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STAREAST Virtual 2021 - Consultant

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Tuesday, April 27

Chris_Loder
Upland InGenius
TE

Automation Framework Essentials

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

Automation is critical in today’s software delivery lifecycle, and yet many organizations struggle to keep their automation running. How can we mitigate difficulties and get consistent automation runs and results we can trust? The secret is implementing a solid automation framework, but that isn’t as easy as it seems. Chris Loder has built several automation frameworks over his career and has learned what works—and, more importantly, what doesn’t. This tutorial will cover what an automation framework is, the benefits of having one, and the keys to a successful framework, including...

Mike_Sowers
Coveros
TF

Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics

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

To be most effective, leaders—including development and testing managers, ScrumMasters, product owners, and IT managers—need metrics to help direct their efforts and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important evaluation activity is to “measure” the quality of the software, the progress and results of both development and testing must be measured. Collecting, analyzing, and using metrics are complicated because developers and testers often are concerned that the metrics will be used against them. Join Mike Sowers as he...

Jennifer-Bonine
AI Appstore, Inc.
TH

Testing Transformation: The Art and Science for Success

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

Technologies, testing processes, and the role of the tester have evolved significantly in the past few years with the advent of agile, DevOps, and other new technologies. It is critical that we testing professionals evaluate ourselves and continue to add tangible value to our organizations. In your work, are you focused on the trivial or on real game changers? Jennifer Bonine describes critical elements that help you artfully blend people, process, and technology to create a synergistic relationship that adds value. Jennifer shares ideas on mastering politics, maneuvering core vs. context...

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...

Atlassian
W5

Achievement Unlocked: How Gamification Drives Organizational Culture Change

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

Do you track your steps each day to see if you can hit your goal? Do you count the number of “Likes” associated with a recent LinkedIn post and compare it to others? Or do you just keep track of how many tasks you moved to done on your personal Kanban Board? These are all examples of games we use in our daily lives to influence and change our behaviors (both consciously and subconsciously). If we use games to influence how we think and act as individuals, why not use games to influence how we think and act as organizations? This interactive session explores how gamification in the...

Manisha Mittal
Nagarro
W12

Visualizing the Futuristic View - Testing Serverless Applications

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

Speed is the name of the game now as we strive to deliver new features faster to end-users. When it comes to building and delivering the software faster - speed, quality, security, business growth, end-user satisfaction, and cost control also play an important role in driving success.Testing is important!

How do we test the serverless applications?How is this different from the native app?What are the differences between the traditional & serverless apps?How do we test the code which is running in some server which we do not manage?How are we going to test the lambda functions? ...
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...

W15

Testing a Data Science Model

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

Laveena has heard from other senior testers that they know of data science teams but no testers testing the models. How do we have enough confidence what is produced is good enough? A model is a statistical black box, how to test it so we understand its behaviors to test is properly. Main aim would be to help inspire testers to explore data science models. Laveena invites you to her talk where she will share her journey of discovering data science model testing and find the following takeaways useful not just for testing a data science model but day to day testing too. Key takeaways:

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Jagdish Karira
Ciber Global, LLC
W17

Psychological Safety: Bad News Does Not Smell Good with Time!

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

We have lived through the traditional Command and Control culture where leaders used to “shoot the messenger”. Leaders would say, “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions!”. If leaders cannot handle the truth nobody will tell them the truth. High-Performance Teams build complex business solutions with high quality. Most often they are successful on their first try but sometimes they need to learn from experimentation. In these cases, it is better to deliver bad news than bad product. For team members to share bad news they must feel safe to share reality. If Organizational Culture does...

Thursday, April 29

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal
Global NP Solutions, LLC
T5

Valuing the Customer: Wagile Product Development

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

Do your new products launch with mediocre market reception? If so, your innovation process might be to blame. Traditional waterfall processes become bureaucratic while Agile systems have not delivered on their promises, either. New product development fails due to poor product designs and misunderstanding of the markets. Enter “Wagile” New Product Development. Wagile is a hybrid product development process that engages customers throughout the product design cycle while ensuring project execution meets internal requirements for scope, schedule, and budget. Implementing wagile leads...

Erika Chestnut
Calendly
T6

4 Strategies to Champion Quality

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

Testing without a strategy or plan will always lead to missed opportunities to infuse quality earlier and often. As software leaders, you may be surprised to find that even today testing can still be an afterthought. From poor requirements or documentation, lengthy test cycles, flaky or bloated test automation suites, this issue can surface in many ways. In this talk, Erika Chestnut, Head of Quality Assurance at Calendly, will share how she is leading her organization to think more broadly about quality. In addition, she will...

Ted Veterano
Deloitte
T14

Testing Leadership Adaptability and Resilence To Meet Unforeseen Conditions

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

A testing team (approximately 150 testers) was significantly downsized (60%) due to unforeseen external conditions (COVID 19) and initially production releases and project scope were reduced. However, scope of work for the reduced team unexpectedly increased due to business “reopening” with many new and modified requirements to facilitate rapid business resumption. The new requirements were more dynamic and brought many significant changes to the business functionalities. The reduced testing team responded to the challenge by successfully managing multiple releases / projects while having...

Friday, April 30

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing
WWT1

Tool Builders for Life

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:45am
There is a secret power behind the tools we use every day to get our jobs done in the technical realm. Throughout our lives and careers, we can apply these tools to a host of problems that need solving, not only in our work but in our every day lives. In this talk, Jaimee will share how the practice of being a tool builder by trade equipped her with the skills needed to build a ladder to climb out of a very dark place and into a completely new career working with people she loves working with, doing the most fulfilling work of her life.

 

Melissa Benua
mParticle
WWT2

Planting the Seeds of a Healthy Organization

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Nurturing a strong, vibrant engineering culture takes work. There's no magic bean you can plant and then expect caring and collaboration to spring, fully-embodied, from the ground. What are the seeds that grow into a healthy organization? How do you plant them, care for them, and let them bloom into a self-sustaining culture that people love to work in - and that excels at getting things done? Melissa has been an engineering leader (and a gardener) for quite some time, and is excited to share her experiences in planting and tending to blossoming teams of software professionals that,...

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
WWT3

The Year of Change!

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

We interrupt your regularly scheduled life to bring you 2020 AND 2021! Over a year of unprecedented unknowns and uncertainty. Many of us have faced countless challenges in our personal lives and in our careers and frankly, it is hard to not feel STUCK! In order to get unstuck, we must learn what to do to bring about personal change. How can we identify the changes we want to make and then find new ways to make those changes? Let’s talk about the steps we need to take to intentionally shift our mindset and habitual patterns that may be holding us back. Join Alison for this interactive...

Tania_Katan
Creative Trespassing
WWT4

Creative Trespassing: How to Quiet Imposter Syndrome and Start Believing in Yourself!

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Many of us have an inner voice telling us we lucked out and that’s the only reason we’re leading the team or running the meeting and, if people got a closer look, surely they would see: WE ARE A FRAUD. That’s normal; the problem is when we believe it. Tania Katan, bestselling author, creative disruptor, and champion of women will show you how to transform imposter syndrome into impossibly awesome! Sharing her personal experiences and offering a blend of inspiration and practical advice, Katan will offer a guide to help you move beyond self-doubt and use creativity as fuel for a freer and...

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
WWT5

Panel—Career Superpowers

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm

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 2021 and going forward.