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Conference Schedule

Sunday, April 29

Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–10:00am
7:30 am to 10:00 am
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Begin—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Performance, Load, and Stress Testing (2-Day)
Dawn Haynes
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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.

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Fundamentals of DevOps—ICAgile (2-Day)
Tom Stiehm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

DevOps combines development, testing, and operations and includes continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, and rapid deployment practices. Because DevOps practices require confidence in nearly all changes, automated testing is an essential ingredient that is integrated into the process and relied upon for enforcement of quality gates and to ensure overall delivery quality. This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Test professionals, operations engineers, developers, project managers, and business owners will all benefit from this curriculum.

 

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Security Testing for Test Professionals (2-Day)
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore security testing in an interactive workshop setting. This course is appropriate for software development and testing professionals who want to begin doing security testing as part of their assurance activities. 

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Mobile Application Testing (2-Day)
Brian Hicks
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Many testers attempt to apply what they know to mobile testing, and while that may work for some functional testing, it often leaves many critical features untested. Critical errors that go untested can mean a swift end to a mobile application. Learning how to identify common issues in mobile applications and how to test the unique aspects of a mobile application is the only way to be truly successful. This two-day course will cover usability across multiple platforms and resolutions, network and security testing, creating application unit tests, mobile UI automation, and performance testing for various devices over various networks and carriers.

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Python® for Testers (2-Day)
Kristoffer Nordström
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This is a course for testers who are frustrated by the laborious and manual work that makes up day-to-day test work, anyone who has tried or wants to try scripting and programming in order to help them focus more on the sapient test activities and let the computer do the repetitive work. During the course we will work with a strong focus on practical knowledge and learning by doing with much hands-on coding. This so that attendees can work independently with Python after the course. A large amount of exercises are built to give the opportunity to build simple but powerful tools using Python, which gives a deeper understanding of the opportunities that the language offers.
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JMeter Performance Testing Workshop (2-Day)
Patrick J. Quilter Jr.
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Appropriate for developers, test engineers, performance engineers, and more,  this two-day hands-on workshop teaches how Apache JMeter™ is used to test performance on static and dynamic resources, as well as on Web dynamic applications.

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ATDD/BDD with an Introduction to Cucumber for Java (2-Day)
Ken Pugh
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
One of the key practices in realizing built-In quality is Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) / Behavior Driven Development (BDD). This two-day course helps participants learn to transform requirements into testable specifications. An introduction to Cucumber with Java is also included.
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Agile Tester Certification (2-Day)
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Agile software practices are being employed within many development organizations worldwide, and as a result, many testers struggle to understand the agile development process and their place in it. In Agile Tester Certification, both novice and experienced testers learn the fundamentals of agile development, the role of the tester in the agile team, and the agile testing processes. Learn technical and team skills testers need for success in the world of agile development, as well as the techniques of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) during this two-day course. All participants are expected to have experience in or knowledge of agile development fundamentals.  

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Software Testing Certification - Foundation Level (3-Day)
Claire Lohr
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Delivered by leading experts in the testing industry, Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level is an accredited training course to prepare you for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level CTFL) exam. ISTQB® is the only internationally accepted certification for software testing and has granted more than 450,000 certifications in more than 110 countries around the world. In this three-day course, you’ll learn the basic skills required of a software test professional and how testing fits into software development. This course is appropriate for those new to the testing profession and those seeking ISTQB® certification in software testing. 

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Requirements-Based Testing Workshop (3-Day)
Richard Bender
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

If your testing efforts are not achieving the payback you and your organization expect, this course is for you. Requirements-Based Testing (RBT) delivers a proven, rigorous approach for designing a consistent and repeatable set of highly optimized test cases. Companies employing RBT practices have achieved twice the requirements coverage with only half the tests they previously maintained.

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Agile Test Automation—ICAgile (2-Day)
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

Lunch—12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Registration Desk Hours—4:00pm–6:00pm
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Monday, April 30

Registration Desk Hours—7:00am–4:30pm
7:00 am to 4:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial MA Critical Thinking for Software Testers Preview
Michael Bolton
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial MB Develop WebDriver Automated Tests—and Keep Your Sanity Preview NEW
Jim Holmes
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial MC Implement BDD with Cucumber and SpecFlow Preview
Mary Thorn
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Tutorial MD Testing Transformation: The Art and Science for Success Preview NEW
Jennifer Bonine
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Tutorial ME Build Your Mobile App Quality and Test Strategy Preview
Jason Arbon
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Tutorial MF System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start Preview
Dorothy Graham
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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? 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 level...Read more

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Tutorial MG Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architecture Preview NEW
Melissa Benua
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
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Tutorial MH Instill a DevOps Testing Culture in Your Team and Organization Preview NEW
Adam Auerbach
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial MI Get Ready for the Big Time: Load and Performance Testing Preview NEW
Amber Race
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch—12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full-Day Tutorials Continue—1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial MJ Agile Testing: Team Tactics that Deliver the Goods Preview
Bob Galen, Mary Thorn
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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 vs. 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 must bring to the table to successfully test in agile contexts. Mary and Bob examine risk-based testing, iterative test planning, exploratory testing, agile automation...Read more

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Tutorial MK Exploratory Testing: New Skills for Learning and Discovery Preview NEW
Maaret Pyhäjärvi
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The skill to self-manage our testing work and our learning—making learning and discovery a habit—is what differentiates skilled exploratory testing from simply putting random testing activities together. Maaret Pyhäjärvi says that exploratory testing treats test design, test execution, and learning as parallel, mutually supportive activities—with the goal of discovering things that we don’t realize we don’t know. Exploratory testing frames our thinking about the system and engulfs the idea of creating artifacts to support testing. Join Maaret to experience exploratory testing hands-on and...Read more

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Tutorial ML Create Your Testing Transformation Roadmap Preview NEW
Isabel Evans
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Are you being asked to transform your testing processes and practices? Of course, you are. Do you want to transform your testing? Of course, you do. However, before you leap into a transformation project—Stop. Think. Do you know why you need to transform? Do you have goals and objectives? Do you know where you are headed and where you might end up? Isabel Evans leads you through some important questions about test transformation and explores the range of answers you might want to consider. Since these will be different for each person, Isabel will discuss and demonstrate some problem-...Read more

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Tutorial MM Dominoes of Automating Testing Preview NEW
Angie Jones, Paul Merrill
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Many initiatives to automate testing fail because teams focus too heavily on mastering the use of tools and frameworks, and not enough on understanding the foundational principles of a solid test automation strategy. Join Angie Jones and Paul Merrill for this interactive tutorial that requires no coding, no tools, and no laptops. Instead, let's knock down some dominoes! Learn the basic principles of good test automation by setting up dominoes in a way that solves puzzles. Angie and Paul share how to decide what to automate, how to organize test automation not only to reduce risk but also...Read more

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Tutorial MN Unit Testing: What Every Developer and Tester Should Know Preview
Tariq King
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

Registration Desk Hours—Closes at 4:30pm
4:30 pm

Tuesday, May 1

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial TA What Testers Must Know about Git and GitHub Preview
Wilson Mar
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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 documents....Read more

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Tutorial TB A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing Preview
Michael Bolton
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TC Fundamentals of Testing REST APIs Preview NEW
Marc van't Veer
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Just getting started on your application programming interface (API) testing journey? Need to better understand APIs and how to effectively test them? Join Marc van’t Veer for this introductory tutorial as he discusses API concepts, examples, test strategies, and techniques. Marc describes the message architecture of REST APIs and discusses elements such as API resources, verbs, states, headers, and tokens. He shares examples and demonstrations of REST APIs in operation to give you a better understanding of how they work. Then learn by doing with exercises that enable you to recognize...Read more

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Tutorial TD Zero Defects: The Holy Grail Preview
Jennifer Scandariato
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Defects … the bane of our existence and yet the reason we put food on the table. A world without defects is the ultimate Holy Grail—something we want very much but is very difficult to achieve. Jennifer Scandariato says that zero defects are not about perfection. It’s about every member of the organization understanding that processes must be improved. It’s about reworking flawed or defective systems to improve efficiencies, quality, and results, and to provide customers with the very best products or services. Join Jennifer to explore how you can create a culture of prevention. Discover...Read more

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Tutorial TE Influence Diagrams: A New Way to Understand Testing Preview
Isabel Evans
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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 way to understand and manage the complexities of key interactions among testers, developers, and business stakeholders. In the past few years, Isabel has used influence diagrams as a tool to analyze the...Read more

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Tutorial TF Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World Preview
Bob Galen
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

With many organizations adopting agile practices, the test automation landscape has changed. Bob Galen explores current disruptors to traditional automation strategies, and discusses relevant and current adjustments that must be made when developing an automation business case. Open source tools are becoming incredibly viable and often best their commercial equivalents―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 up with incremental...Read more

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Tutorial TG The Impact of IoT on Testing: What’s in Store Preview
Jennifer Bonine
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

No longer just a futuristic concept, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a strong presence in today’s world. If your business is not prepared for it, you’re already behind. With the proliferation of connected “things”—devices, appliances, cars, and even clothing—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 demand...Read more

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Tutorial TH Testing Today's Web Applications: Tools You Can Use Preview NEW
Alan Page
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

If you are a software tester in 2018, chances are you're testing a website or web application. Whether you are testing in a browser, within a web “wrapper” framework like Electron, or even a web app wrapped in a mobile application, your customers are using web apps and websites constantly—and they want them to work well. Our challenge in test, of course, is to test as thoroughly and efficiently as we can, given our time and resource constraints. Long time software testing veteran Alan Page demonstrates some of his favorite free or inexpensive tools for testing web apps and shares stories...Read more

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Tutorial TI Web Security Testing: The Basics and More Preview
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TJ Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions Preview
Dorothy Graham
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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 focuses 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 with Seretta Gamba, Dot looks at...Read more

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Tutorial TK Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics Preview
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

Lunch —12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full- and Half-Day Tutorials Continue—1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial TL Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Skills for the Testing World Preview NEW
Jason Arbon, Tariq King
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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 and automation, 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...Read more

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Tutorial TM Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product Preview
Bob Galen, Mary Thorn
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TN Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps Preview
Jeffery Payne
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TO Data Analytics and Machine Learning Preview NEW
Ken Johnston, Eun Chang
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Do you have access to lots and lots of test, development, app, and service data—really big data—from client and cloud service log files, test execution results, and more? Then, you have a great opportunity to begin using data analytics and machine learning (ML) to gain new product quality insights. Bring your laptops and your sense of discovery as Ken Johnston and Eun Change introduce analysis techniques and ML tools to help you develop new and potentially groundbreaking insights. First, they present a fast-paced statistics primer for those with no prior data exploration experience and...Read more

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Tutorial TP Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty Preview NEW
Rob Sabourin
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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 thinking,...Read more

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Tutorial TQ Virtualization and Containers for Automating Web Testing Preview NEW
Gene Gotimer
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Vagrant and Docker are automation tools that are popular in the DevOps world. Vagrant provides a simple, consistent interface to create virtual machines on your local system and in the cloud. Docker lets you control containers—similar to virtual machines but smaller and faster with less overhead. These tools provide on-demand, disposable test environments that are delivered quickly, in a known state, locally or in the cloud. Systems under test, test tools, infrastructure, and even pre-populated data are all candidates for virtualization and containerization. When required, the tools can...Read more

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Tutorial TR How to Break Software: Robustness Edition Preview
Dawn Haynes
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TS Better Test Design for Great Test Automation and DevOps Preview
Hans Buwalda
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Test automation is an essential element in agile and DevOps processes. Your test designs can make or break automation efforts throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline. Automation must find problems in a build, run without a hitch, and be easily maintained. If tests are badly structured and unnecessarily detailed, an automation engineer will have a hard time automating them—even with great tools. Hans Buwalda explores how testers (both technical and non-technical) can design or restructure tests to make them suitable for automation. These tests will be able to run seamlessly with the CI/CD...Read more

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Tutorial TT Plan, Architect, and Implement Test Automation within the Lifecycle Preview
Mike Sowers
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

In test automation, we often must 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 the 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) on his...Read more

Welcome Reception—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, May 2

Registration Desk Hours—7:00am–5:30pm
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
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Keynote K1 Transformation from QA to Engineering: Testing in the Fast Lane Preview
Jennifer Scandariato, iCIMS
8:30 am to 9:45 am

Are you being asked to shorten your testing timelines? Do you feel pressured to increase your test automation coverage but don’t have the time, staff, or budget? How do you as a leader upgrade your team’s skills and technical abilities and still meet your daily release deliverables—without bringing in external resources? Join Jennifer Scandariato as she shares her journey in transforming her company’s QA department into a test engineering center of excellence, where manual testers are now automation engineers who apply automation technologies to expedite and streamline the testing efforts...Read more

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Keynote K2 What’s Our Job When the Machine Does the Testing? Preview
Geoff Meyer, Dell EMC
10:00 am to 11:00 am

After its highly hyped introduction decades ago and followed by a long, quiet “winter,” artificial intelligence (AI) has slowly crept back into our consciousness. While our Siri and Alexa assistants entertain us, machine learning (ML) has brought new conveniences into our lives with solutions including Nest and Netflix. Today, AI brings us to the tantalizing brink of the autonomous vehicle. The sea change of this 4th Industrial Revolution has begun to disrupt industry after industry. The emerging capabilities of these fascinating machines demand our attention as AI starts to be applied in...Read more

Networking Break • Visit the Expo—10:30am–2:00pm
10:30 am to 2:00 pm
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Concurrent Session W1 IT Poetry: Distilled Learning from Our Experiences Preview
Sue Uyetake, Digitalglobe
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session W2 Migrating from Test Cases to Real-World Telemetry Measures Preview
Ken Johnston, Microsoft
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session W3 Automated Testing: Beyond the Basics Preview
Jim Holmes, Guidepost Systems
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session W4 AI-Driven Testing as a Service: Fad, Fiction, or Future? Preview
Tariq King, Ultimate Software
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session W5 Thirteen Patterns of Testers Thriving in Agile Teams Preview
Shaun Bradshaw, Zenergy Technologies, Inc.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Concurrent Session W6 Automated Security Scanning for Your Delivery Pipeline Preview
Matthew Grasberger, Coveros, Inc.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch in the Expo—Meet the Speakers 12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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Concurrent Session W7 Make Your Team Awesome—Yes, You Can! Preview
Maaret Pyhäjärvi, F-Secure Oyj
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
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Concurrent Session W8 Mindmapping: A General Purpose (Test) Planning Tool Preview
Bob Galen, Zenergy Technologies
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
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Concurrent Session W9 Continuous Testing vs. Test Automation: Three Key Differences Preview
Wayne Ariola, Tricentis
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
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Concurrent Session W10 Machine Learning Heralds the End of Selenium Preview
Jason Arbon, Appdiff, Inc.
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
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Concurrent Session W11 Agile Testing in Large Scale Organizations Preview
Mary Thorn, Ipreo
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
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Concurrent Session W13 Building a Modern DevOps Enterprise Testing Organization Preview
Adam Auerbach, Lincoln Financial Group
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session W14 The Four Cs and One T of Requirements “Testing” Preview
Evgeny Tkachenko, EPAM Systems
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session W15 Selenium Hacks: Improving Your Skills Preview
Andrew Krug, Lazy Coder
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session W16 Machine Learning and Data Science for Quality and Performance Engineering Preview
Gopal Brugalette , Concur
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session W17 Agile Testers: Extend Your Value in the Team Preview
Gitte Ottosen, Sogeti Denmark
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session W18 How to Test Serverless Cloud Applications Preview
Glenn Buckholz, Coveros, Inc.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Networking Break • Visit the Expo—3:30pm–6:30pm
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
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Keynote K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes Preview
Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

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...Read more

Reception in the Expo Hall—5:30pm–6:30pm
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 3

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—8:00am–5:30pm
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Keynote K4 The Next Big Thing: Testing AI and Machine Learning Applications Preview
Angie Jones, Twitter
8:30 am to 9:30 am

Our world is changing. Artificial intelligence is being employed in many walks of life—from virtual assistants and robots to self-driving cars. How does this new way of life impact software testing? What is our role … and will we have one in the future? Of course! And it’s a very exciting time to be in testing because there’s not enough known about how to systematically test these AI- and ML-driven applications. Angie Jones gives an overview of why it’s extremely important that we comprehensively test these applications and how today’s tester can prepare and build the skillset for this new...Read more

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Concurrent Session T1 Leave Behind Us vs. Them: Transforming a Product Team Preview
Jason Wick, MakeMusic
9:45 am to 10:45 am
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Concurrent Session T2 Testing Digital Interfaces: Chatbots, Home Assistants, Touch ID, Facial Recognition, and More Preview
Amir Rozenberg, Perfecto Mobile
9:45 am to 10:45 am
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Concurrent Session T4 Balancing Tech Know-How with Social Skills Preview
Marcia Buzzella, Independent Consultant
9:45 am to 10:45 am
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Concurrent Session T6 Exploratory Testing: Learn to Do It like a Bloodhound Preview
Susan Zampino , Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
9:45 am to 10:45 am
Networking Break • Visit the Expo—10:30am–3:00pm
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
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Concurrent Session T7 Testing in a Microservices and Continuous Delivery Environment Preview
Robert Williams, CA Technologies
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
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Concurrent Session T8 Use Path Analysis in Test Design for Better, Faster Testing Preview
Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
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Concurrent Session T9 Not Your Parents’ Test Automation: Application of Non-Traditional Automation Preview
Paul Grizzaffi, Magenic
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
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Concurrent Session T10 Devices and Desires: How Do Humans Experience Software? Preview
Isabel Evans, Independent Consultant
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
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Concurrent Session T11 Integration and Functional Testing Using Dockerized Dependencies Preview
Irene Dhong, Bazaarvoice
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
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Concurrent Session T12 Five Things We’ve Learned from 100,000 Bug Fixes Preview
Kristel Kruustük, Testlio
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
Lunch in the Expo • Meet the Speakers—12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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Concurrent Session T13 Release Automation: Yes, Testers Should Care Preview
Tracy Ragan, OpenMake Software
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session T15 Manual Testers Can Thrive in a Test Automation World Preview
Jeanne Schmidt , Rural Sourcing Inc.
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session T16 Embedding Performance Engineering into the CI/CD Pipeline Preview
Anjeneya Dubey, McGraw-Hill Education
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session T17 AR and VR for Mobile Apps: Are You Ready to Test? Preview
BJ Aberle, Float
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Concurrent Session T18 What's an API and How Do I Test It? Preview
Paul Merrill, Beaufort Fairmont
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Networking Break • Visit the Expo—Closes at 3:00pm
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
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Concurrent Session T19 Make the Shift to Quality Engineering Preview
Melissa Tondi, EMS Software
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session T21 Behavior-Driven Development: Real-World Mind Reading Preview
Kim Tatum, Deloitte Consulting
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session T23 The Appium Framework: Create and Implement Your Mobile Testing Strategy Preview
Harry Roberts, Perfecto
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Concurrent Session T24 API Testing: How to Write Tests, Integrate into CI, and Track What You're Testing Preview
Elise Carmichael, QASymphony
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Keynote K5 Testing Your Metal: Parallels between Testing and Heavy Metal Music Preview
Paul Grizzaffi, Magenic
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

A self-proclaimed rock-a-holic, Paul Grizzaffi is greatly affected by music and quite the aficionado of heavy metal. Not only does he love music, he’s also an expert in testing and automation. The phrase “test your mettle” means to test one’s strength of spirit, what one is prepared to endure. In both testing and automation development, we often are tested by suboptimal situations and difficult challenges—unrealistic expectations, resistance to change, and the insistence that all existing test cases must be automated. In coping with challenges, many people find solace in listening to and...Read more

Testing & Quality Leadership Summit Reception—5:30pm-6:30pm (Summit Registration Required)
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, May 4

Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–3:00pm
7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—8:00am–8:30am
8:00 am to 8:30 am
Bonus Sessions—8:30am-4:30pm
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Testing & Quality Leadership Summit (Summit Registration Required)—8:30am–4:30pm
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Women Who Test
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Women Who Test is a full-day event on Friday, May 4 for women to network with other women who work in software testing. It is also a day to learn from and be inspired by each other. The program will cover testing topics and will support women’s personal and career journeys and include content like: reengineering your life, growing your personal brand, setting goals, discovering your career superpowers, and how to problem-solve when you are a female in the tech industry where your gender is out numbered 7:3. Join women test engineers, managers, CEOs, and consultants for some truly inspiring talks and fascinating group work. Registration is free for conference attendees, but you must reserve your seat in advance.Read more

Lunch—12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Leadership Summit & Bonus Sessions Continue—1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm