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Quality Assurance


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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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

T14 Survival Guide: Taming the Data Quality Beast
Shauna Ayers, Availity
Catherine Cruz Agosto, Availity
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:30pm

As companies scramble to adjust to the demands of an increasingly data-driven world, testers are told “go test data quality” without any guidance as to what that entails or how to go about it. The fact that the data is often a living, flowing ecosystem, rather than just a single object, requires the use of different strategies to gain meaningful insights. Shauna Ayers and Catherine Cruz Agosto guide you through the challenges of data quality and apply a structured approach to analyze, measure, test, and monitor living data sets, and gauge the business impact of data quality issues.

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