STAREAST 2019 Concurrent Session : Timeless Testing Skills for Modern Testers

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Timeless Testing Skills for Modern Testers

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As testers in today’s world of agile and DevOps, we are challenged to champion quality in new ways and to develop innovative test approaches that focus on customer value. It's important to bring creativity as well as technical expertise to our test techniques so that we can make our most valuable contributions. We determine both what to test and how to test, and we test jointly with developers. We assess risk and communicate it to our teams and stakeholders through our stories. Our ability to innovate comes from not only our technical skills, but also from our skills in communication, collaboration, and creativity. Join Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol for a discussion about the key skills that modern testers need in order to be innovative. Using real-life examples, Gerie and Peter wil show how we can create intersections of creativity, both individually and as a team. You will learn how to look at issues in multiple unexpected ways to eliminate barriers. Finally, learn how to create intersectional innovation by connecting seemingly unrelated ideas generated by teams of multiple disciplines.

Gerie_Owen
Technology Strategy Research

Gerie Owen is Testing Strategist and Evangelist at Technology Strategy Research. She is a Certified Scrum Master, Conference Presenter and Author on technology and testing topics. She enjoys mentoring new QA Leads and brings a cohesive team approach to testing. Gerie is the author of many articles on technology including Agile and DevOps topics. She recently developed a curriculum for DevOps 101 training. Gerie chooses her presentation topics based on her experiences in technology, what she has learned from them and what she would like to do to improve them. Gerie can be reached through her website, her blog, Testing in the Trenches, @GerieOwen on Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

Peter_Varhol
Technology Strategy Research

Peter Varhol is a software strategist and evangelist who closely observes the testing industry and uses his knowledge and experience to identify new technologies and help companies respond to those trends. His diverse technical background enables him to seamlessly integrate new technologies into his practices and provides him with a unique vision of how to adapt and succeed with rapid technology change. His areas of research and practice include team communications, machine learning, DevOps, testing and test automation, and development tools. His efforts aim to use the latest and best technologies to address real-world problems. Peter speaks frequently at conferences, local meetups, and on webinars and writes for popular technology publications such as Information Week and InfoWorld. In other roles, Peter has been a tenure-track professor in computer science and mathematics, technology journalist and editor, software developer and tester, and software product manager. Peter blogs at Cutting Edge Computing and tweets @pvarhol. He has master's degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology, along with doctoral work in information systems.