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Testing & Quality Leadership Summit

Leading the Charge within Your Organization

Thursday, May 7 (evening) and Friday, May 8 (all day)


Testing & Quality Leadership Summit

Jeffery Payne

Coveros, Inc.
Summit Chair


Too often management and leadership are confused. Whether you currently are part of the management team or not, you can be a leader within your organization and help drive its success. Join in a conversation with your peers as experienced technology leaders share ways to lead an organization from within. Discover how seasoned leaders drive change and motivate staff—while accelerating their own careers.

At the 2015 Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, program chair Jeffery Payne brings together senior industry leaders—Mike Fulkerson and Johanna Rothman—for an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences. Each of these leaders brings a unique perspective to the table and provides Summit participants with practical tips and techniques for leading teams, addressing management challenges, and participating in senior level management discussions.

Bring your difficult issues and challenges to the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit where you can draw on the knowledge and experience of these leaders and your fellow participants who may have already faced and solved some of your issues. You’ll hear what’s working—and not working—and have the opportunity to share your experiences and successes. The Testing & Quality Leadership Summit is a perfect opportunity for you to:

  • Participate in insightful and informative sessions focusing on leadership issues
  • Meet and network with your peers in the industry
  • Join in the “think tank” discussion with industry veterans
  • Develop new ideas and action plans for innovation within your organization

5:30 PM Reception and Summit Kickoff— As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night?

       Jeffery Payne, Coveros, Inc.

8:00 AM • Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM • Data Structures for Leadership
                 Mike Fulkerson, Snagajob


First year computer science students learn a lot about algorithms and data structures. First time leaders often think about how they are going to lead (algorithms) without giving much thought to how to organize for success (data structures). Join Mike Fulkerson in an engaging discussion on Data Structures for Leadership—successful structures for helping teams organize their work, cultivate future leaders, lead from within, and many more. Mike shares the practical leadership techniques gleaned from his experience as a US Navy officer and a public company CTO.

Mike Fulkerson is the chief technology officer of Snagajob, the leading online marketplace to find hourly employment or hourly employees. He leads Snagajob’s technology and engineering organization to drive innovation and accelerate new product offerings. Mike brings more than twenty years of technology experience, including leadership positions at ILOG (now part of IBM) and Rosetta Stone where he held roles in leading software development, the advanced research and development teams, and as CTO. In addition to being part of the leadership team that led Rosetta Stone’s successful 2009 IPO, the products Mike delivered have now generated more than $1.5B in cumulative revenue.

9:30 AM  Networking Break

9:45 AM • What Makes YOU a Great Test Leader?
                 Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group


We’ve heard that leaders eat last and that they ask why. We’ve heard that leadership is doing the right things or influencing others. We’ve heard that leaders have vision and take people where they want to go. Leadership might be all of these things. But does that describe you as a test leader? Great test leaders lead from their personal mission. They adapt to their context. They can solve problems—not alone, but with others. They develop other people, so they can create an organization that has more capacity than it did before. Join Johanna Rothman to learn how you can discover your personal mission. Learn how you can increase your adaptability, a hallmark of a great leader. Consider how you might solve problems across the organization, helping other people develop their skills to benefit themselves and the organization.


Known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” Johanna Rothman helps organizational leaders identify problems and risks in their product development and recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments. Johanna is the technical editor for and is author of Manage Your Job Search, Hiring Geeks That Fit, Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, the 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management, and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. She is currently writing a book about agile program management. In addition, Johanna writes columns for and, and blogs on, and

10:45 AM • Think Tank Discussion Part I: Problem Definitions

                   Jeffery Payne, Coveros, Inc.


Join with your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that concern 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 discussion and collaboration.


Jeffery 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 was recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the country. Previously, Jeffery was chairman of the board, CEO, and cofounder of Cigital, Inc., a market leader in software security consulting.  Jeffery 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.

11:45 AM • Networking Lunch Buffet 


12:30 PM • Think Tank Discussion Part II: Leadership Solutions
                   Jeffery Payne, Coveros, Inc.

1:30 PM  Networking Break


1:45 PM • Think Tank Discussion Park III: Presentation of Results

2:45 PM • Wrap-up and Ongoing Informal Discussion with Speakers and Attendees