STAREAST 2019 Tutorial: Being Technical Enough: Learn Technical, Testing and Leadership Skills that Let You Soar

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Being Technical Enough: Learn Technical, Testing and Leadership Skills that Let You Soar

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a tester today, no matter how experienced you are, especially on agile teams and teams embracing a DevOps culture. Perhaps you’ve heard about the Modern Testing principles and those have you on the defensive? Test automation is daunting enough, especially if you lack coding experience. Today we have test automation tools that use machine learning. Perhaps your company’s product is starting to incorporate AI. Or you have to figure out how testing can keep up with continuous delivery. No wonder we often hear testers ask, “Am I technical enough?”

The good news is that great resources are available to help you learn skills you need. In this practical, hands-on tutorial, Graeme and Hilary will show you how to build your technical awareness and your confidence. You’ll use hands-on exercises to get started on skills you’d like to learn, and get guidance on how to learn more.

Learning takeaways:

  • Introduction to a variety of “technical” areas such as coding and test design, test automation, machine learning, continuous delivery & pipelines, browser developer tools, security testing, API testing, source code management, and more. Participants will have input into choosing the topic areas we explore.
  • Ways to educate non-testers on the value of the skills you already bring to the party
  • Consulting and leadership skills to help you engage your whole team and build a quality culture



Graeme Harvey has spent 10 years working in software testing and is a recognized speaker, invited to present at conferences globally on the topics of context-driven testing and automation. Besides being QA Tech Lead at PlanGrid, Graeme is heavily involved in the Waterloo (Canada) tech community, previously working at some of the region’s biggest names including BlackBerry and D2L, and currently sitting on the board of local software quality association KWSQA. He studied at the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College—but he credits his unique skills to his 15 years building and racing cars.

Hilary Weaver-Robb
Quicken Loans

Hilary Weaver-Robb is a software quality architect at Detroit-based Quicken Loans. She is a mentor to her fellow QA team members, makes friends with developers, and helps teams level-up their quality processes, tools, and techniques. Hilary has always been passionate about improving the relationships between developers and testers, and evangelizes software testing as a rewarding, viable career. She runs the Motor City Software Testers user group, working to build a community of quality advocates. Hilary tweets (a lot) as @g33klady, and you can find tweet-by-tweet recaps of conferences she’s attended, as well as her thoughts and experiences in the testing world, at