STARWEST 2021 Leadership Summit Session: Do Not Assure Quality, Advocate for it!

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Friday, October 8, 2021 - 8:15am to 9:15am

Do Not Assure Quality, Advocate for it!

As software testing professionals, we know there is never enough time for testing. There are always going to be those issues and bugs that slip through the cracks and out into production. Many times, this is because there was something that we could just not control in order to assure quality. Even if we could control everything, could we still really assure quality? Exhaustive testing is never possible for large-scale applications meaning we will always have to assume some amount of risk. As testing leaders, it's time to stop trying to assure quality and start advocating for it. Only through advocating for quality can we change how quality assurance (QA) is looked upon in the software industry.

Join Janna Loeffler as she talks about what it means for testing leaders to be Quality Advocates and how to transform yourself (and your teams!) into Quality Advocates. Learn what a Quality Advocate is and how to advocate for quality with senior management, peers, and software teams. Understand how to not only advocate for the quality of your products, but for yourself and your team as well. Hear how to best motivate those across the software lifecycle to 'own' quality and help make your products more successful. Take home real-life tips on transforming yourself and your team into Quality Advocates and position quality as a key component of the software lifecycle within your organization.

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Janna Loeffler has more than fifteen years of software quality experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in business administration. Working in a variety of software engineering roles, including development, testing, quality assurance, and DevOps, has provided her with a holistic view of software engineering. She has worked on a wide variety of products, such as industrial controls, embedded medical devices, websites, mobile applications, and theme park attractions. Janna has a passion for helping people build high-quality software more efficiently.