The theme of this year’s conference is “Borders between industries are diminishing. How does this impact testing?” with a focus on changes in the approach to systems, integration, data processing and communication testing in various contexts such as IT, automotive and Industry 4.0.
We believe it is important to allow our speakers as much freedom as possible in choosing their topics. With this in mind, in order to ensure the independent character of the conference, the programme of Testing United 2019 was selected by 4 distinguished members of testing community:
This year’s programme chair of the Testing United conference is Rik Marselis. He is a testing expert from the Netherlands. When he started as a Cobol programmer in 1980 he already learned that a program isn’t finished until there’s a test set with it. The millennium-bug was what made him focus entirely on IT-quality and testing. Today Rik is a well-appreciated presenter, trainer, author, consultant and coach in the world of testing. Rik works for Sogeti (part of Capgemini) and he is a fellow of Sogeti’s R&D network SogetiLabs. These R&D activities result in white-papers, presentations, tutorials, articles and blogs about IT in general and testing in particular. Lately Rik mainly focuses on the impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on the testing profession.
Apart from his work as a management consultant at technology leader Sogeti, he has contributed to many initiatives in the world of testing. The last 9 years he has been a Board Member of TestNet (with 1900 members, this is probably the largest independent non-profit association of testers in the world) and he is a workgroup-member (and former board-member) of ISTQB.
Rik has made large contributions to the following books: TestGrip (2007), TMap NEXT BDTM (2008), TPI NEXT (2009), PointZERO (2012), Quality Supervision (2012), Neil’s Quest for Quality (2014). Besides this he made smaller contributions to 12 other books on testing and IT-quality from 1999 to 2016. In 2018 his latest book “Testing in the digital age; AI makes the difference”, written together with Tom van de Ven and Humayun Shaukat, was published.
Jana has been a member of the programme committee from the beginning of Testing United conference. She has spent most of her carrier in testing (15+ years), working in different roles. Her last experience was a position of Domain Lead (people management role) in Test Center of Expertise in Česká spořitelna, the largest Czech bank (160+ people working in the testing organization unit) where she lead a team of testers and test leads and help to establish and run the Test Center. Recently, she moved to Tesena, a Czech company fully oriented on software testing, to lead a team of testing experts and to help the company continue with its rapid growth.
Jana is also a member of Czech and Slovak Testing Board (ISTQB local board), having worked in the roles of Secretary and Exam Working Group Chair in the previous years. She has also helped to organize many other conferences before in the roles of Programme Committee member and Program Committee Chair.
Peter Zimmerer is a Principal Key Expert Engineer at Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, in Munich, Germany. He studied Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and received his M.Sc. degree (Diplom-Informatiker) in 1991. He is an ISTQB® Certified Tester Full Advanced Level and member of the German Testing Board (GTB).
For more than 25 years he has been working in the field of software testing and quality engineering for object-oriented, component-based, distributed, service-oriented, and embedded software systems. He was also involved in the design and development of several Siemens in-house testing tools for component and integration testing.
At Siemens he performs consulting, coaching, and training on test management and test engineering practices including test strategies, test architectures, test methods, test techniques, test processes, and test automation in real-world projects and drives research and innovation in this area. He is author of several papers and articles and frequent speaker at international conferences.
Peter studied at Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University. He has over 12 years of experience in testing. His main expertise in testing is crisis test/project management. Passion for testing led him to an idea of starting a company of his own where he could offer more than just testing. In 2016, Peter turned this idea into reality and started a company called KRONE where he puts an emphasis on value being delivered to the customer. At KRONE- besides leading the company – he stays on battlefield and focuses on delivery of strategic projects.
In 2016 Peter was published as a co-author of book “Efektivní testování softwaru”. As a speaker he contributed to the testing community at Czech Test Conference and Pro Test.