8th International Conference on Tests & Proofs

July 24 - July 25, 2014, York, UK

Keynote: The Changing Face of Quality by Ross Smith


As a significant part of the world of technology shifts to always connected mobile devices, new demands are placed on engineering organizations to increase the speed of delivery while at the same time, ensuring a high quality, robust and secure user experience. How is it possible to deliver high quality software, at scale, in today's fast-paced world of cloud services? There are new sets of hard problems, at scale, that challenge the delivery of high quality user experiences. This new world offers a new set of resources, in the form of big data, to help determine focus areas, but is that sufficient?



Director of Test, Microsoft Skype Division

Ross Smith really enjoys getting a paycheck to "play" with software for 25 years now, over 20 at Microsoft. Most of his career has been in testing and QA roles- including Test Architect. Prior to joining Lync/Skype – he spent 17 years in either Windows or Office. He is one of the authors of "The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention" and holds six patents, latest in Nov, 2012. 42projects has aspired to promote cultural change, “bring buzz and laughter to the hallways”. In December 2011, he was invited to the White House for a discussion on women in STEM. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Fobest, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, the American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and the London School of Business. He has a passion for applying innovative practices to improving software quality.