Vivit TQA: Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management

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This page introduces the individuals who run and support Vivit TQA.

Vivit TQA Co-Leaders

Rick Barzen

QA Practice Manager, CIBER Inc, contact:

Rick is the Quality Assurance Practice Manager for the CIBER Solution Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Rick is currently responsible for managing CIBER’s Quality Assurance activities and test tools for multiple client engagements. Rick implements and administers the HP suite of test tools (Quality Center, Quick Test, & Load Runner) based on specific client project requirements.

Dr. Andreas Birk

Founder and Principal Consultant, Software.Process.Management, contact:

Andreas is founder and principal consultant of Software.Process.Management (SWPM). He helps organizations to align software processes with business goals - with a focus on test management, software requirements, and integration of processes between software development and IT operations.

Olli Laiho

Senior QA Consultant and Partner, Assure Oy, contact:

Olli is a Partner and Senior QA Consultant at Assure. Assure helps customers optimize their use of HP Quality Center in Requirements Management, Test Management, Error Management and Reporting.

Christopher Schärer

Director (Membership Chair, Nominating Chair) at Vivit Worldwide, contact: and

Christopher is an elected Vivit Iowa Chapter leader and Sr. SQA Lead Automation Test Consultant with experience in software development and automated software testing since 1980.