STAREAST 2017 - Testing & QA

Sunday, May 7

Conrad Fujimoto
Intellectica Systems Inc.

Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level (3–Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

Accredited training for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level (CTFL) certification. Find out what it takes to be a successful software tester and learn about the relationship of testing to development, test levels, black-box methods, white-box testing, exploratory testing, and more.

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Performance, Load, and Stress Testing (2-Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Designed for system testers, system designers, system tuners, software engineers, QA professionals, and project leaders, this course provides an introduction to the complexities of software performance testing and delivers testing skills that participants can immediately apply back on the job.

Fundamentals of DevOps Certification—ICAgile (2-Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Upon completion attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile and awarded the ICAgile Professional (ICP-FDO) designation.

Brian Hicks
Coveros

Mobile Application Testing (2-Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

Learn to identify common issues in mobile applications and to test the unique aspects of a mobile app. This two-day course covers usability across multiple platforms and resolutions, network and security testing, mobile UI automation, performance testing, and more.

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).

Python® for Testers (2-Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
This is a course for testers who are frustrated by the laborious and manual work that makes up day-to-day test activities. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the Python language, its philosophy, and the code syntax.
Richard Bender
BenderRBT

Requirements-Based Testing Workshop (3–Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Explore a proven approach for designing a consistent and repeatable set of optimized test cases. Learn and practice cause-effect graphing and alternative test design approaches, and take back a lifecycle testing process that incorporates testing as an integrated part of the development project.
Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com

Agile Tester Certification (2–Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Learn the role of the tester in an agile team and explore agile testing processes in an interactive workshop. Successful attendees earn the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Testing (ICP-TST) designation. This course is also accredited for the ISTQB® Foundation Level Agile Extension exam.
Wilson Mar
JetBloom

Mastering HP LoadRunner® for Performance Testing (2–Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm
Gain the knowledge and skills to use the latest testing tools provided by HP to validate decisions and improve software performance. Participants are equipped to begin planning the implementation of LoadRunner® and Performance Center for improving testing practices within their organizations.

Real-World Software Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio® (3–Day)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Gain real world software testing techniques and technical skills using the latest Microsoft Test Manager 2017®, Visual Studio 2017®, and Team Foundation Server 2017® tools in this three-day, hands-on course.

Monday, May 8

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
MA

Critical Thinking for Software Testers

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 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...

Dale Perry
Independent Consultant
MB

Getting Started with Risk-Based Testing

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Whether you are new to testing or looking for a better way to organize your test practices, understanding risk is essential to successful testing. Dale Perry describes a general risk-based framework—applicable to any development lifecycle model—to help you make critical testing decisions earlier and with more confidence. Learn how to focus your testing effort, what elements to test, and how to organize test designs and documentation. Review the fundamentals of risk identification, analysis, and the role that testing plays in risk mitigation. Develop an inventory of test objectives to help...

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...

Jon_Hagar
Grand Software Testing
MD

Test Attacks to Break Mobile and Embedded Software

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

In the tradition of James Whittaker’s book series, How to Break Software, Jon Hagar applies the testing “attack” concept to mobile and embedded software systems. First, Jon defines the environments of mobile and embedded software. He then examines the issues of software product failures caused by defects found in these types of software. Next, Jon shares a set of attacks against mobile and embedded software based on common modes of failure that teams can direct against their software. Like different kinds of software design patterns, attacks are test design patterns that must be...

Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
ME

Implement BDD with Cucumber and SpecFlow

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

We’ve all been there. We work incredibly hard to develop a feature and design tests based on written requirements. We build a detailed test plan that aligns the tests with the software and the documented business needs. And when we put the tests to the software, it all falls apart because the requirements were changed without informing everyone. But Mary Thorn says help is at hand. Enter behavior-driven development (BDD) and Cucumber and SpecFlow, two tools for running automated acceptance tests and facilitating BDD. Mary explores the nuances of Cucumber and SpecFlow, and shows you how to...

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...

Jason_Arbon
Appdiff, Inc.
MG

Building Your Mobile App Quality and Test Strategy

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

Let’s build a mobile app quality and testing strategy together. Whether you have a web, hybrid, or native app, building a quality and testing strategy means (1) knowing what data and tools you have available to make agile decisions, (2) understanding your customers and your competitors, and (3) testing your app under real-world conditions. Jason Arbon guides you through the latest techniques, data, and tools to ensure your mobile app quality and testing strategy is awesome. Leave this interactive session with a strategy for your very own app—or one you pretend to own. The information Jason...

Mike_Sowers
TechWell Corp.
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Plan, Architect, and Implement Test Automation within the Lifecycle

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

In test automation, we must often use several tools that have been developed or acquired over time with little consideration of an overall plan or architecture and no consideration for how to integrate those tools. As a result, productivity suffers and frustrations increase. Join Mike Sowers as he shares experiences from multiple organizations in creating an integrated test automation plan and developing a test automation architecture. Mike discusses both the good (engaging the technical architecture team) and the bad (too much isolation between test automators and test designers)...

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...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
MJ

Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World

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

With the adoption of agile practices in many organizations, the test automation landscape has changed. Bob Galen explores current disruptors to traditional automation strategies and discusses relevant and current adjustments you need to make when developing your automation business case. Open source tools are becoming incredibly viable and often best their commercial equivalents in many ways―not only in cost but also in functionality, creativity, evolutionary speed, and developer acceptance. Agile methods have fundamentally challenged our traditional automation strategies. Now we must keep...

Julie_Gardiner
CA Technologies
MK

Applying Emotional Intelligence in Your Testing

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

As test managers and test professionals, we're constantly dealing with fragile egos, highly-charged situations, and pressured people playing a high-stakes game under conditions of massive uncertainty. We're often the bearers of bad news and are sometimes perceived as critics, activating people's primal fear of being judged. The concept of emotional intelligence (EI), popularized by Harvard psychologist and science writer Daniel Goleman, has much to offer test managers and testers. Key EI skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Julie...

Jeroen Mengerink
Polteq Testing Services B.V.
ML

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...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
MM

Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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

Note: We will be working online with the wiki during this tutorial, so please bring a laptop, tablet, or similar web-enabled device.

Many organizations find that test automation does not work as well as they thought it would. In many cases, these failures are due to generic technical reasons, which can be fixed relatively easily. Solutions that have worked well for others are patterns; these test automation patterns are common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Dot Graham focuses on often-neglected technical issues—i.e., non-management issues—and...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
MN

White Box Testing: What Every Tester Should Know

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

Do you want to take your testing skills to the next level? Are you trying to stay relevant on an agile team where testing is shifting to the left of the project timeline? Do you want to help your organization reap the full benefits of testing earlier? Join Tariq King as he explores the fundamentals of white box testing so can you find bugs as soon as they happen and do more thorough, targeted testing during software development. Learn how to apply white box testing techniques such as testing by looking, automated unit testing, mocking, and code coverage analysis. This introductory session...

Tuesday, May 9

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Selenium Test Automation: From the Ground Up

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Selenium expertise, the industry-standard tool for testing web applications, is a much sought after skill in today’s world of test automation. Many believe it is a must-have tool for test engineers. If you want to learn Selenium, then this tutorial is a great start. Cheezy Morgan 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 and easy to maintain. Cheezy introduces other tools that work with Selenium to help manage the data used to drive your tests, work with JavaScript...

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
TB

A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
You're under tight time pressure with barely enough information to proceed with testing. How do you test quickly and inexpensively—yet still produce informative, credible, and accountable results? Rapid Software Testing, adopted by context-driven testers worldwide, offers a field-proven answer to this all-too-common dilemma. In this one-day sampler of the approach, Michael Bolton introduces you to the skills and practice of Rapid Software Testing through stories, discussions, and “minds-on” exercises that simulate important aspects of real testing problems. The rapid approach isn't just...
Wilson Mar
JetBloom
TC

What Testers Must Know about Git and GitHub

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

With Git and GitHub, testers today have unprecedented visibility into both development and DevOps code. GitHub provides powerful online collaboration, code review, code management, and version control services. GitHub's domination of social coding makes it the new business card for professionals indicating their creativity, popularity, capability, and tenacity. Today’s testers need to learn about and use Git and GitHub. In this hands-on tutorial Wilson Mar presents material available nowhere else and a unique explanation of tools, repositories, and GUI programs used by pro developers who...

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
TD

Fundamentals of Software Test Design

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

As testers, we know that we can define many more test cases than we will ever have time to design, execute, and report. The key problem in testing is choosing a small, “smart” subset—from the almost infinite number of tests available—that will find a large percentage of the defects. Join Lee Copeland to discover how to design test cases using formal black-box techniques, including equivalence class testing, boundary value testing, decision tables, and state-transition diagrams. Explore examples of each of these techniques in action. Don’t just pick test cases randomly. Learn to selectively...

Julie_Gardiner
CA Technologies
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Get Your Message Across: Communications Skills for Testers

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Communication is at the heart of our profession. If we can’t convey our concerns in ways that connect with key members of the project team, our contribution is likely to be ignored—no matter how advanced our testing capabilities are. Because we act in an advisory capacity rather than being in command, our power to exert influence is almost entirely based on our communication skills. Join Julie Gardiner as she draws on techniques from psychology and marketing to help you get your message across. With people suffering information overload and deluged with emails, it is more important than...

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The Impact of IoT on Testing: What’s in Store

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

No longer just a futuristic concept, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a strong presence in our world even today. If your business is not prepared for it, you’re already behind. With the proliferation of connected “things”—devices, appliances, cars, and even clothes—Jennifer Bonine says that the stage is set. IoT apps are here to stay. Testing, product management, and development teams must address developing and testing in this paradigm. Testers, accustomed to traditional platforms, are now asked to test on more complex devices and more advanced platforms. Testers must keep up with the...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
TG

Agile Testing: Team Tactics that Deliver the Goods

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Let’s face it—agile testing is different. Challenges exist in successfully integrating within the teams themselves. Scrummerfall continues to run rampant. The dichotomy of testing v. quality and balancing both the team’s and your focus still exists. Delivering value is both an imperative and a challenge. In this dynamic workshop, join agile coaches Mary Thorn and Bob Galen to explore the tools, techniques, and mindset you need to bring to the table to successfully test in agile contexts. Mary and Bob examine risk-based testing, iterative test planning, exploratory testing, agile...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
TH

System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 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 manager, 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? Dot Graham describes the most important management issues you must address for test automation success, particularly when you are new to automation. Dot helps you understand and choose the best approaches for your organization—no matter which automation tools you use. Focusing on system...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TI

Security Testing for Test Professionals

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Today’s software applications are often security critical, making security testing essential in a software quality program. Unfortunately, most testers have not been taught how to effectively test the security of the software applications they validate. Join Jeffery Payne as he shares what you need to know to integrate effective security testing into your everyday software testing activities. Learn how software vulnerabilities are introduced into code and exploited by hackers. Discover how to define and validate security requirements. Explore effective test techniques for assuring that...

Paul Holland
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
TJ

End-to-End Testing with the Heuristic Software Test Model

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

You have just been assigned a new testing project. Where do you start? How do you develop a plan and begin testing? How will you report on your progress? Paul Holland shares new test project approaches that enable you to plan, test, and report effectively. Paul demonstrates ideas, based on the Heuristic Software Test Model from Rapid Software Testing, that can be directly applied or adapted to your environment. In this hands-on tutorial, you’ll be given a product to test. Start by creating three raw lists (Product Coverage Outline, Potential Risks, and Test Ideas) that help ensure...

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...

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.
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How to Break Software: Robustness Edition

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 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. By expanding basic tests and incorporating specific robustness attacks, Dawn...

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/...

Mike_Sowers
TechWell Corp.
TN

Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers

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

To be most effective, test managers must develop and use metrics to help direct the testing effort and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important testing activity is to “measure” the quality of the software, test managers must measure the results of both the development and testing processes. Collecting, analyzing, and using metrics are complicated because many developers and testers are concerned that the metrics will be used against them. Join Mike Sowers as he addresses common metrics—measures of product...

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...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
TQ

Human Factors for Test Automation: How People Affect Project Success

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

Successful test automation is not just about selecting and implementing tools and a technical infrastructure. People in teams make the changes that are required. People ensure the success or failure of the automation project. Understanding and managing expectations, attitudes toward change, teamwork, motivation, and communication are all vital if automation projects are to succeed. Isabel Evans identifies and discusses human factors around automation, teamwork, and human behavior to enable you to understand resistance to change, overcome mistrust of automation, and moderate...

Wednesday, May 10

Zeger Van Hese
Z-sharp
K1

The Power of Doubt: Becoming a Software Skeptic

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:45am

No matter what the language, “I don’t know” might just be the most difficult words to say. We avoid them, afraid of coming across as hesitant or unsure. Colleagues expect us to be firm and certain, providing definitive answers. However, in the past years, I grew increasingly doubtful. I had a hard time being sure of anything. “You're rejecting certainty,” someone said. “That's skepticism. You're a tester, embrace it!” That seemed like a good idea, but this left me with a new challenge: How do I embrace skepticism, and can it improve my testing? In hopes of finding clues to help my...

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...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
W1

The Tester's Three C’s: Communication, Criticism, Confidence

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

Whether you are in an independent testing team and need to communicate formally or in an agile context communicating face-to-face, it can be difficult to do your job well when you are telling people what they don’t want to hear. Dot Graham presents examples of different types and styles of communication, including Virginia Satir’s communication interaction model, that can help you get your points across without rancor. Dot examines criticism—what it is, different types, and the DASR (Describing, Acknowledging, Specifying, and Reaffirming) model for sharing criticism. Since testers are...

Bettina_Faldborg
Capgemini Sogeti Denmark A/S
W2

The Lost Art of Acceptance Testing

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

Acceptance testing is often thought of as the little brother of system testing and, in many projects, it ends up as a little phase at the end. Having worked in system testing for most of her testing career, Bettina Faldborg found it was a bigger jump than you might think to move to acceptance testing. She had this overwhelming urge to test it ALL. Like most testers, she did not assume that what has been tested before was done well enough, but that is one of the preconditions to accept going into an acceptance test. With regard to acceptance testing Bettina presents four basic...

Chris_Loder
Halogen Software
W3

World-Class Test Automation: You Can Build It Too

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

Join Chris Loder as he describes the test automation framework they have created from the ground up at Halogen Software. Chris shares the environment they have put together to run in virtual machines, physical hardware, and mobile devices—with Jenkins keeping track of it all. He explains their use of the keyword driven and page object approaches, and how that has allowed a high rate of automated test case development from all members of the quality team. At Halogen, they run 6,000 unique regression web tests daily—quickly and consistently. Chris shows how they built their automation with...

Jess_Lancaster
TechSmith
W4

Pairing: The Secret Sauce of Agile Testing

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

Finding time to learn test techniques, mentor other testers, grow application knowledge, and cross-train your team members is a daunting task with a complicated recipe. What if you could do these things while testing and finding bugs? Enter Pair Testing. What’s that? Well, maybe you’ve heard of pair programming. It’s like that—only you’re testing rather than programming. And it’s the secret sauce of agile testing because it makes your routine, bland testing so much more fun! Testers on Jess Lancaster’s team use pair testing not only to make better software but also to foster better...

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...

Jason_Arbon
Appdiff, Inc.
W6

AI and Machine Learning for Testers

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

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most important technology for software testers to understand today. All software will soon have AI-powered components, and they are unlike anything you’ve ever tested before. As risky as AI can be, it is a powerful weapon for testers to solve some of their most painful testing challenges today. The web was great, mobile is interesting, but AI will truly change the way you build and test all software. Jason Arbon gives a brief introduction to AI and machine learning (ML) so you can nod your head knowingly when the topics come up. Explore how products that...

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...

Arthur_Hicken
Parasoft
W8

Service Virtualization: What Testers Need to Know

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

Unrestrained access to a trustworthy and realistic test environment—including the application under test and all of its dependent components—is essential for achieving “quality @ speed” with agile, DevOps, and continuous delivery. Service virtualization is an emerging technology that provides teams access to a complete test environment by simulating the dependent components that are beyond their control, still evolving, or too complex to configure in a test lab. Arthur Hicken covers the ABCs of service virtualization—what it is and how it impacts Access, Behavior, Cost, and Speed....

Greg_Paskal
Ramsey Solutions
W9

Seven Fundamentals of a Successful Testing Team

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

So you want to build an effective testing team and you’re asking yourself, “Where do I begin?” Greg Paskal, a quality assurance engineer with thirty years of testing experience, shares seven keys to building a successful testing team. Learn the fundamentals every tester should know and how to build on them to achieve an effective manual and automated testing strategy. Greg shares his Minimal Essential Testing Strategy (METS)—coupled with proven experience—to help you build an amazing testing organization. He also provides specific instruction through each, including fundamentals of...

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...

Kevin_Dunne
QASymphony
W13

Software Quality: A Cross-Organizational Competency

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

Historically, testers have served as the last line of defense and have been tasked with identifying and driving software defect resolution before promoting code into a production environment. Kevin Dunne explains that in this model, testers have been responsible for testing the code produced by the developers and getting the code—whether good, bad, or mediocre—customer ready. Without proper alignment from the development team, code was often pushed out to testing without much thought or evaluation, leaving testers improperly blamed for leaked defects or slippages in their timelines. With...

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...

Lee_Barnes
Utopia Solutions
W15

Applying Agile Principles to Test Automation Development

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

Why do test automation implementations often result in budget and schedule overruns and often diverge from the test objectives they were meant to support? Because test automation is a form of software development—but rarely is treated as such. Lee Barnes discusses how the application of software development practices, specifically agile principles, to test automation efforts helps ensure a reliable and maintainable solution that is closely aligned with both testing AND business objectives. Benefits of incorporating agile practices in test automation development include: increased customer...

Jim_Peers
PQA Testing
W16

When the System Creaks: Lessons Learned in Agile Maintenance

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

We often talk about agile in terms of development of new systems, sometimes called greenfield projects. These scenarios present us with a “cleaner” version of agile. But Jim Peers is asking the question: What about agile methodologies when applied to the maintenance of a mature product? A mature product brings into play many more variables—addition or upgrading of features, addressing technical debt, bug fixing, security and accessibility concerns, and working with an aging codebase. And each variable brings its own challenges. By necessity, these scenarios can force us to adapt our work...

Lisa_Dronzek
voke, Inc.
W17

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

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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...

Denis_Carignan
PLATO Testing
W18

Changing Lives with Software Testing: The PLATO Testing Story

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

Aboriginal people across Canada face an unemployment rate more than twice the national average. Meanwhile, vacant IT positions continue to rise across the country, with an additional 218,000 new openings expected by 2020. Denis Carignan shares how PLATO Testing is building a network of Aboriginal software testers across Canada to help solve these problems. Students begin with intensive lab-based training, followed by an immersive internship, and end with full-time employment at PLATO Testing as professional software testers. As this initiative grows, so does the ability to capture large...

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
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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.
T1

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...

Leo_Laskin
Sauce Labs
T3

Anyone Can Cook—Is the Same True for Test Automation?

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

Manual testing is becoming less needed as more companies realize the time and money to be saved by automating testing. But let’s face it. Test automation is scary and still new to many QA organizations, many of whom are unclear about where to begin. Do you need a degree or significant development training to write automated tests? What are the programming basics and required tools that a tester needs to know? Leo Laskin answers these questions with data on untrained Selenium and non-technical users and the time it took them to learn Selenium. Discover the programming basics needed to be...

Ardy_Signey
ALLDATA/AutoZone
T4

The Future of Mobile Testing: Hybrid Code, Business Intelligence, and Device Farms

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

All organizations doing mobile development have critical decisions in common—selecting which devices to support and how to test their products across the growing range of devices. With the segregation of device brands, organizations are forced to support at least three code bases (Apple, Android, and Windows). This makes it three times more challenging for testing organizations to keep up with the minimum required testing efforts for their products. Ardy Signey says that test leadership has to look beyond conventional testing strategies and become more innovative. Companies that already...

T5

Data Quality at the Speed of Work

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

In this fast-paced data-driven world, the fallout from a single data quality issue can cost thousands of dollars in a matter of hours. To catch these issues quickly, system monitoring for data quality requires a different set of strategies from other continuous regression efforts. Like a race car pit crew, you need detection mechanisms that not only don’t interfere with what you are monitoring but also allow for strategic analysis off-track. You need to use every second your subject is at rest to repair and clean up problems that could affect performance. As the systems in race...

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...

Matt_Robbins
O.C. Tanner
T7

Is Testing Dead? It Was (for a while) at Our Organization

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

With all the hype about DevOps, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and lean startups, test engineers tend to be forgotten. The notion that testers are not needed anymore is, well, false. Testing is needed today more than ever since applications are more dynamic with more integration points, which increase code complexity and make it more difficult to release quality software. Matt Robbins shares an experience in his organization which resulted in the elimination of testers—at least for a time—and what he learned and did to stay relevant until the organization finally...

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,...

Danny_McKeown
Paychex
T9

Test Automation at the Speed of Agile: Making It Work Every Build

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

Join Danny McKeown, Paychex’s lead test enterprise automation architect, to see how a small tools group supports nearly one-hundred agile teams as they move toward achieving continuous delivery. Take part in the conversation to understand how Paychex is progressing in the third year of its agile transformation. Danny describes how this IT-wide initiative has impacted how the tools group supports so many teams and changed its own practices to provide more timely support. With the goal of increasing velocity, a solid automation strategy has become a powerful enabler. Danny describes how...

James_Koch
Quilmont
T10

Appium, Test-Driven Development, and Continuous Integration

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

James Koch demonstrates how to apply test-driven development and continuous integration using Appium, an industry leading open-source automation tool. Appium was inspired by Selenium for web browser testing. Their philosophy—Why do anything different for mobile? Appium allows you to run tests without having to add any third party framework or extension into your application, so you are testing the same application you are shipping! With faster release cycles, the need for quality testing is more necessary than ever. Tools like Appium leverage continuous integration and test-driven...

Sunil_Sehgal
TechArcis Solutions, Inc.
T11

Test Data Management and Its Role in DevOps

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

Do you often have to wait for the availability of the right test data to complete your testing? Now imagine you are using continuous integration and continuous delivery with agile and DevOps, and your test data is not available when you need it. This is a challenge and a bottleneck for the rollout of true DevOps. The key to efficient test data management (TDM) is to streamline and automate the test data management process to deliver the test data in minutes, use correct datasets for test improvement and coverage, and secure the test data automatically, enabling shorter test cycles....
T12

Establishing Trust in a Blockchain Ecosystem

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

The challenge for test teams in organizations that want to use blockchain technologies is to not only test chaincode that manages the execution of transactions on their blockchain networks but also to test the provision and scalability of the blockchain networks themselves. James Hunter presents new approaches that are emerging to test blockchain technology, supply-chain business processes and transactions, and APIs from multiple perspectives; to simulate the behavior of consensus within a blockchain network; and to test integrations at scale without affecting the distributed ledger. James...

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...

Ashish_Mehta
Infosys Limited
Sohail_Farooqui
Allstate Insurance
T15

Be More Effective: Test Automation below the UI

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

To maintain optimal product quality of large-scale enterprise systems, the regression test suite usually increases in size over time. Whether using automated or manual regression, this brings an additional maintenance and infrastructure cost that tends to get way out of hand, often defeating the purpose of regression suites. Sharing a case study, Ashish Mehta and Sohail Farooqui provide insights into analyzing enterprise application defects with associated gaps in relevancy and effectiveness of an existing regression suite. Ashish and Sohail implemented an automated solution to test...

Tom_Chavez
Independent Consultant
T16

The Cloud’s Impact on Testing: Are You Ready?

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

Cloud computing continues to grow rapidly, and as everything moves to the cloud, testing must adapt and move to the cloud as well. The cloud enables building solutions that scale larger and faster than before—back when adding capacity in data centers took weeks or months. Now applications can be deployed to cloud servers not in days but minutes. The cloud enables new approaches that increase testing efficiency and quality while decreasing total testing time. Tom Chavez discusses the migration of applications to the cloud, and the new tools and services there—from web browser functional...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
T17

My Failures in Software Testing

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

In her more than thirty years in the IT industry, Isabel Evans says she has learned more from her failures than she has from her successes. Why is this? And what has she learned? That making mistakes is the way to learn, and that allowing yourself to be wrong allows you to grow. Join Isabel to enjoy her greatest failures, and learn not to make the same mistakes she has made. Recently, someone described Isabel as unusual in the technology industries as she is an “elderly woman,” so she has taken as her motto Bob Dylan’s line: “I was so much older then—I’m younger than that now.” Isabel...

Carl_Delmolino
Travelers Insurance
Infosys Ltd.
T18

Infrastructure Testing: The Ultimate “Shift Left”

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

Organizations worldwide are continually required to make significant investments in upgrading, re-engineering, and protecting their IT infrastructure. However, unlike application software development, many companies lack a structured quality assurance approach for infrastructure testing. Creating an infrastructure quality practice is an answer, but it's not without its challenges. However, if your company is interested in avoiding headline-grabbing outages, rooted in deployment problems with infrastructure—server, network, storage, middleware, telephony, hardware, IT security,...

John Hazel
Nokia
T19

Adapting Test Teams to Organizational Power Structures

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

Scapegoats, spin-doctors, white knights, and sycophants—have you found your test team playing these roles? Organizations, both large and small, often have distinct cultures and power structures with significant but insidious impact on how individual testers and teams are expected to operate. Sometimes the difference between doing what sponsors and stakeholders request and doing what is really needed becomes blurred. John Hazel helps you learn how to recognize the cultural characteristics of different types of software development teams, and how they drive expectations for the test team....

 Prachi Maini
Morningstar
T20

An Agile Testing Dashboard: Metrics that Matter

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

Has your organization moved to agile but your metrics have not? Do you spend multiple hours each week generating separate sets of metrics for your agile squad, management, and C-level executives? Do you find yourself questioning the things you measure and actions you take as a result of those measurements? Prachi Maini introduces you to a set of lean but comprehensive metrics that show the efficiency and effectiveness of the squads, the primary activities of the squad, and that of the overall project. Learn the key evaluators for measuring quality of code, quality of quality...

Gopal_Brugalette
Concur Technologies
Safi_Mohamed
J.C. Penney
T21

Improving Accuracy and Confidence in Workload Models

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

The most critical component in capacity planning and performance engineering is the Workload Model, which defines the workflows, throughputs, and target performance your system must support at peak loads. As critical as it is, it can be difficult and particularly challenging to predict loads for new applications, features, or events. A typical approach starts with a wild-guess worst-case scenario—but overestimates waste time and money, and force you to engineer applications and infrastructure to support unrealistic loads. Low estimates can result in terrible customer experiences, lost...

Ganesh Iyer
Progress Software Development
T22

Continuous Testing of Cloud Applications

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

With most organizations now using agile software development methodologies, the software development focus has changed to deliver faster releases—and this affects the way we test within the sprint. We largely develop applications using cloud and mobile technologies with short release cycles. Our challenges include frequent changes in requirements, the addition of incremental features to the product, and release at any point of time. Ganesh Iyer has found that continuous testing can seamlessly address most of these challenges. Continuous testing is the ability to run tests continuously in a...

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...

SMT1

Reception and Summit Kickoff: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night?

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kickoff the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit with a reception and some networking.

Friday, May 12

Rod_Jardine
Agile CxO
SMT2

Agile Leadership to Empower Your Team

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Empowering leadership used to be about delegating authority to subordinates. Today it’s about enabling and facilitating teams and staff to help them solve their own problems. Join Rod Jardine, an expert in agile leadership techniques, for an interactive discussion of how to apply agile best practices and principles to management and leadership of your staff and your teams. Learn tips and tricks to motivate employees to step up and lead, empower teams to reach new heights, and become a servant leader for your organization. Take home practical, effective methods for applying agile leadership...

Tania Katan
Creative Trespassing
WWT1

Creative Trespassing: How to Sneak Creativity into Companies, Jobs and Life

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:45am to 9:30am

Tania Katan knows a little something about sneaking principles from art into the tech space in order to start social media revolution! As the Brand Evangelist for Axosoft she co-created the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress and now she has a map for you to use to find your creativity too! She will share uniquely developed exercises for flexing your creative muscles, funny stories from the front-lines of an everyday disruptor and enough empowering quotes and inspirational shouting (GO get ‘em, Creative Tiger!) to make your high school soccer coach crack a smile. You will...

Glen_Hellman
Driven Forward
SMT3

Intentionality: Leading an Intentional Culture

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

As leaders we get the culture we tolerate. What are the steps to create an intentional culture of high performance? The basis of leadership and influencing others depends on understanding that humans make logical decisions illogically. What are the hidden forces that overcome competence, intelligence, and character when choosing our leaders? Learn about the real decision maker of the human mind and how to model this behavior to influence others and create loyal, motivated followers.

Madhumita Das
Great-West Financial: Empower Retirement
WWT2

Women in Leadership in Software Testing

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:30am

Are women testers valued in the software industry? Are women leaders making a mark in the software industry? Absolutely! Join Madhu Das as she discusses her personal and career journeys—from a child growing up in India, to becoming a software professional, her journey from India to the U.S. and her growth as a leader in the male-dominated world of software testing. She speaks of her experiences, the successes she discovered as a woman leader in the world of agile software testing, including the challenges she faced and how to surmount them. Through stories from the trenches at multiple...

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.
WWT3

The Power of Collective Experience

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:30pm

Bring your biggest challenges to this session and tap the wisdom of others. In this immersive session, you will tackle some of the most widely mentioned challenges brought to light from the group. Whether it’s a software testing conundrum, a project setback, a management blocker, a group or team dysfunction or an interpersonal hurdle, all of these can slow our progress and reduce our effectiveness.  And when we hunt for options, we all have blind spots and biases that prevent us from thinking out of the box and finding new and different solutions. Typically the best ideas come from...

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
WWT4

Panel–Career Superpowers

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Let’s discuss and define the most important career superpowers for women.  Hear what industry professionals, leaders, and idea disruptors think the important career superpowers are for women in 2017 and going forward.

 

WWT5

Building your Personal Brand for Success

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Building the right personal brand is one of the critical success factors in today’s workplace. Organizations develop a brand and image, but not many individuals think about their personal brand and how it can affect their career. As we interact with people, we want to influence them to support our efforts—approving projects, budgets, and funding; supporting our next career move; or recommending us for that promotion or raise we want.  As a professional, it is critical to understand how you are being perceived by your “target audience.” During this interactive session Jennifer shares...

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
WWT6

Wrap-up and Ongoing Informal Discussion with Speakers and Attendees

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm

This concludes the Women Who Test events.