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STARCANADA 2017 - Agile Testing

Sunday, October 15

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com

Agile Test Automation—ICAgile (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:00pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

Conrad Fujimoto
Intellectica Systems Inc.

Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level (3-Day)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:30am to Tuesday, October 17, 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.

Fundamentals of DevOps Certification—ICAgile (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 16, 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.

Mike_Sowers
TechWell Corp.

Agile Tester Certification (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:00am
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.

Tuesday, October 17

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Selenium Test Automation: From the Ground Up

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Knowledge of Selenium, the industry-standard tool for testing web applications, is a much sought after skill in today’s world of test automation. If you want to learn Selenium, then this full-day tutorial provides 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, evaluate JavaScript-heavy applications, manage your test...

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
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Critical Thinking for Software Testers

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Tuesday, October 17, 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...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
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Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty

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Tuesday, October 17, 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. Rob Sabourin says that the keys to good estimates are understanding the primary variables, comparing them to known standards, and normalizing the estimates based on the 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, add a bit...

Mike_Sowers
TechWell Corp.
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Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers

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Tuesday, October 17, 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 quality,...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
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Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

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. We 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 Bob Galen as he explores 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 you should be...
Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
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Human Factors for Test Automation: How People Affect Project Success

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Successful test automation is not just about selecting and implementing tools and a technical infrastructure. People in teams make the changes that are required. People ensure the success or failure of the automation project. Understanding and managing expectations, attitudes toward change, teamwork, motivation, and communication are all vital if automation projects are to succeed. Isabel Evans identifies and discusses human factors around automation, teamwork, and human behavior to enable you to understand resistance to change, overcome mistrust of automation, and moderate inflated...
Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.
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Test Automation in Agile: The Path to Faster, Better Releases

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Agile teams deliver “potentially” shippable software at the end of every iteration (one to four weeks) or possibly every day. Janet Gregory says that this goal can't be achieved without automated tests, and many teams struggle with test automation. The challenge of automating functional regression tests frightens many testers, who feel their skills aren’t up to the job. So, how can you deliver good quality when you have to release so often? By combining a collaborative team approach with appropriate tools and design approaches, you can not only automate your regression tests but also use...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
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Agile Testing: Team Tactics that Deliver the Goods

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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 coach Bob Galen to explore the tools, techniques, and mindset you need to bring to the table to successfully test in agile contexts. Bob examines risk-based testing, iterative test planning, exploratory testing, agile automation strategies, test...

Wednesday, October 18

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
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The Secret Life of Testers: Where Your Time Really Goes

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Testing is on the schedule. Your title is Tester. It is time to test. The team is waiting for you. Everybody thinks you spend your time testing. So, why does it seem that you spend so little time actually testing? Michael Bolton will show you a training and research tool to visually animate the progress of testing has been developed. Through the use of testopsies and session-based test management data, patterns have been collected on how context-driven testers use their time—from the micro to the macro level. Among the findings are that a good tester can spend a whole week in earnest work...

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Test-Driven Everything—with Deliberate Collaboration

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

You've heard that quality belongs to everybody on an agile team. You've heard that testers and developers should collaborate in order to drive quality higher. You've heard that automated tests help a team continuously validate the quality. Well, it's time to stop just thinking and talking about these things! It's time to make them happen! Watch “Cheezy” Morgan do this in front of your eyes. Watch him build a web application, driven by acceptance and unit tests. Discover how a product owner, tester, and developer collaborate closely and deliberately to create executable user stories that...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
W3

The Three Pillars Approach to an Agile Testing Strategy

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Far too often, organizations focus solely on the development teams and their technical practices as their agile adoption strategy. And then there’s the near constant focus on acquiring development tools. Often the testing activity and the testing teams are left behind in agile adoption, or even worse, they’re simply along for the ride. This is not an effective transformation strategy. Join experienced agile coach Bob Galen as he shares the Three Pillars framework for establishing a balanced strategic plan for quality and testing. The Three Pillars focus on development and test...
Jim_Trentadue
Independent Consultant
W4

Defining the Optimal Level of Test Automation

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Test automation scripts are largely run against stable functionality with repeatable results. But automation does not have to be just about running reliable tests against a fixed code base to make them effective; rather, you can determine the right level of automation you need to meet your project’s needs. Three levels of test automation will be discussed in this presentation: Level 1 tests exercise the simplest aspect of functionality in a module, Level 2 tests explore all module aspects except interfaces to other components, and Level 3 tests examine the deepest level of functionality in...

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Improve Test Strategies and Outcomes with Mind Maps

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Wednesday, October 18, 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 has 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 helps you download a free mind mapping tool, trains you how to use the tool...

Obbie Pet
Independent Consultant
W8

Automating Performance Testing at Every Step

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

A major insurance company is building its next-generation claims system and has fifty new APIs to test in twelve months. The entire effort is launched as a first-time agile project with continuous integration. Will the load test, which worked so well with waterfall, serve us when we build production candidates many times per day? How do we test the performance of a system made up of many independent services when any service can be released instantly? In other words: How do we adapt waterfall performance testing to work in an agile DevOps environment? Join Obbie Pet as he shares his...
Sophie Benjamin
Videotron
W9

Transforming Your QA and Test Team

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

QA and test departments often are composed of employees with business backgrounds who have little training when it comes to software testing. Though they are engaged, these team members can get overwhelmed by the thousands of test cases they have to execute over and over, and they don’t see a future career path in testing. What can be done to address these challenges? Join Sophie Benjamin as she presents her personal step-by-step recipe to transform QA and test teams and position them for success within IT. She talks about the essential roles in QA and test teams, their skills and...
Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
W13

Story Time for Testers

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Stories help us learn. They can be fun or scary, exciting or relaxing. People worldwide tell and listen to stories. We access them through books, film, TV, and computers. But direct, 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 land would sit and listen to a story. Join Isabel and become your younger child, bring your testing parent, and listen to her stories. In fifteen-minute sections, Isabel recounts stories drawn from myths, legends...

Dawn_Jardine
Independent QA Consultant
W16

Combine Automation and Exploratory Testing for Quality Coverage

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

With the pressure of decreased time to market and the demand for error-free web applications, some people erroneously believe that test automation can solve all our defect woes. Dawn Jardine believes that neither test automation nor exploratory testing alone can solve quality issues. So, what is the best approach? Where do we invest our resources, time, and money so clients are happy with our product? How can automation and exploratory testing work together to obtain maximum test coverage? Join Dawn as she shares her experience of moving from a solely manual test case execution process...
Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
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Succeeding with Rapid and Continuous Testing

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

All organizations are running to keep pace with the transformative changes in software development and delivery. You’re on the hook for immediately automating more and more tests to support a more rapid or continuous flow of new features, delivered into production. So, where do you start? Must testers become coders and automate to survive? Must everything be automated? Jeffery Payne argues that the need to automate almost all tests is a misconception. Jeffery explores how automated testing and manual testing are best balanced during rapid and continuous testing. See how you can employ...

Thursday, October 19

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
K3

Leading, Following, or Managing? You Can Help Your Group Thrive

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

As testers or test managers, being effective mentors, coaches, and leaders is critical to our team’s success. Quite often we also play important roles in driving change, influencing others, and helping individuals, teams, and the business move from where they are to a higher level of excellence. We must interact with many people and work together in project teams made up of individuals with diverse perspectives. Join Isabel Evans as she reviews the range of interaction approaches of leadership and management, explores what styles we feel most comfortable with, discusses how we react to...

Susan Brockley
Independent Consultant
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Jump Start Agile Testing with Acceptance Test Driven Development

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Does your agile team struggle to find the right level of detail prior to beginning development? You may be suffering from “chunky” user stories—those that are too large or insufficiently defined to implement or test efficiently. Acceptance test driven development (ATDD) can help you quickly slice those user stories down to a testable size and provide the necessary detail for your developers to begin coding. Join Susan Brockley as she discusses the difference between agile user stories and traditional requirements, and why both are necessary for effective testing. Through real-world...
Scott_Acker
Likha Solutions, Inc.
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Implementing a Test Dashboard to Boost Quality

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

You are responsible for addressing quality problems that are plaguing your product and having an adverse impact on the business. Have you been challenged to provide a simple mechanism for quantifying and tracking key performance indicators selected by your organization. The ultimate goal is an approach that will enable the cross-functional team to identify problem areas so they can take corrective action. Where do you start? Attend this session to learn how you can develop a quantifiable approach to assessing testing effectiveness and addressing quality. Scott Acker shows you a...
Pablo_Garcia_Munos
Quality Point AB
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Scale Your QA & Test: Testing with Multiple Teams in Large Agile Organizations

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile practices are maturing, and more agile teams are making development and testing work in an effective way thanks to TDD, BDD, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment. However, there are many challenges still to conquer in agile practices, such as the lack of accountability for systems developed outside the team, environments with multiple teams where some teams practice agile and others do not, and organizations where testers are not well integrated into the team. Join Pablo Garcia Munos as he shares his experience testing in large agile organizations with ten teams or more...
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Architecting an Agile Test Transformation Program

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Transitioning test automation efforts from traditional to agile approaches is challenging because it requires cultural, process, technology, and people changes to create a sustained mindset shift and drive desired outcomes. Join Klaudia Breslavets to learn how a complex organization scaled its test automation transformation and “shifted left” enterprise-wide to support agile practices and continuous delivery. Learn the specific ways Vanguard fueled the transformation and structured its program to help IT delivery teams achieve faster speed to market, greater confidence in their tests,...
Gajan Pathmanathan
Quicken Loans
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A Journey from DevOps to DevTestOps: Infusing Continuous Quality

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

As companies realize the need for rapid application development, they are embracing DevOps methodologies. But implementing DevOps practices without establishing a culture of quality often results in lower quality software or a poor customer experience, which impacts the business bottom line. Join Gajan Pathmanathan as he shares proven approaches for ensuring quality and testing throughout the software development and delivery pipeline, while still maintaining agility and speed. Gajan presents a roadmap for building quality into the fabric of DevOps and fostering a quality-driven mindset,...

Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.
K4

Key Skills and Attributes for Everyone Who Tests Software

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

As organizations continue to refine their software development and testing approaches, the skills and attributes for the tester role must keep pace with these rapid changes. Many people other than traditional testers are now being asked to conduct testing. Whether you’re a lifelong tester or are just embracing testing from another discipline, there are key skills everyone requires. Janet Gregory presents some key skills and attributes testers need, whether they are practicing agile or more traditional methods. She explores skills such as effective communication as well as technical and...