STARWEST 2020 - Test Leadership | TechWell

STARWEST Virtual+ 2020 - Test Leadership

Monday, October 5

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
MA

Critical Thinking for Software Testers

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:30pm

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...

MI

Differentiated Management: Building Stronger Teams

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Monday, October 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Hiring and team-building are two significant issues faced by every quality manager or director. However, what happens once you have hired your team? How do you keep valued members on board and help struggling members to become better, all while continuing to manage your organization and meet deliverables? During this highly interactive workshop, you will learn how to differentiate content, process, and products by learning more about employee readiness, interest, and lived experiences. You will participate in a role-playing game and will work as a team to practice each of these skills. The...

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
MM

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

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...

Jennifer-Bonine
AI Appstore, Inc.
MQ

Testing Leadership IQ

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

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

Jennifer-Bonine
AI Appstore, Inc.
TD

Testing Transformation: The Art and Science for Success

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Technologies, testing processes, and the role of the tester have evolved significantly in the past few years with the advent of agile, DevOps, and other new technologies. It is critical that we testing professionals evaluate ourselves and continue to add tangible value to our organizations. In your work, are you focused on the trivial or on real game changers? Jennifer Bonine describes critical elements that help you artfully blend people, process, and technology to create a synergistic relationship that adds value. Jennifer shares ideas on mastering politics, maneuvering core vs. context...

Chris_Loder
Upland InGenius
TH

Automation Framework Essentials

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

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...

Kaushal_Dalvi
Ultimate Software
TM

Holistic Performance Testing for Modern Applications

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

With the advent of frameworks like Angular, React, and Vue, the landscape of application performance has changed significantly in terms of testing and measurement. Gone are the days of measuring response time as a single value based on back-end performance. In modern web and mobile applications, additional layers need to be peeled apart at the front end to truly understand its performance characteristics. Traditional approaches to performance testing are no longer sufficient to provide a delightfully responsive user experience. Join Kaushal Dalvi as he details new developments in...

Mike_Sowers
Coveros
TN

Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

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

XBOSoft
W2

The 8th Habit of Highly Effective Agile Testers

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Are you a good tester who readily adapts to change, focuses on the customer, works well with others, and keeps your testing skills up to date? Perhaps you have developed what Philip Lew refers to as the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Testers”—a combination of practices and guiding principles that enable you to be a successful tester and teammate in an agile environment. But how do you transition from good to great? The answer is to invent, innovate, and inspire others to do the same. As we grow in our discipline, we must challenge the status quo and prepare ourselves to take software...

Thursday, October 8

Sylvia_Lobo
Seera Group
T7

Safe to Fail Agile Culture

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Building a new software product and testing it is a highly innovative and creative process. Things simply don't go to plan all the time, setbacks and failures are inevitable along the way. What makes a difference is how a team deals with them. Each failure is an opportunity to reassess, make a change and try a different approach. In order to succeed, testing teams must become resilient to failure and focus on the learning outcomes that they present. As a QA lead, you need to encourage initiatives and via the right questions assist the team in taking the best possible decision based...

Scott_Aziz
Independent
T18

Leveraging Cloud Architecture (AWS Focused) to Build a Robust Test Automation Platform

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

A huge opportunity exists for testing practitioners to leverage the power of the cloud for testing environments and testing tools. I recently designed a serverless cloud based test automation platform for a F500 company that allowed them to retire a legacy testing lab that was costing them $250k per year to maintain. The new platform was not only about 1/10th the cost, but also provides unlimited scalability on-demand as their needs grow. I will start the presentation with an overview of some relevant cloud native services and expand on the architecture of a few of those services and then...

Tuesday, October 13

Allyson_Stuart
Refinitiv
SMT2

Staying on TRACC as a Leader

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

What kind of Leader are you? Do you have the Trust of those you lead? Do you coach people to achieving Results? Do you empower and give your Employees Accountability? Do you help manage and partner with your Team(s) through Conflict and do you have their Commitment? Allyson Stuart believes that great Leaders do not command and control, rather guide and coach – a philosophy she has been incorporating for over 30 years. However, the path to being able to answer yes to these questions was not always straight-forward.

Join Allyson as she facilitates this interactive discussion on the...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
SMT3

Transforming a Testing Organization: An Exercise in Facilitation, Education and Courage

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

We are in a transformative wave, where companies across all industries are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product 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 to stay relevant and add greater value to the business.

Join Adam Auerbach as he describes his...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT4

Think Tank Discussion Part I—Problem Definitions

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm

Join with your peers in an engaging and highly interactive session to discuss the issues that affect you most. Using answers to the question “As a Leader, What is Keeping You Up at Night?”, participants will form small groups to work on finding solutions to pressing test management issues. Discussions will review identified issues, barriers to change, and focus on innovative strategies and practical next steps. At the end of the think tank, all feedback will be collected and posted online to encourage further collaboration.

Wednesday, October 14

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT4

Think Tank Discussion Part II—Leadership Solutions

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Based upon the problem definitions developed during Part I of the Think Tank, small groups will brainstorm on how to best solve these challenges, leveraging the collective wisdom of peers and Summit speakers. Each group will designate a representative to present its results and practice delivery.

Jeff Payne
Coveros
SMT4

Think Tank Discussion Part III—Presentation of Results & Wrap-Up

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Small group representatives will each be given five minutes to present their leadership solutions. Summit participants will vote on which group produced the best solutions.

Thursday, October 15

Aprajita Mathur
Guardant Health
WWT1

Breaking the Glass Ceiling and our Biases

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Gender bias exists not only in our workplace, but also in our personal lives. Companies and communities have been working hard to be more inclusive and diverse, yet this is a very difficult problem to solve. Why? Is it just a matter of time or can there be other factors involved? Let's take a dive into what is preventing women from progressing or reaching the top and how we can help bring the balance. To go beyond mere stereotypes, we will get familiarized with the basics of how our brain operates, how biases form, and other factors that contribute to a gender-biased system. We will work...

Dona_Sarkar
Microsoft
WWT2

How to Be a Today's Superhero (Yes, that's You) In Case You Haven't Noticed

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

The world has changed, so many people are out of jobs, so many people are wondering what will happen next. So many are feeling alone and like no one understands them. Instead of spending your days building your resume, let’s focus on building your legacy…the thing people remember you for. How? Join us and find out!

Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect
Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
WWT3

The Year of Change!

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

We interrupt your regularly scheduled life to bring you 2020! A year of unprecedented unknowns and uncertainty. Many of us have faced countless challenges in our personal lives and in our careers and frankly, it is hard to not feel STUCK! In order to get unstuck, we must learn what to do to bring about personal change. How can we identify the changes we want to make and then find new ways to make those changes? Let’s talk about the steps we need to take to intentionally shift our mindset and habitual patterns that may be holding us back. Join Jessie and Alison for this interactive session...