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STARCANADA 2019 - Career & Personal Development

Tuesday, October 22

Chris_Loder
InGenius Software
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Automation Framework Essentials

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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...

Mike_Sowers
Coveros
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Quality and Testing Measures and Metrics

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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 Mike Sowers as he...

Wednesday, October 23

Jess_Ingrassellino
Salesforce.org
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A Framework for the Whole Team to Own Quality

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Enterprise software teams often keep testers in silos, only to be frustrated when testing is slow. A frequent answer is to make the whole team responsible for quality. But how does that work? How can testers engage key stakeholders in testing throughout the software development cycle? How can test managers build teams where everyone participates in a way that plays to individual strengths while simultaneously increasing collaboration? In this practical and inspiring talk, Jess Ingrassellino will share how she developed collaborative test charters when she started working as the first...

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
Chris_Loder
InGenius Software
Dawn_Jardine
Independent QA Consultant
Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
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Ask Me Anything!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Have you ever wondered how a conference program is put together? Did you always want to know what happens behind the scenes at a conference? Maybe you have an automation question for the self-proclaimed lazy Automator, Chris Loder? Perhaps you wanted to ask Melissa Benua about continuous testing, containers, or imposter syndrome? It may be that you are interested in asking Dawn Jardine about her career path, what she thinks about One-On-One meetings, or how you too can be a speaker? Or conceivably your very curious mind wants to know "so why did Alison Wade start Women Who Test?" During...

Thursday, October 24

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3 Steps to QA Success from a VP of Quality Assurance

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Are you a leader with a quality problem? Every organization struggles with quality at some point in their product lifecycle. Knowing what to measure and how to build a culture of quality with specific and actionable methods is key. Join Karen Holliday as she goes through the three steps you can take to ensure success. She'll begin by guiding you through an analysis of the issues, including product, customer, and organizational factors. Next you'll learn the five key quality differentiators to implement within your development process. Finally, focus on how to create your own customer...

Jeff_Abshoff
ANSYS Inc
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Providing Value as a Leader: More Than Just Being the Boss

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Being a test manager is more than just being the boss. Sure, there is direction to set, issues to address, hiring, performance reviews, and status updates. But does that mean there’s no real work for a manager to do? Managers want to empower their team members to make good decisions and execute well, but how do you provide value when specific testing tasks are done by others? How does a manager go beyond being the boss to actually helping their staff do amazing work? Join Jeff Abshoff as he shares his experience working with new and seasoned testers. Hear some of the struggles he has faced...

Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect, LLC.
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Conscious Curiosity: The Key To Innovation

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Curiosity is the spark that drives ideas.  It fuels imagination, creative work and innovation, and it is the driving force behind discoveries of all kinds.   Yet we tend to lose our drive to be curious as we grow up. How can we all be more consciously curious? How can you help instill a culture of curiosity at your company or at home?  What are the benefits of a curious mind and culture? Jessie will share her innate and learned curiosity, and how it fueled her exploration of the subject. She will walk you through how she has learned to ask more inquisitive questions, looks for new and...

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Automation Face Off

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

What do you think about when you hear the words "test automation"? Are you considering developing your own tools to help you probe the product deeply, or will you apply a commercial tool for automated checking? Are “tools” and “automation” the same thing in your world, or do you see them as fundamentally different? Are you excited by new, powerful, enabling technologies, or do you worry that a robot will replace you? And are these our only choices? One thing is for sure: When we apply automation and tools, we may fundamentally change the context and the nature of the work we do. Our...