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STARWEST 2020 - Career & Personal Development

Monday, October 5

Jennifer Bonine

Testing Leadership IQ

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Monday, October 5, 2020 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Have you ever needed a way to measure your testing leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them, Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. Join Jennifer as she explores a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how you can...

Tuesday, October 6

Upland InGenius

Automation Framework Essentials

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

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...


Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

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 Mike Sowers...

Wednesday, October 7


Setting Up Tomorrow's Testers for Success

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

We have coding bootcamps, free online coding academies, and many other platforms to teach people programming skills. However, there are not similar programs for testers and other QA professionals. How do we nurture the next generation of talent, help people transition into the software testing discipline, and give future testers the best chance to be successful? Adam Sandman will detail how you can set up programs to make the transition into the testing/QA workforce easier, using actual examples and case studies as demonstrations. We will discuss how you can implement certifications in...

Thursday, October 8

Alissa Lydon
Sauce Labs

Feeling the Fuzzies - The Liberal Arts in Testing

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

In the 2016-17 academic year, the most common degree conferred to graduating students in the US fell under the category of “Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.” These 389,000 new graduates, affectionately called “fuzzies” in some circles, have ventured into the job market, many of them into the technology industry. And like their skeptical relatives during the holidays, they are finding similar questions when applying for employment: What are your “technical” qualifications? What skills does a liberal arts major bring to the table in tech? Humanities - that means you...

Jeff Payne

Reception and Summit Kickoff: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night?

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kickoff the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit with a reception and some networking.

Friday, October 9

Jeff Payne

Think Tank Discussion Part I, II, III, and Wrap-Up

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 11:15am to 3:30pm

Join your peers in an engaging and highly interactive discussion about the issues that concern you most. Using answers to the question—"As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night?"—posed at Thursday’s evening reception, participants will form small groups to work on finding solutions to pressing test management issues. Discussions will review identified issues and barriers to change, and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank discussion, all feedback will be collected and posted online to encourage further collaboration.

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