STARWEST 2017 Concurrent Session : Mind Maps for Testers

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Mind Maps for Testers

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Do you ever sit in test strategy or test plan review sessions and get little or no participation from others? Are you looking for a better way to communicate important information around the test plan or strategy? Do you want your stakeholders to understand and engage in providing feedback and suggestions? Jennifer Bonine and Karen Schaefer have a solution for you—a mind mapping tool that can help you address these questions. A Mind Map is a visual approach used to help organize information rather than a text outline or list. Jennifer and Karen will help you download a free mind mapping tool, train you how to use the tool, and take a real-life problem and solve it using the tool. They discuss the benefits of mind maps for solving problems that communicate information about your testing plan and strategy. Take back to your organization a working approach you can use to improve velocity in your testing cycles and planning sessions.

Note: To get the most out of this session, please bring a laptop or smartphone to use the tool.


A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In an engagement for one of the world’s largest technology companies, Jennifer served as a strategy executive and in corporate marketing for the C-Suite. In her career, she has had several opportunities to build global teams from the ground up and has been fortunate to see how many of the world’s top companies operate from the C-Suite viewpoint.

Karen Schaefer

Calabrio’s quality assurance manager Karen Schaefer is responsible for reviewing processes and metrics to increase quality and reduce risk across Calabrio's product deployments. With twenty-five years of quality assurance and software testing experience, Karen applies her analytical and organizational talents to continually refine the testing approach to keep the QA team ahead of the organization's fast-paced release cycles. She mentors software testers in new methodologies and co-chairs the professional development committee for Calabrio’s Women in Technology leadership team.