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STARCANADA 2017 - Test Transformation

Sunday, October 15

Fundamentals of DevOps Certification—ICAgile (2-Day)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:00pm

This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Upon completion attendees will be certified by the International Consortium for Agile and awarded the ICAgile Professional (ICP-FDO) designation.

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...

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,...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
TF

Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

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

Today, many agile organizations are making a terrible error. They are assuming there is no place for test management and leadership in agile, self-directed team contexts. We beg to differ with this view and believe a strong need exists for testing leadership in agile organizations—just not the way we’ve typically approached it. Join Bob Galen as he explores what excellent test team leadership looks like in agile contexts. Explore the aspects of self-directed teams and the implications to your previous leadership styles. Look under the covers of Scrum and see where you should be...
Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TG

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

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

In many organizations, agile development processes are driving the pursuit of faster software releases, which has spawned a set of new practices called DevOps. DevOps stresses communications and integration between development and operations, including rapid deployment, continuous integration, and continuous delivery. Because DevOps practices require confidence that changes made to the code base will function as expected, automated testing is essential. Join Jeffery Payne as he discusses the unique challenges associated with integrating automated testing into continuous integration/...

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant
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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...
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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)....

Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.
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Test Automation in Agile: The Path to Faster, Better Releases

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 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...

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies
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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...

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...

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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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...

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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...

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...
Sophie Benjamin
Videotron
W9

Transforming Your QA and Test Team

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

QA and test departments often are composed of employees with business backgrounds who have little training when it comes to software testing. Though they are engaged, these team members can get overwhelmed by the thousands of test cases they have to execute over and over, and they don’t see a future career path in testing. What can be done to address these challenges? Join Sophie Benjamin as she presents her personal step-by-step recipe to transform QA and test teams and position them for success within IT. She talks about the essential roles in QA and test teams, their skills and...
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...

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.
K2

Succeeding with Rapid and Continuous Testing

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

All organizations are running to keep pace with the transformative changes in software development and delivery. You’re on the hook for immediately automating more and more tests to support a more rapid or continuous flow of new features, delivered into production. So, where do you start? Must testers become coders and automate to survive? Must everything be automated? Jeffery Payne argues that the need to automate almost all tests is a misconception. Jeffery explores how automated testing and manual testing are best balanced during rapid and continuous testing. See how you can employ...

Thursday, October 19

Peter de Jager
de Jager and Company Ltd.
T1

Seven Questions to Ask for Successful Change Management

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

Effective communication is key to driving change, and it should be a constant activity before, during, and after any change initiative. This isn’t exactly news. The problem arises when the questioning becomes a bit more detailed. What, exactly, should we be communicating? Successful change management requires answers to more than simply the old reporter’s standby of who, what, when, where, and why. Join Peter de Jager as he shares seven more relevant questions for driving change: Why is this particular change necessary now? What if we don’t address this? What will we be doing...
Pablo_Garcia_Munos
Quality Point AB
T8

Scale Your QA & Test: Testing with Multiple Teams in Large Agile Organizations

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile practices are maturing, and more agile teams are making development and testing work in an effective way thanks to TDD, BDD, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment. However, there are many challenges still to conquer in agile practices, such as the lack of accountability for systems developed outside the team, environments with multiple teams where some teams practice agile and others do not, and organizations where testers are not well integrated into the team. Join Pablo Garcia Munos as he shares his experience testing in large agile organizations with ten teams or more...
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Architecting an Agile Test Transformation Program

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Transitioning test automation efforts from traditional to agile approaches is challenging because it requires cultural, process, technology, and people changes to create a sustained mindset shift and drive desired outcomes. Join Klaudia Breslavets to learn how a complex organization scaled its test automation transformation and “shifted left” enterprise-wide to support agile practices and continuous delivery. Learn the specific ways Vanguard fueled the transformation and structured its program to help IT delivery teams achieve faster speed to market, greater confidence in their tests,...
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,...

Friday, October 20

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing
WWT1

It's Not All Rainbows & Unicorns (The Picture This Clothing Story)

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:45am to 9:30am

When Picture This Clothing launched in August of 2016 and instantly went viral, the media made it sound like Jaimee was a "simple mom" who stumbled upon a great idea and struck gold. What they didn't share is the teamwork, the trials-and-error, and the years of work that happened before this viral success. While her current day-to-day is quite literally surrounded with imagination, unicorns, and rainbows, Jaimee delves into the struggle of self-worth, re-designing her life, and how her compass of intention positioned everything that has unfolded as she shares the story of how Picture This...

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant
WWT2

The Tester’s 3 C's: Criticism, Communication and Confidence

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Communication in agile teams is supposed to be seamless and much better than the “old days”. Whether you are in an independent testing team and need to communicate more formally, or communicating face-to-face in an agile context, how can you be effective when you are sometimes telling people what they don’t want to hear? What do testers do? They are critics, often of other people’s work; they need to communicate their findings successfully with confidence. In this talk, Dorothy Graham looks at what criticism is, its different types and “DASR”, an effective script for giving criticism (...

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
WWT3

The Power of Collective Experience

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:30pm

Bring your biggest challenges to this session and tap the wisdom of others. In this immersive session, you will tackle some of the most widely mentioned challenges brought to light from the group. Whether it’s a software testing conundrum, a project setback, a management blocker, a group or team dysfunction or an interpersonal hurdle, all of these can slow our progress and reduce our effectiveness.  And when we hunt for options, we all have blind spots and biases that prevent us from thinking out of the box and finding new and different solutions. Typically the best ideas come from...

Yolande_Grill
InfoSol, Inc.
WWT4

Create the Life You Want: How Asking the Right Questions Will Open Doors to Your Future

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The definition of a realist is someone who makes decisions based on past data. The definition of genius is someone who creates the future. In a world of data analytics and visualizations, the world (at least in my world of Business Intelligence) seems obsessed with measuring three things: what happened, what is happening and trying to predict what could happen next. What if instead we asked the question, "What do we want to have happen here and in doing that created our desired future?" Through the creative practices of journaling, art, movement and stillness, we can open a door to...

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.
WWT5

Panel–Career Superpowers

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Let’s discuss and define the most important career superpowers for women. Hear what industry professionals, leaders, and idea disruptors think the important career superpowers are for women in 2017 and going forward.

 

WWT6

Building your Personal Brand for Success

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Building the right personal brand is one of the critical success factors in today’s workplace. Organizations develop a brand and image, but not many individuals think about their personal brand and how it can affect their career. As we interact with people, we want to influence them to support our efforts—approving projects, budgets, and funding; supporting our next career move; or recommending us for that promotion or raise we want.  As a professional, it is critical to understand how you are being perceived by your “target audience.” During this interactive session...