TEST MASTERS ACADEMY OPENS NEW PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL IN NEW YORK

Test Masters Academy is holding an Open House event on October 21st in New York to mark the official Grand Opening of its new professional school.

The school offers comprehensive program, taught by the industry experts, that allow for skills upgrade of Software Test/QA professionals and new students who want to start a rewarding career in the IT field. It will accommodate up to 80 new pupils per year and enable Test Masters Academy to provide skilled professional education to the local TriState community.

The program founders and instructors are a group of IT professionals with the real hands-on, long-term experience in the industry. They served major corporations such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, E*Trade, Reuters, Instinet and multiple government agencies.

The initial program offers courses in Software Testing and QA Fundamentals and extensive learning in Test Automation: Selenium WebDriver, Appium, and building continuous testing frameworks. It also provides a workshop on job searching, resume writing and interview skills that will give students an unparalleled competitive advantage in mastering the interview and landing a job.

The evening classes are offered twice per week at the convenient NYC downtown location, close to all major commute hubs. The classes are limited to 20 students to allow for close encounter with the instructors who will guide learning both in person during the class an online. Students will practice on real project to make their experience close to real job as much as possible.

You are invited to the Grand Opening celebration to explore the opportunities, meet the instructors and learn about the program offerings.

What: Test Masters Academy professional school Open House.

When: October 21st, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.

Where: TMA Training Center, 14 E 4th St, Suite 405, New York, NY 10012

RSVP at https://www.training.testmastersacademy.org

For further information, please contact Rus Shamal at:

training@testmastersacademy.org

(929) 262-1969

Why You Should Attend Test Masters Conferences?

We asked our participants, leading experts in software testing and quality engineering community. Read their responses below.

The event was extremely well organized, and I enjoyed every session. In addition to great speakers, the attendees at this event were engaging and thoughtful. Definitely one of the best conferences I’ve attended.

Alan Page, Director at Unity Technologies
Bellevue, Washington

Thank you for the perfectly organized conference! It was terrific and a great opportunity to connect with some sharp minds in the industry sharing their experiences and knowledge. I found both attendees and speakers were energetic to learn what similar problems we are facing in software development and how others have solved them. The sessions were interactive with the top-notch content. Overall a great conference to attend!

Arpit Jain, Software QA Lead at Validus Research Inc.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

I attended the Test Masters Academy in June 2018 both as a speaker and attendee. What a great time! The ability to connect with other speakers and attendees at sessions, group activities and networking opportunities during the conference provided a well-rounded experience. I would recommend this conference to anyone who is looking to enhance their career and take it to the next level – especially if you enjoy learning in real-world settings. I look forward to participating again!

Melissa Tondi, Strategist at Rainforest QA
Englewood, Colorado

There are today many conferences around the US and around the world.  Each of them has its own characteristics, and for the Test Masters Conferences, this is a group of testers that comes together to share and learn from their experience and knowledge.  The size and organization of sessions allowed for everyone to take an active role and participate in the conversations, making the experience more personal and focused on each of our own needs.

Anna manages to get great speakers to share and facilitate and this in itself helps to place the Test Masters Conferences among those events that you want to mark on your calendar and try to participate at least once in a while.

Joel Montvelisky, Product & Solution Architect at PractiTest
Israel

The Test Masters Academy Conference is the best conference offered in the nation. I have been to other Test Conference but come back to this one. It offers more real world, today’s testing world learning. I have found those who give presentations and collaboration workshop are the best in the tech industry. The conference is small which give you opportunities to get more one-on-one interactions. I appreciate being able to meet so many testers who come from all over the world to attend. Combine the strength of the presentations, meeting new people and a great atmosphere for learning makes them outmatched for any other conference. I would definitely recommend to anybody who wants to learn in a smaller setting.

Paul Hansen, Principle Tester at Hughes Network Systems
Orem, Utah

Test Masters Academy brings in experts from around the world to an amazing location on Times Square. As attendees, we have ample opportunity to meet the speakers and dive deeper into testing topics. The group activities are engaging, encouraging participants to rethink the paradigms of testing.

Thomas Haver, Senior Application Architect at Huntington National Bank
Columbus, Ohio

Presenting at Test Leadership Congress has been an honor and great pleasure. I did a workshop around whole team testing and the interaction I had with the audience was very engaging. I feel that the theme of the conference itself is very unique and something that our industry needs to take seriously i.e. test leadership. I would like to participate again should there be something more I can come up with to suit the idea. Great job Anna and thanks for doing what you are doing!

Lalit Bhamare, Co-founder & chief editor at Tea time with Testers

Read more about Test Leadership Congress (June 26th-28th)

 

Read more about ConTEST NYC (November 20th-22nd)

Attend Test Masters Academy Conferences 2019

Every year, Test Masters Academy organizes two international conferences in New York City, USA.

We made the best global software testing conferences list for the second year in a row.

June 26th-28th,  New York, NY USA

Test Leadership Congress is an international conference featuring emerging trends, latest developments, experience and practical advice in software quality leadership and management.

Register and buy tickets HERE.

Discover full agenda, speakers and schedule HERE.

Attend to learn:

  • The  modern technology  landscape, and new trends
  • Risk management techniques
  • Technical leadership skills
  • Long term testing and quality strategies
  • Building and managing  productive teams
  • Influencing positive  change in the team and organization
  • Mastering budget, investments, and resources
  • Arming your team with the  best tools on the market
  • Leading and inspiring the  team’s Quality Culture
  • Equality and inclusion in the workplace
  • Coaching teams on testing and quality
  • Motivating teams and individuals in testing
  • Implementing enterprise-wide quality improvement programs
  • Implementing enterprise-wide technology programs, skills upgrade and career development ladders
  • Modern management and leadership techniques and practices
  • Games and interactive sessions to teach any of the above

November 20th-22nd,  New York, NY USA

ConTEST NYC  is the international conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world.

Get lowest price pre-program announcement tickets (available until May 14th) HERE .

Full agenda, speakers and schedule will be announced on May 15th.

Attend to learn:

  • Latest IT trends and technologies
  • Modern Quality Engineering practices
  • Innovative techniques in software testing 
  • The testing of emergent and newest technologies (case studies)
  • Team player  and  leadership  skills
  • Testing role  in XP, Agile, DevOps
  • Hot test  tools  and  methodologies
  • Mastering Software Testing  expertise
  • Working in cross functional teams
  • Self motivation and influencing skills
  • Career development opportunities
  • Effective communication and team building techniques
  • Leading and influencing whole team quality
  • Coaching testing, facilitation techniques
  • Understanding and navigating through new organizational processes such as Agile, Lean/Kanban, DevOps (new skills, disciplines and attitudes needed, etc.)
  • Managing and  leading testing and quality processes
  • Games and interactive sessions to teach any of the above

Official Visa invitations are provided upon request to all the ticket holders who require Visa entry to the United States.

Test Masters Academy conferences follow  the Code of Conduct.

Call for Proposals for Test Masters Academy Conferences 2019

For the 4th consecutive year, Test Masters Academy organizes two international conferences in New York, USA.

We  welcome speakers to apply to our programs. See below for opportunities:

November 20th-22nd,  New York, NY USA

Proposal Submission deadline: April 20th, 2019 (closed now, the program is announced on May 15th)

ConTEST NYC  is the international conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world.

We are looking for presentations and workshops on following topics:

  • Latest IT trends and technologies
  • Modern Quality Engineering practices
  • Innovative techniques in software testing 
  • The testing of emergent and newest technologies (case studies)
  • Team player  and  leadership  skills
  • Testing role  in XP, Agile, DevOps
  • Hot test  tools  and  methodologies
  • Mastering Software Testing  expertise
  • Working in cross functional teams
  • Self motivation and influencing skills
  • Career development opportunities
  • Effective communication and team building techniques
  • Leading and influencing whole team quality
  • Coaching testing, facilitation techniques
  • Understanding and navigating through new organizational processes such as Agile, Lean/Kanban, DevOps (new skills, disciplines and attitudes needed, etc.)
  • Managing and  leading testing and quality processes
  • Games and interactive sessions to teach any of the above

Practical experience over generic statements is preferred.  Exercises and hands-on techniques are highly encouraged.

June 26th-28th,  New York, NY USA

Proposal Submission deadline: March 21st, 2019 (closed now, see the announced program here)

Test Leadership Congress is an international conference featuring emerging trends, latest developments, experience and practical advice in software quality leadership and management.

We are looking for presentations and workshops on following topics:

  • The  modern technology  landscape, and new trends
  • Risk management techniques
  • Technical leadership skills
  • Long term testing and quality strategies
  • Building and managing  productive teams
  • Influencing positive  change in the team and organization
  • Mastering budget, investments, and resources
  • Arming your team with the  best tools on the market
  • Leading and inspiring the  team’s Quality Culture
  • Equality and inclusion in the workplace
  • Coaching teams on testing and quality
  • Motivating teams and individuals in testing
  • Implementing enterprise-wide quality improvement programs
  • Implementing enterprise-wide technology programs, skills upgrade and career development ladders
  • Modern management and leadership techniques and practices
  • Games and interactive sessions to teach any of the above

We want to hear experiences in the topics that are important in testing leadership. We find that the most important experiences are often the moments of struggle and recovery by learning. The format of our conference makes including exercises and hands-on techniques in your session easy and good.

Speaker Policy:

All accepted conference speakers receive 3-day VIP pass to all conference events, that include a full day of pre-conference masterclass tutorial (s) with the industry leaders and a speaker dinner.

The accepted speakers may apply for the partial or full funding for their travel and/or accommodation. The funding will be rewarded based on the number of scholarships available.

Official Visa invitations are provided upon request to all the accepted speakers who require Visa entry to the United States.

Test Masters Academy conferences follow  the Code of Conduct.

TEST MASTERS ONLINE and ConTEST NYC 2018

Join two major Test Masters Academy events this Fall:

Test Masters Online

Test Masters Online is the new series of free webinars and discussions on hottest topics in software testing by renowned speakers and community leaders, starting on September 20th, and with the 2-day free online conference culmination on October 16th-17th 2018.

All online events are followed by live chat sessions, where you can ask speaker questions and discuss the topic among all participants.

Sign up for Test Masters Online HERE

ConTEST NYC

The ConTEST NYC is the conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world. It’s on the list of best software testing conferences 2018.

We invite YOU to discover emergent trends and practices in software testing and quality engineering, lay your hands and eyes on latest technologies and immerse yourself into the thought leadership of others in 3 unforgettable days at ConTEST NYC.

Our presenters are senior technologists, managers, and practitioners who are the innovators and experts in their field.

The conference is held on November 14th-16th 2018, at AMA Conference Center, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

REGISTER for ConTEST NYC HERE 

BECOME A SPONSOR

Why support our events?

Involvement – supporting a professional testing event that hands out valuable knowledge and practices, means you contribute to the quality delivered by testers around the world.

Visibility – A chance to present yourself to thousands of QA professionals worldwide.

Interested? Reach out to us HERE.

Join our Conferences as an Attendee, Speaker or Sponsor in 2018

Make your year unforgettable with Test Masters Academy Conferences in New York City! Join us as an attendee, a speaker and/or a sponsor.

The ConTEST NYC is the conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world. It’s on the list of best software testing conferences 2018.

We invite YOU to discover emergent trends and practices in software testing and quality engineering, lay your hands and eyes on latest technologies and immerse yourself into the thought leadership of others in 3 unforgettable days at ConTEST NYC.

Our presenters are senior technologists, managers, and practitioners who are the innovators and experts in their field.

The conference is held on November 14th-16th 2018, at AMA Conference Center, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

REGISTER for ConTEST NYC HERE 

SPONSORS, SUBMIT YOUR INQUIRIES HERE.

 

How to influence a positive change for women in technology

As a leader in the testing community, I am often asked that question in interviews. Such discussions are common at professional conferences and in testing forums. Based on the conversations I am part of, finding a long-term solution to the technology gender gap problem is a challenge to many.

Majority of female leaders look into the ways to create equal opportunities for women to succeed in their technology career. Being a part of several technological communities, I use my worldwide network to exchange ideas and experiences. Naturally, I am looking for success stories that are “close to home”: stories of women in our testing community who stepped forward and made a difference.

I first met Jennifer Scandariato, senior director of cloud services at iCIMS, through my recent ConTEST NYC conference: she submitted a proposal that I could not pass by. Once we exchanged introduction emails, one of the first things I noticed was a logo in Jen’s signature: “iCIMS: Women In Tech.” It turned out that Jennifer championed this initiative at her company.

I am happy to share Jennifer’s story that inspired me to write this article.

 

A wake-up call.

A rather common situation for many successful career women, Jennifer first became conscious of the gender gaps by learning about someone else’s struggle, in her case – discovering the challenges her daughter was facing in sports.  While the boys on her team were encouraged to succeed, the girls were not. On several occasions, the girls were literally left behind – their achievements were not recognized, and their motivation to succeed was not encouraged.

That’s when Jennifer’s desire to advocate for girls and females was born. When she started speaking at schools and conferences about her leadership experience, the feedback she received encouraged Jennifer to look into her “own backyard”: the company she works for. Jennifer saw an opportunity to help women at iCIMS. She volunteered to start the Women In Tech (WIT) group at her company.

 

Rollout strategy.

Jennifer selected an appealing strategy by using her managerial background and skills to succeed in her endeavor. Instead of going through a “grassroots” approach that is common in our field and has mixed results, Jennifer presented her initiative as a business case. She created a business plan, with goals, a mission and action plan on how this initiative will help their company’s culture as part of recruiting and retaining good talent. Her VP signed-on as the executive sponsor. The executive team supported Jennifer, as well.

Not everyone believed in its success. There were naysayers who predicted that no one will join. But their first event attracted 300 attendees. From that moment, the initiative only grew stronger and gained appreciation and respect at iCIMS and beyond.

The iCIMS WIT initiative aims to proactively address the gender gap in the technology industry, empowering both male and female employees to take advantage of leadership training opportunities, develop mentor relationships, and recognize the success that all employees can have, regardless of gender.

Recognition by Anita Borg Foundation.

Last year, iCIMS was recognized as a “Top Company for Women Technologists 2017” by the Anita Borg Institute (ABI). ABI is the organization behind the Grace Hopper Conference, the largest gathering of women in computing that takes place every fall. ABI is an independent company which uses rigorous statistical methods to evaluate companies and is the industry benchmark for measuring the representation of women technologists in the U.S, and for recognizing the companies where women can strive.

The WIT initiative, started by Jennifer Scandariato, was a differentiating factor that put iCIMS on that prestigious list. Multiple programs, started under this initiative, provide leadership training and mentor development opportunities that allow women to advance their professional technological careers in a welcoming and supportive environment. The panel discussions initiated by WIT are inviting an exchange of opinions while fostering networking opportunities and professional connections essential for women technologists.

Jennifer Scandariato has championed the movement that changed lives at her company.

 

Jen’s advice to all of us.

Tech is a scary word to many and it is constantly changing and evolving. There are new tools, software languages and platform technologies every three to six months. I advise my audience and groups to be fearless, to take risks and not be afraid. There’s a quote from Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, that described her father sitting with her at the dinner table asking, “What did you fail at this week”? I LOVE THAT!

Sometimes, women in particular but not exclusively, want to be perfectionists. The thought of failing at something is unfathomable. Our male counterparts don’t fear as much as we do.

I encourage men and women to get out of their comfort zones, learn something new, take risks – schedule it! If you don’t…you aren’t growing and learning.

Seek advice, identify role models and emulate them. Find sponsors to amplify your advancement and find mentors. You will be surprised how this accelerates your ability to reach your dreams!

 

© Anna Royzman, Global Quality Leadership Institute  2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS OPEN FOR OUR 2018 CONFERENCES

We are happy to announce dates for our conferences in 2018! Read about us HERE

Test Leadership Congress

June 4th-6th 2018, NYC

Test Leadership Congress is an international conference featuring emerging trends, latest developments, experience and practical advice in software quality leadership.

We invite YOU to learn from companies and innovators that occupy technology news headlines, be among the ones who influence the future of technology, and leave with ideas granting unfair competitive advantage.

Our presenters are scientists, executives and senior specialists overseeing software testing and quality engineering strategies.

BECOME TLC 2018 SPEAKER! SUBMIT PROPOSAL HERE.

ConTEST NYC

November 12th-14th 2018, NYC

ConTEST is the conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world.

We invite YOU to discover emergent trends and practices in software testing and quality engineering, lay your hands and eyes on latest technologies and immerse yourself in the thought leadership of others in 3 unforgettable days at ConTEST NYC.

Our presenters are senior technologists, managers, and practitioners who are the innovators and experts in their field.

ConTEST NYC is on the list of best testing conferences 2018.

BECOME ConTEST 2018 SPEAKER! SUBMIT PROPOSAL HERE.

Conferences Venue:

AMA Conference Center, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS  DEADLINE IS Sunday, FEBRUARY 11th

Attend ConTEST NYC 2017

November 29th – December 1st, 2017 
AMA Conference Center
1601 Broadway, New York NY 1118

ConTEST is the conference that explores the role of software quality and testing in the context of the modern world.

We invite YOU to discover emergent trends and practices in software testing and quality engineering, lay your hands and eyes on latest technologies and immerse yourself in the thought leadership of others in 3 unforgettable days at ConTEST NYC.

Stay tuned for conference program announcements.
Get your tickets HERE

3 FULL DAYS OF NETWORKING AND LEARNING

  • Exclusive networking opportunities
  • Mix and mingle with the brightest minds passionate about quality.
  • Discover NEW ideas, trends, tools, techniques, technologies and roles
  • Explore horizons and limits of testing, learn from other fields of practice and academic studies and get inspired by the passion of our peers!
  • Lunch and refreshments included all three days
  • Private dinner with speakers and event founder and organizers

Join us to:

  • Discover latest IT trends
  • Exchange Quality Engineering practices
  • Examine innovative techniques
  • Investigate newest technologies
  • Sharpen team player and leadership skills
  • Recognize the testing role in XP, Agile, DevOps
  • Explore hottest tools and methodologies
  • Master Software Testing expertise
  • Meet community leaders
  • Practice, debate, confer

Find out more HERE

Call for Proposals is Open for our next conference on Nov. 29th – Dec. 1st 2017

ConTEST NYC 
November 29th-December 1st 2017

AMA Conference Center
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

 

Whether you are a renowned speaker or a new voice, there is always something that others can learn from you. Now you have an opportunity to go above and beyond any other conference experience and benefit the global testing community. How?

TEACH your skills.

PROVIDE insight.

SHARE your story.

SPEAK your mind.

Test Masters Academy invites you to contribute to professional growth of the global testing community by sharing your passion, unique insights, skills and knowledge at ConTEST NYC, the emerging testing conference attracting the brightest minds passionate about quality.

WHAT IS THIS CONFERENCE ABOUT:

We will look at the “testing as we know it” in a novel, creative way.
We will discover NEW ideas, trends, tools, techniques, technologies, roles, and interactions.
We will explore horizons and limits of testing: things that have not been considered testing, and now are.
We will learn from other fields of practice and academic studies that provide additional insights into quality and testing craft.

We will get inspired by the passion of our peers.

ConTEST NYC is a fusion of unique opinions, personalities, skills and ideas. It’s a standout experience and  a true adventure for all participants.

Check out our past speakers HERE.

INVITED TOPICS:

  • Have you mastered a technique you can teach?
  • Do you have a story to share?
  • Will you speak your mind about a topic that’s dear to your heart?
  • What skills others can learn from you?
  • What’s your passion and expertise?
  • What’s new, latest, emerging?
  • What insights can you share?
  • What did you have success with?
  • Arguments built on research data or academic studies
  • Experiments: let’s explore something together

We want to hear you at ConTEST NYC!

PRESENTATION FORMATS:

  • 30 min talk (allow for Q&A)
  • 60 min workshop (allow for debrief)
  • 60 min talk embedded with elements of activities or exercises
  • Position topic for debate or community discussion
  • 15 min blitz talk (allow for Q&A)
  • “I  offer something else”: suggest your own format or activity

Submit your talk HERE

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE CONFERENCE

Test Masters Academy creates an environment where new ideas can emerge and become a subject to professional scrutiny, and new speakers would not be intimidated to take the stage. Engaged participation of all attendees is the core of our conference.

This approach will define the levels of engagement and provide guidelines for the adventurous side of the conference.

We will offer a dedicated space for professional debates and safe space for new voices. You will choose your own level of engagement, and the conference organizers will guarantee your speaking experience to be matching your comfort level through offering skillful facilitation and establishing rules of conduct.

Submit your talk HERE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is END OF DAY JULY 30th (your timezone)
SPEAKER SELECTION is AUGUST 10th

CONFERENCE DATES: November 29th – December 1st 2017
LOCATION: Midtown Manhattan, NYC

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