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Data Masking: Testing with Near-real Data[presentation]
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Organizations worldwide collect data about customers, users, products, and services. Striving to get the most out of collected data, they use it to fuel many day-to-day processes including software testing, development, and personnel training. The majority of this collected data is...

Martin Kralj, Ekobit
Building an Enterprise Performance and Load Testing Infrastructure[presentation]
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Are you frustrated by how long it takes your IT department to provision development and test environments? Have you performed load testing on inadequate hardware only to find performance problems emerge in production? Dave Ogletree leveraged virtualization to solve these problems.

Dave Ogletree, Bridgepoint Education
Reports of the Death of Testing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated[presentation]
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Have you heard? It’s all over the social media. We are the “last generation of testers.” Testing is dead. No more classical testing—too much inflexible process. Context driven? That is a code phrase for do whatever. Agility? Developers do testing, and testers become developers. DevOps?

Ruud Teunissen, Polteq Test Services BV
Testing with an Accent: Internationalization Testing[presentation]
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Finding time to test the basic functionality, performance, and security of a system is difficult enough, so how do you find time to add internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n) testing? Today’s world is very small, and you may already have international users in your target market.

Paul Carvalho, STAQS
Keynote: Surviving or Thriving: Top Ten Lessons for the Professional Tester[presentation]
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As testers and test managers we often find ourselves struggling just to survive within our organization—sometimes with the possibility of job loss due to outsourcing looming. Often, we are told to become more “effective,” “efficient,” and do “more with less.” However, most testers and test...

Lloyd Roden, Lloyd Roden Consultancy
Presenting Test Results with Clarity and Confidence[presentation]
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Test leaders are often asked to present the results of their testing to management—and even to auditors. Can you clearly and confidently explain and summarize your test plans and results? Can you prove that your testing is compliant with internal procedures and regulations? 

Griffin Jones, Congruent Compliance
Testing—After You’ve Finished Testing[presentation]
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Stakeholders always want to release when they think we’ve finished testing. They believe we have discovered “all of the important problems” and “verified all of the fixes”—and now it’s time to reap the rewards. However, as testers we still can assist in improving software by learning about...

Jon Bach, eBay, Inc.
Setting Automation Expectations: Lessons from Failure and Success[presentation]
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Test automation is undeniably a key strategy for any test manager—and for good Test automation is undeniably a key strategy for any test manager—and for good reason. Test automation promises faster regression testing, higher productivity, better quality, and cost reduction.

Laura Salazar, Softtek
Yin and Yang: Metrics within Agile and Traditional Lifecycles[presentation]
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Metrics are powerful tools when used to effect positive change in a project or organization. However, the value and benefits of metrics are often dependent on the context. While certain metrics provide information and insight to drive decision making for a traditional development approach...

Shaun Bradshaw, Zenergy Technologies, Inc. & Bob Galen, RGalen Consulting
Baking In Quality: The Evolving Role of the Agile Tester[presentation]
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While more and more organizations are practicing agile development methodologies,  many have not learned how to “bake in quality” throughout the process. As an agile tester, you are an integral part of the development team—working on requirements, design, implementation...

Dena Laterza, Agile Velocity
Strength in Numbers: Using Web Analytics to Drive Test Requirements[presentation]
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Once a client’s website is built, you’d think it would be time for a well-deserved break. However, almost immediately, questions come up—can we capture a larger audience? close more orders? increase our sales? And so, it’s time to redesign the site—and the test strategy and plans...

Lindiwe Vinson, Organic, Inc.
STAREAST 2013: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes[presentation]
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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...

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Increase Your Team’s Efficiency with Kanban[presentation]
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Test teams must perform a wide variety of tasks from testing new functions and performing regression tests to helping with bug fixes, producing test reports, and working on test improvements. With all these activities, it is a challenge to keep priorities straight, operate most efficiently...

Derk-Jan de Grood, Valori
Crowdsourcing: An Innovative Approach to Testing[presentation]
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In the perfect world, you would prefer to hire and develop a large number of the most qualified testers to work on your projects. However, when that’s impossible, crowdsourcing may be the answer. Crowdsourcing provides a mechanism for finding and using large numbers of qualified...

Ralph Decker, Alliance Global Services
STAREAST 2013: Maybe We Don’t Have to Test It[presentation]
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Testers are taught they are responsible for all testing. Some even say “It’s not tested until I run the product myself.” Eric Jacobson believes this old school way of thinking can hurt a tester’s reputation and—even worse—may threaten the team’s success. Learning to recognize...

Eric Jacobson, Turner Broadcasting

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