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Testing & Quality Leadership Summit



"Empowering Leadership within Your Organization"
Thursday, October 4 (evening) and Friday, October 5 (all day)

The business world is changing faster than ever. Dynamic global markets are forcing organizations to adjust to meet ever changing customer demands. Advances in technology are providing both opportunities and challenges for our software product lines. Join in the conversation with your peers as experienced business leaders share ways to manage quality in the face of change. Work with your peers to understand the changing happening around us and how to deliver high quality software in the face of it.

At the 2018 Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, program chair Jeffery Payne brings together senior industry leaders—Abdul Muhaimin and Jaimee Newberry—for an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences. Each of these leaders brings a unique perspective on leadership to the table and will provide Summit participants with lessons learned and practical techniques for leading teams, addressing management challenges, and gaining senior management buy-in.

Also, 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 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 4

Jeff Payne

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

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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

Friday, October 5


Transforming Your Testing Organization: Embracing Test Automation

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Friday, October 5, 2018 - 8:45am to 9:45am

Organizations are consistently looking to deliver high quality products in a quick, repeatable and predictable manner. Deliver more, deliver faster, and deliver quality! Often QA leaders are challenged to do just this while keeping the lights on, addressing process impediments, and dealing with pressure from sales and/or clients to continue standard operating procedure. In this session, Leigh will share her journey in transforming a testing organization from manual to leveraging test automation. She will discuss best practices in transforming testing teams, the challenges and pitfalls she...

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Jaimee Newberry
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Inside-Out Leadership for a Changing World

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Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

We live in a time of rapid change when products and services often become obsolete overnight, and competition includes startups and companies in adjacent industries — where the traditional formula for leadership may no longer hold relevance. A new value system is beginning to emerge for the leaders of the future which will continue to grow with the rise of tools like robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence. The leaders who thrive are those who work well in unknown conditions, and who continuously inspire into their culture the ability to...

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Jeff Payne

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

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Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:15am to 3:30pm

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 encourage further collaboration....

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