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STARCANADA 2017 - Agile Testing

Tuesday, October 17

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
TB

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...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
TH

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...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
TL

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 metrics...

Wednesday, October 18

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 automation,...

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...

W6

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...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
W10

Are Your Tests Well-Traveled? Thoughts on Test Coverage

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

There are many places to visit it the world and it can be interesting to see “where you’ve been”. There are many places in software for tests to visit, and seeing “where the tests have been” can be very interesting for testers. Dot Graham explains what coverage is, and why it can be misleading to talk about 100% coverage. Coverage is a relationship between the tests and the software being tested, and is an objective measurement of some aspect of thoroughness of the testing. Dot will discuss the ways in which the term coverage is mis-used, and the four caveats of coverage which every tester...

Chris_Loder
Halogen Software
W11

World-Class Test Automation: You Can Build It Too

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

Join Chris Loder as he describes the test automation framework they have created from the ground up at Halogen Software. Chris shares the environment they have put together to run in virtual machines, physical hardware, and mobile devices—with Jenkins keeping track of it all. He explains their use of the keyword driven and page object approaches, and how that has allowed a high rate of automated test case development from all members of the quality team. At Halogen, they run 6,000 unique regression web tests daily—quickly and consistently. Chris shows how they built their automation with...

Hilary_Weaver-Robb
Quicken Loans
W15

Testing RESTful Web Services

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Wednesday, October 18, 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 RESTful...

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 to...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
K2

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

Susan Brockley
Independent Consultant
T4

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...

Kyle_Thomson
Amazon
T6

Automated Testing from the Trenches: A Developer’s View of TDD, ATDD, and Other Techniques

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

Writing tests is easy; continuing to write tests in the face of a growing codebase and looming deadlines is hard. We’ve all been there: This project was going to be different—we decided to use test-driven development, and this time there weren’t going to be any bugs. Suddenly we are two weeks from launch and our software is a house of cards. What went wrong? Successful software evolves and grows, so it's imperative that our test strategy grow with it. Understanding the limits of a testing approach and when to switch gears is critical for maintaining confidence in quality. Kyle Thomson...

Dmitry Vinnik
Salesforce
T12

The Art and Science of Developing Great Test Scripts

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

For some, software engineering is a science involving a set of principles you follow in order to deliver a working product. For others, it’s an art where you can be creative and use code knowledge to build something new. When it comes to test scripts, it’s best to think a little of both. Join Dmitry Vinnik as he explores the art and science of developing great test scripts. Dmitry discusses script development techniques such as quality-specific principles (atomicity, isolation, and categorization of tests), software engineering principles (DRY, KISS, and GRASP), and general best practices...

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...