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Bonus Sessions

Bonus Sessions
B1 Speaking 101: Tips and Tricks
Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Are you a new STAR speaker or aspiring to be one in the future? Join us at this workshop on making effective conference presentations. Learn the secrets of developing content, identifying the Big Message, preparing slides with just the right words and images, presenting your message, handling questions from the audience, and being ready when things go wrong. Lee Copeland, a professional speaker since birth, shares ideas that will help you be a better speaker, no matter what the occasion.

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B2 Best Practices in Transforming to World-class QA
Dianne Bertolet-Duff, The Hartford
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Businesses today are looking at the Quality Assurance function as a primary enabler for quality led business differentiation. Leading organizations are transforming their QA functions to create increased value for business and customers. QA transformation involves identifying improvement opportunities to bring in newer  capabilities to enhance overall SDLC maturity to achieve top quartile performance. True transformation is achieved by challenging the current status quo, reinventing solutions through innovative approaches and by making a significant impact through business outcomes. This entails optimization of test processes, leveraging  best-in-class frameworks, and processes and tools. Embracing the shift requires a robust governance structure to drive seamless transition to higher levels of QA maturity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the business drivers and need for QA transformation
  • Driving transformation through Best-in-Class frameworks and levers
  • Deriving key outcomes to improve cost efficiency, reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and faster time to market
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Learn more about Prakash Kandasamy and Dianne Bertolet-Duff.
B3 The Workshop on Regulated Software Testing (WREST)
John McConda, Moser Consulting
Griffin Jones, Congruent Compliance
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:30am - 4:30pm

Join us at The Workshop on Regulated Software Testing (WREST)—a free, full-day bonus session held on Friday after the conference concludes. A unique peer workshop, WREST is dedicated to improving the practice of testing regulated systems. We define regulated software as any system that is subject to an internal or external review.

WREST relies on its attendees to make the workshop a success. There are no formal presentations, only experience reports with plenty of time designated for facilitated discussion. We hope to learn from each other by hearing the success and (especially!) failure stories of real practitioners who test regulated software. Have a problem you want input on solving? You can bring that to the workshop as well—just be prepared to participate! WREST is hosted by John McConda and Griffin Jones.

NOTE: Limited seats are available. Reserve your seat when you register online for the conference or by contacting the Client Support Group at 888.268.8770 or [email protected].

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