Our team just got back from the StarEast 2016 software testing conference in Orlando. It was a great event and we are all very tired! Here are some highlights:
1) Keith Klain’s Keynote
Keith Klain, a member of our board of advisors, kicked off the conference with a dynamic keynote. Keith’s message to testers – you need to be able to draw a line between what you do as a tester and your business. In other words, show the value that you provide to the organization. Keith feels that tester spend too much time trying to explain what software testing is. Instead, they need to explain how software testing helps the overall business. It was an insightful and humorous presentation.
It was a packed house for Mike Cooper’s presentation, Evolve or Die: What Testers Need to do to Survive and Thrive. Mike did a great job engaging the audience and talking about how testers can grow their careers in the changing business landscape. Mike also talked about how agile testers need agile tools and shared his experience using JIRA and qTest. It was great to see the former “HP Evangelist” talking about our product!
For the QASymphony team, the best part of the show was working the booth. We talked to over 200 people in two days. Many expressed frustration with their current testing tools. Whether they were using Excel or legacy testing software, they were clearly searching for a better solution. We hope many of these people will give our products a try. You can be sure that we will be busy following up with them over next few weeks.