Keynote: Debugging Diversity

For many years, we have heard discussions around diversity. You may be tempted to think of just one kind of diversity: Where we have marches in the streets, organizations protesting for their rights, new laws being passed, and new organizations being created.

We see something similar in the software testing industry. We see organizations being created to support diversity. We see articles and focus groups dedicated as well. We are even seeing conferences dedicating specific segments of their program to women in testing and selections being made based on diversity. We have listened to the strong opinions from both sides of the discussion. We have heard their cases, and very likely, we have agreed with some of the points at every angle.

And then there are other kinds of diversities we deal within Software Development and Software Testing. More emanating due to the very nature of the work. Diversity in work could mean whole different world for the line of business. As with the other diversity – we have the protests, debates, and disagreements at work too, but it is important that we understand what is the core problem that we are trying to solve. And are we at the end of day adding value to the business?

There are some underlying factors that could help both the situation and be our guiding force to make the system more productive.

In this keynote, Smita Mishra, a female from India, will provide a new and enlightening perspective on the diverse world of software testing. She will share her discussions, research, and findings from all angles and leaders within the software testing community. You will learn both the myths and facts around the need for diversity in our industry. And most importantly, you will leave this keynote with a new way of thinking around how the future looks for diversity in the workplace.

Location: Luray Ballroom Date: September 28, 2017 Time: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Smita Mishra Smita Mishra