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Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, Anaheim, CA, October 6 (evening) and October 7, 2011



Balancing Business Agility and Quality

As organizations strive to become more lean, nimble, and cost-effective, business agility is the buzz phrase of the day. But what about quality and testing? How can you achieve test and QA objectives when resources remain limited and when you are being asked to adapt to new methods at the same time? The Testing & Quality Leadership Summit is a unique opportunity for software leaders to share ideas and gain new insights into how to best balance business agility and software quality. Program chair Jeffery Payne invites you to join senior business executives —Rod Jardine, Vice President of IT Architecture, UnitedHealth Group, Dan Taylor, Director of IT Operations of GridPoint, Inc and Joel Hynoski, Engineering Manager in Test, Google, Inc.— to share your experiences and ideas about the pressing testing and quality issues we all face.

The Software Testing & Quality Leadership Summit provides the perfect opportunity for you to:
• Meet and network with your peers in the industry
• Participate in insightful and informative sessions focusing on testing and quality solutions
• Join in the "think tank" discussion on test leadership issues
• Develop new ideas and action plans for innovation within your test organization

Program Chair 


Jeff Payne

Thursday, October 6
5:30 p.m. Reception — Think Tank Issues Identification: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night? - Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Friday, October 7
 Testing & Quality Leadership Sessions, 8:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Friday, October 07, 2011 8:30 AM
Balancing Business Agility and Software Quality New Rod Jardine, UnitedHealth Group The need for business agility is driving corporations to demand more from IT. Technology and software initiatives are evaluated using business metrics—return-on-investment, productivity, cost of ownership—with development teams and product owners held accountable for their business success. Business executive Rod Jardine shares his experiences balancing the need for business agility and speed with the requirement to achieve software quality. Learn what agility means to business executives and how to plan and execute software development projects in an agile enterprise. Discover how software quality can best be achieved while enhancing agility. Explore how agile software testing approaches provide valuable information for measuring the business impact of software initiatives. Take back practical knowledge for achieving software quality while improving agility in your organization. Learn more about Rod Jardine
Friday, October 07, 2011 9:45 AM
Maximizing the Value of Testing C Dan Taylor, GridPoint, Inc. Beyond identifying critical software defects, what more is expected from software testing organizations today? How do you align software testing goals and objectives with those of the business? When and how can test automation play a role in continuous quality improvement? Join business executive Dan Taylor and other Summit participants to explore innovative ways to maximize the value that testing can bring to your organization. You’ll work in small groups to discuss what the operational and business sides of your company really care about and how you can help development teams deliver better products faster. Identify the quality and value metrics that are important to stakeholders and ways to align them with the test metrics you track. With the help of Dan and your peers, you’ll find new insights into ways your test organization can improve its processes to maximize the value of testing. Learn more about Dan Taylor
Friday, October 07, 2011 11:30 AM
Think Tank Discussion C Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc. Join with your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that affect you most. Using answers to the question “As a Leader, What is Keeping You Up at Night?” posed at Thursday’s evening reception, participants will form small groups to work on finding solutions to pressing test management issues. Discussions will review identified issues, barriers to change and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank, all feedback will be collected and posted online to encourage further collaboration. Learn more about Jeff Payne
Friday, October 07, 2011 1:30 PM
Testing in the Face of Relentless Change and Time Pressure C Joel Hynoski, Google, Inc. In today’s world, software engineering must learn to adapt quickly to changing needs, absorb unavoidable schedule creep, and perform almost perfectly to get our products tested in record time. We're being asked to test more complex systems with fewer people while at the same time innovating, automating, and experimenting. As Engineering Manager in Test for Chrome and the new Chrome Netbook, Joel Hynoski lives in this frenetic world every day. Joel and his small team delivered both hardware and software testing in what might appear to be insane time frames given that ChromeOS was developed and tested with an integrated hardware platform in only a year. Joel explores with you ways to deal with these very real pressures and not just survive but flourish. Together, you'll examine the methods he’s used at Google, the tools they’ve developed, and some new processes they instituted to keep the product on track. Work with Joel and other Summit participants to see how you can apply these innovations to your team and your projects. Learn more about Joel Hynoski

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