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STAREAST Virtual 2021 - Test Automation

Monday, April 26

Chris_Loder
Upland InGenius
MD

Test Automation: Start and Succeed

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems as their product matures and changes over time. As a leader, how can you ensure that your new automation efforts will get off to a good start? What can you do to ensure that your automation work provides continuing added value? Chris Loder explains the critical issues you need to know to get a good start, and he will share his extensive experience in building great automation. He covers the most important management issues you should address for test automation success,...

Richard Mills
Coveros
MH

A Hands-on Intro to Docker for Testers

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Docker is one of the hottest technologies in our industry today. It lets you create and manage containers—like virtual machines but smaller and faster. They can provide on-demand, disposable test environments that start quickly, repeatably, locally or in the cloud. When you want, you can tear down the environment and recreate a pristine copy within seconds. And since the process is automated, anyone on the team can use the same commands to get their own systems. When you finish testing, those containers can be deployed directly into production. At each stage, the environments for...

Tariq_King
test.ai
Jason_Arbon
test.ai
MI

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Skills for the Testing World

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Software continues to revolutionize the world, impacting nearly every aspect of our work, family, and personal life. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are playing key roles in this revolution through improvements in search results, recommendations, forecasts, and other predictions. AI and ML technologies are being used in platforms for digital assistants, home entertainment, medical diagnosis, customer support, and autonomous vehicles. Testing practitioners are recognizing the potential for advances in AI and ML to be leveraged for automated testing—an area that still...

Melissa Benua
mParticle
MK

Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architecture

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Imagine this … as soon as any developed functionality is submitted into the code repository, it is automatically subjected to the appropriate battery of tests and then released straight into production. Setting up the pipeline capable of doing just that is becoming more and more common and something you need to know about. But most organizations hit the same stumbling block—just what IS the appropriate battery of tests? Automated build architectures don't always lend themselves well to the traditional stages of testing. In this hands-on tutorial, Melissa Benua introduces you to key test...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
MM

Instill a DevOps Testing Culture in Your Team and Organization

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

The DevOps movement is here. Companies across many industries are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes. Traditionally, IT organizations have been staffed with mostly manual testers and a limited number of automation and performance engineers. To keep pace with development in the new “you build it, you own it” environment, testing teams and individuals must develop new technical skills and even embrace coding to stay relevant and add greater value to the business. DevOps really...

Tuesday, April 27

Byron_Katz
Coveros
TB

Introduction to Selenium

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:30pm

Knowledge of Selenium, the industry-standard tool for testing web applications, is a much sought after skill in today’s world of test automation. If you want to learn Selenium, then this full-day tutorial provides a great start. Byron Katz shows you how to build test automation using Selenium. But he doesn’t stop there. He uses his years of experience to show you how to build automation that is clean, robust, and easy to maintain. You will be introduced to practices and principles that apply to the whole team. You will write Selenium scripts in two languages, Python and Java, and will...

Tariq_King
test.ai
TC

Testing Strategies for Microservices

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:30pm

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...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TD

Web Security Testing: The Basics and More

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Web applications are often security critical or serve as front-ends for security critical applications, making web testing for vulnerabilities an essential part of software testing. Unfortunately, most software testers have not been taught how to identify web security issues while testing applications. Join Jeffery Payne as he shares what you need to know to security test web-based applications as part of your overall testing process. Learn about the most common web security vulnerabilities and how they are introduced into web code and exploited by hackers. Explore test techniques for...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TL

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

In many organizations, agile development processes are driving the pursuit of faster software releases, which has spawned a set of new practices—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/continuous...

Wednesday, April 28

Paul_Grizzaffi
Magenic
W1

Stacking The Automation Deck

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Arranging the playing cards in a deck to be in one’s favor is called stacking the deck. Outside of card playing, we use the term more generally to mean arranging a situation to increase our chances of a favorable outcome. When it comes to automation endeavors, the meaning is no different. Specifically, we want to arrange our architecture, implementation, and usage patterns to be appropriate for our endeavor’s desired life-span. One approach to future-proofing is to focus less on the automation framework and more on the automation stack. An automation stack is a layered automation...

julia-pottinger
QualityWorks Consulting Group
W3

Automate Negative Tests for your API

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Testing to ensure that your API does what it should, by returning the correct status and messages, are one of the first things that we normally do. We should also spend time on doing negative tests to ensure that our APIs don’t reveal data that it shouldn’t or have any security gaps. In this talk, Julia will go through the different types of API’s as well as respective negative tests that should be done. She will demonstrate how to test API’s using Postman as well as automating API testing in Javascript. This will help you to quickly test API’s in a way that improves quality and reduces...

W6

Serverless Testing: Executing Long Running Test Automation

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The goal in most test automation is for it to run fast, fail fast, and get answers fast. But not all testing can, or should, be instant. Systems that use long running processes or workflows by design require polling-style testing that could take minutes, hours, or even days. In this session, Douglas will demonstrate using AWS Lambda functions with DynamoDB to create a serverless test monitor for polling long-running systems. He will also explain the benefits of using a serverless approach to create an “always available” testing tool to free up resources for other critical tasks....

Suze Bolduc
Mutual of Omaha
W7

Automation Using Geb/Spock/Groovy and a Geb Page Object Generator

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Suze will go over the general introduction to the Geb/Spock/Groovy Automation solution as a layer of abstraction over Selenium/JUnit4/Java. She will also teach the technique and advantages of Page Object Modeling where she will demonstrate a simple Geb Page Object and the associated test that runs against the google.com web search pages. Suze will then introduce a tool that she created that reads web pages and creates the application page's Geb Page Object and a test class that contains some basic tests. She will discuss the advantage this gives that allow you to accelerate your...

Adam Sandman
Inflectra
W9

APIs – Security & Performance – How to Avoid Getting in the News!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

From large scale data-breaches, major system-wide outages and executives being hauled in front of Congress, failure to adequately plan and carry out API performance and security testing will definitely make the front-page news.... not in a good way. This session will discuss the present a comprehensive strategy for performance and security testing of your APIs, it will include best practices for security testing and vulnerability assessment, as well as approaches for adequately testing the performance and scaleability of your APIs. It will include some real-world case studies of...

Péter Földházi
EPAM Systems
W13

Flow Model vs Page Object Pattern

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

The Page Object Pattern is widely known and used amongst Test Automation Engineers. It allows engineers to model the application for their tests, reusing certain elements, making the test solution more structured and hence decreasing maintenance cost and the learning curve of test automation. Working at large fintech and other companies, Peter got to realize: for some, Page Object is not intuitive. From a tester's point of view it could be improved. Moreover, it breaks the Single Responsibility principle, which has been one of its most criticized flaw. That's why the Flow Model...

Dionny Santiago
test.ai
W14

AI for Continuous Testing

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Software development teams are constantly challenged by increasing demands for new features, shorter times to market, and quicker turnarounds for testing fixes. To cope with these pressures, teams are leveraging methods for continuous deployment and shifting testing to the right -- towards production. Daily pushes are gated by pre-production unit and integration tests while the rest of the testing now happens in production. However, traditional test automation strategies do not effectively adapt to quickly evolving, highly dynamic systems and environments. Thankfully, AI-driven testing...

Thursday, April 29

talia-nassi
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
K4

Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Test Engineer

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Being a test engineer comes with unique challenges. It is unlike other engineering positions because of its holistic approach. As the subject matter expert in your field, you are expected to know your product's details from end to end, but there are process changes and culture changes that would have made my life a lot easier. There are processes that each company I have worked at does differently, and in this talk, I will share them with you so that you understand what to do and what not to do. Through my testing experience, I have learned foundational concepts that I wish I had known...

Safiya Bano
Salesforce
T1

Audit Your Automation: Key to a Successful Test Strategy

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Auditing the test automation suite reduces the cost of maintenance and ensures that the key areas are prioritized which in turns improves the quality of the product. “Automating a user story is part of Definition of Done”. “Automate the complete backlog”. “Regression tests should be automated”. How many times have we heard these lines? And during the process of working through the backlog, there comes a point when maintaining the automated tests and looking through the daily failures become more overpowering than working on new tests itself. This is because of the one fundamental myth:...

Lisette Zounon
Zsquare Solutions Inc
T2

Are You Ready for AI to Take Over Your Automation Testing?

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

We all know that Artificial Intelligence is here and here to stay. Most teams are wondering how to leverage AI for their automation. In this session, Lisette will cover a case study on how to successfully leverage Artificial Intelligence in your automation strategies.  Attendees in this session will take away:

Determine if your automation strategy can leverage AI tool Discuss the learning curve and mindset shift necessary for your QA team to embrace AI Tool Discuss success case study of using AI tool as part of automation testing Leverage AI tool in your CI/CD environment Discuss...
Valentin Guerlesquin
National Bank of Canada
T3

Dynamic Test Environments for Continuous Testing

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Continuous Testing initiatives cope with several issues, some of them are highly linked to environments and test data. End-to-end environments do not allow on-demand deployments, since they are usually shared across other applications and used by manual testers. Using dynamic environments, which means on demand environment created from scratch for test execution, will help to resolve both these issues: to remove the collision with manual testing or other applications, and to control test data available for testing. During this presentation, I will do a live demonstration of a continuous...

Harshal Vora
QMetry Inc.
T4

Implementing DevOps and Better Quality Releases with Continuous Testing

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

DevOps is the hot cake in every sector and organizations are rethinking their tools, processes and culture in tune with DevOps. But DevOps is just as much about quality as it is about speed. While companies have adopted automation well and show figures like 75% automated regression tests, there is one catch. They are still unable to catch defects early enough. For companies that practice Agile and DevOps, testing has now become a part of the dev team’s role. But since testing has many dependencies like SIT, realistic data for UAT and interface responses, testing is not completed as...

Joel Montvelisky
PractiTest
T8

Orchestrating Your Testing Process - Coordinating Your Manual and Automated Testing Efforts

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Due to many historical reasons, most testing and even development organizations, approach their manual and automated testing efforts independently. What’s more, when you look closer at these teams, you notice that even within their automation efforts they are using a number of different testing frameworks, running independently and without much thought around coordination, coverage overlaps or functional dependencies. This approach needs to change. Teams are releasing products faster than ever, and this means that we need to make every testing effort count, including everything from...

talia-nassi
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
T10

Controlled Mobile Rollout with React Native

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Controlled rollouts, or canary releases, allow you to release your features to a small subset of your user base at a time to ensure functionality before releasing it to your entire user base. Its a fundamental piece of having an effective CI/CD pipeline, and essential to chaos engineering because you can roll out features to production, test them in production, and ensure functionality and reliability. However, this process on mobile comes with some challenges. How do you propagate feature flagging configuration to mobile devices that don't always have a strong network? As a mobile...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
T11

Test Management in Agile—What Happened to All My Testers?

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Substantial confusion exists about the roles and responsibilities of test management when using an agile software development process. Agile seeks to streamline project management and leadership under the role of a ScrumMaster. But what does this mean for test managers? How do they stay involved in the process? What role do they fill? Is it possible that test managers are no longer needed? Join Jeffery Payne for a collaborative dialog to discuss the pros and cons of a variety of test management models he has seen used by companies who have adopted agile. Learn how to best position yourself...

Mark-Waite
CloudBees Inc
T16

Tales of Testing in Production

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Software testing challenges us to find faster and more effective ways to assess risk to our users and the systems that support those users. Those faster and more effective risk assessments require compromises between available time, equipment capacity, market viability, and our desire to provide great results to our users. This talk uses experiences from 6 years of maintaining, testing, and delivering the Jenkins git plugin as a way to highlight the complications and the compromises involved in software testing in production environments and in widely varied environments. This is an...

John-Hill
Ansible by Red Hat
T19

Life After Selenium

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Selenium has been the unchallenged leader in open source UI testing since 2004. As the web evolved, Selenium adapted and abstracted. This abstraction came with a cost and now UI testing is rightly understood to be “slow” and "flaky". Test automation architecture was shaped into “pyramids” to avoid this performance penalty. QA could not shift left because our results were too slow or unreliable. A lot has changed since 2004 and there are now open source alternatives that will make you change your framework as well as your test strategy.
In this presentation, we'll demonstrate the inherent...
AgreeYa BeatBlip
T20

A Winning Approach To Test Automation that Guarantees Both Speed and Quality

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

We all know that test automation can work wonders. It can help organizations reduce cost, save time and effort, get quicker feedback, etc. thereby directly contributing to increased productivity and maximization of profits. However, not many organizations succeed in their automation quests. Often automation starts with a big promise and ends in frustration, budget overrun, or both. Join Amit Sikka as he investigates why many Software Test Automation journeys don’t go far enough or don’t deliver the value they promise. During this interactive session, Amit will also dive into the steps and...