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STAREAST 2017 - Project Management

Sunday, May 7

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile (2–Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. Upon completion of this course, successful attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), awarded the ICAgile Professional designation (ICP).

Monday, May 8

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
MC

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

When we discover—often late in an automation effort—that the automated tests are cumbersome and costly to maintain, we often view this as a technical problem for the automator to solve. However, an often-overlooked cause is the role that testers who designed these tests play in making automation scalable and maintainable. In this interactive tutorial for both testers and automation engineers, Hans Buwalda explores how better test designs will result in much improved test automation and can make the difference between automation success and failure. See why successful automated...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
MF

Influence Diagrams: A New Way to Understand Testing

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Influence diagrams provide a simple-to-create and easy-to-understand approach to address the complexities of real-life problems. As testers, we may want to find more bugs, but this may have an unintended consequence for developers. Developers now have more defects to debug, which affects their capacity to deliver new functionality. Isabel Evans has found that influence diagrams provide a means of understanding and managing the complexities of key interactions among testers, developers, and business stakeholders. In the past few years, Isabel has used influence diagrams as a practical tool...

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
MI

BIG Testing: The Five Keys to Test Automation at Scale

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Test automation has become a must, especially in agile and DevOps projects with their goals of continuous integration and fast deployment. We know that test automation is a deciding factor in achieving competitive strength, as it contributes to faster time-to-market and higher quality-to-market in software delivery. Even though powerful automation technologies like Selenium are available, they alone do not give you scalability in testing big and complex systems with their many components, workflows, and configurations. To help you learn how to achieve scalability in automated...

Jeroen Mengerink
Polteq Testing Services B.V.
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Testing Cloud Services

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Cloud computing is rapidly changing the way systems are developed, tested, and deployed. New system hosting capabilities—software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS)—are forcing us to review and revise our testing processes. At the same time, cloud computing is affording us opportunities to employ new test tooling solutions, which we call testing as a service (TaaS). In this technical session, Jeroen Mengerink focus on testing SaaS systems, linking relevant IaaS and PaaS capabilities along the way. He will discuss how to test...

Tuesday, May 9

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
TK

Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Today, many agile organizations are making a terrible error. They are assuming there is no place for test management and leadership in agile, self-directed team contexts. We beg to differ with this view and believe a strong need exists for testing leadership in agile organizations—just not the way we’ve typically approached it. Join Mary Thorn and Bob Galen as they explore what excellent test team leadership looks like in agile contexts. Explore the aspects of self-directed teams and the implications to your previous leadership styles. Look under the covers of Scrum and see where you...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TM

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In many organizations, agile development processes are driving the pursuit of faster software releases, which has spawned a set of new practices called DevOps. DevOps stresses communications and integration between development and operations, including rapid deployment, continuous integration, and continuous delivery. Because DevOps practices require confidence that changes made to the code base will function as expected, automated testing is essential. Join Jeffery Payne as he discusses the unique challenges associated with integrating automated testing into continuous integration/...

Erik van Veenendaal
Improve IT Services BV (Bonaire)
TP

Requirements Engineering for Testers

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Testers often participate in requirement reviews, review requirements for testability, and then use requirements—in the form of user stories—as the basis of test cases. In an agile environment, most testers contribute to the development of user stories and acceptance criteria. Erik van Veenendaal says that unfortunately many testers have little knowledge or skill in requirements engineering. What level of quality and detail is realistic to expect for requirements and user stories? What does testability really mean? How can testers help improve requirements? Erik illustrates...

Wednesday, May 10

Sally Goble
The Guardian
K2

What Really Happens When You Deliver Software Quickly

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The current trend in testing is to move away from traditional manual testing and toward test automation. To keep up with the rapid pace of continuous delivery today, test teams are urgently reskilling and reshaping themselves. Sally Goble shares her experience of what happened to the test team at the Guardian when the engineering team began the process of delivering software fast and at will—deploying software up to 400 times a day. Sally shares why her team reevaluated the role of testing in the software development cycle, what prompted the Guardian’s controversial decision to...

Glenn_Buckholz
Coveros
W5

Use Docker to Enhance Your Testing

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Wonder how you can make your testing more efficient? Join Glenn Buckholz as he explores Docker, a technology that allows rapid development and deployment via containers. First, he explains exactly what composes a container, and discusses the differences between a container and an image. Once this is clear, Glenn demonstrates how Docker solves the problem of what he calls the state capture problem. When a test case produces a failure, the developer and testers often expend significant effort reproducing the issue so the developer can see the issue and fix it. Glenn demonstrates how Docker...

Shyam_Sunder
Sidra Medical and Research Center
W7

Effective Test Estimation

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

We have experience with testing projects, both large and small. Sometimes our test estimates are accurate—and sometimes they’re not. We often miss deadlines because there are no defined criteria used to create our estimates. Sometimes we miss our schedules due to crunched testing timelines. Shyam Sunder briefly describes the different test estimation techniques including Simple, Medium, Complex; Top Down, Bottom Up; and Test Point Analysis. To assist in better estimating in the future, Shyam has prepared test estimation templates and guidelines, which can significantly help...

Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
W10

Agile Testing at Scale

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Over the past twenty years, Mary Thorn has had the opportunity to work at many startups, creating several QA/test departments from scratch. For the past ten years, she has done this in agile software companies. Recently Mary moved from leading small agile test organizations to leading a large agile test organization. She has learned how to lead agile testers and agile testing in large contexts. Mary takes you through what she has learned, identifies the keys to transitioning your test organization as it grows, and discusses the techniques required to lead it through the changes. Agile...

Jacob_Ukelson
JU Consulting
W11

Deliver Enterprise Quality in an Agile and DevOps World

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Enterprises are adopting agile and DevOps methodologies because they focus on minimizing the latency of software delivery and the distance between “aha” and “ka-ching.” Jacob Ukelson says that judicious adoption of these methodologies can increase both velocity and quality, but inappropriate adoption can be disastrous—from an end-to-end quality perspective. Agile’s focus on iterative development and user involvement already has affected testing by increasing the emphasis on testing by developers themselves, component test automation, and by embedding testers in agile teams. DevOps...

Jeroen Mengerink
Polteq Testing Services B.V.
W12

Continuous Context Driven Test Improvement

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Classical test process improvement is often not today’s best solution. With virtualization, SOA, web, cloud, mobile, and integration with social media, the way we develop, test, and manage has drastically changed. Jeroen explores why Agile, context-driven testing, SCRUM, continuous integration/development and DevOps require a flexible and pragmatic context-driven approach to test improvement. Context-driven test improvement is organized on two levels. [1] The improvement architecture level starts by clarifying the goal, scope, and context. This results in the improvement approach, a...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
W14

Microservices Testing Strategies: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Software development is trending toward building systems using small, autonomous, independently deployable services called microservices. Leveraging microservices makes it easier to add and modify system behavior with minimal or no service interruption. Because they facilitate releasing software early, frequently, and continuously, microservices are especially popular in DevOps. But how do microservices affect software testing and testability? Are there new testing challenges that arise from this paradigm? Or are these simply old challenges disguised as new ones? Join Tariq King as he...

Lisa_Dronzek
voke, Inc.
W17

The DevOps Challenge: Now Is the Time to Be a Champion of Quality

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Software failures continue to make news headlines daily. Yet all the industry hype we hear is about DevOps, a set of practices that seems to exclude quality and testers. Does quality matter? Will it become part of the equation? We must take notice of exclusionary movements and become champions of quality. Lisa Dronzek shares voke’s DevOps survey data to provide insight about the realities and unintended consequences of this movement. Whether you are all-in or just feeling left out, join Lisa to explore DevOps—its challenges and its risks. Lisa explains why and how testers need to...

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
K3

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and...

Thursday, May 11

Jane_Jeffers
Riot Games, Inc.
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Owning Quality: The Culture of Empowerment at Riot Games

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

At Riot Games, the League of Legends team faces the challenge of delivering content patches to a global audience on a tight timeline—every two weeks. By employing the tenets of the company’s core values (the Riot Manifesto), QA representatives work to ensure the highest possible quality player experience by working closely with developers in dynamic and challenging embedded roles. Jane Jeffers describes the five parts of the Riot Manifesto—Player Experience First; Challenge Convention; Focus on Talent and Team; Take Play Seriously; and Stay Hungry, Stay Humble—and how each is...

Ingo_Philipp
Tricentis
T2

Rediscover Exploratory Testing

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

The testing community is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when it comes to exploratory testing. Although exploratory testing has been around for ages, it often leads to more confusion than clarity. Is exploratory testing an activity—something that you do? Or is it an approach—a way or a style of doing something? Isn’t all testing exploratory? When do you do it? How do you do it properly? How does it relate to the entire software lifecycle? To answer these questions, Ingo Philipp outlines the most common confusions and controversies on this topic. He explains what exploratory...

Brandon Carlson
Lean TECHniques, Inc.
T6

Oil & Water, Peanut Butter & Jelly, DevOps & Regulatory Compliance

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

DevOps and regulatory compliance are two critically important ingredients in today’s connected organization. The first—DevOps—enables you to move quickly and respond to change in an era where change is increasing at an exponential rate with no sign of slowing down. The second—regulatory compliance—ensures that your organization takes the appropriate steps to follow relevant laws surrounding your software development lifecycle and appears to require adding burdensome processes and controls. At first glance, these two ideas seem to be incompatible, but they actually go together like peanut...

Tom_Poirier
IDEXX Laboratories
T8

Building a Performance Test Capability from Scratch

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Have you ever been dragged into a production emergency that severely drains deadlines, budgets, morale, and weekends only to find out—yet again—that the problem is related to application stability and performance under load? Building a culture that embraces proactive and well-planned performance testing is no small feat. Tom Poirier shares a journey that begins with clarifying enterprise performance requirements, performing competitive analysis, cost-justifying purchases, and closing the deal with senior management. Tom walks through practical challenges including technical difficulties,...

Julie_Gardiner
CA Technologies
Jonathon Wright
CA Technologies
T13

Testing in the New Digital World: Digital Assurance

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The software landscape is evolving rapidly to deliver higher quality software at an ever greater pace. Testing must keep up, and that means moving away from a traditional core IT approach. Shifting to an adaptive IT model calls for new practices that encourage accelerated communication, collaboration, integration, measurement, and automation. Whether you label this digital transformation or not, understanding the details of the journey is an essential part of every organization's criteria in becoming a digital enterprise. Join Julie Gardiner and Jonathon Wright as they explore what digital...

Troy_Marshall
Ellucian, Inc.
T14

Optimize Performance Testing Using Cloud and DevOps

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Traditional performance testing practices don't scale when you begin delivering software using cloud computing and DevOps. Troy Marshall shares how Ellucian transformed their performance testing program using the same principles DevOps uses to deliver software. It isn't enough just to automate the execution of performance tests. You must continually optimize every step—from building the performance test tool infrastructure, configuring test scripts and scenarios, collecting metrics, and reporting results. In addition, by using cloud computing to implement performance testing, you...

Joel Montvelisky
PractiTest
T23

Communication and Testing: Why You Have Been Wrong All Along!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

You ran all the tests you planned for your team, you reported all the bugs with clear and to the point descriptions, and you sent a weekly email with a professional PowerPoint presentation including graphs and statistics pointing out the risk areas and project issues. However, you still feel the organization is not taking your testing seriously, management is unaware of what your team is achieving—and apparently no one is actually reading your reports. Sound familiar? Everyone else is not the problem; the way you are communicating your testing information is! Join Joel Montvelisky to...

Alex Martins
CA Technologies
T24

Use Layered Model-Based Requirements to Achieve Continuous Testing

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Requirements, test cases, and test data are still generally designed and created the same way they have been for the past thirty years—despite the evolution of testing techniques and tools. Requirements are still specified through written natural language, which leads to ambiguity and poor testability. Test cases are manually designed and are built on incomplete requirements. Test automation requires a human being to first manually create the automation scripts, which then have to be manually maintained sprint after sprint. Alex Martins shares how he helps organizations truly shift-left by...

Randy Rice
Rice Consulting Services, Inc.
K5

Navigating the Nuances of Detailed Test Strategy Creation

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Software testers face a major challenge when designing test strategies and their related tests that effectively find software failures. With many techniques available, it is sometimes difficult to immediately apply them to real-life situations. What initially seems like a straightforward effort often turns into something resembling a winding road with no end. A test strategy may seem good at first, but once the testing begins, it may fail. Randy Rice believes there are ways to define a workable and flexible test strategy that will lead to tests that are creative and effective. Test...