QASIG/PMSIG March 2023 Meeting

March QA/PM SIG Event – So, Now What? Your skills in times of emerging AI and layoffs

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Date - 03/08/2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join us for a combined QA / PM SIG where we’ll chat all things career and growth with our panel led by Jon Bach. The climate in Tech is trending around job security. “The Great Resignation” and “Quiet Quitting” where workers were confident and safe in their market value might be giving way to a basic survival mindset in light of recent AI implementations and corporate layoffs.

In this panel, Rob Sabourin, a McGill University Software Engineering professor, and James Bach, a consultant/trainer, moderated by Jon Bach, get together to explore issues of skill-building and staying relevant during uniquely transformational times like these. They will answer your questions and concerns so that you either find comfort in your existing career strategy or find new ideas for a strategy to follow where Tech is going.

About our panel:

Jon Bach – Moderator – Director of Program Management for strategic initiatives in eBay’s Core Product division. He has more than two decades of software quality project experience as a tester, test manager, test consultant, and test director, which he now uses to help eBay make sure its marketing efforts are thoughtful and relevant. He has an energetic and practical style, and he is known to many eBay customers as “Jon the Bug Hunter.” Jon can be reached at

Cindy Ponko -Panelist – manager of our Quardev recruiting team focused on technical and professional positions. One of her favorite things about the industry is being able to work with people early in their careers and watch them grow into hiring managers themselves, being confident in career coaching, and consultant on creating onboarding experiences that build trust and loyalty.

James Bach – Panelist – Consulting Software Tester at Satisfice, celebrated 35 years in the testing industry last year. He’s the creator of Rapid Software Testing methodology and is the author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing and Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion.

Rob Sabourin – Panelist – with more than 40 years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. Rob authored I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, and works as an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University. Contact Rob at

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