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STAREAST 2018 Testing Digital Interfaces: Chatbots, Home Assistants, Touch ID, Facial Recognition, and More
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It seems almost everyday we see a product announced with a clever, new digital interface—and the rush has only just begun. From chatbots and motion sensors to facial recognition and voice integrations, these digital interfaces have a complex software side. Amir Rozenberg discusses the challenges we face now and explores a more challenging future to come for testers and testing. With concrete examples from the market, he offers new approaches for you to embed quality and test activities into the development cycle to tame the digital interface beast. With Amir, you’ll look at ways to test cloud-enabled digital interfaces, device-level diversified flows that leverage onboard sensors, and much more. With a good strategy and the best tools available, current digital interface innovations now—and those coming soon—will cause less disruption in your agile and DevOps pipeline flow and provide improved user experiences.

Amir Rozenberg
STAREAST 2018 Building a Modern DevOps Enterprise Testing Organization
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The DevOps movement is front and center across enterprises. Companies with mature systems are breaking down siloed IT departments and federating them into product development teams and departments. Testing and its practices are at the heart of these changes. Traditionally, development organizations have been filled with mostly manual testers and a limited number of automation and performance engineers. Adam Auerbach says this has to change. To keep pace with development in the new “you build it, you own it” environment, testing teams and individuals must develop new technical skills and even embrace coding to stay relevant and add more value to the business. Based on his experiences at Lincoln Financial and Capital One, Adam explores what the DevOps movement is all about, its core values, and proven patterns for how testing must evolve.

Adam Auerbach
Automated Security Scanning for Your Delivery Pipeline
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Agile development and DevOps depend on an automated pipeline to build, test, and deploy code quickly. Security is all too often viewed as a manual task that is too difficult to automate and something to be left for later—not a good decision! Matt Grasberger says that, by leveraging automated security scans with open source scanners, you can reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities, get the most out of your pipeline, and increase software quality. Matt thoroughly explains and demonstrates several ways to implement automated security scans. Discover how to quickly test endpoints against SQL injection with sqlmap, an open source penetration test tool. Explore how you can identify common vulnerabilities with OWASP ZAP, an open source web application scanner with scripting capabilities. See how you can apply these free or low-cost tools to introduce baseline security scanning into your DevOps pipeline.

Matthew Grasberger
STAREAST 2018 Automated Testing: Beyond the Basics
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You've been through some initial test automation training or bootstrapping, and now, a few months down the road, you find you’re spending a lot of time chasing intermittent test failures and maintaining your codebase. You're frustrated and losing trust in the automated tests. Sound familiar? Jim Holmes helps you find approaches that may save your sanity—all based on his years of experience and hard knocks. Beyond the test automation basics like waits, find logic, or basic page objects, Jim takes a dive into more advanced test automation approaches and methods—custom-designed APIs, Selenium Grid techniques, parallel execution to scale up test suites, and coding automated tests using software craftsmanship principles. Jim promises that you'll leave this session with new and practical tips and techniques you can apply to your own automated testing. It’s definitely time to go beyond the basics!

Jim Holmes
STAREAST 2018 Transformation from QA to Engineering: Testing in the Fast Lane
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Are you being asked to shorten your testing timelines? Do you feel pressured to increase your test automation coverage but don’t have the time, staff, or budget? How do you as a leader upgrade your team’s skills and technical abilities and still meet your daily release deliverables—without bringing in external resources? Join Jennifer Scandariato as she shares her journey in transforming her company’s QA department into a test engineering center of excellence, where manual testers are now automation engineers who apply automation technologies to expedite and streamline the testing efforts. Their transformation impacted behavior, garnered respect, and increased team quality, while her test labs group—specializing in performance, security, accessibility, and localization efforts—stabilized deliveries.

Jennifer Scandariato
BSE Testing Databases in a Continuous Integration/Delivery Process
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DevOps is transforming software development with many organizations adopting lean development practices, implementing continuous integration (CI), and performing regular continuous deployment (CD) to their production environments. However, the database is largely ignored and often seen as...

Steve Jones
BSE Testing A Business-First Approach to DevOps Implementation
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DevOps is a cultural shift aimed at streamlining intergroup communication and improving operational efficiency for development and operations groups. Over time, inclusion of other IT groups under the DevOps umbrella has become the norm for many organizations. But even broadening the...

Leon Fayer
BSE Testing Your DevOps Goal: A Culture Shift, Not Just a Toolset Implementation
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Becoming a DevOps shop isn’t just about hiring DevOps engineers and implementing a new toolset. It’s about changing the culture of your organization. Patrick Turner believes that your focus for DevOps should be to bring a cultural shift throughout the organization—up to the business team...

Patrick Turner
BSE Testing Transform Test Organizations for the New World of DevOps
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With the recent emergence of DevOps across the industry, testing organizations are being challenged to transform themselves significantly within a short period of time to stay meaningful within their organizations. It’s not easy to plan and approach these changes considering the way...

Sumit Kumar
BSE Testing The Mass Extinction of Manual Processes: A DevOps Success Story
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Large organizations can be filled with manual processes, and many people feel they are stuck with them. Bill Roberts and James La Spada tell the story of how Capital One used DevOps culture and kanban principles to significantly increase the speed of feature delivery—while lowering risk.

Bill Roberts and James La Spada

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