STAREAST 2018 - Live Virtual Conference (free) | TechWell

Free STAREAST Virtual Conference

Available On-Demand Until August 9, 2017
Wednesday, May 10 | 8:30am–5:30pm ET
and Thursday, May 11 | 8:30am–5:30pm ET

The STAREAST Virtual Conference streamed live on May 10-11 from Orlando, Florida but will also be available on-demand until August 9, 2017. The Virtual Conference featured presentations and interviews that could be streamed straight to your desktop—including the latest testing solutions and networking opportunities. You still have time to watch keynote sessions and industry technical presentations as they happened live at STAREAST. The STAREAST Virtual Conference also featured live interviews with conference speakers. Make sure to visit the virtual Expo and learn about the most recent solutions from top industry providers. On-demand viewing and attendance is complimentary—so register to watch the sessons now. Or, view the full program details below.


Sponsors of the STAREAST 2017 Virtual Conference include CA Technologies, Delphix, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Tricentis, Perfecto Mobile,  SQE Training, and TechWell


Wednesday, May 10

Zeger Van Hese

The Power of Doubt: Becoming a Software Skeptic

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

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

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Sally Goble
The Guardian

What Really Happens When You Deliver Software Quickly

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The current trend in testing is to move away from traditional manual testing and toward test automation. To keep up with the rapid pace of continuous delivery today, test teams are urgently reskilling and reshaping themselves. Sally Goble shares her experience of what happened to the test team at the Guardian when the engineering team began the process of delivering software fast and at will—deploying software up to 400 times a day. Sally shares why her team reevaluated the role of testing in the software development cycle, what prompted the Guardian’s controversial decision to...

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Justin Hunter
Kathleen Poulsen
Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments and Hexawise: Improving Test Coverage and Efficiency with Combinatorial Test Design

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:15pm

Fidelity Investments has adopted combinatorial test design from Hexawise as a common approach across testing groups. Goals for this initiative include curbing the constant expansion of regression test suites, improving test coverage, and eliminating the repetition of test cases in multiple testing layers. Case studies from two separate Fidelity projects (services testing and front-end integration with services) will examine the problems addressed by this test design strategy and will highlight the following: • Benefits delivered in increased coverage and test case reduction • Optimized...

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Sprint’s Testing Transformation: A case study in testing in the digital age

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm

Sprint is going through a testing transformation. Like most organizations, their testing department is expected to deliver results at higher velocity and quality, yet with 50% less resources. While testing must become more agile, they look at testing as a critical step in their journey to achieve continuous delivery. To make this a reality, Sprint is turning to value-added solutions to provide synthetic generation of test data to reduce time-wasting processes, and to optimize their test cases to realize maximum test coverage. See how Sprint is accomplishing these goals to make sure...

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Why is Everyone Talking About the Future of Testing?

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Over the past two years, the vast majority of industry experts have felt compelled to provide their perspective on “the future of testing.” This is unprecedented. Something must have fundamentally changed to generate so much buzz…what is it?

Although some claim that these fundamental industry shifts spell the death of “testing,” we believe they open an opportunity to elevate the role of the tester. This session explores the perfect storm currently disrupting testing, how it is already impacting testers across the industry, and how the role of testing and testers can evolve from a...

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Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and...

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Thursday, May 11

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

Step Aside: Stop Leading from the Front

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Until now, test leadership has mostly been about you—your ability to manage testers and testing, your artful problem solving skills, your gift of keeping a clear head during chaos, and your mastery in directing teams toward project goals. The better you led your teams and the more they accomplished, the more successful you became. But if you look back, you may notice that while you grew and strengthened, your teams did not. What if there were a better model by which to lead? One that creates more skillful leaders who inspire with vision, lead by example, while preparing a new...

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Jason Benfield
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

DevOps: Testing Tomorrow's Release Today

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:30am

One of the roadblocks on the journey from Waterfall to Agile is enabling the team to actually execute continuous integration, continuous testing, and continuous delivery. As a result, software quality is suffering as agile teams release products that are not up to par.

Join us as we explore the challenges faced by teams implementing DevOps as they struggle to achieve the Agile dream. We will also demonstrate a working process that ensures continuous testing and continuous delivery of high quality software.

Matthew Yeh
Brett Stevens

Unlock Testing Productivity by Mastering Test Data Management (TDM)

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Applications have become the new competitive battleground, placing pressure on IT to deliver new features and releases to the business faster. While firms attempt to transform themselves through cloud, mobile and IoT, many have failed to address the largest constraint: test data.

Data mastery is the key to unlocking developer and tester productivity. To improve business agility, companies must look for ways to efficiently secure and deliver test data to application teams faster, so that they can release applications at a more competitive pace.

• Why data represents the most...

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

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

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

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Randy Rice
Rice Consulting Services, Inc.

Navigating the Nuances of Detailed Test Strategy Creation

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Software testers face a major challenge when designing test strategies and their related tests that effectively find software failures. With many techniques available, it is sometimes difficult to immediately apply them to real-life situations. What initially seems like a straightforward effort often turns into something resembling a winding road with no end. A test strategy may seem good at first, but once the testing begins, it may fail. Randy Rice believes there are ways to define a workable and flexible test strategy that will lead to tests that are creative and effective. Test...

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