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Testing & Quality Leadership Summit


"Leading in a Challenging World"

Thursday, April 28 | 5:30pm ET & Friday, April 29 | 8:00am-3:30pm ET
This Full-Day Event is Available for In-Person Registrations Only

Leadership has never been more important. Between navigating the ever-changing COVID waters, dealing with what some people are calling the Great Resignation, addressing tough issues surrounding back-to-office policies, while keeping our teams focused on business results is a challenge. Join in the conversation with your peers as experienced technology leaders share ways to lead and make test organizations successful. Discover how seasoned leaders have grown their leadership skills and what they believe the keys are to becoming exceptional leaders.


At the 2022 Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, program chair Jeffery Payne brings together senior industry leaders—Michael Sowers and Greg Sypolt — for an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences. Each of these leaders brings a unique perspective on leadership 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 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


Please be sure to add-on the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit to your conference registration!

Thursday, April 28

Jeff Payne

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

Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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

Friday, April 29

Jeff Payne

Summit Welcome - Opening Remarks

Friday, April 29, 2022 - 8:30am to 8:45am

After enjoying the Summit breakfast starting at 8:00 AM, join your moderator Jeff Payne as we kick off the STAREAST Testing & Quality Leadership Summit for 2022. 


Let’s Retro and Roll - Has Test Leadership Progressed or Regressed?

Friday, April 29, 2022 - 8:45am to 9:45am

This year, STAREAST celebrates thirty years of bringing the Quality and Testing community together to discuss, debate, and advance our craft. In three-plus decades there have been thousands of failures and successes focused on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of testing work. From waterfall, to agilefall, to agile, and beyond. From painstaking testing by hand to advanced automated testing. From little to no test engineering professionals to many and the rise (and fall) of Quality and Testing departments. Are we progressing or regressing in our Quality and Testing...

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Greg Sypolt

Building a Strong Quality Engineering Culture

Friday, April 29, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

You're joining this session because you want to be a good quality leader, but do you even know what quality leadership attributes are required? You have teams and responsibilities. You have some control, but you will quickly discover that getting people to do something is more challenging than just telling them what needs to be done. A quality leadership goal is to show the team that you're committed to helping them succeed. As a leader, it's your responsibility to help your team achieve by creating transparent, focused, and measurable goals. The key is to ensure that there is some...

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Jeff Payne

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

Friday, April 29, 2022 - 11:15am to 3:30pm

Think Tank Discussion Part I: Problem Definitions (11:15 AM)Join 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...

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