We are delighted to introduce the 2021 Programme Committee for EuroSTAR Online, 28-30 Sept. The EuroSTAR programme is created by the community for the community. Our 2021 online conference is led by Programme Chair Fran O’Hara. Together with his committee Janet Gregory, Derk-Jan de Grood, Sowmya Ramesh and Szilárd Széll, they have reviewed each and every speaker submission to curate the very best keynotes, tutorials, track talks, and workshops for our attendees. We are looking forward to a diverse and incredible programme this year.
Programme Chair – Fran O’Hara
Fran has over 35 years’ experience in the software industry working in various roles in development, test, management and professional consulting. He co-founded and successfully grew a software testing services organisation which was ultimately acquired by Sogeti/Capgemini.
For the last 15 years Fran has been providing independent coaching, training and mentoring in Agile and Lean to a wide range of organisations. He has a particular focus on quality, testing and associated practices. Fran is an international speaker, a co-organiser of Agile Tour Ireland and a co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing – SoftTest. Follow Fran on LinkedIn.
Our 2021 EuroSTAR Programme Committee have a combined 127 years of experience in software development and testing – wow! Hailing from five different countries, they bring together a variety of experience in agile testing, devops, automation, non-functional testing, test management, training and speaking.
Janet Gregory is the co-author (with Lisa Crispin) of three popular agile books as well as an accomplished trainer focusing on “Agile Testing for the Whole Team”. Derk-Jan de Grood is also an author, winner of the EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award and an agile coach with past clients including ING Bank, RTL, DPD, Nationale Nederlanden and Greenchoice. Sowmya Ramesh brings her experiences of attending EuroSTAR as a reporter, uniquely observing where she’d like to add to the programme. She is also on the committee of the Scottish Testing Group and passionate about diversity and accessibility. Szilárd Széll is a volunteer in ISTQB and has a wealth of testing, DevOps and process improvement experience in the Telecom industry, and together with his committee colleagues, has worked to ensure our 2021 programme offers a variety of topics to suit testers at different levels and from different industries.
When we say the EuroSTAR Conference programme is created by the community for the community – this is not just a catchphrase! It is the cornerstone of what EuroSTAR is about. Our annual conference and the year long online learning is all to help testers and quality assurance professionals thrive. Working together, the testing community is a powerful force and it helps everyone to develop and improve.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank these members of the community that have given their time, knowledge and experience to review this years hundreds of speaker submissions to help the committee begin the process of creating the current EuroSTAR programme.
If you would be interested in joining our panel of reviewers please drop a line to our Programme Administrator, Siobhán via email.
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