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STARWEST 2017 - Software Tester

Sunday, October 1

Richard Bender
BenderRBT

Requirements-Based Testing Workshop (3-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 5:00pm
Explore a proven approach for designing a consistent and repeatable set of optimized test cases. Learn and practice cause-effect graphing and alternative test design approaches, and take back a lifecycle testing process that incorporates testing as an integrated part of the development project.
Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Fundamentals of Agile Certification—ICAgile (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
Learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles. Upon completion of this course, successful attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), awarded the ICAgile Professional designation (ICP).

Fundamentals of DevOps Certification—ICAgile (2-Day) - SOLD OUT

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:00pm

This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Upon completion attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile and awarded the ICAgile Professional (ICP-FDO) designation.

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Performance, Load, and Stress Testing (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Designed for system testers, system designers, system tuners, software engineers, QA professionals, and project leaders, this course provides an introduction to the complexities of software performance testing and delivers testing skills that participants can immediately apply back on the job.

Real-World Software Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio® (3-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 5:00pm
Gain real world software testing techniques and technical skills using the latest Microsoft Test Manager 2017®, Visual Studio 2017®, and Team Foundation Server 2017® tools in this three-day, hands-on course.
Wilson Mar
JetBloom

Mastering HP LoadRunner® for Performance Testing (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
Gain the knowledge and skills to use the latest testing tools provided by HP to validate decisions and improve software performance. Participants are equipped to begin planning the implementation of LoadRunner® and Performance Center for improving testing practices within their organizations.
Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Python® for Testers (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

This is a course for testers who are frustrated by the laborious and manual work that makes up day-to-day test activities. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the Python language, its philosophy, and the code syntax.

Claire Lohr
Lohr Systems

Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level (3-Day) - SOLD OUT

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

Accredited training for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level (CTFL) certification. Find out what it takes to be a successful software tester and learn about the relationship of testing to development, test levels, black-box methods, white-box testing, exploratory testing, and more.

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com

Agile Tester Certification (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
Learn the role of the tester in an agile team and explore agile testing processes in an interactive workshop. Successful attendees earn the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Testing (ICP-TST) designation. This course is also accredited for the ISTQB® Foundation Level Agile Extension exam.
Brian Hicks
Coveros

Mobile Application Testing (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:00pm

Learn to identify common issues in mobile applications and to test the unique aspects of a mobile app. This two-day course covers usability across multiple platforms and resolutions, network and security testing, mobile UI automation, performance testing, and more.

Monday, October 2

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
MA

Get Started with Risk-Based Testing

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Whether you are new to testing or looking for a better way to organize your test practices, understanding risk is essential to successful testing. Lee Copeland describes a general risk-based framework—applicable to any development lifecycle model—to help you make critical testing decisions earlier and with more confidence. Learn how to focus your testing effort, what elements to test, and how to organize test designs and documentation. Review the fundamentals of risk identification, analysis, and the role that testing plays in risk mitigation. Develop an inventory of test objectives to...

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
MB

Critical Thinking for Software Testers

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 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...

MC

Selenium Test Automation: From the Ground Up

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Selenium expertise, the industry-standard tool for testing web applications, is a much sought after skill in today’s world of test automation. Many believe it is a must-have tool for test engineers. If you want to learn Selenium, then this tutorial is a great start. Cheezy Morgan 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 and easy to maintain. Cheezy introduces other tools that work with Selenium to help manage the data used to drive your tests, work with JavaScript...

Hans_Buwalda
LogiGear
MD

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

When we discover—often late in an automation effort—that the automated tests are cumbersome and costly to maintain, we often view this as a technical problem for the automator to solve. However, an often-overlooked cause is the role that testers who designed these tests play in making automation scalable and maintainable. In this interactive tutorial for both testers and automation engineers, Hans Buwalda explores how better test designs not only will result in much improved test automation but also can make the difference between automation success and failure. See why successful...

Jon_Hagar
Grand Software Testing
ME

Test Attacks to Break Mobile and Embedded Software

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

In the tradition of James Whittaker’s book series, How to Break Software, Jon Hagar applies the testing “attack” concept to mobile and embedded software systems. First, Jon defines the environments of mobile and embedded software. He then examines the issues of software product failures caused by defects found in these types of software. Next, Jon shares a set of attacks against mobile and embedded software based on common modes of failure that teams can direct against their software. Like different kinds of software design patterns, attacks are test design patterns that must be...

Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
MF

Implement BDD with Cucumber and SpecFlow

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

We’ve all been there. We work incredibly hard to develop a feature and design tests based on written requirements. We build a detailed test plan that aligns the tests with the software and the documented business needs. And when we put the tests to the software, it all falls apart because the requirements were changed without informing everyone. But Mary Thorn says help is at hand. Enter behavior-driven development (BDD) and Cucumber and SpecFlow, two tools for running automated acceptance tests and facilitating BDD. Mary explores the nuances of Cucumber and SpecFlow, and shows you how to...

Maaret Pyhäjärvi
F-Secure Oyj
MG

Exploratory Testing: Explore with Intent

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

The skill to self-manage our testing work and our learning—making learning and reflection a habit—is what differentiates skilled exploratory testing from simply putting random testing activities together. Maaret Pyhäjärvi says that exploratory testing treats test design, test execution, and learning as parallel, mutually supportive activities—with the goal of discovering things that we don’t know we don’t know. Exploratory testing frames our thinking about the system and engulfs the idea of creating artifacts to support testing. Join Maaret to experience exploratory testing hands-on and...

Mike_Sowers
TechWell Corp.
MH

Measurement and Metrics for Test Management

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

To be most effective, test managers must develop and use metrics to help direct the testing effort and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important testing activity is to “measure” the quality of the software, test managers must measure the results of both the development and testing processes. Collecting, analyzing, and using metrics are complicated because many developers and testers are concerned that the metrics will be used against them. Join Mike Sowers as he addresses common metrics—measures of product...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
MJ

Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

With the adoption of agile practices in many organizations, the test automation landscape has changed. Bob Galen explores current disruptors to traditional automation strategies, and discusses relevant and current adjustments that must be made when developing an automation business case. Open source tools are becoming incredibly viable and often best their commercial equivalents―not only in cost but also in functionality, creativity, evolutionary speed, and developer acceptance. Agile methods have fundamentally challenged our traditional automation strategies. Now we must keep up with...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
MK

Influence Diagrams: A New Way to Understand Testing

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Influence diagrams provide a simple-to-create and easy-to-understand approach to address the complexities of real-life problems. As testers, we may want to find more bugs, but this may have an unintended consequence for developers. Developers now have more defects to debug, which affects their capacity to deliver new functionality. Isabel Evans has found that influence diagrams provide a means of understanding and managing the complexities of key interactions among testers, developers, and business stakeholders. In the past few years, Isabel has used influence diagrams as a tool to...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
ML

Unit Testing: What Every Tester Should Know

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Do you want to take your testing skills to the next level? Are you trying to stay relevant on an agile team where testing is shifting to the left on the project timeline? Do you want to help your organization reap the full benefits of testing earlier? Then join Tariq King to explore the fundamentals of unit testing so you can find bugs as soon as they happen and do more thorough, targeted testing during software development. This introductory session is for everyone—of all programming skill levels. Learn how to apply program-based techniques such as testing by looking, automated unit...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
MM

System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems later on. As a manager, 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? Dot Graham describes the most important management issues you must address for test automation success, particularly when you are new to automation. Dot helps you understand and choose the best approaches for your organization—no matter which automation tools you use. Focusing on system...

Tuesday, October 3

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
TA

A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 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...

Wilson Mar
JetBloom
TB

What Testers Must Know about Git and GitHub

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

With Git and GitHub, testers today have unprecedented visibility into both development and DevOps code. GitHub provides powerful online collaboration, code review, code management, and version control services. GitHub's domination of social coding makes it the professionals’ new business card, indicating their creativity, popularity, capability, and tenacity. Today’s testers need to learn about and use Git and GitHub. In this hands-on tutorial Wilson Mar presents material available nowhere else and a unique explanation of tools, repositories, and GUI programs used by professional...

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
TC

Fundamentals of Software Test Design

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

As testers, we know that we can define many more test cases than we will ever have time to design, execute, and report. The key problem in testing is choosing a small, “smart” subset—from the almost infinite number of tests available—that will find a large percentage of the defects. Join Lee Copeland to discover how to design test cases using formal black-box techniques, including equivalence class testing, boundary value testing, decision tables, and state-transition diagrams. Explore examples of each of these techniques in action. Don’t just pick test cases randomly. Learn to selectively...

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The Impact of IoT on Testing: What’s in Store

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

No longer just a futuristic concept, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a strong presence in our world even today. 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. IoT apps are here to stay. Testing, product management, and development teams must address developing and testing in this paradigm. Testers, accustomed to traditional platforms, are now asked to test on more complex devices and more advanced platforms. Testers must keep up with the...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
TE

Agile Testing: Team Tactics that Deliver the Goods

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Let’s face it—agile testing is different. Challenges exist in successfully integrating within the teams themselves. Scrummerfall continues to run rampant. The dichotomy of testing v. quality and balancing both the team’s and your focus still exists. Delivering value is both an imperative and a challenge. In this dynamic workshop, join agile coaches Mary Thorn and Bob Galen to explore the tools, techniques, and mindset you must bring to the table to successfully test in agile contexts. Mary and Bob examine risk-based testing, iterative test planning, exploratory testing, agile automation...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
TF

Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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. Solutions that have worked well for others are patterns; these test automation patterns are common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Dot Graham focuses 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...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TG

Security Testing for Testing Professionals

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Today’s software applications are often security critical, making security testing essential in a software quality program. Unfortunately, most testers have not been taught how to effectively test the security of the software applications they validate. Join Jeffery Payne as he shares what you need to know to integrate effective security testing into your everyday software testing activities. Learn how software vulnerabilities are introduced into code and exploited by hackers. Discover how to define and validate security requirements. Explore effective test techniques for assuring that...

Paul Holland
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
TH

End-to-End Testing with the Heuristic Test Strategy Model

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

You have just been assigned a new testing project. Where do you start? How do you develop a plan and begin testing? How will you report on your progress? Paul Holland shares new test project approaches that enable you to plan, test, and report effectively. Paul demonstrates ideas, based on the Heuristic Software Test Model from Rapid Software Testing that can be directly applied or adapted to your environment. In this hands-on tutorial, you’ll be given a product to test. Start by creating three raw lists—product coverage outline, potential risks, and test ideas—that help ensure...

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
TI

Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architectures

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 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. Well, setting up the pipeline capable of doing just that is becoming more and more common. 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 design principles—applicable to...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
TJ

Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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,...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
TK

Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Today, many agile organizations are making a terrible error. They are assuming there is no place for test management and leadership in agile, self-directed team contexts. Mary Thorn and Bob Galen beg to differ with this view and believe a strong need exists for testing leadership in agile organizations—just not the way we’ve typically approached it. Join Mary and Bob as they explore what excellent test team leadership looks like in agile contexts. Explore the aspects of self-directed teams and the implications to your previous leadership styles. Look under the covers of Scrum and see where...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TM

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 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 called 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/...

Mike_Sowers
TechWell Corp.
TN

Plan, Architect, and Implement Test Automation within the Lifecycle

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In test automation, we must often use several tools that have been developed or acquired over time with little consideration of an overall plan or architecture and no consideration for how to integrate the tools. As a result, productivity suffers and frustrations increase. Join Mike Sowers as he shares experiences from multiple organizations in creating an integrated test automation plan and developing a test automation architecture. Mike discusses both the good (engaging the technical architecture team) and the bad (too much isolation between test automators and test designers) on...

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
TO

Beyond Unit Testing: More of What Testers Should Know

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Are you a tester, developer, or quality engineer who participates in code reviews or unit testing activities? Can you write test scripts to cover all program statements but would like to learn more advanced code-based testing techniques? Join Tariq King as he goes beyond the basics of unit testing and shows you how to design tests that cover multiple data conditions, independent paths, and loops within code. Learn how to apply these techniques to different application tiers, ranging from the user interface to the data access layer. Discover strategies for integration testing based on...

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Testing Leadership IQ

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
TQ

Shift Left to Test User Experience

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

In today’s environment, the user experience (UX) is overwhelmingly important—and is not just about the product. UX describes all facets of a person’s interactions with and reactions to the product, the organization that supplies it, and the environment in which it is experienced. Isabel Evans says that in order to focus our tests appropriately, it is vital that we testers understand our users’ experiences. We need to explore and measure human, business, and societal impacts of products we develop, and how those are underpinned by technical qualities. Unless we “shift left” as...

Jason_Arbon
Appdiff, Inc.
TR

Building Your Mobile App Quality and Test Strategy

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Let’s build a mobile app quality and testing strategy together. Whether you have a web, hybrid, or native app, building a quality and testing strategy means (1) knowing what data and tools you have available to make agile decisions, (2) understanding your customers and your competitors, and (3) testing your app under real-world conditions. Jason Arbon guides you through the latest techniques, data, and tools to ensure the awesomeness of your mobile app quality and testing strategy. Leave this interactive session with a strategy for your very own app—or one you pretend to own. The...

Wednesday, October 4

Tariq_King
Ultimate Software
K1

Rise of the Machines: Can Artificial Intelligence Terminate Manual Testing?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:45am

The state of the art in automated software testing is far from being a replacement for human-guided testing. There is more to testing than setting up preconditions, applying inputs, verifying outputs, and logging the results. Testing requires significant planning, exploring, learning, modeling, inferencing, experimenting, and more. Therefore, before we can truly automate testing, we must bridge the gap between the testing capabilities of humans and machines. Tariq King says that breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are challenging our thinking about the...

Adam Auerbach
Lincoln Financial Group
K2

Testing and DevOps: Organizations and Their Culture Must Change

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The DevOps movement is here. Now, 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 even embrace coding to stay...

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
W1

The Lean Startup Method: Its Value for Testers

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

A startup is an organization created to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Approximately 40 percent of all startups will cease operation with investors losing everything; 95 percent will fall short of their financial projections. And the number one cause of startup failure? No one wants to buy their product. Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, learned that under conditions of extreme uncertainty, classical management methods do not bring success. Based on his and others’ experiences, he formulated the Lean Startup methodology consisting of five...

Jim_Weaver
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
W2

The Software Testing Pyramid: A Concrete Example

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Mike Cohn’s Test Pyramid describes a test automation strategy consisting of a wide base of unit tests, service-oriented acceptance tests for business logic, and a thin layer of tests exercising the user interface. Tests that provide the quickest feedback and fault precision serve as the testing foundation. So, how does this work in practice? How does a team achieve this level of test automation and maintain it over time? How can the team avoid redundancy in the various test layers? Jim Weaver demonstrates the different types of tests for a real feature—enforcing business rules for...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
W3

Blunders in Test Automation

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

In chess, the word blunder means a very bad move by someone who should know better. Even though functional test automation has been around for a long time, people still make some very bad moves and serious blunders. The most common misconception in automation is thinking that manual testing is the same as automated testing. And this thinking accounts for most of the blunders in system level test automation. Dorothy Graham takes us on a tour of these blunders, including: the Stable-Application Myth (you can’t start automating until the application is stable), Inside-the-Box Thinking (...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
W4

Where Did My Testers Go? Test Management on Agile Projects

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Substantial confusion exists about the roles and responsibilities of test managers in an agile software development process. Agile seeks to streamline project management and leadership under the role of a ScrumMaster. So, what does this mean for test managers? How do they stay involved in the process? What role do they fill? Is it possible that test managers are no longer needed? Join Jeffery Payne for a collaborative dialog on the challenges test managers face in an agile model. Learn the pros and cons of a variety of test management models he has seen used by organizations that have...

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Mind Maps for Testers

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Do you ever sit in test strategy or test plan review sessions and get little or no participation from others? Are you looking for a better way to communicate important information around the test plan or strategy? Do you want your stakeholders to understand and engage in providing feedback and suggestions? Jennifer Bonine and Karen Schaefer have a solution for you—a mind mapping tool that can help you address these questions. A Mind Map is a visual approach used to help organize information rather than a text outline or list. Jennifer and Karen will help you download a free mind mapping...

Andrea Fox
Cerner Corporation
W7

Move from Scripted Manual Testing to Scenario-Based Testing

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Think of manually executed test scripts—like pulling a wagon without wheels. Eventually the wagon will make it to the final destination, but the journey itself will be long and painful. Many people think test scripts are outdated because of the long, painful process of writing and running them. Andrea Fox says that their analytics team shared this way of thinking. To make things worse, the team also was dealing with defects being constantly introduced because the restrictive scripts were not catching the issues. Change was vital to provide more efficiency in manual testing, as well...

Kenneth_Merkel
CA Technologies
W8

Service Virtualization: What, Who, When, and How

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Service virtualization provides many benefits for both development and test teams. For testers, service virtualization empowers them to work in parallel with their development counterparts and take control of their own schedules. They no longer have to wait for development to complete their work or to get access to a restricted system such as a mainframe or a third party API. Test teams can get the basic details from dev and/or use a sample request and response pair to create a virtual service themselves. With no need to wait on others to start testing, testing can start at...

W9

Transform Your Team from QA to Test Engineering

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Are you being asked to shorten your testing timelines? Do you feel pressured to increase your test automation coverage but don’t have the time, staff, or budget? How do you as a leader upgrade your existing teams’ programming skills and technical abilities without bringing in external resources—and still meet your daily release deliverables? Join Jennifer Scandariato as she shares her journey in transforming the QA department at iCIMS into a Test Engineering Center of Excellence, where manual testers are now automation engineers who apply appropriate automation technologies to...

Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
W10

Agile Testing at Scale

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Mary Thorn has had the opportunity in the past twenty years to work at many startups, creating several QA/test departments from scratch. For the past ten years, she has done this in agile software companies. Recently Mary moved from leading small agile test organizations to leading a large agile test organization where she has learned how to lead agile testers and agile testing in large contexts. Mary takes you through what she has learned, identifies the keys to transitioning your test organization as it grows, and discusses the techniques required to lead it through the changes. Agile...

Talal_Ibdah
Baaz.com
W11

Automate Your API Testing Process

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Creating automated tests for your team stories, integration, or regression test cycles within agile sprints is almost every tester’s top challenge. Usually it consumes many hours and requires a great deal of effort to achieve, especially in complex and large agile projects. Teams need to deliver software as quickly as they can while producing the best possible product quality. Talal Ibdah shows how you can achieve these goals and automate your API functional and performance tests; define test environments and configuration files; make chaining requests; continuously deliver your...

Daria Mehra
Quid, Inc.
W12

What to Do—Develop Your Own Automation or Use Crowdsourced Testing?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Modern software products tend to have a rich UI that supports many user workflows, all of which need to be covered in testing. Agile organizations quickly discover that manual end-to-end testing neither supports their velocity nor provides respectable regression coverage. A common progression is to move from fully manual testing to record/replay, then to Selenium IDE style tests, then to automation based on Selenium WebDriver, perhaps with a BDD overlay. Daria Mehra has practiced this approach and shares her experience. She compares the Selenium style of automation to an...

Oscar_Gracia
AppFolio
AppFolio
W13

A Shift in Mindset: From Finding Defects to Preventing Them

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Although most software companies have adopted agile development, many still treat quality assurance as something that gets handled when coding is finished and ready for test. However, practicing this reactive approach to quality costs teams in rework, context switching, slower code release cycles, growing bug queues, and the release of defects into production. Join Oscar Gracia and Todd Albers as they share techniques you can use to help change this “ready for test” mindset. Learn how to focus on testing and quality from the start by using a pre-grooming approach to ensure stories...

Hilary_Weaver-Robb
Quicken Loans
W14

Testing RESTful Web Services

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

A lot of folks doing testing (QAs, BAs, and Devs alike) are experienced with testing applications through the front end—a graphical user interface or a mobile app. However, Hilary Weaver-Robb says that with this type of testing we often miss the internal web services and APIs that power those applications. Integration or web service tests are right in the middle of the Testing Pyramid, so to ensure adequate coverage it’s vital for testers to know how to test at that level. Thankfully, to test web services we can apply many of the same principles we already know. Hilary focuses on...

Cher Fox
Fox Consulting
W15

Test Automation for Data-Centric Applications

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Test automation, one of several key technical enablement practices, allows teams to be more successful in their agile journeys. Although there are many test practices and automation tools available for software development teams to leverage, few data-centric testing tools are targeted to data-related development and testing, leaving data warehousing and business intelligence teams thinking they can't possibly automate their tests. Cher Fox explores why test automation is important to agile data teams, discusses why they aren’t automating their tests today, and investigates the path to test...

Mike_Hrycyk
PQA Testing
W16

Augmenting Regression Testing in Agile Teams

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Today, three things are undeniable facts of business—projects are becoming more agile, teams are learning to function well remotely, and the tester’s role is evolving. Mike Hrycyk believes that testers in agile teams face daunting challenges and often struggle to keep up with the pace of new feature development while performing all the needed regression testing activities. Mike offers a strategy as an alternate path: the creation of a regression testing team to augment feature teams, one that works in parallel, handling the testing regression cycle while the feature teams—...

Marianne_Hollier
HCL Technologies
W17

What Does Continuous Testing Really Mean?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

You may have heard the term “continuous testing” and thought it was just the DevOps flavor of the month … or that it isn’t part of DevOps … or that it isn’t for cloud-based applications. Marianne Hollier says that continuous testing means adopting the right set of automated tests along with service virtualization, which allows the team to simulate missing dependencies and to start testing earlier and more frequently. She shares how the right combination of best practices and tools can help software development and testing teams adopt a continuous testing approach. Since you can’t test...

Paul_Merrill
Beaufort Fairmont
W18

Machine Learning: Will It Take Over Testing?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Machine learning (ML), a branch of artificial intelligence, is gaining widespread adoption and interest on software development projects. Paul Merrill says that ML isn't typical programming. Algorithms can be changed and checked for accuracy at runtime to “learn” from data. Some companies are already generating and executing test cases using machine learning algorithms. It is projected that significant areas of the labor force—16 percent in transportation and 9 percent of healthcare—could see job cuts in the next few years. So it's time to start thinking: Might testing be on that...

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
K3

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and...

Thursday, October 5

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
K4

Elegant Dev and Test Processes for a More Civilized Age

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Software engineering as a discipline has come a long way. For some teams, months-long cycles of dev-test-build-release have shrunk down to mere days—or even hours. In the fastest, leanest organizations, most testing happens in parallel with development as part of a slick, continuous integration pipeline. Come along with Melissa Benua as she explores just how quickly and safely a product can be released using ultramodern engineering technologies. All testers know how to file a bug, but more testers should know how to configure a continuous integration (CI) pipeline tool, how to wrest code...

Geoff_Meyer
Dell EMC
T1

Leverage Big Data and Analytics for Testing

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Sabermetrics turned the baseball world upside down by challenging decades-old measures of individual performance and their perceived linkage to team success. After cementing their legacy as the Lovable Losers for 108 years, the Chicago Cubs were able to leverage a data-driven approach to finally win a World Series. A high-school football coach, devoted to statistical analysis, has won three state championships—by never punting. Formula 1 racing teams collect staggering amounts of telemetry data from their race cars for the purpose of eking out seconds during the course of a race....

T2

Test Cases Are Dead, Long Live Checklists

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

For testers, creating tests is critical for a healthy testing process, so it is painful to see how boring writing test cases can be. In classical approaches, test cases are overcrowded with words—mostly project information that everyone already knows. What test cases don’t have is distilled information that allows testers to focus on the core functionality. Hipo has recently changed their approach to writing test documentation. Ömürden Cengiz believes that checklists are poised to take the throne from test cases, especially among startups and client-servicing shops where projects...

Jeffrey_Martin
SmartBear
T3

Use Automation to Assist—Not Replace—Manual Testing

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Automation is a powerful tool to help testing but too often it is used to replicate existing manual tests. This leads organizations to spend large amounts of time and money constantly updating flaky automated tests and test teams to suffer frustration from having to focus on activities that are not truly testing. This cost and frustration can be avoided by using automation as a tool to assist testing—not to replace tests. Jeffrey Martin shares some real-world examples of using automation to supplement testing by leveraging its true value—the replication and repetition of tasks...

Paul_Stringer
Equal Experts
T4

The Secrets to Blazing-Fast, Rock-Solid Mobile Acceptance Testing

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Automated acceptance testing is an essential component of a healthy agile software development process. Unfortunately, attempts to adopt this approach in mobile often result in slow, brittle, and highly complex device tests, based on UI automation. This approach harms confidence in mobile development. Automation used in this way often creates more problems than it solves, leaving development teams and businesses wondering where it all went wrong—often blaming tools rather than their approach. Revisiting fundamentals via a simple example of a mobile app, Paul Stringer helps us re-...

Julie_Lebo
Applied Research Laboratories: University of Texas
T5

Get Involved Early: A Tester’s Experience with Requirements

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Although requirements provide valuable information that informs and shapes testing, sometimes the information provided is incomplete or unclear. Join Julie Lebo as she shares her experience with requirements engineering and how she has integrated her testing group into the requirement process. She believes testers are a valuable asset to the requirement process, and their involvement can improve quality in many ways including finding bugs earlier in the lifecycle, gaining a deeper understanding of their project and product, and writing tests that provide more value to the...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
T6

Story Time for Testers

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Stories help us learn. They can be fun or scary, exciting or relaxing. People worldwide tell and listen to stories, and we access them through books, film, TV, and IT. But the direct experience of face-to-face storytelling is still a powerful experience. When Isabel Evans was young, there was a program on the radio called Listen with Mother. For fifteen minutes, mothers and children across the country would sit and listen to a story. Join Isabel and become your inner child. Bring your testing parent and listen to her stories. In fifteen-minute sections, Isabel recounts stories drawn from...

Michael Nauman
Autodesk
T7

Shift Left Testing: Going Beyond Agile

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

The concept of “shifting testing left” in the software development lifecycle is not new. Shifting testing from manual to automated and then upstream into engineering is a driving factor in DevOps and agile software development. However, Michael Nauman wonders why test automation, DevOps, and agile software development still frequently fail to deliver on their promises? Aligning and hardening your DevOps and test automation—along with streamlining your agile processes—is critical to your project. Michael shares how AutoCAD’s shifting testing left enabled improvements within their...

T8

User Experience Testing—with the Pilots at 18,000 Feet

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

All testers have users with unique needs. Are these needs included in your requirements? Lisa denDekker-Redemann says that was not always the case at UPS. Were we testing the mobile systems that our crew members use like we should? Sometimes to get it right, we have to go out into the wild—or in our case, out into the wild blue yonder. To get the whole story (and awesome test coverage), we boarded an aircraft to design scripts and test live 18,000 feet in the air. We found real conditions our users face that didn’t make the user stories and test conditions. Lisa shares why she went into...

T9

Say Goodbye to Flaky Selenium Tests

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Selenium has an industry reputation of being a “flaky” tool where individual tests pass, then fail—sometimes with no production changes at all. Such flakiness in your test suites can be extremely difficult, time consuming, and frustrating to debug. The vast majority of these issues stem from using either bad locators or bad wait conditions. But both of these root causes can be addressed by implementing the right framework for your Selenium tests. Craig Schwarzwald shares the most important concepts in creating such a Selenium framework. He has proved that using a framework...

Bambi_Rands
Mutual of Omaha
T10

Mobile Testing: Where to Start Your Journey

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Your company has decided to move into the 21st century and is developing a shiny new mobile app. But you don’t know where to start. How many devices do you need to test? Can you take existing tests and modify them? How do you account for conditions such as loss of connectivity, a virtual keyboard, and new user interactions? What about the questions you don’t even know to ask? Join Bambi Rands as she introduces you to the world of mobile testing. Learn from Bambi’s first-hand experience testing mobile apps and building a mobile test strategy. Discuss the shift from testing web...

Marcia_Buzzella
Independent Consultant
T11

Social Skills: The Softer Side of Software Testing

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Communication breakdowns are a primary cause of IT project failure. Marcia Buzzella believes increasing the success rate of IT projects across waterfall, Agile, and DevOps methods requires a balance of social (soft) and technical (hard) capabilities to improve team performance. Social interactions among team members facilitate knowledge sharing, build relationships, promote trust, and—perhaps most importantly—align expectations. Unfortunately, the fast pace of technological change prompts many software test professionals to prioritize the improvement of technical capabilities over...

T12

Globalization Testing for Cloud Products

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Every year, VMware has hundreds of releases for its virtualization products that cover data centers, networking, storage, cloud management, and digital workspace. Testing many different products while adapting to their development lifecycle introduces some special challenges for the product globalization team. Vincent Truong describes the processes and testing techniques a large-size software company needs to correctly support the globalization of its products. Vincent examines the agile process of globalization—internationalization and localization—testing and how the test...

Byron_Glick
American Family Insurance
T13

Testing in the Year 2020: The Erosion of Governance, Management, and Excellence

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Competition is driving our business and IT partners to be ever more nimble. And Byron Glick and Jithesh Ramachandran say that the growing agility is eroding the old foundations of testing—test management, project governance, and centers of excellence. An organization pursuing lean startup approaches may reduce or eliminate traditional planning cycles and the related test management and governance. But all is not lost. Understanding why those foundations were effective in their time points to new foundations that will carry us forward into the new world of testing, technology, and...

Melissa_Chawla
Guidewire
T14

A Three-Tier Load Testing Program Saved Our Bacon

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Ensuring a website will scale with excellent performance under peak levels of load is no easy task. Any number of problems can occur—from switch hardware failure to third party service outages, to a poor choice of algorithms or memory use in the code. Melissa Chawla describes Shutterfly's three-tiered approach to prevent site outages during peak load. First, check the development team's designs for scalability by holding performance design reviews for each project including identifying throughput requirements for all down-stream resources. Second, automate continuous load testing...

Mike Duskis
ProtectWise
T15

Integrate Your Test Automation Tools for More Power

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Walk the Expo, and you will see all kinds of test automation tools. Some run scripts. Some communicate with the system under test. Some virtualize system components. Some do interesting things that you may never have considered. Yet, none gives you a complete recipe for testing your product and synthesizing the results. That is not their job. It's yours. Mike Duskis says an effective test automation program will reflect the unique nuances of your product and your business. However, unique nuances need not add up to radically different architectures. In fact, effective automation...

Amir Rozenberg
Perfecto Mobile
T16

Testing in the IoT Era

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The age of the Internet of Things (IoT) has come. IoT devices enable a new realm of services and applications—medical devices, fitness and fashion, appliances, industrial, etc. The market is expected to exceed $1.7 trillion by 2020 with more than 200 billion connected devices—and 90 percent of automobiles. Join Amir Rozenberg as he describes the ingredients to ensure quality IoT applications: IoT-enabled lab, test tools and methodologies, and compliance and test evidence. Test professionals need to expand their perspective to include IoT; new IoT dev testers need to adopt proven...

Jon_Hagar
Grand Software Testing
T17

How Do I Get a Cool Job Like Yours? A Career Map for Testers

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

When people hear about my past jobs, my career, and the many places I “work” (at foreign conferences and even on ski lifts), I often get the question “How do I get your job?” However, when people hear some of the details of my career, their reaction is “Gee, that’s a lot of work!” Well, yes, but that does not mean that hard work is not fun. Jon Hagar presents a career map that contains his secrets to getting, keeping, and growing in the fun and exciting career of software testing. These include getting started with learning, seeking challenges, sustaining passion, finding...

Jon_Fetrow
Olympus Corporation of the Americas
T18

Use Model-Based Testing to Navigate the Software Forest

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Even seemingly simple software systems can be a dense forest of intersecting logical pathways which may leave you wondering if your testing was robust enough. Traditional test cases are flawed since they only execute the pathways the tester considered at the time the test case was written, and they will execute the same way—every time and without variation. Jon Fetrow shows how, using model-based testing, you can create a map of your software forest and answer the question “Did you test enough?” Jon discusses the use of models to catch defects in the requirements and design phase...

Jim_Trentadue
Independent Consultant
T19

Manage Testing by Dependencies—Not Activities

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Traditionally, test management has focused on two areas—test planning and test execution. Test planning creates the test strategy and prepares test cases. Test execution focuses on who is responsible for and assigned to executing the respective test cases and logging defects. These views, however, are not inclusive of everything a tester does. For example, the work of team members must be coordinated, environments made ready, and test data prepared. For this reason, Jim Trentadue says the testing effort should be managed by dependencies—not activities. Jim shares logical models for...

Paola_Rossaro
Nouvola
T20

Performance Testing in a Containerized World

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Container-based and microservices architectures have become the ideal setting for faster development cycles and more robust applications. As companies shift to these technologies, an integral part of the solution is the development of a continuous performance testing pipeline. Adopting a containerized architecture presents a variety of challenges. There are concerns about introducing additional overhead into the application performance. At the same time, a new paradigm implies defining new testing strategies, new metrics, and new tools that can better adapt to these architectures....

Paul Holland
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
T21

The Pothole of Automating Too Much

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Is your company spending a lot of time and effort on an automation strategy while your customers believe that product quality has not improved? Does management see automation as a silver bullet that will save money, increase coverage, and reduce headcount? Do you work for a company where the goal is (almost) 100 percent test automation? Paul Holland discusses issues and problems with these approaches and perceptions about test automation. He provides strong arguments why the “automate everything” approach is not likely to be successful and provides details of an alternative, balanced...

Meher_Nori
Broadridge Financial Solutions
T22

Get Ready for Cloud Testing

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In the past few years, deployment of applications in the cloud has become an industry standard. Meher Nori believes that it is very important for QA/testing organizations to understand the impact the cloud may have on them and prepare accordingly. The impact primarily involves a change in the testing strategy, and two items become very important. (1) Security testing and elasticity/scalability testing—new types of tests which previously were not so important—need to be created and executed once an application is hosted in the cloud. (2) Some traditional tests—availability testing...

Adam_Satterfield
KMS Technology
T23

On Becoming a Tester Who Codes

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

To be a well-rounded and analytical tester, Adam Satterfield says you should learn to code. Learning to code empowers a tester to be more self-reliant and less dependent on someone else to write their test scripts, which can take valuable time from the critical and time-crunched testing process. Learning to code positions a tester for long-term career growth, opens up new professional opportunities, and gives them the perspective to be a better tester with a deeper understanding of what questions to ask and how to approach a meaningful testing plan to gain better insights. However...

Umang_Nahata
Progressive Insurance
T24

Testing Enterprise Software Rewrites

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Most enterprises have legacy code that needs to be rewritten to keep pace with industry standards, new technologies, and modern infrastructures. The primary purpose of an enterprise software rewrite is to ensure functional compatibility before retiring a legacy system. However, replacing large, complex, bread-and-butter legacy systems is a risky and costly project endeavor, frequently resulting in projects failing, being shelved, or abandoned. Software rewrites face significant challenges due to detailed code requirements, legacy infrastructure, and lack of support. Umang Nahata...

Maaret Pyhäjärvi
F-Secure Oyj
K5

Make Your Team Awesome—Yes, You Can!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

The key to creating high-performing teams is psychological safety—the ability to be vulnerable in front of others even when they hold diverse viewpoints, and the opportunity to take risks and trust that everything will be OK. However, creating this safety is easier said than done. Maaret Pyhäjärvi shares her story of working with software development and test teams to enable them to be awesome. She explains how to reinforce the positive while enabling great software product development by empowering others in your team. Maaret explores how to be brave when others are not, and how to care...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
SMT1

Reception and Summit Kickoff: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night?

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kickoff the Testing & Quality Leadership Summit with a reception and some networking.

Friday, October 6

Glen_Hellman
Driven Forward
SMT2

Intentionality: Leading an Intentional Culture

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

As leaders we get the culture we tolerate. What are the steps to create an intentional culture of high performance? The basis of leadership and influencing others depends on understanding that humans make logical decisions illogically. What are the hidden forces that overcome competence, intelligence, and character when choosing our leaders? Learn about the real decision maker of the human mind and how to model this behavior to influence others and create loyal, motivated followers.

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
SMT3

Crucial, Pivotal, and Radical Candor Conversations—Closing the Gap

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Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Let's face it. As leaders, we often struggle to create and nurture the sort of communication and conversation that our organizations and teams need. For many of us it's not a comfort zone or a strength. And frankly, these conversations are often uncomfortable and take a great deal of energy. That being said, today's leaders need to face this shortcoming and become much more skilled and comfortable initiating and executing the sorts of conversations that will engage their teams and deliver value for their customers. In this session Bob Galen will explore the central aspects of having...