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Tending to your tester garden – growing a great test team

Creating a great test team is a lot like gardening: you need to find the right seeds, and make sure to plant them in an environment where they will thrive and grow. But what seeds do you look for, and how do you create the right conditions for them to develop into strong plants? 

In this presentation, Keith and Christin will share their ideas on the skills and traits that make a good tester, and how we recognize them, both within existing teams and while recruiting. This presentation will also discuss how to help testers grow and flourish.

About The Presenters

With over 20 years of experience in all aspects of software quality assurance, testing and software development, Keith McIntosh has built PQA into a world-class software testing services firm and continues to shape its vision and culture.

As the CEO at Professional Quality Assurance Ltd., Keith is a recognized business leader in New Brunswick. He is a founding board member of the New Brunswick Information Technology Council and a member of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Technology. Keith is also involved in mentoring and supporting start-ups via organizations like Launch36, 21inc, Wallace McCain Institute and Pond Deshpande Centre, and investments such as Iona Software Solutions.

After eleven years as an astroparticle physicist, Christin Wiedemann brings her logical and analytical problem-solving skills to the world of testing. Five years into her new career, Christin is still eager to learn, looking for new ways to test more efficiently, constantly trying new approaches, and keen to share her experiences. In her roles as tester, test lead, trainer, and speaker, she uses her scientific background and pedagogic abilities to continually develop her own skills and those of others. Co-creator of the exploratory testing approach xBTM, Christin lives in Vancouver, where she has joined Professional Quality Assurance Ltd

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