Pass the Mic: Wisdom From Amrock Tech Team at Agile and Beyond

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More than 800 agile enthusiasts filled the picturesque Eagle Crest Hotel and Conference Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan May 16 – 18 for the eighth annual Agile and Beyond Conference. Attendees from across the street, across the country and across the ocean arrived to hear presentations at the event, which is known for its premier speakers.

Among the several technology-industry thought leaders who spoke at Agile and Beyond was Amrock Software Quality Architect (SQA) Maciek Konkolowicz. Maciek is a spirited presenter, as well as a curious and passionate technologist. At the presentation, he shared insights from his team’s journey from manual testing to the far more expedient and efficient process of automation-enabled testing.

“If your company is looking to scale, it’s all about the ‘need for speed,’” says Maciek. “Automation enabled our team to speed up while elevating our defensive capabilities and experiencing tremendous growth.”

Maciek has been a quality champion throughout his entire professional career. His earlier work in IT process auditing introduced him to the need for quality processes. He later moved into a roll as an SQA, where his experience with manual testing grew to a passion for automation.

Agile and Beyond was the perfect backdrop to hear the journey Maciek and his team experienced. If you haven’t been, this conference is for all tech professionals, from agile novice to expert.

According to the event site, “Agile and Beyond is a grassroots, volunteer-run conference that helps people learn about agile principles and practices as well as covers topics that help make people and companies awesome.”

Over the course of the two-day, multi-track conference, several hundred technologists attended the event to hear the voices of leaders in their field. The presentations covered all aspects of high-performance technology solution delivery and provided a range of topics appropriate for all levels of agile enthusiasts.

“I love the opportunity and environment that Agile and Beyond provides,” says Maciek. “And it’s energizing to have a platform from which to share the lessons my team and I have learned with an enthusiastic audience.”

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