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MA Critical Thinking for Software Testers
Michael Bolton, DevelopSense
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:30am

Critical thinking is the kind of thinking that specifically looks for problems and mistakes. Regular people don't do a lot of it. However, if you want to be a great tester, you need to be a great critical thinker. Critically thinking testers save projects from dangerous assumptions and ultimately from disasters. The good news is that critical thinking is not just innate intelligence or a talent—it's a learnable and improvable skill you can master.

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MJ Team Leadership: Telling Your Testing Stories NEW
Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:00pm

It used to be that your work and results spoke for themselves. No longer is that the case. Today you need to be a better collaborator, communicator, and facilitator so that you focus your teams on delivering value. Join Bob Galen to explore the power of the story, one of the most effective communication paradigms. You can tell stories that create powerful collaboration. You can tell stories that communicate product requirements and customer needs. You can tell stories that inspire teams to deliver results.

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Concurrent Sessions

T1 Do You See What I See? NEW
Michael Bolton, DevelopSense
Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:30am

Managing a software project is challenging. Managers often need to deal with overwhelming amounts of data and detail but they must also be able to see the big picture at a glance. What can testers do to help? Excellent testing involves composing, editing, narrating, and justifying a story about the product, about the testing, and about the quality of the testing. However, telling a good story doesn't just depend on the raw data; it depends on representing, organizing, and displaying information to illuminate key points, highlight trends, and show variation.

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K2 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:15pm

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes.

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