Recorded 07/25/18

Are you on your way to be an independent consultant or starting a Software Testing startup? Do you feel it is more like a leap of faith or is it a very calculated step taken only when you are 100% sure of success? In order to succeed, there are some general heuristics that need to be taken care of, irrespective of which business you start but then there are specifics about the nature of business and subject matter involved that hold true for a particular kind of enterprise.

We are bringing you the 3 trailblazers who have been very successful at their professional careers and at different points in their life, took the plunge to go independent and be entrepreneurs.

Of course everyone has to make their own path to success but pearls of wisdom from practitioners are invaluable in the process.

So – get a reality check, hear the DO’s and the DONT’s, from those who have been there and done that.

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Our Speakers:

Paul MerrillPaul Merrill – Principal SW Engineer in Test, Beaufort Fairmont, LLC.
Paul Merrill is Principal Software Engineer in Test and founder of Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services. Frequent writer on testing and test automation in top-notch testing publications and international speaker at testing and software conferences, Paul works with clients every day to accelerate testing, mitigate risks, and increase the value of testing processes with test automation. An entrepreneur, tester, and software engineer, Paul has a unique perspective on launching and maintaining quality products. Check out more test automation learnings through the webinars on the company website.
Speaker Details:
Twitter: @DPaulMerrill
Facebook: Beaufort Fairmont
LinkedIn: Paul Merrill
Webinars: Beaufort Fairmont Webinars
Past Events: STPCon, StarWest, Better Software Conference East, TriAgile, TISQA, NCPMI, StarCanada, StarEast

Mary ThornMary Thorn – President, Mary Thorn Consulting
Chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is owner of Mary Thorn Consulting in Raleigh, NC. During her more than twenty years of experience with healthcare, financial, and HR SaaS-based products, Mary has held director, manager- and contributor-level positions in software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large scale agile transformations. Mary’s special expertise is a combination of testing, DevOps, and agile scaling skills that her clients find incredibly valuable. She is also a frequent speaker, teacher and author.
Speaker Details:
Twitter: @MaryHThorn
LinkedIn: Mary Thorn
Website: Mary Thorn Consulting
Past Events: STPCon

Damian SynadinosDamian Synadinos – Owner, Ineffable Solutions
Damian Synadinos has been helping “build better software and build software better” for more than 25 years. Now, through his company Ineffable Solutions, Damian offers experienced-based and research-hardened talks, training, and consulting that are educational and enjoyable. His experience spans many roles and companies in diverse industries including airline, education, ecommerce, finance, insurance, retail, and commercial realty. Damian also helps organize an annual, regional testing conference, and frequently mentors, coaches, and advises IT professionals around the world. He is an international speaker and trainer, presenting fundamental topics applicable to a wide range of contexts at numerous conferences and corporations. Additionally, Damian has over 10 years of theatrical improv experience and frequently uses applied improv to teach a variety of subjects.
Speaker Details:
Twitter: @DSynadinos
LinkedIn: Damian Synadinos
Prior Speaking Engagements: Speaking Events