Stpcon Spring 2014

Sheraton New Orleans $159/night


Cem Kaner Rex Black

Schools of Testing: Useful Paradigm or Negative Influence?

Cem Kaner - Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
Rex Black - President, RBCS

Tuesday, April 15, 9:00am - 10:15am

Are there really four different “schools of testing”? Do you have to belong to one? Or are there just different testing strategies, to be selected and blended as appropriate? Has the concept of “schools of testing” promoted clearer thinking about testing, or has this concept actually created a useless schism, sowing conflict and slowing growth of the profession? In this debate, Rex Black will argue the negative side of the case, being one of the leading critics of the concept of “schools of testing.” On the other side, you’ll hear one of the originators of the concept, Cem Kaner, argue for its benefits. Love it or hate it, you can hear both sides and make up your own mind.

Speaker Biography

Cem Kaner, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, a research-focused university that was recently ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Kaner is lead author of several books, including Lessons Learned in Software Testing and The Domain Testing Workbook. He is lead developer of the BBST™ (Black Box Software Testing) series of videos and online courses. Kaner holds a doctorate in Psychology and a law degree. He teaches courses on software testing, metrics, requirements analysis, applied statistics, and software-related law, ethics and societal issues. Kaner was honored by The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group for Computers and Society with its "Making a Difference" Award and by the Software Test Professionals with the Software Test Luminary Award. He was elected to the American Law Institute in recognition of his work on laws governing software quality and electronic commerce. Before coming back to university to teach (in 2000), Kaner lived in Silicon Valley for 17 years and worked as a development manager/director, programmer, tester, technical writer and development consultant.

With a quarter-century of software and systems engineering experience, Rex Black is President of RBCS (, a leader in software, hardware, and systems testing. As the leader of RBCS, Rex is the most prolific author practicing in the field of software testing today. His popular first book, Managing the Testing Process, has sold over 40,000 copies around the world, including Japanese, Chinese, and Indian releases, and is now in its third edition.  He has written over 30 articles, presented hundreds of papers, workshops, and seminars, and given about 50 keynotes and other speeches at conferences and events around the world. Rex is the immediate past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board and of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board.

Joel Zeff

Make the Right Choice: Leading Innovative Teams During Change with Passion and Success

Joel Zeff - Author, International Speaker & Consultant, Joel Zeff Creative

Wednesday, April 16, 9:00am - 10:15am

Most change is out of our control. What we do control is our attitude and how we react to change. We must choose to stay passionate and energized during constant change. Yet it can be hard to have fun and stay passionate at work during stressful times. How do managers continue to motivate and energize employees? Managers must help employees stay in the game; work in the moment; and take ownership of their happiness.

Joel leads the audience through a series of exercises that demonstrates how easy it is to continue working creatively, effectively and productively while dealing with change. This interactive and hilarious presentation will teach leaders the importance of helping everyone find success, create opportunity, encourage innovation and promote a positive and supportive environment. Just as important, managers must allow employees to create ownership. Ownership and responsibility will allow the employee to care. And once the employee starts to care, the next step is passion.

Joel uses humor and improvisation to teach his audiences how important these simple choices are to success. During this keynote, audience members will laugh, have fun and be motivated, inspired and energized.

Speaker Biography

Joel Zeff creates energy. His interactive performances invite members of the audience to participate in hilarious improvisational exercises that illustrate Joel’s central message: That organizations and individuals should CELEBRATE every day successes to increase collaboration, productivity, passion and innovation. His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for years. As a national speaker and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. Corporations and organizations nationwide seek him out to motivate and energize their employees.

John Montgomery

Well Rounded - The Mission Criticality of a 360 Degree Approach to App Quality

John Montgomery - VP of Product Delivery, uTest

Wednesday, April 16, 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Today's consumers demand that your digital experiences be accessible when and where they are - whether via phones, tablets, laptops - or in the future, smart cars, smart watches, smart appliances or other emerging form factors.

That's because modern applications have changed how users consume content, conduct commerce and connect with companies - and each other. And thanks to app stores and social media, those users have big voices in deciding which apps -and companies - win, and which ones lose. Because of this, app quality is more important than ever for brands. The only way for companies to stand out from their competitors and offer users a memorable, loyalty-inducing experience is to take an integrated 360 degree approach to app quality.

That's because in today's apps economy, quality is no longer just a QA issue: It's an engineering issue, a product management issue, a marketing issue, and a CEO issue. In this session, uTest (soon to be Applause) Senior VP John Montgomery will highlight the importance of, and path to, an holistic approach to app quality and how it can help you develop, launch and measure high-quality software that users love.

Session Takeaways - Attendees will understand:
  • Why 360 degree app quality is vital for succeeding in today's app economy.
  • What sets winning apps apart and allows them to rise above the fray? How QA & test leaders can get close to users, and leverage data to win internal arguments and protect users.
  • Common pitfalls, as well as opportunities to differentiate your company's digital experiences.
  • How to get into the mind of your app's users and understand what they think about your apps, as well as those of your competition.

Speaker Biography

As VP of Project Delivery, John Montgomery is responsible for refining the company’s project management systems and processes to ensure customer satisfaction. In this role, John has also been tasked with helping uTest scale its capabilities to keep up with its expansive growth.

John has held senior positions in quality assurance, engineering, and operations at Openwave, Polycom, SPL WorldGroup and Oracle. At Oracle, John led a global Quality & Development team responsible for engineering productivity tools and test automation. He also developed and implemented test engineering methodologies for Vantive, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards. John earned his degree in International Business Management from Texas A&M University.

Mike Lyles

What the 80's Taught Me About Testing

Mike Lyles - Senior QA Manager, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Thursday, April 17, 9:00am - 10:00am

Growing up in the 80’s was an exciting adventure. The world was introduced to so many new things: compact discs (CDs), a 24-hour cable music channel called MTV, the Sony Walkman, a video game called Pac-Man, and video cassette recorders (VCRs). IBM released the Personal Computer in 1981, the Commodore 64 was released in 1982, and the Apple Macintosh was released in 1984. By 1989, Tim Berners-Lee was getting started on a new invention he called the “World Wide Web”.

History has never failed to teach us many things. In his presentation, Mike Lyles will take you back in time to examine how the 80’s can teach us to be better test professionals. Whether you had the opportunity to live in the 80’s, or you were born afterward and have only read about it on the internet, this presentation will prove entertaining, educational, and ultimately bring us Back to the Future and give us a new perspective on how to grow in the industry!

Speaker Biography

Mike Lyles is a Sr. QA Manager with over 20 years of IT experience, gaining exposure through all aspects of IT in various roles - tech support, software developer, PMO, development manager, and, ultimately, testing/QA. He has led various aspects of testing: functional testing, test environments, SCM, and Test Data Management. He currently manages Automation testing, Performance testing, and Service Virtualization efforts across all areas within his organization. Mike is an international speaker at multiple conferences, and is regularly published in testing publications and trade magazines. Mike’s passion to help others improve and grow in the field of testing, leadership, and management is his key motivation. You can learn more about Mike at, or