testing

Conference Presentations

Using Design Thinking to Create Better Test Cases
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Designing good test cases can be described as an art. With test cases being written with a focus on business, testers should be part of the discovery and design phase of the project, and the business drivers should dictate test case design. But how can we ensure we are focusing on the user and bringing the biggest value possible in this phase? Larissa Rosochansky will describe what design thinking is, how it relates to the testing methodology, and how to use it in the design phase of your project. She will also show you how to better frame the business drivers and select the persona and most important exercises from a wide range of possibilities. After this introduction, Larissa will demonstrate how to apply the exercises, create the agenda for a design thinking workshop, select the team to ensure you have a diverse and multidisciplinary group, and document the results.

Larissa Rosochansky
From Zero to AI Hero
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AI is here. Will it take over your job? Is it possible to make it beneficial, not detrimental to your career? Kevin Pyles and his team jumped right into the AI universe. Untrained and inexperienced, they realized immediately that they knew nothing.

Kevin Pyles
Fuzz Testing for Fun and Profit
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A test is no better than the data that drives it. Fuzz testing is a great way to find buggy, exploitable, or otherwise bad code – and if you’re working with a native application that operates on file input, it’s a solved problem. Grab AFL or some other all-in-one suite, hit go, and profit!

Melissa Benua
Conquering the Testing Challenges of Serverless Applications
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Serverless cloud applications are becoming mainstream. Teams focus on developing and deploying code on a known technology stack and runtime, with fixed interfaces for application, database, and network, and they offer lower costs, faster development, and elastic growth.

Peter Varhol
STARCANADA 2019 Conscious Curiosity: The Key To Innovation
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Jessie Shternshus shares her innate and learned curiosity, and how it fueled her exploration of the subject. She walks you through how she has learned to ask more inquisitive questions, looks for new and different ways to connect people, and connects the dots between ideas.

Jessie Shternshus
STARCANADA 2019 The Lazy Student’s Guide to Test Automation
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Do you loathe regression? Do you tire of the repetitive tasks that are part of your product's lifecycle? If you do, then you might be lazy like Chris Loder. Since his Grade 4 teacher wrote “Chris is lazy” on his report card, it has become his way of life.

Chris Loder
STARCANADA 2019 A Framework for the Whole Team to Own Quality
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In this practical and inspiring talk, Jess Ingrassellino will share how she developed collaborative test charters when she started working as the first exploratory tester at Salesforce.org.

Dr. Jess Ingrassellino
Storytelling in the Age of AI
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People are actively engaging in civic tech, social robots are tweeting, and veteran storytellers are capturing stories in new ways using virtual and augmented reality. This explosion of tools, sources, voices, and data is indicative of a new, more collaborative era for storytelling.

Davar Ardalan
Making the Career Transition from Software Testing to Data Science
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A decade ago Microsoft had over twelve thousand full-time testers, and when you added up all the contract and outsourced testers too, there were more software test engineers than developers. The test automation solutions alone had more than a hundred million lines of code. However, that process was built for a company that would release a new version of a monopoly-scale product once every three years and ship it on a CD. That world had already begun to change, and Microsoft was missing the boat. When Microsoft tester Ken Johnston first encountered agile development and DevOps, he realized his vision of testing needed to change—and so did he. Ken set out on the path of big data, and that led his to his new career in data science. Testers have always been the masters of product quality data, and now with connected services and telemetry, there is more data than ever.

Ken Johnston
QADevSecOps: Leading a Quality-Driven DevOps Transformation
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Have you wondered where QA professionals fit into a DevSecOps transformation? Stacy Kirk thinks they should champion the transformation. Regardless of where your company is on its journey to DevSecOps, quality must be at the forefront for optimal effectiveness and customer value. This means promoting feedback loops that use monitoring and reporting tools effectively, and most importantly, it means creating a culture of collaborative communication and continuous improvement. The role of the QADevSecOps practitioner must evolve from ensuring the quality of software to assessing the effectiveness of the company’s security and development processes using retrospectives as the new defect tracking system. Discover how Stacy’s experiences with innovative techniques have infused quality into every aspect of an agile transformation, from development to security to operations.

Stacy Kirk

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