One of the defining criteria of a professional association is its ability to recognize and acknowledge excellence, professionalism, and the positive impacts that its members have on the industry it serves. In order to recognize these traits in the members of our community, we introduce the Software Test Professionals 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.
The Luminary Award honors any software testing and quality assurance professional who is determined, persistent, and committed to improving a process or methodology. They develop ideas, which when properly applied, have a positive impact on the end product, either by enhancing quality or performance or resulting in improved efficiencies for a particular process, team or organization. They inspire others to pursue a software testing career. In addition, their contributions elevate the critical role of the software test profession within the software development process.
As the association for software testers, we launched this award by reaching out to the software test and quality community to ask you to nominate an industry luminary that represents the qualities you aspire to.
The first annual Software Test Professionals Luminary is Gerald Weinberg. Congratulations Mr. Weinberg.
Announcement Pending: The 2011 Software Test Luminary Winner