QA or the Highway 2017 – Speaker Spotlight – Anne Hungate


Our sixth “Speaker Spotlight” who will be at QA or the Highway 2017 is Anne Hungate.

1. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?

— Hearing the original thoughts of the other speakers, then having the time to discuss with conference attendees.

2. Would you like to tell us about anything interesting that you’ve been involved in recently?

— Working on my reading list for 2017.
— I have enjoyed “Thank you for being late” by Thomas Friedman, and comparing his insights on trends with understanding of how the mind works and our ability to keep up with exponential IT.

3. If you could go back in time knowing what you do now, what career advice would you give to yourself when you first started your professional career?

— Be more active in learning and driving your career direction.
— don’t let your boss be in charge of your career.  Go to networking events, read, help other people and understand diverse perspectives.  Don’t worry about the title or other people’s positions…

4. What has been some of your favorite reading references (books/blogs/magazines) from the last year?

— “Drive” by Daniel Pink awakened me to my need to change.
— “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” presented some interesting thoughts about how we jump from one idea to another and have trouble concentrating. I believe this is being balanced with increased emphasis on mindfulness and meditation.  Nicholas Carr did not explore that in his book.
— “The Formula” by Luke Dormehl was also a great read this past summer.  He did a nice job highlighting the impact of algorithms and the bias we embed in software.

5. What do you think is a common misconception about testing?

— When you automate your testing, you don’t need quality professionals.  Wrong.  Quality professionals have a unique, customer focused perspective.  However, quality professionals need to be prepared for a reduction in manual work but an increase in customer advocacy, analytics, product growth, and collaboration to help organizations thrive.

6. What else would you like to highlight or add that wasn’t asked?

— I was a founding member of QA or the Highway — and am proud of how the organization has grown and expanded it’s influence over the past several years.  I no longer live in the region, but find the thought leaders in Columbus to be among the most open to new concepts, experimentation, and learning.

Anne will be speaking on the topic of “NextGen QA…Today!”

You can follow Anne on Twitter @annehungate

You can find Anne’s session information or more information about QA or the Highway 2017 by going to the following links: