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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

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.

Submit your proposal HERE

Read speaker policy at the end of this post.

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