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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
@bonniea

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 
@janetgregoryca 

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
@sbligh 

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
@AshColeman30 

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
@TheTestDoctor 

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
@NikkyMill

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_schl

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
@huibschoots

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
@Btknaack

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)
@janetgregoryca 

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)
@PeteWalen 

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)
@AshColeman30 

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)
@mheusser 

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: http://xndev.com/publications/. 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)
@FaizaYousuf 

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)
@epsilon11 

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 - www.rajsubra.com.

 

Mike Talks (NZ)
@TestSheepNZ 

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)
@DerkJanDeGrood 

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 https://agiletestingdays.us/register/.

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: https://agiletestingdays.us/call-for-papers/!

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 clientsupport@techwell.com 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.

DOWNLOAD YOUR BLANK UNICORN HERE

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: https://agiletestingdays.us/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.

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