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Instart Logic

With expertise in computer vision, machine learning, statistics, and signal processing, Parvez Ahammad leads the data science and machine learning group at Instart Logic Inc. Parvez has worked on a wide array of problems in domains of web application delivery, neuroscience, bioinformatics, and heterogeneous sensor networks. He is the creator...Read more

QA Symphony

As CTO at QASymphony, Jonathan Alexander leads the research and development of the qTest platform, including the development of new product offerings. With extensive experience in using analytics to understand and improve software teams and quality, Jonathan has written articles on this subject and authored Codermetrics: Analytics for Improving Software...Read more

Jason Arbon

Jason Arbon is the CEO of Appdiff, 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...Read more

Intuit, Inc.

Balaji Arunachalam initially worked at Intuit as a software developer and then moved into QE out of a passion for software quality. Balaji is currently leading the QE group for Intuit's Core Services, a group comprised of strong engineers who share his passion for software quality. The QE group started...Read more

Adam Auerbach
Capital One

Concurrent Sessions

Adam Auerbach is the senior director of technology for advanced testing and release services for Capital One Financial Corporation, a diversified bank with 65-million customer accounts worldwide. Adam is responsible for Capital One’s enterprise performance and automated testing departments as well as enterprise release management and test data management. Since...Read more

Director—Assurance Practice
Tata Consultancy Services

Rajesh Bala (Raj), an Assurance Leader, has handled multiple domains in North America during his extensive career spanning close to three decades in IT. He is passionate about assurance, and focused on providing automated QA solutions for various market challenges. Currently he is responsible...Read more

Tata Consultancy Services

A senior consultant in the assurance services unit of Tata Consultancy Services, Jaya Bhagavathi Bhallamudi heads the Big Data and Analytics Assurance Center of Excellence, which focuses on R&D, test process definitions, test automation solution development, and competency development on Big Data technologies. Jaya has been in the test automation,...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


VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In her career, she has...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

Perfecto Mobile

Carlo Cadet leads Product Marketing at Perfecto, the leading cloud-based mobile application testing and monitoring company. He is responsible for go to market strategy, product positioning, messaging and manages the Customer Advisory Board. He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as StarEast, STP CON, Jenkins User Conferences as...Read more


Tom Chavez has more than twenty years of experience as a manager and product manager in the software development tools field. Today, he works in product management as a senior evangelist at SOASTA. Tom has worked across the Silicon Valley at companies including Apple, Sun, PalmSource, and...Read more

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.

With more than forty years of experience as an information systems professional at commercial and nonprofit organizations, Lee Copeland has held technical and managerial positions in applications development, software testing, and software process improvement. At TechWell, Lee has developed and taught numerous training courses on software development and testing issues,...Read more

Selena Delesie
Delesie Solutions

Selena Delesie is a visionary speaker, coach, and trainer who inspires people to get “lit up” from within, radiate positive energy, and empower everyone around them to step into their greatness. A successful corporate manager, consultant, and coach, Selena brings fourteen years of experience across the technology, financial, agile, software...Read more


A senior development tester for JMP, a division of SAS, Melanie Drake has twenty years of experience in software documentation, testing, and development. She currently tests a scripting language, display components, and leads installer validation for JMP®, statistical discovery software. In addition to her regular testing duties, Melanie is part...Read more

Director of Product Strategy

As the VP of strategy and business development at QASymphony, Kevin Dunne ensures their continued commitment to innovation and delivering tools to create better software. With a deep interest in the emerging trends in software development and testing, he is dedicated to collaborating with thought leaders in this space. Kevin...Read more

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Independent quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans has more than thirty years of IT experience in quality management and testing in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her quality management work focuses on encouraging IT teams and customers to work together via flexible processes designed and tailored by the teams...Read more

Hitachi Consulting

Head of testing and implementation at a UK bank, Julie Gardiner provides consultancy, delivery, and training in all aspects of testing, management, and agile, specializing in risk, usability, and test management and using both traditional and agile methodologies. Julie is a certified ScrumMaster and agile coach with more than twenty-five...Read more

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 build software better, faster, and more securely by introducing agile development and DevOps practices. He has many years...Read more


Performance enthusiast Andreas Grabner has been a developer, tester, architect, and product evangelist for the past fifteen years for several testing and diagnostics companies including Segue, Borland, Compuware, and Dynatrace. Andreas now helps organizations find performance, scalability, and architectural problems in their applications. Speaking at meetups, user groups, and international...Read more

Grand Software Testing

Jon Hagar is a systems software engineer and testing consultant, supporting software product integrity and verification and validation (V&V), with a specialization in mobile and embedded software system testing. For more than thirty years, Jon has worked in software testing and engineering projects. He authored Software Test Attacks to Break...Read more

Dell Software

The principal test architect for Dell Software, based in Melbourne, Australia, Lee Hawkins is responsible for testing direction and strategy across the group. In the IT industry since 1996 in both development and testing roles, Lee’s testing career really started in 2007 after attending Rapid Software Testing with Michael Bolton....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


Marianne Hollier is an IBM and Open Group Master Certified IT specialist in application development. She has strong, practical expertise in measurably improving the software development lifecycle and driving the necessary cultural changes to make it work. Marianne is instrumental in architecting, tailoring, and deploying the IBM DevOps best practices...Read more

Guidepost Systems

An executive coach at Pillar Technology, Jim Holmes works with organizations trying to improve their software delivery process and ship higher value to their customers. He's the owner/principal of Guidepost Systems, engaging directly with struggling organizations. Since joining the US Air Force in 1982, he has been in various corners...Read more


An associate quality assurance manager for Razorfish in Toronto, Dawn Jardine has worked in several roles in her career. After years in the teaching profession, Dawn changed direction and entered the software field as a front-end web developer for an eLearning software company. Dawn expanded her skills and expertise to...Read more

Agile CxO

Leadership Summit Sessions

Founder and CEO of Agile CxO, Inc. Rod Jardine provides coaching, mentoring, and assessments for technology staff, development processes, business continuity plans, and technology architecture to improve time to market, decrease development costs, and increase development capability. Rod is a results-driven leader with more than twenty-three years of success developing...Read more
Griffin Jones
Congruent Compliance

An agile tester, trainer, and coach, Griffin Jones provides consulting on context-driven software testing and regulatory compliance to companies in regulated and unregulated industries. Recently, he was the director of quality and regulatory compliance at iCardiac Technologies which provides core lab services for the pharmaceutical industry to evaluate the safety...Read more


A technical lead at Amazon, Prakash Karaka has more than nine years of experience building highly scalable testing tools and automation frameworks across cloud, web UI, and API systems. His experience spans roles as an automation engineer, senior SDET, and test architect at Microsoft and Intel. While developing and refining...Read more

Tania Katan
Curator of Code

The creative instigator of the international viral campaign #itwasneveradress, Tania Katan is an award-winning author and keynote speaker who believes in storytelling at all costs! Tania made the audacious leap into technology and is currently the evangelist for Axosoft—because every rock star company needs a punk! She...Read more

SmartBear Software

Nikhil Kaul is product manager, testing products at SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for the connected world. Nikhil was previously at Digité, an application lifecycle management solutions provider, where he gained insight into the software development and testing market. Nikhil is very involved in discussions taking place...Read more

Tariq King
Ultimate Software

Tariq King is the director of test engineering at Ultimate Software. With more than a decade of experience in software testing research and practice, Tariq provides technical leadership, people leadership, strategic direction, and staff training in software quality and test engineering. He has previously held positions of test manager, test...Read more

QualityWorks Consulting Group, LLC

As a software QA architect, agile coach, and coder, Stacy Kirk has championed quality and process innovation in software development for more than twenty years. Stacy has led global IT teams to deliver cutting-edge web, mobile, and enterprise applications in the entertainment, security, advertising, finance, healthcare, and telecom industries. She...Read more

The Walt Disney Company

In her more than fifteen years of software quality experience, Janna Loeffler has worked for companies including Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Gambro, Campus Management, and Emerson Process Management. In 2011, she joined the Walt Disney Company's Quality Assurance group for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Digital. While working with the Digital...Read more

Wilson Mar

Wilson Mar has been building and bringing enterprise applications to market on major platforms—from mobile to server clouds—as an architect, developer, performance tester, and manager. His website provides concise, in-depth advice on leading technologies, especially on LoadRunner and performance engineering....Read more

Moser Consulting

John McConda is an experienced Software Quality Control/Assurance tester, technician, and manager. Experienced in multiple methods of software testing from rigorous validated system testing, to session-based exploratory testing, test automation, and performance. Teacher and speaker for software testing classes and conferences.

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A software tester and QA maven for more than seven years, Arylee McSweaney has done full QA testing of desktop applications, business intelligence dashboards, web, mobile web, and apps. She is currently focused on eCommerce QA at Etsy where she serves as a product quality manager to Etsy centralized QA...Read more

Jeroen Mengerink
Polteq Testing Services B.V.

Test consultant for the Netherlands-based Polteq Test Services B.V. Jeroen Mengerink has performed multiple TPI assessments worldwide. His technical skills allow him to team with developers in testing websites, APIs, and web services. Jeroen performs both functional testing and performance testing. In addition to his work for clients, he is...Read more

Beaufort Fairmont

Paul Merrill is principal software engineer in test and founder Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services. Paul works with clients every day to reduce risk to their brands, customers, and reputation, and to increase the efficacy of their testing processes. He takes personally the company mission—“to rid the...Read more


A quality engineer and ScrumMaster at Aconex, Scott Miles is an experienced automation engineer and testing enthusiast from Melbourne, Australia. Scott enjoys challenging what is accepted as standard practice and is always striving to get more out of his team and tools. To this end, he has published several articles...Read more

Prasad MK
Practice Director for Assurance Services in North America

Prasad is responsible for TCS' assurance solutions and consultancy for the Telecom, Media and HiTech industry verticals.  He has managed and worked on transformation projects and delivered expected business results through best in class Quality Assurance & Testing practices. Currently, he leads Quality Assurance & Testing Sales for North America. ...Read more


Chief technology officer and cofounder of LeanDog, Jeff “Cheezy” Morgan has been teaching classes and coaching teams on agile and lean techniques for twelve years. Most of his work has focused on the engineering practices used by developers and testers. For the past few years, he has experienced great success...Read more

Jaimee Newberry

Women Who Test Sessions

Jaimee Newberry brings industry leadership and experience gained from advising C-level and senior management teams at startups, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies to her role as COO at MartianCraft. Her insight, practices, and a personal ecology have proven to elevate the culture, processes and product quality of high-performance software design and...Read more

Panelist Sponsors
Alaska Airlines, Capital One, CareFirst, Comcast, Parasoft

All-star panel includes Ryan Papineau from Alaska Airlines, Adam Auerbach from Capital One, Mike Puntumapanitch from CareFirst, and Sujal Dalia from Comcast. All Attendees will receive a digital copy of Continuous Testing for IT Leaders, as well as access to key analyst research from Gartner, Forrester and voke.  The panel will...Read more

Jeffery Payne
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 and recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the...Read more

Dale Perry
TechWell Corp.

Dale Perry has over forty years of experience in information technology as a programmer/analyst, database administrator, project manager, development manager, tester, and test manager. Dale’s project experience includes large-system development and conversions, distributed systems, and both web-based and client/server applications. A professional instructor for more than twenty-six years, he has...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

After several years working as a scientist in particle physics and computational fluid dynamics, Ingo Philipp immersed himself in the multifaceted worlds of functional software testing and development. Ingo is on the product management team at Tricentis where his responsibilities range from product development and product marketing to test management,...Read more

Martin Pol
Polteq Testing Services B.V.

Martin Pol has played a significant role in raising the awareness and improving the performance of testing worldwide. Martin is experienced in managing testing processes and implementing and improving structured testing in many organizations. He was responsible for creating the structured testing approach TMap® (Test Management Approach) and TPI®  (Test...Read more

Huw Price
CA Technologies

Huw joined CA Technologies in 2015 as Vice President of Test Data Management, when specialist testing vendor Grid-Tools was acquired into the CA DevOps portfolio. During a 30 year career, Huw has gained a deep understanding of the challenges faced by modern organizations, and, with an understanding of the science of...Read more

Independent Test Consultant

A rebel by nature against poor practices and misinformed beliefs in testing, Jyothi Rangaiah has been testing to learn and learning to test software since 2005. A challenge seeker and a risk assessor, she currently tests mobile applications and web applications. Jyothi is the editor of Women Testers online magazine...Read more

Mutual of Omaha Insurance

Concurrent Sessions

A lead testing engineer at Mutual of Omaha, Jin Reck has diverse global experience with multiple Fortune 500 companies within the technology, telecommunications, and financial domains. Jin spearheads test automation for Mutual of Omaha by developing advanced frameworks that emphasize reusability and reduce maintenance efforts. She is currently responsible for...Read more

Jared Richardson
Agile Artisans

Principal consultant and a member of the core team at Agile Artisans, Jared Richardson is a process coach who works with software teams to help them build excellent software. He sold his first software program in 1991 and has been immersed in software ever since. Jared helped...Read more

Martin Ringlein

Leadership Summit Sessions

Martin Ringlein is the CEO and co-founder of nvite, an on-line events planning software company. Previously, Martin was a Presidential Innovation Fellow at The White House leading teams around strategic innovation within the Executive Office of the President. Martin’s first company, nclud, a research and design consultancy, was acquired pre-IPO...Read more

Casey Rosenthal

Casey Rosenthal is the engineering manager for the Traffic team and the Chaos team at Netflix. Previously an executive manager and senior architect, Casey has managed teams to tackle Big Data, architect solutions to difficult problems, and train others to do the same. He finds opportunities to leverage his experience...Read more


Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., 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,...Read more


Women Who Test Sessions

As Director of QE at Cvent, Yassi Shayesteh leads the company’s global quality engineering team. With more than ten years of IT experience focused on QA & Testing, Yassi has grown her team to 80 QE professionals, positioned on a few continents. Yassi joined Cvent as one of the earlier...Read more


Willie Smith, CTAL-TM, PMP, has more than twenty years of IT experience in software development, web testing, risk-based testing, automated testing, and project management. A quality assurance (QA) manager at UPS in the information systems division, Willie is a highly efficient, methodical, and talented leader in developing and implementing effective...Read more

TechWell Corp.

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

Coveros, Inc.

Thomas Stiehm has been developing applications and managing software development teams for eighteen years. As CTO of Coveros, he is responsible for the oversight of all technical projects and integrating new technologies and application security practices into software development projects. Most recently, Thomas has been focusing on how to incorporate...Read more


Brad Stoner is a Senior Sales Engineer with AppDynamics. In his fourteen years of IT experience, Brad has held roles in performance engineering, systems engineering, and operations management. Previously, Brad managed the load and performance team at H&R Block where he spent seven years leading his five-person team in pursuit of...Read more


Senior quality engineering manager Nir Szilagyi brings more than sixteen years of experience to the risk platform engineering team he leads at PayPal. Previously at eBay, he led the products platform quality engineering team in Israel and US. In both companies, Nir led the team transformation from a classic advisory...Read more


Chief Storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is Director of Agile Practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary 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...Read more


Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within testing teams, concentrating on functional, performance, security, and mobile testing techniques. She is the founder of Denver Mobile and Quality, board member for Software Quality Association of Denver, and now head of SQE at, where she assists teams to...Read more

Original Software

Jim Trentadue has more than seventeen years of experience as a coordinator/manager in the software testing field. Jim’s various career roles in testing have focused on test execution, automation, management, environment management, standards deployment, and test tool implementation. In the area of offshore testing, Jim has worked with multiple large firms to...Read more

Maryam Umar works in London at, an Expedia, Inc. company. She started her career nine years ago as a QA test engineer in the finance and mobile industry. After transitioning to the eCommerce sector, Maryam performed QA in various capacities for online restaurant and travel services. She continues to...Read more

Erik van Veenendaal
Improve IT Services BV (Bonaire)

A leading international consultant and trainer, Erik van Veenendaal ( is a recognized expert in software testing and requirements engineering. Erik is the author of a number of books and papers, one of the core developers of the TMap testing methodology, a participant in working parties of...Read more

France Van Wirkus
Francie Van Wirkus

A conqueror of mediocrity, Francie Van Wirkus is a certified professional coach in the insurance and financial services industry, helping people of all levels take strategic, sustainable steps toward their goals. She is part of a large IT transformation in a complex organization, where she is a SAFe 4.0 Program...Read more

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Vandana Viswanathan is a solutions-driven information technology leader with more than fifteen years of experience providing consultative management in regulatory compliance, intelligent process automation, program and quality management, SDLC/QA transformation, testing account management, and client relationship management services for clients worldwide. Her consulting industry experience spans across life sciences, healthcare,...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

Ulta Beauty

Elizabeth Wisdom has more than thirty years’ experience in IT software development and delivery, the most recent nineteen years leading quality assurance, performance testing, and user acceptance testing teams. Elizabeth’s extensive project portfolio covers the telecom, retail, financial, manufacturing, and insurance industries. As a QA enthusiast, she has built and...Read more

MATRIX Resources

Robert Woods serves as an agile coach and delivery manager at MATRIX. He has been in IT for more than nineteen years in roles of senior systems and networking engineer, project manager, program manager, and agile coach. Robert has spent years working with organizations on collaborative lean development, agile testing...Read more