STAREast 2017 Conference Recap

Well, StarEast 2017 is officially over, and it was fun.  The QASymphony team was out in force at the event.  We had a great time seeing so many of our favorite customers at the show, including American Equity, Sony, Consumer Reports and Dupont. We also got to meet a lot of new friends (who might be future QASymphony customers). 

Each day was jam-packed with great content and lots of networking opportunities. If you couldn’t make it to StarEast, we’ll share some of our highlights.

The QASymphony Booth

stareast conference recap qasymphony teamWe had a great booth presence at the conference, and we got to speak with tons of the attendees. By the end of the show, my voice was completely gone.  This year we found a common theme around the need for better test metrics and reports. Not surprisingly, there was big interest in our reporting solution, qTest Insights. We also shared our latest eBook about the important connection between analytics and software quality – “Better Data, Better Software”.

we found a common theme around the need for better test metrics and reports

Of course, conferences are all about the schwag.   Our brand new “TesterFuel” – it’s like 5-Hour energy for testers – was a big hit. We also gave out multi-device chargers, stickers, pens and koozies.  I think everyone at the conference got some kind of QASymphony schwag to take home.

stareast conference recap swag

Conference Sessions

stareast conference recap kevin dunne

Our very own Kevin Dunne gave a presentation to a packed house. In his session, “Software Quality: A Cross-Organizational Competency,” Kevin talked about how high performing organizations focus on getting the right people, processes, and tools to achieve success.

A recurring theme in many presentations was the need for speed.  Testers are being pushed to test faster than ever before to keep up with the pace of development.  Agile and DevOps transformations are changing the role of the tester in companies.  Sally Goble, Head of Quality at The Guardian, suggested that companies with low levels of risk take a “not wrong long” approach, focused on detecting problems quickly in production.

Testers are being pushed to test faster than ever before to keep up with the pace of development.

If you practice–or are considering practicing– DevOps, watch the replay of our recent webinar,  “Where Testers and QA Fit in the Story of DevOps.

Wrapping Up

Thanks to everyone who came by our booth at StarEast.  If you weren’t able to meet us in person at this conference, take a look at our events page and see where we’ll be next.  Feel free to drop a quick note to marketing@qasymphony.com to schedule a meeting with us at a future event.

See you at the next conference!

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