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We are very pleased to introduce James A. Whittaker (Engineering Director, Google Seattle-Kirkland) and Rachel Davies (Agile Experience) as conference keynote speakers.

James A. Whittaker

KEYNOTE - Test Engineering at Google

Google releases software many times every day. Ever wonder what it takes to test in such an environment? James Whittaker talks about test methodology, tools and innovation surrounding the discipline of quality assurance at Google where testers are far outnumbered by developers. Specifically he will present how the webapp-chrome-chromium stack is tested to ensure that Google apps work well on Chrome browser and Chromium operating system. During the talk he presents how Google treats testing activity much like a hospital triages emergency room patients and how game playing metaphors have inspired the development of next generation test automation tools.

Dr. Whittaker is currently the Engineering Director over engineering tools and testing for Google's Seattle and Kirkland offices. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Tennessee and is the author or coauthor of four acclaimed textbooks. How to Break Software, How to Break Software Security (with Hugh Thompson) and How to Break Web Software (with Mike Andrews). His latest is Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours and Techniques to Guide Test Design and he's authored over fifty peer-reviewed papers on software development and computer security. He holds patents on various inventions in software testing and defensive security applications and has attracted millions in funding, sponsorship, and license agreements while a professor at Florida Tech. He has also served as a testing and security consultant for dozens of companies and spent 3 years as an architect at Microsoft.

James A. Whittaker

Rachel Davies

KEYNOTE - Building trust in Agile teams

Agile software development depends on close collaboration. If we don't trust our team mates or our managers, this can block collaboration on the team. Being able to build trust is an essential skill for agile coaches. In this talk Rachel will discuss some simple ways that you can use agile practices to start building trust on the teams you work.

Rachel is author of the "Agile Coaching" book and the UK's leading expert in coaching agile teams. She is internationally recognized and presents at industry conferences worldwide. Rachel has over 20 years experience in software development in a variety of roles from software developer to manager. She has been an agile practitioner since 2000 and utilizes a range of agile methods including XP, SCRUM, Lean/Kanban, and DSDM. She has extensive experience facilitating retrospectives and user story workshops. Follow Rachel's blog at http://agilecoach.typepad.com/

Rachel Davies


AC2010 is for anyone who wants to successfully apply or learn more about the following topics:

The focus throughout the event is on sharing practical experience of these topics, in a range of sessions from beginner to expert.


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