STARWEST 2020 Concurrent Session : Testers: The Unsung Data Heroes


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

Testers: The Unsung Data Heroes

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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 demonstrate the value they bring to the organization through real-time data reporting and predictive analytics. He will discuss what metrics are important and show you how to gather the data to power those metrics. Come learn how valuable your testing data is, how to create a data transformation in your organization, and how to tell a quality story. You'll walk away ready to be the new data hero at your company.


Connor studied chemical engineering while in school and did undergraduate research in bioprinting, the intersection of 3D printing and biomedical engineering. While working on his undergrad he was introduced to programming and fell in love. Connor now uses his love of programming and experimentation as a software engineer at Domo, the cloud-based business platform. At Domo he heads up testing for dashboards, navigation, and reporting; some of the most-used features of the platform. He is an avid gamer who loves both board and video games. For Valentine's Day this last year, Connor and his wife bought a new board game (it was his wife’s idea) and ate at home instead of going out. He is the founder of Grailmoth, a one-man game development studio.