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STARWEST 2020 - Keynote

Wednesday, October 7


Rules Are Someone Else’s Opinion: Delinquents, Rebels & Outlaws—Why You Love Them…and Why You Secretly are One

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:45am

When you hear these words, do you imagine someone who would NEVER fit into a corporate environment…and more importantly, someone a corporation would definitely not want? Wrong! Turns out that corporations love rebels and DISRUPTORS and often these are people who rise and shine the most. Why? Because they aren’t satisfied with the status quo and are fearless enough to actually DO something about it. Because they believe that rules are someone else’s opinion, they aren’t afraid to break them and make newer and better ones. Does this sound familiar, fellow testers? If you’re ready to shake up...


Manual Testing is Not Dead: Just the Definition

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The rise of test automation has reduced the manual testers footprint significantly. We have more and more AI and ML tools that are taking on things like visual regression and providing smart test automation. Companies are hiring SDETs at an increasing rate, while reducing their manual test roles with the hopes that a high amount of test automation will result in a higher quality product. So where does that leave manual testing? Join Erika as she showcases the value of manual testing as a non-negotiable partner alongside a robust test automation strategy. Reconnect with thought based...

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and...

Thursday, October 8

Aprajita Mathur
Guardant Health

It's In Your DNA, or Is It? The Journey of Testing Software for DNA Analysis

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am

DNA contains our genetic code and for each individual it's unique. The DNA of any 2 humans is 0.1% different on average, the difference may seem insignificant but it isn't. To be specific, one letter change in just the right place in a code of 6.4 billion letters of your DNA can cause a genetic disease. DNA analysis today is performed across the globe and is used to understand how to build better crops, how coronavirus impacts us, and how can we treat cancer. Given the wide range of applications, the task of identifying significant pieces of information in this BIG DATA set is performed...

Jenna Charlton
Coveros, Inc.

Exploring Inclusion: Personas, Accessibility, and Meeting User Need

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Inclusive design and unified design systems are the best ways to ensure applications are inclusive to all users from their inception. But how do you test for inclusion, and where do you start? Meeting the needs of all your users may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Using personas and leaning on our knowledge of exploratory testing techniques, we can start to create testing experiences that help ensure we're truly meeting the needs of all our users. Jenna Charlton will discuss barriers that impact your user experience, exploratory testing techniques for accessibility...