Special guest Fiona Charles will be presenting at the next nbQ event on October 4, 2012 at the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce Boardroom in Moncton, NB. Fiona’s topic of discussion will be “Standing In – Testers Representing Stakeholders” and PQA is excited to be presenting. For more information, please see below.

Topic Brief: Everyone on a software project has an obligation to deliver the value expected by project stakeholders. But arguably, testers have a special obligation. We have a duty to represent our stakeholders in all of our work. Who are “our” stakeholders? This isn’t always as obvious as we might think. There are the potential users of the software—and then who? Stakeholders can come in many forms, and the ones whose interests we represent may not always be limited to those identified by or for the project. In this interactive session, we’ll explore who our testing stakeholders are and why it’s our job to represent them: questions central to what we do as testers.

Presenter Bio: Fiona Charles teaches testers and other IT people project skills “beyond process”— skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. An expert test consultant and manager, she has been in the thick of it through 30+ years of challenging projects across the business spectrum on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout her career, Fiona has advocated, designed, implemented and taught pragmatic and humane practices in delivering software worth having. Fiona’s articles appear frequently in blogs and online discussions throughout the web, and she conducts experiential workshops publicly at international conferences and in-house for clients. She is co-founder and host of the Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, an annual peer conference for test practitioners. She edited The Gift of Time, a collection of essays celebrating Jerry Weinberg’s work and the “Women of Influence” special issue of STP Magazine in which she was also featured.