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STAREAST 2020 - Test Techniques

Monday, May 4

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
MA

Critical Thinking for Software Testers

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Monday, May 4, 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Critical thinking is the kind of thinking that specifically looks for problems and mistakes. Regular people don't do a lot of it. However, if you want to be a great tester, you need to be a great critical thinker. Critically-thinking testers save projects from dangerous assumptions and ultimately from disasters. The good news is that critical thinking is not just innate intelligence or a talent—it's a learnable and improvable skill you can master. Michael Bolton shares the specific techniques and heuristics of critical thinking and presents realistic testing puzzles that help you practice...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
MD

Shifting Our Testing to Embrace Customer Experience

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Monday, May 4, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

In today’s environment, customer and user experience (CX/UX) is overwhelmingly important—and is not just about the product. CX/UX describes all facets of a person’s interactions with and reactions to the product, the organization that supplies it, and the environment in which it is experienced. Isabel Evans says that in order to focus our tests appropriately, it is vital that we testers understand our users’ experiences. We need to explore and measure human, business, and societal impacts of products we develop, and how those aspects are underpinned by technical qualities. We need to shift...

Chris_Loder
InGenius Software
MG

System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start

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Monday, May 4, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems later on. 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 value? This tutorial covers both “theory” and “practice”. Chris Loder explains the critical issues for getting a good start and his experiences in getting good automation started at a number of companies. The tutorial covers the most important management issues you must address for test automation success...

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.
MN

How to Break Software: Robustness Edition

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Monday, May 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Have you ever worked on a project where you felt testing was thorough and complete—all features were covered and all tests passed—yet in the first week in production the software had serious issues and problems? Join Dawn Haynes to learn how to inject robustness testing into your projects to uncover those issues before release. Robustness—an important and often overlooked area of testing—is the degree to which a system operates correctly in the presence of exceptional inputs or stressful environmental conditions. Dawn shows you how—by expanding basic tests and incorporating specific...

Tuesday, May 5

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
TA

X-Ray Vision For Testers: How to Analyze Things

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

How do we go about understanding something complex? How do we move from confusion to clarity? What strategies and approaches can we use to identify and reason about things that matter? When we’re dropped into a testing situation, how do we make sense of it all? How can we rapidly achieve a deeper understanding of things that we know little or nothing about? How can we develop skills to make us more powerful testers? The answer to these questions is analysis - the study of things and ideas by examining their elements and structure. In this one-day tutorial, Michael Bolton will lead...

Max_Saperstone
Coveros
TB

Introduction to Selenium

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

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. Max Saperstone 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. Max introduces other tools that work with Selenium to help manage the data used to drive your tests, evaluate JavaScript-heavy applications, manage your test...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TE

Web Security Testing: The Basics and More

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Melissa Benua
mParticle
TF

Continuous Testing Using Containers

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Containers. Every manager thinks they want them, but few teams have experience in knowing what to DO with them. Used thoughtfully, containerization of your services can transform the way your organization thinks about testing. Gone can be the days of maintaining X different compute environments with Y different configurations. Imagine instead spinning up just the code you need, on the machine type it needs, and only for as long as you need it. In this technical training, Melissa will walk through what containerization means for a legacy code base attempting to practice continuous...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.Com, Inc.
TI

Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Anyone who has ever attempted to estimate software testing effort realizes just how difficult the task can be. The number of factors that can affect the estimate is virtually unlimited. The keys to good estimates are understanding the primary variables, comparing them to known standards, and normalizing the estimates based on their differences. This is easy to say but difficult to accomplish because estimates are frequently required even when we know very little about the project—and what we do know is constantly changing. Throw in a healthy dose of politics and a bit of wishful...

Thursday, May 7

Rajni Singh
nagarro
T15

Testing Uncertainty—and a Chatbot Named Ginger

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Uncertainty has always been a key challenge for testers. But testing a chatbot adds a completely new level of uncertainty. There are a lot of platforms and tools available for chatbot development, but what we lack is a standardized chatbot testing strategy. The way testing is performed on chatbots differs a lot from "traditional" testing (like for an app or web portal) due to the apparent randomness of a conversation with a chatbot. From testing numerous clients' chatbots and her company's own, named Ginger, Rajni Singh has experienced that it is impossible to anticipate all the...

T17

Adopting Contract Testing in Your Microservices Architecture

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Contract testing is a strategy that has recently been adopted widely by industries with a microservices software architecture. When the system migrates from a monolith to a microservices architecture, ensuring accurate communication between components becomes more important—and more challenging. Contract-oriented testing establishes consumer expectations and the producer’s behavior by verifying the contract between the involved parties. This helps developers detect errors and validate the contract earlier. Carolyn Hung will introduce the ins and outs of contract testing and the important...