STPCon 2020 Virtual Recordings

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STPCon Virtual 2020 Recorded Sessions

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September 29, 2020 – Day 1

Keynote: Re-calibrating Humankind Towards a New Normal
With: Smita Mishra – Founder/CEO, QAZone Infosystems Pvt Ltd
Most of the world entered 2020 not knowing that a part of the planet was getting infested with some dangerous virus, which will soon stop our lives and forever change the ways of humankind in many spheres of life. Most of us were not prepared – didn’t matter if the nations were classified as under developed, developing or developed. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Agile Leadership Principles for Test Leaders
With: Bob Galen – Principal Agile Coach, RGalen Consulting
There’s a terrible error being made today across many agile organizations. They’re assuming there is no place for test management and leadership in agile, self-directed team contexts. I beg to differ with this view and believe there is a strong need for testing leadership in agile organizations, just not the way we’ve always approached it. [Watch Now]

Session: The Missing Piece of Continuous Testing – Product Owners’ Testing Needs
With: Pradeep Soundararajan – Chief Servant to Employees and Customers, Moolya Software Testing Pvt Ltd
Everyone in the organisation is testing one thing or the other. The marketing teams are testing the positioning, the sales teams are testing their pitch to customers, the recruiters are testing their ability to attract good talent. All this surrounds the product a company is building. In this talk, I would like to share my lessons learned from working with the PO’s understanding their testing needs + also being a PO and seeing testing from the other side. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Twenty-Five Useful Tools to Boost Your Productivity
With: Ajay Balamurugadas – AVP-Delivery, Qapitol QA Services Pvt. Ltd
This workshop helps you boost your testing toolkit and also guides you in finding new tools going forward. Great engineers choose a tool based on the type of problem. They have a strong arsenal of multiple tools and attack any problem with the right tool. Software testers are no different. [Watch Now]

Session: Risk Assessment Sessions for Individuals and Teams
With: Jenny Bramble – Senior Software Test Engineer, Willowtree
A risk assessment session is a method for talking through the risks of a project, application, feature, use case, or any other subset of your life. Risk assessment can be done in a group setting to help advance a team’s understanding or in a solo setting to help an individual with their professional growth. It’s designed so that you walk away with a better picture of the risks and can form a good path forward for testing or personal growth. [Watch Now]

Session: Your Tests Lack Vision – Adding Eyes to Your Automation Framework
With: Angie Jones – Principal Automation Architect, Applitools
Automation has come a long way in assisting with regression testing efforts. Teams worldwide are successfully running hundreds of functional regression tests at every check-in. While this provides a great source of confidence, critical regression bugs are still missed using this approach. That’s because these tests can only assert on what their human programmer asks them to. Additional errors with functionality, UX, and usability often go uncaught using today’s most common test automation techniques. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Managing Performance Teams Workshop
With: Mark Tomlinson – Performance Architect, FreedomPay, Inc.
As we integrate performance testing and engineering practices into roles across the development lifecycle, there still comes a time when our stakeholders will want a single answer about performance risk and release quality. And in this new landscape as a quality leader, development manager, VP of infrastructure, you will need to know the fundamentals of performance practices management, organization, methodology and communication strategy. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Expanding Your Leadership IQ in the Age of AI
With: Jennifer Bonine – CEO, AI Appstore, Inc.
Have you ever needed a way to measure your testing leadership IQ in the age of AI? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? Have you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them now with new technologies like AI, Blockchain, IOT, and Voice? [Watch Now]

Session: Cast Iron Automation
With: Paul Grizzaffi – Principal Automation Architect, Magenic
We just finished automating “all” of our regression test suite. Or, perhaps, we now have 4731 BDD “test scripts” that we run on each deployment. Hooray! T-shirts for everyone! Then it happens…our product changes, our tool version changes, or our infrastructure changes. Our shiny new toy becomes a tarnished, broken, and unusable pile of shattered dreams and wasted effort. [Watch Now]

Demo: Intelligent Test Automation for Everyone on Your Team
With: Andrew Horgan – Solutions Architect, mabl
For teams who have adopted continuous integration and continuous delivery – or are moving in that direction – their approach to application testing is evolving. In this environment, the number and frequency of tests grows exponentially; to avoid creating a QA bottleneck, development teams are integrating automated testing at each stage of the workflow. [Watch Now]

Demo: For a Flawless Customer Experience, Just Add Sauce Labs
With: Molly Driscoll – Senior Solution Engineer at Sauce Labs
As engineering organizations make the shift from waterfall to Agile development practices, they find that one of the most difficult, and expensive bottlenecks to achieving true CI/CD is continuous testing. This presentation will show how to get this critical piece of your pipeline right, and properly implement automated testing in a DevOps environment. Molly Driscoll, Senior Solution Engineer at Sauce Labs, will demonstrate how to leverage test automation at scale with the Sauce Labs cloud. [Watch Now]

Demo: How Magenic Can Help You Implement Quality Engineering and DevOps Faster
With: Saima Prabhu – General Manager Quality Engineering and DevOps & Paul Grizzaffi – Principal Automation Architect, Magenic
Creating and releasing quality software quickly has become a business-critical team effort. Such efforts are often hampered by three main things. First, many organizations fail to innovate and keep up with the latest practices and tooling. Teams naturally tend to keep doing what worked in the past but over time this means growing stagnant and falling behind the competition. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Shift Left and Friends – What They Mean for Testers in the Coming Decade
With: Rex Black – President, RBCS
Shift left. Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD). Continuous deployment. DevOps. What is all this stuff and what does it mean for you as the tester? Join Rex Black in this workshop where he will explain these concepts and their test implications. Get familiar with the emerging role of the SDET (Software Development Engineering in Test, also called SET) and what SDETs do. [Watch Now]

Session: How To Advance Your Career And Become A Rockstar Leader
With: Raj Subrameyer – Owner & CEO, ChaiLatte Consulting
Come join this talk where I reveal all my secrets to help you discover your dream job, and become hugely successful. I will share various tips, tricks, and tools related to finding your dream job, cracking interviews, exponentially increasing your salary, becoming a rockstar at work, and building your personal brand. In the new era we live in, success is all about how you differentiate yourself from your competition and impact your lives and others. [Watch Now]

Session: The Automation Firehose – Be Strategic and Tactical
With: Thomas Haver – Test Automation Architect
The widespread adoption of test automation has led to numerous challenges that range from development lifecycle integration to simple scripting strategy. Just because a scenario CAN be automated does not mean it SHOULD be automated. Teams that adopt automation often rush to automate everything they can — the automation firehose. For those scenarios that should automated, every team must adopt an implementation plan to ensure value is derived from reliable automated test execution. [Watch Now]

Session: Feeling the Fuzzies – The Liberal Arts in Testing
With: Alissa Lydon – Director of Product Marketing, Sauce Labs
In the 2016-17 academic year, the most common degree conferred to graduating students in the US fell under the category of “Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.” These 389,000 new graduates, affectionately referred to in some circles as “fuzzies,” have ventured out into the job market, many of them into the technology industry. [Watch Now]

Session: AI, IoT, and How Our Testing Must Evolve!
With: Bob Crews – CEO, Checkpoint Technologies
The evolution of Quality Assurance and Software Testing processes continues to be rapid, frequent, and amazing! This session focuses on that evolution concentrating on IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), and how our Quality Assurance and Software Testing strategies and processes must keep pace and evolve with them! Are you ready?! [Watch Now]

Session: Keys to Effective Performance Testing in DevOps
With: Lee Barnes – CTO, Utopia Solutions
Performance testing isn’t the first thing organizations think about when moving to DevOps – in fact, it’s often ignored as traditional approaches don’t jive well with the fast and nimble world of DevOps. However, performance is still a critical part of the user experience, and poor performance and outages will quickly negate the value of the features you’re delivering. Lee believes that organizations don’t have to gamble with application performance. [Watch Now]

Session: The Forensics of Testing
With: Mike Lyles – Director of QA & PM, Bridgetree
In testing, we are the team’s version of “investigative reporters”. Good testers always investigate the facts, document findings, compare the notes, and make educated decisions to determine the true story for the system under test. Crime scene investigators have DNA, fingerprints, security cameras, and other evidence. Similarly, testers have a wide range of tools to investigate the “scene” as well, such as: observability, testability, accessibility, performance, security, TDD, BDD, and other tools. [Watch Now]

September 30, 2020 – Day 2


Keynote: Ranting About Quality
With: Mark Tomlinson – Performance Architect, FreedomPay, Inc.
We have a decades-long reputation of being un-empowered and under-represented in the executive decisions that require serious product quality risk and concerns. This is especially important for system performance. Performance is now prioritized appropriately to enable fast revenue growth and high conversion rates while ignoring long-term financial risk. [Watch Now]

Session: and Selenium – What We Learned and How it Changed Our Automation Strategy
With: Peter Kim – Director of Quality Engineering & Nisu Joshi – SDET, Kinetica
Did you know Selenium test automation appears in approximately 80% of the DC areas QA job postings? It is also by far the most frequently listed automation skill on QA resumes. However, if you ask an experienced Selenium test engineer to consider an alternate UI tool, that is NOT Selenium based … you will usually get push back, a negative or even defensive response. [Watch Now]

Workshop: First Steps to (Ethically) Breaking Web Applications
With: Smita Mishra – Founder/CEO, QAZone Infosystems Pvt Ltd
Programming just like testing is just as much science as it is an art. There are components in a program like – Clients, servers, state, user inputs. Most coding parts have some rules and most popular technologies also have user communities that lay down the “best practices” for coding in them. The fun of testing them is to figure out where there was a loss of creativity or simple laziness or poor integration which is causing the system to expose their vulnerabilities. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Acceptance Criteria and Acceptance Tests
With: Paul Merrill – Principal SDET, Beaufort Fairmont, LLC
What’s the difference between Acceptance Criteria and Acceptance Tests? What benefits should we get from each? Are there ways we can create better AC and AT? If you have ever asked any of these questions don’t miss this fun-filled and educational workshop. Paul Merrill, of Beaufort Fairmont, will facilitate this workshop for Product Owners, Testers, Developers and Managers. [Watch Now]

Session: Performance Assurance – Why It Matters and How to Get It
With: Leandro Melendez – Señor Performo – Performance Testing Manager, QualiTest/PerfBytes
The audience will understand the multiple impacts of performance. These impacts ranging in the monetary, well-being and even psychological realms. As well as being able to differentiate it from Performance Assurance’s subaltern, Performance testing. Together with some insights on how to implement it. An awesome learning experience for the ones foreign to performance testing, explanation ideas for veterans and guidelines for managers. [Watch Now]

Workshop: The Big Deal on Modern Test Plans
With: Michael Hackett – Sr. VP, LogiGear Corp
Test plans have a bad reputation. There’s no beating around the bush. And perhaps they are deserving of a bad reputation. But software development has changed. We are Agile now! Test plans need to change as well. Do we need them at all? Perhaps not. If you do need a test plan, it needs to be Lean and easy and efficient- and fast to write. From a different angle, to write a traditional test plan today as if “Testers” are the only guardians of quality is circa 1995; old and no longer true. [Watch Now]

Session: Qualitative Risk-Based Test Reporting
With: Nancy Kelln – Test Leader, Unimagined Testing, Inc.
Traditional quantitative software testing metrics can lie. On software projects where the quality of the software built is high or when we have an infinite amount of time to test, we can survive the distraction of quantitative metrics. However, on project where the quality of the software built is low or there are time pressures, reporting only quantitative metrics can cause more problems. [Watch Now]

Session: Health as a Tester
With: David Williams – Quality Engineering Leader, Zoopla
In early 2003 I started my career as a gifted, but cocky young tester with steady career progression and a love of learning. I was confident with the skills I had developed but my “I know all the things!” attitude quickly disappeared as I started to realize how broad a tester’s skill set could be, and how much I could still improve. [Watch Now]

Session: A False Sense of Quality
With: Kate Conway – QA Manager, Atlassian (Trello)
This session will focus on why and where manual exploratory testing is important and valuable. Test automation tools can be extremely useful when applied with reasonable goals but should not be to replace human testers. Attendees will be able to critically analyze their current quality processes and look for opportunities to increase their quality bar. Review suggestions on how/when to utilize automation tools. [Watch Now]

Session: Codeless or Coded? Why Not Both?
With: Oren Rubin – Founder & CEO,
Codeless tests are typically easier to author for non-technical users, but developers often prefer code. When your team has a mix of skills and preferences, how do you choose? Maybe you don’t have to. Modern development teams seek to accelerate release cycles and ship faster. But too often testing remains the bottleneck. Throwing more people at the problem is costly at best. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Implementing Efficiencies within your SDLC
With: Melissa Tondi – Quality Engineering Leadership, E*TRADE
Imagine if you could add more time to your delivery schedule, where would you spend it? In this session, Melissa will talk through five areas that may be causing inefficiencies in your overall approach. While Melissa shares her five, she will also discuss how to practically implement them and discuss metrics to consider for continuous improvement. [Watch Now]

Workshop: Leading the Next Generation of Software Testing
With: Mike Lyles – Director of QA & PM, Bridgetree
This workshop will focus on exercises which map to all levels within the testing team. Experienced leaders will be called on to give their experiences and share their approaches to success. New leaders will be called on to share their inputs, suggestions, and experiences as well. [Watch Now]

Session: From Manual to Humanual Testing
With: Kirk Walton – Vice President & Josh Brenneman – Delivery and Talent Director, tap|QA
Join tap|QA’s Josh Brenneman and Kirk Walton in this session on how the Manual Testing role has changed over time and how a new kind of tester has evolved – the “Humanual Tester.” They will discuss how to cultivate the skills necessary to do Humanual Testing, including: focusing on user empathy, defining opportunity, and ideation techniques to help us “Shift Left” in keeping the focus on end-user satisfaction as the true mark of quality. [Watch Now]

Session: Why is There a Marble in Your Nose?
With: Angela Riggs – Quality Advocate
I once had to ask a student “Why is there a marble in your nose?” This question was a learning experience for me, and it led me down a path of questions I hadn’t realized I needed to ask. These questions revealed that the real challenge wasn’t the stuck marble – it was that the student had outgrown naps and needed something to do while his classmates were sleeping! [Watch Now]

Session: Get Your Developers to Think Like QA
With: Greg Sypolt – Vice President of Quality Assurance, EverFi
It’s straightforward. In the agile world, we need to tear down “them vs. us” silos, so every member of the team – product managers, developers, and designers – think like QA. The quality of the product should be everyone’s responsibility and not rest only on the shoulders of QA. We need to come together as ambassadors of our products to improve and move the business forward as a strong unit, and as fast as possible. [Watch Now]

Session: Job Losses, Pandemics and Fires, Oh My!
With: Anne-Marie Charrett – Principal Quality Engineer, Testing Times
Each of us has a testing brilliance, each of us something unique to share. By focusing on our strengths and on each other, we can become stronger, more adaptable and more confident about facing an uncertain future. Join me along the yellow brick road, as we look at ways to become resilient and adaptable to change.[Watch Now]

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