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news Machine Learning and TDD - A Webinar with Rashmi Nagpal

Agile Testing Days Team
3 Aug, 2023

According to Venturebeat, 87% of machine learning projects never make it to production, ever wondered why? Well, effectively deploying machine learning models is more of an art than science! Learn more about how well your machine learning model is performing and how to build a Test-Driven-Development environment which takes care of FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Ethics) in ML algorithms and data in our upcoming free live-online webinar with the fabulous Rashmi Nagpal.

Wednesday, August 9
3:00 PM CEST/ 9:00 AM EST

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(The webinar is held in crowdcast. With signing up to the list, you will receive a registration confirmation incl. the link to join shortly before the webinar starts.)

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Session Abstract:
Over the past decade, we have witnessed a renaissance around Artificial Intelligence systems, a paradigm shift from computerized deduction to computerized induction. But the issue with these systems is that they are inherently complex, have fuzzy boundaries, rely heavily on data dependencies, and fundamentally change due to variation in the actual world data. Thus, adopting test-driven development in these systems could be tricky. In this talk, I will share my learnings on how to build effective practices to deploy machine learning models into production. Also, I will cover how to test the decisions made by the machine learning model using SOLID principles.

About the speaker:
Rashmi Nagpal is a Software Engineer with 3+ years of industry experience. She is also a Research Affiliate at the University of San Francisco, CA, working in sociolinguistics. She is passionate about exploring FATE (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics) in NLP algorithms and bringing research and academia to the industry. She is a leader at Women Who Go, wherein she is actively involved in bridging the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

news New Live Webinar on Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Agile Testing Days Team
5 Jul, 2023

Did you ever struggle with a task, pushed the timeline and just could not get started? Then our upcoming AgileTD Zone Live Event with the wonderful Sophie Küster is for you. Sophie will be talking about the hardships of living with impostor syndrome and advancing your career in spite of it. But according to her not all is lost: You can learn how to overcome your inner critic and advocate for yourself.


Wednesday, July 26
3:00 PM CET/ 9:00 AM EST
25 Min talk plus Q&A


The live event will run in Crowdcast. All attendees have access to the recording right after the webinar ends. It will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and the AgileTD Zone Website.

➡️ Register here

Session abstract:
There’s a tiny little monster that lives inside my ear. The monster likes being mean. It keeps whispering to me, telling me that I don’t know anything about nothing, that I am bad at everything I have ever tried my hand at, and that I can’t do anything right. If presented with evidence to the contrary, it says that every single one of my achievements happened because I was lucky that nobody realized that I am actually very stupid. It’s mean, but sadly quite convincing. Does that sound familiar? The monster is called impostor syndrome and many people have met it. It makes life hard, never being able to fully trust in your intelligence and your abilities, never being proud of what you worked for, and constantly fearing that you might be found out as a fraud.

In your professional life especially, you must be able to sing your own praise. Job interviews, performance reviews, meetings with a potential new client: all of these are situations in which saying “Here I am; this is what I can do, and that’s why I deserve what I want from you” is a key ability. Truth be told, you even must be able to lay it on a little thick. No easy feat when the monster tells you the exact opposite. I'm still bad at this but … Whoops, that was the monster talking again. Shut up, monster! Let’s try again: I have, over the years of living with the monster, found a few handy tips and tricks how to deal with it. It is not gone and probably never will be, but it is tamed, and I can say with - at least some, hard earned - confidence that I know how to advocate for myself. And I would like to share these tricks with you. Welcome to “Tooting your own horn 1.01”. I’ll be your guide.

About the speaker:
Sophie studied mathematics at university which did not go as planned. She finished with a diploma, nonetheless. Serendipity brought her into agile testing – and she has never looked back. She now works happily as a test automation engineer at cronn GmbH, a Bonn based IT company.

In her free time, she enjoys doing ballet and SUPing (in non-lockdown times) or knitting and baking (in lockdown times). No stranger to the universe’s gut punches, she is passionate about improving awareness and communication about mental health and self-care.

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news Upcoming Live Webinar on Code Reading with Samuel Nitsche

Agile Testing Days Team
4 Jul, 2023

We are excited to have Samuel Nitsche speak at our upcoming webinar. He will be talking about Code Reading as an often overlooked skill, although it can and should be trained as it offers an effective approach to both learning to code and getting better at coding - even for people whose main job is not typing.

Sign up for this free live event now and take part in a truly inspiring and enjoyable session with some very special guests.

Thursday, July 13
9:00 AM EST/ 3:00 PM CEST
25 Min talk plus Q&A

The live event will run in Crowdcast. All attendees have access to the recording right after the webinar ends. It will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and the AgileTD Zone Website.

➡️ Register here

Talk Abstract:
“If you want to learn how to code or get better at coding, just start a side project!”
“There are so many tutorials out there, just start coding.”
“You need to figure it out yourself!”

Maybe you’ve heard these or similar statements, and maybe they felt discouraging. Bite-sized tutorials in artificial environments, doing a lot of typing, and figuring out things on your own via trial and error are still the most widespread teaching techniques for learning to code or getting better at coding. This approach takes loads of time, creates a lot of frustration, and can have a steep learning curve for a beginner. If this is not your primary job it’s hard to get good progress, making it extra hard for testers to work on these skills.

There is, however, an alternative approach. Even full-time developers spend 60% of their time reading code and scientific research suggests that learning Java is not so different from learning French. So what if instead of typing away we would focus on reading actual code and using the same techniques as for natural languages to learn and get a deeper understanding of a programming language?

In this talk, I will present tips and techniques on how you can learn to code, get better at reading code quickly and get a deeper understanding of code by reading it.

We will explore:
- why syntax is important and how to learn it quickly
- what makes code complex and how to deal with this complexity
- different text comprehension techniques to deepen our understanding of the code in question.

About the speaker:
Samuel Nitsche is a curiosity-driven software developer who programs, learns and collaborates in the software trade since the early 2000s. 

His primary interest is in modern database development, automated testing, and code quality, topics he writes regularly about on different platforms (e.g. his blog, Simple-Talk, and several Oracle-related print magazines).

He is an Oracle ACE, a Symposium 42 member, a MASH (Mentor and Speaker Hub, core member, and one of the main contributors and maintainers of utPLSQL (

As a workshop facilitator, speaker, and keynote speaker he loves to share his experience in an entertaining way - gladly collaborating with plush animals and using lightsabers - at meetups and conferences.


news Join the biggest Agile Testing Event ever!

Agile Testing Days Team
26 Jun, 2023

The biggest Agile Testing conference of the decade awaits you! We want to celebrate our 15th anniversary of Agile Testing Days with you in a spectacular way this year. You get to decide whether you want to join us in Potsdam or online. In any case, you can expect a unique number of presentations and a fantastic lineup of speakers.

Our AgileTD Virtual Pass alone offers you over 4200 minutes of on-demand knowledge transfer, presented by over 120 international speakers in over 140 online talks. If you join us in Potsdam, you'll also have access to numerous workshops and bonus sessions. In 10 tracks, you will definitely find exciting topics that will advance your everyday work.

Don't miss out on this unprecedented variety and join us this November 13 - 16.

Find out more about what to expect, onsite, virtually and combined.
➡️ See the different packages now

news Upcoming Live Event with Lisa Crispin & Larissa Rosochansky

Agile Testing Days Team
26 Apr, 2023

Join our next live community event on May 4, hosted by Tristan Lombard, and learn how to build more productive and effective relationships with your software development teams. Make sure to attend this free event, because you don't want to miss this exciting and valuable conversation with our two amazing expert guest speakers. On top we have a little announcement to make, so tune in!

In this online talk Tristan will talk to co-founder Lisa Crispin and deliverey principal Larissa Rosochansky, who will answer all your burning question about how to improve your daily workflow with your dev team mates. 

Date & Time
Thursday, May 4th
11am EDT/ 5pm CEST

➡️ Sign up for the event here!

Larrissa and Lisa will both be speaking at the upcoming Agile Testing Days USA conference. These are the sessions they will be hosting:

Full-day Tutorial, Monday May 22
Holistic Testing: Effective strategies for agile teams with Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory

30 min Talk, Tuesday May 23
Building a Chapter with Larissa Rosochansky & Rafael Cintra

30 min Talk, Wednesday May 24
Prioritizing your tests by considering impact and value! with Larissa Rosochansky & Rafael Cintra

Combo-Session (talk & workshop), Wednesday May 24
Plan better testing with the Story Impact Checklist with Lisa Crispin & Allison Lazarz

Meet these great minds, and over 45 more, in person, and register for the Agile Testing Days USA 2023 now!

💡 If you are unemployed, work in a non-profit organization, are new to the tech industry or a student, please reach out at We are happy to help with your available budget!

news Group Special - Guest room included in your ticket

Agile Testing Days Team
17 Apr, 2023

To support groups on a budget we started a special group campaign running from April 12 until April 26, 2023.

Teams always save big at Agile Testing Days USA. Register a group of three or more: 3 to 4 people save 15%, 5 to 6 save 20%, 7 to 8 save 25%, and 8 to 9 save 30% on each ticket.

This goes on top of Early Bird pricing, which is available until May 1, 2023!

And when you book your seats until April 26, you get the hotel nights for your group for free!

The offer is only valid for groups:

  • of 3 or more people
  • that register between April 12 and April 26, 2023.
  • on 2-day and 3-day tickets only
  • as long as guest rooms are available within the above time frame

Buy a 3-day Pass (May 22-24) and get 2 nights included (May 22 and May 23): 1 king room per registered person, or a shared double room.
Buy a 2-day Pass (May 23+24) and get 1 night included (May 23) per registered person.

The guest rooms must be booked by the AgileTD USA team for you (further nights can be added at your own costs).

Guest rooms are highly limited and subject to availability, they will be booked on a first comes first served basis. This will be the venue:

Save big on your groups´ accommodation budget! 
INQUIRE TODAY to get the applicable code for your teams´ registration!

news Upcoming Live Event: Advice for Solo Testers

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Apr, 2023

As a solitary QA tester in your team, would you like to discover fresh strategies to enhance your performance? Don't miss our LinkedIn Live community event, where AgileTD USA speakers Lisa Crispin and Larissa Rosochansky share valuable insights to help you excel. Tristan Lombard will again host the talk and, together with our brillant guest speakers, help you gain survival strategies to thrive as sole tester on your agile team

Join the conversation A Survival Guide for Solo Testers on Tuesday, April 18!

Tuesday, April 18th at
10am PDT/ 1pm EDT 

Sign up:
Join here for free

Not able to attend live? Don't worry, you will still be abe to listen to the recording, by signing up through the RSVP link.

And in case you liked the conversation, check out the Agile Testing Days USA program for 2023. Amongst various other software quality experts, you'll be able to meet one-on-one with Lisa and Larissa, and attend their sessions:

Full-day tutorial May 22, 2023
Holistic Testing: Effective strategies for agile teams
with Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory

Combo Session May 24, 2023
(25-min talk & 75-min workshop)
Plan better testing with the Story Impact Checklist
with Lisa Crispin & Allison Lazarz

30-min Talk May 23, 2023
Building a Chapter - Pitfalls to Avoid and Best Practices to follow
with Larissa Rosochansky & Rafael Cintra

30-min Talk May 23, 2023
Prioritizing your tests by considering Impact and Value!
with Larissa Rosochansky & Rafael Cintra

💡 We still have Early Bird pricing available until May 1 on top of various other ways to save. And when you register a group of 3 or more before April 26, you will get the hotel nights for free. Contact us at to receive the applicable discount codes.

So, there has been no better time to register than now.
See you in Chicago!


news Online MeetUp: Significance Over Success with Mike Lyles

Agile Testing Days Team
29 Mar, 2023

How do you make an impact in the world around you? This may look like a simple question, but the answer does not come easily, as it challenges our approach to leadership and personal growth. Join AgileTD USA speaker Mike Lyles in the upcoming meetup as he uncovers the difference between significance and success and learn more about your power to shape and highlight the importance of everything around you to effect positive change.


The meetup scheduled for:

Wednesday, April 12
at 6:00 PM ET

has been cancelled and will be rescheduled another time.

The meetup is held online only and you may join in for free. The event is run by the Chicago Seleniumistas meetup group. Attendees receive a 10% discount on AgileTD USA 2023 tickets!

Talk abstract:
What does success look like to you? When you think about someone being successful, what comes to your mind? It's very likely you have someone in mind already by just reading the question.

What does "significance" mean to you? And who comes to mind when you hear that word?

John Maxwell said "Once you've tasted significance, success will never satisfy you". Becoming a person, a team, or a company that focuses on significance will empower you to find success in new and creative ways.

Each of us were born with the ability to influence and drive significance all around us. It starts with being intentional, and grows with a dedication to make a difference.

Join Mike Lyles, a Maxwell Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Trainer, as he shares tips to identifying and building significance all around you, and how that you can grow as a leader and influence in every aspect of your personal and professional life!

About the speaker:
Mike Lyles is a Director of QA and Project Management with over 20 years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He is a frequent speaker at AgileTD events and will hold various sessions at the Agile Testing Days USA 2023 in Chicago. 

Meet Mike live in Chicago, find out more about this year's program and check out the various ticket options


news Upcoming Twitter Space: API vs. UI Testing

Agile Testing Days Team
24 Feb, 2023

Make sure to attend our upcoming Twitter Space on Wednesday March 15, again hosted by the wonderful Tristan Lombard. This time we'll be having a rather technical conversation, in which Tristan and his three guests will talk about the benefits of API testing. There's a common trend to explore the happy path and focus on UI testing for leadership and vanity metrics. What might be the real costs of UI-only software testing for agile teams? How can we avoid usual pitfalls and broaden our scope in testing? What are the core benefits of API testing in this matter?

The round of talk guests consists of these three AgileTD USA 2023 speakers. They will share advice and personal experience when dealing with UI and API testing and give a sneak peak of what's to come in their sessions at the conference in May this year.

Take part live:
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Tara Walton
Tara has spent nearly a decade as an Automation Developer writing test cases and delivering automated results for clients, and recently moved into the community side of DevOps when she found Salesforce. Her automations have mainly been frameworks of her own design in C# and other backend languages, but she knows just enough Javascript to be dangerous. When she is not achievement hunting, she likes to complete RCA on software bugs and failed relationships. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, knows how to do some classic ballroom dancing, loves Dungeons and Dragons, and enjoys sharing her knowledge at global conferences.

Tara will give a 30 minute talk about Dungeons and Dragons: The Battle for API at the conference.

Pricilla Bilavendran
Pricilla is a Passionate Test Engineer currently working with Billennium IT Services (M) Sdn - Malaysia, with a decade of experience in Quality Assurance. She has experience in different flavors of Testing like Functional, EDI, ETL, Automation and API Testing. She is so keen and loves to handle APIs. She is a Postman Supernova and speaks at various events regarding APIs and Postman. She is passionate about Cloud computing and a “AWS Community Builder”. Also she is the global ambassador of WomenTech Network and helps many women through her mentoring sessions.

She is a strong believer of Karma!!

Pricilla will give a 30 minute talk followed by a 75 minute hands-on workshop at the Agile Testing Days USA called API Testing for Everyone.

Nithin S.S.
Nithin is the founder of Synapse QA, a co-writing space of test automation professionals and software quality advocates. He has nearly a decade of experience in the IT field with a focus on test automation delivery of web & mobile-based applications. Nithin actively runs test automation workshops, helps other professionals share their writings in the Synapse QA community, and works as Engineering Manager, QA at Fave.

Nithin will give these sessions at AgileTD USA 2023.

💡 If you want to see these software testing pros live on stage, then join us for the Agile Testing Days USA.
Find out more about ticket options and ways to save here.

news Join the Next Live Talk with Jenna Charlton & Jenny Bramble

Agile Testing Days Team
9 Feb, 2023

The first Twitter Space event was just wrapped and we are thrilled that many folks tuned in to learn more on how to manage shifting business requirements and constantly changing quality expectations. In case you missed this informative and fun conversation with Erica Chestnut and Vernon Richard, please note that the recording is still available. 

➡️ Listen to recording here

The next #AgileTDUSA live event is set for Wednesday, February 15 at 2pm PST/ 5pm EST and will also be hosted by the amazing Tristan Lombard. Get set for an extraordinary, colorful and insightul conversation with the one and only dream duo of Test Automation, Jenna Charlton and Jenny Bramble.  They will talk about The Do’s and Don’ts of Test Automation and share their personal take on chances and risks of automation in software testing. Receive some pro-tips on how to handle or balance the two and what pitfalls to avoid, all garnished with a very distinct J&J flavor. A chat you do not want to miss.

Join the next Twitter Space:
➡️ Set a reminder and join live!

And if you cannot get enough of Jenny and Jenna, just join us for Agile Testing Days USA set for May 22–24, 2023, in Chicago, IL. Jenna will deliver a keynote on Imperfect Agile in which they share lessons learned about their self, teams, and what it means to truly be "agile" from a perfectly imperfect agile transformation. They will also host a full-day tutorial on Fundamental Test Skills that is for everyone who wants to get back to basics to deepen your testing knowledge. In Jenny's talk Seems Good Enough to Me: Derisking Regression you will get a stronger understanding of the ways we can simplify and derisk upgrades and learn of structures for working with test to make sure that we’re doing the right amount of testing.

If you want to learn more about pricing and packages, check out our AgileTD USA 2023 ticket options.

news Twitter Spaces with Tristan Lombard & special guests

Agile Testing Days Team
26 Jan, 2023

We invite you to join Tristan Lombard for the upcoming #AgileTDUSA Twitter Spaces event on February 7th, 2023. Tristan will chat with Erika Chestnut, Women-in-Tech Career and Leadership Coach, and Vernon Richards, Quality Coach & Tester, about new leadership strategies for managing agile teams during uncertain times.

Erika Chestnut will speak for the first time at the Agile Testing Days USA conference, happening May 22–24, 2023, in Chicago, IL. She has been in tech for 20+ years and started her career as a developer. According to her, she "got kicked out of development" because she complained a little too much about quality. Thus, Erika is passionate about the construct of quality and how quality is developed throughout the life cycle. Her keynote "Bigger than the Box" will also focus on the concept of quality. She thinks that quality has narrowed in scope and focus to just the test step. However, Quality is bigger than a single column in the delivery life cycle. Quality is the whole point.

Vernon Richards is a frequent speaker at our Agile Testing Days events. At #AgileTDUSA 2023, Vernon will speak about how Quality Engineering, Glue Work And Quiet Quitting are related, why modern context-driven testing is the right way to go and why the way it is set up dooms people to burnout and failure. This talk "How we're setting up QE's to fail" will

  • Define what glue work is
  • Outline what quiet quitting is
  • Recognise what high-value testing and/or quality engineering is
  • Integrate and recognise the three concepts
  • Devise and build solutions to solve the problems that arise

For further reading, we suggest Vernon's blog post How I Think Quality Engineering, Glue Work And Quiet Quitting Are Related!

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See you on Twitter!

news 6 Deep Dive Tutorials at AgileTD USA 2023

Agile Testing Days Team
3 Jan, 2023

Whether you're attending your first AgileTD USA conference or if you're looking for expert guidance to enhance your testing and QA skills, the 6 deep dive tutorials at AgileTD USA 2023 offer immediate inspiration on current agile testing and QA management topics. 

What makes the tutorials at AgileTD USA so special?

The tutorials by Elisabeth Hendrickson, Jenna Charlton, Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory, Tariq King, Melissa Eaden and Paul Holland put particular emphasis on immediate practical value. The high-quality content of the tutorials is based on intensive practical experience.

The courses are full trainings. You work in interactive and dedicated groups to achieve maximum learning. The tutorials are situational. You can ask questions about how you should handle certain situations and immediately get tips and tricks as well as structured approaches to solve current problems at your daily work.

Who should attend?

  • Testers and Test Managers
  • Early career testers and anyone who wants to deepen their testing knowledge
  • Developers, Managers, Business Owners, Analysts
  • Agile testing beginners & intermediates

Learn new techniques to improve your testing and QA skills and strategies. Topics include:

  • Foundational black box test design techniques
  • Exploratory testing with charters
  • Testing challenges and experiments 
  • Foundations of AI and Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing for Testing
  • Efficient test reports that enable decisions making
  • Holistic quality and testing approach for both sides of the DevOps loop
  • DevOps-oriented test automation strategy
  • Techniques and approaches for understanding business domains

Explore our 6 deep dive tutorials to master the latest testing and QA challenges that you face today:

Jenna Charlton – Back to Basics: Fundamental Test Skills

Most of us learned to test by doing. Whether we "fell into testing" or made a decision to make testing our career, we rarely had the opportunity to learn foundational skills in a classroom or simulated environment.

See more


Tariq King – Breaking into AI and Machine Learning

Are you a software engineer or tester who would like to break into AI and machine learning (ML), but don't know how to get started? One of the best ways to get into ML is by designing and completing small projects.

See more



Most test reports are horrible. Paul will share his extensive experience and provide you with the tools you need to supercharge your test reports. Do you create a test report that contains actionable information?

See more


Janet Gregory & Lisa Crispin – Holistic Testing: Effective strategies for agile teams


Many “agile” teams still struggle with delivering good-enough-quality software in a timely manner and find themselves dragged down by production bugs. They haven’t mastered core practices that let them build quality into software.

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Melissa Eaden – Research For Technologists

Whether you know the domain you work in, or are new to it, you'll need to develop a baseline of knowledge for the domain you're working in. Whether it's health care or games, the workshop will give you the basic research tools to understand the domain.

See more


Elisabeth HendricksonDoing the Hard Stuff

If you are in a position of authority or influence in a technical organization, regardless of your title, you are a technical leader. Every day you have to consider technical tradeoffs while also attending to the very human side of leadership.

See more

news AgileTD 2023 USA – Get Your Tickets Now!

Agile Testing Days Team
19 Dec, 2022

Register now for the conference in Chicago in May! Meet agile software testing experts & your agile testing community at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center! 

One of the biggest benefits of attending #AgileTDUSA 2023 next May is the upskilling and training you and your team will receive to crush your goals and implement new ideas in your daily work. Our 40+ expert speakers will be presenting talks, workshops, bonus sessions and keynotes on various topics such as #TestManagement, #AI, #TestAutomation, #MachineLearning, #MentalHealth, #SecurityTesting, #AccessibilityTesting, #ExploratoryTesting, #AgileManagement, #SoftwareDevelopment and much more. 

If you have attended AgileTD USA or one of the other agile testing conferences – AgileTD or AgileTD Open Air – before, you can benefit from our 20% Alumni discount. Just write us an email at to receive your discount code. 

For AgileTD USA 2023, you can choose from 3 different ticket options – get the best value with our 3-day pass!

Register until February 28, 2023, to get tickets at a reduced price with our Super Early Bird pricing. You can save up to $400!


news AgileTD USA 2023: Program is now live!

Agile Testing Days Team
17 Nov, 2022

We're happy to announce that the complete conference program for AgileTD USA 2023 is live! The agenda is packed with fantastic speakers, new insights & engaging, interactive sessions.

What's planned:

  • many discussions with international peers
  • inspiring ideas from leading experts
  • new insights focusing on testing, agile, QA, test automation, and software engineering

In particular, the AgileTD USA 2023 program features 40+ speakers, and 90+ sessions, including interactive workshops and tutorials, inspiring keynotes, and many social and networking events.

🔎 Check out the agenda:

news Erika Chestnut as Keynote Speaker Confirmed

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Nov, 2022

We're happy to announce that Erika Chestnut will be part of our keynote speaker line-up for the Agile Testing Days USA 2023 in Chicago. 

Erika Chestnut’s leadership style begins and ends with relationships. With over 20 years of experience in the tech industry - from application development to spinning up new quality departments - Erika has learned to lead with grace, patience and a little bit of snarky humour. She started her career as an application developer, gaining a deep understanding of business processes, SDLC and the role quality plays in achieving business goals. She is an empathetic servant leader whose mission is to help people lead from a more compassionate space to build engaged, empowered and excited teams.

At AgileTDUSA 2023, she will present a keynote titled "Bigger Than The Box". 


More info about Erika:

LinkedIn: Erika Chestnut

Twitter: @Erika


news AgileTD USA 2023: Keynote & Tutorial Topics Announced

Agile Testing Days Team
11 Oct, 2022

In 2023, Agile Testing Days USA is returning to Chicago for another 3-day agile testing event with lots of industry experts, thought leaders, new voice speakers and highly knowledgeable testing and QA professionals. Our lineup of keynote and tutorial speakers will help you gain new skills and strategies and change your mindset in a way so that you can improve your daily work as an individual and as a team.

We're happy to give you the first glimpse into the keynote and tutorial topics of Jenna Charlton, Paul Holland, and Melissa Eaden. Dr Rochelle Carr confirmed her topic for her keynote, and Tariq King, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory for their tutorials.

Elisabeth Hendrickson will share her topics for the keynote and tutorial soon. So stay tuned!

Jenna Charlton

Jenna is a software tester and product owner with over a decade of experience. They've spoken at a number of dev and test conferences and are passionate about risk-based testing, building community within agile teams, developing the next generation of testers, and A11y. When not testing, Jenna loves to go to punk rock shows and live pro wrestling events with their husband Bob, travelling, and cats. Their favourite of which are the 2 that share their home, Maka and Excalipurr. Their keynote is titled "Imperfect Agile" and their tutorial "Back to Basics: Fundamental Testing Skills".

Paul Holland

Paul Holland is a Sr. Test Automation Architect and has over 27 years of experience in software testing. Prior he was Senior Director of Test Engineering for 4.5 years and Head of Testing for 2 years. Paul specializes in adapting testing methodologies to reduce waste and be more effective and efficient. Finding ways to document only that which needs to be documented. Modifying reporting of test activities to provide actionable information to stakeholders and reduce/eliminate potentially harmful metrics. His keynote is titled "Where is testing heading?" and his tutorial "Fact It. Your Test Report Sucks."

Melissa Eaden

Melissa Eaden has worked for more than a decade with tech companies such as Security Benefit, HomeAway, ThoughtWorks, and now Unity Technologies. Melissa’s previous career in mass media continues to lend itself to her current career endeavours. She enjoys being EditorBoss for the Ministry of Testing, supporting their community mission for software testers globally. Melissa's keynote is titled "The Secret to My Success" and the working title for her tutorial is "Research for Technologies".

Dr Rochelle Carr

Dr Rochelle Carr is a dynamic leadership and development consultant who brings to the table a veritable salt-shaker of expertise as a business leader, coach, presenter, and all-around motivator. As CEO of Path Forward Empowerment, Dr Carr’s mission is to deliver a passport to self-leadership to her clients through positive thinking, spirituality, and shaking off unproductive habits that get in the way of achieving goals. As a sought-after public speaker, trainer and facilitator, she works with companies and organizations in planning, executing, monitoring, and implementing parameters, which allow teams to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. Her keynote is titled "The WHY You Are!"

Tariq King

Tariq King enjoys breaking things and is currently the Chief Scientist at, where he leads research and development of their core platform for AI-driven testing. He started his career in academia as a tenure-track professor and later transitioned into the software industry. Tariq previously held positions as a test architect, manager, director, and head of quality. He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed software testing books, journals, conferences, and workshops. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE Computer Society and serves as a board member and keynote speaker for several international software engineering and testing conferences. His tutorial is titled "Breaking into AI and Machine Learning".

Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin haven't just pioneered agile testing, they have also written three of the field's most valuable guidebooks. They are co-authors of 'Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams', 'More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team' and 'Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Intro'. Two of the industry's most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants have teamed up for their AgileTD USA tutorial titled "Holistic Testing: Effective Strategies for Agile Teams".


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news Call for Papers is closed – Thank you!

Agile Testing Days Team
4 Oct, 2022

The Call for Papers for AgileTDUSA 2023 is closed! Thank you to everyone that has been sending their talks and workshops in for AgileTDUSA 2023! We have received so many amazing proposals. We are overwhelmed by your passion to support us during the sessions.

Our program chairs Nancy Gariché, Vernon Richards, Tariq King, Janet Gregory, and Dee Anne Pizzica are currently hard working on reviewing all papers and creating the agenda for AgileTDUSA 2023 based on all the great submissions. After the review, we will notify all authors if their submissions have been accepted or denied. Good luck to all & wait for news!

The next Agile Testing Days USA will take place May 22-24, 2023, and will be hosted in the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center

SAVE THE DATE as the registration will open very soon!

news AgileTD USA: Pro #NoPayToSpeak

Agile Testing Days Team
19 Sep, 2022

Have you been paid to speak at a conference?

There is still an ongoing discussion about conferences that let their speakers pay to have the stage. This matters in particular for speakers from marginalized communities who have little money to pay but great lessons to share for perspectives we have not yet heard.

At the moment, AgileTD USA is looking for experienced and new speakers for their upcoming conference in May 2023 in Chicago, IL. We cordially welcome speakers from all experience levels. Our aim is to always offer a diverse and inclusive conference for all.

We know your value and your worth, therefore AgileTDUSA is pro #NoPayToSpeak. We are aware that when you submit for a conference, you also submit your

Time to plan
Time to prepare

The team has done many international agile testing conferences and for every conference, they reimburse travel and accommodation expenses. There is a lot of transparency around this. Here is what you get for speaking at the Agile Testing Days USA conference:

- Your travel expenses refunded (limited to US$ 600.00/US$ 1200.00)
- Up to 2 free nights at the conference venue
- Exclusive speaker welcome dinner
- Free access to all sessions on the 2 conference days including workshops
- Continental breakfast, lunch, dinner & beverages on the 2 Conference Days
- Free access to our special Oktoberfest Costume Party
- Special Speaker Discount on Tutorials
- Endless networking options, bonus sessions & social events 

So there is no need to be worried about costs! If your proposal is accepted we got you covered as AgileTD USA is #NoPayToSpeak!

More information about the Call for Papers and speaker benefits can be found here:

news AgileTD USA Keynote & Tutorial Speaker Line-Up

Agile Testing Days Team
30 Aug, 2022

Every year, we try to choose keynote speakers who are an integral part of the agile testing community. Today we are happy to present to you our keynote lineup for the Agile Testing Days USA 2023, set for May 22-24, 2023, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center. Our highly inspirational keynote speakers will set the scene for the 4th edition of AgileTD USA followed by selected talks and workshop sessions.

We're also proud to announce the 2023 AgileTD USA tutorial speaker line-up! At AgileTD USA you will be able to learn from and discuss with industry-leading speakers.

During these full-day tutorials, you will learn hands-on and be able to discuss individual questions and challenges. If you would like to delve deeper into a certain topic you are well-advised to keep your eyes open as our program updates are coming soon. 

Elisabeth Hendrickson: Keynote & Tutorial

Elisabeth is recognized as a leader in agile software development. She is also the author of Explore It! from Pragmatic Bookshelf. Furthermore, she is an experienced software developer, technical leader, and executive. You can find her on Twitter as @testobsessed.



Jenna Charlton: Keynote & Tutorial

Jenna is a software tester and product owner with over a decade of experience. They've spoken at a number of dev and test conferences and are passionate about risk-based testing, building community within agile teams, developing the next generation of testers, and A11y. When not testing, Jenna loves to go to punk rock shows and live pro wrestling events with their husband Bob, traveling, and cats.

Paul Holland: Keynote & Tutorial

Paul Holland is a Director of Test Engineering at HBC based in New York City but he works remotely from his home in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Paul has over 25 years of experience in software testing. Paul specializes in adapting testing methodologies to reduce waste and be more effective and efficient. Finding ways to document only that which needs to be documented.


Dr. Rochelle Carr: Keynote

Dr. Rochelle Carr is a dynamic leadership and development consultant who brings to the table a veritable salt-shaker of expertise as a business leader, coach, presenter, and all-around motivator. As CEO of Path Forward Empowerment, Dr. Carr’s mission is to deliver a passport to self-leadership to her clients through positive thinking, spirituality, and shaking off unproductive habits that get in the way of achieving goals. 

Melissa Eaden: Keynote

Melissa Eaden has worked for more than a decade with tech companies such as Security Benefit, HomeAway, ThoughtWorks, and now Unity Technologies. Melissa’s previous career in mass media continues to lend itself to her current career endeavors. She enjoys being EditorBoss for the Ministry of Testing, supporting their community mission for software testers globally. She can be found on Twitter and Slack at @melthetester.

Tariq King: Tutorial

Tariq King enjoys breaking things and is currently the Chief Scientist at, where he leads research and development of their core platform for AI-driven testing. He started his career in academia as a tenure-track professor and later transitioned into the software industry. Tariq previously held positions as a test architect, manager, director, and head of quality. 

Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin: Tutorial

Janet Gregory is an agile testing trainer and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of three Agile Testing books, the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course, and co-founder of the Agile Testing Fellowship.


Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons "Agile Testing Essentials" video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course. Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2012.


news AgileTD USA 2023 Program Committee Announced

Agile Testing Days Team
18 Aug, 2022

You already might have heard the great news that this year Nancy Gariché, Vernon Richards, Tariq King, Janet Gregory, and Dee Anne Pizzica will form the AgileTD USA 2023 Program Committee and review each and every paper submission and help us put together an outstanding program for the 3-day event in May 2023.

They will use their industry knowledge and spare no effort to help create a unique and fabulous agenda with new formats, a top-notch speakers line-up, and a diverse mix of sessions.

In particular, they are responsible for the following activities for the Agile Testing Days USA conference:

  • Evaluate and review submissions
  • Assist in the selection of talks and workshops
  • Provide feedback on submissions

We are very happy about our professional team of reviewers and can't wait for the AgileTDUSA 2023 program to be put together. You can submit your paper until SEPTEMBER 30, 2023!

news Time to start your speaking journey at AgileTD USA 2023!

Agile Testing Days Team
18 Aug, 2022

Start your speaking journey at AgileTD USA 2023!

Until SEPTEMBER 30, 2022, the Call for Papers is open! We‘re looking forward to your numerous submissions no matter if you‘re a newbie or a seasoned pro!

At AgileTD USA 2022, we had many insightful talks, great hands-on workshops, and amazing keynotes. For 2023, we are also looking for papers revolving around

  • AI & Robotics in Testing
  • Machine Learning
  • Ethics in Tech
  • Conscious Leadership
  • Sustainability Testing
  • Accessibility Testing
  • Exploratory Testing & Automation
  • Mobile Testing
  • Diversity in Tech
  • API Testing
  • Test (Case) Management
  • Coding for Testers
  • Mental Health, Self Care & Mindfulness
  • and much more

Because we know how hard it is to write a proposal for a Call for Papers (or Call for Speakers), we have collected some helpful tips and hacks in our AgileTD blog.

An awesome way to start the tenure of our AgileTD USA 2023 program chairs - Vernon Richards, Janet Gregory, Tariq King, Nancy Gariché, and Dee Anne Pizzica - is to overwhelm them with the sheer volume of solid and amazing proposals. So, take your chance and become a speaker at AgileTDUSA 2023!

Submit your best ideas here:!

news We're back in May 2023 – Save the Date!

Agile Testing Days Team
13 Jun, 2022

AgileTDUSA 2022 is in the book – and we couldn't be happier. This edition was truly amazing and experiencing it with our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers in person made it very special. So thank you to you all who joined us for this edition. We have seen on Twitter that many people were left with serious episodes of FOMO and we want to mention at this point to save the date for AgileTDUSA 2023! We will be back in Chicago at the beautiful  Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center from

MAY 22 – 24, 2023!

The registration for AgileTDUSA 2023 is already open and next year we will have 1 tutorial and 2 conference days. The Call for Papers for AgileTD 2023 will open soon as well. So, stay tuned and check out our social media channels for any updates.

If you experience a post-conference blues or want to relive some great moments of AgileTDUSA, head over to Twitter and click through our "Best of AgileTDUSA 2022" Moment. Or you enjoy a short summary about AgileTDUSA 2022 on our AgileTD blog.

news Recap Conference Day III at AgileTDUSA & Thank You

Agile Testing Days Team
10 Jun, 2022

Yesterday was the day many organizers and attendees dread to see coming: the last day of a great conference. The last conference is usually accompanied by mixed feelings: happiness that the event took place, full hearts, and minds after 5 intense days of learning, socializing, and connecting, and sentimentality that soon the event is coming to a close.

Our last keynote of the day with the fitting title "The Last Keynote on Software Testing" by Rahul Verma showed great vulnerability as he shared beautiful stories about topics that are important to him. It was also a real pleasure to have Tariq King talking on the AgileTDUSA keynote stage. Tariq gave great examples of why testing is useful along the way of developing and guided us in "Towards a Future of Self-Testing Systems". And Doc Norton shared important lessons with the AgileTDUSA attendees in his keynote "The Experimentation Mindset". He also illustrated the importance of making new team members feel welcome and experimenting to find what works for a particular team.

Lisa Crispin and Bertold Kolics challenged their workshop attendees in their combo session "Risk-based testing for the whole team". There was a lot of intense learning going on. Janet Gregory and Brandon Jason Valle Tamayo talked about their special developer-tester relationship and gave an honest insight into their story. And Ashley Hunsberger presented her talk “The Ethics of Data Collection” and gave great suggestions to deal with ethics in data collection (and the use of that data).

Although the last night of #AgileTDUSA 2022 has come, it was not all over yet. Our speakers, attendees, and the AgileTDUSA team took a moment for some self-reflection & recollection of these past few exciting days at the "Agile Community Evening - Windy City Wrap-Up" with Paul Holland.

At last but not least, we want to thank each and everyone who attended, spoke at, laughed, shared, and spread positivity at our 3rd edition of AgileTDUSA. Thank you to our volunteers, who did an amazing job, thank you to our speakers and sponsors, and to our attendees. We can't describe how much this conference means to us and that you all believed in us is such a great honor. We will leave Chicago with one laughing eye and one crying eye. We will be back in May 2023. Until we meet again, please stay safe, healthy, and as amazing as you all are! XOXO

news Recap Conference Day II at AgileTDUSA 2022

Agile Testing Days Team
9 Jun, 2022

Our conferences are open to you to tell your stories, to help you in your career, and give you the space you need to be safe and talk. Therefore, we're starting off with the highlight of this day. The panel keynote on diversity and inclusion with Raj Subrameyer, Deena McKay, Tolu Adegbite, and Nancy Gariché! They talked about creating a diverse and inclusive world in the digital age focusing on women and people of color and shared personal stories. Dr. Melissa Sassi gave her keynote full of positive energy. She is so inspiring! And kudos go to Jan Jaap Cannegieter who delivered a keynote at #AgileTDUSA for the very first time and did an amazing job!

The day was again filled with highly insightful and very personal sessions. Maryam Umar was so brave, transparent, and honest in sharing her mental health journey in her talk "How I became Agile when it came to mental health”. Jenna Charlton shared their testing love story and how putting the users first! And don't forget our interactive workshops by Lisi Hocke, and Larissa Rosochansky and Rafael Cintra! Attendees were so inspired and motivated!

In the evening, all attendees and speakers could refill their batteries before our #AgileTDUSA Night Activities and have food and drinks at the Sponsor Reception. Here also the winners of the #AgileTDUSA Passport Game have been announced! Congratulations to all of them! Have fun with your great prizes! At 'The Friends & Allies - Human Space', attendees could talk about uncomfortable subjects but also find support and solutions to help themselves and others in the community. The Agile Games Night is usually loud, full of laughter and giggles and fun because here the attendees and speakers can relax and join fun games.

news Recap Conference Day I at AgileTDUSA 2022

Agile Testing Days Team
9 Jun, 2022

Wow! Conference Day I at AgileTDUSA started really strong with keynotes by Vernon Richards, Melissa Boggs, and Linda Rising! And many people would agree that seeing Linda presenting is "honestly a bucket list tech speaker moment. She’s a speaker’s speaker." (quote by Jenna Charlton).

All the speakers during this day shared so many insights and ideas! It was phenomenal! Our attendees learned so much about security in DevOps from Nancy Gariché (you should check out the OWASP DevSlop Youtube Channel). According to Erin Hess, truer words have never been spoken than when Jenny Bramble said "Create context!! Tests and Automation passing or failing means nothing if it’s not in context.” in her talk "Setting Your Tests to Fail". Also, 11/10 would recommend our Open Space bonus session because they enjoyed insightful conversations happening there!

In the evening, our sponsors welcomed the attendees at the Sponsor Reception with food and drinks to introduce themselves and have informal chats and get to know each other, and build connections. But the highlight of this evening was our notorious costume party, this time in Flower Power and Hippie Style. We danced the night away to legendary songs from this era and led the evening end with some pretty groovy dance moves.

news Recap Tutorial Days at AgileTDUSA 2022

Agile Testing Days Team
9 Jun, 2022

Two days filled with hard work, new learnings, and skills lie behind our tutorial attendees. The tutorial attendees have been challenged with various tasks and thought-provoking questions. Thank you to Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory, Jan Jaap Cannegieter, Alexandra Schladebeck, Huib Schoots, Rahul Verma, and Tariq King for sharing their expertise in these hands-on sessions!

In the evening, we invited our incredible & hard-working speakers to the #AgileTDUSA Speakers Dinner. 70+ international speakers will share their knowledge during the 3rd Edition of #AgileTDUSA. One way to thank our speakers is by hosting a special dinner accompanied by delicious food.

Our attendees had the chance to get to know each other in an informal way with games during the Meet & Greet Networking Night!

news Meet Functionize at AgileTDUSA 2022

Agile Testing Days Team
2 Jun, 2022

We're happy to have Functionize on board for AgileTDUSA 2022. Functionize is the only solution that uses AI, big data, and machine learning to solve Test Debt, and the ongoing maintenance of fixing broken test automation scripts. This is an entirely new approach to testing offers that offers:• A reduction of test maintenance time by 85% with self-healing tests

• 99.9% element selection accuracy and fewer broken tests
• 80% overall testing cost reduction
• 12x faster test creation

You can meet the team at the AgileTDUSA expo from TUES – THUR from 10 a.m. They will also share knowledge in an industrial talk, A Tester's Story, held by Jenna Charlton. Don't miss it!


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news Welcome Qyrus at AgileTDUSA 2022

Agile Testing Days Team
23 May, 2022

Here comes a big shout-out to our new Gold Sponsor Qyrus. Do you want to substantially improve your testing, deliver better customer experiences, and reduce the time and effort needed to do so?  Qyrus is a simple, smart, and scalable automation platform that makes your testing better, faster, and more efficient. It's a platform for everyone: testers, developers, and business technologists. Qyrus delivers robust testing automation in a codeless platform that makes testing easier for you and reduces the amount of time required to comprehensively test your products. It also enables you to build and execute a wide variety of automated and manual tests, regression tests, performance tests, and business process tests. And at last but not least, Qyrus' codeless software testing platform enables you to collaborate more effectively with your testing and development teams to reduce time to market and improve product quality.

You can meet the Qyrus team at AgileTDUSA and learn how they can help you deliver higher-quality products and services faster and more efficiently.

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news AgileTDUSA Young Professionals Program

Agile Testing Days Team
28 Apr, 2022

Agile Testing Days USA is recognized for its steady effort to bring inclusiveness and diversity to tech conferences, this includes people of all ages and experience levels as well. Everyone of us stepped into their early careers feeling slightly insecure and needing professional advice. Being a student, graduate or early career professional in the digital age gives you considerable advantages, however, it also leaves you uncertain about how to have a good start into the IT career.

The AgileTDUSA Young Professionals Program welcomes all students, graduates, and young professionals to attend North America's greatest agile testing event this June in Chicago. We seek to help young people who have professional needs but sometimes do not have the funds to attend special industry-related conferences to learn, meet leaders, and experts and connect with fellow peers in order to get a glimpse into the IT business or to ascend the professional ladder.

At Agile Testing Days USA, we offer networking and professional development opportunities focused on helping young people navigate the challenges of a new professional career in the tech industry. Students, graduates and young professionals get access to all three conference days from June 7 to June 9 including the social events, evening events, and bonus sessions on-site. During the conference, there are a number of opportunities to engage with speakers, sponsors and attendees and to learn from experts like Tariq King, Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory, Vernon Richards, Dr. Melissa Sassi and many more. 

If you are interested in attending Agile Testing Days USA, then contact us at and we'll tell you more.

news EY is Agile Testing USA's Gold Sponsor

Agile Testing Days Team
27 Apr, 2022

We're happy to have EY as a gold sponsor for North America's greatest agile testing event happening in Chicago this summer. EY exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for clients, people, and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate. Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax, and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers to the complex issues facing our world today.

There are many reasons for the partnership between AgileTDUSA and EY, but key focal points will be diversity and inclusiveness, which are an integral part of Agile Testing Days USA as well. The new partnership agreement provides strong visibility and branding. EY will feature on the AgileTDUSA website and in the program. Justin Hanke, the Innovation and Solution Engineering Leader at EY, and John McEvoy, Partner at Ernst & Young, will speak during the conference about the journey from testing to quality engineering.

John has established and run numerous large scale, multi-location Testing Centers of Excellence, having led large scale enterprise-wide strategic testing initiatives for a number of global Fortune 50 financial services companies, and being awarded a US Patent related to Testing Automation – he currently leads the Testing Services Advisory and Managed Service Practices for EY.

Justin's passion is to create a vision of what could be, inspire people to accomplish more than what they thought possible, and use technology to make the vision a meaningful and impactful reality.

Join their talk "The Journey from Testing to Quality Engineering" on Wednesday, June 08, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


news AgileTDUSA x Seleniumistas Virtual Meetup

Agile Testing Days Team
12 Apr, 2022

We're excited to announce that we're sponsoring the next virtual meetup of the Chicago Seleniumistas group on April 27, 2022! TEDx speaker and AgileTDUSA keynote speaker Raj Subrameyer will share his talk, Your Personal Brand Is Your Super Power: Differentiate Yourself in the New Normal.

Unlearn everything you know about your career and jobs. It is time we adapt to the new normal.

You have worked in a company for over a decade. You have been loyal, faithful, and put in a lot of hard work to do your best job over the years. All of a sudden, things like COVID happen and you get laid off or you do not get that promotion. Now what? How do you handle unexpected situations in your job and bounce back from it? How do you show your boss that you are special? This is a common narrative we are hearing these days and people are starting to realize that, there is no stability in their careers and they have to start looking ahead to the future.

Your personal brand will be the single most important thing that will set you apart from your competition, and I will teach you the tips, tricks, and tools to build it and thrive in the career you love. Some of them include how to use LinkedIn to grow your brand, effectively use conferences as a growth ladder, write articles and blogs, grow your network, and build your social media footprint to become a thought leader in the industry.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand and learn strategies to adapt to the future of work
  • How to build your personal brand?
  • How to set yourself miles apart from your competition?

Raj's Bio
Raj Subrameyer is a tech career strategist focusing on helping people to land their dream job and become successful leaders. He is passionate about guiding professionals to maximize their opportunities and discover their zone of genius. He has given multiple TEDx talks and is a sought-after speaker at various conferences and has been featured in numerous TV news segments, podcasts, and publications, including CBS, BBC, FOX, NPR, NBC, Entrepreneur, CEOWorld Magazine, CIO, and Authority Magazine, Career Addict, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success and The Good Men Project. His areas of expertise include career advancement, leadership, motivation, productivity, mental health, diversity & inclusion, and entrepreneurship. In his spare time, he loves traveling and enjoying craft beer. You can find more info about how he serves people through his website -

Sign up for this special meetup here

news Thanks to our new Sponsor TTN

Agile Testing Days Team
8 Apr, 2022

A big thank you to our new media sponsor TTN! Like AgileTD USA they are helping to promote and nourish the principles of the Agile mindset at the workplace, and to "enjoy the magic of the software testing World".

Testing Tech News (TTN) is building a global social network for software testing professionals and empowering the members to connect with each other, share insights, and build their own networks. They are aiming to build a software testing world where testers have a decent place to collaborate with creative minds through the power of human connection, create an iconic personal brand that gives software testers hope for a better future. TTN social network provides a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share their insights and experiences, ask for guidance, and build valuable connections.  

Learn more about their amazing work and become a member now!

Go to TTN Website

news Early Bird Discount Available until May 1st

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Mar, 2022

Saving money on your #AgileTDUSA ticket continues! With the Early Bird special you will receive up to $500 off the regular ticket prices. To qualify, just register before May 1, 2022. Early Bird savings depend on the conference package selected but we recommend opting-in for the 5-day package as it will give you access to a 2-day tutorial of your choice and all three conference days. 

Get your ticket for North America's greatest #agile #testing event now!


news Women in Agile: A Series of Conversations – Panels #3 & #4

Agile Testing Days Team
12 Jan, 2022

Through 2021, Agile Alliance and Agile Testing Days co-presented a series of panel discussions to consider the role women play in Agile past, present and future. In each panel, a group of Agile practitioners who have made significant impacts on the Agile community gathered together to share stories and offer ideas about how to make the Agile world more inclusive.

We're happy to share with you that the panel discussions "Empowering Women in Agile" and "Agile Team Roles – Then and Now" of the Women in Agile series, co-hosted by the Agile Testing Days and the Agile Alliance, are now available to (re-)watch.

Learn more about panel discussions #3 and #4

news Creating Spaces for Women in Agile

Agile Testing Days Team
24 Nov, 2021

Agile Testing Days is co-presenting the panel discussion “Creating Spaces for Women in Agile” during the Agile Alliance Agile MiniCon 2021.

This conversation – the 5th in the series of Women in Agile panels co-presented by Agile Testing Days and Agile Alliance – will highlight some of the women who have been involved in helping Agile Alliance fulfill its mission and become a more inclusive community.


Jutta Eckstein: Coach, consultant, and trainer

Janet Gregory: Co-founder, Agile Testing Fellowship

Ellen Grove: Interim Managing Director, Agile Alliance

Rebecca Parsons: CTO at Thoughtworks

Kemmy Raji: Executive and Leadership Coach

Cat Swetel: Director of Engineering at Nubank

The panel discussion is part of the 2021 Agile MiniCon, which is taking place 

Friday, December 10th • 12 PM-3 PM ET.

The 2021 Agile MiniCon is a jam-packed online event featuring deep agile learning with speakers and panels covering a range of Agile concepts, and a networking space for meeting up with fellow agilists. Registration is open to both Agile Alliance members and non-members alike and is free for everyone.


news AgileTD Webinar: Mike Lyles – The Paradigm Shift of Quality

Agile Testing Days Team
13 Oct, 2021

We are having a new AgileTD webinar coming up soon on October 27, 2021. This time, Mike Lyles will talk about the paradigm of quality. You can join us at 3 pm CEST/9 am EST through Crowdcast. Thank you to our long-term friends of Sauce Labs, who sponsor this webinar.

Many years ago, Stephen Covey made the statement “Nothing Fails Like Success”. He spoke on how the things we do to be successful today may not be enough for success tomorrow. This powerful statement can be directly applied to how the changing landscape of IT is affecting the roles of our project teams. Processes, tools, and approaches that were once successful years ago may not be enough today, tomorrow, and beyond.

This philosophy is highly applicable to the role of IT teams today. As teams move from waterfall to Agile & DevOps, there is a call for many changes in strategies that were once successful. The basic project dynamics are evolving into a whole new format. The concept of “shift left” moves from “good to have” to “required” in order for DEV and QA teams to engage in the project dynamics earlier. Years ago, before companies were moving to Agile & DevOps, teams would not have imagined that skills in design, arts, and user interfaces would become so important. However, they are critical roles required in aligning the project teams to ensure success.

Therefore, teams must evolve in multiple ways. First, they must modify basic behavior patterns: increasing the courage of the team, engagement with the project team, being more business-driven, and contributing more to the overall project life cycle. Secondly, communication becomes one of the most critical keys to success. And finally, teams must be willing to adapt and function in a changing environment that will continue to evolve as we learn new skills and grow with Agile & DevOps.

Key Takeaways:

  • Evaluate the many changes that teams face as organizations evolve their SDLC process

  • Evaluate how that some things remain the same and how to identify those core elements

  • A checklist of core skills and competencies needed in Agile & DevOps environments

  • Steps each team must take today to support their organizational growth

To register or join on October 27, 2021, just head over to Crowdcast!

news Be the first! Register now for AgileTDUSA 2022

Agile Testing Days Team
7 Oct, 2021

We start right away with great news: the registration for the 3rd edition of AgileTDUSA 2022 in Chicago is now open. Our AgileTD Unicorn will guide you through the registration process and if you register until March 13, 2022, you can save up to $ 700 with our Super Early Bird rate. 

The agenda for next year includes over 70 international speakers, over 90 sessions in total, 6 social events, and 15 New Voices talks. It really will be a fantastic event, with an unforgettable flower power party on Tuesday night. 

We recommend gathering your team and join the Agile Testing Days USA together to boost up equally the level of know-how and skills among your colleagues to ensure better performance and success of your Agile team and organization! We offer great group rates for teams of 3+. The bigger the team, the bigger the discount. You can save up to 30% on each registration. 

news Program for AgileTDUSA 2022 out now!

Agile Testing Days Team
25 Sep, 2021

BOOM! To say we're super excited would be an understatement when speaking about our new program for AgileTDUSA 2022. We're immensely proud to have a program for AgileTDUSA 2022 that represents all related fields of agile testing. We look forward to Angie Jones, Santhosh Tuppad, Gitte Klitgaard, Linda Rising, Doc Norton, Derk-Jan de Grood, Raj Subrameyer, Tariq King, and Rahul Verma presenting their keynotes on the three conference days, June 7 to 9, 2022.

We're happy to have over 70 new voice and experienced speakers that will share their knowledge to help you grow your agile testing skills. Get excited to listen to their stories, new ideas, best practices, leading strategies, and useful insights.

What will you learn at AgileTDUSA 2022? Check out the program to find out what your must-go-to sessions are! What do you think of the 1-day and 2-day tutorials on June 5 and 6? Or about the combo sessions consisting of a talk and a theory-in-practice workshop afterwards on Conference Day 3, June 9? We're sure you will find your favorite tutorial, keynote, talk, or workshop.

And if you already wonder when you can book your ticket for AgileTDUSA 2022, then we ask you to be a little bit more patient. The registration will open soon. But we promise that you will be the first to know.

Explore the program of AgileTDUSA 2022 now!

news Skyrocket Your Career NOW

Agile Testing Days Team
3 Sep, 2021

Learn how to thrive in and find your Dream Career

Our job is a huge part of our life, we spend about 90,000 hours
at work - so why don't be successful at it?

Join this workshop by TEDx Speaker & ATD USA Keynote Speaker Raj Subrameyer, and learn how to become happy and successful in your career path. 🚀

Learn the best tools and methods to upgrade your career and reach your personal goals. "This workshop will change people’s lives" (Raj S.)

Workshop details:
Workshop length: 2 days
Dates: Thursday, 28th October to Friday, 29th October 2021
4 hours per day
each day from 2:00 - 6:00 PM CEST (Berlin) // 7:00 - 11:00 AM CDT (Chicago)
​Takes place: Live Online
Price: 119.- EURO (incl. tax)

Find many more information about the workshop here:

To book the workshop, please go to: Career Advancement Workshop


Learn more about the workshop host Raj:

news Welcome to your new AgileTD platform!

Agile Testing Days Team
13 Jul, 2021


The new AgileTD Zone website has just been launched. Find out what is happening in the AgileTD universe, which on-site events and online sessions are coming up, which new content has been added to the zone & who is part of the AgileTD team. 

The intention of the platform is to support your learning experience, to widen your networking opportunities, to increase awareness for various topics and to support diversity on all levels possible.

From all the different projects run by AgileTD, great contents were gathered for everyone to watch, learn and grow FOR FREE. Visitors can enjoy ...

  • listening to the AgileTD Unplugged podcast, informal conversations between the community and AgileTD.
  • exploring the many videos of conference keynotes and talks or of recent online sessions.
  • meeting the global community, expert speakers & fellow testers at the worldwide conferences.
  • attending the virtual live events that are taking place on a regular basis like webinars, panels, and interviews.

But most importantly, it is a place to connect with you. Follow the AgileTD team on their social channels, join the Slack workspace and connect with like-minded people from the community. The AgileTD team and the community love to learn from you and your experiences. 

Let's grow the agile testing community further together!


Check out the AgileTD ZONE NOW

news Women in Agile Panel June 29

Agile Testing Days Team
15 Jun, 2021

Co-presented by AgileTD and the Agile Alliance

Join us on June 29 for a dynamic conversation about ways to build technical communities, increase mentorship and allyship, and better support each other in learning and career development.

The discussion round is part of a mini conference, run by the Agile Alliance, called Minimum Viable Conference.

This panel conversation will explore different ways of empowering women – and other underrepresented groups in tech – to become leaders in their fields. We gathered an round of amazing women to shed some light on how we can support and empower each other in the world of IT and beyond.

The international panel includes:

  • Gitte Klitgaard
    Engineering Manager at Mentimeter, owner of Native Wired
  • Nancy Gariché
    Co-leader of OWASP DevSlop, Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Faiza Yousuf
    founder of WomeninTechPK, Product Management consultan
  • Cheryl Hammond
    Principal DevOps Consultant at Contino and Women in Agile Conference Co-Chair

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
12–2PM EST | 12–2AM HKT | 6–8PM CEST | 11AM–1PM CDT

Register for the free event here 

news AgileTD Unplugged #4 - Interview with Raj Subrameyer

Agile Testing Days Team
2 Jun, 2021

The latest episode of AgileTD Unplugged is out!

Raj Subrameyer is the interviewed guest in episode 4 of our podcast series.
Raj speaks about his journey from being an introverted kid to becoming an international keynote speaker.
He shares many tips on how to set and meet your personal or professional goals, shares insights into his book and reveals the date of his upcoming TED talk (how terrific is that?).
They also speak about his personal experiences with racism and racism against any colored people in general.

To learn more about Raj just check him out at or

🎧 Listen to the episode on ☁️  Soundcloud!

news AgileTD USA postponed to June 2022

Agile Testing Days Team
19 May, 2021

Unfortunately, the pandemic still has the world in its grip and we are forced to make the very tough but inevitable decision to postpone the conference, set for June 20 - 24 this year, to June 5-9, 2022. Given the current Covid-19 development and prospects for the near future, AgileTD USA will not be able to take place. We do not see any possibility to run a safe, fun, and valuable onsite conference in June this year. Below you'll find more details about what to do if you already bought a ticket and how to stay connected. 

As of now, we plan to have a similar speaker line-up for 2021, be it keynote, tutorial, talk, or workshop speakers. Already submitted and accepted papers are open to refreshment and adaptation, so you can count on attending a conference with the most recent and innovative agile testing and software development insights.

Even though we need to skip AgileTD USA for another year, we look forward to an amazing event next year. And we would love to have YOU in Chicago with us next year! 


📧 Join the AgileTD Zone! Just send us an email and we send you the invitation link to our special Slack Community Channel.

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news AgileTD Unplugged Episode #3 - Program Out Special

Agile Testing Days Team
19 May, 2021

The latest episode of AgileTD Unplugged is out!

In episode #3 of our podcast, you will get a look behind the scenes and learn more about the steps of getting the program out for Europe's greatest agile testing festival. AgileTD team members Steffi, Uwe, and Ina will tell you more about the reviewing process and hand out some insider tips to get the most out of your AgileTD experience.

🎧 Listen to the episode on ☁️  Soundcloud!


news The AgileTD Germany 2021 Program is Out!

Agile Testing Days Team
29 Apr, 2021

Yes, here we go 🎉! The 4-day program for your next Agile Testing Days Germany learning adventure has just been published. We are super excited to share an amazing 8 track conference schedule with you. Again we reserved a full track for new voices and are eager to hear some fresh ideas from all over the world.

On Monday, Nov. 15 you can choose between 8 full-day tutorials, facilitated by Agile software quality experts like Daniel Billing, Jan-Jaap Cannegieter & Derk-Jan de Grood, Anne-Marie Charrett, Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory, Ash Winter, Huib Schoots & Paul Holland, Simon Berner, and Lisi Hocke & Toyer Mamoojee. The conference is kicked-off with a spectacular evening keynote by Kevin Harris & James Lyndsay called TestMaster.

The conference days, running from Nov. 16 until Nov. 18, offer a wide range of talks, workshops and keynotes. Take a break from your busy schedule with special bonus sessions and social events like Open Space, Fresh air & Self care, Yoga & Meditation and many more. 

And the nights? You know what happens at AgileTD after dawn! Magic and sparkles are best seen in the dark 😎. The evenings round up all the greatness of your days, meeting new and old friends, mingling and playing games, finding learning partners and allies in the Human Community Space or dancing your shoes off during the infamous MIATPP Award Night & Costume Party.

In particular, this is what is awaiting you at AgileTD 2021

  • 9 thought provoking keynotes
  • 8 full-day tutorials
  • 48 top-notch talks
  • 12 hands-on workshops
  • 6 combo sessions, consisting of a talk and related workshop part
  • over 12 bonus sessions and networking events


So, what are you waiting for? Jump right into the program to find your favorite sessions and register for the Agile Testing Days Germany 2021 now!



news Launch of AgileTD Unplugged - The Podcast

Agile Testing Days Team
1 Apr, 2021

We at AgileTD like trying out new things, so why not finally start a podcast? In private we love to listen to those short entertaining audio programmes that you can listen to whenever and whereever you like. And with so many different topics and fields that are being touched on by AgileTD conferences and our virtual events we would like to open another channel to promote and enhance these.

In the recent Women in Agile panels and AgileTD & Friends episodes for example, we discovered amazing stories by outstanding people. None of these could be done any justice with a 1 hour online discussion or interview, if anything ever could. However, we try to bring those stories to AgileTD Unplugged, an informal and 1-on-1 talk between the community and the AgileTD team.

Listen to the recent episode and audio files from other AgileTD events in our SoundCloud profile.


AgileTD Unplugged - Episode #1

AgileTD team members Uwe Gelfert and Ina Hölzel talked with Søren Wassard, long time speaker at AgileTD Germany and Reviewer for the 2021 edition, about the Call for Papers, his favorite sessions, relations between climbing and testing and what he regrets most in live.

Listen to Epsiode #1


news 2nd Panel - The Future of Women in Agile

Agile Testing Days Team
12 Mar, 2021

Forms of Agile in different Cultures and Times

After the great success of our first panel “20 Years of Women in Agile” we will now take a look into the future of Agile. The teams of the Agile Testing Days and the Agile Alliance together present a virtual panel discussion on the many forms and the evolution of Agile practice and adaptation. Join us on Wednesday, March 24 at 3 PM (EST) and let’s take an outlook on the future of women in Agile in different parts of the world.

Ellen Grove and Janet Gregory invite an illustrious round of guests to share their experiences and thoughts on how the Agile approach will develop in the near and far future. Agile practitioners and thought leaders Johanna Rothman, Alex Schladebeck, Faiza Yousuf and Claudia Badell will take a sneak peak of what lies ahead. Considering where Agile came from and how it established itself over time, which challenges or boundaries for women were overcome and which do still persist? How does the Agile movement and especially the role of women in Agile differ in various cultures?

Tune in to examine the future of women in Agile and the impact their work will continue to have on society.  


Date & Time
Wednesday, March 24
3:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CET)

Register for free

news AgileTD & Friends #2 with Linda Rising and Gitte Klitgaard

Agile Testing Days Team
10 Mar, 2021

Curiosities about how the brain works


Join us for our second episode of "AgileTD & Friends", the new AgileTD online format. A personal interview. One moderator. Two special guests. In this episode Kevin Harris and his guests Linda Rising and Gitte Klitgaard will elaborate on the question how the human brain works and how certain processes influence the way we perceive people and the world around us. How do these often subconscious processes correlate with mental health and psychological safety? Where does “agile” come into play?

Linda has authored several books and numerous articles and is an internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. She has been shaping the “Agile” approach to software development since the very start and also has a great passion for mental processes. 

Gitte is an experienced and very passionate agile coach, helping organizations and people to create the right products. She is an internationally recognized speaker, sharing insights about how people function, psychological safety, courage and vulnerability, how the brain works, and how to be perfect in all our imperfections.

Both have made a serious and continuing impact on the development of their respective fields. How have these engagements influenced both Linda’s and Gitte’s lifes on a personal and professional level?

Tune in, when Kevin, Linda and Gitte uncover curiosities about the human brain and how all is connected between body and mind.


Date & Time
Tuesday, April 20
8 PM (CEST) / 2 PM (EDT)

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news AgileTD & Friends - Launch of New Online Format

Agile Testing Days Team
24 Feb, 2021

As a community we are always seeking more options for exchange and inspiration. That's why we are happy to invite you to the new interview series AgileTD & Friends, launching this March.

Kevin Harris will host various well-known personalities from the world of agile testing over the next few months. In these interviews our guests will not only talk about their work and testing related topics, but above all about their individual approaches, personal development and life in general. What drives and inspired them at certain (turning-)points in life? How is the current situation changing them, their mindset, attitude or their look on the world altogether?

In our first episode, Kevin interviews none other than the two rocks in the agile testing world, Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin. So, tune in on March 9 at 8 PM (CET) and learn something about Lisa and Janet you sure don’t know yet! Sign up to the free Crowdcast session now.

Date & Time
Tuesday March 9, 2021
8 PM (CET)





Find out more about the first AgileTD & Friends episode and many other online events in our AgileTD Zone Slack Channel. Join the AgileTD Zone Community here.

news Anniversary Panel - 20 Years of Women in Agile

Agile Testing Days Team
16 Feb, 2021

An Anniversary Panel co-presented by AgileTD & the Agile Alliance

To celebrate 20 years of the Agile Manifesto, the organizers of the Agile Testing Days / Agile Testing Days USA and Agile Alliance have teamed up for a virtual panel discussion on the role of women in the development of Agile. Join some of the most influential women in the field on Tuesday, February 23 at 3 PM (EST) and learn more about the early and current contributions and challenges of women in agile. 

Janet Gregory and Ellen Grove will moderate a one hour panel consisting of a wonderful round of guests. Linda Rising, Esther Derby, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, and Ash Coleman will share their thoughts on the evolution of “agile” and non-male engagement. How have women contributed to Agile knowledge and practice ever since the Agile Manifesto was declared 20 years ago? Many women participated in the network of conversations that culminated in the Agile Manifesto, and yet the authors of the Manifesto were all men: who were the women involved in the early days of Agile?  Which challenges did they have to face and specifically, what did they contribute? How have women influenced the agile movement? How has that affected existing structures? These are just a few of the questions that will be touched upon during the discussion.

Let’s shed light on certain contributions that might too easily be overlooked at times. 


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

3:00 PM (EST; USA)
9:00 PM (CET; Germany)

Register for the panel here
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Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

3:00 PM (EST; USA)
9:00 PM (CET; Germany)

Register for the panel here
Sign up for free on Crowdcast.

news Call for Papers for AgileTD Germany Opens Soon

Agile Testing Days Team
10 Dec, 2020

The upcoming Agile Testing Days Germany will host a for 4-day program consisting of inspiring keynotes, hands-on workshops, deep-diving tutorials, networking receptions, and fun social events. We are looking for speakers who want to share their stories, ideas, and best practices with the global community at the 13th edition of the Agile Testing Days from November 15 - 18, 2021 in Potsdam, Germany.

Do you have a story to tell? What inspired you these past months? How were you able to further your career or personal life? Which advice can you give to fellow testers? What is valuable for the community? Which innovation or tool changed your work life to the better?

Wherever you are coming from, whatever your background, we want to hear your story and how your session could impact others. Newbies or veterans, testers, developers, quality experts, agile coaches, data scientists or scrum geeks, we welcome every voice to take the AgileTD stage.

In particular we are looking for

  • Talks - A presentation on some subject or topic in front of an audience.
  • Workshops - Workshops are designed to teach or develop a certain skill. It is directed more towards collaborating and learning in an interactive environment. The different workshops should contain at least 50% practical exercises.
  • Combo Sessions - This is a combination of a talk delivering the theory, followed by a workshop to practice hands-on the preceding talk. Both sessions need to work individually also, as attendees might not stay for both sessions.
  • Bonus Sessions - Fun and creative sessions that provide a balance to the agile, testing-related and technical sessions.
  • Social Activities - Sessions that start or roundup a conference day in the morning or evening to encourage networking and socializing.

We accept speakers with all levels of expertise, beginner, advanced and expert. Details about session duration and when you can start submitting will be shared beginning of January. So, roll up your sleeves and start prepping your idea.

news Join Lisi for her story into mob programming & co

Agile Testing Days Team
28 Aug, 2020

Having graduated in sinology, Lisi fell into agile and testing in 2009 and has been infected with the agile bug ever since. She’s especially passionate about the whole-team approach to testing and quality as well as the continuous learning mindset behind it. Building great products which deliver value together with great people is what motivates her and keeps her going. She received a lot from the community; now she’s giving back by sharing her stories and experience. She tweets as @lisihocke and blogs at

Wednesday, September 16
4:00 - 5:00 PM (CEST, Berlin Time)

Register (It's free!):

The session will be recorded and added to our YouTube channel.

Sponsored by:
A big thank you to our AgileTD 2020 sponsor TestRevolution.

Session Abstract:
Back in time, I started out as a strong individual contributor. I loved to have a team around me and collaborate with them, but when it came to doing “my part”, I did it only by myself. I was uncomfortable when another one “peeked over my shoulder” to see what I was doing, or when they even wanted to do it together with me.

But then I heard about this strange new approach of mob programming, having the whole team work on the same task, same place, same time, same computer - which was such an unusual idea that it instantly fascinated me. I told my team about it; they surprisingly agreed to give it a try; and it changed our world.

Join us on our journey and see what we discovered along the way. Learn how our mobbing experience helped us to start pairing, on various tasks across “disciplines”. This is our story of how the whole team is growing even closer together, constantly learning from each other, while delivering our best.


In case you have missed any of our latest webinars, please visit our AgileTD YouTube channel for all the replays. There are much more webinars in the pipeline, so look out for announcements on our social channels.

See you next time 😊!

news Next Webinar - Dive into the Mindset of a Hacker

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Aug, 2020

Santhosh Tuppad is a passionate software tester, coder and expert tester who comes from the context-driven school of testing and has tremendous experience in web application testing and mobile applications testing through the exploratory testing approach. Be it functional testing or security testing, he is a punter. His love for computers started when he was 12 and at 16 he was a hacker. He founded TestInsane Technologies and now he is on the journey with his new startup Work2Code ( to create an ecosystem for people who want to live their dreams in secure coding, exploratory testing and automation doing great work while bringing delightful experience for customers.

Apart from computers he loves adventure games, Jeeps, Traveling, Driving mean machines and more. And last, but not least he loves to follow his heart very well and is bad-ass at it.


Wednesday, August 26
3:00 - 4:00 PM (CEST, Berlin Time)

Register (It's free!):

The session will be recorded and added to our YouTube channel

Sponsored by:
A big thank you to our AgileTD 2020 sponsor PractiTest.

Session Abstract:
I began hacking at 16. Though, I had the hacking traits even before 16. By traits, I mean "Social Engineering" skills all self-learned without knowing the terminology and it wouldn't be incorrect if I call it "innate" skill-set ingrained in my brain by default.

As the years passed, I started looking into "Software Security" [During those days, I just called it as Hacking] and my first cracking activity was during 15 or 16wherein, I hacked the credentials of "Dial-Up Networking Subscription". After all, my need was to have the internet at home, as my parents wouldn't give me money to buy a subscription pack. Once I got the Dial-Up subscription via hacking, so many doors, windows, tunnels to the beautiful universe were opened. Yes, I was delighted.

Times passed by and I continued working on the mindset because that's where I felt a great adrenaline rush and also believed that it is a mindset first and then the toolset. I consider the mindset to be one of the skillsets which most engineers have to focus on.

Presently, I help various companies across the globe ranging from simple software to complex ones. From eCommerce to Banking and Healthcare to IoT MQTT etcetera. In short, wherever there is code, I am there to hack it with unconventional ways of hacking mindset and skillset.

In this talk, I am going to share my hacking experiences concerning my evil mindset [to fight the black-hat hackers] and demonstrations in an unconventional way.


In case you have missed any of our latest webinars, please visit our YouTube channel for all the replays. There are much more webinars in the pipeline, so look out for announcements on our social channels.

See you next time 😊 !

news UX Designers & Agile? Join Our Next Webinar!

Agile Testing Days Team
31 Jul, 2020

How best to work with an agile dev team as a UX Designer

As a seasoned User Experience and User Interface Designer, Ashley Janelle focuses on designing customer-centered experiences that target her users everyday pain points. At Caterpillar Inc., Ashley taps into user needs and challenges while designing solutions that allow them to save time, money, and increase productivity. As a UX coach and course creator, she’s developed an online course, “Learn UX Online in 16 Weeks” to help aspiring UX designers go from beginner to experienced UX Designers and land jobs at top companies. Using her UX expertise and passion for working with people, Ashley’s not only helped others land their dream roles, but build the confidence to become successful UX Designers.

Wednesday, August 12
3:00 - 4:00 PM (CEST, Berlin Time)

Register (It's free!):

The session will be recorded and added to our YouTube channel

Sponsored by:
A big thank you to our AgileTD 2020 sponsor EY.


For many new UX Designers, working with development teams is one of their biggest concerns. It’s also something that can lead to imposture syndrome. Questions like “Do I need to have worked with a development team before?”, “What is it like working with developers?”, and “Is there anything that I can learn or do now to prepare to work with development teams?” are only a few I hear regularly from aspiring UX Designers. 

Join me as I talk through not only what to expect during an Agile Development process, but also best practices when doing so. Learn from mistakes my teams have made in the past, as well as how we’ve overcome them. This is a talk not only for aspiring UX Designers, but anyone who would like to learn more about the agile development process.


In case you have missed any of our latest webinars, please visit our YouTube channel for all the replays. There are much more webinars in the pipeline, so look out for announcements on our social channels.

See you next time 😊 !

news Next Webinar July 15 - Upskill Your Remote Teamwork!

Agile Testing Days Team
10 Jul, 2020

Cam Perry is a self-taught developer and a Lambda School team lead. Besides his work as developer, he also runs the podcast Between two Divs, where he discusses different topics with underrepresented groups in tech.

Throughout his career he learned a lot about how to best communicate and plan effectively in a remote team. In this webinar, Cam will share his experiences on how to steer through difficult situations in a team and how each and everyone has an impact on the team's performance.


As a self taught developer who eventually joined a bootcamp, I was surprised how the essential lessons were not only on code, but working on code together with other people. From having people around me to getting to lead small teams working together, the impact we can have makes a significant difference.

In this talk, we walk through my lessons from self-taught to a Lambda school student to a team lead, to help you avoid the pitfalls I experienced. We’ll look at how one of the most underrated skills is having experience working in a team environment, and how the experiences of repeated situations helps us navigate through difficult situations. Avoid lack of communication, not having a clear leader and not planning effectively as good teams have pretty much done all those things very well.

You are probably wondering, Cam how can I accomplish these things. First, play some sort of icebreaker to get to know each other and find out why they got into the industry. Second, find out what everyone’s strengths and weaknesses are and have defined roles in mind. Third and this is probably as important as the others is planning planning planning. If you don’t plan you plan to fail. Let’s plan to lead effectively and work well together.


Wednesday, July 15
4:00 - 5:00 PM (CEST, Berlin Time) 

Register Now, it's free:

Many thanks to our AgileTD and AgileTDUSA sponsor Brightest for all the support.


In case you have missed any of our latest webinars, please visit our YouTube channel for all the replays. There are much more webinars in the pipeline, so look out for announcements on our social channels.

See you next time 😊 !

news AgileTD Webinar with Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory

Agile Testing Days Team
19 Jun, 2020

How can the whole team, including testers, help to build quality into processes and products? In this webinar learn more about W. Edward Deming's key principles for business effectiveness and ways to exercise them in your agile workplace.

Janet Gregory is a consultant, specializing in building quality systems, and helping companies promote agile quality processes. Lisa Crispin is an Agile tester and coach, helping practitioners deliver quality software frequently and sustainably. Janet and Lisa are founders of and co-authors of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team, and Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Intro.

From the very start, Janet and Lisa have been vital and indispensable members of the Agile Testing Days USA and Agile Testing Days in Germany community. Their world-renowned work and passion for Agile Testing can not be valued high enough.


Session Abstract: 
Quality Processes in an Agile Environment
In 1982, W. Edward Deming identified 14 key principles for business effectiveness. These principles are alive and well in effective agile teams and organization.

It is important that the “whole team” buys into practices such as Acceptance Test Driven Development and understands that testing is an activity that happens throughout development from the very beginning and not a phase at the end. While testing is a large part of any quality program, it is not the only thing.

Janet and Lisa explore some of the practices that support those Deming’s quality principles and help to build quality into both your product and your processes.

Tuesday, June 30
4:00 - 5:00 PM (CEST, Berlin Time) 

Supported by:
A big thank you to our AgileTD 2020 sponsor SauceLabs!

Register now, it's free:

We hope to see you there. Don't miss any upcoming free webinars and sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media!

news Let's talk about "value" in the software testing universe

Agile Testing Days Team
2 Jun, 2020

How can testers add value for the team ... and for themselves. What does it actually mean, when we talk about "value" in the software testing universe?

Pete Walen will give some insights, answers and possibly more questions. Let's keep the discussion vital to see where the future role of testing and testers will lead us.

Pete Walen has been in some form of software development for over 25 years. He has been a developer, a business analyst, a project manager, tester and testing specialist, ScrumMaster and Agile Coach. Pete has also been a vital part of the Agile Testing Days community for many years now. He will host the mentoring corner at the Agile Testing Days USA 2021.


Wednesday, June 10
3:00 - 4:00 PM (CEST, Berlin Time) 
8:00 - 9:00 AM (CDT, Chicago Time)

Please go here to sign up and participate in the live online event!

The webinar is free of charge.  The session will be recorded and added to our YouTube channel

Looking for Value in Testing and Testers

Loads of experts tell us what testers do. There are extensive lists to tell us what testing is all about. They include test plans and test cases; finding bugs; to verify conformance to requirements, to tell a story and to add value. 

What does any of this really mean? How can we, as testers, add value for the team, the organization or customers? What about value for ourselves? Do we, as testers, have value? Can we do better work, no matter what type of environment we are in, to improve quality and add the mysterious "value"? 

Supported by:
A big thank you to our AgileTD USA 2021 sponsor Xray!

news Wohooo, The AgileTD 2020 Program Is Out!

Agile Testing Days Team
28 May, 2020

The program for the Agile Testing Days 2020, set for November 8-13, in Potsdam, Germany has just been released! 

The program committee and AgileTD team spared no effort to again create something unique and fabulous, with never seen before formats, a top-notch speaker line-up and diverse mix of sessions:

➡️ 14 inspiring keynotes
➡️ 93 engaging talks 
➡️ 29 bonus sessions
➡️ 19 energizing sport & activity sessions
➡️ 13 fun social events & evening shows
➡️ 11 hands-on tutorials
➡️ 39 interactive workshops

All we need is you to join the global AgileTD family and prepare the ground for the greaTEST agile testing festival in Europe! 

We will take all necessary steps to make this event as safe as possible for everyone, on-site and online. Online?? And On-site? Yes, you heard right. We are combining the best out of two worlds. 

AgileTD Hybrid Edition - Join On-Site or Online

For this year's Agile Testing Days festival you have the option to choose, whether you want to stay safe at home and attend AgileTD life from your couch, the bathtub or from where-ever, or if you want to come to Potsdam to safe-distance-meet the awesome community. 

With introducing the Hybrid edition, we want to give everyone the chance to attend AgileTD.

The on-site event will follow all official regulations to keep us safe and healthy, while enjoying the 2 tutorial days and the 4-day conference. The online event will be streamed live and offers many options to still be close while being far away. Have a look at the packages here, and decide how you would like to participate.

Find out more about the Hybrid event in the latest Agile TD blog post, written by José Diaz, founder of trendig and the AgileTD conferences,


Whatever you choose, we are doing our very best to create an amazing, safe and enjoyable conference experience for you.

And remember, the spirt will travel to whereever you are!

news What's Happiness? Join our next Webinar & Find Out!

Agile Testing Days Team
7 May, 2020

How can we be more happy? In times like these, you may feel like you are not in control of your own life anymore. Regulations, lock down, social distancing ... One possible way to uplift yourself and others, is to concentrate on all things we actually CAN influence ourselves. Let's find out together in this free webinar with the wonderful Vernon Brown!

Vernon is one of the top Happiness Coaches in America, who focuses on exploring the endless possibilities as to why Entrepreneurs and Executives feel stuck and unhappy. The key is many still live in the past; Vernon unlocks their destiny. Vernon Brown’s work has touched the lives of thousands of Executives to increase employee engagement. As well as, Entrepreneurs who have doubled their business beyond six figures and has helped save countless personal relationships in the process.

Wednesday, May 27
4:00 - 5:00 AM (CEST, Berlin Time) /
9:00 - 10:00 AM (CET, Chicago Time)

Please go here to sign up and participate in the live online event!

Give me an hour...How to gain 10-15 hours a week to do what you love

How much time do you spend being present and communicating at your best while juggling deadlines, reports, and guidelines? And on top of all that you still have to manage life!

Sharing his own experiences and past executive client experiences, happiness coach Vernon Brown will give attendees a new perspective on leadership, life, happiness, and success.

The webinar is free of charge. If you already have some questions, please send them to us via The session will be recorded and added to our YouTube channel. Vernon is happy to answer any remaining open questions.

Stay tuned for more free virtual events folks! Let's stay connected, we are happy to welcome you at our virtual events.


Supported by:
Thanks to our AgileTD USA sponsor Mobile Labs!

news Sign Up for a free Webinar with Gitte Klitgaard on May 13

Agile Testing Days Team
30 Apr, 2020

The most important thing is your health and well-being, especially in times of a global crisis. That's why we decided to start our free AgileTD USA virtual events series with a webinar on psychological safety and mental health, presented by the amazing Gitte Klitgaard.

Not only is she a globally renowned agile coach, keynote speaker and people expert, with a great devotion to hugs, but she has been an a vital member of the AgileTD and AgileTDUSA community for many years. Learn more about Gitte and her great work on her Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.

So, don't miss the chance to learn and share about what Gitte is most passionate about - human vulnarability, courage and creating a safe place.

Wednesday, May 13
4:00 - 5:00 PM (Berlin time)

Psychological safety and mental health in times of crisis.

Psychological safety is important even when we have a normal situation. Right now we are all in a state of crisis in one form or another.

The talk will shortly explain what psychological safety is, before moving on to how things are different at this time, as well as the same. It will also touch upon how it affects our mental health.

There will be plenty of time for questions.

Sign Up:
Please go here to sign up for the live event!


The webinar is free of charge. If you already have some questions, please send them to us via the above email. There will be a recap of the session, and open questions are answered.

Supported by:
Our AgileTD USA 2021 Silver Sponsor Inflectra. Thanks for having our back!


Sign up for our first AgileTD USA Webinar and stay tuned for more! 
Let's stay connected, we are happy to welcome you at our virtual events.


news Time for Tea - First AgileTD USA Virtual Event

Agile Testing Days Team
21 Apr, 2020

The Agile Testing Days USA 2020 might be postponed, but that doesn't mean we skip all the fun things until next year. One integral part of AgileTD USA is actually what happens in between sessions, in the hallways, at the bar or at the numerous social daytime and evening events. So, we created Tea O'Clock, an informal virtual meeting for everyone who wants to stay connected with the AgileTD and AgileTD USA community.

Join us for one of our weekly Tea O'Clock sessions. Tune in every Thursday and take part in some heart-to-heart chats on common concerns, hopes and unicorns.

Every Thursday
Timing varies, and will be announced the week before.

To participate, please just send an email to You will then receive a link to the meeting. 

What else?

  • What happens at Tea O'Clock stays at Tea O'Clock. No recording.
  • There is no room for any sales activities.
  • No judging! Everyone has very different situations to deal with right now. We do not accept any violation against our Code of Conduct.
  • We do not care what is in your cup!

That's how easy it is. Sure, it is not the same as a meeting in persona, but in pandemic times this is all we can do. We are in this together friends. Let's make the best of it and cuddle up, virtually ❤️.

In case you are looking for knowledge based sessions, look out for our free webinar series, soon to be launched. 


Looking forward to seeing you at our next Tea O'Clock.
Your Agile Testing Days USA Team

news AgileTD USA delayed to June 20 - 24, 2021

Agile Testing Days Team
7 Apr, 2020

The Agile Testing Days USA will not take place this year. The COVID-19 pandemic and all risks and regulations that come with it, leave no other option for us, but to postpone the conference to next year. No question about it. Your health, and the well-being of our speakers, staff, partners, sponsors and colleagues around the globe are most important!

So, please mark your calendar for the Agile Testing Days USA 2021, set for June 20 - 24 in the Marriott O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois.

Speaker line-up and program will be as planned for this year. A huge thank you to all speakers who extended their engagement until 2021. Thanks also to all attendees, who have already registered and kept their tickets and to our 2020 sponsors, who will still support us next year. This is much appreciated and really helps us steer through these difficult times.

Here in Germany we have a saying: The longer the waiting the greater the experience. Since a whole year of planning, organizing, twisting and turning lies behind us, we cannot quite agree. Let's just say that next year's conference will probably be the most anticipated AgileTD USA of all times 😊.

Like so many other conference, training or event organizers we are struggling  with the current situation. But we are convinced that with the help of our great community, friends, and faithful campanions, we will survive.


Thanks for your trust, love and support. Stay safe!


Read the full AgileTD USA statement on COVID-19 here.

news #Myteamrocks Video Challenge - Win free tickets

Agile Testing Days Team
19 Mar, 2020

We have an amazing opportunity for your team!

Participate in our #Myteamrocks Video Challenge & WIN 3 conference tickets worth $7000 for Agile Testing Days USA, set for this summer, June 21 - 25, 2020, in Chicago, IL.

The My Team Rocks Video Challenge is designed to give groups the chance to explain why their team rocks. We want to discover how every team member (tester, programmer, developer, engineer, etc) contributes to your organizations' success and sparks the good vibes.


  • Video with maximum of two minutes in length
  • Post it on Twitter
  • Mention @AgileTDUSA and #MyTeamRocks in the tweet
  • Submission period is from March 19 until April 30, 2020


The video with the most likes and retweets wins!

Have fun participating and let your creativity flow!

news Welcome Back Friends: Alumni Save 20%

Agile Testing Days Team
16 Mar, 2020

The third edition of the Agile Testing Days USA is not that far anymore. Slowly but surely, we start to get super excited to see the AgileTDUSA family again soon. The community is what makes this conference so special and unique and we would like to share this experience with as many former AgileTD and AgileTDUSA attendees as possible.

Join the family and save 20% on any package. You sure don't want to miss this years' Agile Testing Festival, that is packed with new exciting session formats and great social events.

Learn core agile practices, new testing tools & technologies at the conference days and put your skills to the test with one of our 1-day or 2-days hands on tutorials. Meet the speakers, network with fellow testers and mingle with thought leaders, industry experts and new voice rockstars.

Take the chance and grab your tickets for North America's greatest agile testing event now. Super Early Bird ends soon, so hurry up and get your tickets at the best price available!

To avail the 20% Alumni discount, please contact to receive the according code.

news Flower Power at AgileTDUSA 2020

Agile Testing Days Team
9 Mar, 2020

Break on through to the agile side - this is the motto for the Agile Testing Days USA 2020 costume party. Yeah, you heard right! It's all about Flower Power, love, peace and agile testing.

We are pleased to collaborate with the amazing Chicago based Ring of Music Band & Orchestra to make you all move your dancing feet. The party will be held in the beautiful O'Hare Ballrom and you should not miss out on our prime communal event.

Benefit from this networking opportunity in a relaxed and safe atmosphere, because as we all know, most new contacts are made in between sessions. So, strut your stuff in your favorite pair of flares and put some flowers in your hair. We cannot wait for this great evening.

Check out the rest of the program and register now at the best rate available. The Super Early Bird is valid until March 31 only!

news Get set for the AgileTDUSA 2020 Tutorials!

Agile Testing Days Team
21 Feb, 2020

Explore the AgileTDUSA 2020 tutorial schedule and take your skills to a new level. Join our amazing expert speakers for an intense 1-day or 2-days hands-on workshop: Angie Jones, Derk-Jan de Grood, Doc Norton, Elisabeth Hendrickson, Gitte Klittgaard, Janet Gregory, Jan Jaap Cannegieter, Lisa Crispin, Morgan Ahlström, Rahul Verma, Santosh Tuppad, and Tariq King

The topics range from Test Automation, AI and Machine Learning, Python for testers, and web & mobile security to Agile Testing essentials, tools & techniques, psychological safety, and leadership. Learn more about all tutorials here.

Upon request you will receive an official Certificate of Completion right after the conference. Frame it, put it up and proudly represent to your peers 😉.

Still unsure whether to join us for Chicago's hottest Agile Testing Festival? Then check out these undeniable reasons to attend. Tell your workmates and experience the packed 6-track program, social events and Flower Power costume party together. Because, as you all know, life is better in teams!

news Hurray! Registration for AgileTDUSA 2020 open now!

Agile Testing Days Team
3 Dec, 2019

Claim your Super Early Bird pricing for AgileTDUSA 2020 

2019 is coming to an end and we hope you already have AgileTDUSA 2020 on your agenda. The 3rd edition of North America's greatest agile testing festival from June 21–25, 2020 is going to be a one-of-a-kind experience with top-notch speakers, various cutting-edge talks and in-depth workshops and tutorials and much more.

The registration for AgileTDUSA 2020 is now open and the Super Early Bird pricing in full swing. If you register until March 31, 2020, you can save up to $ 700 on your AgileTDUSA 2020 ticket.

news Program for AgileTDUSA 2020 out now!

Agile Testing Days Team
11 Nov, 2019

We have already shared it on Twitter and during the Agile Testing Days conference in Potsdam last week: We are happy and proud that the program for AgileTDUSA 2020 is officially out!

Check out all the amazing sessions, topics, and speakers and find your favorite talk, keynote, workshop, bonus or combo session. The AgileTDUSA schedule is now available:

We have also some amazing keynote speakers scheduled for you in Chicago, IL, June 21-25th, 2020: Angie Jones, Rahul Verma, Derk-Jan de Grood, Vernon Brown, Santhosh Tuppad, and Gitte Klitgaard. And we are especially proud and happy to have Elizabeth Hendrickson keynoting at the upcoming Agile Testing Days USA conference. 

So, don't miss out and connect with software testing and agile experts, fellow software professionals and industry leaders at North America's greatest agile testing festival. We will soon open the registration. Stay tuned!

news Thank You for Your Submissions!

Agile Testing Days Team
2 Oct, 2019

The Call for Papers for AgileTDUSA 2020 is closed! Thank you to everyone that has been sending their talks in for AgileTDUSA 2020! We have received so many amazing proposals. We closed the CFP form on Monday, September 30 having over 300 entries from 32 different countries! We are overwhelmed by your passion to support us by the sessions.

Now comes the heads down reading part for our program committee. For the next few weeks, they will be busy reviewing all the ideas, stories and experience reports and making some tough decisions.

We will announce by e-mail the results to everyone and also notify everyone that submitted a session if they got selected for the program or not. Good luck to all & wait for news!

news First Keynote Speakers for AgileTD 2020 Announced

Agile Testing Days Team
24 Sep, 2019

We are excited to announce the first keynote speakers for our conference next June in Chicago, Illinois. So far, Angie Jones, Derk-Jan de Grood, Rahul Verma, Santosh Tuppad, and Gitte Klitgaard have been confirmed and will share their knowledge with the agile testing community. Come see them – and other keynote speakers, who will be announced later – at AgileTDUSA, June 21-25, 2020 in Chicago, IL.

news Meet our 2020 Program Committee

Agile Testing Days Team
2 Sep, 2019

We are very excited to announce the 2020 Agile Testing Days USA Program Committee who will review each and every speaker submission and help us put together an outstanding program for the 5-day event in June 2020.

This year's Program Committee consists of MIATPP 2015 winner Janet Gregory (Canada), Jenna Charlton (USA), Derk-Jan de Grood (Netherlands), Jenny Bramble (USA), Pete Walen (USA) and Raj Subrameyer (USA). The team is responsible for the following activities for the Agile Testing Days USA conference:

  • Evaluate and review submissions
  • Assist in the selection of talks and workshops
  • Provide feedback on submissions

We are very happy about our professional team of reviewers and can't wait for the AgileTDUSA 2020 program to be put together. Submit your paper until SEP 30, 2019!

news Call for Papers for AgileTDUSA 2020 Open Now!

Agile Testing Days Team
22 Aug, 2019

The AgileTDUSA Team is happy to announce that the Call for Papers for AgileTDUSA is now open

Agile Testing Days USA is best known for its rich 6-track program and open-minded atmosphere, featuring track sessions and workshops, keynotes, full-day tutorials, and combo sessions as well as exceptional bonus sessions and social activities.

Dig deep for your best ideas and propose a session to present at our annual North American conference taking place from June 21-25, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois!
We look forward to your numerous submissions revolving around:

  • AI & Robotics and Testing
  • Automation and Testing
  • Test Automation
  • API Testing
  • Scaling AI & Testing
  • Test (Case) Management
  • Coding workshops /live coding sessions
  • and many more topics.

Submission deadline is September 30, 2019!

To learn more about the Call for Papers, please visit

news Thank you for a galactic AgileTDUSA 2019

Agile Testing Days Team
9 Jul, 2019

The AgileTDUSA team wants to say THANK YOU for an amazing conference. We could not do without our great speakers, sponsors, partners and attendees. It was a pleasure to organize and run the 2nd edition and we cannot wait to do it all over again for the Agile Testing Days 2020.

We hope that each and every member of the #unicornsquad could take away many new ideas and valuable knowledge and had just as much fun with mingling, networking, learning and sharing as we did. Spread the love and learnings with your team and make sure to come back next year. To make sharing easy, we collected slides, blogposts and photos and will send out an email to all attendees soon. Please get in touch if you need more information or want to contact specific speakers for more details.

Although AgileTDUSA is over, you can stay in touch with us and your new friends on social media and check out the latest videos. Don't miss any deadlines and announcements and subscribe to the AgileTDUSA newsletter!

You want to be speak at the next ATDs USA? Then save the date for the Call for Papers, opening August 15th 2019. 

We hope to see you all again next year!
Take care until we meet again.

Your AgileTDUSA Team

news Your First Day at AgileTDUSA 2019

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Jun, 2019

Are you puzzled about why you should attend AgileTDUSA or which sessions to go to? We have got you covered. If you are part of an agile team, here is an example of what YOUR first conference day, on June 26 could look like.

07:00 AM - Start your day with some soothing Agile Morning Yoga and head straight to Lean Coffee with Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory.

9:10 AM - Get into conference mode with the opening keynote Quality then? Quality now! by Janet Gregory & Susan Bligh

10:25 AM - Upgrade your presentation and speaking skills with the Mentoring Corner and learn tips & tricks from AgileTDUSA program chairs

11:10 AM - Move on to Daily Scrum: Foster teamwork with just in time planning led by Kemmy Raji

11:55 AM - Improve collaboration in your team with the next 30 min talk Getting the Story right to the Team and our new voice speaker Mary Fernquist-Anderson

12:25 PM - Refresh during the lunch break and check out the Expo in the Grand Ballroom

01:25 PM - Kickstart your agile brain muscles with Ash Coleman's keynote on why Context is Everything

02:25 PM - Spend the afternoon engaging in one of our brilliant workshops, like So you want change, let's talk about your fears by Mike Edwards

05:40 PM - And round off this exciting day with Bad-gile the Gameshow and the great hosts Alex Schladebeck, Huib Schoots and Bart Knaack

And what could be more suitable than our amazing and first ever Roaring Twenties Costume Party, set in the stunning Empire Room at 8 PM, to finish this intense day? Enjoy delicious food and drinks, network with new and old friends and dance the night away to the tunes of the Ring of Music.


If you have not registered yet, make sure to reserve your seats NOW! Time and space is limited and you sure don't want to miss the next Agile Testing Festival.

Register now and check out the different packages and ways to save. Teams of 3 or more benefit from our group discount and Alumni get 20% off any ticket! Also, you can ask our speakers for a special discount code.

So, don't wait any longer and join us for AgileTDUSA.


news Trusted Friends at AgileTDUSA 2019

Agile Testing Days Team
28 May, 2019

The Agile Testing Days USA are an event where all participants should feel welcome and comfortable, free to speak their minds and hearts. We value diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility and we particularly strive to include underrepresented groups in tech. The open-minded and communal atmosphere, that AgileTD conferences have established over the years, is what makes this event so special. Above all, our mission is to provide a safe space for all to learn and grow professionally. 

We proudly present this year's Trusted Friends Uwe Gelfert, Mike Talks, Stefanie Mania, and Ina Hölzel. They will ensure that all conference partcipants follow our Code of Conduct. Of course, they cannot be everywhere, so we highly encourage everyone to report situations in which the CoC is or might be violated. If you witness any form of harrassment or discrimination, please reach out to our Trusted Friends anytime. If none of them is present, all members of staff and organizer team are approachable throughout the conference.

Feeling unsafe does not always relate to someone else, harrassing a person or specific group. Large crowds of people may trigger anxiety or other mental and physical health issues. Throughout the years the Trusted Friends have gained valuable experience with a variety of problematic situations. Whatever the cause, they offer help and guidance through any form of difficulty our attendees may encounter.


To find out more about the AgileTDUSA Code of Conduct, our Diversity Charter and consequences for its violation, visit


news Agile Alliance sponsors AgileTDUSA

Agile Testing Days Team
21 May, 2019

We are proud to be sponsored by the Agile Alliance, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto. They support people who explore and apply Agile values, principles, and practices to make building software solutions more effective, humane, and sustainable.

Find out about their amazing work for the Agile community at their booth in Chicago.

And there is more! We hand out an exclusive 20% discount for all members of the Agile Alliance. Just login to your account to receive the special discount code.

news We are Family: Alumni Discount for AgileTD & AgileTDUSA

Agile Testing Days Team
21 May, 2019

The second edition of the Agile Testing Days USA is just around the corner and we are super excited to meet the AgileTDUSA family again soon. The community is what makes this conference so special and unique and we would like to share this experience with as many former AgileTD and AgileTDUSA attendees as possible.

We created a special discount for all Alumni of any Agile Testing Days conference. Save 20% on any package and join the family, this time in the beautiful city of Chicago.

Learn core agile practices, new testing tools & technologies on the conference days and put your skills to to the test with one of our 9 hands-on tutorials. Meet the speakers, network with fellow testers and mingle with thought leaders, industry experts and new voice rockstars.

Take the chance and grab your tickets for North America's greatest agile testing festival now. Early Bear pricing ends May 24th. So, be quick and register at the best pricing available.

To avail the 20% Alumni discount, please contact to receive the according code.


* This offer is valid until June 23, 2019.


news Grab a Bargain: Early Bear Tickets for AgileTDUSA

Agile Testing Days Team
6 May, 2019

Super Early Bear Pricing is over but that doesn't mean you can't save money. Until May 24, you can save up to $ 200 with our Early Bear discount. So, hurry and grab your tickets for North America's greatest agile testing festival now!

Learn the latest Agile testing methods, tools, and strategies from technical luminaries in your field! Build your personal schedule from 32 talks, 10 workshops, 9 training classes, 9 tutorials, 5+ social events and 7 outstanding keynotes -- target the specific testing skills and knowledge you need to compete and succeed.

Your registration includes ALL sessions, keynotes, and special events -- plus lunches, snack breaks, and event receptions. 

To register please visit

news AgileTDUSA Co-Sponsors Chicago Seleniumistas Meetup

Agile Testing Days Team
17 Apr, 2019

Are you interested in how AI is changing the enterprise testing world? If yes, then attend the Chicago Seleniumistas meetup on May 8, 2019, at the Sprout Social HQ! We're co-sponsoring this awesome meetup and our AgileTDUSA speaker Raj Subramanian will tell you more about AI-based testing.

Raj will cover the basics of AI, discuss live demos and show you how AI-based Dynamic Locators help to make your tests more resilient to change and in turn helps in building smarter, stable and much faster tests, and share insights into the future of AI-based testing.

And the best thing is Raj will give away a 20% discount code for tickets to AgileTDUSA this summer in Chicago during the meetup.

Who's coming to the Chicago Seleniumistas meetup? Check the meetup group for more event details here.

news Register in April to Get Girls Coding!

Agile Testing Days Team
1 Apr, 2019

You can now help to bring Girls Who Code programs to girls across the country, and make a difference in these girls’ lives! Register for AgileTDUSA and we will donate $ 50 to Girls Who Code for every registration received by April 26, 2019. It’s that simple!

At a time when computing skills are most thought-after in the job market, girls are still being left behind. Your registration will help Girls Who Code to serve tens of thousands of girls through their free after-school Clubs and Summer Immersion Programs! Their programs are teaching girls around the country the skills they’ll need to thrive in a 21st-century workforce.

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization that is equipping girls with the skills they need to change not only their own lives but their communities’ as well. Girls Who Code helps girls to change the world, one line of code at a time.

Learn more about Girls Who Code by visiting

news AgileTDUSA Website Becomes ADA Compliant

Agile Testing Days Team
27 Feb, 2019

Recently, a ruling in the USA has been passed declaring the official standard of website accessibility. Title III of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) mandates that websites and PDFs are required to be accessible to individuals with vision, hearing and physical impairments.

The Agile Testing Day USA organizing team is committed to offering a diverse, inclusive and accessible learning environment for all. We welcome and encourage individuals with disabilities to participate in our conference. Therefore, we strive to enhance the online and on-site experience for all attendees by being accessible and free of barriers to all.

By making our Agile Testing Days USA website ADA compliant, we want to make sure that our website is also accessible to users with disabilities.

With the help of the established Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, we have so far

  • included descriptive tags on all images.

  • ensured that captions to our own videos are added (automatic captions by Youtube).

  • ensured that the site can be read using screen reading software.

  • checked the site to make sure that text is legible and readable.

  • made sure that buttons and text have sufficient contrast to be noticed and are placed in predictable locations.

We know that we haven’t reached our goal yet of being 100% ADA compliant, but we are on a good way and are trying our best to achieve this goal.

We highly appreciate and value your feedback. In case you have difficulty accessing the site or have any comments or feedback to help us increase the accessibility of our website, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the web address of the requested material, and your contact information. You can contact us by phone at 0049-30-747628-0 or by email at

news AgileTDUSA SpeakEasy Sessions Online

Agile Testing Days Team
31 Jan, 2019

Today we are very proud to share with you our SpeakEasy sessions. We teamed up with SpeakEasy for a full track. This means SpeakEasy facilitates great content for:

  • 1 keynote
  • 6 30-minute talks
  • 1 120-minute workshop
  • 1 150-minute workshop

Come along with Janet Gregory & Raye Hurst, Jasmin Smith, Mary Fernquist-Anderson, Parveen Khan, Rachel Kibler, Kemmy Raji, Shivani Gaba, Aditi Mulay and Butch Mayhew as they share their experiences in the world of agile and testing.

Check out the speakers and their sessions below:

Rachel Kibler - Real Life is Not An Edge Case 

Butch Mayhew - What!!! You Don't Have Test Cases?

Jasmin Smith - Getting Buy-In for Mob Programming

Kemmy Raji - Daily Scrum: Foster teamwork with just in time planning!

Mary Fernquist-Anderson - Getting The Story Right To The Team

Paveen Khan - A Tester’s Survival Guide for Agile Transition

Janet Gregory & Raye Hurst - Define your quality and apply key elements to achieve it!

Shivani Gaba - Moving from Gui to Api Testing

Aditi Mulay - Leveraging development principles into automation framework

We look forward to an outstanding program for Agile Testing Days USA, June 23-27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois! We hope to see you there!

You can register now for AgileTDUSA 2019 at Super Early Bear rates! 

news AgileTDUSA among Best Software Testing Conferences of 2019

Agile Testing Days Team
21 Jan, 2019

Every year TechBeacon compiles a list of the best software testing conferences and we’re excited to announce that Agile Testing Days USA is among the Top 10 software testing conference that have proved valuable to attendees. 

AgileTDUSA is the perfect option for you if you want to:

  • Meet some of the brightest minds and professionals in the industry
  • Stay ahead of the curve on the latest software testing trends and technologies
  • Network with customers and vendors
  • Keep your skills and knowledge up to date
  • Listen to inspirational keynotes
  • Learn hands-on practices from thought leaders and industry experts
  • Put your career in perspective

We hope AgileTDUSA, set for June 23-27, 2019 in Chicago, IL, is on your list.

Read more about AgileTDUSA and its fellow software testing conferences here.

news AgileTDUSA 2019 Program Announced

Agile Testing Days Team
8 Jan, 2019

We are super excited to share with you the program for the 2nd edition of the Agile Testing Days USA from June 23-27, 2019, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL! Our program chairs reviewed over 400 submissions, rated the papers and gave advise in order to help us create an awesome conference program. And they did an amazing job. Thank you! After a very comprehensive review process, we are now proud to bring you the best Agilists and software testing experts! 

For the first time, we offer a SpeakEasy New Voice track together with a SpeakEasy keynote, which will be announced soon. In addition, six highly-anticipated keynotes will be delivered by thought leaders, Dan Billing, Ash Coleman, Bonnie Aumann, Janet Gregory, Susan Bligh, Camille Eddy, Alexandra Schladebeck, Huib Schoots and Bart Knaack. 

The 5-day program is built around:

  • core agile practices
  • new technical practices
  • organizational/team practices

We’ll explore topics such as:

  • integration of principles and practices
  • advances in AI 
  • building resilience
  • tools and techniques to increase performance
  • advances in test automation
  • and many more

Also, be sure to attend one of the great tutorials. In total, we have selected 9 insightful and very hands-on expert sessions. Find your favorite sessions and get excited for North America's greatest agile testing festival! 

View the program and schedule now!

news #1 New Year's Resolution: Register for AgileTDUSA 2019

Agile Testing Days Team
7 Jan, 2019

Happy New Year to all of you. For us, 2018 was full of new experiences, many goals achieved and dreams fulfilled, and 2019 will be the year where you get to level-up your talents, reach new goals and learn new practices from the best.

Our visions for 2019 are creating an exciting AgileTDUSA 2019 conference program with thought-provoking, insightful, and knowledge-filled sessions, connecting and bringing together more people from the agile software development industry to collaborate, share and learn from and with each other, and helping others to to succeed in their role, and as a company.

What are your goals for 2019? If one of your goals is to attend our Agile Testing Days USA conference in Chicago, Illinois, this summer, then we are happy to  give you a hand and share with you our "Super Early Bear Discount" available until April 26, 2019. If you register in this period, you can save up to $ 400 on your registration.

Register now at!

news The Countdown is on for the AgileTDUSA 2019 Program

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Dec, 2018

Oh my... we are getting more and more excited. We officially kicked off the countdown to the AgileTDUSA 2019 Program with the announcement of our keynote speakers lineup. Today, we are more than happy to share with you the tutorials that are confirmed to be held at the Agile Testing Days USA in Chicago, IL!

We proudly present you nine highly valuable and very hands-on sessions covering AI, Gaming and Testing, Agile Testing Essentials, Exploratory Testing, Performance Testing, Test Management Practices, Continuous Delivery, and Automated Test Kata.

We have already announced our keynote speakers below, so please check out our tutorial speakers together with their tutorials. Please note that we will publish more information on Ash Coleman's tutorial "Putting Testing Back Into Agile" in the beginning of 2019.


Bias in AI: Tools for Algorithmic Fairness and Accountability by Camille Eddy & Alivia Blount

In an effort to combat bias we need systems that provide transparency in algorithms. These systems would provide information on what an algorithm decided and why it made its decision. Including the obvious missteps of cultural biases to the biases that are more subtle. This workshop will go over the first steps you can take with new open source tools from IBM and Google called AI Fairness 360 and What-If respectively. We will also briefly point out steps and features that Microsoft and Amazon announced for their upcoming AI transparency tools.

8-Bit Pro - A Gamer's Guide to Testing by Dan Billing

Let me take you back in time to the 1980s and tell you a story. A story of an 8-year-old boy, seaside arcades, chunky cartridges, tape drives, floppy discs, pokes, cheats, and magazines full of code! This is the start of how I became a tester.
 Gaming is often written off as a wasteful pastime. Hours of time are sunk into playing the latest games, just to get kudos amongst other fellow gamers. Some do take it to extremes and ignore all other aspects of their lives.
 I would argue that gaming is a productive activity. Gamers test all the time. Gamers explore, model, tweak, mod, exploit and play to win! In this talk, we will discover how gaming can be a route to learning and better testing!
 Together we will explore vast open worlds, side quests, secret rooms and special upgrades. What does it take to succeed in a clan? What is glitching? Do you risk downloading the latest DLC? What strategy do you take? Do you save now, take the stealthy route or go in all guns blazing!?
 So, don't be a camper. Don't get pwned. Let's discover together how gaming can really add huge XP to your testing!

Agile Testing Essentials by Janet Gregory & Lisa Crispin

If you’re new to agile, or you’re finding it hard to succeed with any aspect of testing with your team, join this hands-on, interactive tutorial to get traction on agile testing essentials. Adopting an agile testing mindset means helping your team tackle tough challenges such as automating, collaborating for testing in a cross-functional team, and building what your customer really wants. You’ll learn how to change your thinking from bug detection to bug prevention. You’ll get hands-on experience with core practices such as guiding development with business-facing tests, using the Agile Testing Quadrants model to plan testing activities, exploratory testing, and using retrospectives to continually improve your testing. By the end of the day, you’ll have a full testing toolbox and a list of experiments to help your team build quality software.

Software Investigation & Exploration - Supercharging Your Value by Huib Schoots & Alex Schladebeck

To some degree all testing is done by humans is exploratory. Exploratory testing can be a very powerful approach, but is hard to master. It can be more effective and efficient yet when done right. In this workshop participants experience what exploratory testing is and helps understanding the strategy, tactics and techniques of ET. They will experiment and experience how exploration can boost the value of testing. It also provides tips, tricks and insights from a practical point of view how to master exploratory testing. What are the practical skills needed for successful testing using exploration in the real world? This workshop also introduces how ET can be planned, structured and provide traceability.

Automated Test Kata by Mike Talks

Are you baffled about how to contribute to automation efforts? Do you want to learn more about unit testing? Do you just want to have fun testing the hell out of a challenging piece of code? If your answer to any of those was a yes, then this is the workshop for you. The workshop focuses strongly on kinesthetic or "learning by doing". The setup is that our lead developer won the lottery and has dramatically quit the company. You're left looking through what they've built and trying to work out if it's fit for purpose! In this workshop we'll attempt to test a fuel management system for an aircraft. We'll download a project from GitHub as a starter, evaluate it, add some tests and make improvements. The code has been created in Java, but has been carefully created so adding new tests will involve minimal language skills. What you'll most need to bring is your testing mindset. The workshop focuses on using unit testing for the test framework, but the principles you'll learn will apply to other.

Enabling Continuous Delivery [With Testing] by Matt Heusser

Anyone can deliver all the time; just push the code to production. That leads to three options: (A) Lot of time in fix/retest land, (B) Low quality in production. Option (C) is to reduce risk and uncertainty by making continuous delivery work. In other words, testers and testing can become irrelevant by Continuous Delivery … or they can lead the way. Drawing from the acclaimed Lean Software Delivery course, Matt Heusser teaches how testing activities can change to enable continuous delivery - not just to production, but how data from the release can inform the customer feedback cycle on what to build next. The tutorial uses a combination of lecture and exercises to explore the forces that drive risk on software projects, where the attendees are now … and what the world might look like in six weeks or six months. Attendees learn a nuanced, clear definition of continuous delivery, the core concepts of lean continuous improvement, and how to steer toward it.

Test Management in Agile by Jan-Jaap Cannegieter & Derk-Jan de Grood

During highly interactive exercises we will make our own agile test strategy at sprint level and learn how we can plan and monitor testing. We will do an exercise with light weight documentation (one page test plan and test charters) and discuss test strategies at e.g. release train level. In larger organizations we see there is a need for test management like roles. By attending to this workshop you will understand basic test management activities and test management roles in an agile environment. During the tutorial we will work with practical templates that you can apply in your own office. This tutorial is relevant for testers and test managers who are already working in an iterative, Agile of DevOps environment as well as testers and test managers that will soon work in such an environment.

JMeter Performance Testing Workshop by Bob Foster

The Apache JMeter™ application is open source software, a 100% pure Java application designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance. This hands-on workshop teaches you how JMeter is used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources, and Web dynamic applications. In class, you will simulate load on a server, a group of servers, or a network or object to test its strength or to analyze overall performance under different load types. The workshop format provides a rich interactive learning experience with incremental lessons and labs that build upon one another.

news Slide into 2019 with our AgileTDUSA SLEIGH Discount

Agile Testing Days Team
12 Dec, 2018

Happy Holidays!

The end of the year is near, and this is the best time to start planning for 2019. Mark Agile Testing Days USA, set for June 23-27, 2019, at the Palmer House in Chicago, IL, in your conference agenda.

To make spending your residual budget of 2018 easier, we also have a special pre-Christmas gift for you: Slide into 2019 with our 20% discount on all conference tickets. Until December 31, 2018, you can save big! So, take the chance and spoil your team with tickets for the 2nd edition of North America's greatest agile testing festival. 

To learn more and register, please visit:


news Keynote Speakers for AgileTDUSA 2019 Announced

Agile Testing Days Team
4 Dec, 2018

Every year, we try to choose keynote speakers who are an integral part of the agile community. Today we are happy to present you our keynote lineup for the Agile Testing Days USA 2019, set for June 23-27, 2019, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Our highly inspirational keynote speakers from around the world will set the scene for the 2nd edition of AgileTDUSA followed by selected talks and workshop sessions. Register for AgileTDUSA 2019 by clicking here.


Bonnie Aumann

Bonnie works with organizations interested in building a more sustainable, beautiful, open world and workplace. As an early adopter of Agile, she has spent 12 years on the product and people side of technology. The experience has led her to focus on team dynamics, Agile development, and radical transparency in her consulting practice. In 2013, she completed her MBA at Cambridge University with a concentration in entrepreneurship and beyond profit business models. Her Agile Coach role at Spotify is all about coaching and enabling the Development Teams in order to build an environment where continuous improvement of the development process is in focus and where everyone’s common goal is to deliver outstanding software as fast as possible whilehaving fun. 


Janet Gregory 

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of two Agile Testing books, the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course. Janet works with teams transitioning to agile development, teaches courses, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences.  In 2012, Janet received the Award from the Agile Testing Days community for being the most influential agile testing professional person of the year. 

Susan Bligh

Susan Bligh has been in the IT industry for 23 years and has an enthusiasm for business process and operational excellence through the use of technology.  She has previously worked in all aspects of software development including programming, testing, business analysis, database administration, and training. She has worked with many projects using the traditional waterfall software development and agile methodologies. She is passionate about bringing people together to learn from each other in the forms of mentorships, communities of practices and high performing operational and project teams. She has worked in many industries including financial markets, software development, health care and energy. Susan was a panel member for a discussion about Community of Practices at the BA World conference and has a published article "How My Role Models Led Me to a Career in IT and Helped Me Create Work-Life Balance”.


Ash Coleman

Ash is an Engineering Manager and Consultant, with years of digital experience. Her past experience as a professional chef has helped her establish a determination to understand and comply with user satisfaction as well as build a career in using technology as a means to satisfy user demands. Her continual desire to mediate between business and digital fronts has been well served by the culmination of my experiences. With testing she has found a remedy to her curious mind of systems and applicable knowledge. It grants her the platform to speak on topics she is adamant about as well as geek out in the world of technology. Ash has focused her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to the inclusion of women and people of colour, especially in the Context-Driven Testing and Agile communities.

Daniel Billing

Daniel is a software test engineer of 17 years, and has founded his own consulting company, The Test Doctor Limited. He loves testing and all its wondrous variety. He likes to help others become better testers by attending events, speaking, blogging and giving training. Most of his current work focuses on testing strategy across the whole of the clinical trials suite that is build. This includes any kind of testing, from UI, API, performance, security, mobile etc. Whatever needs to happen. Dan is also building on the training, coaching and learning he has picked up elsewhere, and bringing that into his new team. He enjoys running workshops and speaking, especially in the technical testing and security space; and to a lesser extent the psychology of what testers do.

Camille Eddy

Camille has held internships in mechanical engineering and machine learning at HP Labs and Google’s X. She is known for breaking barriers and breaking new ground. As a changemaker trained by some of the best teachers in Stanford d.School on design thinking, she has been exposed to some of the best student minds in this community. She now employs the tools and strategies of the program in her work, including the design thinking approach to problems (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test) and a strong community of innovators and thinkers (over 1,000 people strong, university innovation fellows continue to network and help each other on difficult problems and innovative solutions).

Alexandra Schladebeck

Alex is the head of Software Quality and Test Consulting at BREDEX GmbH and is also Product Owner for Jubula, the open source test tool. Within both roles, she’s responsible for making sure that customers’ needs are satisfied, be it in terms of quality assurance services for their projects or features for implementation. You’ll usually find Alex talking about quality and how it affects the whole development process. She’s also a frequent speaker at conferences where she likes to share her project experiences and learn from other practitioners. Alex has received the Award for the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person at the Agile Testing Days 2018.


Huib Schoots

Huib has national and international experience in the field of software development. He has in-depth knowledge of and experience with agile implementations, individual and team coaching, line and project management, change management and he is an expert in the field of testing, test process improvement, context-driven testing, Rapid Software Testing and exploratory testing. He is a welcome guest at many international conferences and has a broad experience with giving presentations, workshops and trainings. Huib helps people and teams do what they are good at; he enables them to do their best work and continuously improve teamwork. Solving problems and achieving goals together with those involved are central to him. In 2017, Huib became the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person and received the Award at Agile Testing Days in Germany.


Bart Knaack

Bart Knaack has worked as a testmanager/testadvisor at numerous companies, he has coached testers, build up test-teams and developed all kinds of processes, both in test, testsupport and overall quality management/improvement. He has spoken at several international conferences and is also a well known speaker at universities and colleges. He is a true believer of Agile and Gamification. As co-founder of the Agile Games Night at the Agile Testing Days, he knows the power of games and the role they can play in teaching the Agile Principles.

news AgileTDUSA 2019 Program Chairs Announced

Agile Testing Days Team
29 Nov, 2018

We are delighted to introduce you our AgileTDUSA 2019 Program Chairs comprising Janet Gregory (Canada), Pete Walen (USA), Ash Coleman (USA), Matt Heusser (USA), Faiza Yousuf (Pakistan), Raj Subramanian (USA), Mike Talks (New Zealand) and Derk-Jan de Grood (Netherlands).

Janet Gregory (CAN)

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of two Agile Testing books, the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course. Janet works with teams transitioning to agile development, teaches courses, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences.  In 2012, Janet received the Award from the Agile Testing Days community for being the most influential agile testing professional person of the year. 


Pete Walen (US)

His work in Software Development, Project Management and Business Analysis, has informed and enlightened his approach to software quality, testing, team building and finding solutions to complex challenges. He finds never ending rewards working with teams looking to make better quality software and apply Lean and Agile concepts when appropriate to build software more efficiently and reliably. He enjoys working with people and helping them find new and better ways to build their team and do great work together.  In 2010, he became an active public speaker at workshops and conferences where he presents, shares and discusses experiences around agile practices, SCRUM, Lean Delivery, testing and software quality.


Ash Coleman (US)

Ash is an Engineering Manager and Consultant, with years of digital experience. Her past experience as a professional chef has helped her establish a determination to understand and comply with user satisfaction as well as build a career in using technology as a means to satisfy user demands. Her continual desire to mediate between business and digital fronts has been well served by the culmination of my experiences. With testing she has found a remedy to her curious mind of systems and applicable knowledge. It grants her the platform to speak on topics she is adamant about as well as geek out in the world of technology. Ash has focused her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to the inclusion of women and people of colour, especially in the Context-Driven Testing and Agile communities.


Matt Heußer (US)

Matt Heusser is a software craftsman with a deep background in software delivery and testing. For the past several years, Matt’s personal focus has been on risk management, but what he does comes down to this: he helps, finds, trains, and grows communities of engaged software professionals. The best way to get to know him is probably to read what he has written; you can find a list of publications here: In 2014, Matt received the Most Influential Agile-Test Professional Award at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, Germany. Matt Heusser is the lead organizer of TestRetreat, a former board member of the Association for Software Testing, co-author of Save Our Scrum, and Senior Editor for “How To Reduce The Cost Of Software Testing".

news AgileTDUSA 2019 Program Chairs

Agile Testing Days Team
29 Nov, 2018

Faiza Yousuf (PAK)

Faiza Yousuf is a Technologist with over 8 years of experience in Software Quality, Requirement Engineering and Project Management. She is a serial entrepreneur and is currently running a business consultation company with the focus on helping small businesses (especially Women led) to embrace technology. Another recent project is a community building effort by her where she is working to unite all the Women in Technology to come together and start changing the narrative around Women Technologists in Pakistan. Faiza is a graduate and post graduate from NED University and completed a World Bank funded entrepreneurship program called WomenXPakistan. She recently worked as an IT skills trainer for a USAID program with focus on Gender Equity and Women Empowerment. She also teaches technology to Computer Science undergraduates.

Raj Subramanian (US)

Raj is a "Change Agent". He helps teams/organizations to analyze systems/processes, influence the way they think about these systems and bring simple solutions to complex problems. He also coaches/mentors people to help in their personal and career growth and bring effective changes to the overall growth of the organization. He is passionate about software testing, mindfulness, productivity and anything related to motivation and self-help. He has been pretty active in terms of learning and contributing to the society by speaking/attending conferences, giving workshops, training and coaching people on Testing and Communication and sharing his thoughts regularly through his blog, magazines and his Youtube channel. His goal is to explore different aspects/learnings of his life and share them on a regular basis to help other people. He shares his knowledge gained on various topics through his website -


Mike Talks (NZ)

Mike is a test manager and critical thinker. He has been through the staggered IT path - starting as a developer, and now working as a senior tester. He thinks it's fair to say, much like the Tea Boy, he has tried his hand at a variety of roles within IT as the opportunity has arrivedHe thinks it's crucial to try new things, IT as an industry changes as rapidly as the technology we support.  Tin his blog ”TestSheepNZ”, he writes about and explores the things that matter to him, in all their weird and wonderful forms.


Derk-Jan de Grood (NLD)

Derk-Jan de Grood, works as asenior test consultant and agile advisor.  As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements, operational test management and agile implementations. He is a well known name in the international testing community and participates in the organization of various test events. He is an enthusiastic keynote speaker at many national and international conferences. With his presentations he likes to inspire people and help the community to improve the test profession. He regularly publishes articles and columns for leading magazines and is an experienced trainer and workshop/ serious game facilitator. The training sessions vary from the standard introduction into Agile and Software Testing to custom made workshops that tune in on specific needs of the client. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published Agile in the Real World, a book on SCRUM.


news The Call for Papers for AgileTDUSA 2019 is Closed!

Agile Testing Days Team
21 Nov, 2018

The Call for Papers for Agile Testing Days USA 2019 in Chicago, IL, is now closed, and we want to say ThankYou and Wow! Wow, because you never cease to amaze us! Almost 400 ideas have been submitted for our 2nd edition of #AgileTDUSA. You're truly & incredibly awesome.

And we would like to thank each and everyone for participating and submitting in our Call for Papers. You really give our program chairs a hard time.

Our program chairs Janet Gregory, Matt Heusser, Ash Coleman and Pete Walen are currently hard working on reviewing all papers and creating the agenda for AgileTDUSA 2019 based on all the great submissions. After the reviewing, we will notify all authors if their submissions have been accepted or denied. 

The next Agile Testing Days USA will take place June 23-27, 2019, and will be hosted in the Palmer House Hilton in Downtown Chicago. 

You can register now for AgileTDUSA 2019 and save up to $ 400 on your registration. To register, please visit

news SpeakEasy teams up with AgileTDUSA

Agile Testing Days Team
17 Oct, 2018

We’re delighted to announce that Agile Testing Days USA is teaming up with SpeakEasy for a great partnership for the 2019 North America conference. A full track will be facilitated by SpeakEasy consisting of 

  • 1 keynote
  • 6 30-minute talks
  • 2 150-minute workshops

Over the years SpeakEasy has been to the Agile Testing Days in Germany and been so well received. SpeakEasy calls for two groups of people: new voices who want to pitch a keynote, and for track speakers.

SpeakEasy is happy to support you in the journey to become a speaker. Don't miss your chance! AgileTDUSA and SpeakEasy are sure that you have a story to tell that everyone should hear. 

To learn more about how and where to apply for the SpeakEasy tracks, please visit the SpeakEasy homepage.

news Call for Papers for AgileTDUSA 2019 OPEN!

Agile Testing Days Team
28 Sep, 2018

The whole AgileTDUSA team is happy and delighted to announce that we have opened our Call for Papers for the Agile Testing Days USA in 2019! We‘re looking forward to your numerous submissions no matter if you‘re a newbie or a seasoned pro!

At the first edition of AgileTDUSA in Boston, MA, we had so many insightful talks, great hands-on workshops and amazing keynotes about Test Automation, Integration, Mob Programming, Scrum Excellence, Continuous Delivery, Agile Management, DevOps, User Story Integration, Personal Improvement, Innovation Leadership, and many more. For 2019, we are also looking for papers revolving around Exploratory Testing and Inclusive Coding.

Because we know how hard it is to write a proposal for a Call for Papers (or Call for Speakers), we have collected some helpful tipps and hacks in our blog post "It always starts with an idea".

An awesome way to start the tenure of our four program chairs - Janet Gregory, Ash Coleman, Pete Walen and Matt Heusser - is to overwhelm them with the sheer volume of solid and amazing proposals. So, take your chance and become a speaker at AgileTDUSA 2019!

The Call for Papers closes November 18, 2018 11:59 p.m. 

Submit your best ideas here:!

news Thank you for an Amazing 1st Edition of AgileTDUSA

Agile Testing Days Team
2 Jul, 2018

Team #AgileTDUSA says THANK YOU to all speakers, sponsors and attendees We had such a great time mingling, playing, networking, talking, learning, laughing, and sharing with you. We loved running this conference and we hope it gave you many ideas, learnings and valuable knowledge to take back to work and to share with your team.  

Although it might have been a tiring week, we are sure that you found not only an incredibly warm and giving community of support & learning but that you also truly found your inner unicorn. 

Although AgileTDUSA is over, you can stay in touch with us and your new friends on social media. 

It was a pleasure hosting you, so please #SaveTheDate! We hope to see you in Chicago, June 23-27, 2019 for #AgileTDUSA.

Take care until we meet again.

Your AgileTDUSA Team

news Winner of the 'Color Your Unicorn' Contest Announced

Agile Testing Days Team
31 May, 2018

First of all, thank you to all your beautiful and creative entries to our 'Color Your Unicorn' Contest. Thank you so much to everyone who put in so much love into each of their creations. Needless to say, it was difficult for us to narrow down our favorite pick since there were so many amazing unicorns.

But we are thrilled to announce that out of all the entries, the following submission made it to our Top 1 Agile Unicorn: 

Congratulations to Mike Hrycyk for winning our 'Color Your Unicorn' Contest! He wins the $100 Amazon Gift Card. 

We love Brad, the testing unicorn. We think, Brad is a great addition to the agile testing universe and we hope, that he will share his electrical testing skills with his other fellow agile unicorns.

Finally, a big round of applause to all of the other participants. You were also amazing. This gives us even more drive to organize more in the future. We hope to see you for the next one!

news Early Lobster Saving Ends This Week!

Agile Testing Days Team
22 May, 2018

Final Days for Early Lobster Saving! 

Only a few days left to get the best deal on AgileTDUSA. Save up to  $200 off on each registration with the Early Lobster Saving!

"Grab the crab" until Saturday, May 26, 2018 and join us for this fantastic community event in Boston!

Reserve your seat now!

news Bring a Friend & Save an Extra 15%

Agile Testing Days Team
22 May, 2018

It simply makes more fun together exploring the Agile Testing Days USA this Summer in Boston, MA!  

Improve your skills with our intense full-day tutorials, dive into the agile world with our expert speakers, engage in practical examples and enhance your ideas, and network, have fun & discover the unique ATD spirit.

Register for the conference with a friend and you both can save an additional 15% off Early Lobster pricing when you contact with promo code "FAB15".

This offer is valid until June 4, 2018.

Join us for this fantastic community event! We hope to see you there!

news Color Your AgileTDUSA Unicorn

Agile Testing Days Team
30 Apr, 2018

We recommend to stop doing what you are doing right now. It's time to spark your imagination and express yourself! Agile, testing and creativity can go hand in hand with our 'Color Your Unicorn' Contest.

If you now think that coloring is just something for kids, you are so wrong. Coloring can help you to learn the skill of patience. It allows you to be relaxed and comfortable while creating a piece of art. Furthermore, coloring gives you an opportunity to express your creative side.

So, channel your inner Picasso, van Gogh or Frida Kahlo, download our blank Agile Unicorn template, get a box of crayons and set your creativity free.

Upload your picture of your colored Agile Unicorn on Twitter, tag @AgileTDUSA and you could win a $100 Amazon gift card, which you could perfectly use to buy more coloring books.

The 'Color Your AgileTDUSA Unicorn' Contest ends Thursday, May 31st, 2018.

Have fun! We look forward to your submissions.


news Get an extra 20% Discount with the 3 Amigos Special

Agile Testing Days Team
1 Mar, 2018

Teamwork makes the dream work. So they say, and we help you to grow and learn together with your team. 

Register this March for a group of three or more and benefit from our very special St. Patrick's 3 Amigos discount, where you get an additional 20% off on your registration for Agile Testing Days USA this June in Boston, MA!

Join the learning, the fun, the networking with your fellow testers, managers, quality assurers, and software developers. Explore Agile Testing Days USA together with your team and bring back more learnings, knowledge, ideas and applicable know-how to your company to become more efficient and better.

Get the most out of the conference and book your tickets now by using the code GOTEAM when you register:


news Nominate an "Agile Unicorn" + Win A Free Ticket to Boston!

Agile Testing Days Team
7 Feb, 2018

Calling All Agile Unicorns!

An "Agile Unicorn" is someone who is taking the art of agile testing to magical levels. Who do you know that is an agile unicorn? Let us know and you could win!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and mention @AgileTDUSA on the nomination for a chance to win a free 2-day conference registration plus a $500 Visa gift card for travel expenses to Agile Testing Days USA in Boston. Bonus points for pics or video!

Deadline for nominations is February 28—so head on over to Twitter, channel your inner sparkle, and nominate your favorite agile unicorn!

news Learn from these awesome Keynote and Tutorial speakers!

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Nov, 2017

At ATD USA 2018 you will be able to learn from and discuss with industry leading speakers.

Keynotes for example will be given by Paul Holland & Noah Sussman, Selena Delesie, Ray Arell, Ellen Gottesdiener, Angie Jones, and by our well-known European imports Huib Schoots & Alexandra Schladebeck.

They all look forward to sharing their experiences and perspectives with you.


If you would like to delve deeper into a certain topic you are well-advised to check out our eight full-day tutorials, taking place on Monday, June 25, 2018: SEE ALL

During these full-day workshops, you will learn hands-on and are able to discuss individual questions and challenges.

Tutorials will be given by Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory, Woody Zuill, Ray Arell, Ellen Gottesdiener, Paul Holland, Huib Schoots & Alexandra Schladebeck, Matt Heusser and Selena Delesie.

news Make sure to catch the SUPER EARLY LOBSTER!

Agile Testing Days Team
14 Nov, 2017

Save big time by booking your ticket early! With our Super Early Lobster you can save up to $400!

If you want to make sure you save yourself or your company some serious cash, then register until April 27, 2018.

Don’t forget to tell your colleagues and friends about this super awesome deal.

Register now by clicking here!

news #AgileTD and TechWell hosting new US conference together

Agile Testing Days Team
13 Nov, 2017

Discover Agile Testing Days USA! The very popular and interactive European event is now coming to North America and you won't want to miss out on meeting face-to-face with some highly engaged new agile testers, developers, ScrumMasters, high-level agile enthusiasts, and other key audiences.  


TechWell Corporation, an industry leader in software conferences and training (e.g., Star conferences, Better Software conferences), and trendig technology services GmbH, the organizer of Europe’s popular Agile Testing Days, are announcing a strategic partnership to bring Agile Testing Days to the United States, which will be held June 25-27, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Boston, Massachusetts area.


The Agile Testing Days conferences are festivals of learning and sharing for the agile community. They provide a fun way to get deep insights and latest developments in testing and agile excellence as well as to provide a platform for networking.

The program consists of one day of tutorial workshops and two days of conference sessions.


Anyone interested in further training should plan for two more days, as TechWell offers different 2 days trainings subsequent to the conference.

TechWell will partner with Agile Testing Days to ensure the conference continues the legacy of offering the best agile testing education with the first U.S. based event.