Panel discussion

What is the view of the testing profession from the outside and what we can learn from that.

When it comes to defining and describing testing, there can be many different views. People can see it as quality assurance, quality assistance, checking, exploring and investigating, a replaceable & commoditised profession, and even quality policing.

Some of these views are incorrect. But How do we know? And what we can do to change the perceptions?

Well, we can take feedback and act of that. We can also provide feedback and educate people.

Attend this panel to listen to what other disciplines think of testing, contribute to the discussion and learn the ideas that may help you educate others. 


Tania Dean


Tania is an expert at getting things done. An agile coach and delivery specialist, Tania first cut her teeth in infrastructure and logistics, wearing multiple hats as business analyst, project manager, helpdesk support and some-time-code-dabbler at one of Australia’s largest publishing houses Macmillan Publishers. From there, Tania moved to the UK for 5 years, learning Agile and managing software development projects at one of the largest Media agencies in the world, Aegis Media. Tania moved on to lead a large cross-functional team and manage a multimillion dollar portfolio of projects for one of the biggest tour operators in the world (TUI Group). Tania is currently leading high performing teams to have fun, solve problems and deliver quality enterprise mobility products with Tigerspike

James Lake


After several years in different operations roles, James make the conscious decision to pursue a career in the QA space to help advocate for user centric software in the development process. James is passionate about helping build the testing community in Brisbane, and is one of the coordinators of the Brisbane Software testing meet up. Recently he has been working in the API and mobile spaces, as well as some hardware testing, which has presented great opportunities to explore new testing challenges.

Kim Nepata


Kim Nepata is an Agile Business Analysts, who is passionate about developing quality software that delivers value to the business. She comes from 10 + years experience in the financial sector, with the last 5 years focused towards multi-functional software development roles. Kim has worked on a number of different software projects including GIS, Financial Trading, Cryptocurrency and Manufacturing.
She is an International Speaker, Co-Founder of Lean Unwind, Agile Team Transformation Coach, Blogger and Mentor.

Zubin Sethna


Zubin is a consultant in software test automation with over 20 years experience working in the software development field. He is currently consulting at Licensys, helping the company in all things related to software testing including development of an automated test system for their applications from the ground up. He is also an organiser of the Brisbane Software Testing Meet-up Group which is a monthly meeting of like-minded and motivated people in the Brisbane software testing scene.

Aleksandra Dimeski


Aleksandra is an accomplished practitioner of Business Analysis and Agile with experience in leading cross functional teams in Insurance, Financial Services and Energy industries across a variety of initiative types. Her career began when Business Analysis found her and from that point she hasn’t looked back on the never-ending learning and growth that her roles have given her. She is passionate about helping individuals, teams and organisations strive for greatness by working together to uncover customer needs and produce high value and quality outcomes. Aleksandra is a skillful and fluent communicator with strong investigation, facilitation, problem-solving and decision-making skills which allow her to be adaptive and bring clarity and trust to those around her.

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