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  Alexander Andelkovic
Maquet Critical Care Ab

Alexander Andelkovic has fourteen years of professional experience in the software industry. He currently works as a test engineer at Maquet Critical Care in Stockholm, Solna (Sweden). An exploratory tester, Alexander is the driving force for implementing session-based test management and an ambassador for managed exploratory testing. Prior to his current role, Alexander worked as a test leader in the Mobile Internet Business Unit at Microsoft for five years. He recently co-presented a presentation titled Manual and exploratory testing in an environment of regulatory requirements at Swedish Association for Software (SAST).
  Concurrent Session - Exploratory Session-Based Testing...With a Twist Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:45 p.m.
  Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson is VP of engineering at GrammaTech, a spin-off of Cornell University that specializes in static analysis. He received his B.Sc. from Kings College, University of London, and his Ph.D. in computer science from City University London. Paul manages GrammaTech’s engineering team and is the architect of the company’s static-analysis tools. He has helped a wide variety of organizations, including NASA, the FDA, the FAA, MITRE, Draper Laboratory, GE, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing apply automated code analysis to critical projects. Paul has worked in the software industry for sixteen years, with most of his experience focused on developing static-analysis, automated-testing, and program-transformation tools.
Concurrent Session - Improve Your Testing with Static Analysis Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:30 a.m.

  James Bach
Satisfice, Inc.

James Bach
is the founder and principal consultant of Satisfice, Inc., a software testing and quality assurance company. In the eighties, James cut his teeth as a programmer, tester, and SQA manager in Silicon Valley in the world of market-driven software development. For nearly ten years, he has traveled the world teaching rapid software testing skills and serving as an expert witness on court cases involving software testing. James is the author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing and Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar, which will be published in fall 2009.
Full Day Tutorial  - How to Teach Yourself Testing Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - The Case Against  Test Cases Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:45 p.m.

Clive Bates
Grove Consultants

Clive Bates has been with Grove Consultants since 2002 and has experience in testing and test management for a variety of industries. Clive has undertaken various testing assignments at client sites, such as recommending appropriate test process improvements, providing ongoing support during an implementation, and facilitating at post project reviews. In management roles, Clive has been responsible for building test teams from scratch as well as managing well established teams. He has also recently helped clients to select and recruit testers and test managers. Clive has presented at various testing conferences, including the International Test Automation conference in Washington, STARWEST, STAREAST, and EuroSTAR as well as smaller specialist testing conferences in the UK, Sweden, and Holland.  He has also contributed articles in various magazines and journals, including Better Software. Clive is one of the founding members of the board that developed the original ISEB/ISTQB Foundation-Level certificate and currently sits on the UK Testing Board.

Concurrent Session - A Pragmatic Approach to Improving Your Testing Process Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:30 p.m.

Guy Beaver
Net Objectives

Guy Beaver has over 25 years of experience in IT and software delivery, focused in financial services and aerospace industries.  He began his career as a develope and served as delivery manager for multi-million dollar projects. He has managed IT organizations as director and CIO.  He trains and consults business and technical teams with a practical application of Lean principles that allows agile and Scrum teams to scale and integrate, while remaining tightly coupled with high ROI activities.

Full Day Tutorial - Transition to Agile Development: A Tester's View Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
  Billie Bell
Intuit, Inc.

Billie J. Bell, E2E QA Program Manager for Intuit, developed the end-to-end (E2E) QA Program Manager role after recognizing the benefits of engaging QA teams across Intuit's primarily agile project teams in understanding how cross-project integration testing influences achievement of overall business objectives.  Using the rollout of specific company-wide initiatives provides a pragmatic context and motivation for development of new processes and promotes an E2E quality mindset beyond QA. Billie’s recent accomplishments include coordinating the integration of 30+ applications with a PCI compliance platform, a consolidated entitlement and software license management platform infrastructure integrating desktop and Web service applications, and a 10-layer subscription and billing SAAS initiative integrating 3rd party and internally-developed applications. Including her eight years at Intuit, Billie brings more than 20 years of experience in enterprise financial software development in QA management, product management, and program management roles in both Fortune 500 and start-up software development companies.
Concurrent Session - End-to-End Testing in an Enterprise Agile Environment Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.
  Richard Bender
Bender RBT, Inc.

Richard Bender has been involved in test and evaluation since 1969. He has authored and coauthored books and courses on quality assurance and test, software development lifecycles, analysis and design, software maintenance, and project management. Richard has worked with an international clientele in a wide range of industries from financial to academic.
Half Day Tutorial - Finding Ambiguities in Requirements Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Half Day Tutorial - Cause-Effect Graphing Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:00 p.m.

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton has been teaching software testing on five continents for eight years.  He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a course that presents a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. Michael is a co-founder of the Toronto Workshops on Software Testing. He has a regular column in Better Software magazine, writes for Quality Software, and sporadically produces his own newsletter. Michael lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and two children. He can be reached at [email protected] or through his Web site, http://www.developsense.com/

Half Day Tutorial - Tester's Clinic: Dealing with Tough Questions and Testing Myths Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Insource or Outsource Testing: Understanding Your Context Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:45 p.m.
Keynote Presentation - What Haven't You Noticed Lately? Building Awarness in Testers Wednesday, May 6, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Matt Brayley-Berger

Matt Brayley-Berger is a domain specialist for Borland Software, focusing on Lifecycle Quality Management and Test Automation. He brings eleven years of experience in the software project management and quality assurance disciplines, and he has been a frequent speaker and instructor on these topics for over a decade. Most recently, Matt has led numerous quality initiatives and resulting organizational transformations with industry leaders in the telecommunications, media, high-technology, and government sectors across the United States and Canada. He is also a certified ScrumMaster. Prior to joining Borland in 2005, Matt worked for IBM Rational. During his eight years at IBM, he was a member of both the sales and services teams and was responsible for considerable growth and customer successes in the areas of project management and test automation.

Concurrent Session - Updating Your Testing Methods for Web 2.0 Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:45 a.m.
  Jason Bryant

Jason Bryant is currently the Commercialization and Quality Manager for the Norwegian Technology Center of Schlumberger Information Solutions.  He is responsible for the commercial delivery of market-leading 3D visualization and reservoir modeling software for the oil and gas industry.  Extensive exposure and development of global applications has required Jason to hold positions of product developer, QA Manager, Project Manager, and designer of custom software with implementation and support.  Over the last 12 years, Jason has been involved in creating and managing software in many domains, including petroleum economics, reservoir modeling, and production engineering.  Jason is a professional engineer from Newfoundland, Canada, which inspired his interest in software of all types, including climate modeling and marine navigation.  He is currently based in Oslo, Norway, but has worked throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Concurrent Session - Building a Quality Dashboard for Your Project Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:45 p.m.
  Hans Buwalda
LogiGear Corporation

Hans Buwalda is an internationally recognized expert in test development and testing technology management and a pioneer of keyword-driven test automation. He was the first to present this approach, which is now widely used throughout the testing industry. Originally from The Netherlands, Hans now lives and works in California as CTO of LogiGear Corporation, directing the development of what has become the successful Action Based Testing™ methodology for test automation and its supporting TestArchitect™ toolset. Prior to joining LogiGear, Hans served as project director at CMG (now Logica) in the Netherlands. He is co-author of Integrated Test Design and Automation and a frequent speaker at international conferences.
Full Day Tutorial - Fundamentals of Keyword-Driven Test Automation Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
  Fiona Charles
Quality Intelligence, Inc.

Fiona Charles is a test project manager and consultant. With thirty years experience in software development and integration projects, she has managed testing and consulted on testing on many projects for clients in retail, banking, financial services, health care, and telecommunications. Fiona is on the board of the Toronto Association for Systems and Software Quality and is co-founder and organizer of the Toronto Workshop for Software Testing, an annual invitational conference for senior test practitioners. She is a frequent contributor to StickyMinds.com and Better Software magazine and presents regularly on test management topics at conferences.
Concurrent Session - What Price Truth? When a Tester is Asked to Lie Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.
  Frank Cohen

Through his speaking, writing and consulting, Frank Cohen is the expert that information technology professionals and enterprises go to when they need to understand and solve problems in complex interoperating information systems, especially Service Oriented Architecture (SOA,) Ajax, and Web services. Frank is Founder of PushToTest, the open-source test automation solutions business, and maintainer of the popular TestMaker open-source project. PushToTest customers include Jackson Labs, eBay, General Motors, TIBCO, BEA, Microsoft, and other Fortune 1000 companies. Frank is the author of several books, including FastSOA, The Way to Use Native XML Technology to Build Scalable Service Oriented Architecture, and Java Testing and Design. For the past twenty five years he has developed and marketed some of the software industry's most successful products, including Norton Utilities for the Macintosh, Stacker, and SoftWindows.
Concurrent Session - An Open Source Tool for RIA/Ajax Testing Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:15 a.m.
  Lee Copeland
Software Quality Engineering

Lee Copeland has more than thirty-five years of experience as a consultant, instructor, author, and information systems professional. He has held a number of technical and managerial positions with commercial and non-profit organizations in the areas of applications development, software testing, and software development process improvement. Lee frequently speaks at software conferences both in the US and internationally and currently serves as Program Chair for the Better Software Conference & EXPO, the STAR testing conferences, and Software Quality Engineering’s Agile Development Practices conference. Lee is the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design, a compendium of the most effective methods of test case design.
Pre-conference Tutorial - Key Test Design Techniques  Monday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Testing Dialogues: Your Management Issues Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:45 a.m.
  Patrick Copeland

Patrick Copeland, now leading the Engineering Productivity Team at Google, is passionate about delivering innovation and building and improving world-class products. He is responsible for a group of about 1,000 engineers who develop tools, strategies, and processes, and who generally get things done. Previously, he worked at Microsoft on a range of products and technologies. He received a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a BS in the same area from the University of Arizona. You can hear more about what Patrick’s team does for Google on YouTube or on the Google Testing Blog.
Keynote Presentation - Beyond Testing: Becoming Part of the Innovation Machine Thursday, May 7, 2009 8:30 a.m.
  Rick Craig
Software Quality Engineering

Rick Craig is a consultant, lecturer, author, and test manager, who has led numerous teams of testers on both large and small projects. In his 25 years of consulting worldwide, Rick has advised and supported a diverse group of organizations on many testing and test management issues. From large insurance providers and telecommunications companies to smaller software services companies, he has mentored senior software managers and helped test teams improve their effectiveness. Rick is co-author of Systematic Software Testing and a frequent speaker at testing conferences including every STAR conference, since its inception.
Half Day Tutorial - Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers Monday, May 4, 2009 1:00 p.m.
Full Day Tutorial - Essential Test Management and Planning  Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session  - The Marine Corps Principles of Leadership Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:30 a.m.
  Lisa Crispin
ePlan Services, Inc.

Lisa Crispin is an agile testing coach and practitioner. She is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009). She specializes in showing testers and agile teams how testers can add value and how to guide development with business-facing tests. Her mission is to bring agile joy to the software testing world and testing joy to the agile development world. Lisa joined her first agile team in 2000, having enjoyed many years working as a programmer, analyst, tester, and QA director. Since 2003, she’s been a tester on a Scrum/XP team at ePlan Services, Inc. She frequently leads tutorials and workshops on agile testing at conferences in North America and Europe. Lisa regularly contributes articles about agile testing to publications such as Better Software magazine, IEEE Software, and Methods and Tools. Lisa also co-authored Testing Extreme Programming (Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2002) with Tip House. For more about Lisa’s work, visit www.lisacrispin.com
Half Day Tutorial - Making Test Automation Work in Agile Projects  Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session  - Seven Key Factors for Agile Testing Success Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:30 a.m.

Darshan Desai

Darshan Desai is a Program Manager at Microsoft India Development Center, Hyderabad. Joining Microsoft in 2005, he spent his first two years as a Software Design Engineer in Testing on the Windows Live ID team. Darshan now works as a Program Manager on the Visual Studio® test team where he designs tools that improve the efficiency of testers and developers as part of the Visual Studio Team System® 2010 Lab Management product. Darshan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from R V College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.

Concurrent Session  - Virtual Test Labs- The Next Frontier Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:30 p.m.

Jasbir Dhaliwal
FedEx Institute of Technology

Jasbir Dhaliwal is professor and chair of information systems at the University of Memphis and leads the Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) at FedEx Institute of Technology. STEP represents the largest interdisciplinary group of academic researchers working to advance both the theoretical science of software testing and consistent best-practices in industry. It also serves as the research and training partner of the Global Testing Center of Excellence at FedEx Corporation.

Concurrent Session - The Strategic Alignment of Testing and Development Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:00 p.m.
  Dale Emery
Software Testing Consultant

Dale Emery has worked in the software industry since 1980 as a developer, manager, process steward, trainer, and consultant.  He helps clients improve by applying the agile principles of alignment on shared goals, focus on business value, early and frequent delivery, collaboration, communication, feedback, and visibility.
Full Day Tutorial - Adapting to Agile Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:00 p.m.
  Jane Fraser
Electronic Arts

 As an industry veteran with over fourteen year's experience, Jane joined Pogo in 2004. In her role as QA director, Jane Fraser oversees the QA Department for Pogo, which includes Pogo.com, Club Pogo and the downloadable business. She has successfully launched over sixty games in six territories including Scrabble, and Lottso. During her time with Pogo, Jane has provided leadership, established testing process, and managed a team of testers, which she has grown from six employees to a robust team of sixty-eight. Prior to joining Pogo, Jane worked for companies including Corel, Vodaphone, and Bigwords.com and has brought her expertise from the ecommerce and telecomm industry to the online gaming world.
Concurrent Session - Lessons Learned in the 24/7 Online World Web Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:45 p.m.

Robert Galen 
Software Testing Consultant

Robert Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner, and Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methods and practices. He is President and Principal Consultant for RGCG, LLC. Bob has held director, manager, and contributor level positions in both software development and quality assurance organizations.  He has over twenty five years of experience working in a wide variety of domains at companies, including Bayer, Bowe–Bell & Howell Mail Processing, ChannelAdvisor, EMC, Lucent, Unisys, and Thomson. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified ScrumMaster Practicing (CSP) since 2004, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance & Scrum Alliance. In 2005, he published Software Endgames – Eliminating Defects, Controlling Change and the Countdown to On-Time Delivery. Contact Bob directly at www.rgalen.com for more information.

Double Concurrent Session - Agile Testing in the Large: Stories and Patterns of Transformation Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:30 p.m.

Julie Gardiner
Grove Consultants

Julie Gardiner started working in the IT industry in the late 1980s and has spent time as an analyst programmer, Oracle DBA, and project manager. She has first-hand experience as a test analyst, test team leader, test consultant, and test manager. At Grove Consultants, Julie provides consultancy and training in all aspects of testing, specializing in risk-based testing, agile testing, test management, and people issues. She is a certified ScrumMaster. Julie won best presentation at STAREAST 2007 and 2005; best presentation at BCS SIGiST 2005; and best tutorial at EuroSTAR 2006. In 2007 she was a keynote speaker at STARWEST and STANZ.

Morning Tutorial - Branch Out Using Classification Trees for Test Case Design Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Afternoon Tutorial - Risked-Based Testing: Focusing Your Scarce Resources Monday, May 4, 2009 1:00 p.m.
Full Day Tutorial -
 How to Build, Support, and add Value to Your Test Team Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Five Things Every Tester Must Do Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:30 a.m.
  Dorothy Graham
Software Testing Consultant

Dorothy Graham has been in testing for more than 30 years and is co-author of three books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation and Foundations of Software Testing. Dorothy helped to start testing qualifications in the UK. She holds the European Excellence Award in Software Testing and is Programmer Chair for EuroSTAR 2009.
Full Day Tutorial - Test Automation: The Smart Way Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session - Measuring the Value of Testing Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:30 p.m.
  Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.

Janet Gregory is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Agile Testers and Teams.  Based in Calgary, she specializes in helping teams build quality systems, and her greatest passion is promoting agile quality processes.  She has helped to introduce development agile practices into companies as tester or coach and has successfully transitioned several traditional test teams into the agile world. Her focus is working with business users and testers to understand their role in agile projects. She has partnered with developers on her agile teams to implement successful test automation solutions. Janet is a frequent speaker at agile and testing software conferences in North America, including Agile 200x, XP/Agile Universe, PNSQC, and STAR testing conferences. She’s a major contributor to the North American agile testing community.
Full Day Tutorial - Improve Your Collaboration and Communication - The Agile Way Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation - Crossing the Chasm: Agile Transitions for Test Teams Wednesday, May 6, 2009 4:30p.m.
  Ravi Gururaj

Ravi Gururaj is the founder and CTO of VMLogix, which provides groundbreaking software solutions to help ISVs and IT organizations leverage virtualization to consolidate lab infrastructure and automate build and test processes so that software can be delivered more quickly, cost-effectively, and reliably. Ravi has over nineteen years of technology product development, management, and marketing experience and has held senior management roles at Trilogy, UberWorks, and Dialogic Corporation. Previously, he founded two start-ups that designed and licensed reusable software components for developers worldwide.  Ravi received an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar in the Management and Technology program, receiving a BSE in Computer Science from the Moore School and a B.Sc. in Finance from the Wharton School.
Concurrent Session - Taking Control Using Virtual Test Lab Automation Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:00 p.m.
  Susan Herrick
EDS-Global Testing Practice

With twenty-five years of involvement in the development of IT solutions and fifteen years of testing experience, Susan Herrick is currently a testing architect and corporate leader of Testing Management and Consulting for the Global Testing Practice. She provides expertise, leadership, and guidance in “architecting testing solutions,” particularly in the areas of testing strategy development and testing management and measurement. Susan has contributed to the development of supporting processes, tools, and techniques in these key areas.
Half Day Tutorial - Spend Wisely, Test Well: Making a Financial Case for Testing Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:00 p.m.
  Joachim Herschmann
Borland Software

Joachim Herschmann is the Director of Product Management for Borland Software and is responsible for overseeing the evolution of Borland's Lifecycle Quality Management (LQM) suite of products and solutions. Previous roles at Borland include solutions marketing manager LQM for the EMEA region. Joachim came to Borland in April 2006 through the acquisition of Segue, a leading testing solution provider. While at Segue, Joachim spent several years as technical account manager and technical consultant in the area of software testing and quality assurance. Joachim has more than fifteen years of IT-Business experience—more than half in the consulting and testing business.
Testing and Quality Leadership Summit Session - The Future of Testing: How Testing and Technology Will Change Friday, May 8, 2009 2:45 p.m.
  Paco Hope

A managing consultant at Cigital, Paco Hope has more than twelve years of experience in software and operating system security. His areas of expertise include software security policy, code analysis, host security, and PKI. Paco has worked extensively with embedded systems in the gaming and mobile communications industries and has served as a subject matter expert on issues of network security standards in the financial industry. Paco is co-author of Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security. Prior to joining Cigital, he served as director of product development for Tovaris, Inc.
Half Day Tutorial - AJAX Testing: Inside and Out Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
  Krishna Iyer
ZenTEST Labs

Krishna Iyer, CEO of ZenTEST Labs, is a young entrepreneur, a prolific speaker, and author. Before ZenTEST Labs, Krishna was a quality manager at Kanbay where he worked with clients such as CitiFinancial, HSBC, IBM, and GE. Krishna shapes ZenTEST Labs strategy using his financial background, improves ZenTEST Labs operations using his rich IT and process consulting experience, and transforms its culture using his expertise as a behavioral trainer. Krishna is a regular presenter at testing and quality conferences including STARWEST and STAREAST.
Concurrent Session - Improving the Skills of Software Testers Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:45 p.m.

Dion Johnson
DiJohn Innovative Consulting, Inc.

Dion Johnson has more than 13 years of experience in providing IT services to both government and private industry in a manner that has demonstrated expertise in multiple areas of the software development lifecycle. Dion has spent much of his professional career as a consultant, tasked with handling all aspects of the delivery of onsite customer services, particularly in the areas of quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), software process improvements, and requirements analysis. As a regular conference speaker and presenter, he has delivered award-winning and highly acclaimed presentations at many of the most prestigious industry conferences, including the STAREAST and STARWEST Conferences and Better Software Conference & EXPO. He is also a regular contributor to StickyMinds.com. Dion also teaches college and business level classes relative to testing and test automation, advises the Automated Testing Institute, and has several published articles in various IT publications.

Full Day Tutorial - Scripting Techniques for Testers Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.

Karen N. Johnson
Software Test Management, Inc.

Karen N. Johnson is a software test consultant based in Chicago, Illinois. Karen views software testing as an intellectual challenge and believes in the context-driven school of testing. She has extensive experience in software testing and test management.  She’s worked on a variety of projects, such as business intelligence and data warehousing, content management, contact management, and ecommerce sites. Karen is a hosted software test expert on Tech Target’s Web site, searchsoftwarequality.com. For more information about Karen, visit http://www.karennjohnson.com.

Full Day Tutorial - SQL Database Fundamentals: A Practicum for Testers Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.

Brook Klawitter 
USG Corporation

Brook Klawitter is currently a Quality Assurance Manager at USG on the LinX project, an Oracle implementation of SCM, cost, financials, and HR. In her role, Brook implements processes to improve the quality of LinX software, specifically assisting with release coordination, test team management, tool setup and processes, and automated testing implementation.  Brook also manages USG's relationship with their offshore vendor.  She has over 10 years experience as a systems analyst and previously worked at Bank One, now JP Morgan Chase, where she managed two offshore teams responsible for manual and automated testing for two of their commercial banking applications.  Prior to Bank One, Brook worked in consulting, implementing and executing quality assurance and quality control processes.  She became a Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) and a Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE) at the Quality Assurance Institute.

Concurrent Session - A Test Offshoring Model that Works Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Jonathan Kohl
Kohl Concepts, Inc.

Jonathan Kohl is the founder and principal software testing consultant with Kohl Concepts Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A noted testing thinker, Jonathan is recognized as a leader in the exploratory testing community. He is a popular author and speaker who believes that testing is a challenging intellectual craft. Jonathan’s blog on software development and testing issues is one of the most often-read testing blogs in the industry. Jonathan is a regular contributor to Better Software magazine.

Full Day Tutorial - Exploratory Software Testing Explained Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Half Day TutorialManaging Exploratory Testing Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:00 p.m.

Rafal Los

Rafal Los is currently a Sr. Security Consultant with Hewlett-Packard’s Application Security Center (ASC). Rafal has over 13 years of experience in network and system design, security policy and process design, risk analysis, penetration testing and consulting.  Over the past eight years, he has focused on Information Security and Risk Management, leading security architecture teams and managing successful enterprise security programs for General Electric and other Fortune 100 companies, as well as SMB enterprises. Previously Rafal spent three years in-house with GE Consumer Finance, leading its security programs.

Concurrent Session - Practical Security Testing for Web Applications Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:15 a.m.

James Lyndsay
Workroom Productions, Ltd.

Based in London, James Lyndsay is an independent test strategist who has been testing since 1986. Since forming Workroom Productions in 1994, James has worked in a variety of businesses and project styles from retail to telecommunications and from rapidly-evolving Internet start-ups to more traditional, large-scale enterprises. James was an internal irritant to the ISEB exam process for five years, is a regular speaker and occasional teacher, and is in charge of LEWT (the London Exploratory Workshop in Testing).

Concurrent Session - The Irrational Tester: Avoiding the Pitfalls Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:45 a.m.
  Mark Meninger
Research in Motion

Mostly self-taught, Mark Meninger has been working in various software testing capacities since 1999. He has worked designing, developing, and implementing test automation solutions for the past four years. Mark is currently Automation and Security Testing Manager of the SV&V Handheld team at Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry™.
Concurrent Session - "A" is for Abstraction: Managing Change in Successful Test Automation Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:00 p.m.
  Dave Miller

Dave Miller joined FedEx in 2002.  Now VP of Software Quality Assurance for FedEx, he provides best-practice processes for the development of software. He is also responsible for the testing of software for package shipment, automated package label generation, and revenue invoicing systems for FedEx. Dave has worked in Information Technology for over 30 years.  He received a BS in Computer Science from Oregon State University and a MS in Information Theory from Ohio State University.  He spent over 20 years with AT&T, where he began his career with Bell Telephone Laboratories developing and testing telephony business applications. Prior to joining FedEx, Dave was a partner with KPMG Consulting, providing IT support to multiple Fortune 500 companies across the U.S.
   Concurrent Session - The Strategic Alignment of Testing and Development Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:00 p.m.  
  Mukesh Mulchandani
ZenTEST Labs

Mukesh Mulchandani, CTO of ZenTEST Labs, is responsible for establishing ZenTEST Labs as a key player in the software testing domain. Mukesh has eight years of experience in the information technology industry, most of which has been in the banking and financial services sector. Before joining ZenTEST Labs, Mukesh worked with Kanbay, Capgemini Consulting and Fortune 500 clients, including Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. He has played a major role in designing functional automation processes at the organizational level. Mukesh is a regular presenter at STARWEST and STAREAST.
Concurrent Session - Top Ten Automation Questions and Their Answers Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Improving the Skills of Software Testers Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:45 p.m.
  Rob Myers
Independent Test Consultant

Rob Myers has over 20 years of experience in software development, including a decade using Agile methods. Rob's career spans projects for industry leaders in pharmaceutical, medical, aerospace, and financial services. In the late 1990s, Rob became an Extreme Programming coach, assisting teams with agile practices and object-oriented design techniques. As an independent coach and instructor, Rob teaches a variety of courses, including Pragmatic Test-Driven Development and Pragmatic Agile Testing with Fit. Rob brings to each classroom his passion for team development and sane work environments.
Concurrent Session - Agile Testing: Solving the Agilist's Dilemma Wednesday May 6, 2009 1:45 p.m.

Alan Page

Alan Page began his career as a tester in 1993. He joined Microsoft in 1995 and is currently the Director of Test Excellence at Microsoft, where he oversees the technical training program for testers and leads numerous other activities focused on improving testers, testing, and test tools. In his career at Microsoft, Alan has worked on various versions of Windows, Internet Explorer, and Windows CE. Alan writes about testing on his blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/alanpa) and serves as the lead author on How We Test Software at Microsoft (Microsoft Press, 2008, http://www.hwtsam.com/).

Concurrent Session - When to Ship? Choosing Quality Metrics Thursday May 7, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., where he has led the startup and growth of the company. Prior to Coveros, Jeff was Chairman of the Board, CEO, and co-founder of Cigital, Inc. Under his direction, Cigital became a leader in software security and software's quality solutions, helping clients mitigate the business risks associated with failed software. Jeff is a recognized software expert and speaks to companies nationwide about the business risks of software failure. He has been a keynote and featured speaker at CIO and business technology conferences and frequently testifies before Congress on issues of national importance, including intellectual property rights, cyberterrorism, and software quality.

Testing and Quality Leadership Summit Session - The ROI of Testing and Quality: The Business Executive's View Friday May 8, 2009 12:30 p.m.
  Dale Perry
Software Quality Engineering

With more than thirty years of experience in information technology, Dale Perry has been a programmer/analyst, database administrator, project manager, development manager, tester, and test manager. Dale’s project experience includes large systems development and conversions, distributed systems, online applications, both client/server and Web-based. He has been a professional instructor for more than fifteen years and has presented at numerous industry conferences on development and testing. With Software Quality Engineering for 13 years, Dale has specialized in training and consulting on testing, inspections and reviews, and other testing and quality related topics.
Full Day Tutorial - Systematic Testing with STEP: A Risk Based Test Process Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
  Rachel Pilgrim

Rachel Pilgrim is a test manager at Travelocity.  In her twenty-one years in the travel industry, she has been a trainer, computer installer, project manager, program manager, business analyst, and test manager.  In addition to managing the release testing team of QA engineers, Rachel also consults with other QA groups on testing best practices, manages the Travelocity Quality Plan, and oversees the QA Community of Excellence organization for Travelocity and GetThere.  She was a speaker at HP Universe 2008, where she outlined the conversion process of Travelocity’s WinRunner automation scripts to QTP.  Rachel holds a degree in travel and tourism from Brigham Young University and she is currently working on a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Texas Woman’s University.
Concurrent Session - When Everyone is Ready to Quit: Rebuilding the Team Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:15 a.m.
  Martin Pol

Martin Pol has played a significant role in helping to raise the awareness and improve the performance of testing worldwide. Martin provides international testing consulting services through POLTEQ IT Services BV. He’s gained experience by managing testing processes and implementing and improving structured testing in many organizations in different branches.
Full Day Tutorial - Test Process Improvement Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Test Process Improvement on a Shoestring Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:30 a.m.

Huw Price
Grid-Tools, Ltd.

With over a 20-year career, Huw Price has been the lead technical architect for several US and European software companies.  Specializing in test automation tools, he has launched numerous innovative products that have re-cast the testing model in the software industry and become a serial entrepreneur, forming three software companies and selling their technology to larger, less agile competitors. Huw has provided high-level architecture design support to multinational banks, major utility vendors, and health care providers.  A strong believer in balancing pragmatism with a visionary approach, he has been able to bring new products to market rapidly while maintaining quality control. Huw’s newest venture, Grid-Tools, has quickly redefined how organizations need to approach their testing strategy.  Grid-Tools has introduced a strong data-centric approach to testing, launching new concepts, such as “Data Objects,” “Data Inheritance,” and “A Central Test Data Warehouse,” focusing on improving automation tools and associated structured methodologies.

Concurrent Session - Using Data Objects to Create Effective Test Data Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:30 p.m.

Renato Quedas

Renato Quedas has over 12 years of consulting, training, and sales experience with Borland products and their related technologies. During the last six years, he worked with the Latin America region helping customers implementing Borland Solutions to support their requirements management, configuration management, and testing management practices. Before joining Borland, Renato was one of the founders and the Technical Director of ATC Advanced Training Center, a Brazilian consulting and training services company, which was acquired by Borland in 2001. He is also a prolific speaker, addressing a broad range of topics around the globe, and a published author with a wide range of technical publications and presentations to his credit. In 2000, Renato was awarded the Borland Trainer of The Year Award.

Concurrent Session - Improve Your Testing Assets Through Domain Modeling Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:30 p.m.

Marc René
MetLife Auto and Home

Marc René, is currently a business Director at MetLife Auto and Home. René’s experience with software quality assurance, testing, software engineering, process improvement, and customer support spans more than 20 years. René has experience in the defense, process control for manufacturing and production, gaming, and insurance industries. In addition, he has published articles in The Journal of Software Testing Professionals, Software Quality Professional, Better Software magazine, and other industry trade journals. René has spoken multiple times at the STAREAST Conference as well as for many other quality, testing, and project management groups. René is also an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Rhode Island College.

Testing a Quality Leadership Summit Session - Maximizing the Value of Testing to the Business Friday May 8, 2009 9:45 a.m.

Doron Reuveni

Doron Reuveni co-founded uTest in February of 2007.  With a community of 12,000+ professional testers in 149 countries around the world, uTest provides QA and usability testing services to software and Web companies worldwide.  Doron is a recognized expert in Web-based technology; QA and application testing methodologies; and business solutions and professional services. Prior to uTest, Doron was the senior vice president of technology at Enigma, Inc, successfully delivering large-scale software implementation solutions while managing a global team of software engineers, QA testers, and project managers.  Doron has more than 20 years of experience in software development, delivering solutions to Fortune 500 companies, as well as many innovative startups.

Concurrent Session - The New Era of Community-based Testing Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:45 a.m.

Randy Rice
Rice Consulting Services, Inc.

Randy Rice is a leading author, speaker, and consultant in the field of software testing and software quality. He has worked with major organizations worldwide to improve the quality of their information systems and to optimize their testing processes. Randy has more than thirty years of experience building and testing mission-critical projects in a variety of environments and has authored many training courses in software testing and software engineering. He is publisher of The Software Quality Advisor newsletter and co-author (with William E. Perry) of Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing. Randy serves on the board of directors of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB).

Full Day Tutorial - Becoming an Influential Test Team Leader Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation - The Testing Dashboard: Becoming an Information Provider Wednesday, May 6, 2009 8:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Cheap and Free Test Tools Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:15 a.m.
  Lloyd Roden
Grove Consultants

With more than twenty-five years in the software industry, Lloyd Roden has worked as a developer, managed an independent test group within a software house, and joined Grove Consultants in 1999. Lloyd has been a speaker at STAREAST, STARWEST, EuroSTAR, AsiaSTAR, Software Test Automation, Test Congress, and Unicom conferences as well as Special Interest Groups in software testing in several countries. He was program chair for both the tenth and eleventh EuroSTAR conferences.
Morning Tutorial - Becoming a Trusted Advisor to Senior Management Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Full Day Tutorial  - How to Build, Support, and Add Value to Your Test Team Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session  - Test Estimation: Painful or Painless? Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Anne Sabourin
Royal Victoria Hospital

Anne Sabourin, BScN, RN, has been caring for newborn parents at the Royal Victoria Hospital for more than twenty years. A tenured delivery room and surgical baccalaureate nurse, Anne has been involved in some of the most important pre-term and multiple birth deliveries in the history of McGill Teaching Hospital, including the successful birth of twins born thirty-nine days apart and children born at twenty-four weeks gestation. Anne pioneered telephone support for expectant parents in Quebec when she hosted Info Grossess, which was the two-year pilot project leading to the current Info Santé system in Quebec. When Anne is not working or taking care of her three teenage children, she enjoys painting, cooking, and gardening.

Concurrent Session - Testing Lessons from Delivery Room Triage  Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.
  Rob Sabourin

Rob Sabourin has more than twenty-five years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Robert is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University.
Full Day Tutorial - Just-In-Time Testing Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Testing Lessons from Delivery Room Triage Wednesday, May 5, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Double Session - Testing Dialogues: Your Management Issue Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:45
  Jim Sartain
Adobe Systems, Inc.

Jim Sartain is responsible for Software Quality as senior director at Adobe Systems. He leads a team responsible for inspiring, driving, and enabling continuous quality improvement across Adobe. Prior to joining Adobe Systems, Jim held quality/process improvement and product development positions at Intuit and Hewlett-Packard for twenty-five years. While at Intuit, Jim drove significant improvement in quality and software engineering practices across the company. His last role at HP was as the CTO/CIO for an airline reservation systems business that serviced low-cost airlines, including JetBlue and RyanAir. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and psychology from the University of Oregon and his master’s degree in management of technology from Walden University.
Keynote Presentation - Improve Your Testing Through Automation Thursday, May 7, 2009 4:15 p.m.
  Bill Schongar
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Bill Schongar is a Technical Lead for the Software Tools & Engineering Productivity (STEP) team at Cisco. Working with development and test teams from all parts of the company, he helps figure out what works, what doesn't, and what's needed to keep improving Cisco's software testing and product quality. Bill also works with vendors, helping them determine if their tools can help inside Cisco and what's needed to make them provide more benefit. Occasionally, he's allowed to just cackle madly in his cube and code and test things, too.
Concurrent Session - Integrating Divergent Testing Approaches at Cisco Wednesday, May 5, 2009 11:30 a.m.
  Michael D. Sowers
Fidelity Investments

Michael Sowers joined Fidelity Investments in July 2005, bringing with him many years of software engineering and quality experience in rapid product development and delivery practices. He has more than twenty-five years of experience—and both good and bad results—championing automation as a senior executive at multiple Fortune 1000 companies. Mike has an extensive background in requirements analysis, defect prevention and defect containment approaches, systems management and release engineering, software verification and validation practices, and pre/post release measurement systems.
Testing and Quality Leadership Summit Session - Test Automation: Facts and Fiction for Executives and Managers Friday, May 8, 2009 1:30 p.m.
  Ruud Teunissen

Ruud Teunissen has performed several test functions in a number of IT positions, such as tester, test specialist, test consultant, and test manager. Ruud participated in the development of the structured testing methodology TMap®—Test Management Approach. Together with Martin Pol and Erik van Veenendaal, Ruud is co-author of several books on structured testing including Software Testing: A Guide to the TMap® Approach.
Morning Tutorial - Reliable Test Effort Estimation Monday, May 4, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Full Day Tutorial - Test Process Improvement Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.

Manikanda Raman Viswanathan
Cognizant Technology Solutions 

Manikanda Raman Viswanathan has been working with Cognizant Technology Solutions US Corporation for more than 5 years. He is a proud member of its Testing Services Practice Group – Performance Testing Center of Excellence; sharing his expertise knowledge on Performance testing methodologies to the clients he is working with. As a Performance Specialist, Mani has been mainly responsible for formulating performance test strategies, designing realistic scenario based testing, tool mentoring and test process consulting. Mani has also spoken at EuroSTAR 2007 held at Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from India.

Concurrent Session- Challenges in SOA Performance Testing Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.

Marie Lipinski Was
CNA Insurance

Marie Lipinski Was has over twenty-five years as an IT Quality Assurance and Testing professional, with over twenty of those years in the insurance industry. Marie has developed test methodologies and training for several IT organizations, including large financial and telephony organizations. Marie is also experienced in project management and requirements development and analysis in those large organizations.  She currently holds the title of Testing Process Owner within CNA IT.  In this role, Marie has implemented numerous process improvements in the areas of Risk-Based Testing, Defect Management and Phase Containment, Test Planning and Management, Test Design and Test Execution, and designed the model for End-to-End System Integration Testing. Marie is currently involved in defining and providing training for measuring process improvement value within the CNA Quality Assurance and Testing organization.

Concurrent Session - Applying Test Design Concepts in the Real World Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:00 p.m.

David Watt
Lockheed Martin

David Watt has been involved in testing and test labs for the last thirty years. He spent three years performing testing for a medical research project in the Biochemistry department of Creighton University before being hired by Martin Marietta—now Lockheed Martin—for which he still works. He also spent twelve years working with teams to test military and spacecraft systems as part of the Space Systems Engineering Test Labs before moving over to the Information Technology side of the corporation.  Dave is the founder and Senior Manager of the set of formal IT test labs for Lockheed Martin Corporation and has responsibility for the test engineering processes and personnel required to test all internal corporate IT solutions. Dave has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science. He is married and is the father of six children and four grandchildren.

Concurrent Session - After System Testing: Don't Forget Infrastructure Testing Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:15 a.m.
  James Whittaker

James Whittaker is an iconic fixture in the test community known for his engaging presentation style and his deep passion for software quality. Now that his consulting career has made its way to Microsoft, this is a unique opportunity to hear his insights in person.
Half Day Tutorial - James Whittaker: On Testing Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:30 a.m.

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