STARWEST 2021 - Test Management | TechWell

STARWEST 2021 - Test Management

Customize your STARWEST 2021 experience with sessions covering test management.

Monday, October 4

Chris_Loder
Upland InGenius
MC

Test Automation: Start and Succeed

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 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 explains 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,...

Tariq_King
test.ai
Jason_Arbon
test.ai
MF

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Skills for the Testing World

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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

Melissa Benua
mParticle
MG

Test Design for Fully Automated Build Architecture

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 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...

Adam_Auerbach
EPAM Systems
MH

Instill a DevOps Testing Culture in Your Team and Organization

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 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...

Tuesday, October 5

Tariq_King
test.ai
TB

Testing Strategies for Microservices

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

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

Rich Mills
Coveros
TC

Web Security Testing: The Basics and More

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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

Chris_Loder
Upland InGenius
TE

Automation Framework Essentials

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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...

Jeff Pierce
Coveros
TF

Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 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...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TK

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 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...

TL

Holistic Performance Testing for Modern Applications

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 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...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.Com, Inc.
TM

Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 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 6

Erika Chestnut
Calendly
W5

Gatekeeper to Enabler: 5 Steps to Make QA the Darling of Your Company

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

How’s the culture of quality in your organization? In 2021, many companies will still place QA at the end of the delivery lifecycle - acting gatekeepers to production. Does your leadership act as a gatekeeper in your release cycles or do you have the final say? Gatekeeping creates a wasteful test experience that ultimately drives longer delivery cycles and does not cultivate a culture where everyone is empowered to assure quality. In this talk, Erika Chestnut, Head of QA at Calendly will share 5 concrete steps to transform your leadership from costly gatekeeping to enabling quality. If you...

Maryam-Umar
Thought Machine
VI2

How I Became Agile When It Came to Mental Health

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Maryam Umar comes from a household of high achievers. Her parents never asked to be awesome in what she studied. They always had this unsaid expectation. Luckily, she did really well throughout school, college and university. She likes to think she got her dad’s sense of achievement and her mum’s great way of organizing her tasks. From her teens onwards, she started developing a high sense of perfection for every-thing she took on. However, she did not realize that having this high bar was slowly consuming her. Maryam will talk about how the desire to be awesome slowly engulfed her. The...

Tariq_King
test.ai
W13

AI-Driven Test Automation: A Tour De Force

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

The use of AI for testing is one of the latest trends in the software industry. Within the last decade, there has been a vast increase in the number of vendors and startup companies promoting AI-driven test automation tools, platforms or frameworks. But what are the real benefits of this technology? Does it have any weaknesses? Are all AI technologies created equally? Join Tariq King as takes you on a journey and shows you the true strength of AI in testing. In this tour de force, Tariq will describe some of the recent advances in AI-driven test automation, while keeping it down to earth...

Thursday, October 7

meena-negi
Sony Interactive Entertainment
T12

The Story of My Exploratory Testing in an Agile Team

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

World-class software testing professionals are either Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple trying to catch the bugs even before the crime has happened. These detectives never followed the same layout or steps but explored various techniques and focused on continuous improvement to solve the most challenging crimes. Exploratory testing in an agile team is a similar practice. Exploratory testing (ET) shares some common characteristics with agile methodology. The aim of agile is adaptive planning, early development, test faster and easier. A frequent change in the development means-testing methods...

VI7

DevOps: Test Alone

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

As in the movie HomeAlone, it seems that Dev and Ops have gone on a journey and forgot to take testing/QA with them. We hear big companies tell stories that they have no more testers, all testing is done in production, everything is fully automated by dev, etc. The actual truth lies somewhere in between these statements!

For most DevOps implementations, QA is actually crucial in order to succeed. DevOps however has a dramatic impact on the way we do QA! In this session, I will give you some concrete examples and tips on how we as QA...