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Techwell Curators

Bob Aiello is a consultant, a technical editor for CM Crossroads, and the author of Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods that Work in the Real World. Bob has served as the vice chair of the IEEE 828 Standards working group and is a member of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee (S2ESC) management board.

Ryan Arsenault is a Community Management Associate at uTest, the world's largest marketplace for in-the-wild software testing services. In his role, Ryan regularly engages the community with hot topics in the QA testing realm, contests and content, in addition to answering questions and promoting general best practices in the uTest community. Ryan has also held marketing and community management roles at Ipswitch (WhatsUp Gold) and Aveksa.

An independent consultant and co-owner of solutionsfit, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based consulting firm, Nirav Assar has provided enterprise solutions on projects in the financial, real estate, government, and retail sectors. With expertise in the Java technologies of Grails, Groovy, Spring, and Seam, Nirav says that agile philosophy and test-driven development are at the heart of his profession. He enjoys sharing techniques and tools that help software people excel at their jobs. Contact Nirav at nirav@solutionsfit.com and view his blog at assarconsulting.blogspot.com.

Bonnie Bailey is a SDET Lead striving to learn what great testing is all about. Bonnie is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, including software design, testing and development, disruptive and emerging technologies, business leadership, science, and medicine. She also enjoys writing.

Steve Berczuk is a Principal Engineer and ScrumMaster at Fitbit in Boston, MA. He is the author of Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration, and has an M.S. in operations research from Stanford University and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Amit Bhatt is a software accessibility testing engineer at QA InfoTech. He is a visually impaired person who has been working on bringing real user experience to the world of accessibility testing. Besides his testing responsibilities, Amit has been working on several evangelistic efforts, including speaking at conferences and presenting webinars. He has ten years of professional experience, of which the last four years have been in the space of accessibility testing. Amit is the 2007 recipient of the Shri Lalji Mehrotra Foundation Award for Excellence by National Society for Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped, Mumbai, India.

Eric P. Bloom is the president and CTO of Manager Mechanics LLC, a training company specializing in Information Technology (IT) leadership and the governing body for the ITMLP © and ITMLE © certifications. He is a keynote speaker, author, certified professional coach, nationally syndicated columnist, and president-elect of the National Speakers Association (NSA) New England.

Laura Brandenburg, CBAP, has more than ten years of experience as a business analyst. She is the author of How to Start a Business Analyst Career and Professional Development for Business Analysts. Laura’s current work is dedicated to helping aspiring and new business analysts solidify their careers. Interested in learning more? Join us at Bridging the Gap.

Michael Brown is a successful writer and marketer with more than eight years of professional experience. He is currently the content marketing manager at uTest, the world's largest marketplace for software testing services. In this role, Michael manages the company's content marketing initiatives including website content, newsletters, white papers, videos, case studies, blog posts, and more.

Kim Bryant is the Marketing Product Manager for Training and Publishing. She came to the Marketing Department from the Events Team. Kim has more than nine years' experience in marketing, events, and public relations. She has worn several different hats at TechWell and enjoys learning and growing with each new task. Kim is married to her best friend, and they have two beautiful boys.

Mukesh Chaudhary works as team lead and ScrumMaster where he is involved in coaching teams to build sophisticated applications using sound agile practices. Mukesh has a Masters in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis. He can be reached at mchadhry@hotmail.com.

Beth Cohen is a cloud strategist for Verizon, helping to develop cutting-edge products for the next generation. Previously, Beth was president of Luth Computer Specialists, an independent consultancy specializing in cloud-focused solutions to help enterprises leverage the efficiencies of cloud architectures and technologies, a senior cloud architect with Cloud Technology Partners, and the director of engineering IT for BBN Corporation, where she was involved with the initial development of the Internet and worked on some of the hottest networking and web technology protocols in their infancy.

Katie Costantini worked her way up from summer intern to testing manager. She handles database queries, database validation, trend line creation, and helps with documentation for SLIM-Suite and SLIM-WebServices.  Katie is a Certified Tester, Foundation Level, through the American Software Testing Qualifications Board, and is responsible for test case design, tracking, and management for SLIM-Suite and SLIM-WebServices. Katie is also a contributing author to QSM’s Software Almanac.

Sunil is a lead in accessibility quality engineering. He has seven years of experience in software testing, mostly in accessibility QA. He has extensive hands-on experience in diversified fields of the software testing lifecycle and specializes in web accessibility testing and using different screen readers, including JAWS, NVDA, and Voiceover (Mac), for computers as well as Android and iOS. He is also proficient with accessibility guidelines and standards, including Section 508, WCAG. Sunil can be reached at sunildangwal@qainfotech.com.

Brian Enochson is an independent software developer, consultant, and trainer living on the Jersey Shore. Passionate about helping others through writing, mentoring, and training, Brian also loves to learn from others and their experiences. He has a M.S. in computer information systems from Boston University. Contact Brian at brian.enochson@gmail.com.

President and CEO of Neuma Technology, Joe Farah is a regular contributor to the CM Journal. Prior to cofounding Neuma in 1990, he was a director of software at Mitel. In the 1970s, Joe developed the Program Library System (PLS), still heavily used by Nortel (Bell-Northern Research), where he worked at the time. He's been a software developer since the late 1960s.

Jessica Fleet is a uTest community management associate. She spends her days working with uTest’s team of 60,000+ global testers—answering questions, encouraging interaction, promoting education, and generally cultivating the uTest community.

Pamela Gillaspie is a founding mother and managing test engineer at TestPlant, maker of the eggPlant range of test-automation tools. At TestPlant, Pamela does functional testing of load-testing tools, integration-testing of mobile-testing tools, and a little bit of everything in between. Above all, she appreciates the opportunity to help shape the tools of her trade. Pamela is a co-organizer of the Boulder QA Meetup Group and an active member of the Software Quality Association of Denver.

David Greenlees has been testing software for over 10 years. Many of these spent in one of Australia's largest government departments, while more recently undertaking a consultant role in multiple organisations. He is a vocal and valued member of the Context-Driven Testing Community and is extremely passionate about the betterment of the software testing craft. He has published several articles and blogs regularly at http://martialtester.wordpress.com/ and http://hellotestworld.com/.

As vice president of technology evangelism at WSO2, Chris Haddad raises visibility, awareness, and knowledge of platform as a service, service-oriented architecture, and API Management. Chris works closely with developers, architects, and C-level executives to maximize customer value. Previously, Chris led Gartner’s IT1 team advising Fortune 500 enterprise organizations and technology infrastructure vendors on adoption strategies, architecture, product selection, governance, and organizational alignment. Chris’s experience includes building software development teams, creating infrastructure frameworks, establishing repeatable development methodologies, hiring and mentoring development talent, and delivering software as a service and Internet applications.

Payson Hall has worked on commercial software development and custom systems integration projects for thirty years. He has authored a number of articles on project management and technical topics, developed and taught seminars in practical project management, and has been a featured speaker on project management topics at numerous professional conferences.

The Master Shifu at Moolya, Parimala Hariprasad runs the Kung Fu School of Testing called Academy where she coaches testers to help them toward their awesomeness. Parimala works with young, fresh minds that have the potential to make the seed of skilled software testing sprout to a giant tree that benefits the world. She is a strong believer in helping teams work together toward a common end goal. Parimala frequently rants about her experiences on her blog. Write to her at parimala.shankaraiah@gmail.com or on Skype at parimala.shankaraiah.

Linda is the founder of three software companies including AutoTester, the first PC-based test automation tool, and Worksoft, the leading innovator of next generation test automation technologies for enterprise applications used by over 50 of the 100 largest corporations in the world. Linda holds degrees in accounting, tax and law and is a frequent industry speaker and award-winning author on software quality. She has been named as one of Fortune Magazine’s People to Watch and one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Dallas Business Journal. She is a regular columnist and contributor to StickyMinds, Automated Testing Institute and Better Software magazines, as well as a past columnist for Computerworld and Datamation, author of the Automated Testing Handbook and co-editor Dare to be Excellent with Alka Jarvis on best practices in the software industry. Her article “Quality is Everyone’s Business” won a Most Significant Contribution award from the Quality Assurance Institute and was published as part of the Auerbach Systems Development Handbook. You can contact Linda at lhayes@worksoft.com.

Sanjeeb Kumar Jena is a system engineer at Infosys Limited. He has experiences in mobile app and desktop app development. Sanjeeb’s areas of interests include artificial intelligence in machine learning and automation. He is a passionate developer and tech enthusiast.

Naomi Karten is a writer and speaker who draws from her background in both psychology and IT. Naomi's recent books are Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals and Changing How You Manage and Communicate Change. Readers have described her newsletter, Perceptions and Realities, as lively, informative, and a breath of fresh air. Naomi is a regular columnist for StickyMinds.com.

Jordan is an Account Manager for the cloud computing company, Skytap. He has a passion for start-ups and business entrepreneurship, and has held a variety of sales roles in enterprise-level and technology start-up companies.

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy is an author, speaker and a coach. In his 15+ years of career in the software industry, he has played different roles as a developer, architect and an Agile coach. 

Anuj Magazine is a software testing and general management professional at Citrix Inc. He regularly shares his knowledge and experiences as a conference speaker and writes frequently on diverse topics like software testing, management, sports, and handwriting analysis. Anuj runs ASM, a non-profit organization that contributes to society by counseling and mentoring people using the science of handwriting analysis.

Kent J. McDonald is an author, speaker, and coach. His more than fifteen years of experience includes work in business analysis, strategic planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, human services, nonprofit, and automotive. He is coauthor of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility.

Sumit Mehrotra is the director of product management at Skytap, where he is responsible for product strategy and roadmaps. Prior to Skytap, Sumit worked at Microsoft on products including Windows Azure and Windows. He holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Masters in computer science from Boston University.

Raman Mehta is a software accessibility testing engineer at QA InfoTech. He is a visually impaired person who has been working on bringing real user experience to the world of accessibility testing. Besides his testing responsibilities, Ramen occasionally presents organization-hosted webinars and technical workshops. Raman has ten years of professional experience of which the past four years has been in the space of accessibility. Besides software testing, he has keen interest in computer networks and hardware solutions.

Mickey has spent the last 7 years in quality assurance and requirements analysis. In the past year she has delved into coaching and found it to be challenging and exciting, fueling her passion for anything creative and hands-on. Mickey and her husband have two daughters, who are well on their way to tech-geekdom. As if this weren't enough to keep her busy, she also enjoys fixing up old furniture and antique sewing machines.

Nate Odell is the director of marketing for the cloud computing company, Skytap. He has more than a decade of online marketing, strategy development, and program execution experience with several software-as-a-service start-ups in the greater Seattle area.

Jacob Orshalick is a software consultant, open source developer, speaker, and author. He is the owner of solutionsfit and co-author of the best-selling Seam Framework: Experience the Evolution of Java EE His software development experience spans the retail, financial, real estate, media, telecommunications, law enforcement, and health care industries.

As director of engagement, Rajini Padmanaban leads the engagement and relationship management for some of QA InfoTech's largest and most strategic accounts. She has more than twelve years of professional experience, primarily in the software quality assurance space. Rajini actively advocates software quality assurance through evangelistic activities including blogging on test trends, technologies, and best practices; providing insights on software testing to analyst firms such as Gartner, IDC; and speaking at the STAR conferences run by SQE.

Seth Payne is a Senior Product Manager at Skytap where he's responsible for defining leading edge cloud computing capabilities for enterprises. Prior to Skytap, Seth spent several years working on Wall Street in technology.

Erik Petersen is a consultant based in Melbourne, Australia. Erik has helped build software systems across applications, telecommunications, and infrastructure for more than twenty years. He's unwittingly become an encyclopedia of software and test process and management, strategy, automation, and tools. Contact him at ecp@testingspot.net.

A software test professional based in Dublin, Ireland, Brendan Quinn is currently the senior mobile test engineer for a betting exchange. For fifteen years, Brendan has worked in software localization, finance, telecoms, insurance, and gambling industries. He has worked as a test team lead in several companies. Brendan is a strong advocate for process in the SDLC. You can contact him at brendan.quinn@outlook.com.

Adrian Reed is a consulting lead business analyst and principal consultant and director at Blackmetric Business Solutions, where he helps organizations solve their pressing problems. Adrian also speaks internationally, trains, and consults on business analysis and business change-related topics. Read his blog at adrianreed.co.uk.

A long-time freelancer in the tech industry, Josiah Renaudin is now a web content producer and writer for TechWell, StickyMinds, and Better Software magazine. Previously, he wrote for popular video game journalism websites like GameSpot, IGN, and Paste Magazine, where he published reviews, interviews, and long-form features. Josiah has been immersed in games since he was young, but more than anything, he enjoys covering the tech industry at large. 

Pamela Rentz is a freelance writer and editor who has been working in marketing communications and PR for technology—from startups to Fortune 100 outfits—for more than eighteen years. She’s a regular contributor to TechWell.com and GardenTraveler.com. She’s also a Georgia Master Gardener and, when not writing, can usually be found in a garden somewhere.

A recovering print journalist, Beth Romanik is now a writer and editor for TechWell, StickyMinds, and Better Software magazine. She has worked for several other newspapers, magazines, and websites. Beth is excited about new gadgets and developments in technology, but she'll always have a soft spot for paper and ink.

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments. She is working on a book about agile program management. She writes columns for Stickyminds.com and Gantthead.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com, as well as a blog on createadaptablelife.com.

Jamie Saine is the marketing writer at uTest, the world’s largest marketplace for software testing services. She spends her time creating white papers, eBooks, case studies, web content, and blog posts focused on mobile, web, and desktop application testing. Jamie particularly gravitates toward the real-world ramifications of testing—or the lack thereof. Reach Jaime at jamies@utest.com.

Rick Scott is a Canadian philosopher-geek who's profoundly interested in how we can collaborate to make technology work better for everyone. Rick's an incorrigible idealist, an open source contributor, and a staunch believer in testing, universal access, and the hacker ethic. When he's not in front of a computer, you'll find Rick hiking, making cupcakes, or honing his viola technique.

Scott Sehlhorst is an agile product manager, product owner, and business analyst and architect. He helps teams achieve software product success by helping them build "the right stuff" and "build the right stuff right." Scott started Tyner Blain in 2005 to focus on helping companies translate strategy and market insights into great products and solutions. Read more at tynerblain.com/blog.

Mukesh Sharma is the founder and CEO of QA InfoTech, a company that specializes in independent software quality assurance and testing. He is the author of “ Are You Smart Enough To Be A Tester” and enjoys test evangelism ranging from speaking at conferences, helping conferences rate and choose speaker proposals, to writing for publications including StickyMinds. He can be reached at mukesh@qainfotech.com

Jaclyn Sparks has more than nine years of marketing and communications experience. As a Marketing Product Manager of Events for TechWell, she is responsible for educating customers about what the collocated Agile Development, Better Software, and DevOps conferences can help them achieve. Jaclyn is the proud mama of Kaylob, a nine-year-old “puggle” (half pug/half beagle).

Mark Tomlinson assists performance testing professionals in overcoming the difficulties of adopting, implementing, or realizing the value of their investment in performance testing and engineering practices by using my twenty years of experience in software development with software vendors, small IT shops, and even the largest enterprise IT organizations on their behalf.

Joe Townsend has been in the configuration management field for twelve years. He has worked for CNA Life Insurance, RCA, Boeing, UPS, and in state government. Joe has primarily worked with Serena tools, including PVCS Version Manager, Tracker, TeamTrack (Mashups), and Dimensions. He is an administrator for WebFocus and supports Eclipse users.

Peter Vaihansky is the general manager for First Line’s North American operations. In this capacity, he oversees strategic client relationships, plays a key role in the sales and pre-sales process, and directs the company’s global marketing activities. Peter has been working with distributed agile development teams since 2003.

Jonathan Vanian has worked for newspapers, websites, and a magazine, and is not as scared of the demise of the written word as others may appear to be. Software and high technology never cease to amaze him.

Steve Vaughn is a twenty-year survivor of the IT wars. He has worked a variety of organizations as a software developer, architect, and ScrumMaster. Steve has spent the past five years attempting the impossiblemanaging software developers. He is now using this experience to act as an agile coach and help develop high-performing teams.

Ken is the editor for Better Software magazine, a frequent guest writer for http://www.projectmanagement.com, and managing director of Leading Software Maniacs (LSM). With more than twenty-five years of software development executive leadership and training experience, Ken has led commercial software teams at Software Publishing, Data General, embedded systems software companies, and enterprise software suppliers. He is an active PMI member, Project Management Professional certified, a Certified ScrumMaster, and the author of the project leadership books Managing Software Maniacs, Principles of Software Development Leadership, and I’m Not God, I’m Just a Project Manager.

Previously a copywriter and editor for TechWell, SQE, and StickyMinds.com, Noel Wurst has written for numerous blogs, websites, newspapers, and magazines. Noel has presented educational conference sessions for those looking to become better writers. In his spare time, he can be found spending time with his wife and two sons—and tending to the food on his Big Green Egg. Noel eagerly looks forward to technology's future, while refusing to let go of the relics of the past.

Sameh Zeid currently implements agile and lean in IT and software development. He believes that projects can be more successful if they employ the ideas of agile, lean, and gamification. For more than twenty-five years, Sameh has participated in different roles in myriad projects for various industries around the world. He's learned that software practitioners are passionate to innovate, and it's up to management to not demotivate them. Sameh blogs at koo-doy.com.