This year, STARWEST celebrates thirty years of bringing the Quality and Testing community together to discuss, debate, and advance our craft. In three-plus decades there have been thousands of failures and successes focused on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of testing work. From waterfall, to agilefall, to agile, and beyond. From painstaking testing by hand to advanced automated testing. From little to no test engineering professionals to many and the rise (and fall) of Quality and Testing departments. Are we progressing or regressing in our Quality and Testing...
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 leader regularly speaking and teaching at technology conferences to share his extensive knowledge with leaders at all levels.
Mike has worked with companies—including Fidelity Investments, PepsiCo, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, NorthWestern Mutual Financial, John Deere, Lockheed and the US Army — to improve development approaches, increase software quality, reduce time to market, and decrease costs. With his passion for helping teams deliver software faster, better, and cheaper, Mike has mentored and coached senior software leaders, project teams, and direct contributors worldwide.