President and Author, Rifenbary Training & Development
Tuesday, October 22,
Based on a solid foundation of core values this exciting program teaches, validates and supports the importance of key principles and skills such as, self-responsibility, organizational accountability, integrity, personal honesty, professionalism, self-respect, forgiveness, passion and positive attitude; as they pertain to one’s personal and professional success, and the success of others. Ultimately, this positively contributes to the morale and productivity of the individual and organization, resulting in a higher level of performance; and a greater level of personal understanding leading to a more productive, balanced and fulfilling career and life.
Keynote Presentation Takeaways:
- Identify a foundation of core values applicable to the enhancement of both your personal and professional life.
- Define those core values in regard to how they pertain to the overall mission and vision of the organization.
- Develop an interactive blueprint of the relationship between the core values presented, and other principles of success.
- Indentify strategies for internalizing self-development and enhancing self-respect.
- Implement forgiveness personally and professionally to enhance communication and performance.
- Incorporate strategies for creating a healthy and productive life balance.
- Develop the character qualities to become a principled leader in all areas of your life.
Jay Rifenbary is the author of the International
Best-Seller, “No Excuse! – Incorporating Core Values, Accountability and
Balance into Your Life and Career”, and “True to Your Core – Common
Sense Values for Living Life to its Fullest.”
Jay is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant; and
for the last 19 years has provided his expertise in the areas of
personal development, leadership, and communication training to
organizations, associations and schools across North America, Europe and
Asia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States
Military Academy at West Point.
Jack Canfield, Best Selling Author of
“Chicken Soup for the Soul”, said of “No Excuse!” that, Jay has given
the world a most generous gift. Anyone who applies the “No Excuse!”
philosophy can create the life they want and make a difference.
Leadership Expert, Igniting Performance
Wednesday, October 23,
Why is it that for some leaders we would gladly run through a burning building, while for others, we would rather remain inside the burning building? Because great leaders understand that they have the ability to either ignite or extinguish the productivity of their people. This presentation focuses on the specific coaching skills needed to be a more effective manager and leader in the performance cycle.
This session explores the impact we have on each other and our “customers.” In this interactive multimedia keynote presentation, you’ll address issues with tactics for getting your business customers, both internal and external, to feel like a welcomed guest. By the conclusion you'll be excited about the position you hold and ready to apply the tactical skills and approaches you need to work with your "guests" at the home front as well as discovering what it takes to approach anything that life has to throw at you.
- Applying your
skill-sets you have, and how to create new ones.
- Adjusting to new and
different generations in the workplace.
- How to handle turnover (and
immediate cultural changes it may create) within your workplace.
- How to master your internal "tornado" - and become the best of
- How to accomplish a better work-life balance.
- Tools on what to do NOW after you
leave his session to become #1 on purpose - individually - or as an
Michael Hoffman is a full-time certified professional speaker and has been igniting Fortune 500 organizations with his workshops and keynotes for over a decade. His firm, Igniting Performance, is a Dallas-based training and consulting firm specializing in the areas of leadership, sales, and customer loyalty. From small independent entrepreneurs to blue chips, Michael can count companies such as IBM, EDS, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, VHA, Capital One, Oracle, and hundreds more as not only clients but repeat customers. Using his performance comedy and interactive delivery, he has conducted extensive personal and professional development seminars for thousands of people across the United States and abroad. Effective training combines the right informational tools with the right motivation. Motivation alone is fleeting, but the right tools without motivation are lifeless. Michael delivers both.
VP of Product Delivery, uTest
Wednesday, October 23,
Mobile experts stress many best practices for companies employing an app strategy: “make sure your app supports top mobile devices”, “develop on iOS, then Android”, and more. Copious amounts of research and stats indicate that tablets are used more frequently than smartphones for certain verticals, and vice versa.
The biggest take-away for businesses? Mobile requires a complete re-think about testing, and app quality at large. Apps are everywhere and on every device, from the smartphone to tablets to TVs to cars. Apps have changed the way users consume content, conduct commerce and connect with companies – and each other. And testing & technical leaders who are responsible for app development, testing, deployment and analytics must adapt to this reality.
This session will take a deep dive into the bigger picture: the importance of 360 degree app quality, as defined by users. How can you make sure that your app is performing better than your competitors’? How can you make sure during development that it will perform as intended for end users?
Culling feedback from more than 80,000 testers, this presentation will highlight how the brand and app are inexorably linked, share real world examples of businesses that take the app experience to the next level. From specific testing scenarios, users will learn the ramifications of negative app feedback on a larger-than-mobile scale, and discuss how this complex relationship requires a new, more expansive approach to app research, development and testing.
Listen To This Recording
- Attendees will gain insights into the importance of, and the best ways to achieve, holistic mobile testing – both in pre-production and production.
- Attendees will hear perspectives and projections about the future of applications, as well as the implications on testing beyond functional quality – to user experience, user acceptance, and overall company success.
- Hear how mobile forces QA and test leaders to be more connected to users, and more connected to their apps’ market success than web or desktop ever have.
- Hear real-world examples of user reactions to app experiences, on all devices and scenarios, and how that impacted the overall bottom-line.
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.
Chief Agile Enthusiast, AgileDad
Thursday, October 24,
Some treasures are worth the plunder as they yield vast amounts of riches and jewels. Other treasures are often better left untouched. This presentation is about a treasure that no organization wants to see or face but the rewards for acknowledging and destroying the treasure is vast and bountiful. As we continue to see companies grow and expand, organizations are building VERY strong feature sets atop a crumbling architectural foundation. Learn what the seven deadly sins of technical debt are, and the steps you can take to eliminate them! See firsthand what the very obstacles are that we are trying to avoid yet falling right into their path. Learn what the tester’s role is in helping to make certain we never pitfall into this environment again. Leave armed with the steps we can take to adjust the rigging and make certain we never sail down the path of endless debt again.
Lee’s 12 years of experience spans a broad array of software production roles and responsibilities. He is currently one of just over 100 Certified Scrum Trainers (CST) worldwide. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner. Lee has worked as a GUI web developer, quality assurance analyst, automated test engineer, QA Manager, product manager, project manager, ScrumMaster, agile coach, consultant, & training professional. His client list includes over 25 of the Fortune 100 companies, Government sector projects, small and large software production facilities, and multiple large-scale e-commerce implementations.
Lee is a graduate of the Disney Management Institute and is the author of the Definitive Agile Checklist. He publishes the Agile Mentor Newsletter. He is the inventor of Rapid Release Planning and is continually looking for ways to advance testing practices in the Agile and Scrum community.