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Mary Thorn


A QA director at ChannelAdvisor in Morrisville, NC, Mary Thorn has a broad testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her more than seventeen years of experience in healthcare, HR, financial, and SaaS-based products, Mary has held manager and contributor level positions in software development organizations. She is a strong leader in agile testing methodologies and has direct experience leading teams through agile adoption and beyond.

Speaker Presentations
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
A Dozen Keys to Agile Testing Maturity

You’ve “gone agile” and have been relatively successful. So, how do you know how well your team is really doing? And how do you continuously improve your practices? When things get rocky, how do you handle the challenges without reverting to old habits? You realize that the path to high-performance agile testing isn’t easy or quick. It also helps to have a guide. So consider this workshop your guide to ongoing, improved, and sustained high-performance. Join Bob Galen and Mary Thorn as they share lessons from their most successful agile testing transitions. Explore actual team case studies for building team skills, embracing agile requirements, fostering customer interaction, building agile automation, driving business value, and testing at-scale—all building agile testing excellence. Examine the mistakes, adjustments, and the successes, and learn how to react to real-world contexts. Leave with a better view of your team’s strengths, weaknesses, and where you need to focus to improve.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:00pm
Test Management
The Test Manager’s Role in Agile: Balancing the Old and the New

What do test managers do? In traditional organizations, they assign people to projects, oversee the testers’ progress, provide feedback, and perhaps offer coaching to people who want it. Test managers are the go-to people when you don't know how to do something—not because they know, but because they know who does know. How does that change with a transition to agile? Do we still need test managers? As one who has successfully made the transition from traditional to agile test manager, Mary Thorn shares keys to the transition. Explore why establishing a mission, vision, and strategy for your agile test team is vital. Learn why cross-organizational transparency, communication, and bridge-building become your prime responsibilities. Review models for building great agile test teams—teams who successfully balance old and new techniques to provide customer value. In the end, Mary inspires you to reach a higher level of test leadership.