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Live Event Dates & Times

Wednesday, May 6
8:30am–5:30pm ET


Thursday, May 7
8:30am–5:30pm ET


The STAREAST Virtual Conference will be streaming live on May 6–7 from Orlando, Florida. The Virtual Conference features presentations and interviews straight to your desktop—including the latest testing solutions and networking opportunities.

Watch keynote sessions and industry technical presentations as they are happening live at STAREAST. The STAREAST Virtual Conference also features live interviews with conference speakers!

Attendance is complimentary—so reserve your seat now. Or, view the full program details below.


8:30 AM ET  •  KEYNOTE—Innovation: From the Tester's Viewpoint

     Jason Arbon, Applause


Innovation is not usually associated with testing or quality assurance. For our field to tackle the quality issues of modern applications and remain relevant, we must innovate. The good news is that there are lots of opportunity to innovate today. Sharing hard-earned tips and tricks, Jason Arbon describes how to identify low-hanging fruit for innovation, how to innovate with or without programming skills, how to fail gracefully, how to tell if what you are doing is actually innovative, and how to present innovation to your company and maximize adoption while getting credit for your work. Discover how to find time to innovate when your manager isn’t supportive or when you think you are too busy with your real job. Innovation isn’t just cool—it’s necessary for job security and career aspirations in today’s fast-moving world. Jason draws on real world experiences at Google, Microsoft,, and his work with many top testers. You need to innovate—now more than ever. Find out how.

Director of product strategy at, Jason Arbon worked previously on Google Chrome, ChromeOS, personalized web search, and Microsoft teams including Bing, Biztalk, WindowsCE/Internet Explorer, and WinFS. A frequent conference speaker on software quality, Jason has also delivered mobile app quality and testing workshops and keynotes at software company internal engineering conferences. He founded, a mobile app company that made web browsing and sharing smarter on mobile devices.

10:00 AM ET • KEYNOTE—Deliberate Testing in an Agile World


      Dan North, Dan North & Associates

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. In an era of “automate all tests,” testing on agile projects broadly falls into two categories: automated deterministic testing provided by TDD, BDD, ATDD, and friends; and manual exploratory testing, carried out by expert testers. However rigorously we apply these methods, entire classes of tests aren't being considered, and entire groups of stakeholders are falling through the testing net. Not all automated testing should be deterministic; not all testing should be automated. Dan North helps identify the gaps in your testing approach. By considering testing as a risk management exercise viewed through the eyes of multiple stakeholders, Dan hopes you will share his mild panic about how much testing we aren't doing.

With more than twenty years of IT experience, Dan North uses his deep technical and organizational knowledge to help CIOs, businesses, and software teams deliver quickly and successfully. Putting people first, Dan finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques.

11:30 AM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • Keynote


       Three Ways to Captivate Customers on Wearables

       Aaron Rudger, Keynote

Competing for growth is a game of seconds. Superior customer experience is the #1 differentiator for digital success today. Wearable devices and the apps that power them promise to change consumer life and employee productivity. Developers and Quality teams must meet the demanding needs of users whose expectations for a flawless experience are changing.

Aaron Rudger will discuss the three keys to success for delighting customers on smartwatches, smartphones, tablets or digital form-factors yet to be imagined. Aaron will share testing best practices to prepare your apps for a smooth and reliable experience now and in the future.

12:30 PM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • Oracle and Hitachi


       Testing in the Digital Transformation Age   


       Julie Gardiner, Hitachi and Mikael Fries, Oracle

Digital transformation is one of the latest buzzwords and on the lips of most management consultants and consulting companies today. What is digital transformation? And what does it mean for your business and more important, what does it mean to you as a tester? This session will cover what digital transformation is, what it means and what challenges you might have with digital transformation as well as how different tools and approaches can help you in not only surviving, but coming out with flying colors. Join Oracle and Hitachi Consulting to learn more.

1:45 PM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • HP

         Deliver Amazing Mobile Apps Fast with Confidence

         John Jeremiah and Todd DeCapua, HP Software

Everything is happening faster and faster.  We’re living in the speed of mobile and you are expected to release new updates all the time.  And your users are hyper critical, they’re writing reviews of your apps all the time.  Look, there’s a new review in the app store now!   How many stars did you get?  One star?  … Not good enough?   Join this fun and informative session and learn how to break the cycle of bad reviews.  How to deliver a world class, 5 star user experience that will help your apps delight your users and perform in the real world.

  • Learn how to deliver mobile apps in an agile environment
  • How to test  mobile apps for successful user experience
  • What innovations HP brings on version 12.20 to support mobile app lifecycle

3:00 PM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • Soasta


     Let’s Put the “E” Back in Testing!


     Dan Boutin, Soasta


Today’s testing is not your father’s Oldsmobile. There is an “e” in testing. But it’s not the one that you are thinking of-nope.  Today’s “e” is found in multiple areas that today’s testing encompasses. Today’s “e” is Performance Engineering. Today’s “e” is User Experience. Today’s “e” is Data Science.

This session will discuss and address the transformation of the process of testing and the maturation of the role of tester from just testing to today’s performance engineering role.

4:30 PM ET  •  KEYNOTE–Lightning Strikes the Keynotes


     Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering


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. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.

With more than thirty years of experience as an information systems professional at commercial and nonprofit organizations, Lee Copeland has held technical and managerial positions in applications development, software testing, and software process improvement. At Software Quality Engineering, Lee has developed and taught numerous training courses on software development and testing issues, and is a sought-after speaker at software conferences in the United States and abroad.

8:30 AM ET  •  KEYNOTE–Blunders in Test Automation

     Dorothy Graham, Software Test Consultant


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. Dorothy Graham takes us on a tour of these blunders, including: the Stable-Application Myth (you can’t start automating until the application is stable), Inside-the-Box Thinking (automating only the obvious test execution), the Project/Non-Project Dilemma (failing to treat automation like a project by not funding or resourcing it, and treating automation as only a project). Other blunders include Testing-Tools-Test, Silver Bullet, Automating the Wrong Thing, Who Needs GPS, How Hard Can It Be, and Isolationism. Different skills, approaches, and objectives are needed or you’ll end up with inefficient automation, high maintenance costs, and wasted effort. Join Dot to discover how you can avoid these common blunders and achieve valuable test automation.

In software testing for over forty years, Dorothy Graham is coauthor of four books—Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing and Experiences of Test Automation—and is currently working with Seretta Gamba on a new book on a test automation patterns wiki. A popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide, Dot has attended STAR conferences since the first one in 1992

9:45 AM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • TCS


    Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery: The Twin Solutions to a Path             Towards a Competitive Advantage


    Kannan Subramaniam, Comcast and Kalyan Kumar, TCS


Businesses today have zero tolerance for defects in production. At the same time, they also have a stated expectation from the quality assurance (QA) organization to reduce cost AND deliver superior end customer experience. How, you may ask, is QA meant to deliver to these seemingly conflicting demands?

The answer lies in the twin concepts of continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD).

While CI and CD are not new terms in the QA space, the trick to leveraging them for competitive advantage is what we would like to share with you. With real life experiences from Comcast and a practitioners approach from TCS, our presentation will provide you insights on:

       · Business drivers for CI /CD adoption
       · Role of assurance and testing professionals in the CI/CD era
       · CI/CD Testing framework
       · Re-skilling, change in the mindset, evolution of assurance function
       · Best practices for successful and sustainable CI/CD approach

11:15 AM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • Polarion


       Navigating Compliance with Complete Traceabililty

      Jean-Francois Thibeault, Polarion


Software testing can be challenging at the best of times and then introducing regulatory requirements makes the task even more daunting.
For example, what is important with compliance is to be able to trace to all the verification artifacts...test cases, test results, objectives, validation of changes, etc. This is no simple task and typically involves a lot of documentation.  Having the right software tools will help manage the process while making sure all your requirements are verified by the proper tests.

In this session you will learn how Polarion QA can easily manage all verification activities while providing complete traceability of your projects.

1:30 PM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • IBM


     Deliver Quality @ Speed

               Al Wagner, IBM


DevOps, changing mindsets, new testing practices, and the need to accelerate delivery of high quality are driving change in how testers test. A recent survey showed that testers believe more automation is the answer. However, many struggle with how to get going, start off going down the wrong path and struggle standing up test labs.  Join Al looking at today’s testing reality, emerging technologies and practices. Leave with a foundation to embrace change and begin work to test smarter as "the clouds" start rolling in.

3:00 PM ET  •  Industry Technical Presentation • BeyondSoft


     Two Innovative Testing Tools That Help Companies Get Their Products Ready on        Time For Global Market Expansion

     Jim Peng, VMWare


Jim Peng will share best practices and tools that the cloud computing company VMware uses to get products and services market-ready on time and on budget for the company’s global expansion.  Specifically, he will discuss two tools: the Code Scanning Tool that detects potential issues ahead of time (before regular testing cycles) by scanning the source codes and identifying i18n defects automatically; and VMware’s “home-made” tool named Bug Root Cause Analyzerthat helps to analyze and track bug root causes. VMware will use past results to help reduce test cycles and focus on areas where the team had ran into the most issues of getting future product releases market-ready.

4:15 PM ET  •  KEYNOTE–The Future of the Software Testing Profession

     Michael Sowers, Software Quality Engineering


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? After taking a hard look at where testing has been, Mike Sowers presents his and others’ views of the key drivers that are shaping the future role of software testers and test leaders. Mike explores how testing is impacted by technology (cloud, mobile, wearables), process (development and testing methodologies), and innovation. He then shares observations on and recommendations for staying competent, competitive, and relevant as a results-driven dev/test team member in your organization.

Michael Sowers has over 25 years of practical experience as a Global Quality & Test Leader across multiple industries. He has lead internationally distributed quality & test teams and held accountability for configuration management and release engineering functions. Michael is a Sr. Consultant skilled in working with organizations, both large and small, to improve their software development, testing and delivery approaches.