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STARCANADA 2017 - Managing Risk

Sunday, October 15

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.

Tuesday, October 17

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...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
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System-Level Test Automation: Ensuring a Good Start

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

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems later on. As a manager, how can you ensure that your new automation efforts will get off to a good start? What can you do to ensure that your automation work provides continuing value? Dot Graham describes the most important management issues you must address for test automation success, particularly when you are new to automation. Dot helps you understand and choose the best approaches for your organization—no matter which automation tools you use. Focusing on system level...

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,...

TI

Innovation: Evolving and Expanding Your Creative Capabilities

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

Innovation is a word frequently tossed around in organizations today. The standard cliché is “Do more with less.” People and teams want to be innovative but often struggle with how to define, prioritize, implement, and track their innovation efforts. Jennifer Bonine shares the Innovation Types model to give you new tools to evolve and expand your innovation capabilities. Find out if your innovation ideas and efforts match your team and company goals. Learn how to classify your innovation and improvement efforts as core (to the business) or context (essential but non-revenue generating)....

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
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Security Testing for Test Professionals

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

Today’s software applications are often security critical, making security testing essential in a software quality program. Unfortunately, most testers have not been taught how to effectively test the security of the software applications they validate. Join Jeffery Payne as he shares what you need to know to integrate effective security testing into your everyday software testing activities. Learn how software vulnerabilities are introduced into code and exploited by hackers. Discover how to define and validate security requirements. Explore effective test techniques for assuring that...

Wednesday, October 18

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
K1

Blunders in Test Automation

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

In chess, the word blunder means a very bad move by someone who should know better. Even though functional test automation has been around for a long time, people still make some very bad moves and serious blunders. The most common misconception in automation is thinking that manual testing is the same as automated testing. And this misguided thinking accounts for most of the blunders in system level test automation. Dorothy Graham takes you on a tour of these blunders, including the Stable-Application Myth (you can’t start automating until the application is stable), Inside-the-Box...

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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...
Bernd Bornhausen
TD Insurance
W5

Applying Earned Value Management to Testing

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

Project managers have two main goals when it comes to their projects: deliver on time, and deliver within the budget. To track progress against these two objectives, the project management profession has developed a technique called earned value management (EVM). This method allows you to objectively measure project performance, predict cost and time, and evaluate the general health of a project. Join Bernd Bornhausen as he shares his experience with applying EVM to testing and how it changed his approach to reporting the test status of his projects. Bernd provides real-life examples...
Paul_Merrill
Beaufort Fairmont
W7

Machine Learning: Will It Take Over Testing?

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

Machine learning (ML), a branch of artificial intelligence, is gaining widespread adoption and interest on software development projects. Paul Merrill says that ML isn't typical programming. Algorithms can be changed and checked for accuracy at runtime to “learn” from data. Some companies are already generating and executing test cases using machine learning algorithms. It is projected that significant areas of the labor force—16 percent in transportation and 9 percent of healthcare—could see job cuts in the next few years. So it's time to start thinking: Might testing be on that list...
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...
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...

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...

David_Best
Inclusive Media Design
Sandy_Feldman
Inclusive Media Design
Rob_Harvie
Inclusive Media Design
T3

Accessibility Standards and Testing Techniques: Be Inclusive or Be Left Behind

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

While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility for a wider spectrum of users—including the blind—and their interfaces is being required by law across more jurisdictions, testing for it remains limited, naïve, and too late. The consequences of staying ignorant include increased exposure to litigation, penalties, and loss of contracts and revenue. Join David Best, Sandy Feldman, and Rob Harvie to learn why accessibility is now becoming a valued, integral part of the design process and much different from usability of twenty years ago. Ensure compliance for your...
Scott_Acker
Likha Solutions, Inc.
T5

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...
Gajan Pathmanathan
Quicken Loans
T11

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,...