About Me
I am Nancy Kelln, owner and principal consultant at Unimagined Testing. I am motivated by working with teams who are implementing or enhancing their testing practices; providing adaptive testing approaches in both agile and traditional testing teams. With 16 years of diverse experience within the IT industry I have coached test teams in various environments and facilitated numerous local and international workshops and presentations.
Experience Summary

Software Quality & Testing professional with 18 years experience in the IT industry.

  • Advocate of the Context Driven School of Testing;
  • 12 years experience in the leadership of teams focused on the implementation and support of quality solutions;
  • Extensive experience in the planning and execution of highly effective, strategic testing on enterprise scale applications;
  • Proven ability to lead teams through the testing life cycle of planning, test design, execution, defect management, defining and evaluating metrics, and reporting;
  • Experience within both iterative and waterfall environments and have coached testers on Agile and Exploratory testing techniques;
  • Active within the industry including presenting at conferences, facilitating workshops, contributing to online forums and writing articles;
  • Hold the Scrum Practitioner and Scrum Master certifications;
  • Co-founder of the Calgary Perspectives on Software Testing Workshop, POST.

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Industry Involvement

I am active within the software testing industry including speaking at conferences, writing articles, participating in online forums and as a member of several associations.

Software Quality Discussion Group, SQDG

In 2010 I became the Season Programme Director for the Calgary Software Quality Discussion Group, SQDG until 2012. I am currently on the Advisory Board for the SQDG and support the current Programme Director and planning committee. The SQDG is a community of software professionals dedicated to the exploration of all aspects of software quality. The SQDG provides software professionals with a means of sharing their experiences through a monthly discussion forum with guest speakers from industry and academia.

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Calgary Perspectives on Software Testing Workshop, POST

In 2009 I co-founded the Calgary Perspectives on Software Testing Workshop, POST, with Lynn McKee. POST is an annual invitational peer conference for software test practitioners. The conference is held over a weekend and is focused on a single topic central to the practice of Software Testing.

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Recommendations

"Nancy is a positive, passionate force in Quality Assurance and Testing. She combines strong technical skills with business savvy to bridge the oft-present communication gap between IT and the businesses they serve. Nancy is able to understand issues on a strategic level, understanding the impacts of change to both people and technology. She blends this "big picture" ability with strong execution of solutions on a tactical level. Nancy is a strong leader and an asset to any team she's a member of."
Mike Heinrich, QA Analyst

"Nancy is a person you can trust to get the job done. She has been the test lead on many of the projects that our (excellent) software development team has built at WestJet. Her personal approach, methodology, and attention to detail has given us all the confidence that our software can be put into production with very high quality."
David Jones, Director, Web Business

"In working with Nancy it was clear the level of experience she brought to the team. Not only did she focus on the task at hand, she would also think in broader terms and was able to identify impacts other applications may have on our project and vice versa. Her positive attitude and smile always lightened the room."
Heidi Grigg, Manager, Airport Applications

"To put it simply, I would choose to have Nancy as a member of every project team that I lead. As a developer, she is talented and creative and absorbs new technology with ease. As a tester and trouble-shooter, she is unequalled in her ability to trace any problem to its source and find a solution. Nancy is detailed and thorough and she certainly knows the importance of QA on IT projects. Nancy's patience, easy-going manner and great sense of humour earned her the respect and confidence of every customer she worked with. I would recommend Nancy without hesitation for any role that she chooses to take on."
Mike Hammond, Project Manager

"Nancy has a knack to understand complicated systems, this allows her strong Quality Assurance skills to shine as she can quickly comprehend the situation to its fullest. Nancy is very personable and would make a great addition to any high quality, high performance team."
Cory Syvenky, Systems Analyst

"Nancy is one of the smartest coworkers I have had. At WestJet she has successfully led the testing effort on many feature and maintenance releases of WestJet software products. Her strong development background makes it easy for her to analyse problems and identify and mitigate risks effectively. She is very personable and has good leadership skills. I would recommend Nancy, as she will be an asset to any group she works with."
Daya Narendran, QA Analyst

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