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STARWEST 2021 - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer attendees the flexibility to explore a variety of topics throughout the conference on Wednesday and Thursday in order to customize their learning experience. Learn both enterprise foundations and new methodologies to grow your skills, supercharge your knowledge, and re-energize your career growth.

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Wednesday, October 6

Andrew Knight
PrecisionLender, a Q2 Company

The Screenplay Pattern: Better Interactions for Better Automation

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

For more than a decade, the Page Object Model with Selenium WebDriver or Appium has been the predominant design pattern for automating UI interactions. Unfortunately, page objects have problems with code duplication and flakiness at scale. It's time for a better pattern. The Screenplay Pattern is a much better alternative: Actors use Abilities to perform Interactions. In this talk, I will show you how to use the Screenplay Pattern using Boa Constrictor, the .NET Screenplay implementation. First, we will see problems with writing WebDriver-based tests the "traditional" way by attempting to...


Implementing AI in Test Automation (DevOps)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Imagine this … you observe failures in your automated test more often and spend a huge effort in maintaining automation test, there could be many reasons for this, hence it is imperative to implement artificial intelligence to our test automation to automatically recover from failures. Building a tool to gather the cause of failure and capable recovering from failure would save huge effort in script maintenance. Shubhra Goyal introduces you to key test aspects to consider— to organizations both large and small that allow you to build intelligent test automation by following standard...


Test Your Unit Tests: Mutation Testing

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Even if your code coverage is 80%, how much confidence do you have in your unit tests? Are they catching the edge cases? Can you fearlessly refactor? Add new features? Perhaps you are writing code that another team will rely on (or worse, you have to rely on!) Or maybe you have to untangle some ugly spaghetti code and want some idea of what it does before you start chopping it up. A mutation testing framework like PIT from tests your JUnit tests and shows you what you are and aren’t testing. If your unit tests all pass, mutation tests make changes to a copy of your source code...


Building Scalable Software via Testing

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Have you ever run into a situation where you had to build a new product using a completely different tech stack without knowing whether it will scale or not? And later on dealt with an incident in the middle of the night for that same product that could not cope with sudden surge of traffic? Re-architecting the core infrastructure of a non-scalable software is expensive and can be avoided if performance and chaos testing is involved during the very early stages of software development, whether it’s creating a proof of concept of the scalability aspect for a newly proposed technology or...

Erika Chestnut

Gatekeeper to Enabler: 5 Steps to Make QA the Darling of Your Company

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

How’s the culture of quality in your organization? In 2021, many companies will still place QA at the end of the delivery lifecycle - acting gatekeepers to production. Does your leadership act as a gatekeeper in your release cycles or do you have the final say? Gatekeeping creates a wasteful test experience that ultimately drives longer delivery cycles and does not cultivate a culture where everyone is empowered to assure quality. In this talk, Erika Chestnut, Head of QA at Calendly will share 5 concrete steps to transform your leadership from costly gatekeeping to enabling quality. If you...

Ebenezer Ikonne
Cox Automotive

Testing Thoroughly Requires Safety

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Repeated software incidents led to system downtime, lost revenue, and a decrease in customer service. Team debriefs revealed that many of these incidents were preventable failures that occurred because (a) a lack of psychological safety on the team, (b) testing was considered the sole responsibility of testers, and (c) the team did not anticipate and prepared for what could go wrong. We first had to foster a psychologically safe environment where team members felt free to discuss obstacles to testing, such as a lack of environmental parity. A safe environment enabled the team to identify...


8 Bit Pro—A Gamer's Guide to Testing

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Let me take you back in time to the 1980s and tell you a story. A story of an 8-year-old boy, seaside arcades, chunky cartridges, tape drives, floppy discs, pokes, cheats, and magazines full of code! This is the start of how I became a tester. Gaming is often written off as a wasteful pastime. Hours of time are sunk into playing the latest games, just to get kudos amongst other fellow gamers. Some do take it to extremes and ignore all other aspects of their lives. I would argue that gaming is a productive activity. Gamers test all the time. Gamers explore, model, tweak, mod, exploit and...

Iryna Suprun

Not Your Testing Tool

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

When we talk about testing and tools we usually mean test automation tools but what if there is more? What if there is a much wider spectrum of tools that can help us to improve quality (and find bugs)? Have you ever thought about secrets your monitoring tool can share? How google screen reader can improve the quality of your app? What is hidden behind those warnings in logs? If not - let’s talk about tools. About not testing tools. I often feel that testers miss a bunch of useful tools that can help to spot issues when not actively testing. These tools can be used by anybody in the team...

Deloitte Consulting India Pvt Ltd

Applying AI/ML Techniques to Analyze Historical Data For Testing

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

With the growing importance of system performance rather than just the working function of it, we see an evergrowing need at bringing the bar low, with the client needing their application to perform extensively within speck of time. Comparing the timing for each page load takes substantial time/effort and sometimes tend to come with human error, which in turn can change the course of action. To overcome this, the presentation will provide different AI/Machine Learning techniques that can be applied to the automation and performance tests which will provide a summarized as well as detailed...


APIs – Security & Performance – How to Avoid Getting in the News!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

We all know that Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are critical in the modern economy, however, if you don't pay attention to the security or performance aspects of APIs, the results can be catastrophic. From large scale data-breaches, major system-wide outages and executives being hauled in front of Congress, failure to adequately plan and carry out API performance and security testing will definitely make the front-page news.... not in a good way. This session will discuss the present a comprehensive strategy for performance and security testing of your APIs, it will include best...

Sysco Corporation

Automate and Measure the Performance of Customer Journeys

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

In today's modern digital world, where Customer Experience is the key - Application performance – is in demand and a crucial success factor like never before. Traditional transaction-based performance measures are not sufficient to ensure a swift digital customer experience. Performance measuring of customer journeys has become vital as it builds confidence and reliability in the application/system under test. There are multiple challenges in measuring customer journeys' performance - diverse operating systems, devices, and geolocations etc., will account for hundreds of scenarios to be...

Mark Minson
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Creative Brain Breaks for the Office

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

A notion of eras past is that while at work, people should be focused on work only. But times have changed and bringing games into the workplace can provide the X-factor your team has been missing. This isn't gamification of work. This isn't video games but board, card and role-playing. The goal is to get employees away from their desks and monitors but keep their minds engaged. Most games involve strategic thinking, adjusting to changes on the fly and often collaboration with the added benefit of fun. I will talk about virtues of specific games (Ticket To Ride, Flux, D&D and others...

Rocket Homes

A User's Guide to Demoing

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

No matter where you are, at some point your work is going to have to be demonstrated to other people. Instead of having your BA, QA, Dev or even PO demo it, wouldn't it be easier to just demo it yourself? But, having to present in front of people is a little scary. Indeed it is but there are some tips and tricks that you could learn to very easily put into practice to help you be able to eliminate that fear and be a demoing machine.

In this session, we are going to go over the basics on how to run a good demo. Tips and tricks on what to show and how to show off what you've done, and...

Thought Machine

How I Became Agile When It Came to Mental Health

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Maryam Umar comes from a household of high achievers. Her parents never asked to be awesome in what she studied. They always had this unsaid expectation. Luckily, she did really well throughout school, college and university. She likes to think she got her dad’s sense of achievement and her mum’s great way of organizing her tasks. From her teens onwards, she started developing a high sense of perfection for every-thing she took on. However, she did not realize that having this high bar was slowly consuming her. Maryam will talk about how the desire to be awesome slowly engulfed her. The...


AI-Driven Test Automation: A Tour De Force

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

The use of AI for testing is one of the latest trends in the software industry. Within the last decade, there has been a vast increase in the number of vendors and startup companies promoting AI-driven test automation tools, platforms or frameworks. But what are the real benefits of this technology? Does it have any weaknesses? Are all AI technologies created equally? Join Tariq King as takes you on a journey and shows you the true strength of AI in testing. In this tour de force, Tariq will describe some of the recent advances in AI-driven test automation, while keeping it down to earth...

Connect AI

Evolution of engineering productivity with AI & ML

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Customer obsession renaissance is afoot. In today’s highly competitive era, customer satisfaction drives business. Dealing with fickle customer mindsets and habits requires speed, agility, the ability to maneuver in motion to a change in strategy while still delivering efficiently. Hence, the focus on engineering productivity – a critical aspect of agility – is greater than ever before. However, traditional measures of engineering productivity have always lacked measures of developer engagement or experience. High performers such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and Etsy routinely and...

BrightInsight Inc

Component and Contract Testing: A True Shift Left in Microservices Architectures

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Are you struggling to see the true benefit of shift left in your microservices architecture ? Do you ever wish you had some checks in place before developers would check-in their code ? Block having a build until issues/defects are fixed? If so, then the answer is to have component tests followed by contract tests. Join Yesh Veera as he teaches you how to implement and perform component testing. You'll traverse up the classic testing pyramid until you reach above component tests to discover a contract testing framework. If that hearing this excites you then come see for yourself how to...

Lee Barnes
Utopia Solutions

Performance Testing in DevOps

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Performance testing isn’t the first thing organizations think about when moving to DevOps – in fact, it’s often ignored as traditional approaches don’t jive well with the fast and nimble world of DevOps. However, performance is still a critical part of the user experience, and poor performance and outages will quickly negate the value of the features you’re delivering. Lee believes that organizations don’t have to gamble with application performance. He will discuss techniques for implementing continuous performance testing in your pipeline, so you don’t have to roll the dice on your user...

Modern Woodmen of America

Maturing Your QA Practice in a Rapidly Evolving Development Landscape

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

You are in charge of Quality Assurance at an Organization. Maybe it is new to you, to the organization, or what was previously there just wasn’t working and needed a revamp. Many of us are challenged to build or mature QA in a rapidly and ever-changing software development landscape. Join me for a case study in building QA from *almost* the ground up including challenges and maturity along the way. We will cover how to define capabilities and offerings for your team that are agonistic to the software development methodology and is tool agnostic. We will discuss how to chart your QA team...


How SDETs & QEs Can Step Up and Empower Their Dev Teams

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Test automation and ensuring quality are traditionally the responsibilities that fall under QEs and SDETs – the PO defines & scopes the capability and business value, the developers create the feature, and then SDETs create the test automation and perform comprehensive testing to ensure high quality. Nowadays, this approach has become agile and iterative, but it mostly stayed the same - the SDET or QE usually carries most of the weight when it comes to testing and ensuring quality. It is now time to evolve the role that SDETs and QEs play to become that who empowers the team from...


Does Low Code Mean Low Testing?

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Low Code and No Code are new on the block. There are very much low code and no code platforms and the number of organization that use low code or no code is growing. And does low code or no code mean we don't have to test or have to test less on these systems? We will go deep into this question in this talk and explore the risks of low code and no code systems. This presentation will start with a short introduction in low code. We will explain what they are, how they work and will tell that the vendors promise us and that reality is. In the second part we will dive deep into the question...

Thursday, October 7

Guardant Health

Don’t Be Scared of AI! It’s Here to Stay and So are You

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 9:45am to 10:45am

AI is here to stay and we know it’s going to change our world. There is so much information about AI that it's hard to know where to start, what to learn, what to ignore, and what to believe. How do we tester’s cope up with this new technology and will this technology bring an end to our field of work? Join Aprajita Mathur as she shares the basics of AI and where this technology stands today, what problems are being solved by it and why AI is not just about “ Test Bots” or “Robotics”. She will discuss how testers add/can add value in AI, what testing skills are transferable when working...


Raiders of the Lost AppSec

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Remember the Indiana Jones movies? For those in infosec and security trying to navigate these days seems a lot like those movies. For instance, right from the very start of the series, we are shown how defense-in-depth is not enough - or have you forgotten that Indy escaped with the idol? Or how about how many of us, trying to keep up with threats, can relate to Indy, when going after a truck, said “I don’t know, I’m making this up as I go!”? And can't we ALL relate to trying to find the Security Holy Grail to help manage and mitigate risk – and felt the pain and scars from someone...

Upland InGenius
Melissa Benua

Breadmaking and the Art of Data-Driven Model-Based Testing

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Are you short on testing resources but not short on things to test? Is your current test case creation effort exclusively like baking artisanal hand-crafted sourdough? Do your tests rely on data? Does your test team understand what that your product’s data looks like and how to use it? Melissa and Chris will show you how solid data models can drive solid data driven testing in your automation. They draw on their years of experience and share how you can generate test cases from your actual data models, run those test cases at scale, and validate - using the power of oracles - to ensure...

Mark Gharibian
E&J Gallo Winery

Exploratory Testing in Augmented Reality Applications: Lessons Learned with Microsoft HoloLens

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Mixed and Augmented Reality applications are on the rise and traditional testing is being challenged to innovate. These applications currently have to be tested by humans in the real world. Working with his team, Mark Gharibian solved business challenges by leveraging Augmented Reality on Microsoft HoloLens to digitize engineering processes, enable remote collaboration in manufacturing environments, and assist with organizational responses to Covid. These next generation wearables and associated software applications create significant testing challenges. Join Mark for some demonstrations...


Say Goodbye to Test Flakiness and Welcome AI into Open Source Mobile Testing

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Mobile automation testing, especially if open source (i.e best of breed – Appium), can be frustrating at times, as it comes with quite a few common challenges: complex environments & setup processes, constantly maintaining locator strategies, struggling with team collaboration, tiresome iOS dependencies, trying to avoid fragility and flakiness within your tests, lack of visibility into test results, and so much more... In this talk we’ll deep dive into each of these obstacles and discuss how Agile methods & advanced tools that will leverage your open source mobile testing with the...

Global Payments

Security Testing is Everyone's Responsibility

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

How many news stories have you seen recently where a company puts out a statement stating they have been hacked? As applications grow in complexity and scale with technologies such as mobile, microservices and cloud hosting, testers are finding themselves on the forefront of needing to understand how to add security to their suite of testing skills. Paired with an uptick in bad actors trying to take advantage of any application that can be reached via the internet, there is a large need for security testing. Unfortunately, combined with the move to push testing left, security is oftentimes...


Enhance Mobile Exploratory Testing with Performance Metrics

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Consumers now expect digital experiences to exceed face-to-face experiences. Recent studies show that 80% of people have deleted a mobile app if they faced problems with its performance. This abandonment rate impacts the digital transformations that many companies are going through. In this talk, you will learn how mobile performance impacts user experience, what you need to look for when evaluating the performance of an app and the different types of tests that can be done according to the multiple factors that affect the performance: the server, mobile device, network, and programming of...

Lucid Software

A Manual Testers Performance Review Process

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Manual testing is a role that is often misunderstood which leads to difficulty in providing fair, unbiased, meaningful, and informative performance reviews. This talk will share a system for manual tester performance reviews that has been created by manual testers, for manual testers. It is a system that is designed to empower, support, and encourage manual testers to grow, learn, and feel like they have a meaningful career. Our team worked together to build a framework that allowed for a granular assessment of a variety of testing related skills, but one that could still be easily fit...

Sony Interactive Entertainment

The Story of My Exploratory Testing in an Agile Team

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

World-class software testing professionals are either Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple trying to catch the bugs even before the crime has happened. These detectives never followed the same layout or steps but explored various techniques and focused on continuous improvement to solve the most challenging crimes. Exploratory testing in an agile team is a similar practice. Exploratory testing (ET) shares some common characteristics with agile methodology. The aim of agile is adaptive planning, early development, test faster and easier. A frequent change in the development means-testing methods...

Botium GmbH

Bots Testing Bots: From Manual to Automated Testing for Conversational AI

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Testing is a crucial enabler for the success of chatbots and voice assistants. Doing it manually requires enormous time and effort. As DevOps and furthermore AIOps grow in importance, automated testing will remain critical to ensure that bots actually do what their designers intend. Unlike traditional software where the application follows a predefined flow, a chatbot runs without any restrictions. Talking to a chatbot has no barriers. Combining this with an unpredictable user behavior, it becomes utmost difficult to verify the correctness of conversational AI. Training data and test sets...

Péter Földházi
EPAM Systems

Tri-Layer Testing Architecture

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Designing a proper architecture for building your test automation solution is one of the most important knowledge and experience a Test Automation Engineer may possess. The Tri-Layer Testing Architecture gives a good overview on how to design test solutions easily and quickly. About a decade ago people with advanced knowledge were building test automation frameworks with essentially two separate layers: Test Scripts and Test Libraries. The problem with this Bi-Layer architecture is reusability in other applications, specifically the size and complexity of test libraries along with the...

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Testing Your Serverless Applications

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

This talk is about applying best practices of testing to your serverless applications. Serverless technologies allow you to focus on building your application by reducing the work you do managing infrastructure. You'll learn how to overcome the challenges of testing in a serverless architecture, and how to efficiently test your Lambda functions efficiently. This includes unit testing, integration testing, and end-to-end testing. After this talk, you will gain an understanding of the benefits of using the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) CLI to test code manually, and verifying...

Jenna Charlton

Aligning Whole Team Quality with the UX Honeycomb

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Agile requires the whole team to take ownership of quality and have a shared understanding of what is "good enough". However, few teams spend time determining what matters most to their customers and developing a shared understanding of what their customers value. By making use of the User Experience Honeycomb, designed in 2004 by Peter Moreville, teams can develop a shared visual vocabulary to identify what matters most to their customers. In this talk Jenna Charlton will share strategies that are designed to create consensus in agile delivery teams and that will help you keep the focus on...
Thomas Haver
Red Green Refactor

The Rise and Benefits of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a term given to technology that allows developers to programmatically emulate the actions of a human to execute a business process. RPA often operates on the user interface (UI) layer to capture data or interact with an application or across multiple applications to perform tasks that are considered repetitive or time-consuming. Originally focused on business processes, many RPA solutions now integrate with testing tools. While the promises of easy adoption and scaling are made by almost every vendor, the reality is long-term commitment to an RPA program...

Zsquare Solutions Inc

Debunking the QA KPI Myths & Make KPI Great Again

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Everyone is focused on data and metrics to make major decisions. When it comes to software quality, KPI metrics can become a myth. Sometimes it works, sometimes you miss it. KPI metrics help determine the health of the product, as well as provide guidance for continuous improvement. Attendees in this session will take away :

Determine the purpose of the QA KPI for your needsAdapt the KPI Metrics to your organization culturePractical QA KPI metrics that bring value to everyone in the organization for the health of the project and the team's healthDetermine QA KPI Metrics for QA team...

Don't Ignore the Happy Path—Know That It Was Never There

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The allure of a "happy path" in testing (and in many other walks of our professional and personal lives) is strong. “A happy path? Sign me up!” you might say to yourself. Imagine yourself standing before two roads. One of them is well lit, maybe you’ve taken it before. Maybe you can even see the end. and you’re confident in what’s waiting for you there. The other road…is different in every way. It’s overgrown, poorly lit, and you can’t see anything past a sharp turn only a few steps in, leaving you with little confidence how long it will take you to walk it, and if you will even reach the...


Deciphering the Way Data is Tested

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Accurate data interpretation and forecast can turn out to be the game changers in business decisions. The correct set of data is indispensable not only for decision-making but for technical solutions using AI/ML, deep learning, etc. Our aim is to provide a solution to challenges faced while data validation in:

Big data and AI/MLHeterogeneous data formatInadequacy of data anomaly identificationHuge data sets and a real-time stream of dataUnderstanding the data sentimentContinuous testing and monitoring

The research employed an open-source solution for the implementation. Apache Kafka...


Defining Test Automation Requirements Through Recordings

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Most organizations have gone away from the concept of record & playback as their preferred automation method. The early failures of this approach to automation years ago has left significant doubt that this can be used as a primary method of automation. Instead, automation engineers may rely on manual test cases that outline what needs to be done, review a business requirements document, or analyze a design document. Why can’t recordings help not only fill these requirements, but also provide the foundation for automation engineers to work from? The recorders of today are so much...


Automation is easy. It's the Testabality That's Hard.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

There's no shortage of front-end and backend tools to create automated tests. There are even AI-aided tools and self-healing tests. If so, then why do so many automation projects fail or lose credibility? The big challenge with automation is not making button click through a script. That's the easy part. The challenge with automation is creating an environment that is deterministic, decoupled from dependencies that make test results unpredictable. One of the toughest dependency issues revolved around data, creating it, consuming it and discarding it. At Transamerica, we developed a tool...

Agile Brains Consulting

Demystifying Microservices—Breaking Down Legacy Applications to Deploy Faster

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Agile is all about speed and one of the fundamental principles of Agile is adherence to technical excellence. Microservices  is an architectural style that structures an application as a collection of services that are: Highly maintainable and testable; Loosely coupled; Independently deployable; Organized around business capabilities. Learn how a large Fortune 20 financial institution used microservices to deploy code faster. We will focus on Understanding the using Microservices and how to map technical practices to the business strategy behind microservices. The session will detail how...


Testing Cookie Consent for the Web in Multiple Languages

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Cookie consent solutions are critical for online businesses to thrive and establish trust with their users. As software testing professionals, we have a unique ability to shape not only quality within our own roles, but as human beings fighting for the greater good in data privacy. The cookie consent banners and dialogs we often see on the web exist for two primary reasons: to mitigate risks like privacy fines and damaging headlines and to show the world there is a way to do privacy right. Testing cookie consent dialogs across many languages and browsers can seem like a daunting task. I’ll...


Role of Testers in Agile / DevOps Environment

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The role of a tester is bigger and expandable beyond time-boxed sprints. As much as the Test First mindset starts from sprint planning, it is important for testers to be tech-savvy to support the tested code successfully released into production. And behold, close out with Smoke testing. This session focuses on the role of a tester in and beyond sprint:

How to collaborate with other roles at the program level?How testers can contribute during DevOps automation?What's the definition of done for the team and for the product?

Two things that the audience can take away from this session:1...

WA State Department of Licensing

Conducting an Agency Accessibility Audit

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Often it is up to IT to conduct an accessibility audit. Most government organizations (and private ones for that matter) are hopelessly behind in digital accessibility and vulnerable to litigation. In addition to the legal requirements to be WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 compliant, being digitally accessible is simply the right thing to do. This is our success story of conducting an organization-wide audit, establishing a baseline, conducting a gap analysis, and recommending a remediation plan, all within six months in the one of the largest agencies in Washington State government. No...


Se7en: 7 Deadly Sins of DevOps Transformations

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In this presentation inspired by the movie Se7en, Bjorn Boisschot will be your personal detective and will guide you from the tortured remains of one company to the next as they have suffered from the 7 deadly sins of DevOps transformations. Bjorn will start with the sin of “utter team autonomy and freedom” and the project chaos resulting from it. Next up is the most beautiful sin of them all: “it’s all about the tools, our company culture is perfect”. The remaining 5 sins will be unveiled during his session. By providing you with some real-life examples and stories, you will be able to...