STARWEST 2016 - Keynotes

Wednesday, October 5

Selena Delesie
Delesie Solutions
K1

Lessons Learned in Leadership: Give Your Team the Edge

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Selena Delesie recognizes that highly successful teams embrace several specific principles. When every person embodies these principles, teams have people who are passionate about the work they do and who show up every day eager and ready to deliver their best. A self-admitted geek, Selena was thrilled to hear Sir Richard Branson speak live at an event last year—in-person and in the same room! She learned that his success is built on the same principles she coaches: listening deeply, believing people truly matter, having an addiction to learning, serving others,...

Casey Rosenthal
Netflix
K2

Engineering Trust in Complex Systems

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Within software and test engineering, two new disciplines—Chaos Engineering and Intuition Engineering—provide avenues to address trust in complex systems. Chaos Engineering is a methodology for test engineers to validate a system’s behavior and establish empirical trust metrics. Intuition Engineering provides new interfaces to navigate complexity, filling in gaps in understanding that classical methods cannot address.

Casey Rosenthal explains how these disciplines are used to improve quality on Netflix.com, one of the largest scaled deployments on the...

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.
K3

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 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...

Thursday, October 6

Mary_Thorn
Ipreo
K4

Optimize Your Test Automation to Deliver More Value

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Mary Thorn walked into an organization that had invested heavily in test automation. Unfortunately they had no strategy, test suites had grown unwieldy, test maintenance was a nightmare, many tests were failing—and no one seemed to care. But Mary’s saddest observation was that they, mainly the leadership but the teams as well, had lost faith in test automation. Mary knows it doesn’t have to be that way. She’s a well-known automation disaster recovery agent who is going to share her secrets with you. Mary begins with how to keep your test automation light, nimble,...

Jared Richardson
Agile Artisans
K5

Take Charge of Your Testing Career: Bring Your Skills to the Next Level

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Far too often in our careers we trust our fate to employers. We attend training and acquire skills needed for our jobs today. Unfortunately, as far too many have learned, careers can be stalled when you don't have the right skill sets. Much of testing’s future requires automation ability beyond the traditional knowledge and experience of many testers. Jared Richardson examines key skills that you need to acquire to future-proof your career and ensure you are ready for the job you want to have. Jared focuses on deliberate learning and intentional experimentation as...