Software Test & Performance Conference Announces Stellar Keynote Lineup

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STPCon 2009 to be Held October 19-23, 2009 in Cambridge, Mass.

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The Dangers of the Normalization of Deviance: A Lesson in Leadership for the Test & QA Profession.

September 15, 2009 - The Software Test & Performance Conference (, which will be held October 19 - 23, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Mass., will feature four stellar keynote presentations and general sessions that will provide software test and QA professionals with an unparalleled educational experience. STPCon has earned its reputation as the leading conference for the software test and QA community. The conference brings together software developers, development managers, test/QA managers and senior test professionals to learn and discover the latest solutions to their most pressing challenges.

STPCon 2009 will feature presentations by an impressive variety of leaders and industry experts, including:

  • Opening Keynote with Colonel Mike Mullane -- NASA, Astronaut, Retired - "The Dangers of the Normalization of Deviance: A Lesson in Leadership for the Test & QA Profession." This three-time space shuttle crew member will discuss key aspects of leadership, and will describe how a normalization of deviance within NASA was the root cause of the most infamous and tragic of technical errors in NASA history: the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • Michael Bolton - Consultant, DevelopSense - "Testing Lessons Learned from the Astronauts." Bolton will use Colonel Mullane's presentation as a point of departure to discuss the concept of "positive deviance" as the antidote to the normalization of deviance.
  • Matt Heusser - Technical Staff, Socialtext - "Speed Geeking." This interactive general session is the fast, fun, and easy way to gain insight from the STPCon conference faculty. Participants will rotate between speakers, who will answer questions and share their best ideas in just a few minutes.
  • Jonathan and James Bach - "Testing Outside the Bachs." This highly interactive session will demonstrate how exploratory testing can be a disciplined and manageable process.

In addition to these four keynote presentations and general sessions, STPCon 2009 will also feature new in-depth three-day STP Training Courses on agile and test automation and one-day workshops on test management and on performance testing - facilitated by James Bach and presented in conjunction with the Association for Software Testing. And STPCon's core conference will provide more than 30 sessions in five conference tracks:

  • Agile Testing Track
  • Test Automation Track
  • Performance Track
  • Test Management Track
  • FutureTestâ„¢ Track

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STPCon 2009 is sponsored by: The Association for Software Testing (AST), Acmqueue, Celtic Testing Experts, Inc., Checkpoint Technologies, Inc., CoDe, magazine Dynatrace, IT Today, IT Toolbox, IT Metrics and Productivity Institute, Hakin9, IEEE, IOS Press, RTTS, SOA World, Silverlight Developers Journal and TechGuide Online.

About STP Collaborative
STPCon is presented by the Software Test & Performance Collaborative. STP Collaborative serves the global software testing and QA community, providing more than 50,000 software professionals with information, education, training, and more. STP Collaborative is dedicated to providing a highly interactive, dynamic platform for community, resources, and knowledge sharing for the software test and QA profession. For more information, visit

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