Five Things We’re Looking Forward to Most at Quality Jam London 2018

Quality Jam London 2018 is just a week away, and the QASymphony team couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to London! We’ve put together an outstanding lineup of educational sessions and networking opportunities that we hope will inspire creative thinking about the profound importance of software quality — and the role of the quality engineer — in the DevOps age.

If you haven’t registered yet, readers of this blog can use the code Community50 for a 50 percent discount. To learn what Quality Jam is all about, take a look at this recap from Quality Jam Atlanta 2018.

Here are the top five things we’re looking forward to most at Quality Jam London:

  1. Learn from Innovative QA teams

QA leaders form Office Depot, DPD and Dutch Railways will each share details about their biggest quality projects.

Office Depot’s Mikey Warner will share their journey from waterfall to agile delivery  via the use of new tooling, agile principles and — perhaps most importantly — empowerment.

DPD’s Mallissa Baldwin will share her tried and tested methods of identifying, implementing and measuring the success of effective change in software quality, from assessing the current state to delivering on a new world vision.

Dutch Railways’ Niels Rikze will discuss the process of rolling out new tooling across agile teams and the balance of offering freedom while maintaining enough structure for effective execution and reporting.

  1. Learn qTest Best Practices and User Tips

From 8:30 to 9 a.m., our Senior Sales Engineer DJ Frank will offer a hands-on training for QASymphony customers and partners. In this session, Frank will review qTest best practices and test management tips that will help you better align with developers and create a more streamlined and efficient testing process. If you’re not a customer but are curious about qTest, we’ll also be offering demos in the exhibit area during registration.

  1. Learn How to Lead a QA Team

Learn strategies for effectively leading a group of quality professionals from Adam Satterfield, a lively presenter and the Technology Program Director at Anthem, the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. In a 9:30 a.m. keynote presentation, he’ll cover what it takes to become a leader, as well as how to stay connected to your team once you’re there. Hint: don’t stop testing.

Satterfield will share some helpful and humorous real-world examples of his journey to quality leadership, how he built a rockstar team and the challenges he’s faced along the way.

  1. Get the Inside Scoop on the qTest and Tricentis Roadmap

Several of our new colleagues from Tricentis will be onsite next week. If you haven’t heard, we announced plans to merge in June to create the industry’s leading end-to-end continuous testing platform.

Product leaders Elise Carmichael and Gerd Weishaar, from qTest and Tricentis respectively, will share details about our plans to create an even better software testing company in 2018. During this keynote, you learn about our joint roadmap, as well as what’s in the pipeline for the qTest Platform and what Tricentis Tosca is all about.

Carmichael and Weishaar will share some of the most exciting features they’re working on, in areas such as AI, automation and enterprise readiness. We also have some exciting announcements about new products, so this is one you won’t want to miss. There’s also a session about continuous load testing with Flood, the cloud-based load testing tool Tricentis added to its portfolio last year.

  1. Build Community

Several of us (including me!) will be onsite next week. I speak for all of us when I say I’m very much looking forward to meeting quality engineers and testers from the UK and across Europe. If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time behind a computer, which isn’t the best place to get involved with the quality community. Conferences are a great opportunity to take a step back from day-to-day tasks and gain perspective on the challenges quality professionals face and how they are different (and sometimes the same) at other organizations, as well as the increasingly critical role quality teams play in digital business environments.

If you’re willing to share your thoughts about the importance of quality in the DevOps age, the challenges you face, or what you hear from our presenters at Quality Jam, I’d love to talk to you at Quality Jam London. On behalf of the entire qTest team, I look forward to seeing you next week!

See the full agenda on the Quality Jam London website.

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