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STARCANADA 2018 - Test Automation

Tuesday, October 16

Max Saperstone

Selenium Test Automation: From the Ground Up

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Knowledge of Selenium, the industry-standard tool for testing web applications, is a much sought after skill in today’s world of test automation. If you want to learn Selenium, then this full-day tutorial provides a great start. Max Saperstone shows you how to build test automation using Selenium. But he doesn’t stop there. He uses his years of experience to show you how to build automation that is clean, robust, and easy to maintain. Max introduces other tools that work with Selenium to help manage the data used to drive your tests, evaluate JavaScript-heavy applications, manage your test...


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...


Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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

Many organizations find that test automation does not work as well as they thought it would. In many cases, these failures are due to generic technical reasons, which can be fixed with relative ease. Other solutions that have worked well are patterns, common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Seretta Gamba focuses on often-neglected technical issues—i.e., non-management issues—and the patterns that help solve them. These are not development or code patterns—this is a code-free tutorial. Using a set of patterns developed with Dot Graham, Seretta looks at...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Success with Test Automation Projects: A People-driven Approach

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

As we face increased demands for speed, change and technical excellence—the pressure, and the need for automating aspects of testing increases. But, successful test automation is not just about selecting and implementing tools and a technical infrastructure. People ensure the success or failure of the automation project; they must drive the project. Join Isabel Evans as she shows you how to make your test automation projects people-driven, by focusing on two vital but often neglected elements of any automation project: attitudes towards automation and experiences of automation. What...

Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.

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...

Wednesday, October 17


7 Sure-fire Ways to Ruin Your Test Automation

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Test automation projects fail, but why? Could you stop it from happening? In this tongue-in-cheek talk, Seretta Gamba will share seven proven methods to disrupt or utterly ruin a test automation project, including letting a lone champion keep important knowledge to themselves, ignoring good programming practices, setting impossible goals, and feigning support. Seretta’s humorous recommendations provide managers, testers, and automators alike with the early signs of an automation project in danger. By “warning” that the most effective defenses are found using the test automation patterns,...

InGenius Software

Everything I Know about Automation I Learned from Saturday Morning Cartoons

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

Do you remember sitting in front of the television as a kid, enjoying your favorite Saturday morning cartoons? Chris Loder shows you how the lessons we learned from those cartoons apply to our everyday work in test automation. Wait until you hear what we’ve learned from the likes of Scooby Doo, Wile E. Coyote, and many other favorites! Like Bugs Bunny, maybe we "should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque" and possibly done things a little differently. Discover how the animators in Spider-Man didn’t redraw every background but reused the animation cels, similar to our reusing pieces of...

Raj Subramanian

How AI Is Transforming Software Testing

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning concepts are rapidly being integrated into IT systems. Companies like Apple, Tesla, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have started investing more in AI to solve different technological problems in the areas of health care, autonomous cars, search engines, predictive modeling, and much more. Applying AI is real, it’s coming fast, and it’s going to affect every business, no matter how big or small. So, how do we as testers adapt to this change and embrace AI? Where should we start? And once we get to the era of wanting to automate everything, how...


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...

Harel Lek
The Phoenix Group

How an Insurance Giant Incorporated Automation into its Manual Testing Operation

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

Transforming an enterprise QA operation from manual testing to automation is a major challenge that requires a significant investment of time and money. It involves organizational restructuring, hiring specialists and engineers, building a framework, changing work methods, and many more factors. When the Phoenix Insurance Company decided to take this leap, they first defined what is most important to them when searching for the right solution: They wanted to keep their team of manual testers, who, although they lack coding skills, are experts in the insurance domain. Phoenix needed a...


Strategies for Selecting the Right Open Source Framework for Cross-Browser Testing

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

Organizations today are required to test their web application across browsers and mobile devices. Choosing the right framework is a matter of organizational as well as technical fit. With a plethora of test frameworks that span across practices such as behavior-driven development, unit tests, UI, and others, it can be a struggle to select the right tool. In this session, Eran Kinsbruner will provide an overview of the market and cover the top ten open source test frameworks, with a comparison table of pros and cons about when and why to use one tool over another. Eran will focus on both...

Thursday, October 18

Alexandre Bauduin

Automation in Aviation and Mission-Critical Software

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Are you confronted with automating tests of large, complex systems? Are there more conditions to test than you can do in a lifetime? Are auditors demanding compliance to a never-ending collection of regulations? Do stakeholders want slick dashboards tracking abstract key process indicators? Join Alexandre Bauduin as he shares his experience leading the complex system testing challenges of a real-time Boeing 777 Flight Simulator. Alexandre will outline how he overcame the many challenges faced by combining his skills in test design and his expertise as an airline pilot, including the...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

No More Shelfware—Let's Just Drive Test Automation

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

When Isabel Evans learned to drive a car, she also learned how to check, clean, and change spark plugs, mend the fan belt with a stocking, and indicate speed and direction changes with arm and hand signals. Now, we don’t expect to have to do any of those things; we just drive the car. That’s how test tools and automation could be: Just drive and concentrate on the journey of delivering software continuously—concentrate on engineering the solutions, not on the automation. To be effective engineers, we need the support of a powerful toolset that we understand. Is that what we have? Or do we...

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

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

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,...

Israel Rogoza

5 Ways to Make Load Testing Work for You

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

While organizations understand the need for load testing, and many even have the necessary tools to manage it, they still fail to execute it well and “do the job” for end-users. Frustration at a poor user experience is increased by the IT organization's failure to explain the root cause of load issues, simply passing them off to users as generic "technical issues." Join Israel Rogoza as he shares five ways to achieve load testing success that focuses on the users’ needs. Based on his load test experiences, Israel will introduce strategies to help you decide who should carry out performance...


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...