Mar 15 2016 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
We shall be heard! Uniting to scale the influence and talents of your awesome QA team
Abstract: QA teams have been pressured like never before to change. With outsourcing now commonplace, it is essential for QA groups to realize that the bar for their value added services has been significantly raised. In this session, members of the Pacific Life QA organization will share their courageous journey to adapt and transform a team of capable veterans into a group that is up for ANY challenge including: Changing soft skills and culture, Technical Excellence (blurring the lines between Engineer and Functional Analyst), transforming QA while keeping the day-to-day running. Above all else, it’s essential to manage talent with a constant focus on blending different team strengths to make a bold statement about the transformative value QA can bring to the table.
About our Speakers:: Valerie Nash, Raman Sivasankar, Colleen Kirtland
Valerie Nash has spent most of her working career at Pacific Life. She is currently a QA Lead in the RSD IT Division at Pacific Life. She plays an important role leading many of the QA transformation initiatives centered on moving the team from Quality Control centric to Quality Assurance focused. This role could not be more fitting, as she believes in embracing changes personally, as well as professionally. Change opens up many opportunities, strengthens inner growth, and empowerment. With Valerie’s ability to rally troops keeping up a positive attitude in the face of any challenges, she is dedicated and excited to be part of this huge endeavor to see it all the way through to adoption!
Raman Sivasankar is an active proponent of Automation Processes and QA Metrics. With nearly 13 years of experience, Raman’s domain knowledge spans across various industries from Mortgage, Banking, Payroll, Mutual Funds and Insurance. Apart from his business domain knowledge, Raman has used his expertise and full system development lifecycle experience to build solid and foolproof Automation Frameworks using latest technologies. Currently working with Pacific Life, he is excited to be part of a very talented QA team that is undergoing transformation and is optimistic that the changes will eventually position the team to be recognized as a QA leader in the Insurance/Annuities space. Raman is on LinkedIn.
Industry veteran Colleen Kirtland is passionate about QA and the role of technology in helping to effect positive social change. As an evangelist of proven QA practices, Colleen above all else enjoys helping people grow to their highest potential. You’ll find Colleen working across the teams to influence Business Process, Application Development, Infrastructure and Architecture, building Quality in from the get go. She currently works as QA Director for Pacific Life. Every day, Colleen is motivated by the people she works with and the opportunities for innovation together with her colleagues. You can reach her on LinkedIn.
Meeting presentation file(s):We shall be heard!