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Testing & Quality Leadership Summit



"Empowering Leadership within Your Organization"
Thursday, October 6 (evening) and Friday, October 7 (all day)

Too often, employees feel that leadership should come from above. However, recent studies of leadership suggest that successful organizations are ones in which everyone is empowered to lead, and individuals are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their growth and advancement. Join in a conversation with your peers as experienced technology leaders share ways to empower your staff—and yourself!—to greater heights. Discover how seasoned leaders drive change, motivate staff—and accelerate their own careers.

At the 2016 Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, program chair Jeffery Payne brings together senior industry leaders—Rod Jardine and Martin Ringlein—for an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences. Each of these leaders brings to the table a unique perspective on leadership and shares lessons learned including practical techniques for leading teams, addressing management challenges, and gaining senior management buy-in.

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, October 6

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

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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

Friday, October 7

Agile CxO

Agile Leadership to Empower Your Team

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Leadership used to be about delegating authority to subordinates. Today it’s about enabling and facilitating teams and individuals to help them solve their own problems. Join Rod Jardine, an expert in agile leadership techniques, for an interactive discussion of how to apply agile best practices and principles to management and leadership. Learn tips and tricks for motivating employees to step up and lead, empowering teams to reach new heights, and becoming a servant leader for your organization. Take home practical methods for applying agile leadership principles... Learn More

Creative Leadership for Creative Teams

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:45am to 10:45am

As developers and testers, we're uniquely creative, we're inspiration driven, we obsess over every detail, and we can rarely turn it off ... we are creatives, and we are different. We think differently, we perform differently, and we need to lead differently. Join Martin Ringlein for a rant, a rave, and a reality check on how to build and lead creative teams. Learn how to manage collaboration and fuel inspiration. Leave the Testing & Leadership Summit with much more than data points, facts, and figures about leadership; see how changing our perspective of the... Learn More

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

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

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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 10:45am to 3:45pm

Join your peers in an engaging and highly interactive discussion about 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 and barriers to change, and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank discussion, all feedback will be collected and posted online to... Learn More