STARWEST 2019 - Industry Technical Presentations | TechWell

STARWEST 2019 - Industry Technical Presentations

Wednesday, October 2


Your Shift Left is Failing – What you can do to fix it

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

Today’s development teams are becoming more agile, building code more quickly and accurately to meet the needs of their customers and employees. But faster development is now putting pressure on teams to test code more quickly, often within shorter sprints. Shifting left has never been more important. But how’s that working for you? Join us for this session as Bhrath Vantari shares how your teams can win at shifting left and how we are helping to automate testing, improve quality, and deliver code more reliably.



Challenges in Testing Cellular M2M and IoT Devices

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

With the popularity of connected devices, end-to-end testing for such devices require either a wired or wireless connection such as cellular, Wi-Fi,, Bluetooth, etc. You may ask questions such as, "What is an M2M module and IoT devices? What are their similarities and differences, and what are their applications?" - this presentation will provide you with the answers. Alan Ip, a senior consultant at Wisewires, will discuss the trending transition of M2M to IoT for connected devices, and examine the challenges and solutions for testing various radio access technologies (RAT) through an in-...

Mark Lambert
Chris Colosimo

How to Make Selenium Smarter

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:15pm

Automated testing of the UI is critical to ensure the high-quality customer experience required to maintain competitive advantage and Selenium is the framework of choice adopted by the industry. However, tests created with Selenium still suffer from the common UI testing challenges of maintainability, stability and long execution times due to their complex and brittle nature and inability to automatically adapt to any changes in the application. Join Mark Lambert, VP of Products at Parasoft, and Chris Colosimo, Product Manager at Parasoft, as they address the key challenges of UI test...

Kalyan Rao Konda
Cigniti Technologies
Pure Insurance

A Pragmatic Approach to QA Transformation – Challenges, Learnings, Outcomes & Best Practices

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Quality Assurance & Testing plays a very critical role in achieving the desired business outcomes. This session focuses on the QA transformation journey and results achieved in a fast paced & high growth consumer facing organization. Robust Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE) is established to provide different testing services to multiple business-lines with business value as the goal. Business functional testing, Test automation and Performance testing are in the scope of TCoE. Metrics & Measurement framework played a very key role in delivering the business value to internal...


Bettering Quality Engineering, Intelligently

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 12:40pm to 1:25pm

How to Guarantee Continuous Value from your Test Automation

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Getting value from your test automation is fundamental for fast feedback, risk reduction, and return on investment from your testing activities. Once developing the test scenarios, teams cannot stop monitoring and ensuring that their tests continuously bring value, are not flaky, and can support the latest functionalities in your web and mobile apps. Teams often “forget” about their tests once they have been developed and integrated into the CI pipeline — regardless of the value they bring. In this session, learn how to optimize your Appium and Selenium test suites so you can get more...


Spend less time refactoring and more time testing smarter

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

Come and discuss how modern tools approach test maintenance challenges in an agile and DevOps aware fashion. We will discuss the shift from brittle xpath based selectors to scriptless UI testing as well as how changes at the microservice API layer don't have to mean half a sprints’ worth of test refactoring pain. You will also see how being able to re-use assets between types of test – e.g. scaling API tests for performance – can bring benefit to teams. Finally, we will touch on ways in which virtual services can be used to decouple projects from complex dependencies and enable faster and...


Enable Continuous Testing with the Right Software Testing tools and Process

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

Software Testing Teams are key stakeholders in the digital transformation process and continuous testing has become the go to mechanism to deliver continuous quality. The basic tenet is to embed software testing tightly within the DevOps cycle.

Join Harshal Vora as he demonstrates how the right tools and approach helps you support omni-channel test environments, create collaboration, enable CI/CD orchestration, integrate test automation, and optimize the use of analytics for continuous feedback loop. Learn how you can achieve continuous testing and DevOps ideals with the right...

Michael Faulise
tap | QA
Anne Hungate
Daring Systems

2020 Vision: How Design Thinking Will Change QA Next Decade

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:30pm

During the 2010's, we saw a fundamental change in the role of QA. The #1 objective of Testing and QA organizations worldwide is now to ensure end-user satisfaction, and not mere defect finding.

To that end, Design Thinking is a mindset that many world-class QA organizations are adopting to ensure their focus is on customer empathy in the design of innovative, best-of-breed products and solutions.

Join Michael Faulise of tap|QA and Anne Hungate of Daring Systems, a renowned expert in Quality Strategy and Design Thinking, for this important presentation.

Anne and Mike...


How to Make Testing Awesome with Sauce Labs

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

As engineering organizations make the shift from waterfall to Agile development practices, they find that one of the most difficult, and expensive bottlenecks to achieving true CI/CD is continuous testing. This presentation will show how to get this critical piece of your pipeline right, and properly implement automated testing in a DevOps environment. Molly Driscol, Solution Engineer at Sauce Labs, will demonstrate how to leverage test automation at scale with the Sauce Labs cloud. With access to 1,000+ browser/OS/device combinations (including mobile) to run your functional and JSUnit...

Thursday, October 3


How to Find Your Balance of Manual and Automated Testing

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

The speed and adaptability of Agile development is no longer a competitive advantage, but a requirement. It’s no surprise then that 97% of all software organizations now practice some form of Agile development, per VersionOne. As the adoption of Agile has grown, so too has the use of test automation. In the process, one thing has become abundantly clear: more automation does not equate to better results.

For organizations to gain the most value from their Agile practice, they must find their ideal balance between manual and automated testing. This all begins with a fully baked test...


Are we there yet? Introducing a Method for Evaluating AI Testing Tools

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

Artificial Intelligence is changing the world. In the testing community we've seen the launch of many new tools promising to use AI to reduce the amount of work required for test creation and test maintenance. We've all seen slick demos and heard grand predictions, but measuring things like impact on test maintenance is challenging. This talk will introduce one of the methods we use to evaluate new testing tools aiming to reduce test maintenance within TTC and report on some of the initial results.

Wayne Ariola

Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Threat or Opportunity for Testers?

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

At its core, "RPA" is ultimately the same as software test automation. Both automatically exercise applications to make repetitive work faster, less burdensome, and more accurate. In many respects, RPA is actually simpler than software test automation. Yet, while software testing is commonly an underappreciated discipline, RPA was recently declared the fastest-growing market in enterprise software, with 63% year over year growth. How are the two disciplines converging? And what does this mean for software testers? Join this session to explore the risks, rewards, and challenges of...

Jennifer Bonine
PinkLion AI

The Top Ten Common Misconceptions about AI First Testing- an interactive discussion

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Join Jason Arbon, CEO of and Jennifer Bonine, CEO of for a lively and informative discussion of the misconceptions and realities of AI First testing.  Learn how an AI-first testing strategy places technology teams in the driver's seat to recommend impactful changes for both their organizations and customers alike by providing more comprehensive customer feedback/reviews and effectively prioritize their testing efforts accordingly.  AI is the future and...

End-to-end test automation: Stupid or Legit?

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Automating end-to-end tests is a tricky business. Many leading practitioners over the years have advised against doing ANY end-to-end test automation. As a result of this, we often see a test automation triangle that recommends a 70/20/10% split between unit, integration, and end-to-end tests to mitigate the traditional associations of the cost of troubleshooting test failures and feedback cycles at each level. But it's 2019...many of those risks don't really exist anymore, and the complete end-to-end is the only thing that brings together all components of your app while focusing on the...

Andrew Pollner
ASTQB - American Software Testing Qualifications Board

Certification Pathway to Successful Test Automation

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Automated Testing was the most popular testing topic in the 2019 ASTQB/AT*SQA software testing survey. Yet automation continues to be misunderstood and misapplied. While tool courses teach users to use a specific test tool, certification and the optional accredited training bring a holistic approach that teaches and certifies individuals on success factors, including: planning, test automation architecture, deployment risks, metrics & reporting, transitioning, and continuous improvement. These techniques can be applied to existing or purpose-built test tools across software development...


Will I have a job in AI Driven Testing?

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Testing process and tools have evolved over the years, but now, the very aims of testing are changing. During this time, tool vendors have promised efficiencies, but most have failed. In the new wave of promises driven by the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the focus on people is more important than ever. How do the changing goals of testing align with the new wave of promises, and what does it mean for me?


What is Autonomous software testing? Types of testing. How does it work?

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Artem is going to talk about what is “autonomous testing”:

1. Yet another type of testing? Why do we need it? 2. Classification of types of autonomous testing: a. Types of functionality recognition i. Discovery/rules-based ii. Pattern-recognition-based iii. Combinatorial-based b. Types of testing: i. Regression ii. Discovery 3. Will walk through use cases for each type and when they are applicable 4. Talk about cases where all of them are not applicable 5. How autonomous testing can be integrated into CI/CD

You’ll see different examples in practice.

What you would...

Mobile Labs

Buy v. Build: 5 Things to Consider When Implementing a Mobile Device Cloud

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

While many QA teams have considered incorporating a mobile device cloud into their testing labs, the question remains whether it is better to build or to buy a ready-made device cloud solution. Mobile Labs’ Sr. Director of Product Marketing Steve Orlando has outlined five important questions QA teams need to consider when deciding whether to buy or build a mobile device cloud solution.


Accessibility Automation for the Agile Tester

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

Accessibility can often be thought of in contrast to agile practices. At Deque, we have successfully incorporated accessibility into our agile software practices, and we'd like to share those tips with you. This session will also cover the basics about accessibility, its governing guidelines, and free tools you can use to get started. In fact, you can get started with automated accessibility testing today by downloading axe, Deque's free, opensource automated accessibility testing tool.



Testing the Frontend, Backend, and Everything in Between

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

It’s important to remember that there are two parts of an application—the front-end and the back-end. And it’s important to test them BOTH. Testers are always looking to gain confidence in their latest releases while also saving resources to do so. Wondering how this is possible when you need to test every component of the application and all of their interactions? Let’s talk! Both the front-end and back-end of applications are often discussed independently with regards to their importance, however in order to guarantee success of an application, you must test both.


Test Management within Jira: Modern Strategies That Will Scale You

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

Jira has become one of the most popular tools in helping software teams track and manage their issues and projects in an Agile manner. For many companies, Jira has become one of the central tools used on an everyday basis to enable them to deliver quality software on every release.  Many teams, however, will require more advanced capabilities and recognize that Jira is not natively set-up to support the full capabilities of an effective test management.  Moreover, as software development development practices continue to mature, a tester needs to understand best practices for test...


The future of intelligent testing: Merging human insight with deep machine learning

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

Traditional test automation still comes with challenges. Scripted tests, Keyword frameworks and test recorders lack the flexibility required to adapt to rapidly changing applications because they generally bind to specific attributes of an element. Machine learning models partially address this by aggregating multiple attributes and using probabilistic models to self-heal tests, but those models require large data sets and often make the wrong selection. As “smart” as these systems become, the missing variable is the actual intent of the test itself. To truly achieve intelligent testing we...