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STAREAST 2016 - Software Testing Conference

(Almost) Everything I Know about Testing I Learned Playing Poker

When I was in high school, I always enjoyed weekly poker games with my friends. As I began my testing career, I realized many poker skills that I honed years ago are similar to those I need to be a good software tester. In poker, resource allocation (betting with chips) is easier knowing...

Matthew Eakin
A Tester’s Experience with User Experience Mapping

Let's take an off-the-beaten-path approach to quality—testing based on actual user experiences. Being aware of surroundings and emotions while using intuition and instincts are attributes of great testing. With the right tools and approaches, we can learn to tap into users’ experiences to...

Marjana Shammi
Acceptance- and Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber: Three Case Studies

Acceptance test-driven development (ATDD), behavior-driven development (BDD), and Cucumber promise many benefits related to your user story acceptance tests. They promise tighter collaboration between the product owner and the team. They promise the ability for the product owner and...

Mary Thorn

Mobile Dev + Test 2016

10,000 Years in Your Pocket: The Deep History of Your Mobile Device

We live in amazing times with amazing technology all around us. And mobile technology, delivered in iPhones and Android devices, is possibly the most amazing of all. While we designers, developers, and testers strive to make fantastic mobile apps and products, we often spend our efforts...

James Dempsey
Apple Watch, Wearables, and Mobile Data—with IBM MobileFirst

Wearables are the ultimate in personal computing, the most personal devices ever created. Wearable devices offer new ways to collect data and respond to information about your health and the environment around you. Wearables introduce new interaction paradigms and new things to consider...

Marek Sadowski
Balancing New Tools and Technologies vs. Risk

Your engineering team wants to dive deeply into the newest programming tool or next generation technology for a mission critical project. How do you balance the promised rewards of a new language, software tool, or hardware technology with the risks of unstable software, hardware that does...

Ellen Shapiro

Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps Conference East 2015

Actionable Customer Feedback: A Key to Product Success

Actionable customer feedback, although difficult to capture well, is critical to adapting to customer needs. How can you ensure you identify the right customers, get customers to feedback sessions, and capture the most useful feedback?

Mario Moreira, Emergn Ltd
Advance ALM and DevOps Practices with Continuous Improvement

Do you want to improve your application lifecycle and incorporate DevOps practices quickly with limited resources? If so, you’re experiencing a common scenario – not enough budget and unrealistic time constraints. Your big multi-year application lifecycle management (ALM) project seems...

Jason St-Cyr, Nonlinear Digital
Agile Adoption in Risk-Averse Environments

Adopting agile development methods in a conservative environment can be a daunting and time-consuming venture, facing resistance at all levels of the organization. You may wonder: Will this organization ever get with the times? Will our leaders ever change their way of thinking? 

Brian Duncan, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

STARWEST 2015 - Software Testing Conference

Automate REST Services Testing with RestAssured

Many browser, UI, and Java-based tools and frameworks can help you test REST services. However, in the world of continuous integration and delivery, manual UI- or browser-based tools typically fall short in many aspects—from early test development to developer support. When using...

Eing Ong, Intuit, Inc.
Continuous Test Improvement in a Rapidly Changing World

Classical test process improvement models no longer fit in organizations adopting the newest development approaches. Instead, a more flexible approach is required today. Solutions like SOA, virtualization, web technology, cloud computing, mobile, and the application of social media...

Martin Pol, Polteq Testing Services BV
DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects

The promise of DevOps is that we can push new ideas out to market faster while avoiding delivering serious defects into production. Andreas Grabner explains that testers are no longer measured by the number of defect reports they enter, nor are developers measured by the lines of code they...

Andreas Grabner, Dynatrace

STARCANADA 2015

Automate REST API Testing

As an organization grows, the body of code that needs to be regression tested constantly increases. However, to maintain high velocity and deliver new features, teams need to minimize the amount of manual regression testing. Eric Smith shares his lessons learned in automating RESTful API...

Eric Smith, HomeAdvisor
Become an Influential Tester: Learn How to Be Heard

As a tester, are you frustrated that no one listens to you? Are you finding bugs and having them ignored? Are you worried that the development process and product quality aren’t as good as they should be? Jane Fraser shares ways to help you be heard―ways to position yourself as a leader...

Jane Fraser, Anki, Inc.
Build the Right Product Right: Transitioning Test from Critiquing to Defining

Do you find yourself with limited influence over what gets shipped on products you test? Is your report card on product quality often ignored? Do you think you can contribute more? Join Gerard Meszaros as he describes ways to transition from approaching quality with brute force testing to...

Gerard Meszaros, FeedXL.com

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