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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

W4

End to End Performance Testing - Automated!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
End to end tests used to be the de facto standard in the performance testing world. However, with the advent of microservices that evolve rapidly, it has become more and more difficult to maintain end to end performance test suites. As a result, teams have gravitated towards having isolated micro-service level performance tests that are easier to maintain. This, however, leaves a gap in achieving the transaction mix and overall system load that E2E performance tests are best suited to provide. So when faced with this dilemma, Kaushal and his team took on an ambitious goal to automate the...
Erika Chestnut
Calendly
W5

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...

Daniel-Billing
Microsoft
VI1

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...

Inflectra
W9

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...

Amanda-Perkins
Rocket Homes
W12

The Human Side to Testing

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

We’re known for breaking things and testing the limits, and patience of our team and our systems. We advocate for quality in all things and we advocate for the end user. But, none of us actually think about how our varied backgrounds influence what we do and how we test. In this session we’ll explore how our previous (and current) experiences subconsciously affect our testing and how to bring those experiences to the forefront in order to be better testers all around. We’ll show how our experiences with tech and outside of tech influence how, what, and why we test the way we do. We’ll also...

Maryam-Umar
Thought Machine
VI2

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...

Tariq_King
test.ai
W13

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...

Lee Barnes
Utopia Solutions
W16

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...

VI3

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

Aprajita-Mathur
Guardant Health
T2

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...

talia-nassi
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
T3

Testing Your Serverless Applications

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

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...

Amit-Lacher
TestProject
VI4

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...

Adam_Satterfield
Global Payments
T8

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...

T12

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...

Christoph-Börner
Botium GmbH
VI5

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...

Jenna Charlton
Coveros
T15

From Fear to Risk: Redefine What Drives Your Enterprise Testing Strategy

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

Many quality engineering leaders say they do risk-based testing, but walking the walk is showing to be more challenging than enterprises realize. Often, quality engineering teams practicing risk-based testing end up testing “everything” because they continue to test from a place of fear as opposed to calculated risk. Others never reassess or renegotiate risk as their application matures. Additionally, sometimes quality engineering teams lack accurate testing data in order to make well-informed decisions.

Enterprise quality engineering leaders must apply a truth-telling question: What...

SmartBear
T18

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...

TD Bank
VI6

Storytelling with Data for Test Transformation

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

Teams use project statistics and insights to improve and deliver better products to customers, but as each team has their own set of definitions, formulas and tools, it can be difficult to consolidate data and create clear reporting for leadership. There is an opportunity to improve how data and analytics are presented to leadership, to increase consistency in the data collection and evaluation processes. In this conversation, we will answer two important questions: How can we balance the autonomy teams have with the need of aggregated reporting for leaders? And, how can we leverage data...

Abrar-Hashmi
Agile Brains Consulting
T21

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...

WA State Department of Licensing
T24

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...

VI7

DevOps: Test Alone

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

As in the movie HomeAlone, it seems that Dev and Ops have gone on a journey and forgot to take testing/QA with them. We hear big companies tell stories that they have no more testers, all testing is done in production, everything is fully automated by dev, etc. The actual truth lies somewhere in between these statements!

For most DevOps implementations, QA is actually crucial in order to succeed. DevOps however has a dramatic impact on the way we do QA! In this session, I will give you some concrete examples and tips on how we as QA...