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STARCANADA 2018 - Agile Testing

Tuesday, October 16

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
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The Tester's (New) Role in Agile Development

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s so easy for agile teams to fall into the rut in which testers only do traditional testing activities, and programmers strictly do their time-worn coding activities. Rob Sabourin shares a number of examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. Testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-organized agile teams empowers testers to drive design decisions. A tester’s affinity analysis skills help clear the way for...

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.
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Agile Leadership: Tips and Techniques

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Leading agile teams and organizations is much different than leading more traditional software development efforts. The emphasis on self-directed teams shifts a leader's role from that of a line manager who tells everybody what to do, to a mentor, facilitator, coach, and servant leader. This tutorial discusses how to effectively lead self-directed teams either as a ScrumMaster or staff manager. Jeff Payne also addresses how management roles are defined in agile, as well as various organizational structures that support agile leadership. He will also give you practical tips and techniques...

Julie_Gardiner
Independent Consultant
TF

Getting a Grip on Cognitive Adaptive Testing

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Cognitive Adaptive Testing means harnessing the power of analytics and autonomics in support of continuous delivery. The emergence of cognitive, adaptive testing is driven by trends towards omnichannel content delivery, utilization of big data and improved customer experience. Our software/systems need to be extremely responsive to customer sentiment, work across a variety of devices, be resilient in the face of unpredictable failure modes, and process vast amounts of unstructured data. Such scenarios put extreme pressure on IT systems and processes to be not only more responsive but...

Chris Blain
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
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Exploratory Testing in Practice

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Many traditional test teams are augmenting their documented test plans and test cases with a structured, exploratory approach. Teams adopting agile methods are replacing ad-hoc testing with exploratory techniques, allowing all development team members to effectively participate in product testing. Exploratory testing is all about simultaneously learning about the software you are testing while you are designing and executing the tests. It is used by developers for unit testing, independent testing teams for integration or system testing, and by customers implementing acceptance testing of...

Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.
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Test Automation in Agile: The Path to More Consistent Releases

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 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...

Chris Blain
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
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Just In Time Testing

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Turbulent development projects experience almost daily requirements changes, user interface modifications, and the continual integration of new functions, features, and technologies. Keep your testing efforts on track while reacting to changing priorities, technologies, and user needs. This highly interactive workshop offers a unique set of tools to help you cope with—and perhaps even flourish in—what may seem to be a totally chaotic environment. Practice dynamic test planning and scheduling, test idea development, bug tracking, reporting, test triage, exploratory testing, and much more....

Wednesday, October 17

W7

Telling a Better Story: Finding Quality in the Agile User Story

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

When delivering agile software development projects and conducting quality assurance and testing assessments, it often seems that “solving the testing problem” doesn’t solve “the quality problem.” The testing problem is much broader than just code quality, testing tools, automation, and skills gaps. A common problem in many projects and teams is a lack of discipline during backlog grooming and sprint planning, leading to inferior user stories that leave the QA effort in peril and disrupt project delivery. In their interactive presentation, Stephan Marceau and Keith Turpin will dissect the...

Gil_Tayar
Applitools
W8

Docker and the Path to a Better Staging Environment

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Staging environments are notoriously difficult to set up and maintain. Unless you have a top-notch DevOps team, staging environments are usually different from production environments, and consequently, they are fraught with problems—failing deployments, "out of disk space" errors, and various other issues. Even when the staging environment is great, there's still a problem: There’s only one. If you want to test a feature branch, you must allocate time or, alternatively, install the feature branch and risk disrupting other testers. It’s time the testers took control about building their...

Laurent Py
Hiptest
Vincent Prêtre
Hiptest
W10

Use BDD and Product Analytics to Change Your Vision of Quality

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

DevOps teams struggle to ensure quality in multiple daily deployments. Traditional testing approaches have often failed in this context, but there are exciting new ways to test. Laurent Py and Vincent Prêtre will explain how, at Hiptest, DevOps teams combine behavior-driven development (BDD) techniques with product analytic analysis to continuously assert the quality of their product. BDD scenarios align teams to a common goal, and users provide feedback to ensure their needs are met. The team transforms usage scenarios into tests that enable developers to deliver the functionality...

Jerry Penner
Waterloo Hydrogeologic
W11

Ditch Your Bug-Tracking Tool: 3 Solid Tactics to Minimize Bug Counts

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

A bug-free product release is an ideal that testers, developers, and project managers strive for, but when it comes to the go/no-go decision, the balance is often struck between "good" and "good enough," leaving behind a rotting to-do pile in the bug-tracking tool that is rarely acted upon in the next release. How can testers stop adding new bugs to the ever-growing list and clean up the “bug dump”? Is it possible to speed development and deliver better software by sidestepping the bug-tracking tool? Join Jerry Penner as he shares his experiences in reducing the wasted time and effort of...

Ryan Yackel
QASymphony
W16

Developers, Test Your Product Better through an Exploratory Approach

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Developers often have the unfortunate reputation of not thoroughly testing their code. It’s not that developers do not understand how to test well; it’s just that they often have not had an opportunity to understand how the product works. Ryan Yackel maintains that implementing a team-wide exploratory testing initiative can help build the collaboration and knowledge-sharing needed to elevate all team members to the level of product master. Exploratory testing can be performed by anyone, but the real challenge is making sure that the process is properly managed, documented, and optimized....

Thursday, October 18

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.
T2

Test Management in Agile—What Happened to All My Testers?

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Substantial confusion exists about the roles and responsibilities of test management when using an agile software development process. Agile seeks to streamline project management and leadership under the role of a ScrumMaster, but 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 dialogue to discuss the pros and cons of a variety of test management models he has seen used by companies that have adopted agile. Learn how to best position...

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB
T5

Python for Testers: Programming the Repetitive Stuff

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Have you ever been faced with doing laborious, repetitive testing work? Of course you have. In our day-to-day work, we have to perform many manual tasks before, during, and after testing. These types of tasks are necessary, but who says they have to be done by you? In this session, Kristoffer Nordström will show you how easily and quickly testers can write small, simple, and powerful helper tools to assist in their everyday testing chores. You will learn important elements of Python for testers, such as looking for specific messages, performing many strings-matching operations, and parsing...

Noha Gomaa
Aldo Group
T8

Employing "Testing as a Service" in Agile Transitions

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Companies today must respond to the ever-increasing demand of delivering products in a fast-paced digital environment. As a result, many traditional system testing departments are being dismantled, teams are being split up, and individual testers are being distributed across multiple projects or functional teams. This transition can lead to workflows that are awkward and siloed, with team members trying to figure out what exactly to do with the testers. Noha Gomaa feels that there must be a better way to handle the transition. Noha champions "testing as a service" to many project teams,...

Jeff MacBane
TechSmith
James Fogarty
TechSmith
T10

Mobbing for Test Design: Connecting with Your Colleagues’ Test Ideas

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Do you have trouble generating test case ideas? Are there seemingly obvious bugs getting through your test plan? Are you considering revamping your current test analysis and design? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this session is for you. You may have heard of mob programming as an extension of pair programming. Mob testing is the same principle: having the whole team test together on one computer, collaborating and throwing out ideas. You end up getting the best from everyone. Join Jeff MacBane and James Fogarty as they show you how to leverage mob test design to...

T9

Integrating Mobile Automation with CI and CD

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

More and more organizations are demanding a move from monthly release cycles to weekly. The good practices of continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) allow us to deliver on this goal, but where do you start with these practices? Join Niranjani Manoharan as she discusses her experiences at Twitter, eBay, and now Pinterest and shows how the drive for automation can help you reach your CI/CD goal. She will share how her previous experience of mobile and platform testing and automation shaped the Pinterest approach to CI/CD, and how you can reuse what you already know to...