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STARWEST Saloon and Piano Bar
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-9:30
Howdy Partners! You’re WANTED – to join us for a rootin’ tootin’ good time at the STARWEST Saloon and Piano Bar. Now it won’t be at high noon, but it will be on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Show up with your boots on and mosey on down to the bar for complimentary food and drinks -- a swig of sasparilla or whatever wets your whistle. We’ll also rustle up some tasty vittles while you network with your colleagues and friends. Join us at the piano bar for some great entertainment, or show your friends that there’s a new sheriff in town by playing some of the finest games this side of the Mississippi. Complimentary food, beverages, games and prizes – there’s something for everyone! 

EXPO Reception
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Network with peers at the EXPO reception and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. Be sure to play the Passport game for your chance to win great prizes!

Meet the Speakers at Lunch
Wednesday, October 5 – Thursday, October 6, 2011 • During Lunch
Meet with industry experts for open discussions in key areas of software testing. Both days designated tables will be organized by topic of interest. Come pose your toughest questions!

Bookstore and Speaker Book Signings
Tuesday through Thursday, purchase popular industry books—many authored by STARWEST speakers—from BreakPoint Books. Authors are available for questions and book signings during session breaks and EXPO hours.

Interactive STARWEST Test Lab
Wednesday, May 4–Thursday, May 5
Visit the interactive STARWEST Test Lab to practice the skills and techniques you’re learning at the conference. Compete with your fellow testers to find bugs, join speakers to practice skills and techniques presented in class, participate in discussion groups, and more!

The Testing & Quality Leadership Summit
Friday, October 7, 2011
Join senior industry leaders in a highly interactive day focused on finding innovative ways to improve software quality and testing productivity.
STAR Presenter One-On-One  

Offered Wednesday and Thursday
STARWEST offers the unique opportunity to schedule a 15-minute, one-on-one session with a STAREAST presenter. Our speakers have years of industry experience and are ready to share their insight with you. Bring your biggest issue, your testing plans, or whatever’s on your mind. Leave with fresh ideas on how to approach your testing challenges. You’ll have the chance to sign-up during the conference and get some free consulting!

Bonus Sessions  

Making Agile Work: An Introduction to Agile Development Practices
Sunday, October 2, 2011—8:30 a.m.-4:30p.m.
Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.

Are you intrigued by some of the promises and hype of agile development practices and want to know what it takes to make agile really work? Do you need to learn what agile is all about? Do you want to know how agile is different from traditional development processes? And why agile doesn’t work for everyone? In this full-day bonus session—free to all conference participants—Jeff Payne walks you through the basics of agile development philosophies and common agile practices. By focusing on the fundamentals of an agile process—from project management to software development and testing—Jeff explores how you can integrate agile into your organization. He discusses all the key roles and activities in agile projects along with practical tips and techniques that can make your agile project work. During the day-long case study, you'll have the opportunity to try out the techniques you are learning and begin to apply them to your situation. Participants will learn practical aspects of agile that can be implemented immediately as you begin a transition toward a more agile process.

* Limited seats available. Reserve your seat by contacting the Client Support Group at 888.268.8770

Speaking 101: Tips and Tricks
Tuesday, October 4, 2011—5:30-6:30 p.m.
Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering

Are you a new STAR speaker or aspiring to be one in the future? Join us at this workshop on making effective conference presentations. Learn the secrets of developing content, identifying the Big Message, preparing slides with just the right words and images, presenting your message, handling questions from the audience, and being ready when things go wrong. Lee Copeland, a professional speaker since birth, shares ideas that will help you be a better speaker, no matter what the occasion.

The Workshop on Regulated Software Testing (WREST) - Back by Popular Demand!
Friday, October 7, 2011—8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Scott Barber, PerfTestPlus

Join us at The Workshop on Regulated Software Testing (WREST) - a free full-day bonus session held on Friday after the conference concludes. A unique peer workshop, WREST is dedicated to improving the practice of testing regulated systems. We define regulated software as any system that is subject to an internal or external review.

WREST relies on its attendees to make the workshop a success. There are no formal presentations, only experience reports with plenty of time designated for facilitated discussion. We hope to learn from each other by hearing the success and (especially!) failure stories of real practitioners who test regulated software. Have a problem you want input on solving? You can bring that to the workshop as  well - just be prepared to participate! WREST is hosted by Scott Barber.

* Limited seats available. Reserve your seat by contacting the Client Support Group at 888.268.8770

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