Profiles is edited by Andreas Birk and Gerald Heller.

Andreas Birk

Andreas Birk is founder and principal consultant of Software.Process.Management based in Stuttgart, Germany. He helps organizations aligning their software processes with their business goals. His special interest are test management, software requirements, and software process improvement.

In more than fifteen years in the software industry and with leading applied research institutions, Andreas has built a profound understanding how software engineering contributes to sustained business success.

Andreas is leader of Vivit TQA. Vivit TQA is the Special Interest Group on “Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management” (TQA) within Vivit, the independent users community of HP Software & Solutions.

Gerald Heller

Gerald Heller is a software engineering consultant based near Stuttgart, Germany. He develops methodological blueprints for the product HP Quality Center. Gerald provides solutions for IT organizations that combine effective testing procedures with agile approaches.

Gerald has more than 20 years experience in large-scale, globally distributed software development. Before starting his own consulting business, he established and drove the requirements engineering process at Hewlett-Packard’s largest software organization on worldwide base for more than 8 years.

Gerald is active founding member of Vivit TQA Special Interest Group.