James Whittaker

About James whittaker

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. James then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft, specializing in test automation. He joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he continued his prolific publication record in software testing and security. In 2002 his security work was spun off by the university into a startup which was later acquired by Raytheon. 

James’ first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft and retired in 2019. 

James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his ten books two have been Jolt Award finalists and two others have been best-sellers. Follow him on Twitter @docjamesw.

Speech title:

How to Rock a Testing Career

About his speech:

Software testing isn’t like other tech careers. It is based on breaking as opposed to building and requires a mindset different from any other technical specialty. James Whittaker has been known as one of the top software testers on the planet for 3 decades and details his strategy for durable success during this talk. You will learn how to acquire and maximize the skills you need to rise to the top. 




About James Whittaker

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. James then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft, specializing in test automation. He joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he continued his prolific publication record in software testing and security. In 2002 his security work was spun off by the university into a startup which was later acquired by Raytheon. 

James’ first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft and retired in 2019. 

James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his ten books two have been Jolt Award finalists and two others have been best-sellers. Follow him on Twitter @docjamesw.


Speech title:

How to Rock a Testing Career

About his speech:

Software testing isn’t like other tech careers. It is based on breaking as opposed to building and requires a mindset different from any other technical specialty. James Whittaker has been known as one of the top software testers on the planet for 3 decades and details his strategy for durable success during this talk. You will learn how to acquire and maximize the skills you need to rise to the top.