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ME What’s Your Leadership IQ?
Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 8:30am

Have you ever needed a way to measure your leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them, Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that.

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MH Take a Test Drive: Acceptance Test-Driven Development
Jared Richardson, Agile Artisans
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 8:30am

The practice of agile software development requires a clear understanding of business needs. Misunderstanding requirements causes waste, slipped schedules, and mistrust within the organization. Jared Richardson shows how good acceptance tests can reduce misunderstanding of requirements. A testable requirement provides a single source that serves as the analysis document, acceptance criteria, regression test suite, and progress-tracker for any given feature. Jared explores the creation, evaluation, and use of testable requirements by the business and developers.

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MM Innovation Thinking: Evolve and Expand Your Capabilities
Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 1:00pm

Innovation is a word frequently tossed around in organizations today. The standard clichés are do more with less and be creative. Companies want to be innovative but often struggle with how to define, implement, prioritize, and track their innovation efforts. Using the Innovation to Types model, Jennifer Bonine will help you transform your thinking regarding innovation and understand if your team and company goals match their innovation efforts. Learn how to classify your activities as “core” (to the business) or "context" (essential, but non-revenue generating).

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TI Getting Your Message Across: Communication Skills for Testers
Julie Gardiner, Hitachi Consulting
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 8:30am

Communication is at the heart of our profession. No matter how advanced our testing capabilities are, if we can’t convey our concerns in ways that connect with key members of the project team, our contribution is likely to be ignored. Because we act solely in an advisory capacity, rather than being in command, our power to exert influence is almost entirely based on our communication skills. With people suffering information overload and deluged with emails, it is more important than ever that we craft succinct and effective messages, using a range of communication modalities.

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K2 Deliberate Testing in an Agile World
Dan North, Dan North & Associates
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:00am

In the decade since agile has gone mainstream, testing has received more emphasis—and in many organizations an automated test suite is now a prerequisite for delivery. For the first time, testing is a core activity within an integrated dev team rather than a downstream activity to be commoditized or outsourced. However, when you scratch the surface of agile testing, it seems we have lulled ourselves into a false sense of security.

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K3 Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:15pm

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. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning.

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K4 Blunders in Test Automation
Dorothy Graham, Software Test Consultant
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 8:30am

In chess, the word blunder means a very bad move by someone who should know better. Even though functional test automation has been around for a long time, people still make some very bad moves and serious blunders. The most common misconception in automation is thinking that manual testing is the same as automated testing. And this thinking accounts for most of the blunders in system level test automation.

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K5 The Future of the Software Testing Profession
Mike Sowers, Software Quality Engineering
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:15pm

The world of testers and test managers—like most professions—continues to evolve. Some say the more things change, the more things stay the same; others say that testing as a profession is dying. These divergent views raise compelling questions. Are we approaching the era of minimal defects in which testing is diminished? Or is testing on the brink of becoming the most important aspect of software development as the risk of failure grows exponentially? What role will testers play on development teams? What critical skills will testers need in the future?

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Concurrent Sessions

W6 Deliberate Discovery
Dan North, Dan North & Associates
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:30am

Modern software delivery involves the decomposition of a problem into packets of business and technical analysis, design, architecture, programming, testing, integration, deployment, documentation, and training. No matter how well-intentioned our iterative or sequential approach is to these activities, our success rate of software delivery is still far below what it should be. Advances in these disciplines haven’t reduced the unpleasant surprises that occur uncomfortably late in projects.

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W7 The Changing Face of Test Management in an Agile World
Tom Roden, Neuri Consulting
Ben Williams, Neuri Consulting
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:45pm

Test management doesn't exist in the world of agile, or rather test managers don't—or do they? Agile methods such as Scrum have many traditional test management activities built in. With practices like self-organizing teams, role blurring, and skill diversification, the face of test management is changing. But is that a bad thing? Tom Roden and Ben Williams explore the key tenets of test management in an agile context, the likely dispersal of traditional responsibilities, and the profound effect on teams and managers.

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W10 Risk-Based Testing for Agile Projects
Erik van Veenendaal, Improve IT Services BV
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:45pm

Many projects implicitly use some kind of risk-based approach for prioritizing testing activities. However, critical testing decisions should be based on a product risk assessment process using key business drivers as its foundation. For agile projects, this assessment should be both thorough and lightweight. Erik van Veenendaal discusses PRISMA (PRoduct RISk MAnagement), a highly practical method for performing systematic product risk assessments. Learn how to employ PRISMA techniques in agile projects using Risk Poker.

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W17 Metrics Program Implementation: Pitfalls and Successes
Kris Kosyk, SoftServe
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:00pm

When we talk about product quality, test team efficiency, and productivity, we always talk numbers. However, very few companies implement metrics programs in a way that supports solid decision making. Many have tried and failed, leaving a negative impression of metrics. Kris Kosyk explains what metrics like Defect Removal Efficiency tell us and how it is impacted by Test Coverage and Defect Backlog Change Rate. Moving up a level, Kris explains how to use operational testing metrics to understand the development lifecycle process.

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T13 What Do Defects Really Cost? Much More Than You Think
Wayne Ariola, Parasoft
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:30pm

As software increasingly becomes the face of the business, defects can lead to embarrassment, financial loss, and even business failure. Nevertheless, in response to today's demand for speed and “continuous everything,” the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster. It's foolhardy to expect that speeding up an already-troubled implementation process will achieve the desired results. Wayne Ariola shares why and how to evolve from automated to continuous testing and discusses the methods to help you do so.

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T24 Web and Mobile App Accessibility Testing
Nancy Kastl, SPR Consulting
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:00pm

If a website or mobile app is not accessible to all potential visitors, is it truly a quality product? Services, products, information, and entertainment on the web and mobile devices can be made available to millions of consumers with vision, hearing, or motor control difficulties by complying with accessibility standards. Assistive technologies enable access by converting the text and images of mobile screens and web pages into computerized voice.

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