KJR's History

From a garage on the Gold Coast, K.J.Ross & Associates was born. We've had to ride the wave of innovation and change, but the passion and ideology that launched KJR in 1997 remains the same. Here's our journey.

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away...
K.J.Ross & Associates was established

With Y2K approaching, demand was high for technology and software testing. K.J.Ross and Associates was established in a garage on the Gold Coast by Kelvin J. Ross.

Employee #1

Steven Butler became Kelvin’s first hire and he’s still on board as a loyal employee and Principal Consultant up in the Brisbane office.

Certified Software Test Professionals (CSTP) training program launched
The world didn't end!

Y2K didn’t cause the world to implode – perhaps because KJR saved so many computer systems from crashing…!

SMARTCat was released by K.J.Ross & Associates

SMARTCat was ‘on the prowl’ – proactive production monitoring tests for web applications at a time when most other offerings would do little more than ping the server.

Welcome to the Test Manager Forum

We founded the Test Manager Forum – an annual event to celebrate and educate the software testing industry. TMF ran until 2015 under the new name Software Quality Forum.

Found a home in Sydney

After servicing Sydney clients since inception, we officially marked KJR territory on Sydney soil.

Our first Agile project
Melbourne office opened
A base in Canberra

We set up permanent roots in Canberra to service our growing federal government clients.

Beginning of OneSchool

This year marked the first release of a multi-year project wit the Department of Education and Training Queensland.

Iqnite Systems & Software Quality Conference was launched in Australia by KJR
At the top of Qld ICT

KJR founder, Kelvin Ross won the Achiever award for taking risks and making a difference within the Queensland ICT community.

The first Ross Report was released

Our industry benchmark report was released annually until 2014.

NATA accreditation

KJR became one of only two Test Labs in Australia to be able to certify medical software for conformance to NEHTA specifications.

Microsoft Gold Partner status: unlocked
The KJR Yellow Jersey premieres

KJR commenced it support for TourXOz and Black Dog Institute. The Yellow Jersey has appeared in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

NDIS was a success!

The NDIS scheme was launched on a high-quality platform, on-time – thanks to KJR.

A new lease on life

K.J.Ross & Associates re-branded to KJR.

Became a 'Cool Company'

Named in Australia’s Top 100 Coolest Companies to work for (and again in 2017 and 2018). Although we didn’t need an award to tell us that!

Sponsored Sydney Kings NBL team

KJR took up a spot right next to the hoop at Qudos Bank Arena as a Sydney Kings sponsor.

Tour X Oz

In 2017, KJR’s Andrew Hammond rode the 8-day, 2,500km journey from Perth to Broome for mens mental health awareness. Andrew also completed the Tour in 2015, and with the company of KJR’s founder, Kelvin Ross in 2013.

Read Drews diary

A QUT partnership delivers the Digital Maturity Model
KJR turned 21

Celebrated KJR’s 21st birthday! An immense achievement for a smaller technology-based firm.

Taking on Adelaide
Joined the University of Canberra Capitals family

And watched them take out the WNBL Championship (in 2019).

The start of the Smart Steering Wheel

After taking top spot at The Australian Trucking Association fatigueHACK, a group including members of the KJR Collective set about the development and prototyping of FatigueM8.

Young Women Leaders in AI inaugural intake

As a founding Platinum sponsor, KJR is making a focused effort to address the inherent bias that exists in the development of artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms.

Qualified Security Assessors for PCI DSS Assessments
Queensland AI Hub was launched

KJR is a founding shareholder of the ‘Hub’ – a Queensland Government funded initiative created to connect the Queensland artificial intelligence ecosystem and build it’s reputation the field.

Datarwe gets cracking on real world data for AI enabled medical innovation

More partnership pride from KJR, and our founder serving as CTO for this progressive and important organisation based on the Gold Coast.

KJR Graduate Program Launches

Our first KJR Graduate joined the Collective in June 2020 and was followed by a list of exceptional talent. Meet our Graduates here

KJR Partners with Rowing Australia

KJR partnered with Rowing Australia and cheered on the Australian Rowing Team as several events won Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

KJR becomes a foundation partner of the very first Northern Australia Indigenous Datathon in Cairns

KJR brings together a diverse group of data professionals, indigenous communities, and students to explore digital and data-driven solutions to solve real-world indigenous community challenges in Northern Australia.

KJR turns 25!

We celebrate 25 years in the industry as Australia’s trusted advisors in software quality assurance. Having started from humble beginnings on the Gold Coast to expanding nationally we enjoy the success with our Collective members past and present.

We celebrate 25 years with employees 1, 2 & 3!

Dr Steven Butler, Dr John D’Alton and Dr Mark Pedersen celebrated 25 years with KJR. From their early days as test consultants to their current roles as leaders and mentors, this trio have shown unwavering dedication and expertise in delivering top-notch software quality assurance. Their achievements speak volumes about their passion and commitment. Read all about it.