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STARWEST 2018 - Exploratory Testing

Monday, October 1

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
MA

Critical Thinking for Software Testers

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Monday, October 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Critical thinking is the kind of thinking that specifically looks for problems and mistakes. Regular people don't do a lot of it. However, if you want to be a great tester, you need to be a great critical thinker. Critically-thinking testers save projects from dangerous assumptions and ultimately from disasters. The good news is that critical thinking is not just innate intelligence or a talent—it's a learnable and improvable skill you can master. Michael Bolton shares the specific techniques and heuristics of critical thinking and presents realistic testing puzzles that help you practice...

Jon Bach
eBay, Inc.
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Achieving Real Test Agility with Session-Based Exploration

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Monday, October 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

The authors of the Agile Manifesto wanted to emphasize lightweight and collaborative ways to deliver good quality software, not create a bunch of procedures and rituals to blindly follow. If you find that your project considers testing to be only about making sure you have unit tests for every method or a user story for every requirement, you may be missing out on a lot of bugs. Join Jon Bach to learn about session-based exploration, a lightweight and fun way to find new and emerging issues while also managing your testing focus and increasing your effectiveness as a quality engineer....

Tuesday, October 2

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
TA

A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

You're under tight time pressure with barely enough information to proceed with testing. How do you test quickly and inexpensively—yet still produce informative, credible, and accountable results? Rapid Software Testing, adopted by context-driven testers worldwide, offers a field-proven answer to this all-too-common dilemma. In this one-day sampler of the approach, Michael Bolton introduces you to the skills and practice of Rapid Software Testing through stories, discussions, and “minds-on” exercises that simulate important aspects of real testing problems. The rapid approach isn't just...

Wednesday, October 3

Mary_Thorn
Mary Thorn Consulting
W3

Help! I am Drowning In 2 Week Sprints....Please Tell Me What NOT to Test!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Sometimes we allow ourselves to drown in work… Mary Thorn hears it all the time: testers complaining at retrospectives to their teams that they do not have enough time to test everything. She often sees testers work overtime the last week of a sprint to ensure the definition of done is accomplished. Why do they do this? Why do we, as testers, enable the bad behaviors of “Scrummerfall” or a lack of whole-team ownership of quality? Mary aims to arm testers with techniques that allow them to test smarter, not harder, and enable the testers and the team to have better conversations that make...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
W4

Testing In The Dark

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Isn’t it amazing? Stakeholders drop software on our desks and expect us to test it—without any requirements, design, or product knowledge whatsoever. About the only clear thing is the absurd and unrealistic deadline. We are expected to bend over backward, spread magic pixie dust, and heroically test quality into a product we have never heard of before. But testing in the dark is not impossible, and as Rob Sabourin shows, it can even be a very valuable and fun experience. Learn strategies to emerge from a murky fog into clear, meaningful quality insights and leverage unlikely sources about...

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
W6

The Logic of Verification

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Software testing is sometimes described as “verification and validation”—or, according to Wikipedia, “the process of checking that a software system meets specifications and that it fulfills its intended purpose.” Yet, renowned tester and teacher Michael Bolton argues, if we examine the concept and logic of verification, we quickly recognize that there are serious limitations to what can and cannot be checked and verified. This is not to say that checking is a bad thing—on the contrary; checking can be very valuable. Still, it’s important for testers and their clients to recognize the...

Ben Simo
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
W10

The Art of Software Investigation

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Although processes and tools play an important role in software testing, the most important testing tool is the mind. Like scientists, testers search for new knowledge and share discoveries—hopefully for the betterment of people’s lives. More than sixty years ago, William I.B. Beveridge reframed discussion of scientific research in his classic book The Art of Scientific Investigation. Rather than add to the many texts on the scientific method, he focused on the mind of the scientist. Join Ben Simo as he applies Beveridge’s principles and techniques for scientific investigation to software...

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
W11

Use Soap Opera Testing to Twist Real-Life Stories into Test Ideas

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Reality is a great source of inspiration. Real-life situations can present complexities that are not always anticipated—and, as a consequence, not always handled well. Business functional tests should try to present situations that are routed in reality but also aren’t too obvious. Testing and automation pioneer Hans Buwalda came up with a concept for test design called "soap opera testing" based on this concept. It is a style of writing tests where one writes as if they were episodes in an imaginary soap opera on television. Soap opera episodes are based on real life, but usually they are...

Jonathan_Solorzano-Hamilton
Procore Technologies
W14

Automation and Test Strategies to Save Our Project from the Brink of Collapse

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Teams are sometimes asked to turn a mess of undocumented, poorly structured legacy code into a robust product under impossible deadlines. Test strategies blending automation, exploration, and refactoring can help focus development efforts and converge even the most chaotic projects. But, where do you start? Join Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton as he shows how automation can help drive products into a state of release readiness. Learn how refactoring, test-driven development, SOLID principles, dependency injection, and mocking frameworks help break down complex development problems into...

Ingo_Philipp
Tricentis
W16

Rediscover Exploratory Testing

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The testing community is caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to exploratory testing. Although exploratory testing has been around for ages, it often leads to more confusion than clarity. Is exploratory testing an activity-something that you do? Or is it an approach-a way or a style of doing something? Isn't all testing exploratory? When do you do it? How do you do it properly? How does it relate to the entire software lifecycle? To answer these questions, join Ingo Philipp as he shares the most common confusions and controversies on this topic. He explains what exploratory...

Thursday, October 4

Griffin Jones
Congruent Compliance
T8

Delivering the Goods: Harmonizing Regulated and Agile Practices

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Agile testing is hard. Testers contend with terse requirements, minimal process, little documentation, continually evolving business, technical and organizational factors. Auditors demand proof of compliance. Some teams have trouble conforming to regulations while preserving agile practises. Griffin Jones, a tenured regulated software testing consultant, says “not only can agile practices blend with regulatory compliance - they can be harmonized with them leading to high quality and more agility.” Griffin feels that regulators are project stakeholders, who join the product owner in...

Jane_Jeffers
Riot Games
T18

Why "Why...?" Can Be the Most Important Question for QA to Ask

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

To test a product, there are so many questions to ask, and so little time in which to ask them. More often than not, we get caught up in the who, what, when, and how, but Jane Jeffers from Riot Games explains that “why…?” questions can be the most important ones to ask when it comes to QA work. When missing the whys, we can wind up only focusing on specific details like who needs to do the work or when our deadlines are, and subsequently lose the bigger picture of why a project matters, and why we do what we do. Learn some of the key ways that you can ask why for product, for...

Mehmet_Duran
ProRail
Hatim_Chahim
ProRail
T20

An Innovative Test Automation Approach without Making Test Cases

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Does test automation need traditional test cases? Mehmet Duran says no. Using the open source tool TESTAR, he devised an innovative approach to automated testing. Join Mehmet as he shares the research he conducted to solve this challenge and how he confirmed his findings by comparing test approaches using a new framework with the quality attributes of learnability and usability. Mehmet will also describe he worked with Hatim Chahim of Prorail on a real-world railroad project to try out his theory. After applying the framework, results showed that within this setting, the test automation...