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    1. Testing in Today's Enterprise: What to Expect
    2. The Subconscious Tester
Wednesday, October 28 - 8:30 a.m.

Testing in Today’s Enterprise: More Than Just Testing

James Campbell
Accenture Canada

James Campbell is Director of Testing Services for Accenture Canada.  In his keynote, James will discuss the impact of today’s changing enterprise on testing and quality assurance professionals.  By combining his expertise in testing and IT strategy, James will discuss the expectations and perspectives that senior leadership has of the testing practice, and the necessary steps that QA professionals should take to address these demands.  He will describe the new role of the QA professional and present methods of adapting to achieve success in today’s marketplace.

James has worked at Accenture since 2000.  For over 6 years, he has led strategy and business transformation projects in the travel and finance sectors with particular focus on organization transformation, strategy roadmap definitions, and application portfolio rationalization.  In 2006, he architected and led the build out of the now over 150 person Accenture Canada Testing Centre of Excellence specializing in test strategy services, test automation, performance testing, and offshore distributed testing solutions.  Combining his deep skills in both testing and management consulting, James is currently responsible for the North American testing practice as well as leading the overall strategy and vision for Accenture’s Global Test Services practice.  As a part of the Global Test Services practice, James has launched new testing facilities in South America, Europe, and Asia.  James holds a Civil Engineering degree from Queen’s University and lives in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Review the increased requirements and expectations of senior leadership on the QA professional
  • Understand how communication and enterprise metrics form the underlying framework of testing
  • Learn how a balanced skill-set of technical, functional, and business acumen is critical for QA professionals

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Thursday, October 29 - 8:30 a.m.

The Subconscious Tester

Gil Broza
3P Vantage

Have you been following the same procedures as another tester, but finding more significant defects?  Do you feel comfortable repeating those same procedures?  Does a fellow tester repeatedly find the spelling mistakes and other visual irregularities that always seem to escape you?  Do you feel you are more effective in some environments than in others?  The answers to these questions can be found in your subconscious mind.  The subconscious mind employs many mental filters, thought patterns, and automatic behaviors. While most are helpful, some can cause blind spots and even absolute impediments.  In this keynote, software industry veteran and agile coach, Gil Broza, will reveal the top six subconscious "meta-programs" and share their effect on your success, motivation, and enjoyment.

Gil Broza helps organizations, teams, and individuals implement high-performance agile principles and practices.  His coaching and training clients, over 1,000 professionals in 20 companies, have delighted their customers, shipped working software on time, boosted their productivity, and demolished their software defects.  Beyond teaching, Gil helps people to overcome limiting habits, fears of change, blind spots and outdated beliefs, and reach higher levels of performance, confidence, and accomplishment.  Gil has an M.Sc. in Computational Linguistics and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.  He is a certified NLP Master Practitioner and has studied organizational behavior and development extensively.  He has written several practical papers for conferences and trade magazines, winning the Best Practical Paper award at XP/Agile Universe 2004.  Gil is currently co-producing the Coaching Stage for the Agile 2009 conference.

  • Learn the subconscious factors and hurdles to success and motivation
  • Recognize your mental filters are and understand how they can be leveraged for greater achievement
  • Be aware of your filters and those of others to assist in more effective communication

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