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Testing & Quality Leadership Summit


"Leadership through Innovation"
Thursday, May 2 (evening) and Friday, May 3 (all day)

The business world is changing faster than ever. Dynamic global markets are forcing organizations to innovate at a blinding speed to stay ahead. Rapid advances in technology are providing both opportunities and challenges for our testing leaders. Join in the conversation with your peers as experienced business leaders share ways to lead through innovation. Work with your peers to understand what innovations are taking the testing discipline by storm and how you can lead by driving innovation.


At the 2019 Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, program chair Jeffery Payne brings together senior industry leaders—Leigh Crawford and Jason Arbon—for an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences. Each of these leaders brings a unique perspective to the table and will provide Summit participants with lessons learned and practical techniques for leading teams, addressing management challenges, and gaining senior management buy-in.

Also, bring your biggest issues and challenges to the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, where you can draw on the knowledge and experiences of these leaders and your fellow leaders 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

Thursday, May 2

Jeff Payne

Reception: Summit Kickoff: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night? (Summit Registration Required)

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kickoff the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit with a reception and some networking.

Friday, May 3

Melissa Tondi
Rainforest QA

The Tester’s Role - Balancing Technical Acumen and User Advocacy

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Friday, May 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Melissa Tondi discusses the changing landscape of the role of testers, the challenges of hiring, and a way to shift the pendulum back to balance technical acumen with a user advocacy role. Melissa leads a thoughtful discussion on what makes a good tester, how test leaders can continue to promote our profession, and how to accentuate the value testers bring to organizations. She identifies factors that caused the test/QA role to become mainstream and how it shifted to become more technically focused. Melissa helps fill in the gaps with a test strategy that incorporates a solid automation...

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Lessons Learned Moving Up the Testing Leadership Ladder

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Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

When seeking to move up the Software Testing career ladder, there are three questions you must answer at each rung: 1) Do I want to move up? 2) What do I need to do to move up? 3) How do I manage up and down to be effective? Join Jason Arbon as he shared the lessons he has learned while moving up the ladder from an entry-level manual test engineer, to a lead, to a test manager, to a test director, and finally on to starting a testing company and raising funds as the CEO. Jason will share his embarrassing, insightful, wrong, smart, accidental and brutal experiences while climbing...

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Jeff Payne

Think Tank Discussion Part I, II, III, and Wrap-Up

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Friday, May 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 4:30pm
Part I: Problem Definitions (11:15am-12:15pm) Join with your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that affect 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... Learn More