Conference archive

Wednesday, October 5 | 8:30am–5:30pm PT
and Thursday, October 6 | 8:30am–5:30pm PT

The STARWEST  Virtual Conference will be streaming live on October 5-6 from Anaheim, California. 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 STARWEST.  The STARWEST  Virtual Conference features live interviews with conference speakers, visit the virtual Expo, and learn about the most recent solutions from top industry providers. Attendance is complimentary—so reserve your seat now. Or, view the full program details below.


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Wednesday, October 5

Selena Delesie
Delesie Solutions

Lessons Learned in Leadership: Give Your Team the Edge

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Selena Delesie recognizes that highly successful teams embrace several specific principles. When every person embodies these principles, teams have people who are passionate about the work they do and who show up every day eager and ready to deliver their best. A self-admitted geek, Selena was thrilled to hear Sir Richard Branson speak live at an event last year—in-person and in the same room! She learned that his success is built on the same principles she coaches: listening deeply, believing people truly matter, having an addiction to learning, serving others,... Learn More

Casey Rosenthal

Engineering Trust in Complex Systems

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Within software and test engineering, two new disciplines—Chaos Engineering and Intuition Engineering—provide avenues to address trust in complex systems. Chaos Engineering is a methodology for test engineers to validate a system’s behavior and establish empirical trust metrics. Intuition Engineering provides new interfaces to navigate complexity, filling in gaps in understanding that classical methods cannot address.

Casey Rosenthal explains how these disciplines are used to improve quality on, one of the largest scaled deployments on the... Learn More


Next Generation Lifecycle Automation and Business Assurance

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:15pm

Over the last decade, the testing service industry and product companies have focused on automating test execution. In so doing, organizations have optimize limited portions of the testing life cycle. With the advent of DevOps and Continuous Integration, organizations must now address the entire lifecycle of testing capabilities. The challenges of the next decade will center around test lifecycle automation and business assurance, including; automated test design, data provisioning, test execution, verification and validation. This discussion focuses on practical... Learn More

Eric Proegler

Early Performance Testing

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Development and deployment contexts have changed considerably over the last few years. The discipline of performance testing has had difficulty keeping up with modern testing principles and software development and deployment processes.
Most people still see performance testing as a single experiment, run against a completely assembled, code-frozen, production-resourced system, with the “accuracy” of simulation and environment considered critical to the value of the data the test provides. But what can we do to provide actionable and timely information about... Learn More

Theresa Lanowitz
voke, inc.

QA Transformation Through Lifecycle Virtualization: 5 Technologies to Protect Your Brand and Your Business

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm

QA teams are no longer isolated from the software lifecycle and focused on finding bugs. Today’s enterprise QA teams are savvy, well connected to the business, and concentrate on identifying risk.

Software quality is more critical now than at any other time and is the difference between customer retention and customer loss, customer fatigue and customer delight, and a business that is thriving instead of expiring.

Lifecycle virtualization and its five associated technologies is a way for every QA organization to gain quick and measurable insight on... Learn More

Antara Pal
Infosys Limited
Aaron Katz
The Kraft Heinz Company

Learn how Kraft Heinz Company overcame the challenge of having one automation framework that spans both ERP and non-ERP technologies!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) successfully expanded testing coverage through hybrid automation. In partnership with Infosys, KHC developed an end-to-end QA automation framework that was scalable and elastic enough to conduct business process testing across SAP and surrounding/interfacing, 30+ non-SAP applications covering multiple technologies, ensuring zero-defect delivery for many flagship projects and big cost savings. Regression automation was up from 0% to 85% (2000+ scripts automated) and defect leakage in production was cut from 40% to 5%.

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.

Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

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. Get multiple keynote presentations... Learn More

Thursday, October 6


Optimize Your Test Automation to Deliver More Value

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Mary Thorn walked into an organization that had invested heavily in test automation. Unfortunately they had no strategy, test suites had grown unwieldy, test maintenance was a nightmare, many tests were failing—and no one seemed to care. But Mary’s saddest observation was that they, mainly the leadership but the teams as well, had lost faith in test automation. Mary knows it doesn’t have to be that way. She’s a well-known automation disaster recovery agent who is going to share her secrets with you. Mary begins with how to keep your test automation light, nimble,... Learn More

Tata Consultancy Services

Outlasting the Digital Storm: Survival Guide for QA Function

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 9:45am to 10:30am

In the ‘Default is Digital’ world organizations across domains are witnessing and adapting to the digital storm in business and technology strategies, to stay relevant and competitive. In such a scenario, the Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing function needs to stay one step ahead at all times. Coupled with the advent of new development methodologies, Digital plays an important role in redefining QA and aligning it to business and technology strategies. Being one of the technology game-changers, a well-crafted Digital Assurance strategy not only secures your... Learn More

CA Technologies

Think you can just ‘Test’ that API? Think again…

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

APIs are the new world order and more-and-more businesses are cashing in on the value of making sections of code readily available to other applications. However, APIs present particular testing challenges and testers must embrace the modern development practices associated with them.

Faced with complex chains of APIs, testers need a systematic approach to generate tests which are rigorous, but can be executed within a short iteration. The tests require accurate test data and production like environments, which must all be updated whenever one API changes... Learn More

Rachel Obstler
Keynote Mobile Testing | SIGOS

Kick-Start Your Automation Program with Build Acceptance Automation

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm

Rising consumer expectations for mobile apps can be challenging. The demand for new features and the intolerance for anything short of flawless functionality drive the push toward agile development and fully integrated test automation.
Fully automating your testing through each stage of the agile development process is a necessary, yet extremely time-consuming project. However, there is a way to define an initial automation effort that is smaller in size but has huge payoff. Automating your build acceptance testing eliminates some of the most tedious and... Learn More

Accessibility Testing: Taming the Beast

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Accessibility testing has a reputation for driving up the costs of software quality due to reliance on manual testing and the difficulty of hiring or training qualified resources.

Over-reliance on manual testing is in-part due to misunderstandings about how to handle accessibility testing and in-part due to a lack of the best tools and methodologies.

Deque Systems has 17 years of accessibility experience. Dylan Barrell, Deque’s CTO, will give an overview of the relevant accessibility testing concerns, best practices and methodologies for effectively... Learn More

Jared Richardson
Agile Artisans

Take Charge of Your Testing Career: Bring Your Skills to the Next Level

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Far too often in our careers we trust our fate to employers. We attend training and acquire skills needed for our jobs today. Unfortunately, as far too many have learned, careers can be stalled when you don't have the right skill sets. Much of testing’s future requires automation ability beyond the traditional knowledge and experience of many testers. Jared Richardson examines key skills that you need to acquire to future-proof your career and ensure you are ready for the job you want to have. Jared focuses on deliberate learning and intentional experimentation... Learn More