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AgileTD Open Air 2023: Keynote Speakers Announced

We are excited to announce the 2023 AgileTD Open Air keynote speakers – Janet Gregory, Tariq Kind, Lena Wiberg and Richard Bradshaw – who will be presenting their keynotes from June 13 – 15, 2023, at Blackfoot Beach in Cologne.

You'll learn from leading experts that are passionately dedicated to sharing the best of their knowledge and insights with you. They will show you new ways to improve your own Agile and Testing practices and mindset from direct accounts of experiences and crucial lessons learned.

Janet Gregory

In Janet's keynote "The Invasion of the Gummy Bears", she will talk about the feeling that as human beings our brains sometimes get stuck. It feels like gummy bears have invaded and got all sticky, clogging up our neural pathways. You may experience a general fog which slows down your thinking, or perhaps you forget words or things you knew and just can’t get it… at this moment. Or perhaps you get stuck working in one direction and waste entire days not looking up to see if you are going in the right direction. Even writer’s block may be a symptom of sticky gummy bears. Janet will explore ways to unstick those gummy bears and get them where they are supposed to be… in a candy jar on your desk. From a testing perspective, what does this mean to the team?

Janet Gregory is an agile testing trainer and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of three Agile Testing books, the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course, and co-founder of the Agile Testing Fellowship. Janet works with teams transitioning to agile development, teaches courses, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences.

Lena Wiberg

In her keynote "What I thought I knew about the Status of Testing", Lena will share how she has approached people with misconceptions about testing and how she has worked to change the view of skilled testing. Weaved into this will also be how her developer background has helped (or not) with credibility, how her "naive" view of testing as a status role helped her through some rough patches, how working in a startup made her accept “Good Enough”, and how writing a book made her realise how much her own belief system has shifted over the years.

Lena has been building software since 1999. After a decade of coding, she found her heart in testing. Today she focuses on building organisations and growing people rather than the software itself but testing is still in her soul. Continuous improvement is a core value and she believes we should all strive to keep up to date and challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. She is the author and creator of "Would Heu-risk it?" (card deck and book), an avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator.

Richard Bradshaw

In Richard's keynote "Mind the Gaps", you will learn about the void between what we know, and what we know we need to know. He believes gaps and feedback loops are at the heart of a lot of testing and quality work. In this keynote, he is going to share several examples of feedback loops and gaps within software testing and how this new framing is enabling me to better communicate my testing story, the problems we need to solve and how my skills have kept teams moving.

Richard Bradshaw is an experienced tester, consultant, trainer and generally a friendly guy. He shares his passion for testing through consulting, training and giving presentations on a variety of topics relating to testing. With over 12 years of testing experience, he has a lot of insights into the world of testing and software development. Richard is currently the BossBoss at the Ministry of Testing, co-creator of the Automation in Testing (AiT) namespace, and blogs at

Tariq King

Tariq King enjoys breaking things and is currently the Chief Scientist at, where he leads research and development of their core platform for AI-driven testing. He started his career in academia as a tenure-track professor and later transitioned into the software industry. Tariq previously held positions as a test architect, manager, director, and head of quality. He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed software testing books, journals, conferences, and workshops. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE Computer Society and serves as a board member and keynote speaker for several international software engineering and testing conferences.


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