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STARWEST 2024 - Agile Testing

Sunday, September 22

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Agile Tester Certification—ISTQB/ICAgile

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Monday, September 23, 2024 - 5:00pm

ISTQB Certified Tester—Test Automation Engineer

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 5:00pm
Jonathan Kauffman
Coveros, Inc.

AI for Testers

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Monday, September 23, 2024 - 5:00pm
Jeff Payne
Coveros

Agile & DevOps Leadership—ICAgile Certification

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Monday, September 23, 2024 - 5:00pm

Fundamentals of AI—ICAgile Certification (ICP-FAI)

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Monday, September 23, 2024 - 5:00pm
Hajer BenMoussa
Code Lingual LLC

Fundamentals of Agile Test Automation

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Monday, September 23, 2024 - 5:00pm

Software Tester Certification Foundation Level—ISTQB CTFL

Sunday, September 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 5:00pm

Monday, September 23

Tariq King
Test IO
MI

Full-Stack Testing for Microservices Architectures

Monday, September 23, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Software development is trending toward building systems using small, autonomous, independently deployable microservices. Leveraging microservices makes it easier to release software early, more frequently, and even continuously, which aligns well with Agile and DevOps. But how does the microservices architectural pattern affect software testing and testability? How can you ensure microservice-based applications have an adequate level of test coverage at each level? Does this paradigm change the test automation pyramid, and if so what does that look like? Join Tariq King as he walks...

Chris Loder
Rogue Automator
MK

Automation Framework Essentials

Monday, September 23, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Automation is critical in today’s software delivery lifecycle, and yet many organizations struggle to keep their automation running. How can we mitigate difficulties and get consistent automation runs and results we can trust? The secret is implementing a solid automation framework, but that isn’t as easy as it seems. Chris Loder has built several automation frameworks over his career and has learned what works—and, more importantly, what doesn’t. This tutorial will cover what an automation framework is, the benefits of having one, and the keys to a successful framework, including...

Tuesday, September 24

Phil LaFrance
Coveros
TA

Supercharge Your Workflow: To GitHub and Beyond

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Whether you are new or experienced with GitHub this class is for you! Supercharging your workflow caters to anyone who wants to enhance their Agile and DevOps process with the capabilities of GitHub. GitHub has long been the premier site for open-source projects and is now turning a pivotal corner into becoming the predominant platform for all aspects of the development lifecycle. Some examples of this include; protecting company code through various GitHub Products or curating marketplace actions and workflows prior to use. This tutorial will look at how to leverage GitHub Actions (CI/CD...

Mike_Sowers
Coveros
TD

Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

To be most effective, leaders—including development and testing managers, ScrumMasters, product owners, and IT managers—need metrics to help direct their efforts and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important evaluation activity is to “measure” the quality of the software, the progress and results of both development and testing must be measured. Collecting, analyzing, and using metrics are complicated because developers and testers often are concerned that the metrics will be used against them. Join Jeff Pierce as he...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.Com, Inc.
TF

Exploratory Testing in the Heat of the Sprint

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Agile teams are burdened with the challenge of delivering working product increments after short iterations of development. Getting software from an ambiguous terse, incomplete requirement–to a done, working, solid, valuable, high-quality code requires testers to continuously adapt to change in a turbulent context and deliver actionable results. Chris Blain will illustrate how charter-driven session-based exploratory testing techniques can empower agile teams and help them learn quickly and adapt based on what really matters. Testers can design and execute tests on the fly as they explore...

Lisette Zounon
Zsquare Solutions Inc.
TI

Debunking the QA KPI Myths and Make KPI Great Again

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

When it comes to software quality, data and metrics are essential for making informed decisions. However, not all KPI metrics are created equal. In fact, many common KPI metrics can become myths that do more harm than good. In this tutorial, Lisette draws on her experience to debunk the QA KPI myths and share practical strategies for making KPI metrics great again. She will discuss how to determine the purpose of QA KPIs for your organization's needs and how to adapt KPI metrics to your organization's culture—exploring practical QA KPI metrics that bring value to everyone in the...

Mike_Sowers
Coveros
TK

Agile Test & Transformation Leadership in Action

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Leading and driving change in our companies, organizations, and teams can be as difficult as pushing a wet rope uphill! Even with the best processes and tools, we may not achieve our business and customer satisfaction goals when our environment is stuck in the status quo. Ultimately, transforming an organization is about changing culture. Our values, beliefs, goals, assumptions, purpose, priorities, and other factors influence culture. Test managers and leaders are critical players in driving cultural change. Mike Sowers will explore the key attributes of being a Test Transformation Leader...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.Com, Inc.
TN

The Influential Tester in Agile Development

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s so easy for agile teams to fall into the rut of testers only doing traditional testing activities and programmers strictly doing their time-worn coding activities. But there are actually many places testers can be influential and contribute value on cross-functional teams. Robert Sabourin will share several examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. For instance, testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-...

Péter Földházi
EPAM Systems
TO

Learn How to Implement a Test Automation Framework in Java

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In the realm of software development, the challenge of maintaining high-quality standards while meeting tight deadlines is ever-present. GenAI enabling developers to produce code and potentially even more defects in shorter time clearly calls for more rapid test automation development. One of the most complex and time consuming activities is designing and building an effective test automation framework. Péter will provide some theoretical background, then the attendees will implement a UI test automation framework in Java. One of the key aspects covered in this tutorial is proper...

Wednesday, September 25

K2

Engineering Love Stories: Behind the Scenes of Tinder's Quality Practices

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Jun-young Kwak (Sr. Director, Engineering), and Priyanka Halder (Sr. Leadership, QA & Release) will delve into the fascinating journey of Tinder’s quality engineering over the past decade, highlighting the dynamic evolution and innovative strategies that have underpinned the platform’s success in connecting millions worldwide. The talk traces the early days of experimentation with various quality assurance models, both in-house and outsourced, reflecting on the lessons learned and the pivotal decisions that shaped the future of quality at Tinder. A significant milestone in this journey...

Jon Peck
GitHub
W4

Flowstate, Automation, and LLMs: Don’t Let Tests Block Productivity

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

It is known that developers are most productive when they can stay in flow, but also that delaying or omitting tests can cause disruption, breakage, and security issues down the line. By properly leveraging background automation, team collaboration, and machine learning in your native DevOps workflow, you can get the best of both worlds: productive flowstate AND safe code. In this talk, Jon Peck will take a look at ways to take advantage of asynchronous test notifications, single-pane-of-glass reviews, and GPT-based tools for faster coding, test generation, and vulnerability remediation....

W5

Delete Responsibly: A Guide to Managing Flaky Tests in iOS UI Automation

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Flaky tests pose a significant challenge in maintaining the reliability and efficiency of UI test suites. This talk delves into practical approaches for handling flaky tests, emphasizing the importance of responsibly removing or rewriting tests that consistently demonstrate flakiness. Join Zhanat to explore strategies such as implementing retries judiciously, utilizing monitoring tools for better oversight, and engaging in collaborative problem-solving sessions with iOS teams to address ambiguous failures. Through real-world examples, attendees will learn how to avoid common pitfalls that...

Deepika Kale
Guardant Health
W16

Kafka and Kafka Testing: Streamlining Real-time Data Processing

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

In today's data-driven landscape, real-time data processing is the backbone of modern applications. Kafka, a distributed event streaming platform, has emerged as a critical component in building data-intensive systems. This presentation provides an in-depth exploration of Kafka and the essential practice of Kafka testing, offering attendees valuable insights into harnessing the power of real-time data streams while ensuring robust system reliability. Key topics to be covered are: an introduction to Kafka to understand Kafka's architecture and core components, importance of Kafka Testing,...

Thursday, September 26

Tania Katan
HALO Strategies
T2

Change: It's All We Have

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 9:45am to 10:45am

As philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Which means that when stop fighting change, stop staying stuck in “the way things have always been” and START embracing the power of change—within our mindsets, offices, objectives—we START transforming into the most relevant and resonant versions of ourselves, our teams, and our organizations. As a change-agent both inside technology and WAY OUTSIDE, this interactive (and fun) session is focused on you gaining the clarity, creativity, and confidence necessary to wield the power of change and have impact...

Safiya Bano
Salesforce
T3

Testing for Synergy: Progressive Testing Strategies for Interdependent Product Suites

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 9:45am to 10:45am

In today's dynamic business landscape, organizations grapple with the challenge of innovating across multiple product developments simultaneously. This session explores the intricacies of concurrent development involving seven products, highlighting the pivotal roles of scrum teams, engineering approach, and collaborative testing strategies. Traditional independent product testing approaches prove insufficient in the context of interdependence and a unified platform. The discussion centers on the need for an evolved testing strategy that shifts left, meticulously addressing integration...

Matt LeRay
Speedscale
T4

Traffic-Driven Testing—A Primer on Kubernetes Performance Engineering

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Migrating your apps to Kubernetes and breaking up monoliths pose a unique set of testing challenges. Container-based testing gives us enormous flexibility and scalability and your testing strategy should take that into account. Waiting for a full environment and simply migrating your test scripts is risky and doesn't take advantage of Kubernetes container management features. Making sure your migrated app can handle normal load as well as spikes requires careful planning. You may also want to compare different clouds. In this talk, Matthew will go through some proven strategies for using...

Rebecca Petersen
Mountain America Credit Union
T9

Manual Test Cases Suck...So Get Rid of Them!

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

It has been a commonly held belief that an ever growing list of manual test cases, kept and maintained by the QA team is the best way to provide training, metrics and a roadmap for future automation efforts. But what if this base assumption is wrong? What if instead of having just a number of passing or failing test cases, we could better speak to factors like risk and quality before our products go live and have a little extra time to be creative with our testing? Rebecca Peterson wants to teach you the steps she and her coworkers have made to move towards living documentation that can...

Vinod Kashid
Cognizant Technology Solutions
T10

End-to-End Automation for Performance Testing and Engineering

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Join Vinod Kashid as he walks through his experience building end-to-end automation for performance testing and engineering. His team was tasked to do daily performance testing activities for a critical application and business executives were expecting detailed application performance outcomes on a daily basis. Manual performance test execution and analysis were time consuming processes and were delaying the overall run time for final report. Business stakeholders wanted to implement zero touch automation from performance test execution to analysis and reporting (including deep-dive...

SQALogic
T13

The Quality Assurance of Artificial Intelligence: How to Test the Tests!

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Many companies are asking the question: "What can AI do to improve our QA practices?" But is this the right question? David believes that as QA practitioners the real question is "How should we be preparing to efficiently test emerging and complex ML an AI systems?" AI testing is different from traditional testing because AI systems are not static, but dynamic and adaptive. They learn from data and feedback, and change their behavior accordingly. This means that AI testing must account for the variability and unpredictability of AI systems, and ensure that they are not only functional, but...

Richelle Bixler
Edward Jones
T14

Writing Great Objectives

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

A good objective has five components that effectively communicate a business outcome and why it matters: Activity: What will we be doing? Scope: What are the boundaries of the work we will touch? Beneficiary: Who is the intended recipient of the new work? User Value: Why does this work matter to the new user? Business Value: Why does this work matter to the business? PI Objectives can be daunting but can be made much easier when you add in some key components or a formula: [Activity] + [Scope] so that [Beneficiary] have [User Value] to [Business Value]. In this session, Richelle will talk...

Sylvia Solorzano
Expedition Technology
T15

Pillars of Quality: Building a Structured Test Program in Phases

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

As the lone tester amongst a sea of developers, Sylvia Solorzano struggled to scale reactive efforts into a cohesive program. Haphazard bug reports strained relationships and failed to provide direction. By installing a phased methodology based on industry best practices first, quality became her north star. Sylvia enshrined requirements traceability and manually executed test cases for each function delivered. Then she evaluated integrations between components and expanding to validate full system behavior as users would experience. Finally, leveraging test standards, she layered on...

Anand Gopalakrishnan
Rhythm Management Group
T17

AI-Assisted Exploratory Testing for Healthcare Software Based on STEEEP Domain of Healthcare Quality

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

In this presentation, the primary objective is to introduce an innovative AI-assisted self-generating exploratory test automation model designed specifically for healthcare software applications. The overarching goal of this platform is to elevate the quality assurance process within the realm of healthcare software by dynamically formulating, executing, and adapting test scenarios. These scenarios are meticulously crafted to align with the crucial STEEEP (Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable, and Patient-Centered) healthcare quality domain, thereby fostering an improvement in...

Adam Sandman photo
Inflectra
T19

Multi-Modal GPTs Are Coming For Your Testing! How to Adapt?

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

As you research the latest in generative AI technology, you will see that the development and availability of multi-modal GPT engines are fundamentally changing the way applications are tested and described. These new GPT models can generate and interpret voice, text, and images seamlessly. For example, you can ask them to navigate an application to accomplish a business task and comment on their actions. This means that we’re for the first time entering the world of AI-assisted/performed exploratory testing. When you couple this with the capabilities of GPT models to identify UI elements...

Randstad USA
T21

Effective Ways to Manage Offshore QA Teams

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Were you recently promoted or are aspiring to lead or manage an overseas Quality Assurance team? Have you been asked to build/collaborate with a virtual QA team? Stressed about managing an offshore team with all the challenges and circadian rhythm being affected? Managing virtual teams can be challenging to say the least. No matter what the calling is, if your goal is to meet the company objectives and drive QA teams towards excellence at the same time, this session will guide you through the FSNP (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing) stages for achieving a successful Quality...

Aaron Nelson
State Farm
T24

Not All Who Wander Are Lost—Exploratory Testing in Agile/DevOps

Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

As we modernize and automate our tests in DevOps, or even adopt AI, we need to consider what we might be missing. In this presentation, Aaron will discuss the history of exploratory testing, how it gained popularity with agile and DevOps practices, and why we still need it as we move forward with AI-driven testing. We will briefly look at what a healthy test pyramid involves and discuss why we would want to use planned exploratory testing as part of the healthy pyramid. We will cover how exploratory testing is different than ad hoc testing, how to plan it, time box it, and use a charter....