STARWEST 2016: Must-See Sessions


STARWEST 2016 is less than a month away, Oct 2-7,  and we couldn’t be more excited. The TechWell STARWEST software testing conference in Anaheim California is one of largest conferences on software testing and quality assurance. [See our list of the Top Software Testing Conferences for 2016]

Make sure to stop by booth #22 to meet our team and:

  • Learn how QASymphony’s Enterprise Testing Platform can help development teams deliver quality software at an Agile pace.
  • Check out video demos of our newest innovations including the qTest Insights 2.0.
  • Pick up some fun, free swag including: “professional beer tester” koozies, frisbees, tester stickers, t-shirts and more!
  • Take our “Tester Personality Quiz” and we’ll give you a laptop sticker with your tester personality.

The agenda for STARWEST 2016 this year is amazing. Here are some of the sessions we’re looking forward to:

1) Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

Lee Copeland, Author and Talent Scout at TechWell | Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 4:15pm to 5:15pm | Learn More & Sign Up

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 for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.

2) Agile Testing Process Analytics: From Data to Insightful Information

Jonathan Alexander | Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 11:15am to 12:15pm | Learn More & Sign Up

In recent years, businesses have raised their expectations for development projects while cutting back on financial resources and demanding shorter production cycles. Jonathan Alexander says that to meet these growing demands and succeed as a testing manager, you need to leverage agile process data and insights to make critical decisions about your team and strategy. However, this is no easy task with everything there is to look at during a development project. How do managers distinguish meaningful data from meaningless data? Jonathan shares the analytics that agile development and testing teams can use to improve quality and efficiency. Data presented comes from the QASymphony labs, where the analytics team works with anonymized data gathered from hundreds of development organizations to find meaningful and useful testing metrics. In this session, learn about testing and quality metrics specifically useful to agile teams, analytics to improve quality and testing efficiency, and processes to make test teams more agile.

3) Agile Testing at Etsy: How and Why It Works

Arylee McSweaney, Software Tester and QA Maven at Etsy | Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 1:45pm to 2:45pm | Learn More & Sign Up

Growing team skill sets, resource management, pipeline management, career development, career definition, scaling issues, and optimizing efficiencies are just a few of the problems agile QA test teams face. If you have asked yourself How can I do more with less?, How can I increase the impact of QA testing at my organization?, or How is the QA testing helping or hurting product launches?, then don’t miss this stimulating presentation! Join Arylee McSweaney as she shares Etsy’s value driven—yet individualistic—approach to quality assurance testing. Learn how this small, QA team meets these challenges while continuing to deliver high-quality features on multiple platforms within a continuous integration model. Consider the advantages of value-driven QA test teams, the benefits a centralized testing resource, and the opportunities available for team members to thrive in agile career paths. Discover alternative opportunities to introduce confidence into product launches, mitigate resource burnout, and consider the impact that can be enjoyed when testing becomes everyone’s responsibility.

4) Making the Move to Behavior-Driven Development

Kevin Dunne,VP of strategy and business development at QASymphony | Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 9:45am to Learn More & Sign Up

Behavior-driven development (BDD) is a hot topic in the development community. Not only does a properly implemented BDD process help drive increased automation and quicker development cycles, it also facilitates better collaboration between departments and reduces siloed communication. An ideal partner of continuous integration/delivery, BDD can help solve many testing bottlenecks associated with DevOps. For all its benefits, BDD is underadopted. Only 10–25 percent of development organizations have implemented or are experimenting with a BDD process. Organizations are hesitant to transition to BDD from their current approach for many reasons, typically focusing on people, process, and technology changes. Kevin Dunne presents a successful framework for considering any potential roadblocks, evaluating your readiness for change, and making a seamless transition. Agile is an approach centered around continuous improvement, and Kevin provides plenty of takeaways for teams who are just learning about BDD, for teams who have undergone a stable transition—and for those teams that are somewhere in between.

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

Jared Richardson, Agile Artisans | Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 4:15pm | Learn More & Sign Up

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 as a solid path to expanding your knowledge base and career opportunities. He shows you what you need to master to become a technical leader in your office and in your field. Jared shares ways to practice, write, speak, and teach about what you’ve learned. See how you can custom fit a new path into your current job and mold your job into the one you’ll want to progress with for years to come.

I hope that gives you a good list of sessions to check out at STARWEST 2016. We hope to see you there!

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