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STARCANADA 2018 - Test Transformation

Tuesday, October 16


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.

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...

Wednesday, October 17

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Cancer, and Software Testing: Tenacity in the Face of the Ultimate Challenge

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am

What's the relationship between cancer and software testing? In the winter of 2016, Kristoffer Nordström's daughter was diagnosed with the world's most aggressive brain cancer, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Kristoffer became the main driver, making medical decisions and becoming an expert in a rare disease. In this keynote, he shares how he applied testing soft skills and tools to cancer research, building communities and relationships with leading researchers. He used collaboration, communication, and argumentation skills to meaningfully engage with key researchers. Bug advocacy and...


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,...

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...

Waterloo Hydrogeologic

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...

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...


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....

Fiona Charles
Quality Intelligence

Reinventing Test Leadership

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

In the age of agile and DevOps, many organizations are eliminating the role of test manager. Fiona Charles, a people- and project-focused leadership consultant, reviews what this means for testing and test leadership. Fiona shares her experience working with skilled test leads in adapting and inventing test methodologies and selecting techniques to fit evolving organizational frameworks, new technologies, and increasingly streamlined software delivery methods. Fiona has helped develop test coaches and mentors who inspire testers to grow their skills, and with her guidance, many agile test...

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...

Independent Consultant

The Importance of When: How to Effect Change in Your Team

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

Have you ever had lots of ideas to improve software quality, but your project team seemed less than responsive? Does your team struggle to work well together? Do you already have lots of actions to take from the conference and you don’t know how these changes will be received? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this session is for you. Join Julie Gardiner as she shares ways of getting your message across and how to play to people’s strengths to make your team work more efficiently and effectively. She will demonstrate an effective communication style model and explain why...


Testing in the Dark: Improving Quality when You Don't Know the Product

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

Stakeholders drop software on our desks and expect us to test it without any requirements, design, or product knowledge whatsoever. About the only clear thing is the absurd and unrealistic deadline. We are expected to bend over backward, spread magic pixie dust, and heroically test quality into a product we have never heard of before. But testing in the dark is not impossible, and as Rob Sabourin shows, it can even be a very valuable and fun experience. Learn strategies to emerge from a murky fog into clear, meaningful quality insights and leverage unlikely sources about what stakeholders...


Why Military Veterans Make Exceptional Testers

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

Hiring trained talent has been a challenge for IT organizations for several years now. How do you find a steady source of qualified candidates for entry-level QA and QE positions, especially considering colleges and universities don't include a software quality assurance curriculum? Enter the returning veteran! Our veterans often find the search for jobs a daunting challenge, but Brenda Hall discovered just how well veterans are suited for work in software quality. She will share her insights into solving two challenges—our companies needing talent, and returning veterans needing jobs—with...

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,...

Jeff MacBane
James Fogarty

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...


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...