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Event overview

Testing is not just merely about finding defects. There’s lot more to it. For over 4 years, Agile Testing Alliance has been providing a platform to the testing community to come together and share their knowledge and expand the horizon. While we all learn by reading, watching videos and doing stuff ourselves, at ATA we believe that we also learn a lot by sharing and networking. ATA Global Testing Retreat (#ATAGTR2018) is more than just a conference. Testers with all levels of experience be it someone who has just started his/her career or someone with more than 30 years of experience participate and talk about technology and innovation in testing, emerging trends, experience and their challenges and the steps to overcome those challenges. Apart from very interesting talks and workshops, it is a congregation of testers where they get to share their thoughts, ideas, innovations. Not just that, they can also crack jokes, sing and dance. After all, what’s a retreat without some fun.

So you if you are passionate about testing and want to share, learn and have fun, Agile testing Alliance would like to welcome you the #ATAGTR2018. Remember there’s no bar on your gender, designation or experience!!!

What’s more, if you have been thinking about having your family watching you speaking or performing live, ATAGTR2018 allows you to bring your family and kids along*.

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Masa K Maeda has 27 years of international experience and as brought prosperity to companies from Fortune 500 to Startups in eleven countries in four continents. He is the creator of the Serious LeAP™ model.

Masa is also a Senior Consultant with the Cutter Consortium, a Consultant with the True North Consortium, and a member of the Agile Testing Alliance Steering Committee and is with the University of California at Berkeley Extension.

He is a leading figure in the lean-agile, Kanban and High Collaboration Frameworks communities; one of the first Kanban Coach-Trainers worldwide, one of the founders of the Lean Kanban University. Masa has over 60 publications and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Previously: In the USA Masa did R&D at Apple, was founding team member of 4 startups in silicon valley and was an associate of David J Anderson (co-developer of the Kanban method). In Japan did R&D for Justsystems Inc.. Masa has a PhD and MS from the University of Tokushima in Japan. Masa lives in Utah, USA.

Schalk Cronjé's experience in the software industry spans three decades and has spoken and taught on various software delivery techniques in Europe, USA, India and South Africa.

He has been an early adopter of test-driven design and development at all levels of testing and has applied TDD in many programming languages and on various platforms. One specific library he can recall is still in daily usage and is used in scanning millions of emails world-wide, yet the customer defect rate is less than one per year, all which can be attributed to TDD. He has been responsible for many a complex product roll-outs where continuous integration and continuous deployment have been the key. He does not consider TDD & DevOps to be a useful technique, but the absolute key to competitive and effective delivery in this age of globalization.

He is the creator of many open-source projects and contributor to a number of other projects. He serves on the steering committee of the Agile Testing Alliance and is a board member of DevOps++ Alliance in Europe. He holds two engineering degrees and an MBA in technology management. He lives and works from the small Principality of Andorra in the Pyrenees mountains.

Mayuresh Deshpande has industry experience of 24+ years and Agile experience of 11+ years. He is currently Head, Agile Coaching Practice at Fiserv.Worked in various roles and capacities in multiple software development life cycles including 11+ years of Agile Transformation and Execution experience. Core strengths in Project, Delivery and Client Management expectations. Have been working with Fortune 50 companies for past 20 years providing solutions and process consulting.

Mayuresh is a Certified Scrum Master, ICP Certified Agile Coach, SAFe Agilist.

Anand Bagmar is a hands-on and result-oriented software quality evangelist with seventeen years in the IT field. Passionate about shipping quality products, Anand specializes in building automated testing tools, infrastructure, and frameworks. He writes testing-related blogs and has built open-source tools related to software testing—WAAT (Web Analytics Automation Testing Framework), TaaS (for automating integration testing in disparate systems), and TTA (Test Trend Analyzer).

Over the years Kaushik Raghavan has developed rich expertise across popular test automation tools and acquired the necessary skills to build advanced test automation frameworks. As an APM specialist I have lead performance testing teams by adopting the best approach towards performance testing and ensure that the performance testing methods implemented meet our client's business needs. I have extensive experience in performance testing web-based applications, mobile-based applications with various load levels. Conducted extensive product research on performance testing tools and developed code snippets for performance monitoring various technology stacks. Currently associated with IIT madras where I am involved in building an open source business analytics stack for Fin-tech. I am responsible for bench-marking (functional and performance) various technology components used in our technology stack. I am also trying to using ML tools to build predictive analytics into the stack that we are building.

Chitra Ramaswamy is heading the testing practice as the COO at QualityKiosk, Chitra Ramaswamy is a core member of the founding team and has set up the entire practice from scratch. With 30+ years of experience in IT sector, she has been instrumental in expanding the QualityKiosk footprint in various industry verticals and geographies.

Known to be innovative and improving various processes deployed, she has led many ‘firsts’ in various domains, especially bringing technological evolution in quality assurance solutions and platforms, along with IT solutions development and consulting. Over the last few years, she has been involved in transforming testing practices and approaches internally and for customers from a DevOps and agile context integrating quality and speed.

She is a post graduate in computer science from IIT Bombay and a ‘Certified Quality Analyst’ from QAI, and loves spending her leisure time reading, meditating and listening to Indian classical music.

Krishna Rajan is Independent Consultant, Mentor & Director, Executive Director – GeoSpoc Geospatial Services, Former MD, Barclays Technology Center India. Krishna has over 30 years experience in the IT/Software and Financial Services industry. He has worked in multiple Leadership roles for Fortune 100 clients in India, UK & USA. Krishna is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Corporate Independent Director. Krishna is currently Executive Director – GeoSpoc Geospatial Services responsible for Strategic Leadership and Organization Development. Krishna's passion is talent development and training. He has authored papers on testing and spoken at international testing forums. Krishna has experienced a diversity of cultures, staying and working in different parts of the country and the world. His specialties include: Leadership & People Development, Quality Assurance, Verification & Validation, Right shoring, Value through Innovation, Risk Management/Governance & Board Room experience.

Geospoc is a world class GIS consulting and analytics company, delivering professional Geo-Analytics services, consulting and products. With clients across Europe, USA, Middle East and India, Geospoc has a global reach. Supported by a diverse team of international and local experts, Geospoc enables businesses to leverage Geospatial Solutions for maximum benefit. Geospoc’s clients come from a variety of industry verticals – from Banking, Retail, Government, Smart Cities, Utilities and more. Geospoc specializes in delivering digital mapping, geographic analytics solutions and integration with existing business systems.

Niraj Parihar is an accomplished Senior Leader in IT Industry with successes in a wide variety of roles of a consulting organization. He has 23 years of total experience including leadership roles in leading Global Business Lines, operations, P&L, Sales and Territory Management, large and complex programs, and solutions.

Niraj currently works at Capgemini as Executive Vice President, based out of Hyderabad. He leads the Global Business Line of Insights and Data in India. As a leader of this cutting-edge practice, he is responsible for driving Growth, Talent Transformation and shifting Capgemini’s portfolio into the new era of Cloud data Transformation, AI Engineering, ML, Analytics and Data Science.

Rajneesh Malviya is Vice President & Head of Delivery for Financial Services. He is also Head of Infosys Pune Development Center.

He was associated with Infosys Validation Solutions / Testing Services for the last 15+ years and was recently heading Testing Services globally for FSI & HL verticals.

He has long career of over 24+ years, all working with Infosys. Rajneesh has played several diverse roles cutting across multiple vertical segments, geographies and service lines. He has proven track record of managing & growing large capability units, growing & nurturing client relationships and delivering complex programs. Rajneesh has ability to set a very high benchmark & goals and make entire team to rally behind him in achieving these aspirational goals. Rajneesh is also passionate and actively involved in initiatives beyond campus boundaries. He is involved in various initiatives & forums at the city level. He is also eminent speaker in various international, national & city forums.

Rohit Kishore is a Vice President QEA, Cognizant. He is a quality enthusiast by profession, Rohit Kishore has been involved in IT & quality delivery for more than two decades, working with marque global clients.
As part of leadership team in one of the largest quality engineering & assurance organizations, Rohit leads BFS and Health Care delivery. In his current role, he is also responsible for driving Delivery Transformation strategy for the practice.

He has worked in architecting and overseeing implementation of transformational strategies for large and complex QA programs and has helped several clients achieve their vision of becoming world class QA organizations. He is privy to insights from CIOs of world’s leading & most innovative organizations. Rohit brings with him a practioner’s first hand view of ongoing disruption in the industry and actively working to shape quality function as it reincarnates in Digital era.

Sachin Jain is a Solutions Head - Assurance & Privacy Practice, LTI. He is an astute & result oriented professional with extensive techno managerial experience in software testing & Enterprise Data Privacy Compliances.

A keen strategist with expertise in managing entire portfolios with penchant to work with new people and solve challenging problems.

Proficient in:
• Breaking new avenues, defining new solutions & driving sales growth
• Building & Executing Transformation Programs
• Customer Relationship Management for a high satisfaction index
Areas of Interest:
• New age Innovative Assurance / Testing products and services
• Privacy Areas like GDPR, CCPA, PoPIA, Cyber Security, etc