Seven years ago Software Test Professionals and the greater testing community decided it was time to recognize individuals that have given back, and shared their knowledge and experience with others in order to advance the profession and improve the career paths of the practitioners. Those qualities were used to define our candidates for the annual luminary award:
“A luminary is someone who has inspired others by their actions and the results of those actions on the profession. It is not a popularity contest, although many luminaries do become popular. It is about the way they have given back and shared their knowledge and experience with others in order to advance the profession and improve the career paths of the practitioners. A luminary will typically be recognized and respected long after their days of practicing have ended.”
Our current year nominees were selected by our previous luminary award winners and our Community Advisory Board Members. Now we are asking our testing community to vote for the 2016 STP Luminary Award Recipient. Following are the four nominees selected along with some information for you to consider as you vote for that person who has inspired you in your career as a software tester. Any member of the community can evaluate each of the candidates and place a vote for the person they consider most deserving of this award based on the definition of a luminary.
Anne-Marie Charrett is a software tester, trainer and coach with a reputation of excellence and passion for Quality and the craft of software testing. An electronic engineer by trade, software testing chose her when she started testing protocols against European standards.
Anne-Marie advocates a whole team approach to Quality. She sees Software Testing as a skilled activity that many might perform. She trains & coaches companies to embrace this approach to quality and to develop software testing skills best suited to the context they work in. [Announcement]
Elisabeth Hendrickson, better known as @testobsessed, has been kicking around the software industry for a couple of decades in a variety of roles including tester, developer, and agile enabler. Author of Explore It!, Elisabeth is known for her Google Tech Talk on agile testing and popular test heuristics Cheatsheet. In 2010 she won the prestigious Gordon Pask Award from the Agile Alliance.
After more than a decade as an independent consultant, in 2012 Elisabeth joined Pivotal, the company where she first learned extreme programming. She is now the VP R&D for Pivotal’s Big Data Suite. [Announcement]
Rob Sabourin has more than thirty years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Rob is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University. [Announcement]
Pradeep Soundararajan About 13 years ago, when he stepped into testing fresh out of college, he wanted to become the best tester and thought it is the hardest journey he can ever embark on. Mid way in the journey to become the best tester – he discovered that he was looking for something that doesn’t exist – the notion of best. Instead of chasing to be the best tester, he chose to contribute something meaningful to the world through testing. He is again mid way in that journey. He wants to put the head down and work. So, he made a choice to cut a lot of noise that he had created for himself and put the focus on amplifying the signal. So far so good. [Announcement]