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STARWEST 2019 - Test Automation

Monday, September 30

Angie Jones
Applitools
MC

Visual Validation for Test Automation

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Functional test automation is a wonderful way to frequently and expeditiously execute regression testing. However, the test scripts that we write are limited to the few assertions we’ve considered. Many times, these assertions only cover the tip of the iceberg and account for a small fraction of what a human being would have subconsciously verified. For example, a test automation script can verify that when adding 2 and 2 via a calculator app, the sum that is returned on screen is 4. But does the 4 appear correctly? Is it upside down? Or sideways? Is it the right color? Are there errors...

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
MD

Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architecture

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Imagine this … As soon as any developed functionality is submitted into the code repository, it is automatically subjected to the appropriate battery of tests and then released straight into production. Setting up the pipeline capable of doing just that is becoming more and more common and something you need to know about. But most organizations hit the same stumbling block—just what IS the appropriate battery of tests? Automated build architectures don't always lend themselves well to the traditional stages of testing. In this hands-on tutorial, Melissa Benua introduces you to key test...

Chris_Loder
InGenius Software
MH

System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems later on. As a leader, how can you ensure that your new automation efforts will get off to a good start? What can you do to ensure that your automation work provides continuing value? This tutorial covers both “theory” and “practice”. Chris Loder explains the critical issues for getting a good start and his experiences in getting good automation started at a number of companies. The tutorial covers the most important management issues you must address for test automation success...

Julie_Gardiner
Independent Consultant
MI

Test Data: Mining, Morphing, Managing and Maintaining It!

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

According to the 2018/2019 World Quality Report, the number one challenge in applying testing to agile development is overcoming the challenges of creating, managing, and maintaining test environments and test data. Over 48% of respondents had issues with test data. As our systems complexity and time to market demands have increased, the appetite for resolving the test data issue can be diminished or be viewed as test data doesn’t really matter. Join Julie Gardiner as she shares the good, bad and ugly of test environments and data, defines an approach to establish where you are in terms of...

Chris_Kenst
BoomNation
MJ

Testing Today's Web Applications: Tools You Can Use

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

If you are a software tester today, chances are you're testing a website or web application. Whether you are testing in a browser, within a web “wrapper” framework like Electron, or even in a web app wrapped in a mobile application, your customers are using web apps and websites constantly—and they want them to work well. Our challenge in testing, of course, is to test as thoroughly and efficiently as we can, given our time and resource constraints. Chris Kenst will demonstrate some of his favorite free and inexpensive tools for testing web apps and share stories of using these tools in...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
Jason_Arbon
test.ai
ML

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Skills for the Testing World

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Software continues to revolutionize the world, impacting nearly every aspect of our work, family, and personal life. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are playing key roles in this revolution through improvements in search results, recommendations, forecasts, and other predictions. AI and ML technologies are being used in platforms for digital assistants, home entertainment, medical diagnosis, customer support, and autonomous vehicles. Testing practitioners are recognizing the potential for advances in AI and ML to be leveraged for automated testing—an area...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
MM

Instill a DevOps Testing Culture in Your Team and Organization

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

The DevOps movement is here. Companies across many industries are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes. Traditionally, IT organizations have been staffed with mostly manual testers and a limited number of automation and performance engineers. To keep pace with development in the new “you build it, you own it” environment, testing teams and individuals must develop new technical skills and even embrace coding to stay relevant and add greater value to the business. DevOps really...

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
MN

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Test automation is an essential element in modern system development. And test design can make or break automation efforts throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline. We want automated tests to find problems in a build quickly, run without a hitch, and be easily maintained. However, if tests are badly structured and unnecessarily detailed, you may have a hard time automating them—even with great tools and great technical expertise. Hans Buwalda explores how testers, both technical and non-technical, can design or restructure tests to make them suitable for automation. In this session, you’ll...

Seretta Gamba
Freelancer
MR

Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Many organizations find that test automation does not work as well as they thought it would. In many cases, these failures are due to generic technical reasons, which can be fixed with relative ease. Other solutions that have worked well are patterns, common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Seretta Gamba will focus on often-neglected technical issues—i.e., non-management issues—and the patterns that help solve them. These are not development or code patterns—this is a code-free tutorial. Using a set of patterns developed with Dot Graham, Seretta will...

Tuesday, October 1

Max_Saperstone
Coveros
TB

Introduction to Selenium

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Knowledge of Selenium, the industry-standard tool for testing web applications, is a much sought after skill in today’s world of test automation. If you want to learn Selenium, then this full-day tutorial provides a great start. Max Saperstone shows you how to build test automation using Selenium. But he doesn’t stop there. He uses his years of experience to show you how to build automation that is clean, robust, and easy to maintain. Max introduces other tools that work with Selenium to help manage the data used to drive your tests, evaluate JavaScript-heavy applications, manage your test...

Angie Jones
Applitools
TC

Clean Coding Practices for Test Automation

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

We are often reminded by those experienced in writing test automation that code is code. The sentiment being conveyed is that test code should be written with the same care and rigor that production code is written. However, many people who write test code may not have experience writing production code, so it’s not exactly clear what is meant by this statement. And even those who write production code find that there are unique design patterns and code smells that are specific to test code in which they are not aware. Join Angie Jones for this workshop, at which, you will be given a...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TE

Web Security Testing: The Basics and More

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Web applications are often security critical or serve as front-ends for security critical applications, making web testing for vulnerabilities an essential part of software testing. Unfortunately, most software testers have not been taught how to identify web security issues while testing applications. Join Jeffery Payne as he shares what you need to know to security test web-based applications as part of your overall testing process. Learn about the most common web security vulnerabilities and how they are introduced into web code and exploited by hackers. Explore test techniques for...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
TF

Testing Strategies for Microservices

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Software development is trending toward building systems using small, autonomous, independently deployable services called microservices. Leveraging microservices makes it easier to add and modify system behavior with minimal or no service interruption. Because they facilitate releasing software early, frequently, and continuously, microservices are especially popular in DevOps. But how do microservices affect software testing and testability? Are there new testing challenges that arise from this paradigm? Or are these simply old challenges disguised as new ones? Join Tariq King as he...

Gene Gotimer
Coveros
TJ

Virtualization and Containers for Automating Web Testing

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Docker is one of the hottest technologies in our industry today. It lets you create and manage containers—like virtual machines but smaller and faster. They can provide on-demand, disposable test environments that start quickly, repeatably, locally or in the cloud. When you want, you can tear down the environment and recreate a pristine copy within seconds. And since the process is automated, anyone on the team can use the same commands to get their own systems. When you finish testing, those containers can be deployed directly into production. At each stage, the environments for...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TL

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In many organizations, agile development processes are driving the pursuit of faster software releases, which has spawned a set of new practices—DevOps. DevOps stresses communications and integration between development and operations, including rapid deployment, continuous integration, and continuous delivery. Because DevOps practices require confidence that changes made to the code base will function as expected, automated testing is essential. Join Jeffery Payne as he discusses the unique challenges associated with integrating automated testing into continuous integration/continuous...

Bob Galen
Vaco
Mary_Thorn
Vaco
TM

Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

With the adoption of agile practices in many organizations, the test automation landscape has changed. Join Bob Galen & Mary Thorn as they explore current disruptors to traditional automation strategies, and discusses relevant and current adjustments you need to make when developing your automation business case. Open source tools are becoming incredibly viable and beat their commercial equivalents in many ways―not only in cost, but also in functionality, creativity, evolutionary speed, and developer acceptance. Agile and DevOps methods have fundamentally challenged our traditional...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
TO

Success with Test Automation Projects: A People-driven Approach

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

As we face increased demands for speed, change and technical excellence—the pressure, and the need for automating aspects of testing increases. But, successful test automation is not just about selecting and implementing tools and a technical infrastructure. People ensure the success or failure of the automation project; they must drive the project. Join Isabel Evans as she shows you how to make your test automation projects people-driven, by focusing on two vital but often neglected elements of any automation project: attitudes towards automation and experiences of automation. What...

Seretta Gamba
Freelancer
TR

Driving Lessons for Test Automation Managers

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In order to support their automation team effectively, test managers must be able to recognize when the team is taking a ‘bad’ turn and know how to steer it back, or, when starting, know how to do things right from the very beginning. They don’t need to know all the technicalities, but they must know the basics of good automation and be able to explain to higher management what automation can or cannot deliver in order to secure and sustain their support. In this tutorial Seretta Gamba introduces the Test Automation Patterns Wiki and explains in detail the patterns test managers...

Wednesday, October 2

Mike_Duskis
CyberGRX
W8

Industrial-Strength Automation: When You Should and How You Can

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

You wouldn't buy a yacht to navigate your swimming pool, any more than you would paddle a canoe to Finland. The first is overkill and the second is dangerous. But we can't conclude that yachts are always overkill or canoes always dangerous; it depends on the context. The same principle applies to test automation. When a simple script is all you need, a full-scale product development effort would be overkill. On the other hand, you will encounter circumstances where inadequate planning or engineering discipline would drown you in a sea of noisy reports from tests that nobody is smart enough...

Dylan_Barrell
Deque Systems Inc.
W9

Automating Accessibility Testing with Axe

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

Accessibility empowers users, increases diversity, and can drive higher adoption and higher growth of your digital services. The Axe family of open source technologies has been designed with speed, ease of integration, and zero false positives in mind. It is the perfect tool to start automating the testing of your applications for accessibility issues. Dylan Barrell is the founder of the Axe family of technologies and will talk about how they can help you get started with accessibility testing. He will show a complement of tools that integrate with a variety of technologies, from Ruby to...

Kat_Rocha
ACT/NRCCUA
W11

How Infrastructure as Code Can Help Test Organizations Achieve Automation

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

For many test organizations, the first hurdle to automating the testing of a product is deployment of that product in its test environments. Infrastructure as code can be used to facilitate the basic processes of provisioning servers, from bare metal to virtual to cloud, as well as configuration management of the software that resides on the servers. Off-the-shelf infrastructure-as-code tools such as AWS CloudFormation, Chef, Puppet, and Ansible provide less expensive alternatives to developing proprietary in-house deployment solutions. Join Kat Rocha to learn how infrastructure as code...

Bob Foster
Coveros
W12

Finding Performance Issues Early with JMeter

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

Nonfunctional tests like performance tests are often left until the end of the delivery cycle because they can be expensive in terms of time, resources, and effort. However, performance issues can be difficult to resolve when found late in the software development lifecycle. Apache JMeter is an open source tool designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance. JMeter can be used to develop, manage, and execute load and performance tests while the code is being developed, rather than waiting to do performance testing until just before release. By using it early in your...

Angie Jones
Applitools
W15

What's That Smell? Tidying Up Our Test Code

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

We are often reminded by those experienced in writing test automation that code is code. The sentiment being conveyed is that test code should be written with the same care and rigor that production code is written with. However, many people who write test code may not have experience writing production code, so it’s not exactly clear what is meant. And even those who write production code find that there are unique design patterns and code smells that are specific to test code. Join Angie Jones as she presents a smelly test automation code base littered with several bad coding practices...

Yury Makedonov
Accenture
W16

Testing AI-Based Systems: A Gray-Box Approach

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Testing artificial intelligence- and machine learning-based systems presents two key challenges. First, the same input can trigger different responses as the system learns and adapts to new conditions. Second, it tends to be difficult to determine exactly what the correct response of the system should be. Such system characteristics make test scenarios difficult to set up and reproduce and can cause us to lose confidence in test results. Yury Makedonov will explain how to test AI/ML-based systems by combining black box and white box testing techniques. His "gray box" testing approach...

Thursday, October 3

Max_Saperstone
Coveros
T2

Getting to Continuous Testing

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

Max Saperstone tells the story of how a health care company striving to get to continuous releases built up their automation to secure confidence in regular releases. Initially, as no test automation existed, Max was able to take an opportunity for greenfield test automation and, in the span of twelve months, develop over two thousand test cases. A pipeline was created to verify the integrity of the automated tests and build Docker containers for simplified test execution. These containers could be easily reused by developers and the DevOps team to verify the application. Join Max as he...

Jane_Fraser
Anki, Inc
T3

Internet of Things: Changing the Way We Test

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

The internet of things (IoT) brings connectivity to a range of previously non-internet-enabled physical devices and real-world objects. This shift has an impact testing—changing what we test, when we test, and the way we test. For one thing, once you’re in the real world, the number of possible issues explodes due to environmental conditions. Just like a race car must adjust its tires for different track conditions, IoT devices must account for environmental factors such as temperature and humidity to prevent unanticipated failures. Jane Fraser believes that for the IoT to be successful,...

Applitools
T8

Selenium IDE Is Making a Comeback—Can Codeless Testing Scale?

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

The rise, fall, and resurrection of Selenium IDE begs the question: Can codeless testing actually scale? Test automation folklore is full of horror stories of failed attempts to apply record-playback tools to perform UI-based functional testing. Putting these stories aside for a moment, let's take an objective look at record-playback tools and compare them with programming-based automation tools in order to evaluate their applicability to functional and visual test automation. Join Moshe Milman as he dives into a hands-on demo of the new Selenium IDE, reviews some of its new capabilities,...

T9

Conquering BDD: How One Team Is Making It Work

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

Behavior-driven development has been a buzzworthy term in the testing and development community for several years. At first glance, the elements of BDD seem simple: testing scenarios, living documentation, automation, and reports. That all sounds great, but then why isn't everyone doing it? Upon a deeper dive, it becomes obvious that the implementation of BDD needs a lot of forethought and planning, and teams must approach it for the right reasons. Christine Fisher will follow the evolution that one team is currently experiencing in their shift to BDD. BDD was selected to help them...

Apple Inc.
T10

Creating Self-Documenting, Reportable, DevOps-Driven Tests

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

For applications that have fully integrated service middleware, application servers, and backend databases, validation and verification of the entire application ecosystem is critical and complex. The challenge of testing these types of systems is compounded when each integrated application or component is developed by a different team or third-party vendor. Furthermore, application teams with diverse development practices generally require quick responses to system validation checks. Mimi Balcom Meng and her team have developed a testing framework that enables quality engineering teams to...

Arthur_Hicken
Parasoft
T12

Connected Cybersecurity: Stories from the IoT Hall of Shame

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

The amount of IoT software in everyday things is growing at an alarming rate. Some cars now have over 100 million lines of code. Software exists in everything from our home security systems and thermostats, our televisions and phones, our children’s toys, and our cars to the systems we rely on every day but don’t think about, like our water supply, electricity, and power plants. Unfortunately, the amount of security testing being done on these devices is not growing at the same rate, as evidenced in the so-called IoT Hall of Shame, which keeps a running account of IoT vulnerabilities and...

Satyajit Malugu
GoDaddy
T14

Make Your UI Tests Resilient with the Next Generation of Frameworks

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

A big problem with test automation on any platform or operating system is synchronizing test automation interactions with the UI. It is challenging to know when the UI is ready for the next automated click(). Traditional black box tools try to address this problem by explicit or implicit waiting, but this technique is slow and error-prone. A new generation of test frameworks, starting with Espresso, understands the internals of the app and synchronizes interactions only when the view is ready, making the framework very fast and reliable. This same technique is making Cypress and EarlGrey...

Aprajita_Mathur
Guardant Health
T17

Before and After You Say ‘I Do’ to Docker

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

Docker is the most popular containerized solution being used in the software industry for development. Like any other test automation tool, however, implementation can get complicated, tricky, and unmaintainable if all you understand is the record-and-playback features or think it is the same as using a virtual machine. Whether you are already using Docker for your automation needs or plan to start using it soon, join Aprajita Mathur as she shares her journey of using Docker for testing complex and constantly evolving data analysis pipelines. She will discuss basic concepts of Docker, like...

Ultimate Software
T18

Continuous Performance Testing: A Tale of Two Worlds

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

Once upon a time, in a land far away, application performance was a differentiator in the market. But in today's competitive landscape, having a highly responsive and scalable application is a basic expectation. Performance no longer lives on the fringe of the quality world, and it is becoming more common for organizations to include performance testing as part of their CI/CD pipelines. However, engineers are faced with a common dilemma: Do they implement small and simple performance tests that may not be very realistic but are fast and reliable in the build pipeline, or do they write...

T21

The Impact of the IoT: What’s in Store for Testing

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

No longer just a futuristic concept, the internet of things (IoT) has a strong presence in our world. If your business is not prepared for it, you’re already behind. With the proliferation of connected “things”—devices, appliances, cars, and even clothes—Jennifer Bonine says that the stage is set and IoT mobile apps are here to stay. Testers are now being asked to test on more complex devices and more advanced platforms, so they must keep up with the demand for new skills, new strategies, and an entirely new set of knowledge for testing IoT apps. Jennifer will review where we are today and...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
T23

Continuous Testing: A Fishbowl Discussion

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

Many people confuse continuous testing with test automation, but continuous testing is much more. It requires that all tests to certify a feature are automated and part of the continuous integration pipeline, and the results of those tests determine automatically when the next step should be run. We will discuss how companies have enabled this process, common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and how to move from automation to continuous testing. In a fishbowl discussion, the audience members sit in a circle of chairs in the middle of the room. Several brave souls will fill all but one of...

T24

Are You Ready for Your Digital Transformation?

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

Many organizations have embarked on a digital transformation in order to stay competitive and gain market share. Whether it is enabling access to legacy applications via a web front end or a migration to the cloud, the journey is complex and requires comprehensive testing. To begin with, most systems use responsive web design to accommodate for the myriad mobile devices retail customers use. How do you test for interoperability across these multiple digital footprints? What about UI testing? ADA compliance? And many digital transformations make use of a microservices architectures using...