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STARCANADA 2018 - Developer

Customize your STARCANADA 2018 experience with sessions for software developers.

Tuesday, October 16

Max Saperstone
Coveros
TA

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...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
TB

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.
TE

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...

Chris Blain
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
TG

Exploratory Testing in Practice

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

Many traditional test teams are augmenting their documented test plans and test cases with a structured, exploratory approach. Teams adopting agile methods are replacing ad-hoc testing with exploratory techniques, allowing all development team members to effectively participate in product testing. Exploratory testing is all about simultaneously learning about the software you are testing while you are designing and executing the tests. It is used by developers for unit testing, independent testing teams for integration or system testing, and by customers implementing acceptance testing of...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.com
TH

Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty

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

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. The keys to good estimates are understanding the primary variables, comparing them to known standards, and normalizing the estimates based on their 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 and a bit of wishful thinking,...

TJ

Innovation: Evolving and Expanding Your Creative Capabilities

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 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)....

Jeff Payne
Coveros, Inc.
TK

Web Security Testing: The Basics and More

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

Web applications are often security critical or serve as front-ends for security critical applications, making web testing for vulnerabilities an essential part of software testing. Unfortunately, most software testers have not been taught how to identify web security issues while testing applications. Join Jeffery Payne as he shares what you need to know to security test web-based applications as part of your overall testing process. Learn about the most common web security vulnerabilities and how they are introduced into web code and exploited by hackers. Explore test techniques for...

Wednesday, October 17

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB
K1

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...

Chris_Loder
InGenius Software
W5

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
Testim.io
W6

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...

W7

Telling a Better Story: Finding Quality in the Agile User Story

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

When delivering agile software development projects and conducting quality assurance and testing assessments, it often seems that “solving the testing problem” doesn’t solve “the quality problem.” The testing problem is much broader than just code quality, testing tools, automation, and skills gaps. A common problem in many projects and teams is a lack of discipline during backlog grooming and sprint planning, leading to inferior user stories that leave the QA effort in peril and disrupt project delivery. In their interactive presentation, Stephan Marceau and Keith Turpin will dissect the...

Gil_Tayar
Applitools
W8

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...

Laurent Py
Hiptest
Vincent Prêtre
Hiptest
W10

Use BDD and Product Analytics to Change Your Vision of Quality

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

DevOps teams struggle to ensure quality in multiple daily deployments. Traditional testing approaches have often failed in this context, but there are exciting new ways to test. Laurent Py and Vincent Prêtre will explain how, at Hiptest, DevOps teams combine behavior-driven development (BDD) techniques with product analytic analysis to continuously assert the quality of their product. BDD scenarios align teams to a common goal, and users provide feedback to ensure their needs are met. The team transforms usage scenarios into tests that enable developers to deliver the functionality...

Jerry Penner
Waterloo Hydrogeologic
W11

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...

W12

Combatting Threats to Payment Processing in the Era of Connected Ecosystems

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

In an increasingly connected world, protection from security vulnerabilities and threats is essential. Yet providing that protection can be complex to understand, especially with changes in digital technology, consumer demands, and how social media influences consumer shopping and payment decisions. Consumer demands for a personalized experience, together with regulatory and industry initiatives, force innovation, openness, and collaboration in the payment industry, while new models, new digital ecosystems, and cross-border payments are being transformed by blockchain technology. This...

Harel Lek
The Phoenix Group
W9

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...

Eran_Kinsbruner
Perfecto
W13

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...

Yury Makedonov
Health Alliance Plan
W14

Improve Testing of AI Systems with "Grey-Box" Testing Technique

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

There are two main challenges to testing systems that incorporate elements of artificial intelligence. First, the same input can trigger different responses as an AI system learns and adapts to new conditions, and second, it is difficult to understand what the correct response really should be. Such behavior violates one of the main principles of traditional testing: the repeatability of test case execution. It's like shooting a moving target and not knowing whether you missed. Testers lose confidence in the outcome of their testing when traditional approaches no longer apply. Yury...

Ryan Yackel
QASymphony
W16

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....

Thursday, October 18

Alexandre Bauduin
House Of Test
K3

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...

Jeff MacBane
TechSmith
James Fogarty
TechSmith
T10

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...

Israel Rogoza
Microfocus
T12

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...

T9

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...