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Janet Gregory Dr. Andrew Brown

Andrew Knight Andrew Krug  Carlos Kidman Gwen Iarussi Jason Bryant  Marcus Merrell Matthew Heusser Matthew Stucki Pankaj DeoreRachel Kibler Richard Herrin

Keynote Speakers

Dr Andrew Brown

 Dr. Andrew Brown  |  Principal Consultant  |  Expleo

“Why do humans break software and how can we fix it?”

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Dr Andrew Brown is a principal consultant at Expleo. He leads an independent line of research into understanding why we humans make the mistakes that lead to software defects. He has 25 years’ experience in the software industry. Previous roles include Head of QA at HMV, Head of QA at a financial software house and a test manager in Japan. He holds a degree in Physics and Maths, an MBA from Warwick Business School and a doctorate from Imperial College.

Andrew inherited a pocket watch from his father-in-law in Japan, which he keeps as his lucky charm. He also inherited a samurai sword from his father-in-law in Japan, but his wife refuses to allow him to bring it to England.

Janet Gregory 

Janet Gregory |  Process and Agile Testing Consultant   |  DragonFire Inc.

“How Holistic Testing Affects Product Quality”

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Janet Gregory is an agile testing and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction (LeanPub 2019), More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), and Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole Team” 3-day training course. She is co-founder of the Agile Testing Fellowship.

Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testing activities are necessary to develop good quality products. She works with teams to transition to agile development and teaches agile testing courses worldwide.  She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit https://janetgregory.ca or https://agiletester.ca You can also follow her on twitter @janetgregoryca or LinkedIn

Other Speakers and Panelists

Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight  |  Lead Software Engineer in Test  |  Q2

“Managing the Test Data Nightmare”

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Andy Knight is the “Automation Panda” - an engineer, consultant, and international speaker who builds solutions for software testing problems. He has designed and built robust test automation projects for web apps, service APIs, and operating systems with thousands of tests running continuously. He is the lead developer for Boa Constrictor, the .NET Screenplay Pattern. He also mentors others in good development, testing, and BDD practices. Andy currently works full-time as the Lead Software Engineer in Test at PrecisionLender, a Q2 company. Read his tech blog at AutomationPanda.com, and follow him on Twitter at @AutomationPanda.

Andrew Krug

Andrew Krug  |  SDET Consultant & Conference Organizer  |  Gingham Consulting

"How to Supercharge Your Test Framework"

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Andrew Krug Medina found his calling early on in his career — test automation. He got his start at Ceridian HCM where he was a Quality Test Engineer working on a variety of projects; anywhere from large-scale intranet upgrades to new feature development for Business Intelligence and Health Care initiatives. Since then he has held more positions in test automation.

During his journey, he has built test automation infrastructures at scale for both desktop browsers and mobile devices.

Andrew is now currently consulting about automation, software development practices to improve businesses at Gingham Consulting.

When he is not consulting or training his time is spent as a co-chair for the Selenium Conference.

Carlos Kidman

Carlos Kidman  |  Engineering Manger and Test Architect  |  Adobe

Panelist Speaker

Carlos Kidman is the Founder of QA at the Point and the creator of tools like Pylenium.

He is an Engineering Manager and Test Architect at Adobe, but outside of that he creates content and shares his knowledge with the world through YouTube videos, streams on Twitch, and as an instructor and mentor at Test Automation University.

He is an international speaker, podcast host for the Ministry of Testing, and likes to contribute to Open Source. For fun he plays soccer, Magic the Gathering, and loves spending time with his family.

Gwen Dobson

Gwen Iarussi  |  Director of IT Quality  |  USANA Health Sciences

“A Quality Mind: Cultivating a Quality Mindset” 

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Gwen Iarussi, has 25+ years of experience in the technology industry where her primary focus has been on Enterprise Quality and Agile Solution Delivery. She has had the honor of leading both small start-ups and large global corporations in building high performing delivery and testing teams from the ground up and providing high quality enterprise solutions for the retail, financial, edtech domains and most recently, the direct sales industry. She obtained her BS in IT Management from Western Governors University and her MS in Information Systems from the University of Utah and most recently served as the Director of IT Quality for USANA Health Sciences here in Salt Lake City.

Gwen’s core belief is that the best solutions come from highly competent and innovative teams with an unwavering commitment to excellence. Her life long passion for technology began at the early age of five in the boiler room of her elementary school in Boulder, CO where she learned to program in Logo on an early model Macintosh. She's been tinkering with tech ever since.

Jason Bryant

Jason Bryant  |  Head of Software Quality Assurance - Consumer Technology  |  Restaurant Brands International

Panelist Speaker

Jason Bryant is a 23-year veteran in the field of software quality assurance. Having worked in multiple industries, including three Fortune 500 environments, he has helped good QA practices get better and built QA practices from the ground-up. Well known as an HP Enterprise Software Innovator of the year, a speaker at various conferences, and a lover of all things related to mobile testing, he prefers being described as a ‘Servant Leader’ best.

Marcus Merrell

Marcus Merrell  |  Senior Director of Field Services  |  Sauce Labs 

“Beyond the Costs of ROI: Measuring the True Value of Test Automation”

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Marcus Merrell is the Senior Director of Field Services at Sauce Labs. With a background in test automation architecture, release management, CI/CD, cloud software and container management, Marcus leads the partner program and works closely with customers to evaluate and iterate on the services offered by Sauce Labs. He is also experienced in analytics and marketing automation.

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Matthew Heusser  |  Managing Director  |  Excelon Development

“Teaching Testing with Exercises”

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 As Managing Director of Excelon Development, Matt Heusser is arguably the single most prolific writer on software testing who is also a practitioner. The lead editor of “How To Reduce the Cost of Software Testing”, Matt is a co-author on “Save Our Scrum”, and was lead organizer of The Workshop on Self-Education in Software Testing, the Workshop on Teaching Test Design, and the Workshop on Technical Debt. His black-belt testing challenge inspired the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing in 2009.

Matthew Stucki

Matthew Stucki  |  Senior solutions architect  |  QA Solutions Group

“The Abundance Mentality”

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When Mathew was 46, he climbed Mount Timpanogos. Not metaphorically—He literally climbed the second highest mountain on the Wasatch Front. Mount Nebo is the highest peak in the Wasatch range and next on his bucket list. While hiking, he thought about quitting approximately 5,000 times. (And that’s a low-ball estimate) But despite the high winds, low oxygen, mental and physical fatigue, and trail-mix overdose, he kept going. He’s that person. Once he says he’ll do something, it will happen. Now, he puts that perseverance to work as a senior solutions architect for QA Solutions Group. He doesn’t have to climb any mountains… but he does have to move them. He’s well-versed in customer support, planning and development, relationship management, operations, logistics coordination and scheduling. If you’re interested in talking shop (and want to hear how he almost fell off the mountain at 12K feet), please send an email his way. Mathew helps all his clients integrate solutions. 

 Pankaj Deore

Pankaj Deore  |  Director Quality Engineering  | Equifax

Rachel Kibler

Rachel Kibler  |  Software Tester  |  1-800-CONTACTS

“Testers or None, the Work Has to Get Done”

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Rachel Kibler found software testing after careers in law and entrepreneurship. She currently tests at 1-800 Contacts. She serves as the treasurer on the board of directors for the Association for Software Testing, and she is a trainer for the Agile Testing Fellowship. She cares deeply about making technology inclusive, both the software and the industry. Outside of testing, Rachel performs as a classical singer, knits, and serves on the board of a national social organization. Her website is racheljoi.com.

Richard Herrin

 Richard Herrin  |  QA Engineer 4  |  FamilySearch

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I began my passion for quality in software support, then moved to QA 26 years ago.  As a QA Engineer, I learned to be a subject matter and a process expert.  After becoming a QA Manager in 2003, I led teams in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, India, Poland, and Armenia, creating relationships and shared learning experiences with each team member.  I achieved a Project Management Professional and then a Certified Scrum Master certification.  Using both, I have worked with organizations in adopting agile principles in multiple organizations.  My greatest fulfillment involves helping my friends achieve their career aspirations, wherever they take them.