Panel Discussion::The Evolving View from the QA Manager's Desk

Mar 19 2013 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)


Panel Discussion::The Evolving View from the QA Manager’s Desk
The landscape in which today’s QA organization operates is as dynamic as it has ever been. QA organizations and individual contributors are being asked to transition from a testing role to one of Quality leadership and the expectations set at the executive level on the value of the Quality function and the need to quantify that value are increasing. At the same time factors such as outsourcing, distributed teams and unstructured development methodologies are forcing all Quality professionals to evolve their capabilities and skills to stay relevant. Join our panel of experienced QA Managers, who provide a variety of perspectives and experience in software quality, for a moderated discussion along with an open discussion where the panel and audience can share their experiences and lessons learned.

About our Panel::
Colleen Kirtland currently serves as the Program Lead for Enterprise QA Standard at Capital Group. She is passionate about QA and the role of technology in helping affect positive social change. As technology advances and transforms the way we do things, there is also a need to include not only solution quality, but also the human factor/organization behavior as aspects of measuring Quality. As an evangelist of Quality practices, Colleen has served in multiple companies across multiple industries, both as a leader and individual contributor. “I’ve never tired of QA roles because they challenge you on so many levels and dimensions.”

Kymberlee Page is the Manager of Business Analysis and Quality Assurance for VPI Pet Insurance where her team is responsible for all Quality aspects of the Agile SDLC along with maintenance and production support. During her time at VPI she has spearheaded the implementation of a custom agile software development life cycle, revised the software release process and implemented a configuration management process. Kymberlee has over 14 years of experience in the IT industry in Insurance, Financial Services, Education and Health Care industries. She has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelors degree in Business Management and holds certifications as a PMP and an Agile Scrum Master.

Robin Beeso is a Quality Management Manager at Capital Group. She currently supports two product groups in the Equity Investment Management domain. Previously she was responsible for overall quality management on a large program that re-architected the reference data management system and integrated the new system with legacy applications. Robin has been with Capital for over 20 years where she has had varying responsibilities within ITG, including development, business systems analysis and quality management.

Dennis Wahlquist is a Senior Consultant with AAC Utility Partners, helping public utilities manage major ERP/CIS software implementations by encouraging best practices and providing leadership and training to the test teams. Dennis has worked in commercial software development for nearly three decades in a variety of roles, including software quality assurance and technical documentation. Prior to his current position he was a Senior Manager of Quality Assurance at Sage, makers of MAS90, Peachtree, and Accpac ERP systems. Dennis was in charge of the MAS90 test team for nearly 10 years, responsible for building the team and developing their testing processes and metrics. In addition, Dennis served on the SCQAA-OC Board of Directors for a number of years.

Moderator
Jeff Eyrich is the founder and CEO of Leverage Point Corporation, a specialty services company focused on software quality related consulting and staffing, and serves as the Program Chair for SCQAA-OC. In his role at Leverage Point, Jeff oversees his company’s engagements to help his clients define their quality strategy, build and develop their organizations and improve their organizational quality maturity. Jeff has over 25 years of experience in system integration and enterprise level application development. He encourages his clients to take a holistic view of software quality which entails an organizational approach to improving quality maturity and establishing effective process throughout the development lifecycle and life span of their systems.