The below are for conferences only.

(for Meetups, please see slides listed at the Content tab)
(for Podcasts, please see links to audio listed at the Content tab)

TestBash Home 2021 - UK

Onboarding Testers

VodQA Bangalore 2020 - India

Keynote Testing != Quality

The Future of Testing 2020 APAC

Testing and Quality: Correlation does not equal Causation
[Slides] [Video]

TestBash Australia 2019 - Sydney

DevOps Mythbusting
[Slides] [Video]

Agile Australia 2019 - Sydney

The case for extending CX and UX to your own developers

TConf 2018 - Melbourne

How to remain relevant as QA

DevOps Days New Zealand 2018 - Wellington

Lean QA : T-shaped QAs in the DevOps World

TConf 2017 - Melbourne

QA in DevOps
[Slides] [Video]

Quality Software Australia 2017 - Melbourne

The tester's valuable QAOps role in the Devops world

LAST Conference 2015

Shifting quality left

1st Conference 2015 - Melbourne

Agile Testing - Shifting quality to the left


Hands-on Intro to AWS and a Taste of DevOps, for Testers

(online) DevOps Girls - August 2020
TestBash Australia - October 2019 [Materials]
DevOps Girls - October 2019
DevOps Girls - August 2019

Whole team, and lean quality & QA

REA Group internal workshops - Feb 2016-2020
(groups of 5-20; every 3-4 months; per delivery squad or for new REA joins)

10-week public speaking workshop for women first-time speakers

Showcased at TConf in 2018 and 2019

DevOps Girls at TConf 2019
DevOps Girls at TConf 2018

Survival Tips for Women in Tech

Computershare internal event - April 2018

Introduction to Continuous Integration

REA Group internal Buildkite training - March 2018

Intermediate AWS in DevOps

DevOps Girls - August 2017

Introduction to DevOps and AWS

DevOps Girls - February 2017


2 chapters in:

97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know

Book - O'Reilly Media - December 2020

Testing and Quality: Correlation does not equal Causation

Medium - February 2020

My 2019, a year of lows, and highs

Medium - December 2019

The QA in the DevOps world

Testing in DevOps - April 2019

My momentous 2018

Medium - December 2018

Is DX the new UX? Usabilitity for Developers

TechTarget Modern Stack - December 2018

Emotional Intelligence and dealing with change in the Workplace

TechTarget Modern Stack - August 2018

Beanbags don't remedy your broken DevOps culture

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - July 2018

Cargo Cult DevOps

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - June 2018

The Definition of Done, revisited

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - May 2018

Do we (still) need testers?

REA Tech Blog - April 2018

Shifting Ops to the left (too)

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - March 2018

The testing manifesto applied to devops

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - January 2018

When you have a separate DevOps team, you are not doing devops

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - December 2017

Systems thinking, devops and the support pager

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - November 2017

Lean testers bring devops and QA together

TechTarget DevOpsAgenda - October 2017

Lean QA - aka QA Ops

REA Tech Blog - July 2017

Bug Bash - The Game

REA Tech Blog - March 2017


Theresa Neate is an award winning Quality Engineering leader, and developer advocate, who loves lean and agility and advocates for holistic system quality and systems thinking. She firmly believes and espouses that quality is not equal to testing; and that quality applies to the entire system lifecycle, from inception to her personal favourites, devops, operations and infrastructure.

Her background spans more than 2 decades of technology and leadership experience. The last decade was spent between ThoughtWorks, Australia Post’s Digital Delivery Centre, almost 5 years at digital icon REA Group, and since 2020 as national Director Of Quality Engineering for technology consultancy, Slalom Build Australia.

She is co-founder, co-organiser and trainer at DevOps Girls. She also writes and speaks on topics of quality, systems thinking, lean, agile and devops. She loves infra & tech so much, that she recently completed a Diploma of Networking, while working full time in a leadership role. She’s a lifelong and eternally curious sceptic and learner.

You can find Theresa on Twitter: @theresaneate

Content & Awards

Mentions & Awards

(2021) Finalist, Achievement category: 2021 Women in ICT awards

(2021) Winner, Highly Commended: 2021 Women Leading Tech awards

(2021) Finalist: 2021 Women Leading Tech awards

(2018) Next 125 Awesome Testers You Should Keep Your Eye on Always


Conference: The Future of Testing 2020 APAC - Jun 2020

Meetup: Testing != Quality - The Web Meetup (Melbourne) - Feb 2020

Conference: DevOps Mythbusting - TestBash Australia - Oct 2019

Conference: Lean QA (QA in DevOps) - DevOps Days New Zealand - Nov 2018

Conference: The QA in DevOps (evolved!) - TConf - Nov 2017


Podcast: Maintainable Software - Jan 2021

Podcast: Developing The Next Generation Of Testers: The DevOps Girls Bootcamp (With Theresa Neate) - June 2020

Webinar: Best of Breed: Successful Test Automation Practices from Innovative Brands, with Angie Jones - May 2020

Podcast: Ministry of Testing - Aug 2019

Webinar: Software Test Pro panel Testing in DevOps - Mar 2019


Meetup : Testing and Quality: Correlation does not equal Causation - Melbourne Web Meetup - Feb 2020

Conference : TConf 2019 - Nov 2019

Conference : DevOps Mythbusting - Oct 2019

Meetup : Skills you need as a QA in DevOps (and how to bridge the gaps) - Sydney Testers - Jun 2019

Conference: Developer Experience, and why does it matter? - Agile Australia 2019 - Jun 2019

Conference: Evolving & Remaining Relevant as QA - TConf 2018 - Nov 2018

Conference: Lean QA: T-shaped QAs in the DevOps world - DevOps Days New Zealand - Nov 2018

Meetup: Agile DevSecOps - Melbourne Agile and Scrum User Group - May 2018

Meetup: How to remain relevant as QA / Tester - Women Who Test (Melbourne) - Apr 2018

Conference: The QA in DevOps (evolved!) - TConf 2017

Conference: Your place as QA in Ops - QSA 2017

Conference: Agile Testing - shifting quality to the left - LAST Conf 2015

Conference: Agile Testing - 1st Conf 2015


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