May meeting announcement – Panel Discussion ATDD Implementation in Enterprise

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Parva Thakkar

Apr 21, 2014, 9:54:39 PM4/21/14

11:30-11:45 Lunch and Networking 

11:45-12:45 Panel Discussion

Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is an important milestone in Agile journey. ATDD is a long and continuous journey especially in a large department and companies with matrix management. Implementation of ATDD includes many challenges. Meeting these challenges is guaranteed to yield quality products and better communication within and across team. Join us for our May meeting to hear from our panelist who have pioneered and championed ATDD implementation in larger departments and in multiple teams.

Our Panelists

Sue Fielding Is the Software Quality Assurance Leader for Nationwide Financial’s Integrated Application Services Team.  Sue has been leading technology teams for over two decades.  She has experience implementing and supporting a broad spectrum new technology & processes.  Most recently, Sue has worked with her team to establish an ATDD maturity model that gauges ATDD team readiness & progress.  She has also been focused on ATDD skillsets and the transitional needs to move from manual tester to test automator or from developer to test automator.  She is a 1988 graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in Management Information Systems.  She is a MBA honors graduate of Capital University (1995).

Aruna Srikanth is currently the Director of Software Quality Assurance for the Finance IT Business Solutions area at Nationwide Insurance.  In this role she is responsible for Requirements Elicitation, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Release Management functions.  She has over 22 years of prior experience within Software Quality Assurance activities at Intergraph Corporation, AT&T, IBM and at Nationwide Insurance.  Aruna is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has led several continuous improvement initiatives at Nationwide.

Aruna’s involvement utilizing Agile began in 2006 where she was an active leader for the adoption of Agile practices within Nationwide Financial Internet Applications area.  Automated Acceptance Test Driven Development was of particular interest as it put the Quality Assurance and Quality Control practices ahead of code development utilizing a Test First Methodology.

Steve Coleman has spent the last ten years working for Nationwide in various IT roles such as Developer, Manual/Automation Test Analyst, Coach, and Manager. In regards to ATDD, Steve was the lead on an ATDD A3, which used the scientific method to determine if ATDD could be used effectively within Nationwide’s Application Development Center (ADC). As a result of the A3, Steve spent a year and a half coaching all ADC development lines in the basics around ATDD implementation as well as the general Agile practices that enable ATDD. Currently, Steve is an Software Quality Assurance Manager within the ADC.

Thanks to Improving Enterprises for hosting us and providing lunch!

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Meeting Details -

Thursday, May 1, 2014
11:45 AM 
Improving Enterprises
One Easton Ova, Suite 175
Columbus, OH
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