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Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 14

Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–10:00am
7:30 am to 10:00 am
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Multi-day Training Classes Begin—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Agile Tester Certification (2-Day)
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Agile software practices are being employed within many development organizations worldwide, and as a result, many testers struggle to understand the agile development process and their place in it. In Agile Tester Certification, both novice and experienced testers learn the fundamentals of agile development, the role of the tester in the agile team, and the agile testing processes. Learn technical and team skills testers need for success in the world of agile development, as well as the techniques of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) during this two-day course. All participants are expected to have experience in or knowledge of agile development fundamentals.  

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Foundations of DevOps—ICAgile Certification (2-Day)
Gene Gotimer
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

DevOps combines development, testing, and operations and includes continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, and rapid deployment practices. Because DevOps practices require confidence in nearly all changes, automated testing is an essential ingredient that is integrated into the process and relied upon for enforcement of quality gates and to ensure overall delivery quality. This two-day course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of DevOps implementations and to leverage DevOps best practices. Test professionals, operations engineers, developers, project managers, and business owners will all benefit from this curriculum.

 

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Understanding and Testing Your Application's Behavior (1-Day)
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore the benefits and potential pitfalls of applying the development and testing techniques of Test-Driven Development, Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development, and Specification by Example in this two-day hands-on course.

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JMeter Performance Testing Workshop (2-Day)
Patrick J. Quilter Jr.
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Appropriate for developers, test engineers, performance engineers, and more,  this two-day hands-on workshop teaches how Apache JMeter™ is used to test performance on static and dynamic resources, as well as on Web dynamic applications.

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Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level (3-Day)
Conrad Fujimoto
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Accredited training for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level (CTFL) certification. ISTQB is the only internationally accepted certification for software testing and has granted more than 500,000 certifications in more than 110 countries around the world. In this three-day course, learn what it takes to be a successful software tester and learn about the relationship of testing to development, test levels, black-box methods, white-box testing, exploratory testing, and more. This course is appropriate for those new to the testing profession and those seeking certification in software testing. 

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Security Testing for Test Professionals (2-Day)
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore security testing in an interactive workshop setting. This course is appropriate for software development and testing professionals who want to begin doing security testing as part of their assurance activities. 

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Mobile Application Testing (2-Day)
Brian Hicks
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Many testers attempt to apply what they know to mobile testing, and while that may work for some functional testing, it often leaves many critical features untested. Critical errors that go untested can mean a swift end to a mobile application. Learning how to identify common issues in mobile applications and how to test the unique aspects of a mobile application is the only way to be truly successful. This two-day course will cover usability across multiple platforms and resolutions, network and security testing, creating application unit tests, mobile UI automation, and performance testing for various devices over various networks and carriers.

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Agile Test Automation—ICAgile (2-Day)
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing in this two-day course with real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. In addition, successful attendees are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA).

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Monday, October 15

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–10:00am
7:30 am to 10:00 am
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Lunch 12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Training Classes Continue—1:00pm–5:00pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, October 16

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–5:00pm
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Multi-day Training Classes Continue—8:30am–5:00pm
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Tutorial TA Selenium Test Automation: From the Ground Up Preview
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TB The Tester's (New) Role in Agile Development Preview
Rob Sabourin
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TC Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions Preview
Seretta Gamba
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TD Measurement and Metrics for Testing Preview
Mike Sowers
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

To be most effective, those in testing roles (whether Agile or traditional) must develop and use metrics to help the team direct the testing effort and help the team 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, teams 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...Read more

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Tutorial TE Agile Leadership: Tips and Techniques Preview NEW
Jeffery Payne
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TF Getting a Grip on Cognitive Adaptive Testing Preview NEW
Julie Gardiner
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Cognitive Adaptive Testing means harnessing the power of analytics and autonomics in support of continuous delivery. The emergence of cognitive, adaptive testing is driven by trends towards omnichannel content delivery, utilization of big data and improved customer experience. Our software/systems need to be extremely responsive to customer sentiment, work across a variety of devices, be resilient in the face of unpredictable failure modes, and process vast amounts of unstructured data. Such scenarios put extreme pressure on IT systems and processes to be not only more responsive but...Read more

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Tutorial TG Exploratory Testing in Practice Preview NEW
Chris Blain
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Full-Day Tutorials Continue —1:00pm–4:30pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Tutorial TH Test Estimation in the Face of Uncertainty Preview
Rob Sabourin
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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,...Read more

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Tutorial TI Success with Test Automation Projects: A People-driven Approach Preview NEW
Isabel Evans
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TJ Innovation: Evolving and Expanding Your Creative Capabilities Preview
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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)....Read more

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Tutorial TK Web Security Testing: The Basics and More Preview
Jeffery Payne
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TL Test Automation in Agile: The Path to More Consistent Releases Preview
Janet Gregory
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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...Read more

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Tutorial TM Just In Time Testing Preview NEW
Chris Blain
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Turbulent development projects experience almost daily requirements changes, user interface modifications, and the continual integration of new functions, features, and technologies. Keep your testing efforts on track while reacting to changing priorities, technologies, and user needs. This highly interactive workshop offers a unique set of tools to help you cope with—and perhaps even flourish in—what may seem to be a totally chaotic environment. Practice dynamic test planning and scheduling, test idea development, bug tracking, reporting, test triage, exploratory testing, and much more....Read more

Welcome Reception—4:30pm–5:30pm
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, October 17

Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–4:30pm
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Keynote K1 Cancer, and Software Testing - Tenacity in the Face of the Ultimate Challenge Preview
Kristoffer Nordström, Northern Test Consulting AB
8:30 am to 9:30 am

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...Read more

Networking Break in the Expo—9:45am–10:15am
9:45 am to 10:15 am
Concurrent Sessions—10:15am–11:15am
10:15 am to 11:15 am
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch—Meet the Speakers 12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:30pm–2:30pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Networking Break in the Expo—2:30pm–3:00pm
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions—3:00pm–4:00pm
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Keynote K2 Reinventing Test Leadership Preview
Fiona Charles , Quality Intelligence
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

In the age of agile and DevOps, many organisations 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. Seeing a significant on-going need for test leadership, Fiona shares her experience working with skilled test leads, 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...Read more

Expo Reception—5:15pm–6:15pm
5:15 pm to 6:15 pm

Thursday, October 18

Registration Desk Hours—7:30am–4:00pm
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Continental Breakfast—7:30am–8:30am
7:30 am to 8:30 am
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Keynote K3 Automation in Aviation and Mission Critical Software Preview
Alexandre Bauduin, Consultant
8:30 am to 9:30 am

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. Alexandre will share...Read more

Networking Break in the Expo—9:45am–10:15am
9:45 am to 10:15 am
Concurrent Sessions—10:15am–11:15am
10:15 am to 11:15 am
Concurrent Sessions—11:30am–12:30pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch—Meet the Speakers 12:30pm–1:30pm
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions—1:30pm–2:30pm
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
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Keynote K4 From a Testing Team to an Organization Quality Chain Preview
Sophie Benjamin, Videotron
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Is testing a bottleneck in your company? Do you uncomfortably squeeze testing into projects? Can you show stakeholders how testing adds value? Sophie Benjamin has spent the last 15 years answering these questions, transforming testing into added value for projects, products, and companies. In this keynote, Sophie shares techniques for creating organizational value chains. Value chains are process models in which each step feeds the next therefore adding value to the product or service being created. Sophie shows how quality awareness at each step adds value, she will share examples of how...Read more

Friday, October 19

Continental Breakfast—8:00am–8:30am
8:00 am to 8:30 am
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Women Who Test
8:30 am to 3:45 pm

Women Who Test is a full-day event on Friday, October 20 for women to network with other women who work in software testing. It is also a day to learn from and be inspired by each other. The program will cover testing topics and will support women’s personal and career journeys and include content like: reengineering your life, growing your personal brand, setting goals, discovering your career superpowers, and how to problem-solve when you are a female in the tech industry where your gender is out numbered 7:3. Join women test engineers, managers, CEOs...Read more

Lunch 12:00pm–1:00pm
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Women Who Test Bonus Session Continues 1:00pm–3:45pm
1:00 pm to 3:45 pm