current focus is working with Scrum teams to help then apply agile/lean principles to their everyday practices. Tim has trained thousands of IT professionals around the world, and is highly rated by attendees as a course instructor and conference speaker.

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Tom Cagley, David Consulting Group

Tom Cagley leads DCG’s Software Process Improvement and Software Measurement Consulting Practices. Tom has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He has held technical and managerial positions in different industries as a leader in software methods and metrics, quality assurance and systems analysis. Tom is a frequent speaker at metrics, quality and project management conferences. His areas of expertise encompass management experience in methods and metrics, quality integration, quality assurance and the application of the SEI’s CMMI® to achieve process improvements. Tom is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Function Point Users Group. He also is an active podcaster, hosting and editing the Software Process and Measurement Cast (www.spamcast.net) and blogger (www.tcagley.wordpress.com).

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Vikas Bhupalam, Intuit Inc.

Vikas encourages the adoption of new processes and tools in test automation. Vikas’ innovative approach to solving complex problems across various business units has helped products scale to optimal levels of quality, performance, and security. His expertise across both functional and performance test automation, including a development background, has helped him build various frameworks using a variety of tools and technologies. Vikas attends to details that help test SaaS-based applications and advocates a process-driven mindset bridging communication gaps between all stakeholders. Vikas has more than eleven years of experience in the software Industry and mentors engineers in automation/performance.

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Wayne Ariola, Parasoft

Wayne Ariola is Chief Strategy Officer at Parasoft. He leverages customer input and fosters partnerships with industry leaders to ensure that solutions continually evolve to support the ever-changing complexities of real-world business processes and systems. Wayne has more than 15 years of strategic consulting experience within the technology and software development industries. He holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Indiana University.

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William Hurley, Astadia

During his twenty-four year career Will Hurley has ridden the crest of numerous software development waves. Will represented the U.S. Air Force in the DoD’s joint service architecture for Theater Battle Management, led CMM assessments, and supported the CMMi development, based on his CMM assessment experience. After leaving the Air Force, he led start-ups and helped industry-leading companies identify, apply, and adopt new application lifecycle models. As director and principal architect for Astadia, Will helps clients achieve desired system and product lifecycle characteristics. He is a Level III Certified Acquisition Professional in Systems Engineering, Program Management, a qualified Six Sigma practitioner, and holds a CISM from the ISACA.

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Yolonda Kennedy, Anthem

Yolonda Kennedy is a result driven manager with over 14 years of experience in quality assurance, project management, QA process methodology development, and the full software development lifecycle. She has proven ability to drive organizational change to maximize processes and deliver quality systems. She currently serves as a Test Architect for Anthem. Prior to Anthem, Yolonda worked for PepsiCo where she was a key player in developing the Enterprise Test Center of Excellence. Yolonda holds an MBA in Information Technology and a number of testing and quality certifications. Yolonda is a frequent speaker at QA and testing conferences.

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