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MD Requirements Engineering for Testers NEW
Erik van Veenendaal, Improve IT Services BV
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 8:30am

Good requirements and user stories are critical for testing and testers. They are used as the basis for test cases, requirements help determine expected results and testers review requirements for testability. In Agile, where many testers help develop user stories and compliment them with acceptance criteria. Unfortunately, many testers have little knowledge or skill in requirements engineering. What level of quality and detail is realistic to expect for requirements and user stories? What does testability really mean? How can you help improve requirements?

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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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TN User Experience Testing: Adapted from the World of Design NEW
Parimala Hariprasad, Amadeus Software Labs India Pvt. Ltd
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:00pm

Have you ever entered a room in a new office and started to look for switches? Were you able to switch on the right light at first attempt? Did you blame yourself for the failure? If you did, you became a victim of false blame, cursing yourself for poor design of products. Sharing why testers must be aware of the psychology behind product design, Parimala Hariprasad talks about how design concepts—affordances, signifiers, natural mappings, and gulfs of execution—can help you become a better tester.

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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

W9 Leveraging Open Source Automation: A Selenium WebDriver Example
David Dang, Zenergy Technologies
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:45pm

As online activities create more revenue, organizations are turning to Selenium to test their web applications and to reduce costs. Since Selenium is open source, there is no licensing fee. However, as with purchased tools, the same automation challenges remain, and users do not have formal support and maintenance. Proper strategic planning and use of advanced automation concepts are musts to ensure successful Selenium automation efforts.

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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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