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STARWEST 2023 - Software Tester

Customize your STARWEST 2023 experience with sessions for software testers.

Monday, October 2


Getting Started with AI-Driven Automation

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

AI has been rapidly changing the way we approach software testing. Traditional test automation is time-consuming to create and breaks down easily in the presence of change. Thankfully, AI is helping testing teams create less procedural, more resilient tests that are able to self-heal in the presence of modern, rapidly changing, highly dynamic production systems. This sounds great, but you may be asking yourself: How do I get started? What additional skills do I need to learn? What tools are available for me to start using, right now? Join Dionny Santiago as he breaks down different AI...

Upland InGenius

Test Automation: How to Start and Succeed

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems as their product matures and changes over time. 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 added value? Chris Loder will explain the critical issues you need to know to get a good start, and he will share his extensive experience in building great automation. He covers the most important management issues you should address for test automation success,...

EPAM Systems

Instill a DevOps Testing Culture in Your Team and Organization

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 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...

Upland InGenius

Automation Framework Essentials

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Melissa Benua

Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architecture

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Tuesday, October 3

EPAM Systems

A Quality Engineering Introduction to AI and Machine Learning

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Although there are several controversies and misunderstandings surrounding AI and machine learning, one thing is apparent — people have quality concerns about the safety, reliability, and trustworthiness of these types of systems. Not only are ML-based systems shrouded in mystery due to their largely black-box nature, they also tend to be unpredictable since they can adapt and learn new things at runtime. Validating ML systems is challenging and requires a cross-section of knowledge, skills, and experience from areas such as mathematics, data science, software engineering, cyber-security,...

Jeff Pierce

Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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 Jeff Pierce as he...


Web Security Testing: The Basics and More

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 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 Tom Stiehm 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...

Jeff Payne

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 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...


Holistic Performance Testing for Modern Applications

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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 the...

AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Anyone who has ever attempted to estimate software testing effort realizes just how difficult the task can be. The number of factors that can affect the estimate is virtually unlimited. The keys to good estimates are understanding the primary variables, comparing them to known standards, and normalizing the estimates based on their differences. This is easy to say but difficult to accomplish because estimates are frequently required even when we know very little about the project—and what we do know is constantly changing. Throw in a healthy dose of politics and a bit of wishful thinking,...

Wednesday, October 4

Carpe Data

Exploratory Testing As Code

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

What if testing followed the lead of revolutions in infrastructure and configuration management. What if testers treated exploratory testing like developers do code? Exploratory testing is a powerful and effective technique. However, its acceptance is inhibited because there isn’t a common structured process that enables the traceability and transparency to make it a standard across the software industry. In this session, Brendan Connolly will introduce the tooling and process needed to implement a light-weight, scalable, transparent, and traceable approach to managing exploratory testing...

Markel Insurance

Riding the Hybrid Car—Our Continuous Test Automation Journey

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

This talk will provide a glimpse into how continuous test pipelines co-exist and integrate with strategic low code test automation tools. Multiple testing teams, each owning distinct applications, are faced with the task of testing their own product as well as the interactions and behaviors with each other. Tight schedules and the challenge of finding the right skill set can be solved with the use of low code SAAS test automation tools. In this talk, Shai Srinivasan will share some of the challenges she and her team faced—how do these tools integrate with the enterprise's testing process...

O.C. Tanner

An AI-Partnered Testing Future—It’s Here!

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Let’s be real, we are quite a ways out from AI taking over the world. AI doomsday apologists stay home! On the other hand, AI is changing everything about software creation. In this presentation, Kevin Pyles will take you on a walk down memory lane through waterfall, agile and DevOps practices, and will then introduce you to the future of software creation known as AI-Partnered Development. Let’s get practical with real-world examples of AI assisting designers, solving coding challenges and testing software right next to human testers. We will explore how AI is also involved today in...


Comprehensive API Testing Ecosystem

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Maintaining API test cases across multiple environments, for different load levels, and types of tests (eg. smoke, functional, regression) traditionally required separate tests be written and maintained. Test maintenance is expensive. If you have three lower environments that tests are run for, then you usually have at least three different tests you are trying to keep in sync. If you have a new API added for a microservice, then you have to modify and validate across all three tests at a minimum. If you are running different load levels for build tests verses load tests, for example, that...

Insider Intelligence

The Theatre of Exploratory Testing: Going Off Script

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Ask a handful of testers to define exploratory testing. Some will respond that it’s simply poking around—try something, see what breaks, and then try something else. Many will identify it as an iterative process of learning and experimentation. But ask about what makes exploratory testing hard, and you find that practitioners are challenged in knowing where to start, what to test, when to stop, and how to know if they’ve found a bug. What makes for good exploratory testing? Join Philip as he examines the techniques of the actors of the Commedia dell'Arte, the 16th century approach adopted...

State Farm

JavaScript Mutation Testing: Improving Confidence in Your Tests

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

JavaScript code requires effective testing strategies to avoid bugs in production. Code coverage metrics alone can be misleading and don't necessarily indicate that the code is actually working as intended. It can be easy to get high code coverage metrics, but not actually test anything meaningfully. To address this problem, this session will explore the concept of JavaScript mutation testing. Mutation testing introduces small changes or "mutations" to the code and then expects tests to fail. This technique helps identify areas of the code that may need improvement and strengthens the...

Dev Tools, Inc.

How AI Like ChatGPT & Bard Will Change Testing & DevOps

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

AI can now generate an automation script as good as humans in seconds. It can teach you about an API or write documentation for your code. What is really going on at the forefront of building AI systems for test automation? Working at companies like and Google, Chris Navrides has explored the intricacies of building a robot to assist a manual QA team. Through large data systems, he has dealt with training machines to determine a bug versus a feature. Chris will show how to best leverage this new wave of AI to be competitive in the work force, and increase your efficiency. As well...

Cox Automotive

Drive Down Defects With Service Virtualization & Metrics That Matter

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

If you can't measure your software quality, you can't manage it. Cox Automotive implemented service virtualization for their Dealertrack product development to more effectively diagnose and address issues in the application. This addition to their test automation has improved the overall quality of their product lines by significantly reducing the escaped defects. Visibility into key metrics, like escaped defects, can provide insights into potential risk areas so teams can make smart choices about what tests to run to achieve the desired code and test coverage. Join this session as Roya...

ZS Associates

Advocating Quality When Collaboration Becomes Groupthink

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Does your agile team overestimate its velocity and capacity? Is the team consistently in agreement with little discussion during daily standups, iteration planning, or review meetings? Is silence perceived as acceptance? If so, collaboration may have become groupthink. Advocating for quality can be challenging for testers in this situation. Aspects of the agile team that are meant to foster collaboration including self-organization and physical insulation may also set the stage for groupthink. Groupthink is the tendency of groups to minimize conflict and reach consensus without fully...

Melissa Benua
EPAM Systems

Modern Test Automation Strategies - A Panel

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Love it or hate it, test automation drives a large part of our day-to-day lives as testers. But writing and maintaining software automation doesn't HAVE to be painful! Learn from a panel of automation experts - including Janna Loeffler, Adam Auerbach, and more - about how their teams have built reliable automation tooling and infrastructure that can stand the test of time. Moderated by Melissa Benua, the panel will answer YOUR questions and help you address the challenges that we all face when scaling our test automation to match modern continuous delivery needs. You don't have to...

Thursday, October 5


The QA Unicorn

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 9:45am to 10:45am

As a QA Manager, Stephanie McSwain has been on the lookout several times for automation engineers with a strong background in manual testing. But as it turns out, finding someone who fits that description is pretty difficult. There are plenty of people with coding skills, and that is awesome! However, manual software testing is like an art, and someone who is great at it is an incredibly valuable asset to any team. Even though manual testing requires a very different state of mind and skillset than writing automation code, manual testers are incredibly smart—and most of them are happy to...

MRI Software

Coded Automation Isn't Dead—A Deep Dive on the Page Object Pattern with Some Super Cool New Twists

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Software Development Engineers in Test know that page objects have long been used to make test automation more resilient. This talk evolves the page object pattern in ways that provide some really strong advantages over the traditional approach. Timothy Heck will demonstrate how to make page objects isolated from the browser automation technology, making it possible to switch from Selenium to Playwright (or the next big thing) without changing the page objects. This talk will also look at how to make self-narrating automation scripts where the simple act of interacting with a page object...


Harnessing the Power of Ephemeral Environments

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Integration testing in the staging environment is a pain. One bad commit from a dependency, and all your automated integration tests start failing. Consequently, developers rightly don't want to gate their code pushes on successful integration tests, and integration test results are quickly dismissed as unreliable, and ignored completely. Ephemeral environments change all of that. By using ephemeral environments as a key part of test strategies, not only has John Jenkins succeeded in moving staging dependent integration tests into the build pipeline, but he has also caught and prevented...

Westfall Team, Inc.

Are We Done Testing? A Metrics Dashboard

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

In many cases, it takes multiple metrics to get a complete picture of the status of a process, product, or service. A metrics dashboard accumulates a set of metrics associated with a decision. A dashboard allows the metric's customer to see, in a single collection, the relevant information. In this session, Linda Westfall will use the question, "are we done testing?" to illustrate an example of a metrics dashboard. She will also discuss each individual metric that makes up the dashboard and how they contribute information to help answer this question. These metrics will include testing...

Grafana k6

Chihuahua Load Tests!

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Because, bigger isn't always better. Especially nowadays. Do your teams need help accommodating those humongous load tests in your agile & continuous projects? Do you need frozen environments? Or, stop (freeze) all new changes until you can execute your colossal test? Everything to find the limits of your cloud, elastic, and distributed application? All of that struggle to repeat it because the metrics you've got became invalid with the next release? You should reframe the perspective and stop focusing on generating a few massive load tests. Why not have Chihuahua-sized load tests? You...

KPMG US, Advisory Services, Lighthouse

Data Quality Engineering: Enabling Success of Data Driven Solutions

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The success enabler tools supporting business organizations within an enterprise are primarily driven by the underlying AI/ML powered solutions, data & analytics platforms, and enterprise applications suite. In modern data driven economy, the dependability (quality and timeliness) of data powering these business enablers, directly influences the success or failure of the business offering and adoption. The major factors for constrained data dependability can be attributed to limiting capabilities for validation of data availability, usability, reliability, relevance, and presentability...