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BJ Aberle

BJ Aberle has been Float’s quality assurance lead for six years. Originally hired in 2003 as the director of audio for multimedia projects, the journey into game and procedural audio introduced him to the world of code and development. BJ found that testing and QA allowed him to use those...Read more

Jason Arbon

Jason Arbon is the CEO of which is redefining how enterprises develop, test, and ship mobile apps with zero code and zero setup required. He was formerly the director of engineering and product at, where he led product strategy to deliver crowdsourced testing via more than...Read more

Wayne Ariola

Known for his efforts to promote continuous testing, Wayne Ariola has contributed to the design of many innovative technologies and received several patents for his inventions. A recognized leader on topics such as service virtualization, SOA and API quality, software quality governance, and application security, Wayne is a frequent contributor...Read more

Adam Auerbach
Lincoln Financial Group

Vice president of quality and DevOps engineering at Lincoln Financial Group, Adam Auerbach is responsible for leading the implementation of continuous testing and continuous delivery across the organization. Previously Adam was the senior director of technology for advanced testing and release services at Capital One Financial Corporation. Adam led Capital...Read more

Richard Bender

Richard Bender has more than forty-five years experience in software with a primary focus on quality assurance and testing. He has consulted internationally to large and small corporations, government agencies, and the military. Richard’s work has included a wide variety of application classes and technology bases from embedded systems to...Read more


Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small. She's created and run high-availability, high-quality services on products such as mParticle, PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One. Melissa discovered her love of massively-scaled systems while growing the Bing backend, where...Read more


Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and...Read more


Jennifer Bonine is a VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA Inc., a global company that specializes in strategic solutions for businesses. Jennifer began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. She has held executive-level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams...Read more

Shaun Bradshaw
VP Consulting Services
Zenergy Technologies, Inc

Shaun Bradshaw is a cofounder and principal of Zenergy Technologies, a software delivery solutions firm with multiple industry experts under one roof and a large testing facility in North Carolina. With more than twenty years in the IT industry, Shaun is a recognized expert, coach, and thought leader in QA...Read more

Performance Architect/Principal Engineer
SAP Concur

A performance architect/principal engineer, Gopal Brugalette has experience that spans eCommerce, financial, and various technology industries. He is developing a machine learning-based system for analyzing production and test data. Gopal’s responsibilities have included preparing sites for peak events, user behavior insights, DevOps transformations, applying data science and machine learning to...Read more

Coveros, Inc.

Glenn Buckholz leads CI and deployment automation efforts at Coveros. Using his more than fifteen years of industry experience, Glenn brings success to his customers. Beginning his career as a consultant implementing automated test frameworks, he introduced the concept of change management to many, many projects. After moving on from...Read more


Hans Buwalda has been working with information technology since his high school years. In his career, Hans has gained experience as a developer, manager, and principal consultant for companies and organizations worldwide. He was a pioneer of the keyword approach to testing and automation, now widely used throughout the industry....Read more

Leadership Consultant & Strengths Coach
Independent Consultant

With almost twenty years of experience in the testing industry, Marcia Buzzella enjoys using her knowledge, attention to detail, and inquisitive nature to collaboratively solve problems, set objectives, deliver results, and help others be successful or improve. Marcia’s favorite aspect of her job is coaching software test professionals on how...Read more

Elise Carmichael
VP of Quality

VP of quality at QASymphony Elise Carmichael is responsible for helping customers improve their QA process, expand test automation, and maximize their investments in QASymphony solutions. She has a strong desire to help people get their testing solutions organized—from security testing to functional testing. Elise has nearly twenty years of...Read more

Eun Chang

Eun Chang is a lifelong learner, an avid consumer of new technologies, and a data scientist at Microsoft specializing in machine learning. In her career at Microsoft, Eun has driven a number of projects focusing on Windows post sales monetization and enterprise device usage. Her research uses a broad spectrum...Read more

Tom Chavez

Tom Chavez has more than twenty years of experience as a manager and product manager in the software development tools field. Tom works in product marketing as senior manager of developer marketing at Splunk, the leader in operational intelligence. Tom has worked across the Silicon Valley in California...Read more

Ultimate Software

Since he got his first computer at age thirteen, Kaushal Dalvi has been interested in systems and software performance. He spent days researching performance characteristics of different motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and disks to configure/overclock them to squeeze the maximum frames/second out of the games he played. Kaushal built and...Read more

Irene Dhong

Irene Dhong has been a QA Engineer for over 6 years. She has experience as a build engineer and a system administrator. She's passionate about building frameworks and tools that maintain a high level of quality in lean, rapid development environments. She enjoys bringing quality to new challenges like machine...Read more

Anjeneya Dubey
Director of Performance Engineering
McGraw-Hill Education

Anjeneya Dubey is the director of performance engineering for McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences. His responsibilities include ensuring that every product built is high performing, highly scalable, highly available, highly reliable, and fault tolerant. In his past five years with McGraw-Hill, Anjeneya has built...Read more

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Independent quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans has more than thirty years of IT experience in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her work focuses on quality management, software testing, and user experience (UX). Isabel authored Achieving Software Quality through Teamwork and chapters in Agile Testing: How to Succeed in...Read more

Titus Fortner
Sauce Labs

Titus Fortner is a core contributor to Selenium project and the maintainer of the Ruby bindings. He spends a significant amount of time writing open source testing software built on top of Selenium. He is the project lead for Watir and is active in supporting these projects on Stack Overflow,...Read more

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices...Read more

Gene Gotimer
Technical Manager
Coveros, Inc.

Gene Gotimer is a senior architect at Coveros, Inc., a software company that uses agile methods to accelerate the delivery of secure, reliable software. As a consultant, Gene works with his customers to build software better, faster, and more securely by introducing agile development and DevOps practices. He has many...Read more

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant

In software testing for more than forty years, Dorothy Graham is coauthor of four books—Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, and Experiences of Test Automation—and is currently working with Seretta Gamba on a test automation patterns wiki. A popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide,...Read more

Matthew Grasberger
Associate Consultant
Coveros, Inc.

Matthew Grasberger is an associate consultant at Coveros with a specialty in DevOps engineering, test automation, and security automation. He works with clients to build and develop robust test automation suites that are integrated into DevOps pipelines based on industry leading practices. In addition, Matt has leveraged open source security...Read more


Paul Grizzaffi is a principal automation architect at Magenic. His career focus has been on the creation and deployment of automated test strategies, frameworks, tools, and platforms. Paul has created automation platforms and tool frameworks based on proprietary, open source, and vendor-supplied tool chains in diverse product environments of telecom,...Read more

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Dawn Haynes is CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, Dawn blends experience with a real-world view to provide testers with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. Passionate about improving the state...Read more

Guidepost Systems

Jim Holmes is an executive consultant at Pillar Technology where he works with organizations to improve their software delivery process. he is also the owner/principal of Guidepost Systems which lets him engage directly with struggling organizations. Since joining the US Air Force in 1982, Jim has been in various corners...Read more

Ken Johnston

A principal manager on the Microsoft core data science team, Ken Johnston and his team focus their research on Windows post sales monetization and device usage within the commercial and education segments. Since joining Microsoft in 1998, Ken has held roles of group program manager for Bing Data Quality and...Read more

Angie Jones

A senior automation engineer at Twitter, Angie Jones has developed automation strategies and frameworks for countless software products. As a master inventor, she is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than twenty patented inventions in the United States and China. A strong advocate...Read more

Griffin Jones
Congruent Compliance

Griffin Jones is an Agile consultant and coach, specializing in applying human-centered systems thinking to regulated industries. He has a technical background of over twenty-five years of testing as an individual contributor, Manager, Director, and Consultant - for medical device and pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations, banks, and insurance companies....Read more

Senior Director Quality Engineering
Ultimate Software

Tariq King is the senior director and engineering fellow for quality and performance at Ultimate Software. With more than fifteen years’ experience in software testing research and practice, Tariq heads Ultimate Software’s quality program by providing technical and people leadership, strategic direction, staff training, and research and development in software...Read more

Lianne Klaver
Lianne Klaver is a specialist on device labs and mobile test strategy for Polteq, the biggest independent specialist in Software Testing in the Netherlands. She works with a variety of clients, providing them with a device lab based on their customer statistics, advises them on their mobile test strategy and...Read more
Andrew Krug
Lazy Coder

Early on in his career Andrew Krug found his calling—test automation. He got his start at Ceridian HCM where he was a quality test engineer, working on a variety of projects from large scale intranet upgrades to new feature development for business intelligence and health care initiatives. Since then Andrew...Read more

Kristel Kruustük
Co-founder & CEO

Kristel Kruustük was originally a QA manager and is now Testlio’s CEO. Recognized as “one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the Baltics,” Kristel Kruustük was just twenty three when she quit her job as a QA tester and started down the path to founding one of Estonia’s fastest...Read more


Jim LeBaron is an Agile Manager working for MasterControl, a company that provides QMS solutions for FDA regulated companies. Jim has worked over 18 years in the industry, and over 11 years in a regulated environment. Jim has experience authoring, executing, automating and reviewing validation documents, hosting audits and streamlining...Read more

InGenius Software

An automation enthusiast to the core, Chris Loder is an automation developer leading the automation framework team at InGenius Software in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Chris’ passion to automate has carried him through two decades of automation and automation framework development. He has worked with all the greats—Visual Test, WinRunner, Quick...Read more

Claire Lohr
Lohr Systems

Claire Lohr has been an active professional in the computer field for thirty years, with the last twenty years emphasizing software process improvement and testing. Claire provides training—design, authoring, and instruction—and consulting services for a wide variety of both government and commercial clients. She is a Lloyd’s Register trained ISO...Read more

Wilson Mar

Wilson Mar is a Services Manager and Architect at JetBloom, where he focuses on Performance, Scalability, and Resiliency of enterprise DevOps and Cloud software. Wilson has conducted live hands-on tutorials for Techwell for the last 4 years (since 2014), bringing his techniques on Git and GitHub so attendees quickly understand...Read more

Beaufort Fairmont

Paul Merrill is principal software engineer in test and founder of Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services. Paul works with clients every day to accelerate testing, reduce risk, and increase the value of testing processes with test automation. An entrepreneur, tester, and software engineer, Paul has a unique perspective...Read more

Dell EMC

A test architect in the Dell EMC infrastructure solutions group, Geoff Meyer has more than thirty years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, program manager, and director. Geoff oversees the test strategy and architecture for more than 400 software and hardware testers across India, Taiwan, and the United...Read more

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing

Jaimee Newberry is the CEO of Picture This Clothing. She brings industry leadership and experience gained from advising C-level and senior management teams at startups, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Her insight, practices, and a personal ecology have proven to elevate the culture, processes and quality of high-performance software design and...Read more

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Kristoffer Nordström is a Test Developer. In his career, he has worked with technologies such as Telecommunications System, Distributed Compilers, Cloud technology, Smartphone OS development, Embedded systems, and much more. As a testing devotee and a member of the Context-Driven test community who with his own company, Kristoffer consults and...Read more

Alan Page

Alan Page has been improving software quality since 1993, now as director of quality for services at Unity. He spent more than twenty years at Microsoft, working on a variety of operating systems and applications in nearly every Microsoft division, and two years as Microsoft’s director of test excellence. Alan...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder
Coveros, Inc.

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 while being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in...Read more


Director of Infostretch Labs Sanil Pillai is an experienced engineering leader for digital and enterprise applications. He has built and managed both offshore and onsite engineering teams, managed mobile projects for Fortune 500 clients, and has deep technical and functional expertise. At Infostretch, Sanil has established agile development and continuous...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman is the technical intelligence manager for the office of CTO at Delphix, a company recognized for its virtualization and data masking environment capabilities. Kellyn is known for her extensive work with multidatabase platforms, cloud migrations, virtualization, command line interface, environment optimization tuning, automation, and architecture design. She is...Read more

Maaret Pyhäjärvi
F-Secure Oyj

A software professional with testing emphasis, Maaret Pyhäjärvi considers herself an empirical technologist, a tester and a programmer, a catalyst for improvement, and a speaker. Maaret’s day job is working with a software product development team as a hands-on testing specialist with focus on exploratory testing. In addition to tester...Read more

Patrick Quilter

Patrick J. Quilter Jr. has earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics and a Master degree in Technology Management. He has over 15 years of automation architecture experience supporting several large systems integrators, commercial enterprises, and federal government agencies. Patrick’s work as a test automation subject matter...Read more

Amber Race
Senior SDET
Big Fish Games

Amber Race is a senior software development engineer in test at Big Fish Games. After majoring in Asian studies, teaching in Japan, and traveling the world, she stumbled into software testing and has been loving it ever since. Amber has more than fifteen years of testing experience at Big Fish...Read more

Tracy Ragan
CEO and Co-Founder
OpenMake Software

Tracy Ragan has extensive experience in Agile DevOps implementations for large organizations. She has devoted her career to helping organizations define a lifecycle process that is not only lean but also repeatable—from automated builds through continuous deployment. For the past twenty years Tracy has worked with Fortune 1000 organizations to...Read more

Harry Roberts
Senior Solutions Architect

Harry Roberts is a Senior Solutions Architect with Perfecto and has over 5 years of experience helping customers be successful with mobile automated testing. He has presented at multiple user conferences and tradeshows and has managed Development, QA, Support and Implementation Teams. Harry is an enthusiastic about helping customers develop...Read more

Director of Product Management

At Perfecto Amir Rozenberg is the director of product management, responsible for core product strategy. Amir has pioneered mobile quality practices to extend the service across the application lifecycle. He has extensive experience in the digital industry with expertise in areas of application development, testing, delivery, and monitoring. Previously, Amir led...Read more


Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-three years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing,...Read more


Jennifer Scandariato is the director of test engineering and leads the Women in Technology initiative at iCIMS, the leading provider of innovative software-as-a-service talent acquisition solutions. Jennifer has more than twenty-one years of experience developing technical solutions to drive growth and profitability while increasing customer satisfaction through high quality and...Read more

Jeanne Schmidt
Principal Consultant
Rural Sourcing Inc.

As principal consultant for the quality assurance practice at Rural Sourcing, Inc., Jeanne Schmidt leads a team of software testers who help customers deliver quality software and advise customers on test strategies. Rural Sourcing is the leader in domestic sourcing and a cost-effective, onshore alternative to the traditional model for...Read more

TechWell Corp.

TechWell’s CIO and Executive Vice President, Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and delivery...Read more

Kim Tatum
Deloitte Consulting

An experienced software quality professional, Kim Tatum has eighteen years of information technology and full project lifecycle experience, focused on enterprise testing and quality assurance within agile environments to maximize the efficiency and quality of software delivery. Kim has held various quality roles across healthcare, technology, and telecom industries, and...Read more

Mary Thorn Consulting

Chief storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn currently runs Mary Thorn Consulting and was previously the director of agile practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad agile and testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety...Read more

Evgeny Tkachenko
EPAM Systems

Evgeny Tkachenko has more than eight years of experience in test management, automation testing, and release management, mainly on complex projects in the telecommunication, financial, and online entertainment industries. Previously his experience as a test manager in Russia’s most important technology center gave Evgeny a unique perspective in test process...Read more

Melissa Tondi
EMS Software

Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within software testing teams. She is the President of Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD) and Director of Quality Engineering at EMS Software, where she assists teams to continuously improve the pursuit of quality software—from design to delivery and...Read more

Sue Uyetake
QA Test Developer

A QA test developer at SurveyGizmo, Sue Uyetake has installed, coded, supported, trained, written about, and tested software her entire career. Her passion is in the communication aspects of quality assurance. Trained in 2009 as an Agile ScrumMaster, Sue has experience that includes everything from a six-person dot-com...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Women Who Test Sessions

Alison Wade is an accomplished executive dedicated to the business of software. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with industry leaders developing programs for software development and testing professionals.  She is the Program Chair for the Mobile Dev + Test and IoT Dev + Test conferences, and she...Read more

Jason Wick

Jason Wick has more than a decade of software experience as an engineering manager, QA manager, team lead, automation engineer, audio tester, and manual tester. After working in a variety of fields from video games to music software, Jason has dramatically shifted his perspective on the role of QA inside...Read more

Robert Williams
CA Technologies

Robert Williams has been in the software development business for twenty years, in fields ranging from semiconductor manufacturing automation and reporting systems to mobile security solutions to the market's leading service virtualization product. He has experience building, testing, and deploying software in multiple scenarios, whether it's an infrequently deployed internal...Read more

Susan Zampino
Senior IT Quality Assurance Analyst
Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

Senior IT Quality Assurance Analyst at Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, Susan Zampino has more than twenty years of experience in quality assurance for property casualty insurance companies. Susan is passionate about manual testing, uncovering unique defects, and sharing knowledge. She focuses on solving problems, increasing speed to market, and reducing...Read more