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Jeff Payne

Coveros, Inc.

Jeff Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a software company that builds secure software applications using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in secure agile principles and has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private US companies. Prior to founding Coveros, Jeff was chairman of the board, CEO, and cofounder of Cigital, Inc., a market leader in software security consulting. Jeff has published more than thirty papers on software development and testing, and testified before Congress on issues of national importance, including intellectual property rights, cyber terrorism, and software quality.

Speaker Presentations
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 8:30am
Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile (2-day)
  • Explore agile software development methodologies and approaches
  • Understand differences between agile and traditional methodologies
  • Learn how agile practices and principles improve the software development process
  • Discover the major steps required to successfully plan and execute an agile software project
  • Explore the leading agile development best practices
Organizations today are seeking ways to improve the efficiency of their software development efforts while still meeting quality objectives. Competitive pressures and customer demands continue to reduce software product release schedules, driving organizations to seek fresh new approaches to building software. Agile software development methods are often cited as a way to accelerate software delivery and get more done with less. This course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of agile adopters and answer some of the familiar myths and misuse:
  • Believing that agile says you don’t need to document your software
  • Forgetting about doing unit testing as part of the development process
  • Adopting Scrum without adopting appropriate agile development practices as well
  • Believing that agile means you don’t need to do architecture or design when building software
Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile will present a roadmap for how to get started with agile along with practical advice. It will introduce you to agile software development concepts and teach you how to make them work. You will learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. A running case study allows you to apply the techniques you are learning as you go through the course. Key concepts that will be introduced and discussed include:
  • Managing requirements using agile
  • Defining and estimating user stories
  • Building a release plan
  • Using Scrum-based project management
  • Delivering software using Extreme Programming

Bring your specific issues and problems to the training course for discussion as well.
*This class is a prerequisite course to any of the ICAgile Tracks, including Certification in Agile Testing.

Who Should Attend
The audience includes software developers, software test professionals, project managers, business analysts, product managers, line of business owners. No specific prerequisites are assumed; however, attendees are expected to have some software experience.

Course Completion and Certification
Upon completion of this course the attendee will be certified by the International Consortium of Agile (ICAgile) and awarded the ICAgile Professional designation. Additionally, the certified attendees will be listed on the ICAgile website, indicating their Professional designation and that they have completed all the learning objectives associated with the Fundamentals of Agile track. This class is a prerequisite course to any of the ICAgile Tracks, including Certification in Agile Testing. PMI Certification holders are also eligible for 15 PDUs for attending this course.

About the ICAgile
The International Consortium of Agile’s goal is to foster thinking and learning around agile methods, skills, and tools. The ICAgile, working with experts and organizations across agile development specialties, has captured specific learning objectives for the different agile development paths and put them on the learning roadmap. For more information visit The ICAgile certification fee is an additional $45 and will be added at registration for your convenience.

2-Day Course Outline 
Introduction to Agile

What is agile?
Benefits of agile
Why does agile work?
Myths about agile
Who is using agile?

Agile Software Process
Overall agile development process
Agile best practices

Agile Planning
Introduction to Scrum
The planning process
- Backlogs
- Initial release planning
- Iterative sprint planning
Roles during initial planning
Building good user stories
Estimating work
Building a release plan
Agile Development
Introduction to extreme programming (XP)
Iterative development process
Key meetings and activities
- Sprint kickoff
- Daily Scrums
- Sprint planning
- User acceptance testing and reviews
- Retrospectives
Roles During Sprints

Agile Development Best Practices
Team-based design
Pair programming
Continuous integration
Test-driven development (TDD) and unit testing

Agile Testing Best Practices
Agile testing framework
Acceptance test-driven development (ATDD)
Exploratory testing
Agile test automation

Wrap Up Discussion

Class Daily Schedule
/Registration 7:30–8:30am
Morning Session 8:30am–12:00pm
Lunch 12:00–1:00pm
Afternoon Session 1:00–5:00pm
Times represent the typical daily schedule. Please confirm your schedule at registration.
Training Course Fee Includes
• Tuition
• Course notebook
• Continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks
• Lunches
• Letter of completion
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Security Testing for Testing Professionals

Today’s software applications are often security critical, making security testing an essential part of a software quality program. Unfortunately, most testers have not been taught how to effectively test the security of the software applications they validate. Join Jeff Payne as he shares what you need to know to integrate effective security testing into your everyday software testing activities. Learn how software vulnerabilities are introduced into code and exploited by hackers. Discover how to define and validate security requirements. Explore effective test techniques for assuring that common security features are tested. Learn about the most common security vulnerabilities and how to identify key security risks within applications, and use testing to mitigate them. Understand how to security test applications—both web- and GUI-based—during the software development process. Review examples of how common security testing tools work and assist the security testing process. Take home valuable tools and techniques for effectively testing the security of your applications going forward.