Alex Bender is the Quality Lead of Engineering for Renaissance Learning based out of their Downtown Minneapolis office. He has a passion for software quality theory and test optimization since being introduced to the topic in 2004. This helped him tackle the ever-evolving space of cybersecurity at Symantec as QA on the AntiVirus Engines. Then in 2015, he transitioned to the education space to help “Accelerate Learning for All” at Renaissance. When he isn’t trying to solve some QA or engineering problem, he is very slowly learning Japanese and working in the community as a member of the Mankind Project. He currently plays double duty as the competency manager for the various embedded SQA Engineers who report to him as well as Product Owner for a QA-only scrum team.