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STAREAST 2019 - Test Automation Engineer

Customize your STAREAST 2019 experience with sessions covering test automation for engineers.

Monday, April 29

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
MA

Critical Thinking for Software Testers

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 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...

Seretta Gamba
Freelancer
MB

Driving Lessons for Test Automation Managers

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

In order to support their automation team effectively, test managers must be able to recognize when the team is taking a ‘bad’ turn and know how to steer it back, or, when starting, know how to do things right from the very beginning. They don’t need to know all the technicalities, but they must know the basics of good automation and be able to explain to higher management what automation can or cannot deliver in order to secure and sustain their support. In this tutorial Seretta Gamba introduces the Test Automation Patterns Wiki and explains in detail the patterns test managers...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
MC

Fundamentals of Testing Requirements

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Testing and requirements are bound together: You use requirements to understand what to test and what your customer expects from the product under test. Requirements appear in many forms—verbal, diagrams, user stories, or formal specifications. But sometimes once we start testing, we find that requirements are missing, inadequate, wrong, or changing. This is normal, and as testers, part of our role is to help the team and the customer clarify what is required. (Sometimes we even build the requirements to clarify our tests!) Join Isabel Evans to understand how to identify, capture,...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
MD

Unit Testing: What Every Developer and Tester Should Know

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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 on the project timeline? Do you want to help your organization reap the full benefits of testing earlier? Then join Tariq King to explore the fundamentals of unit testing so you can find bugs as soon as they happen and do more thorough, targeted testing during software development. This introductory session is for everyone—of all programming skill levels. Learn how to apply program-based techniques such as testing by looking, automated unit...

Chris_Loder
InGenius Software
ME

System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 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...

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
MG

Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architecture

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Lloyd_Roden
Lloyd Roden Consultancy
MH

Pairwise Testing Explained

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

As testers we are faced with many challenges especially when designing and executing tests. Most problems reside in the fact that we usually do not know which test case design technique to use and more importantly we usually do not have time to run all of our tests. This workshop will uncover what the challenges are with test design and explains the real problems associated with combinatorial testing. During this tutorial Lloyd Roden looks deeply into the two methods for designing tests using the pairwise design technique; Orthogonal Arrays and pairwise algorithms. Pairwise testing helps...

Dionny Santiago
Ultimate Software
MI

Blockchain Quality: Securing Trust in a Digital Age

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Blockchain technology introduces decentralized, distributed, cryptographically linked digital structures that record information across many computers. Due to its highly secure structure, blockchain is growing at a rapid pace in the financial and automotive industries, and adoption is starting in other industries. We are also witnessing the rise of the smart contract, a set of immutable programmatic auto-enforcing rules that live on the blockchain. However, although there are many benefits, blockchain introduces a unique set of testing and quality concerns. For example, race conditions and...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
MJ

Instill a DevOps Testing Culture in Your Team and Organization

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
ML

Influence Diagrams: A New Way to Understand Testing

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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 simple way to understand and manage the complexities of key interactions among testers, developers, and business stakeholders. In this practical workshop with hands-on activities, Isabel will help you construct and interpret influence diagrams to illustrate typical team and project problems and solutions in testing. With...

Bob Galen
Vaco
Mary_Thorn
Vaco
MM

Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

With the adoption of agile practices in many organizations, the test automation landscape has changed. Join Bob Galen & Mary Thorn as they explore 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 beat their commercial equivalents in many ways―not only in cost, but also in functionality, creativity, evolutionary speed, and developer acceptance. Agile and DevOps methods have fundamentally challenged our traditional...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
MN

Testing Strategies for Microservices

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

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Testing Leadership IQ

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Have you ever needed a way to measure your testing leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them, Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. Join Jennifer as she explores a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how you can...

Lloyd_Roden
Lloyd Roden Consultancy
MP

From User Story to Test Case

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Agile Software Methods are becoming the preferred way of working in most organisations. However testers are often finding it difficult to know how to adapt to the new way of working. It is often difficult to know how to test user stories and more importantly, how to use the systematic testing techniques in an agile context. Join Lloyd Roden as he discusses a variety of test case design techniques for user stories. Bring your own user stories to this tutorial and Lloyd will explain how these testing techniques can be applied to your own user stories. Lloyd will demonstrate how exploratory...

Angie Jones
Applitools
MQ

Clean Coding Practices for Test Automation

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Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

We are often reminded by those experienced in writing test automation that code is code. The sentiment being conveyed is that test code should be written with the same care and rigor that production code is written. However, many people who write test code may not have experience writing production code, so it’s not exactly clear what is meant by this statement. And even those who write production code find that there are unique design patterns and code smells that are specific to test code in which they are not aware. Join Angie Jones for this workshop, at which, you will be given a...

Tuesday, April 30

Graeme_Harvey
PlanGrid
Hilary Weaver-Robb
Quicken Loans
TA

Being Technical Enough: Learn Technical, Testing and Leadership Skills that Let You Soar

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a tester today, no matter how experienced you are, especially on agile teams and teams embracing a DevOps culture. Perhaps you’ve heard about the Modern Testing principles and those have you on the defensive? Test automation is daunting enough, especially if you lack coding experience. Today we have test automation tools that use machine learning. Perhaps your company’s product is starting to incorporate AI. Or you have to figure out how testing can keep...

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
TB

X-Ray Vision For Testers: How to Analyze Things

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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
TC

Introduction to Selenium

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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
TD

Web Security Testing: The Basics and More

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
Seretta Gamba
Freelancer
TE

Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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 with relative ease. Other solutions that have worked well are patterns, common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Dot Graham and Seretta Gamba focus on often-neglected technical issues—i.e., non-management issues—and the patterns that help solve them. These are not development or code patterns—this is a code-free tutorial. Using a set of patterns developed together, Dot and...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
TF

Taking Test Design Techniques Beyond Planning

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Understanding when and how to apply test design techniques is fundamental to your testing. Join Isabel Evans to learn some basic techniques that she uses in her own work, and add these vital test design techniques to your personal toolbox of methods. Isabel will demonstrate how to use test design techniques not just to decide what tests to conduct, but also to find potential defects and missing requirements before coding starts, to derive a test basis when requirements are unwritten, to drive the direction for nonscripted approaches, and to provide input to automation. Different...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
Jason_Arbon
test.ai
TG

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Skills for the Testing World

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Bob Galen
Vaco
Mary_Thorn
Vaco
TH

Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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. Mary Thorn and Bob Galen beg to differ with this view and believe a strong need exists for testing leadership in agile organizations—just different from the way we’ve typically approached it. Join Mary and Bob 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...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.Com, Inc.
TI

Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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...

Julie_Gardiner
Independent Consultant
TK

Test Data: Mining, Morphing, Managing and Maintaining It!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

According to the 2018/2019 World Quality Report, the number one challenge in applying testing to agile development is overcoming the challenges of creating, managing, and maintaining test environments and test data. Over 48% of respondents had issues with test data. As our systems complexity and time to market demands have increased, the appetite for resolving the test data issue can be diminished or be viewed as test data doesn’t really matter. Join Julie Gardiner as she shares the good, bad and ugly of test environments and data, defines an approach to establish where you are in terms of...

Wilson Mar
JetBloom
TT

Bash Scripting with Git and GitHub for Open Source Contribution

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Skill with Git is a prerequisite for most software jobs today. This is because the vast majority of software developed is stored in Git-based repositories such as GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket. GitHub's domination of social coding makes it the new business card to demonstrate your creativity, popularity, capability, and tenacity. “Configuration as code” is a standard DevOps practice so testers must know how to set up and use Git to obtain and update versions of their infrastructures. In this hands-on tutorial, create your own website and learn the GitHub markdown used to format...

Angie Jones
Applitools
TL

Visual Validation for Test Automation

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Functional test automation is a wonderful way to frequently and expeditiously execute regression testing. However, the test scripts that we write are limited to the few assertions we’ve considered. Many times, these assertions only cover the tip of the iceberg and account for a small fraction of what a human being would have subconsciously verified. For example, a test automation script can verify that when adding 2 and 2 via a calculator app, the sum that is returned on screen is 4. But does the 4 appear correctly? Is it upside down? Or sideways? Is it the right color? Are there errors...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TN

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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—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...

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
TO

Continuous Testing Using Containers

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Gene Gotimer
Coveros
TP

Virtualization and Containers for Automating Web Testing

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.
TQ

How to Break Software: Robustness Edition

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
TR

Shift Left to Test User Experience

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In today’s environment, the user experience (UX) is overwhelmingly important—and is not just about the product. 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 are underpinned by technical qualities. Unless we “shift left” as...

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
TS

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Test automation is an essential element in modern system development. And test design can make or break automation efforts throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline. We want automated tests to find problems in a build quickly, run without a hitch, and be easily maintained. However, if tests are badly structured and unnecessarily detailed, you may have a hard time automating them—even with great tools and great technical expertise. Hans Buwalda explores how testers, both technical and non-technical, can design or restructure tests to make them suitable for automation. In this session, you’ll...

Wednesday, May 1

Tania_Katan
Creative Trespassing
K1

Creative Trespassing: Sneak More Imagination into Your Work and Get More Done

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

After years of smuggling creativity into the corporate sector without getting busted, Tania Katan has learned that we don’t need to be in a job that is distinctly creative in order to be distinctly creative in our job. In fact, no matter how tedious the task or how buttoned-up the office environment, we can all learn to conjure imagination anywhere, anytime, by choosing to stand out rather than fit in. Join Tania for some hilarious stories, wacky exercises for flexing your creative muscles, and engaging ideas like “Fire Hierarchy” and “Transform the Norm.” You will leave with tools and...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
K2

Cutting through the Hype around Continuous Testing

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

There is a lot of hype around continuous testing these days. It seems like every product vendor has a continuous testing product and every consulting company has a continuous testing practice. But what exactly is continuous testing? And how is it different from what we've been doing in testing for the past several decades? Join Jeffrey Payne as he discusses what continuous testing is all about and how today's organizations are leveraging it to improve their quality. Learn what tools and techniques enable continuous testing, and examine the pros and cons of moving toward a more continuous...

Nikki_Henry
Ladies Leading Ladies
W1

How Do I Work with These Millennials? Attracting and Retaining the Next Generation

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Leaders and managers are facing many struggles attracting, retaining, and working effectively with the millennial workforce. Millenials have shorter tenures in positions, expectations of work-life balance, and a need for purpose-driven work. No longer are the days of employees who just come in and get the work done because of a deeply ingrained work ethic. Join Nikki Henry as she breaks down the values of this generation. You'll leave with tools and templates to better engage and retain your millennial workforce for the long term. This includes a shift in leadership practices, but...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
W2

Testing through the Ages

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

How long have you been in software testing? What was testing like when you first started? How did the discipline of software testing get to where it is today, and where is it headed in the future? Dot Graham takes a look back at software testing, from a personal perspective as well as a general view. She shares what she has learned from her experiences over the years and gives lessons for today. Dot started her working life by being put into a test group, where she wrote test execution and comparison programs (they weren’t called “tools” back then). In her more than forty years as a...

Michael_Hobbs
Dell EMC
W3

Data Curation: Refine and Shine

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

We now live in a world where data is generated with every action taken. From buying groceries to walking the dog, we're generating data all the time, everywhere. Companies are starting to undertake harnessing that data efficiently for business cases, and that requires developing a process around data curation. This process must determine which data to curate, how to maintain curated data, and when to delete stale data. A robust data curation process agreed upon by stakeholders is essential to mining data effectively if you want to strike gold. Michael Hobbs will walk through the...

Jason_Arbon
test.ai
W4

Postmodern Testing

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The modern world of testing gets noisier, more fragmented, and more confusing every day. Postmodern Testing is an admission of the imperfect world we live in—a new test strategy framework for today’s agile, continuous, and multiplatform teams. Jason Arbon will outline strategies for identifying any given product’s testing needs, as well as prescribe how to efficiently combine different testing techniques and test automation tools to deliver a coherent, well-reasoned, and cost-effective method to the madness. Jason draws on his learnings from how Google tested the Chrome browser,...

Kat_Rocha
NRCCUA/ACT
W5

Agile Testing in a Waterfall World

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

What can a tester do when they join an organization that isn’t really agile—or maybe is (gasp) still waterfall? In these situations, it is important to focus on the values and principles that make up agile. Even in a development environment that does not strictly follow an agile-related methodology like Scrum or kanban, the tester can still bring agile principles to their testing. Kat Rocha will share real-world experiences relating to how test engineering can act agile within a waterfall development team, as well as what is important for testing in a team that is undergoing an agile...

W6

Automated Security Scanning for Your Delivery Pipeline

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile development and DevOps depend on an automated pipeline to build, test, and deploy code quickly. Security is all too often viewed as a manual task that is too difficult to automate and is left for later—not a good decision! Matt Grasberger says that by leveraging automated security scans with open source scanners, you can reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities, get the most out of your pipeline, and increase software quality. Matt will thoroughly explain and demonstrate several ways to implement automated security scans. Discover how to quickly test endpoints against SQL...

Geoff_Meyer
Dell EMC
W10

The Dell EMC Journey in the Age of Smart Assistants

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Dell EMC is driving to optimize and reimagine their testing practices with the application of data-driven smart assistants, powered by analytics and machine learning. At a macro level, Geoff Meyer will highlight the opportunities across the product engineering and testing landscapes that are ripe for the application of analytics and AI. Key ingredients in moving toward solutions that matter are the identification of organization-specific pain points, their prioritization, and the availability and cleanliness of essential data. Geoff will share the process of experimentation, staffing, and...

Hilary Weaver-Robb
Quicken Loans
W11

Dig In: Get Familiar with the Code to Be a Better Tester

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Maybe you’ve been testing the same application for a while and your rate of finding new bugs has slowed. Or you’re trying to find more ways to figure out what your devs are doing day to day. You have the tools at your disposal—you just need to dig in! Hilary Weaver-Robb will share tools and techniques you can use to take your testing to the next level. See everything the developers are changing, and learn how you can find the most vulnerable parts of the code. These strategies can help you focus your testing and track down those pesky bugs! Take away a better understanding of tools...

Klaus_Neuhold
CA BlazeMeter
W12

Excuse-Free Testing: An Open Source Tool for Simpler CI Integration

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The goal of continuous testing is to find defects earlier in the development lifecycle and release software faster to the market. This can be achieved by integrating open source functional and performance testing tools in the early stages of your software delivery lifecycle. Klaus Neuhold will explain how to integrate the open source test automation framework Taurus, and other tools such as JMeter and Selenium, as a CI step in Jenkins pipelines, so that these tools can be triggered as part of everyday code commits or builds. Taurus can run a large variety of tests and has reporting...

Janna_Loeffler
Carnival Corp.
W7

The Who, What, Where, When, and How of Test Strategies

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

What is a test strategy, and how do you develop one? Join Adam Satterfield and Janna Loeffler as they talk through developing a test strategy. They’ll discuss how different software development methodologies influence your test strategy, as well as how techniques like common and coordinated test planning and risk-based testing can be applied to the creation of your test strategy to improve its quality. Adam and Janna also will detail how to develop a test strategy when working with different team dynamics; for example, does your test strategy look different for internal teams versus...

Gerie_Owen
Technology Strategy Research
Peter_Varhol
Exoprise
W8

Timeless Testing Skills for Modern Testers

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

As testers in today’s world of agile and DevOps, we are challenged to champion quality in new ways and to develop innovative test approaches that focus on customer value. It's important to bring creativity as well as technical expertise to our test techniques so that we can make our most valuable contributions. We determine both what to test and how to test, and we test jointly with developers. We assess risk and communicate it to our teams and stakeholders through our stories. Our ability to innovate comes from not only our technical skills, but also from our skills in...

Sanjay_Srinivas
Texas Capital Bank
W9

Big Data Migration to the Cloud: Testing Challenges and Strategies

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Moving to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when. Most corporations are either underway in their cloud adoption or have it on their radar. Typically the move from on-premise to cloud is a few hops and different types of data, such as SQL or some version of a file. Couple this with data transformations and it poses a challenge to testing and QA. How do you validate at each hop? Is it required to validate contents between source and destination? Can this testing be automated? Do we build a tool to automate these steps or purchase one? In this session, Sanjay Srinivas will...

Sumeet_Mandloi
Dow Jones
W13

By the Reader, for the Reader: The Wall Street Journal’s Secrets to Customer-Centric Experiences

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Readers of The Wall Street Journal have seen many stories about companies shutting their doors after years of success. These companies failed to adapt to rising customer expectations and new technologies—they lost touch with what their customers wanted. The Wall Street Journal didn’t want to become one of these cautionary tales. Sumeet Mandloi explores how The Wall Street Journal aligned its engineering, design, and product teams to shift to a quality engineering organization focused on customer-centric experiences. As part of this transition to quality engineering, the company started...

William_Bell
Vocera Communication
W14

Game Theory: The Test Engineering Path to Success

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Every customer has different expectations for their software, requiring different testing strategies. Game designers can help us understand how to plan our strategy for managing various QA tools so teams can successfully navigate each different customer strategy in a risk-reward environment. A customer who makes their money from understanding and teaching software to others, rather than selling it, requires continuous integration and delivery, because they need new material on a regular basis. A customer who uses the software to defend life and limb requires it to be right the first time...

Eran_Kinsbruner
Perfecto
W15

Future-Proofing Test Engineers in the Era of ML and AI

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

We're all hearing the buzzwords of AI, machine learning, chatbots, and next-generation testing. Does this mean that the days of traditional testing as we know and practice it are over? Eran Kinsbruner doesn't think so. Join Eran to learn about the clear transformation happening toward smarter testing techniques and tools. These approaches drive better pipeline efficiency and release velocity with high quality, and Eran thinks this means good things for the testing practice and practitioners. Discover the key trends that are happening around AI, machine learning, and bots in the web...

W16

No One Really Cares about Testing: A Perspective from a Billion-Dollar App Team

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

When is the last time you read a five-star review in the App Store or Play Store that raved, “This app is so well-tested! Their quality assurance team really knows what they’re doing. Their test automation must fit so well into their CI pipeline that they can find all sorts of issues in a snap”? The fact is most end-users don’t care about all the things we do in testing on a day-to-day basis. Instead, they care that our applications solve their problems in the way that they expect them to or in a new way that delights them. Andrew Bardallis will challenge you to first think about...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
W17

Fishbowl Discussion: Continuous Testing

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Many people confuse continuous testing with test automation. That makes sense, because you cannot do continuous testing without automated tests. But it is much more.  It requires that all of the tests to certify a feature are automated, part of the continuous integration pipeline and the results of those tests determine automatically when the next step should be run.  In this fishbowl session we will discuss how participants have enabled this process at their companies.  We will discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them.   We will discuss how to move from automation to continuous testing...
W18

The Next-Generation Skills Needed for the Future of Testing

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

That AI is the future of testing seems to be a well-established fact. But assuming that AI will simply replace current manual testers is merely naive. Just like a tractor is no replacement for a farmer, there are many tasks in testing that by their very nature cannot be automated by current AI. As AI improves, many boring testing tasks will be automated, including creating test automation. But at some point, AI is much better suited to replace developers than testers. Think about a behavior-driven development test: It’s easier to generate code that makes the tests pass than it is to...

Lightning_Keynotes
Lightning Keynotes
K3

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 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 2

Jason_Arbon
test.ai
K4

The AI Testing Singularity

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Most basic software testing will soon be done by a few individual, large systems. But today, software testing is a fragmented world of test creators, test automators, vendors, contractors, employees, and even “pizza Fridays” where developers roll up their sleeves and test the build themselves. When teams start testing their apps, they dream up the same positive, negative, and edge test cases as every other team before them. Most software testing is either manually tapping an application or manually creating and maintaining detailed automation scripts—from scratch! AI will soon...

Amy_Jo_Esser
ProAssurance
T1

Are You the Best Leader You Can Be?

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

We are all leaders. At a minimum, we must lead ourselves every single day, but many of us also have teams that we lead and serve. Have you ever stopped to analyze yourself to determine if you are the best leader you can be? Amy Jo Esser has had the joy of learning from many great leaders outside the testing arena, including John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Mel Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Michael and Megan Hyatt, and Rachel Hollis. Amy Jo continues to learn from leaders in our testing community, including the inspiring leaders and speakers who have been a part of the Women Who Test community....

T2

Where Does Data Come From?

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

With all the tools available on the market, it can be overwhelming to determine which ones might meet your needs and which ones will work best in your environment to create a high-performing team. Join Jennifer Bonine as she explains the relationship of the DevOps cycle, your environment, and how a hub-and-spoke model can link all your different data sets and tools together. Jennifer will identify opportunities for applying test data analytics across the engineering and test landscape, ranging from high-value test cases to dynamically generated regression test suites. She will review ways...

Paul_Grizzaffi
Magenic
T3

Well, That’s Random: Automated Fuzzy Browser Clicking

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Roughly speaking, "fuzzing" is testing without an oracle—essentially, testing without knowing what the outcome should be. We don’t know what should happen, but we have a good idea of things that shouldn’t happen, such as 404 errors and server or application crashes. We generally apply fuzzing to produce these kinds of errors when we’re testing text boxes, but why should text boxes have all the fun? Websites today are interconnected, multiserver applications that include connections to out-of-network servers, making it difficult to enumerate and control all the possible combinations...

Melissa Tondi
Disrupt Testing
T4

Disrupt Your Career and Discover True Quality Engineering

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

One of the best things Melissa Tondi did for her career was disrupt it. She'll talk about what disruption means, how it can take form, and how it can help build out a team model that is more adaptable to change than ever while still focusing on the traits quality engineering brings to the table within project teams. Even if physically disrupting your career is not an option, in this session you will discuss how you can develop the mindset of a quality engineer and how a career disruption—whether planned or unplanned—can enhance your quality engineering career development. Melissa...

Glenn_Buckholz
Coveros
T5

Leveraging Kubernetes as a Tester

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Kubernetes is one of the fastest growing open source projects in history, and it's taking the DevOps world by storm. With so many resources being poured into this technology, it would be nice if there were some benefits for testing. It may seem that the Kubernetes framework revolves around operations and microservices, but with a little know-how, we can leverage the internet excitement around the project to enhance our own automated testing frameworks. Glenn Buckholz will demonstrate how, with just a little bit of knowledge about Docker and Git, an automated testing team can leverage...

T10

The Era of Intelligent Testing

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Existing QA solutions were built for a world where software changed infrequently. Highly adopted tools such as Selenium, Appium, and JUnit require a specialized skill set and too much maintenance, once you start factoring in the brittle nature of tests and the infrastructure required to run tests at scale. But there is still hope for QA in machine intelligence. Next-generation AI tools are here to help QA keep up with the agility of modern software delivery practices in two ways: by enabling manual testers who don't know how to code to automate, and by easily automating repetitive tasks so...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
T11

Building a Modern DevOps Enterprise Testing Organization

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

The DevOps movement is front and center across enterprises. Companies with mature systems are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams and departments. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes. Traditionally, development organizations have been filled with mostly manual testers and a limited number of automation and performance engineers. Adam Auerbach says this has to change. 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...

Janna_Loeffler
Carnival Corp.
Yesenia_Yser
Ultimate Software
T12

Security Partners or Security Police?

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

It’s often said that with great power comes great responsibility. As technology becomes more powerful, security becomes a great responsibility. You’ve read all the books, followed the latest updates on all the blogs and forums, or maybe you just have a gut feeling that there’s a potential for disaster. As software testers, is it our job to be the security police? If you don’t protect the public, who will? Then there is the business—who is going to protect them from themselves? You go into meetings ready to save the day only to be shot down or, even worse, ignored. What went wrong? Why were...

Lloyd_Roden
Lloyd Roden Consultancy
T7

The Reality Distortion Field of Testing

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

The reality distortion field (RDF) is a term coined by Bud Tribble at Apple Computers in 1981 to describe Steve Job's charisma and its effect on the developers working on the Macintosh project. The RDF was said to be Steve Job's ability to convince himself and others to believe almost anything with a mix of charm, bravado, marketing, appeasement, and persistence. The RDF warps an audience's sense of proportion for difficulties and makes them believe that any task is possible. When it comes to testing, we have this RDF all around us, with managers saying things like, "We can and should...

Angie Jones
Applitools
T8

What's That Smell? Tidying Up Our Test Code

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

We are often reminded by those experienced in writing test automation that code is code. The sentiment being conveyed is that test code should be written with the same care and rigor that production code is written with. However, many people who write test code may not have experience writing production code, so it’s not exactly clear what is meant. And even those who write production code find that there are unique design patterns and code smells that are specific to test code. Join Angie Jones as she presents a smelly test automation code base littered with several bad coding practices...

Dmitry Vinnik
Salesforce
T9

Visual Regression Testing: A Critical Part of a Mobile Testing Strategy

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

There are many types of testing that companies need to perform in order to have confidence in their product: security testing, integration testing, system testing, performance testing, and more. Often, mobile developers focus on ensuring that main end-to-end flows of their applications work by relying on frameworks like Appium or Robotium. However, in the mobile domain, visual testing is essential because mobile devices differ drastically in capabilities, display dimensions, and even operating systems. Visual regression testing targets specific areas of visual concepts like layouts,...

Patrick_Poulin
API Fortress
T15

API Testing: Going from Manual to Automated

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

API testing can be challenging—especially for the uninitiated. Ever wonder what makes an API test great? Patrick Poulin will arm you with an understanding of the benefits of automating API testing over doing it manually. Patrick will review the tools landscape and show common errors people make while creating API tests. He'll discuss the steps required to completely automate the entire testing framework for APIs, and show how it is simpler than most people assume. Leave this session with an understanding of how to automate API testing and overcome the fear of the unknown.

Glenn_Buckholz
Coveros
T16

JMeter and the Cloud: Scalability that is Affordable, OpenSource, and Fits in CI

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Load and performance testing can be messy, last minute and expensive in most organizations. It is possible to change the status quo with a mixture of technology and process. Incorporating performance testing into your CI pipeline can help mitigate the last minute part. Jmeter has been around since 1998 and offers a low-cost alternative for getting the job done, alleviating the expense. Incremental Test Driven Development of performance test cases can help alleviate the mess. Join Glenn as he uses the Cloud, Jmeter, and TDD to help to demonstrate how performance testing can be brought from...

Katrina_Clokie
Bank of New Zealand
T17

A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Where does testing fit in a DevOps world? DevOps encourages the development and operations teams to work together. This broadens the network of people who collaborate to deliver a product, which creates opportunities for the boundaries of testing to expand and for the nature of testing to evolve. Testing pushes right, toward production, once the development team understands the skills, practices, and tools available in operations. Examples include on-demand infrastructure that enables testing in a production-like environment, feedback from A/B test experiments provided by customer metrics...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
T18

AI in Testing: A Moderated Panel Discussion

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Artificial intelligence is the newest trend in software testing. But what is it, and how will it impact the tester's role, both today and in the future? What do you need to do to embrace this emerging technology? Adam Auerbach and Jennifer Bonine will moderate this panel discussion—which will include Jason Arbon, Dan Belcher, Tariq King, and Jeremias Rößler—to give you an opportunity to hear the opinions of industry leaders about AI in testing. You will have a chance to drive the debate, so come prepared with all your AI questions.

Matt_Wynne
Cucumber Ltd
T20

Testing More Than Code with BDD

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Many teams who pick up behavior-driven development tools like Cucumber use them for running automated tests and think that's all there is to it. But when used as intended, BDD tools can transform the way teams work, shifting your delivery flow up so that you're using example-based techniques to test the requirements before any code is even written. Bringing years of experience teaching BDD practices to teams around the world, Matt Wynne will show you the common problems teams have when they first adopt BDD tools like Cucumber; the benefits of using BDD earlier in your delivery...

Noha_Gomaa
Aldo Group
T21

Testing as a Service: Forming a Service-Oriented Testing Team

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Companies today must respond to the ever-increasing demand for delivering products in a fast-paced digital environment. As a result, many traditional testing departments are being dismantled, teams are being split up, and individual testers are being distributed across multiple projects or functional teams. This transition can lead to workflows that are awkward and siloed, with team members trying to figure out what exactly to do with the tester. Noha Gomaa thinks there must be a better way to handle the transition. Noha champions "testing as a service" to many project teams. She helps...

Alireza_Razavi
TD Bank
T22

Testing Large Data Sets with Supervised Machine Learning

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Price rate is used to calculate an insurance premium based on the different insurance coverage. Every year the price rate is based on updated regulations, so after each change, the new price rate has to be tested for a large amount of data to make sure that the premium is correct based on the coverage. Testing fifty thousand data entries and their variations is impossible for any testing team. Alireza Razavi will present an AI automation testing framework designed to solve this testing problem. Discover how to use a supervised machine learning algorithm to determine the type of training...

Joseph_Ours
Centric Consulting
T23

Lessons Learned Automating Cloud and Infrastructure Testing

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

As organizations embrace DevOps and IT value chain automation, we are seeing the explosive growth of infrastructure-as-code capabilities, fueled by cloud scripting technology. As infrastructure-as-code capabilities evolve, what role does testing play? Especially for continuous testing, when it comes to infrastructure provisioning and configuration? How does this approach integrate with other traditional forms of testing, such as unit, integration, and systems testing? Join Joseph Ours as he presents what he's learned about infrastructure-as-code and provides live demonstrations for...

Chad_Jung
Renaissance Electronic Services
Curtis_Severance
Renaissance Electronic Services
Kaleb_Weddle
Renaissance Electronic Services
T24

Full-Coverage Testing in Small-Business Environments

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In small-business environments, testing is often completed in hindsight—or overlooked entirely. Chad Jung, Curtis Severance, and Kaleb Weddle will discuss the struggles and successes of ensuring a quality product from the perspectives of a developer, lead software test engineer, and software engineer in test working together on a DevOps team. They will show how to use an automated build pipeline, how to bring it all together for your team, and how to leverage developers who know the in and outs of the code better than anyone. They will discuss the pressures of releasing faster and...

Katrina_Clokie
Bank of New Zealand
K5

Beyond Coding: Test Automation as Art

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Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

The rise of test automation is changing the testing landscape as organizations urgently accelerate their automation goals. As demand for automation increases, those accountable for testing roles are learning to write code, but few are learning the skills that support the creation of truly useful automated assets. Just as using a paintbrush does not make an artist, writing code does not make an engineer. Without a wider perspective, we can end up with test automation frameworks and tests that are inefficient and difficult to maintain. As a test practice manager at a major financial...

Friday, May 3

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
WWT1

Failing and Recovering

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Friday, May 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Do you ever feel you have lost confidence in your own abilities? Why does this happen? Isabel Evans spends a lot of time painting. Someone once commented, “Why are you doing this, when you are not very good at it?” And gradually she stopped drawing and painting, after being intimidated by a conventional vision of what good art should look like. At the same time, she experienced a parallel loss of confidence in her professional abilities. Attempting creative pursuits like drawing and painting is essential to cognitive, emotional, creative abilities and she began to understand the...