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STARCANADA 2017 - Personal Improvement

Tuesday, October 17

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
TC

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...

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...

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)....

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

Michael_Bolton
DevelopSense
W1

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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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...

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...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
W14

Discovering What Matters, Fast: Combination Testing Case Studies

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

Even the simplest application depends on a vast, rich, and complex set of variables interacting and collaborating to drive behavior. Each variable has many options, and the number of ways these variables can be combined can be astronomical, making it next to impossible to test them all. Combination testing—combining individual test values to form complete test cases—can help. Rob Sabourin shares three real-world case studies that show how combination test design helped testers focus on a manageable subset of combinations to find critical bugs, quickly. Rob will share examples of some...

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...

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...