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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.

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