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Testing & Quality Leadership Summit


Innovating Software Testing

Thursday, May 2 | 5:30pm ET & Friday, May 3 | 8:00am-3:30pm ET
This full-day event is available for in-person registrations only.

As new and innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, generative AI, and new approaches to automated testing continue to revolutionize software testing and quality, testing leaders must explore the impact these innovations have on business strategies and direction. From setting strategic visions for quality engineering to fostering ethical and responsible practices as AI capabilities become the norm, strong leadership is essential for software quality and testing to be successful. But like any change, some challenges and pitfalls must be overcome to make these innovations successful. Join in the conversation with your peers as experienced technology leaders share ways to lead and incorporate innovations into software testing and quality. Discover how seasoned leaders have grown their leadership skills and what they believe the keys are to becoming exceptional leaders in this emerging field.

At the 2024 Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, program chair Jeffery Payne and industry quality leader Ken Johnston team up to lead an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences.  Each of these leaders brings a unique perspective on leadership to the table and will provide Summit participants with lessons learned and practical techniques for leading teams, addressing management challenges, and gaining senior management buy-in.

Also, bring your biggest issues and challenges to the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, where you can draw on the knowledge and experiences of these leaders and your fellow leaders who may have already faced and solved some of your issues. You’ll hear what’s working—and not working—and have the opportunity to share your experiences and successes. The Quality Leadership Summit is a perfect opportunity for you to:

  • Participate in insightful and informative sessions focusing on leadership issues
  • Meet and network with your peers in the industry
  • Join in the “think tank” discussion with industry veterans
  • Develop new ideas and action plans for innovation within your organization

Thursday, May 2

Jeff Payne

Reception and Summit Kickoff: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night?

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kickoff the Testing and Quality Leadership Summit with a reception and some networking.

Friday, May 3

Jeff Payne

Summit Welcome - Opening Remarks

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 8:30am to 8:45am

After enjoying the Summit breakfast starting at 8:00 AM, join your moderator Jeff Payne as we kick off the STAREAST Testing & Quality Leadership Summit for 2024. 

The Six Biggest Mistakes I Ever Made as a Test Leader and Still Thrived

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 8:45am to 9:45am

Let’s face it, everybody makes mistakes. While it’s never the end of the world when mistakes happen sometimes it can seem like it. Particularly if it's highly visible or seen by senior management. But sometimes a mistake can magically turn into an opportunity. Or at least an opportunity to grow and learn.

Join Ken as he shares some of his darkest leadership secrets: the big bug he missed and Bill Gates found, the battles he took on and lost, and how those missteps didn’t end his career. In fact, sometimes, out of failure, came the greatest growth for him and his teams. Yes, it is...

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Jeff Payne

Leadership Secrets from the Room

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:00am

While everyone has their own approach to leadership, we all have our go-to tips and tricks that can help others lead teams, organizations, and ourselves. These may be techniques for motivating staff, growing team skills, managing senior executives, or finding the right people for your organization.

During this collaborative lean coffee session, Jeffery Payne will facilitate a discussion to elicit and discuss those leadership secrets used effectively by Summit participants. Using a lean coffee meeting format, participants will choose which aspects of leadership to discuss, vote on...

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Jeff Payne

Think Tank Discussion Part I: Problem Definitions

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Join your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that affect you most. Using answers to the question “As a Leader, What is Keeping You Up at Night?” posed at Thursday’s evening reception, participants will form small groups to work on finding solutions to pressing test management issues. Discussions will review identified issues, barriers to change, and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank, all feedback will be collected and posted online to encourage further collaboration.

Jeff Payne

Think Tank Discussion Part II: Leadership Solutions

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 12:45pm to 1:45pm

Based upon the problem definitions developed during Part I of the Think Tank, small groups will brainstorm on how to best solve these challenges, leveraging the collective wisdom of peers and Summit speakers. Each group will designate a representative to present its results and practice delivery.

Jeff Payne

Think Tank Discussion Part III: Presentation of Results & Wrap-Up

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Small group representatives will each be given five minutes to present their leadership solutions. Summit participants will vote on which group produced the best solutions.