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Yousef Harfi

Medavie Blue Cross

Yousef Harfi is a certified software test and quality assurance professional with twenty years of experience. Before joining Medavie Blue Cross as a quality control lead analyst and as a test lead in 2011, Yousef enjoyed many years working with and leading projects in the mobile testing field with organizations such as Motorola and Blackberry. Yousef’s extensive worldwide travels and his leadership of test teams as diverse as our world give him a unique perspective on diversity and building high performance test teams.

Speaker Presentations
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 1:45pm
Personal Excellence
Succeeding as an Ethnic or Minority Tester

No one wishes to see himself as different or treat other people differently because of his uniqueness. Unfortunately, we are frequently judged and our skills presumed based on our ethnicity, beliefs, politics, appearance, lifestyle, gender, or sexual orientation. Our professional success and our projects’ success can be derailed because of lack of understanding, stereotyping, or fear. Our professional environment includes us all―brown, black, white, tall, short, male, female, straight, gay, extroverts, and introverts. A team’s strength is built on diversity of knowledge and skills, and our differences should be celebrated while managing the realities of human relations. Yousef Harfi shares his unique experiences, tips, and stories―some hilarious―that are certain to entertain, tickle your thoughts, challenge your knowledge, and provoke some self examination. Let’s share, laugh, learn, and build.