SPIN Events

What keeps CEOs up at night?

Join our panel of UX experts to share the top 5 challenges businesses face today and UX trade secrets to stay above the competition, experience sustainable growth and build predictability in customer loyalty. 
Date and Time
Thursday, 05/19/2022
5:30 PM Free Food and Networking (2 drink tickets provided) 6:15 PM Announcements and board elections 6:30 PM Panel Discussion with Q&A
 
Location
The Hot House Tavern
Second Floor Library
N88W16631 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.
Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Moderators - Kristine Howell and Elise Georgeson bring a combined 30 years of experience in product leadership and design from startups to Fortune 500 companies. In 2021 they co-founded Lyssna Method, a UX consultancy that specializes in creating strategies for passionate product and entrepreneur leaders to increase customer loyalty and revenue growth by measured, actionable insights.
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Protecting Wisconsin from the Cyber Threat

Wisconsin’s private and public businesses and organizations are under constant threat from ransomware and other cyber intrusions.  This session describes those threats and identifies some possible mitigations for them.  The importance of fostering robust public-private partnerships to combat these threats is highlighted.
Date and Time
Thursday, 04/21/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Networking - Food & Refreshments 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation
 
Location
Westallion Brewing Co.
https://www.westallionbrewing.com/
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis, WI 53214 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:

Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has worked national security matters for 25 years.  He currently serves on FBI Milwaukee’s Cyber Squad, where one of his responsibilities is to raise awareness of cyber and insider threats to business, academia, and state/local governments.  He is FBI-certified to conduct cyber investigations and rated as proficient to work counterintelligence investigations by the U.S. Intelligence Community.  He holds a B.A. in Russian and a law degree, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Revealing the hidden influences of IT leadership

“How can I make work more enjoyable and influence others around me so that we can accomplish something meaningful?”
 
For most people, work sucks. And the data proves it: according to Gallup and Deloitte, only 15% of employees worldwide feel engaged in their jobs. Dubbed the Great Resignation, more than 19 million people have left their job since April 2021. Whether you’re in the 85% group of people who are either bored or miserable or if you’re one of the few lucky “weirdos” who enjoy coming to work on Mondays, there is an obvious need for all of us to explore what it takes to be both successful AND satisfied in the workplace. 
 
Join us on Tuesday, March 29th as we share ideas on how we can engage an Agile Mindset to navigate tough situations and difficult coworkers so we can turn those rare “best” days at work into everyday work life.
 
BONUS for the first 50 people to register: Receive a complimentary leadership assessment that is customized to show you an agile approach to interactions in the workplace that will empower you to meet the demands of any situation. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete, and it includes an optional 30-minute debrief of your results so you can start having more fun at work by creating better outcomes immediately*! APPROXIMATE VALUE: $200
 
* Bring a colleague or friend so you can share your results and identify ways you can support one another in amplifying each other’s strengths while also encouraging one another to stretch into growth opportunities.
Date and Time
Tuesday, 03/29/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Networking with food and refreshments 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation
 
Location
Westallion Brewing Co.
https://www.westallionbrewing.com/
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis, WI 53214 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:

Jonny Richard is an ICF-certified executive coach who believes work should be both satisfying and meaningful. For him, meaningful work includes cold brew coffee and engaging conversations that help his clients discover who they really are while also challenging them to stretch beyond their default mindsets to get better outcomes. Jonny especially enjoys partnering with professionals who want to increase their influence in the workplace without feeling like they have to know all of the answers. When he’s not working on his business, Cause & Effect, you’ll most likely find him watching the Badgers, Bucks, and Packers with his beautiful wife, Michelle, their 11-year-old son, Axel, and their Golden Retriever, Lucky Lou.

 

Culture Follows Structure: Align Your Organization and Business Strategy

Are org charts necessary evils or the secret sauce for your organization? The patterns of behavior and practices that emerge within our organizations have a direct correlation to the environment surrounding our people.
 
Changing hearts and minds is a futile proposition. The result - without modifying structure - will be a change in vocabulary only.
 
To move closer to our aspirational culture it is critical to focus on the structures surrounding our people. Behaviors (culture) will change as a result of changes made to departments, teams, incentives, processes, policies, frameworks, etc.
 
Organizational structure changes are the catalyst to change a culture.
Date and Time
Thursday, 02/17/2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Networking with Free Food and two drink tickets 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM MKE-SPIN announcements follow by the Discussion
 
Location
Westallion Brewing Co.
https://www.westallionbrewing.com/
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis, WI 53214 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Jeff Bubolz is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org, organizational agility advisor and speaker. He has been a Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team member and has worked with companies ranging from enterprise to small start-ups.
 
While working with many teams across many companies Jeff has found that most problems are not technology problems, but are organizational structure, process, and people problems. Jeff brings storytelling, a broad array of experience, along with a collaborative approach to teaching and speaking.
 
Jeff is the co-host of The Agile Wire podcast where he speaks with industry leaders around the world. He also speaks at conferences across the United States. Jeff is active in the Wisconsin agile community - organizing meetups in multiple regions (Mad City Agility and Central Wisconsin Agile) and founder of the Mad City Agility Conference. 
 
Chad Beier is an organizational agility advisor and external change agent with WhiteboardConsulting.org and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org. He promotes organizational agility and positive pressure for change through speaking, advising, coaching, and training.
 
His first experience with "agile", Scrum specifically, was in 2005 on a global transformation team responsible for software customizations driven by a global consolidation of accounting software. He ran into typical implementation challenges and organizational impediments.
 
Around 2012, his passion for lean, agile, and continuous improvement grew. He left his traditional business analyst and project manager roles behind and evolved into an internal change agent kickstarting an agile transformation. Now in an advising role as an external change agent across many organizations, he promotes organizational agility and positive pressure for change.
 
In addition to speaking at conferences across the United States, Chad is active in the Wisconsin agile community - organizing meetups in multiple regions (Mad City Agility and Central Wisconsin Agile) and founder of the Mad City Agility Conference.
 

You are invited to a holiday networking happy hour!

Celebrate the Christmas and Holiday season with us!

Eat, drink and connect with the MKE-SPIN community at The Hot House Tavern on Tuesday December 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Space is limited and only those registered will be provided with drink tickets. Appetizers are included.

Invite a coworker or business associates.

Hope to see you there!

Date and Time
Tuesday, 12/07/2021
Tuesday December 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Location
The Hot House Tavern N88W16631 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

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Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
 

Agile Transformation Pain Points (and how to avoid or manage them), Part 2

In the sequel to the original 20 Agile Transformation Pain Points, this presentation takes you on a deeper dive into more advanced topics related to agile transformations. If you're in the midst of a transition to agile, and you're experiencing the pain that many organizations do, then this is the presentation for you!
Date and Time
Wednesday, 11/10/2021
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Concurrency Inc 13600 Bishops Ct, Brookfield, WI 53005 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to our sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Ms. Wilterdink is a Project Manager (consultant) for Valorem Reply. She has over 20 years of IT experience. Rachael holds multiple business analysis and agile certifications and is very passionate about agile practies.
 
As a consultant, Rachael has served clients in a variety of industries including financial, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, government, and insurance.
 
Ms. Wilterdink gives back to the educational community and served as first chair on the advisory committee for the Business Analysis program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Rachael is also chairperson of the advisory committee for the Web & Software Development Program at Lakeshore Technical College.
 
Very active in the professional community, Ms. Wilterdink serves as the VP of Education & Certification for the Southeast Wisconsin IIBA Chapter and as the VP of Membership & Volunteering for the Northeast Wisconsin PMI Chapter.
 
Rachael has been speaking and sharing her knowledge and passion for many years at conferences and user groups including: IIBA global, WIBADD, Northeast Wisconsin Agile, SEW and NEW IIBA Chapters, BAWorld Chicago, Madison PMI, Wisconsin PMI-PDD, Milwaukee SPIN, Fox Valley Business Intelligence meet-up, Southeast Business Analysis Day, South Florida IIBA Chapter, and others.
 

Risk-Based Testing: Better Focus, Better Products

On your development projects, is testing all too often conducted under severe pressure due to limited resources and a challenging time schedule? Risk-Based Testing (RBT) helps to optimize the allocation of resources and provides decision support for effective project management. 
RBT applies the proven principles of risk management to create a hierarchical testing strategy. RBT supports a better understanding on what risks are going to have the greatest consequence on a project and what risks are most likely to happen, then creating a test plan around both. In short, RBT provides your team with clarity and focus to drive an effective and efficient testing program, leading to a better product.
This presentation will consider questions like: Where do we test to get the most bang for our buck? What do we test first? How do we decide what not to test?
 
Learning Objectives:
Define risk-based testing
Explain why risk-based testing is needed.
Identify a checklist of drivers of quality risk that informs testing strategy 
Compare five techniques for analyzing quality risks
Identify a nine-step approach to do risk-based testing.
Date and Time
Wednesday, 10/20/2021
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Scott's Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Concurrency Inc 13600 Bishops Ct, Brookfield, WI 53005 Click here for map.
 
Cost
FREE - Thanks to Concurrency and our other sponsors!
Speaker Bio:
Scott Stribrny brings nearly 40-years of experience in software, systems, and management to his client engagements and his Loyola Executive Education courses. An internationally acknowledged authority in project management, information systems/technology, systems engineering, and lean development and management, Scott is interested in the intersections of business, technology, and organizational risks.  
 
Beginning a corporate career with a start-up firm that went from zero to 100 million dollars in just five years, Scott moved on to a Fortune 50 conglomerate where he worked with industry leading engineers, scientists, and the executive suite. Scott ascended to management and was responsible for the development of groundbreaking products and services where he applied best practices in project management. His accumulated management experience ranges across many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, finance, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing.  
 
Scott is president, co-founder, and managing director of Group Atlantic, Inc.; a senior consultant in the business technologies strategies practice for IT research company the Cutter Consortium; and a thought leader at the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute. His courses on leadership development, high-performance teams, requirements definition, risk management, and project estimating are well known for their innovation and practical applicability.  

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Web Accessibility Today: Minimizing Risk by Design

How do organizations build a digital landscape inclusive of all users, so they don’t fall victim to escalating Accessibility litigation (up over 200% since 2018)? And how do organizations develop a robust accessibility testing strategy to achieve compliance to both Section 508 and WCAG standards?

In October of 2019, the Supreme Court set a legal precedent on web accessibility liability when it refused to hear Domino’s defense in a lawsuit brought forward by a blind man (Robles vs. Domino’s). When the federal government rolled WCAG 2.0 into Section 508 in 2017, many organizations (just like Domino's) assumed being compliant with Section 508 meant that they were also compliant for WCAG 2.0. Unfortunately, that was not the case.  There were a few differences between WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 even before WCAG 2.1 was added in 2018.

In this presentation, Robert Gormley will debunk accessibility and inclusive design myths and walk participants through how to establish the most comprehensive web accessibility testing strategy. He will cover the people, processes, and tools fundamental to delivering the most inclusive digital platform through quality assurance.

Date and Time
Thursday, 09/23/2021
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Free Food and Networking 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A Food and refreshments provided by Trissential Facilities offered by University of Wisconsin - Continuing Learning
 
Location
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ​- School of Continuing Education

161 West Wisconsin Avenue, 7th Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53203

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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors and UW Continuing Education and Trissential
Speaker Bio:

Robert Gormley has over 20 years experience in Quality Assurance and has worked his way up through the ranks in areas such as finance, healthcare, retail, security, wearables, and IoT. His focus is executive level total quality management strategy through efficient and effective testing leveraging test automation and global service capabilities. From his early days to present day, Robert’s focus has always been on creating lean, agile processes that allow organizations to produce quality software that meets customer needs. Robert has sharpened his skills on Agile testing the past 11+ years and is a Certified Scrum Master. Leveraging his Masters in Education, Robert has passionately trained and mentored all types of resources (regardless of title or function) in the ways of Total Quality.

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The What & Why of Continuous Discovery from Author Teresa Torres

Most product teams are starting to adopt discovery best practices (e.g. interviewing customers, usability testing, experimenting). However, many of us are still stuck in a project world. We do research to kick off a project, we usability test right before we hand off to engineers, and our primary means for experimenting is a/b testing. These methods are better than nothing, but the best product teams are shifting from a project mindset to a continuous mindset. In this talk, we'll explore the key differences between project-based discovery and continuous discovery and give your team a clear benchmark to aspire to.

Links:

Date and Time
Thursday, 07/01/2021
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM Announcements and gathering time 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM Presentation and Q&A
 
Location
Zoom Online Meeting

Meeting Id: 878 1295 3321
 
Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Teresa Torres is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach. She teaches a structured and sustainable approach to continuous discovery that helps product teams infuse their daily product decisions with customer input. She’s coached hundreds of teams at companies of all sizes, from early-stage start-ups to global enterprises, in a variety of industries. She has taught over 7,000 product people discovery skills through the Product Talk Academy. She’s the author of the upcoming book Continuous Discovery Habits  and blogs at ProductTalk.org.

 

Executive roundtable discussion

Milwaukee Software Process Improvement Network 16th Annual Night with Executives is a C-Suite forum where executives share and provide insight, perspective, and knowledge in a Panel discussion setting.   Our Panel is comprised of senior level executives from the corporate and technical collaboration sectors.

 

Moderated by: 
- Terry Rowinski, President of Health Payment Systems
 
Panelists include:
 
- Holly Baumgart is Vice President of Strategy at Sargento Foods Inc.
- Kathy Henrich is the CEO of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition
- Brian M. Melter –Chief Experience Officer at Landmark Credit Union
- Creamheld Pepito (Cream) is the Chief Technology Officer at Tuft and Needle
Date and Time
Wednesday, 05/19/2021
5:30pm - General Announcements 5:40pm - Board Elections 5:50pm - Roundtable discussion
 
Location
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94590840993?pwd=a2w4eUlkYjhlN0FKSTgyYXdQUTJzZz09

Meeting ID: 945 9084 0993
Passcode: 045127
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:
Terry Rowinski is a Proven executive/operator who has successfully restructured, launched, and led high-performing businesses for public and privately held companies.  Participated in or led multiple capital raises partnering with early-stage, private equity, or venture capital groups which led to successful exits.
 
As President of HPS, Terry’s focus is providing compassionate, consistent, relatable leadership that engages, inspires, and encourages growth within all levels of the organization.  His people-centric approach consistently yields positive bottom-line results by influencing hard-to-control costs such as turnover, productivity and waste.
 
Holly Baumgart is Vice President of Strategy at Sargento Foods Inc. In this position, Holly is responsible for strategic planning, providing strategic direction to all business units and mergers & acquisitions . Previously, Holly served as the Vice President of Information Technology and led all aspects of technology, including digital transformation, information security and business intelligence.
 
Before joining the Sargento Family in 2016, Holly worked at the Harley Davidson Motor Company as Director of IT Strategy. Previously, she also served as Senior Manager in Technology and Security Risk Services at Ernst & Young.
 
Kathy Henrich is the CEO of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition, a non-profit focused on inclusively doubling tech talent in the Milwaukee region in order to create enduring economic success and life changing jobs.  Kathy has held several executive roles including leading sales and partnership organizations over $500M.  In 2018, Kathy received her Master's in workforce and talent development, specifically focused on preparing the workforce for an era of AI and automation.  Most recently, she utilized that background to help corporate clients of Accenture to transform their talent while undergoing digital transformation. In addition to the work with MKE Tech Hub Coalition, Kathy is very involved in the community including sitting on boards at Wisconsin Startup Coalition, Tech United, and Wisconsin Policy Forum
 
Brian M. Melter is the Chief Experience Officer for Landmark Credit Union, Brian leads the teams and overall strategy for all aspects of the public and member experience for Wisconsin’s largest credit union and one of the top 30 credit unions in the country.  This includes leading over 475 associates responsible for all aspects of the branch experience and operations; marketing and communication; deposit product development; digital properties including the public websites, mobile experience, and online banking platforms; a multi-channel contact center; and the Landmark Investment Center.
 
Prior to joining Landmark, Brian was the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Solutions at Fiserv.  In his role at Fiserv, Brian led the ongoing enhancement and development of industry leading digital and mobile platforms used by banks and credit unions throughout the United States.
 
Creamheld Pepito(Cream) is the Chief Technology Officer at Tuft and Needle.  She brings to T&N a wealth of technology and leadership experience. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Engineering at Northwestern Mutual (NM) where she led high performing teams that powered Northwestern Mutual’s mission with effective and relevant technology solutions. Before coming to NM, Cream was Vice President and Systems Architect at R.W. Baird. Throughout her career, she has led various technology-enabled transformations for companies in Financial Services, Fin Tech, Logistics and Manufacturing, and has worked for companies in the Philippines, Japan and the United States.
 

HR Panel Discussion - Organization Workplace Needs

The panel discussion will focus on the evolving workplace – talent strategies and how the employee experience and work environments create sustainable cultures that embrace our new ways of working, such as remote and hybrid teams, as well as ensuring a foundation for advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  
 

We want to be vulnerable and real in this conversation.  Learn from each other, lean into the topics and share how we are all working towards building a better work world.

Join Human Resource panelists to learn more of how they and their organizations are tackling the workplace needs of their teams – with fresh and real perspective. We will highlight organizational focus on cultivating strong culture with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Date and Time
Wednesday, 04/28/2021
5:30pm Meeting announcements 5:40pm Board Elections 5:45pm Panel introductions 5:55pm Panel discussion followed by Q&A
 
Location
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/93086881228?pwd=NHUyekxLeUs0eDYxa0pjdytnWWd3UT09

Meeting ID: 930 8688 1228
Passcode: 327421
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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Kelly Renz: Moderator: Kelly has never been one to conform to conventional business practices.  Her innate desire to challenge the status quo and a relentless drive for better results influences how she approaches her work.  One of her former CEO’s would say she could see around corners.  And she believes that is possible – there is an art and science to running a business and she subscribes to building accountability to achieve results.

 

As a lifelong entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience in executive positions leading sales, operations and human resources for companies ranging from $1M in revenue to $1.5B, Kelly knows that owning or leading a business is often overwhelming, stressful and challenging. Kelly has found that organizational transformation and developing business execution excellence is where she thrives. As a national speaker, Kelly often leads discussions and presentations about mission-critical topics such as talent practices, leadership, and business effectiveness because she believes better talent means better business.

 

Panelist’s:

 

Diontha Fancher, SHRM-SCP, is Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DentaQuest, a purpose-driven oral health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. Diontha is a native Texan and earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Health Care Human Resources from Texas State University.

 

Diontha joined DentaQuest in 2013, serving as a trusted human resources business partner, while simultaneously championing new initiatives to promote inclusion, build mentorship programs and manage immigration services. Most recently she stepped up to lead the creation of DentaQuest’s first diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) plan, which includes consulting and advising the leadership team, engaging with employee resource groups and leading the strategy for a comprehensive DEI plan aligned with company goals.

 

Jazzmine Arbuthnotis the inclusive innovation lead at Alegeus Technologies. She has a long history in advocating for equality and justice for Black Americans. She has previously served on the board of BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) an organization that is dedicated to taking Black Americans from the classroom to the boardroom. In Jazzmine's free time she works out every morning and ends her day in meditation. Just kidding, Jazzmine is a wife and first-time mom to an amazing 8 month old and dedicates all her free time to be his servant, I mean mom. 

 

Kate Weiland, Chief People Officer: Kate Weiland serves as Chief People Officer at Concurrency, Inc., overseeing talent acquisition, training & development, performance management, university and intern programs and community outreach. Kate sits on the Executive Team and works closely with Concurrency’s technical delivery and sales leaders in setting corporate strategy and direction.

 

Prior to joining Concurrency in 2012, Kate was Vice President at Milwaukee-based Elite Human Capital Group, where she directed the firm’s professional information technology practice. Her expertise in IT recruiting, sales, ownership, organizational development and executive leadership includes more than 25 years’ consulting service to both large enterprises and private startups. 

 

I Won't Say Manual Testing

Stop Saying "Manual Testing": A better way to speak and think for serious testers.
The idea of "manual testing" is, first of all incoherent. Nobody who says this phrase is understood, except accidentally, by anyone listening. This is because it spans activity all the way from ridiculous and shameful to sublime and exemplary. Does it mean we follow scripts without question or does it mean we apply our full skills and knowledge to interacting with the product? Does it mean we don't use any tools at all, or does it mean that the tools we use require live supervision? Michael Bolton and I have performed a close analysis of the various things people seem to be trying to communicate when they use the phrases "manual" or "automated" testing. We have come to the conclusion that a lot of why non-testers have so little respect for testing is a direct consequence of our lazy and misleading ways of talking and thinking about the use of tools during testing. We have some suggestions. For instance, we will say "attended testing" if we merely mean that a tester is witnessing and interacting with a process of evaluating a product. We will say "exploratory" or "scripted" to refer to the tester's level of agency. And we will speak of "experiential" (versus "instrumented") testing to indicate that the tester is seeking to duplicate the experience of a contemplated user of the product.
Date and Time
Wednesday, 03/31/2021
5:30pm to 5:45pm Gathering and Announcements 5:45pm to 7:00pm Presentation with Q&A
 
Location
https://zoom.us/j/98799283682?pwd=dlpmQW5USGEwNWQ2eDF4NEYwYkJ4Zz09

Meeting ID: 987 9928 3682
Passcode: 744707

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Cost
Free - Thanks to our Sponsors
Speaker Bio:
Thirty-seven years ago James Bach was a high school dropout working as video game programmer, writing in Assembler for the Commodore 64. A few years later his “big break” came when he was hired to manage a test team at Apple Computer. He’s been hooked on testing ever since. He spent nearly a decade as a test manager in Silicon Valley during the 90’s, and became well known for rethinking software testing to give it a grounding in social science and general systems thinking. The focus of his work was much influenced by Cem Kaner and Jerry Weinberg.
 
James is a founder of the Context-Driven school of testing. He created and teaches the Rapid Software Testing methodology, and has written two books: Lessons Learned in Software Testing (with Cem Kaner and Bret Pettichord) and a book about succeeding without going to school called Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar.

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