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STARWEST 2018 - Developer

Wednesday, October 3

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
W1

Fighting Test Flakiness: A Disease that Artificial Intelligence Will Cure

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making it possible for computers to diagnose some medical diseases more accurately than doctors. Such systems analyze millions of patient records, recognize underlying data patterns, and generalize them for diagnosing previously unseen patients. A key challenge is determining whether a patient's symptoms and history are attributed to a known disease or other factors. Software testers face a similar problem when triaging automation failures. They investigate questions like, Is the failure due to a defect, environmental issue, or nondeterministic test script?...

Freelancer
W2

Seven Proven Ways to Ruin Your Test Automation

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

Test automation projects fail, but why? Could you stop it from happening? In this tongue-in-cheek talk, Seretta Gamba shares seven proven methods to disrupt or utterly ruin a test automation project, including letting a lone champion keep important knowledge to himself, ignoring good programming practices, setting impossible goals, and feigning support. Seretta’s humorous recommendations provide managers, testers, and automators alike the early signs of an automation project in danger. By “warning” that the most effective defenses are found using the test automation patterns, Seretta...

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...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
W8

No More Shelfware—Let’s Drive

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

When Isabel Evans learned to drive a car, she also learned how to check, clean, and change spark plugs, mend the fan belt with a stocking, and indicate speed and direction changes with arm and hand signals. Now, we don’t expect to have to do any of those things; we just drive the car. That’s how test tools and automation could be. Just drive and concentrate on the journey of delivering software continuously—concentrate on engineering the solutions, not on the automation. To be effective engineers, we need the support of a powerful toolset that we understand. Is that what we have? Or do we...

Max Saperstone
Coveros
W9

Managing BDD Automation Test Cases inside Test Management Systems

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

Behavior-driven development (BDD) has been around for a while and is here to stay. However, the added abstraction levels pose a technical problem for writing and managing tests. While BDD does a great job of marrying the nontechnical aspect of test writing to the technical flow of an application under test, keeping this information under source control becomes problematic. Frameworks such as JBehave, Cucumber, or Robot give subject matter experts that additional ability to write tests, but they are often restricted access from them; because people treat test cases as code, they get stored...

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...

W12

Improve Planning Estimates Through Reducing Your Human Biases

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

Are you puzzled why your estimate turned out wrong, or stressed from working to an impossible deadline? Some teams on inaccurately estimated projects suffer stress, burnout, and poor quality, as pressure is applied to recover to an unrealistic schedule. Such project teams also descend into irrational decision-making, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Frustratingly, even when teams perform well, they are often judged by their failure to meet impossible deadlines. Andrew Brown shows how estimation errors are caused not just by new technology or intentionally manipulated estimations...

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...

Thursday, October 4

Gil_Tayar
Applitools
T2

Frontend Testing: Stepping in and Collaborating with Developers

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Testing is shifting left, moving closer to testing the code itself before the full product is ready for release. While the backend world already has established methodologies for testing, frontend developers and testers are still trying to figure out how to work together to effectively test the code. Gil Tayar suggests testers need to communicate with the frontend developers to understand the framework by which frontend code is tested, the various kinds of testing that can be performed on frontend code, and which tools can be used. During this session, Gil helps ease your fear of the...

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.
T3

Being More Agile Without Doing Agile

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:45am

The most common requests Dawn Haynes gets as a consultant these days is to help testers transition to an agile development process, or to help testers be more effective in “agile-ish” environments. But Dawn recognises that transforming the process and the environment is not enough. Interestingly, the core answer to these questions starts with forgetting the process for a moment and focusing on yourself and what you’re trying to accomplish. Being agile starts with a mindset and an attitude that drive focus, approaches, and solutions. When you start there, the path to improvement can almost...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
T4

Building a Modern DevOps Enterprise Testing Organization

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:45am

The DevOps movement is front and center across enterprises. Companies with mature systems are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams and departments. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes. Traditionally, development organizations have been filled with mostly manual testers and a limited number of automation and performance engineers. Adam Auerbach says this has to change. 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...

Peter_Varhol
Kanda Software
Gerie_Owen
QualiTest Group, Inc.
T6

What Aircrews Can Teach Testing Teams

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:45am

United Flight 232 should have crashed with all 296 lives lost. Asiana Flight 214 should not have crashed at all. But the reality is very different. Peter Varhol and Gerie Owen explain that the critical difference between the two flights was the interactions of their respective aircrews. United Flight 232 divided up responsibilities and worked as a team, using Aircrew Resource Management (ARM) to guide how the crew behaved during the flight, and especially in a crisis. Asiana Flight 214 deferred to the captain, neither communicating nor questioning his decisions in crisis. ARM helps cockpit...

Nimesh_Patel
Valtech Canada
T7

Building a Skilled Testing Practice In an Innovative Digital Agency

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

Everybody wants to have their projects tested so that they can deliver top-notch products to their clients. But with multiple projects all running in parallel, all with tight deadlines and all needing testing, simply allocating a tester on a project for some time isn’t going to give you quality. This, in turn, can sometimes make our stakeholders question the value of testing. Join Nimesh Patel as he shares his experience in building a test practice and team from the ground up into valued, credible members of a project, in a digital agency where the focus is often on delivering multiple...

Elizabeth_Miller
Darden Restaurants
T8

Test Automation for Mobile Platforms

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

Mobile web and mobile apps make up an increasing segment of the digital space, but they are often an afterthought to test automation strategies. In this session, Elizabeth Miller reflects on the journey taken by Darden Restaurants over the past eighteen months in defining and implementing an automated test strategy to support their mobile platforms. For an organisation like Darden, technology support is a vital part of the success of the organisation. From supplier engagement to tool selection to automation architecture, Elizabeth shares what has worked (and what hasn’t!) for her...

Amit Patel
Total Performance Consulting
T9

Agile Performance Testing in the Real World

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

Performance issues substantially impact quality, cost, and customer confidence. Agile teams are challenged to build in performance processes throughout the lifecycle, but it is critical to incorporate performance into your CI/CD pipeline. Join Amit Patel as he shares his recent project experiences and the steps his team took to change processes, leverage different technologies, and align internal stakeholders. He explains how they use production-monitoring solutions to create a real-world production feedback loop in order to ensure they can analyze data and turn the information into...

TestRigor
T10

Automate Your Application Test Deployments with Docker

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

In a busy world, testing teams are asked to adopt new approaches to increase speed and flexibility of change. What methods and tools can help? Artem Golubev has seen many testing teams being told to use Docker. But for testers, this brings confusion. What it Docker and why is Docker useful to testers? How can Docker be used to increase confidence in our releases? To help you answer those questions, Artem shares his experience using this popular tool and approach. Starting with terminology Artem shares what is meant by Dockerfile, Docker Image, Docker Container, Compose, Kubernetes, and...

Beaufort Fairmont, LLC
T11

What's an API and How Do I Test It?

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

API-based applications have become ubiquitous in the past few years. Yet many of us still really don't know what an API is from the inside out. Moreover, many of us don't know much about how to comprehensively test them! Join Paul Merrill to learn what everyone is doing and talking about, related to APIs: microservices, REST, endpoints, requests, request methods, and responses. Paul demonstrates four free tools you can use to directly interact with a simple API: curl, the browser, Postman, and Java (with Rest Assured). Learn techniques for testing APIs at the service level and how to test...

Testim.io
T15

ATDD is a Whole Team Approach – A Real Case Study

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

Collaboration is one of the core values of agile, but what do you do if it’s not happening? During his career, Raj Subramanian has experienced lack of collaboration between developers, QA, and business folks; little clarity in requirements; frequent scope creep; no visibility on testing; and defects found late in the project lifecycle. To tackle these problems, Raj adopted Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) as a way to mitigate some of these issues. Often seen as synonymous with Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD), the main distinction of ATDD is its...

ClearSpecs Enterprises
T17

Testing Imprecise Requirements

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

Articles on abc.net and elsewhere reported that Volvo has recently discovered a non-traditional requirement: Any self-driving vehicle approved for use outside Australian cities must recognize kangaroos on or near the roadway and take proper actions. The kangaroo’s bounce confused the large animal detector! In this session, industry expert David Gelperin shares a new perspective on the value of imprecise requirements and explores the nature of testing them. Excess precision may hamper the development of optimal solutions by excluding effective designs. Imprecise statements reduce the risk...

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 process, and...

Mehmet_Duran
Capgemini
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...

Instructure
T21

How to Be an Accessibility Ally

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

In the constant fight against deadlines, testers have trouble finding time to check for accessibility in their project. When push comes to shove and decisions need to be made, the concerns of users with disabilities are far too often put on the back burner. Nathan Rogowski has developed testing approaches that you can apply early in the process to effectively catch accessibility bugs that block some users from getting the full benefit of your software. Nathan discusses which areas of accessibility testing will give the most return on your investment, the benefits and limitations of...

Craftsy
T22

A Tale of Continuous Testing

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

When the atmosphere is hostile to QA, and yet the demands on the QA Team are increasing, how do you transform a team where everything is tested and deployed manually, to an organization that delivers great software multiple times a day? Where do you start and how do you create the strategy for implementing Continuous Testing? Join David Lumpkin as he shares his company's journey to answer these questions and the team's evolution along the way. Over a three-year period, Craftsy went from an environment hostile towards QA, to one that embraces automation and exploratory testing, achieving...

Cobalt.io
T23

Measuring and Maximizing Crowdsourced Vuln Discovery

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

There are many crowdsourcing vulnerability discovery techniques available today, making it difficult for testers to choose an approach that finds important vulnerabilities while offering the best "bang for the buck." Join Mike Shema as he shares several years of real-world data that help you understand the different discovery techniques, such as bug bounty programs and scanners, and the best time to use each technique. Mike also discusses how your approach may change according to your lifecycle and ways to think about integrating security within that process. Mike shows how metrics play a...

Gitte Ottosen
Capgemini Sogeti Denmark
T24

Risk Based Testing – Are You Talking the Talk, Or Walking the Walk?

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

Risk-based testing is essential to focus our testing, but it is not always easy to apply to our projects. Risk management tends to focus more on project and process risks (i.e., Will we make the deadline? Do we follow our processes?) and less on the product risks that can act as a foundation for a risk-based approach to test. Including this aspect of risk in your test coverage will give you a solid foundation for defining a test strategy that implements and executes the right tests with the right intensity to mitigate the most critical product risks. In this presentation, Gitte Ottosen...