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STARWEST 2019 - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer attendees the flexibility to follow a specific track or to explore various topics throughout the conference 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 2

Nikki_Henry
Ladies Leading Ladies
W1

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

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Leaders and managers are facing many struggles attracting, retaining, and working effectively with the millennial generation. Millennials tend to have shorter tenures in positions, higher expectations of work-life balance, and a need for purpose-driven work, so securing their talent and keeping them around brings a new set of requirements. However, if you are successful at getting them engaged, you can reap the rewards of an incredibly innovative, intelligent, and passionate group of workers. Nikki Henry will break down the values of this generation and leave you with tools and templates...

Peter Varhol
Technology Strategy Research
Gerie_Owen
Technology Strategy Research
W2

Conquering the Testing Challenges of Serverless Applications

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Serverless cloud applications are rapidly moving into the mainstream. In this model, teams focus on developing and deploying code on a known technology stack and runtime, with fixed interfaces for application, database, and network, and they offer the advantages of lower costs, faster development, and elastic growth. But testing serverless applications brings significant challenges to testers. Because the stack is typically maintained by the cloud provider, it is updated with new versions and security patches on a regular basis. Testers have to continuously test the stack...

Foxtel
W3

Mission Impossible: Delivering a Quality Streaming Experience at Scale

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Television consumption has dramatically changed in recent years as more and more consumers look for on-demand viewing options that are constantly at their fingertips. This has opened up a world of opportunity with over-the-top (OTT) platforms, but delivering a quality streaming experience at scale has proven highly difficult, even for Foxtel, the largest cable network provider in Australia. With customers spanning the entire country, Foxtel had a major challenge on their hands in securing adequate test coverage for its Foxtel GO and Foxtel Now OTT apps. Between numerous operating systems,...

Kevin_Pyles
Domo, Inc
W4

From Zero to AI Hero

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

AI is here. Will it take over your job? Is it possible to make it beneficial, not detrimental to your career? Kevin Pyles and his team jumped right into the AI universe. Untrained and inexperienced, they realized immediately that they knew nothing, but they were motivated to learn and experiment so they could be part of this revolution. Kevin will show you how his team went from little knowledge of machine learning algorithms, artificial intelligence, and, in some cases, even programming and automation to implementing custom automation frameworks, data analytics, and machine...

W5

Using Design Thinking to Create Better Test Cases

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Designing good test cases can be described as an art. With test cases being written with a focus on business, testers should be part of the discovery and design phase of the project, and the business drivers should dictate test case design. But how can we ensure we are focusing on the user and bringing the biggest value possible in this phase? Larissa Rosochansky will describe what design thinking is, how it relates to the testing methodology, and how to use it in the design phase of your project. She will also show you how to better frame the business drivers and select the persona and...

Josh_Gibbs
Contrast Security
W6

Continuous Application Security Testing

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Because of its specialized nature, many aspects of application security testing are often assigned to testers from another team or another company, and they may be brought in to perform a point-in-time assessment prior to a release. Your team is interested in implementing continuous deployment, and automation seems like the obvious answer. But when attempting to automate your security tests, you may run into a wide variety of challenges beyond simply adding a tool into your build system. Josh Gibbs will discuss how to choose what to test, how to avoid slow tests, how to keep...

Aprajita_Mathur
Guardant Health
W7

You, Inc.: Building Your Life's Development Plan

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

We all spend enough time thinking about the next feature and its development plan. Days, months, and sometimes years go by working on things that are a priority for our team and company. But how much time do we spend on discovering what is crucial for us and our own development? We can give more when we are at our best. This is not limited to career aspirations, but also applies to work-life balance, as it takes a family and a team to make anyone successful. Aprajita Mathur will work with you in a live session to build your own development plan. She will discuss six strategies that...

Mike_Duskis
CyberGRX
W8

Industrial-Strength Automation: When You Should and How You Can

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

You wouldn't buy a yacht to navigate your swimming pool, any more than you would paddle a canoe to Finland. The first is overkill and the second is dangerous. But we can't conclude that yachts are always overkill or canoes always dangerous; it depends on the context. The same principle applies to test automation. When a simple script is all you need, a full-scale product development effort would be overkill. On the other hand, you will encounter circumstances where inadequate planning or engineering discipline would drown you in a sea of noisy reports from tests that nobody is...

Dylan_Barrell
Deque Systems Inc.
W9

Automating Accessibility Testing with Axe

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

Accessibility empowers users, increases diversity, and can drive higher adoption and higher growth of your digital services. The axe family of open source technologies has been designed with speed, ease of integration, and zero false positives in mind. It is the perfect tool to start automating the testing of your websites and applications for accessibility issues. Dylan Barrell is the founder of the axe family of technologies and will talk about how they can help you get started with accessibility testing. He will show a complement of tools that integrate with a variety of technologies,...

Geoff_Meyer
DellEMC
W10

What’s Our Job When the Machines Do Testing?

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

Members of the engineering community are beginning to explore the exciting capabilities of artificial intelligence in order to remove even more mundane and manual tasks from our jobs. The next generation of automation within the software development lifecycle comes to us in the form of AI-inspired approaches: analytics, machine learning, and natural language processing. Geoff Meyer refers to this as cognitive automation, and it offers the promise of automating tasks that up until now could only be performed by humans. However, engineering practitioners going down the path of cognitive...

Kat_Rocha
ACT/NRCCUA
W11

How Infrastructure as Code Can Help Test Organizations Achieve Automation

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

For many test organizations, the first hurdle to automating the testing of a product is deployment of that product in its test environments. Infrastructure as code can be used to facilitate the basic processes of provisioning servers, from bare metal to virtual to cloud, as well as configuration management of the software that resides on the servers. Off-the-shelf infrastructure-as-code tools such as AWS CloudFormation, Chef, Puppet, and Ansible provide less expensive alternatives to developing proprietary in-house deployment solutions. Join Kat Rocha to learn how infrastructure as code...

Bob Foster
Coveros
W12

Finding Performance Issues Early with JMeter

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

Nonfunctional tests like performance tests are often left until the end of the delivery cycle because they can be expensive in terms of time, resources, and effort. However, performance issues can be difficult to resolve when found late in the software development lifecycle. Apache JMeter is an open source tool designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance. JMeter can be used to develop, manage, and execute load and performance tests while the code is being developed, rather than waiting to do performance testing until just before release. By using it early in your...

Janna_Loeffler
Carnival Corp & plc
W13

Capturing Testing with 3 Magic Words

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Testers tend to be innately curious creatures. Being curious and evaluating risks—that is what the testing job is about. Often it is the statement “I don’t know” that drives our curiosity in testing. We don’t really know if it’s a good “I don’t know” or a bad “I don’t know” until we start communicating with others. Part of being a great tester is becoming comfortable with saying “I don’t know” and explaining what that means so that people remain confident in you. Join Janna Loeffler as she talks about when it is okay to say “I don’t know," when it’s not okay to say “I don’t know,” and how...

Sarala Pandey
Huntington National Bank
Ashtha Singh
Student
W14

Start a Code Camp, Change the World

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Change begins at home. Last summer, a Young Women in Tech code camp was held in Columbus, Ohio, for members of the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community. More than a dozen experts in technology volunteered to teach girls ages 13 to 17 about computer programming, accessibility, user-centered design processes, cyber security, Photoshop, software development, and desktop management. The volunteers taught the girls about the extensive career options within technology, with each volunteer focusing on their respective area of expertise, and college admissions officers also provided education...

Angie Jones
Applitools
W15

What's That Smell? Tidying Up Our Test Code

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

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

Yury Makedonov
Accenture
W16

Testing AI-Based Systems: A Gray-Box Approach

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Testing artificial intelligence- and machine learning-based systems presents two key challenges. First, the same input can trigger different responses as the system learns and adapts to new conditions. Second, it tends to be difficult to determine exactly what the correct response of the system should be. Such system characteristics make test scenarios difficult to set up and reproduce and can cause us to lose confidence in test results. Yury Makedonov will explain how to test AI/ML-based systems by combining black box and white box testing techniques. His "gray box" testing approach...

Madhu_Datla
Intel
W17

Enterprise DevOps: Reducing Big-Bang Integrations in Global Organizations

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Six or seven years ago, the norm for update rollouts was a single Microsoft Windows OS release every three years being validated with an annual tick-tock cadence of Intel CPUs. About three years ago, new OSes started to be released twice a year, with new platforms developed several times a year. For us at Intel, this meant we had to increase the speed of our integration and test processes up to tenfold. At the time, our scaling challenges included slow software delivery mechanisms, inefficient testing strategies, and lengthy times to find and fix bugs. If we were going to meet the...

Ken Johnston
Microsoft
W18

Privacy in a Time of Rich Telemetry

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Most modern testing, especially in a DevOps model, uses a lot of telemetry to evaluate and monitor quality of experience for apps and services. In this interconnected world, there is power and risk in data. Ken Johnston will share his personal experiences dealing with US and European Union privacy regulations and the methods he and his team have implemented to mitigate the potential of significant penalties for the misuse of data. He will cover privacy-preserving techniques such as differential privacy and private enclave, what constitutes primary versus secondary uses of data, and how you...

Thursday, October 3

Vidya_Dinamani
Product Rebels
Heather_Samarin
Product Rebels
T1

Making the Marriage of Product and Engineering Thrive

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

By now you have probably heard that there should be a healthy tension between the product and engineering teams. The key word there is "healthy"—when this relationship is unhealthy, silos tend to form, ideas may be thrown over the wall, and a lack of ownership can develop. But what exactly goes into making this relationship work? Vidya Dinamani and Heather Samarin will explore this question and provide the product perspective in not just identifying and overcoming the root causes of most dysfunctions, but getting on the path to thriving. They will share examples from their...

Max_Saperstone
Coveros
T2

Getting to Continuous Testing

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Max Saperstone tells the story of how a health care company striving to get to continuous releases built up their automation to secure confidence in regular releases. Initially, as no test automation existed, Max was able to take an opportunity for greenfield test automation and, in the span of twelve months, develop over two thousand test cases. A pipeline was created to verify the integrity of the automated tests and build Docker containers for simplified test execution. These containers could be easily reused by developers and the DevOps team to verify the application. Join Max as he...

Jane_Fraser
Anki, Inc
T3

Internet of Things: Changing the Way We Test

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

The internet of things (IoT) brings connectivity to a range of previously non-internet-enabled physical devices and real-world objects. This shift has an impact testing—changing what we test, when we test, and the way we test. For one thing, once you’re in the real world, the number of possible issues explodes due to environmental conditions. Just like a race car must adjust its tires for different track conditions, IoT devices must account for environmental factors such as temperature and humidity to prevent unanticipated failures. Jane Fraser believes that for the IoT to be successful,...

T4

Testers: The Unsung Data Heroes

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Connor Dodge believes that data is the most valuable commodity in the world, and that testers generate some of the most valuable data in product development organizations. Test data can inform release schedules, aid in decision-making, and shape the direction of the product. However, such benefits can only be realized if test data is effectively tracked and presented, and if testers learn how to present that data in compelling and persuasive ways. Join Connor as he talks about how testers can create and use real-time dashboards to analyze the status of agile projects and...

Tonya_Kravtsov
Audible
T5

The Game of Continuous Delivery

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

The holy grail of a modern QA professional is to achieve high quality while continuously delivering features to customers, and the only way to achieve that mission is via continuous testing and delivery. The most critical step in agile transformation and continuous delivery adoption is identifying the bottlenecks in the product development cycle. Tanya Kravtsov will describe tools and methods that facilitate that discovery process and explore ways you can use mind maps, innovation games, and more to identify, prioritize, and resolve bottlenecks. You'll learn ways to deal with the most...

Saltworks Security
T6

Large-Scale DevSecOps: Bringing Security Confidence to Chaotic Development

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Implementing application security (AppSec) programs on a large scale can often seem chaotic and unwieldy. Without the proper knowledge to implement robust AppSec tools, DevSecOps on a large scale can be overwhelming. And with the countless number of customizable build, task-tracking, and CI integration systems available, many companies don’t know where to begin implementation of DevSecOps. Join Dennis Hurst as he shares the knowledge necessary to wield powerful AppSec tools based on his experience with a variety of large corporate clients. Dennis will discuss common pitfalls and...

Amy_Jo_Esser
ProAssurance
T7

Are You the Best Leader You Can Be?

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

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

Applitools
T8

Selenium IDE Is Making a Comeback—Can Codeless Testing Scale?

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

The rise, fall, and resurrection of Selenium IDE begs the question: Can codeless testing actually scale? Test automation folklore is full of horror stories of failed attempts to apply record-playback tools to perform UI-based functional testing. Putting these stories aside for a moment, let's take an objective look at record-playback tools and compare them with programming-based automation tools in order to evaluate their applicability to functional and visual test automation. Join Moshe Milman as he dives into a hands-on demo of the new Selenium IDE, reviews some of its new capabilities,...

T9

Conquering BDD: How One Team Is Making It Work

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Behavior-driven development has been a buzzworthy term in the testing and development community for several years. At first glance, the elements of BDD seem simple: testing scenarios, living documentation, automation, and reports. That all sounds great, but then why isn't everyone doing it? Upon a deeper dive, it becomes obvious that the implementation of BDD needs a lot of forethought and planning, and teams must approach it for the right reasons. Christine Fisher will follow the evolution that one team is currently experiencing in their shift to BDD. BDD was selected to help them...

Software Engineer
T10

Creating Self-Documenting, Reportable, DevOps-Driven Tests

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

For applications that have fully integrated service middleware, application servers, and backend databases, validation and verification of the entire application ecosystem is critical and complex. The challenge of testing these types of systems is compounded when each integrated application or component is developed by a different team or third-party vendor. Furthermore, application teams with diverse development practices generally require quick responses to system validation checks. Mimi Balcom Meng and her team have developed a testing framework that enables quality engineering teams to...

Tim_Wheeler
State Farm
T11

Mainframe Continuous Delivery: A Journey to the Left Side

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

DevOps and continuous delivery have produced exceptional results in the industry, and most of this success has been in the area of distributed systems. Tim Wheeler will discuss identifying problems delivering products in a large, integrated, legacy systems environment with PL/I, COBOL, IMS, and large-batch testing. Tim will talk about the journey his company, State Farm, took toward development and implementation of a plan to address inefficiencies in their delivery mechanism and to adopt modern DevOps practices and tools. You'll leave with a greater understanding of mainframe...

Arthur_Hicken
Parasoft
T12

Connected Cybersecurity: Stories from the IoT Hall of Shame

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

The amount of IoT software in everyday things is growing at an alarming rate. Some cars now have over 100 million lines of code. Software exists in everything from our home security systems and thermostats, our televisions and phones, our children’s toys, and our cars to the systems we rely on every day but don’t think about, like our water supply, electricity, and power plants. Unfortunately, the amount of security testing being done on these devices is not growing at the same rate, as evidenced in the so-called IoT Hall of Shame, which keeps a running account of IoT...

Jane_Jeffers
Riot Games
T13

Driving Quality with the "Yes, If ..." Mentality

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

It can be easy to feel like the villain when you work in testing and QA. After all, part of the job is to point out when things are broken, people have made mistakes, timelines aren't realistic, or a plan just can't work. But if your team feels like you're a frequent naysayer, trust can and will erode, and quality suffers because of it. If you find yourself constantly saying, "No, because ..." and being the baddie, it's time to reframe how you approach your team's ideas and development processes. Join Jane Jeffers as she talks about the power of instead saying, "Yes, if ..." and what this...

Satyajit Malugu
GoDaddy
T14

Make Your UI Tests Resilient with the Next Generation of Frameworks

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

A big problem with test automation on any platform or operating system is synchronizing test automation interactions with the UI. It is challenging to know when the UI is ready for the next automated click(). Traditional black box tools try to address this problem by explicit or implicit waiting, but this technique is slow and error-prone. A new generation of test frameworks, starting with Espresso, understands the internals of the app and synchronizes interactions only when the view is ready, making the framework very fast and reliable. This same technique is making Cypress and...

Paul_Grimes
The Pokémon Company International
T15

Evolve Your Testing the Pokémon Way

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

How can you know that your services will handle the requests of millions of users a day? Or that making a fundamental change to one of your technologies won’t break your user experience? The answer: By having your entire team use and build on a phased approach to testing the right pieces at the right time. The Pokémon Company International services group develops and updates the services used for logging into the Pokemon.com website and applications like Pokémon Go and Pokémon TV. Since the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016, their quality-focused team has worked to develop strategies that...

Lorna_Smyth
Smartbear
T16

Smart Testing with AI Using Data Mining

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The approaches to testing are continuously evolving as we try to keep up with the application needs of today’s users. Our industry is facing a new paradigm where AI is helping achieve scale, coverage, and business impact for many organizations that have been primarily focused on finding defects and refactoring test cases. Are your teams struggling to figure out how to leverage AI to improve their testing? To successfully do this, you must first understand one of AI’s underpinning foundations: data mining. Lorna Smyth will explain the fundamentals of data mining and how it is the...

Aprajita_Mathur
Guardant Health
T17

Before and After You Say ‘I Do’ to Docker

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Docker is the most popular containerized solution being used in the software industry for development. Like any other test automation tool, however, implementation can get complicated, tricky, and unmaintainable if all you understand is the record-and-playback features or think it is the same as using a virtual machine. Whether you are already using Docker for your automation needs or plan to start using it soon, join Aprajita Mathur as she shares her journey of using Docker for testing complex and constantly evolving data analysis pipelines. She will discuss basic concepts of...

Ultimate Software
T18

Continuous Performance Testing: A Tale of Two Worlds

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Once upon a time, in a land far away, application performance was a differentiator in the market. But in today's competitive landscape, having a highly responsive and scalable application is a basic expectation. Performance no longer lives on the fringe of the quality world, and it is becoming more common for organizations to include performance testing as part of their CI/CD pipelines. However, engineers are faced with a common dilemma: Do they implement small and simple performance tests that may not be very realistic but are fast and reliable in the build pipeline, or do they...

Ultimate Software
T19

Scaling Quality through Community Leadership

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Modern software development organizations often build teams around features. Unfortunately, these teams tend to become siloed, building tools and processes without being aware of how other teams have solved the same problems. As quality and test engineers are federated out to these feature teams, quality itself becomes decentralized. And as an organization scales, this fragmentation can put product health at risk. How does an organization provide guidance and standards to decentralized teams? How can information, tools, and resources be shared among quality engineers? Can we bring...

test IO
T20

De-Risking the Deployment Process

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In a world of continuous delivery, deployments happen faster than ever. But while every organization wants to move faster, many teams struggle to keep up with digital consumers’ expectations for quality. Join Philip Soffer to learn how smaller companies can reduce risk in their deployment processes by combining automation with human insight and performing functional and nonfunctional tests in a synchronized process. Using real-world examples, Philip will discuss the interactions among continuous integration, automated functional testing, crowd testing, feature flagging, and...

Jennifer Bonine
PinkLion AI
T21

The Impact of the IoT: What’s in Store for Testing

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

No longer just a futuristic concept, the internet of things (IoT) has a strong presence in our world. If your business is not prepared for it, you’re already behind. With the proliferation of connected “things”—devices, appliances, cars, and even clothes—Jennifer Bonine says that the stage is set and IoT mobile apps are here to stay. Testers are now being asked to test on more complex devices and more advanced platforms, so they must keep up with the demand for new skills, new strategies, and an entirely new set of knowledge for testing IoT apps. Jennifer will review where we are today and...

Michael_Puntumapanitch
1A1 Innovations
T22

Test Data as a Service: Fueling Quality at Speed

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Any business that uses technology to interface with or provide service to their customers, suppliers, and partners requires customer-facing applications that have exceptional quality. The assurance of business outcomes must become an imperative for IT professionals, which means we must learn how to continually engineer quality into every product and process to provide confidence that our technology solutions protect the company brand. However, delivery within the required time frames is continually constrained by the quality, relevance, quantity, and security of test data. Join...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
T23

Continuous Testing: A Fishbowl Discussion

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Many people confuse continuous testing with test automation, but continuous testing is much more. It requires that all tests to certify a feature are automated and part of the continuous integration pipeline, and the results of those tests determine automatically when the next step should be run. We will discuss how companies have enabled this process, common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and how to move from automation to continuous testing. In a fishbowl discussion, the audience members sit in a circle of chairs in the middle of the room. Several brave souls will fill all but one of...

T24

Are You Ready for Your Digital Transformation?

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Many organizations have embarked on a digital transformation in order to stay competitive and gain market share. Whether it is enabling access to legacy applications via a web front end or a migration to the cloud, the journey is complex and requires comprehensive testing. To begin with, most systems use responsive web design to accommodate for the myriad mobile devices retail customers use. How do you test for interoperability across these multiple digital footprints? What about UI testing? ADA compliance? And many digital transformations make use of a microservices architectures using...