This luncheon panel offers an interactive discussion between panelists and conference attendees. Panelists will provide insights and personal definitions of collaborative quality, best and worst experiences, observations about the impact of globalization, and the role of technology in collaborative quality. Questions from the audience should make this a dynamic and “collaborative” exchange! Moderator, Keith Stobie, will set the stage for the 60-minute discussion and manage the flow to keep things lively and on topic.
Panelists will begin by describing what collaborative quality means to them. The discussion will also address:
Keith Stobie is a Test Architect at Microsoft where he plans, designs, and reviews software architecture, process, and tests for Protocol Engineering. Prior work included Live Search and Windows Communication Foundation. Over the past 25 years, he has focused on software testing distributed systems including Tandem Fault Tolerant systems, Informix Parallel database, and transactional and collaborative software at BEA Systems. Keith provides training on inspections and quality process, and test training, strategy, methodology, design, tools, and automation. Keith has mentored and coached hundreds of professionals in the field. He writes and speaks to conferences around the world on software engineering, SQA, and testing.
Jon Bach is Manager for Corporate Intellect at Quardev, Inc., an onshore test lab where he manages testing projects ranging from a few days to several months using rapid testing techniques. He is an ardent advocate of building test communities and is currently the Vice President for Conferences for the Association for Software Testing, the speaker chairman for Quardev’s public QASIG, and producer for the Questioning Agile stage for Agile2008 in August. He is best known for inventing Session-Based Test Management for managing and measuring exploratory testing. Find Jon’s blog, Notes, Bugs, and Issues, at www.quardev.com.
Colleagues in the software industry engage Diana Larsen when they want to improve project performance, create resilient workplaces, and thrive in times of change. In addition to consulting on adopting Agile approaches, she leads team, project, and whole system processes for collaborative thinking and planning. Diana is chair of the Agile Alliance board of directors and partner at FutureWorks Consulting. She co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! with Esther Derby and writes occasional blog posts and articles. Find Diana’s blog at www.futureworksconsulting.com/blog.
Brian Kronstad is the Director of Quality Assurance in the Information Technology department at Standard Insurance in Portland Oregon. At The Standard, Brian oversees test management, release and configuration management and quality management and is a member of the IT Management Committee. In his over twenty years of experience, he has held positions in software development, project management, and quality assurance. His experience encompasses industries from defense and Aerospace to health care and financial services.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Oregon State University and a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Southern California. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI).
James Shore is a consultant, author, and speaker. He brings a rare combination of business savvy, deep technical understanding, and an engaging presentation style to his work, putting him in demand around the world. James is a prominent figure in the Agile community: he is an inaugural recipient of the prestigious Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice and one of the first ten people to sign the newly-released AgileManifesto in 2001. James is co-author of the acclaimed “Art of Agile Development.” He keeps a blog at jamesshore.com.
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