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QA Engineer
ICE Mortgage Technology

I'm a quality assurance engineer and manager with over 30 years experience with a background in all aspects of software testing including black box testing and automated testing. Currently I'm working in the mortgage industry working lender origination systems and e-Signing. I'm a Senior QA Engineer and test lead for...Read more

VP of Cloud and DevTestSecOps
EPAM Systems

Adam Auerbach is the Vice President of Cloud and DevTestSecOps at EPAM Systems, a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services. Before joining Epam, Adam served as the VP of Quality and DevOps Engineering at Lincoln Financial Group where Adam was responsible introducing and leading the...Read more

Melissa Benua
Director of Engineering

Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small and somewhere in-between. She's created and run high availability, high-quality services for PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One, and now for mParticle's enormous data platform. Melissa discovered her love of massively-scaled...Read more

Director of Engineering

Nagesh Chetan is an accomplished technology leader with over 15 years of success in the financial services, hedge funds and most recently in the Customer Data Platform space. He is passionate about people management and has managed teams with over 14 people under him, including managers, that are both local...Read more


Since he got his first computer at age thirteen, Kaushal Dalvi has been interested in systems and software performance. He spent days researching performance characteristics of different motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and disks to configure and overclock them in order to squeeze the maximum frames per second out of the...Read more

Senior Software Engineer in Test
Netflix Inc.

Budhaditya Das (BD) is a senior software engineer at Netflix. With more than 15 years of experience in architecting and building highly scalable test automation infrastructure using open source technology stacks. He is currently working on solving the testing challenges of Netflix’s Membership ecosystem. [email protected] Budhaditya Das Budhaditya (BD)...Read more

Solutions Engineering Manager

Darrel Farris is a Solutions Engineering Manager at mabl, a low-code, intelligent test automation solution for quality engineering. As a former Senior Software Engineer in Test, he’s dedicated to helping software development teams at all stages of agile adoption master the tools, techniques, and skills needed to thrive in the...Read more

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing

Jaimee Newberry worked in the web interaction, design, and development industry from 1998 to 2013, with emphasis on empathetic and behavioral psychology-applied interface design for web, mobile web, and iOS applications. Currently, she is the cofounder and CEO of Picture This Clothing, which started as a passion project launched by a...Read more

Péter Földházi
Lead Software Test Automation Engineer
EPAM Systems

Peter has been working at EPAM since 2012 and moved to the USA in 2019 where he is working as a Test Automation Consultant. He has experience in mobile, web and desktop testing in all levels of test automation in the financial, gaming, fitness and other domains. Processes, architecture, code...Read more

Technical Manager

Bob Foster is a Technical Manager with over 20 years experience as a senior software engineer and team lead. Bob has proven experience in all aspects of software development and delivery (including DevOps, CI/CD, and infrastructure as code). He is a firm believer in the benefits gained by software teams...Read more

Bob Galen
Principal Agile Coach
Zenergy Technologies
Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is Director of Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading business agility transformation company. He...Read more
Manager, Quality Assurance
Fox Corporation (aka 20th Century Fox)

My name is Gregory Goldshteyn and I am a QA Manager working at Fox corporation (formerly known as 20th Century Fox) with 20 + years of experience in the IT industry. The list of well knows companies I've worked for include Canon Inc., Salesforce, Thomson Routers, Sony Pictures, Sony Playstation,...Read more


Andreas Grabner has 20+ years of experience as a software developer, tester and architect and is an advocate for high-performing cloud scale applications. He started his career as a tester for a performance testing tool. He since moved on to monitoring, observability and site reliability. Over the past years Andi...Read more

Directory, Software Engineering

Aaron Haehn is Director of Quality for T-Mobile’s Enterprise Technology Services organization, responsible for maintaining the company’s reputation as industry leader in customer service. He leads a team that handles certification of software for internal and external customers, accounting for test data delivery, software certification and quality best practices.
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Susan Harrington
Technical Trainer

Susan J. Harrington brings more than 25 years of software development experience serving as a consultant and mentor to clients including the Federal Reserve Bank, Sprint, Bell Atlantic (Verizon), Direct Energy, and MetaSolv Software (Oracle).  When she has not been on a client site, Susan has been in the classroom...Read more

Test Automation Architect
Red Green Refactor

Thomas is presently serving as a Test Automation Architect. He leads a team of testers, ops engineers, and production support analysts in the adoption of DevOps practices. Previously, he led the enterprise automation support of 73 applications at Huntington National Bank that encompassed testing, metrics & reporting, and data management....Read more

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Manager, Quality Assurance

Shay Hibler is a Software Quality Assurance Manager at NIPR where she provides QA Strategy and implements new QA practices. Shay has over 10 years of QA experience -specifically in Agile, Regression, Functional and Automation. Shay enjoys working within a team collaborating, leading teams, cross-training , mentoring, and implementing new...Read more

Web UI Test Engineer, Space Mission Control Software
KBR, Inc.

John Hill is a Web UI Test Engineer working at the NASA Ames Research Center on the VIPER Mission's Web-based Mission Control Software. He has 10 years of UI Testing experience ranging from 5-man startups up to Fortune 50 enterprises. John specializations in Web Test Automation, Performance Engineering, and Test...Read more

DevSecOps Architect
Dell Technologies

Concurrent Sessions

Marc Jimenez is a DevSecOps Architect at Dell Technologies. He has been in the Technology industry for over 18 years in a wide range of roles from SAN Integration Engineer to Software Engineer to DevSecOps and Site Reliability Engineer. Some of his responsibilities have varied from Scrum Master, Technical Team...Read more

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Manager Quality Assurance

Daniel Jiregna is a software quality engineer manager with extensive experience in test automation, performance and managing QA team. Enjoys being tech-savvy, learning new software tools in order to improve application testing quality and performance. Daniel also leads Ministry of Testing Kansas City.Read more

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Sr Quality Architect

Sherl John is the Senior Quality Architect at EPAM Systems, a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services. She has ~17 years of experience in designing and implementing automation solutions for enterprise applications. Her areas of expertise include technical leadership, CI-CD, delivery, process set up, Microservice...Read more

CEO of Creative Trespassing
Creative Trespassing

Tania Katan is a potent keynote speaker, bestselling author, and co-creator of the globally viral social impact campaign #ItWasNeverADress; a social movement that has inspired over 100 million people to see, hear and celebrate women for the superheroes they are.  Her visionary way of formulating ideas led to the groundbreaking...Read more

Director of Engineering
Stealth Startup

Concurrent Sessions

Carlos Kidman is a Director of Engineering at an AI company, but was formerly an Engineering Manager at Adobe. He is also an instructor at Test Automation University with courses around architecture, design, containerization, and Machine Learning. He is the founder of QA at the Point, which is the Testing...Read more

VP of Product-Service Systems
EPAM Systems

Tariq King is the Vice President of Product-Service Systems at EPAM, where he manages a portfolio that lies at the intersection of software products and services, and supports the business through technology consulting. Tariq has over fifteen years' experience in software engineering and testing and has formerly held positions as...Read more

DevOps Chief Evangelist, Author

Eran Kinsbruner is a bestselling author, TechBeacon Top 30 test automation leader, and the Chief Evangelist and Senior Director at Perforce Software. His published books include the 2016 Amazon bestseller, “The Digital Quality Handbook”, “Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals”, and “Accelerating Software Quality – ML and AI in the Age...Read more

Andrew Knight
Developer Advocate

Andrew Knight is the Automation Panda and a Developer Advocate at Applitools. He strives to help others in solving problems in software development, testing, and quality. Over the past decade, he has designed and built robust test automation projects from the ground up that can run thousands of tests continuously....Read more

Upland InGenius

Chris Loder, a QA Automation Manager at Upland Software, is an automation enthusiast to the core. His passion and experience allow him to help companies reduce regression time and improve overall software quality. With over two decades of automation experience, he designs and implements automation frameworks with his team of...Read more

Senior Manager - Quality Engineer
Sysco Corporation

Yoosuf Maktoum has over 13 years of experience in the IT industry specializing in Quality Engineering. His areas of expertise include architecting QE platforms, strategizing testing solutions, and leading multinational quality engineering organizations. As a Senior Manager of Quality Engineering in the Business Technology organization at Sysco Corporation, a leader...Read more

Senior SQA Manager
Palo Alto Networks

Dilruba is a Senior Software QA Manager, at Palo Alto Networks leading the IoT Security QA team. Dilruba has extensive experience in hands-on end-to-end software testing as well as leading and managing engineering teams. She has worked for both large and startup companies including Microsoft, Cisco, RetailNext, and Hitachi. Dilruba...Read more

Leandro Melendez
Performance Test Manager

Leandro Melendez is a performance testing advocate with K6-Grafana helping everyone to ramp up on their performance practices. He has over 20 years of experience in IT and over 10 in the performance testing practice where he served multiple S&P500 customers all over the USA, Mexico,...Read more

Mark Minson
QA Lead Engineer 5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Mark Minson is a Swiss-Army knife in the QA field. A certified Scrum Master with QA Lead and automation experience, he has also spent time doing project management and an assortment of other duties. He enjoys the challenge of quality and having fun in the workplace. Since going back to...Read more

Lead Developer Advocate
Akamai Technologies

Talia Nassi is a Lead Developer Advocate at Akamai Technologies and international keynote speaker who delivers content on building in the cloud, testing, and Linode. She enjoys helping developers understand how to build efficient applications in the cloud seamlessly and at scale.Read more

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Kristoffer Nordström is a test developer who has worked with telecommunications systems, distributed compilers, cloud technology, smartphone OS development, embedded systems, and much more. As a testing devotee and a member of the context-driven test community, with his own company Kristoffer consults and teaches the course Python for Testers because...Read more

Senior Software Principal Engineer / Automation Architect
Dell Technologies

Concurrent Sessions

With passion of lifelong learning, Prashant Patil has been leading his life by setting examples, adapting to situations and solving technical challenges. He completed his Master's from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and started working at AT&T as a Performance Test Engineer after graduation. His keen eye for detail, efforts toward streamlining...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate software delivery using agile methods. Prior to founding Coveros, he was the co-founder of application security company Cigital, where he served as CEO for 16 years.

Jeffery is a recognized software expert and popular keynote speaker...Read more

Digital Transformation Principal
Royal Cyber Inc.

Mustafa Pesh, has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been enhancing organizations to achieve maximum productivity with innovative IT solutions. Through his exceptional management skills, he has helped to transform a technology start-up into a global enterprise. An alumnus of the Illinois Institute of Technology,...Read more

Test Automation QA Technical Mentor
World Wide Technology

Michael serves as a QA Technical Mentor for the Software Consulting Services team at World Wide Technology. His focus involves software consulting for UI test automation, testing strategy, quality advocacy and agile transformation.

Michael has consulted for multiple Fortune 500 companies in his career. He is experienced in test automation...Read more

Jeff Pierce
Managing Consultant

Jeff Pierce has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering management, specializing in program, project, and software quality assurance management. Jeff is also experienced in building technical teams that are rapidly able to implement solutions and deliver business value. More recently, Jeff has focused on Agile project management...Read more

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Solution Architect

Andrew Prueser has 20+ years of experience in high-tech manufacturing where he developed industry leading analysis software, spearheaded global data, systems integration, modernization, and M&A initiatives.  In those years he has seen firsthand how good, or non-existent testing strategies can make or break a project. As a Solutions Architect now with...Read more

Director, Salesforce Engineering & DevOps

Mala Punyani is a Director of the Salesforce Ops where she manages a global team responsible for dev/ QA infrastructure, source code, debug build management, code coverage and central development environment support at CrowdStrike. She has extensive experience in product quality and automation, building enterprise-quality products, and automation solutions. Prior to...Read more

Principal Software Engineer in Test
Expedia Group

Throughout my 19 years in the Software Industry, I have worked as Test Automation engineer across various domains like network management, mobile, e-commerce, online security and online travel. Currently I'm working at Expedia as a Principal Software Engineer in Test, guiding all teams on the best practices of test automation,...Read more

Sr. Software Quality Engineer

Cheryl Raya is a quality enthusiast with a development background. Having been a developer, she turned her talents and dedication to quality assurance for the last 12 years . With a passion for mentoring, she is often helping others enhance their skills. She is also a consummate learner and has...Read more

Principle Consultant
AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-five 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, SQA, testing,...Read more

Adam Sandman

Adam Sandman was a programmer from the age of 10 and has been working in the IT industry for the past 20 years in areas such as architecture, agile development, testing and project management. Currently Adam is a Director of Technology at Inflectra Corporation, where he is interested in technology,...Read more

Dionny Santiago
Engineering Manager

Dionny Santiago is an Engineering Manager at Indeed and has 12+ years of industry experience working as an SW/QA/ML engineer, software/test architect, and engineering manager. Dionny completed his master's thesis on exploring the intersection between AI and test automation and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in this problem space....Read more

Adam Satterfield
Sr. Director of Engineering Enablement
Global Payments

Adam Satterfield, Sr Director of Test Engineering at Global Payments, has been in the software testing industry for 20 years. He has a wide background in industries such as military, SaaS, telecom, mobile, healthcare and finance. Adam enjoys leading and mentoring quality assurance teams as well as teaching testers how...Read more

Gerta Sheganaku
LocalStack GmbH

Gerta is co-founder and COO of LocalStack, the leading platform for local cloud development and testing, based on the hugely popular open source framework with 37k+ stars on Github. Prior to founding LocalStack, Gerta led Product Management for AI/ML based test automation solutions at Tricentis, where she also consulted customers...Read more

Senior Software Engineer in Test
Netflix Inc.

Helena Song has over 20 years of experience in test automation, test tool development, and continuous integration (CI) in the internet software service domain. In the past 10 years, she focused on solving test automation and CI challenges in the microservices domain. During this endeavor, she learned a lot of...Read more


Mike Sowers has over forty years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed IT teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their agile software development, testing, and DevOps delivery approaches. Mike is an industry...Read more


Tom Stiehm has been developing applications and managing software development teams for over twenty years. As CTO of Coveros, he is responsible for the oversight of all technical projects and integrating new technologies and testing practices into software development projects. Recently, Tom has been focusing on how to incorporate DevSecOps...Read more

Greg Sypolt
VP of Quality Engineering

During his 20 year career, Greg Sypolt has focused on improving quality engineering strategies, techniques, and leadership. He is currently the VP of Quality Engineering at EVERFI, where he has successfully transitioned the organization from a traditional manual testing process to an automation-first approach, coaching multiple development teams on how...Read more

Mary Thorn
Vice President of IT Strategy and Transformation
S&P Global Ratings

During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and...Read more

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Software Quality Engineer III

Latha Vatti is a Sr. Software Quality Engineer at NIPR where she leads coordinated testing efforts. She is an automation enthusiast and enjoys learning new skills to enhance her testing efforts. She is known for her extensive QA Automation knowledge and expertise. She is rigorous and methodical in her testing...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Alison Wade is the President of TechWell and 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 currently serves as the Program Chair for EPIC Experience, STAREAST, and STARWEST. She plays a...Read more

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Software Engineer in Test

Sarah Watkins is a Software Engineer in Test at Q2 where she works on an automated end-to-end web UI testing solution that continuously runs thousands of tests daily. She also shares her knowledge of best practices and good coding methodologies with other teams. In addition to this, she is a...Read more

Software QA Architect
Trimble PPM, Inc.

James Wood is Software QA Architect for Trimble PPM. As researcher, developer, and tester, he has worked 36 years for firms including Siemens, Google, and Ultimate Software. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania. Robert Vanderwall, quality advocate, is Data Scientist for Trimble...Read more

Robert Woods
Principal Consultant
Scrum Inc

Robert Woods is an agile community leader, requested industry speaker, published author, and mentor with a proven history of facilitating enterprise transformation while helping create and provide catered training and coaching for organizations consisting of culturally, generationally, and geographically diverse backgrounds. He's the creator of the CLEAR (Collaborative-Lean-Evolving-Adaptive-Reportable) principles for...Read more

Director of Storytelling

Noel Wurst has covered the software testing, development, and cloud computing space for the last 9+ years, and is currently the senior manager of communications at SmartBear. While “professionally responsible” for building communications strategies, and managing public relations initiatives, Noel also has a deep, personal interest in scaling diverse and...Read more

Principal QA and Agile Consultant
Zsquare Solutions Inc

Lisette Zounon is a passionate quality engineering leader with over 17 years of experience helping people and companies improve the quality of their applications, with solid tools, a simple process, and a smart team. She strongly believes that industry best practices including implementing agile methodologies and DevOps practices are invaluable....Read more