Stpcon Spring 2014

Sheraton New Orleans $159/night


Test Strategy, Process and Design

Before you begin testing on a project, your team should have a formal or informal test strategy.  There are key elements you need to consider when formulating your test strategy.  If not, you may be wasting valuable time, money and resources.   In this track you will learn the strategic and practical approaches to software testing and test case design, based on the underlying software development methodology.  This track includes topics related to developing a test strategy, test estimation, risk management and data management.

101: Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality
201: Building the Business Case for ATDD
301: The Future Impact of ISO29119 Software Testing Standard on the World
401: Tracking Exploratory Testing Sessions for Improved Reporting Capabilities
501: Making Numbers Count – Metrics That Matter
601: Performance Strategies and Business Impacts
701: Put on Your Business Hat
801: Service Virtualization in the Testing World
901: Testing the Data Warehouse – Triumph Through Effective Planning
904: Determining High Risk Requirements Using Criticality Analysis & Risk Assessment (CARA)
Pre-3: The Domain Testing Workshop

Performance Testing

Performance Testing is about collecting data on how applications perform to assist the development team and the stakeholders make technical and business decisions related to performance risks.  In this track you will learn practical skills, tools, and techniques for planning and executing effective performance tests.  This track will include topics such as: performance testing virtualized systems, performance anti-patterns, how to quantify performance testing risk, all illustrated with practitioners’ actual experiences doing performance testing.

1003: Lets Learn From the Top Performance Mistakes
203: A Pragmatic Guide to Database Performance
403: Advanced Performance Puzzles
504: 4 Hats of Performance Testing (Part 1)
604: 4 Hats of Performance Testing (Part 2)
705 (RT): Performance Testing Expert Roundtable
804: Performance Testing in New Contexts
903: Performance Testing API's
Pre-4: Performance Analysis and Remediation

Test Automation

Which tests can be automated? What tools and methodology can be used for automating functionality verification? Chances are these are some of the questions you are currently facing from your project manager.  In this track you will learn how to implement an automation framework and how to organize test scripts for maintenance and reusability, as well as take away tips on how to make your automation framework more efficient.  This track includes topics related to test automation architecture, continuous integration, agile automation, and what other tasks you need to perform after you have designed your framework and scripted your test cases.

104: You Bet Your Life – Playing the Automation Tool Selection Game
204: Test Automation ROI: The Elusive Butterfly of Value
304 (RT): Test Automation Expert Roundtable
603: Mobile Test Automation Best Practices
704: Optimization Opportunities in Test Infrastructure Management
Pre-2: Software Test Automation: From a Technical Viewpoint

Leadership Perspectives for Testers

Understanding the business side of testing is as important as amplifying our approaches and techniques. In this track you will learn how to effectively lead diverse test teams, communicate with stakeholders, and advocate for testing.  This track includes topics related to building test teams, leading business testers, handling the challenges of remote teams, communicating the value of testing, and using metrics in the decision making process.

1004: STPCON Presenter Mentoring: Speaker Invitation and Orientation
105: Effective Communication for Testers
205: The Good, The Bad, and The Metrics
305: Zero to Sixty in 75 Minutes – What New QA Managers Need to Know
405: Service Virtualization Enables Continuous Testing
505: Interviewing Testers
605: Hardware Testing for Software QA Professionals
805: Thinking Fast and Slow: Cognitive Distortions in Testing

Agile Testing

More and more software development organizations are "going Agile."  This track will help participants understand how they can fit traditional test practices into an Agile environment as well as explore real-world examples of testing projects and teams in varying degrees of Agile adoption.  This track will include topics related to challenges in Agile testing, utilizing Agile testing techniques, coaching an Agile test team, and using games to internalize Agile principles and practices.

1002: Empowered QA and the Dynamic CDO Environment
102: Performance Testing in Agile Contexts
202: A Testers Guide to Collaborating with Product Owners
302: Agile Teams: Advocating Quality When Collaboration Becomes Groupthink
402 (RT): Agile Practices Expert Roundtable
502: From QA Team to Testing Center of Excellence in an Agile World
602: Building Agile Test Automation Using Windows Powershell
702: Integrate Testing into Continuous Delivery & DevOps
802: Stop Gambling With Your Quality! Build Tests Into Your Stories!
Pre-1: Keys for Transitioning from Traditional to Agile Testing – Lessons from the Trenches

Mobile Application Testing

The rapid expansion of mobile device software is altering the way we exchange information and do business.  These days smartphones have been integrated into a growing number of business processes.  Developing and testing software for mobile devices presents its own set of challenges.  In this track participants will learn mobile testing techniques from real-world experiences as presented by a selection of industry experts.  Topics in this track include techniques for mobile testing, the latest trends affecting mobile testing and a framework to manage mobile testing.

1001: The Keys to Launching Mobile Apps that Win Around the World
103: Mobile Application Testing – Looking Through Customer Eyes
303: Three Weeks to Two Days - Regression Testing Can Fit Inside Every Sprint
404: Effective Mobile Testing
503: Implement Continuous Testing for Optimal Mobile Performance
703: Improving Mobile Application Usability
803 (RT): Mobile Application Testing Expert Roundtable
902: Mobile Web Testing - Explored
Pre-5: Mobile UX and Usability – Don’t Just Satisfy Your Users

Pre-Conference Workshops

Get more out of the conference experience. Pre-Conference workshops are valuable in-depth educational sessions. Register now to take advantage of bundled discounts and educational offerings all in one location.

Testing Expert Roundtables

Announcing a New Way to Learn!

For many experienced software testers, there can be a natural limit to what might be learned by sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture, regardless of the expertise of the speaker or the topic of the presentation. Many of our most serious challenges cannot be overcome by attending an educational session which is designed to address a process, strategy or technique. We are pleased to introduce a new way to dig deeper into the specific questions you have. Introducing Expert Roundtables at STPCON, a new kind of session designed for experienced testers looking to get answers to testing’s toughest challenges. At these sessions you will be discussing the issues with other experienced testers, attendees and presenters. The conversations will be facilitated by conference track speakers. The topics for discussion are submitted by conference attendees and chosen for discussion by the facilitators prior to the session. Participants are encouraged to submit their top challenges.

PLEASE NOTE: These sessions will be limited to 30 participants. In order to ensure that the session is productive, participants will be expected to share their expertise while gaining insight and solutions to the topics that are selected for discussion.