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Test Leadership Congress is an international conference featuring emerging trends, latest developments, experience and practical advice in software quality leadership and management.

The conference program 2020 is designed for comfortable learning and maximized interactive participation from the safety of your home:

Summer Season: July 20th through August 21st
Tutorials: September-October 2020

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Monday, July 20
 

11:00am EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE MEETUP: "What Not to Do - Testing in Agile" + "Working with Tools For Testing"
Learn a skill, learn a tool (it's all about testing!)

Ramit Kaul: What Not to Do - Testing in Agile

11:00 - 11:30 AM ET

In the world of Agile, sometimes we forget or are carried away in the fast pace of sprints. With so much focus on delivering in time, all the time, we take shortcuts to reach Done status. A lot of focus in conferences is about what to do and how to do things effectively and efficiently. However, through this session, let us go back a little and remember what we should NOT do while testing if you are part of Agile.

Ajay Balamurugadas: "Working with Tools For Testing" - Presentation and Demo Session

11:30 AM -12 PM ET
Based on Ajay's famous talk about the tools he uses for testing, followed by the demo of few of them.


Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →
avatar for Ramit Manohar Kaul

Ramit Manohar Kaul

Test Engineer, TestAIng
Ramit is Hands/hasta at TestAIng.com, An AI testing startup and CTO of IndoiAnalytics. Apart from his love for testing, Ramit says that he is a standup artist trapped in the body of a tester. Known for his witty, knowledgeable, and fun-filled sessions, he brings simplicity and articulation... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Game + Networking
Join us for the game and networking session!

Questions for Testers is a silly game with a serious purpose. 

It’s an easy way to start interesting conversations. I use it to help testers to build connections. QfT works with teams who know each other well, and strangers who share an interest in testing. You can play it in person with cards from https://github.com/workroomprds/QuestionsForTesters , or online by using http://exercises.workroomprds.com/qft/ . 

QfT uses a deck of questions about testing; each question has several answers. There are just a few answers for each question, and none are right or wrong. The game is for the group to guess what someone in the group might choose, to compare that with that person's actual choice, and (perhaps) to persuade each other into an alternative

We’ll gather in a large group to say hello and consider the rules. Here are the rules.
Process 1: Make a group. 
Process 2: Take turns. Each turn, one of you reads a question, and its options, out loud – then chooses one option, privately. Harder decisions are more interesting.

Process 3: Talk. The reader may give points to anyone who predicts (or sways) their choice. Return to 2.

Ranking: Points are pointless.


We'll split into smaller groups, each with a handful of people. Each group plays the game, facilitators move between groups. After some time, we reconvene, split into different groups, and play again. Then we exchange contact details, set up times to talk again, and move on.

QfT is based on https://www.sussedthegame.co.uk . QfT is open source, and available for anyone to run at any event. QfT was developed, and is maintained, by @workroomprds.



Speakers
avatar for James Lyndsay

James Lyndsay

Principal Consultant, Workroom Productions Ltd.


Monday July 20, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Summer Testing
Test, Learn and Collaborate! A group test session modeled after the famous Weekend Testing with the co-founder Ajay Balamurugadas.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, July 21
 

4:00am EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE MEETUP: "NPV for Test Automation" talk + "Business Driven Test Automation" demo
Learn a skill, learn a tool (it's all about testing!)

Ashutosh Garg
"NPV for Test Automation"

4:00 AM - 4:30 AM ET
Test automation is the most in thing in testing. However, measuring the profitability of test automation is underrated. A lot of automation projects are just started, continued and then shunted without measuring the impact it created. Automation should be done with a purpose, either saving effort (or cost) or increasing your test coverage.
NPV or Net Present Value is a Financial framework used by firms to decide whether to start a project or not on the basis of profitability in the longer run. This talk aims to educate the listeners on how we can use the NPV Framework on test automation to decide whether to start the project or not and save the effort in the longer run.

Nishi Grover Garg
"Business Driven Test Automation" 

4:30 AM - 5: 00 AM
The primary reason of test automation lagging behind in the software testing
lifecycle and becoming a technical debt later, is the inability to conceptualise and
create automation tests before the application is ready. Waiting for our
application to be developed and stable to begin automating our tests may not be
the smartest way and leads us to constantly playing catch-up with the new
features.

Sahi's latest release 9.0 introduces the brand-new concept
of Business-Driven Test Automation (BDTA) which solves the problem of
functional automation in a simple and elegant way. BDTA allows creation of
Business Scenarios very early in the development cycle - right at the feature
conceptualization stage. BDTA is an Intuitive and easy framework that allows
business testers to automate their tests easily. Testers can express the business
intent in natural language, record actions, parameterize and data drive the tests,
all through an intuitive UI. Watch an informative hands-on demo on Business
Driven Test Automation using Sahi Pro.


Speakers
avatar for Nishi Grover Garg

Nishi Grover Garg

Evaneglist & Head of Trainings, Sahi Pro
Nishi is a corporate trainer, an agile enthusiast and a tester at heart! With 12+years of industry experience, she currently works with Sahi Pro software as anEvangelist and Trainings Head. She is passionate about training, organizing testingcommunity events and meetups, and has been... Read More →
avatar for Ashutosh Garg

Ashutosh Garg

Product Manager at Refrens.com, Refrens.com
Ashutosh Garg works as a Product Manager with Refrens.com – a platform for freelancers to manage their finances and generate leads. He is a seasoned Engineering professional who has worked with top companies to deliver complex technological products. He has worked in QA in multiple... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: 1-2-4-All! What's on your mind? What problems do you want to solve this Summer?
Generate Ideas for Debates/Discussions for the Summer Leadership Season

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA), Global Quality Leadership Institute
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Summer Testing
Test, Learn and Collaborate! A group test session modeled after the famous Weekend Testing with the co-founder Ajay Balamurugadas.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE MEETUP: "Externalization of Testcases for Quick Delivery ' Talk + "Tools are My Servants. And I am the Master" Workshop and Demo
Learn a skill, learn a tool (it's all about testing!)

Kunal Ashar
"Externalization of Testcases for Quick Delivery"

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET
Testcase management plays an important part in determining the success of automation. If we are spending too much time in modifying scripts and selecting test cases to execute after each deployment than we’re adding overhead to execution time and to the product delivery. Externalizing test cases help us to pre-plan cases that need to be executed based on the bug-fix/impact areas and it’s configurable without modifying the code-base.

Santhosh Tuppad
"Tools are my Servants. And I am the Master." - live demonstration

9:30 PM - 10:00 PM ET
I am always excited about the tools which can aid me in my mission. And that mission is, to inject my test idea and produce effective results. Since my school days, I have been using various tools/utilities/plugins/extensions to execute my idea. To me, it is not about the tool only but also the idea that comes first to the brain from a variety of thinking skills. For instance, if I do not know how to drive a sports utility vehicle skillfully, I cannot harness the power of the machine offered to me.

You are going to join me in this workshop for these 3 reasons:
1. Usage of tools to perform better testing
2. Increase your productivity and invest more time in testing
3. Just because you can

In this tools demonstration, I will be focussing on a variety of aspects or ways in how a specific tool can be used in your testing activity. And remember that, a tool offers you more than what you think it can achieve if and only the fuel is the right one to feed the tool. And that fuel is your creative ideas. In my childhood days and
adulthood, I have used tiny, teeny, and little tools or plugins to extract great results in my testing and achieving effective productivity. In short, tools are my servants and I am a good master.

The first and foremost idea is to have blueprint/architecture of what you want to achieve and then the tools or frameworks or piece of code is a matter of connecting the wires to power the building. Welcome to this lightning powerful tools demonstration workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Kunal Ashar

Kunal Ashar

Sr QA Engineer, Works Applications
Kunal is working as Sr. QA Engineer in Works Applications, Singapore with close to 7 years ofexperience majorly in product-based companies. Kunal is an Automation Enthusiast, Specializes in creating and leveraging Automation Frameworks and providing effective solutions to daily automation... Read More →
avatar for Santhosh Tuppad

Santhosh Tuppad

CEO at WORK2CODE
security expert. coder. application security freak. owasp cheat-sheet contributor. tools developer for own use and open-source. network security. exploratory tester. test automator. zero-day vulnerability finder. award winner in security area. international keynote speaker. coach... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, July 22
 

4:00am EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Summer Testing
Test, Learn and Collaborate! A group test session modeled after the famous Weekend Testing with the co-founder Ajay Balamurugadas.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Wednesday July 22, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Game + Networking
Join us for the game and networking session!

Speakers
avatar for James Lyndsay

James Lyndsay

Principal Consultant, Workroom Productions Ltd.


Wednesday July 22, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: 1-2-4-All! What's on your mind? What problems do you want to solve this Summer?
Generate Ideas for Debates/Discussions for the Summer Leadership Season

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA), Global Quality Leadership Institute
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Wednesday July 22, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Game + Networking
Join us for the game and networking session!

Wednesday July 22, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, July 23
 

4:00am EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Game + Networking
Join us for the game and networking session!

Thursday July 23, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: Summer Testing
Test, Learn and Collaborate! A group test session modeled after the famous Weekend Testing.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE MEETUP: "The Art of Situational Leadership" Talk + Scale your automated tests using all in one automation tool - TestProject (demo))
Learn a skill, learn a tool (it's all about testing!)

Geosley Andrades
"Mastering the Art of Situational Leadership"

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Let's discover a model for developing individuals to their highest level of performance on a specific goal or task. A shared language for talking about leadership bridging the relationship between an individual's development level and the leadership style to follow. Learn to be a situational leader allowing you to partner with your people and build an environment of higher trust, positive intentions, and significant results.


Sumeet Panjabi
"Scale your automated tests using all in one automation tool - TestProject" Demo

2:30 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
TestProject is a cloud hosted end-to-end test automation platform for web, mobile, and API testing. This talk will cover the introduction to TestProject, it's features and a live demo.


Speakers
avatar for Sumeet Panjabi

Sumeet Panjabi

Senior QA Engineer, Nuance Communications
Sumeet Panjabi, Automation enthusiast, is currently working as Senior QA Engineer at Nuance, with overall 6 years of experience in Web, Mobile and API automation and functional testing.LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumeet-panjabi/... Read More →
avatar for Geosley Andrades

Geosley Andrades

Associate Engineering Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand
Geosley Andrades is an Associate Engineering Manager at Cornerstone OnDemand, with 12+ years of experience in the software industry. He has previously worked in companies like JP Morgan Chase, BNP Paribas, and Infosys.Being a Test Automation Evangelist, he also holds a Certified Agile... Read More →


Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL: 1-2-4-All! What's on your mind? What problems do you want to solve this Summer?
Generate Ideas for Debates/Discussions for the Summer Leadership Season

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA), Global Quality Leadership Institute
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Thursday July 23, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online
 
Saturday, July 25
 

12:00pm EDT

Happy Hour
Relax, have fun and make friends!

Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Happy Hour
Relax, have fun and make friends!

Saturday July 25, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Monday, July 27
 

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.

Monday July 27, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.

Monday July 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Context-Driven Performance Testing
The recent revolution in software development,  including agile / interactive development, cloud computing, continuous integration, and many more, opened new opportunities for performance testing and affected its role in performance engineering. For example, early and continuous performance testing is becoming the new norm. However, performance testing in general and specific performance testing techniques should be considered in full context:  including environments, products, teams, issues, goals, budgets, timeframes, risks, etc. The question is not what technique is better, the question is what technique (or what combination of techniques) to use in particular case (or, in more traditional wording, what should be performance testing strategy).

Drastic changes in the industry in recent years significantly expanded the performance testing horizon: agile development and cloud computing probably the most. Basically, instead on single way of doing performance testing (and all other were considered rather exotic), we have a full spectrum of different tests which can be done at different moments; so deciding what and when to test became a very non-trivial task heavily depending on the context. We need to create and run different tests mitigating different performance risks.

So the art of performance engineering is to find out the best strategy of combining different performance tests and other approaches to mitigate performance risks to optimize risk mitigation / costs ratio for, of course, the specific context.

This session will provide you the insights of understanding various types of performance risks, which  test techniques and practices to use in a specific context to measure and evaluate system performance, and how to interpret the data derived from these tests in order to drive performance engineering excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Podelko

Alexander Podelko

Staff Performance Engineer, MongoDB
Alexander Podelko has specialized in performance since 1997, working as a performance engineer and architect for several companies. Currently he is Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, responsible for performance testing and optimization of Enterprise Performance Management... Read More →


Monday July 27, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

When Start-up Meets Quality... A Short Story of QA Game Changer
Third time lucky...  
You can't just face exactly the same problem again joining the new company, can you? The only problem is - this rule doesn't apply to the start-up environment. I've worked for three different start-ups so far, always getting on board with a clear mission in mind - to increase the value of the product by building a proper quality mindset and culture within the whole organization. The companies differed in almost every aspect: industry, structure, maturity, business approach and technological advancement. The one and only thing in common always was: a single tester clicking for a few years already until me making an appearance there!

During that time, the companies were growing and scaling up. Unfortunately, this change did not include the area of quality assurance. A gateway to disaster! Fortunately, at some point, a red flag was spotted which led to a simple but powerful conclusion: Oh no! We need to increase our quality asap!

And here my story begins! At first, it always looks like "mission impossible" - too many misleading hints, several unexpected traps and laser maze full of bugs ahead of you. But if you take a thoughtful jump and give yourself time, you can transform productive chaos into a quality driven environment - in other words, make the impossible, possible!

Undoubtedly, there are two paramount goals to be addressed at the company level:
- to increase the quality of the product,
- to build quality culture across the organization.

Yet, before you even start, there is step 0 - finding the answer to the basic question: WHY did all of this happen? Is it because of chaotic scaling up? Monetization priority? Lack of time/people? Obviously, you will have to build your own team (whatever it is, centralized or distributed one). It's inseparably connected with recruitment and personal development process. How to find the right people and let them grow in such a dynamic and changing environment?

I want to share with you mistakes made, lessons learned and solutions implemented, in a nutshell - my story of becoming a change agent of Quality Assurance.

Speakers
avatar for Dawid Pacia

Dawid Pacia

Test Automation Manager, Brainly
Dawid is a 1/3 QA, 1/3 DevOps, 1/3 Lead. Tech freak following all the newest technologies (and implementing then on his own). Fan of Agile approach to project management and products. Awarded as "People of Testing” 2018 & 2019.What do I do?Leading and supporting the best and the... Read More →


Monday July 27, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session

Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.

Monday July 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/APAC -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.

Monday July 27, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Risk or Fear: What Drives Your Testing?
Many say they do risk-based testing, but walking the walk is showing to be more challenging than organizations realized. Teams are finding they end up testing "everything", which is counterproductive to a risk-based approach. The testing community must apply a truth telling question: What motivates your test coverage decisions? Fear or Risk?

Many teams are realizing after implementing a risk-based strategy, they continue to test from a place of fear as opposed to calculated risk. Others never reassess or renegotiate risk as their application matures. As the application under test matures, so must your strategy.

Key takeaways:
- Discernment: Test decisions, what is your real motivator?
- Embracing the concept, "What is good enough quality?"
- Reassessing risk by integrating new data
- How to overcome bias created by fear and previous failures

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Charlton

Jenna Charlton

Consultant, Coveros
I have been a software tester for nearly a decade. In that time she’s focused on manual testing, taking a particular interest in web accessibility and usability. Jenna’s experience in testing runs the gamut from lone tester on a Scrum team to test lead on an enterprise-level project... Read More →


Monday July 27, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, July 28
 

3:00am EDT

Improving Communication and Teamwork Using Perceiver Element Grid (PEG)
When we communicate on a project, we assume that our team members have the same understanding of the team values as we do. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. If we take the word "commitment" or "responsibility" or "change", they are all open to interpretation.

What it means for me to be responsible is my personal opinion, not a universal rule of what responsibility is. In all companies I have worked for the main issue in the team is communication, and usually it comes down to misunderstanding.

The perceiver element grid (PEG) allows us to come up with a common understanding of team values and roles within the team using a simple grid. Using PEG in a 45 min season you will be able to eliminate miscommunication and significantly reduce communication issues within the team. The adaptation of the PEG grind on agile teams is based on the work of psychologist Harry Procter and George Kelly.

Key takeaways:
At the end of the session the participants will receive a template of the PEG they can use on their teams to improve understanding and communication. They will also receive instructions how to guide team members to fill the grid and interpret results together with the team.

This presentation is best suited for team leads, team manages and members of cross functional or self-organised teams.

Speakers
avatar for Vojin Popovic

Vojin Popovic

QA Manager, Svea Ekonomi AB
I started my career on a path to become a developer and I got into QA kind of by accident when a friend of mine convinced me to do a QA internship during a summer break in college. After the 3 week internship I fell in love with QA and the feeling has not change in 14 years. My second... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 3:00am - 4:00am EDT
Online

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.

Tuesday July 28, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.


Tuesday July 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Improving Communication and Teamwork Using Perceiver Element Grid (PEG)
When we communicate on a project, we assume that our team members have the same understanding of the team values as we do. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. If we take the word "commitment" or "responsibility" or "change", they are all open to interpretation.

What it means for me to be responsible is my personal opinion, not a universal rule of what responsibility is. In all companies I have worked for the main issue in the team is communication, and usually it comes down to misunderstanding.

The perceiver element grid (PEG) allows us to come up with a common understanding of team values and roles within the team using a simple grid. Using PEG in a 45 min season you will be able to eliminate miscommunication and significantly reduce communication issues within the team. The adaptation of the PEG grind on agile teams is based on the work of psychologist Harry Procter and George Kelly.

Key takeaways:
At the end of the session the participants will receive a template of the PEG they can use on their teams to improve understanding and communication. They will also receive instructions how to guide team members to fill the grid and interpret results together with the team.

This presentation is best suited for team leads, team manages and members of cross functional or self-organised teams.

Speakers
avatar for Vojin Popovic

Vojin Popovic

QA Manager, Svea Ekonomi AB
I started my career on a path to become a developer and I got into QA kind of by accident when a friend of mine convinced me to do a QA internship during a summer break in college. After the 3 week internship I fell in love with QA and the feeling has not change in 14 years. My second... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Risk or Fear: What Drives Your Testing?
Many say they do risk-based testing, but walking the walk is showing to be more challenging than organizations realized. Teams are finding they end up testing "everything", which is counterproductive to a risk-based approach. The testing community must apply a truth telling question: What motivates your test coverage decisions? Fear or Risk?

Many teams are realizing after implementing a risk-based strategy, they continue to test from a place of fear as opposed to calculated risk. Others never reassess or renegotiate risk as their application matures. As the application under test matures, so must your strategy.

Key takeaways:
- Discernment: Test decisions, what is your real motivator?
- Embracing the concept, "What is good enough quality?"
- Reassessing risk by integrating new data
- How to overcome bias created by fear and previous failures

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Charlton

Jenna Charlton

Consultant, Coveros
I have been a software tester for nearly a decade. In that time she’s focused on manual testing, taking a particular interest in web accessibility and usability. Jenna’s experience in testing runs the gamut from lone tester on a Scrum team to test lead on an enterprise-level project... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.

Tuesday July 28, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Building Automation Engineers from Scratch
Creating automation engineers from manual testers is hard. Even if testers are willing, they have a lot of hurdles to get over to feel like the same kind of subject matter experts in automation as they are in manual testing.

As a career-long manual tester making the leap to automation, Jenny Bramble has experience to explain frustrations and provide solutions. She will discuss managing the expectations of your testers and their managers (what's the time frame? Why isn't this working?), techniques for teaching (such as games! Pair/mob programming! Software fundamentals!), and how to know when your testers have made it (what should manual testers be aiming for when they start?). You'll walk away from the talk feeling empowered to create a plan to build your automation engineers from scratch!

That talk will offer you the powerful new set of tools in your toolbox:
* The basic framework your manual testers need to be successful, including how to determine where the gaps in knowledge are and filling them.
* Advice on managing the expectations of your testers and management from time constraints to what success looks like.
* Several methods for teaching framed around a case study of a team that built itself up from the inside out and is running a successful automation suite.
* Facing and overcoming other challenges such as ability and perceived ability, resources, time, tooling, and how to get your team excited for a new chapter in their professional development.


Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bramble

Jenny Bramble

Senior Software Test Engineer, WillowTree, Inc.
Jenny came up through support and devops, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Embarking into the New World of AI-First: Survival Skills
The Lion and the Lioness have several differences between them, including their physical characteristics, their role within the social structure, or the paths they take during their lives.  The Lioness does more hunting and the Lion defends the territory.  Their roles have cross-over, but - like the Fuzzy and Techie people often assume the opposite for their roles in the wild.  

As artificial intelligence and machine learning take increasingly more tasks that humans once performed, we need more than ever to understand the vital and critical skills of humans in our new world. Some of the skills needed now are not ones we have historically placed a high value on as technical professionals. If you majored in the humanities or social sciences, you were a fuzzy. If you majored in the computer sciences, you were a techie. This informal division has quietly found its way into a default assumption that has misled the business world for decades: that it's the techies who drive innovation.

But recently we've seen the counterintuitive reality of business today: it's actually the fuzzies - not the techies - who are playing the key roles in developing the most creative and successful new business ideas. They are often the ones who understand the life issues that need solving and offer the best approaches for doing so. It is they who are bringing context to code and ethics to algorithms. They also bring the management and communication skills - the soft skills that are so vital to spurring growth.

We will discuss the skill sets that really matter for technical teams. Let's explore some of today's most dynamic new companies, reveal breakthrough fuzzy-techie collaborations, and explore how such collaborations are at the center of innovation in business, education, and government - as well as why liberal arts are more relevant than ever in our techie world.

Learn how to embrace the fuzzy and techie in all of us, humanize our technology, empathize with our customers, and build world class software. As we move to a world driven by big data and powered by algorithms, techies (those who have studied engineering and computer sciences) are of great importance. However, as we prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, we must also consider the overlooked but valuable role that the Liberal Arts play in our technological world.

Fuzzies help us apply our new tools with context, consideration, and relevance to the greatest human problems. Moreover, as machines take on more routine tasks within our jobs, what's left are those human skills honed and refined through broad educations.

A new generation of entrepreneurs, those who are both fuzzy and techie, is fast emerging, and will be at the center of our future economy. Learn how to be among the leaders embracing both your fuzzy and techie self and thrive in this new world.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bonine

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore
Startup Life • Entrepreneurship • Leading Change• AI • Cultivating diversity of thought • Design Thinking Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform tech CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, July 29
 

4:00am EDT

Agile has Stopped My Career Growth. Now What?
Test Centers of Excellence were very popular until a few years ago. Testing was seen as a centrally managed independent set of activities. This meant that the testers felt very powerful with a clear growth path. With the rise of adoption of Agile, testing has become decentralized and tester's growth path suddenly appears blurred.
Agile is seen by a lot of testers, especially of a certain experience range, as the adversary of Testing stopping their career growth. However, in reality Agile has more opportunities for testers.
This talk is aimed at helping people understand the role of a tester in Agile projects and removing a common misconception about Agile stopping career growth.
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This talk is followed by a group discussion on the career path opportunities for Agile testers.

Speakers
avatar for Brijesh Deb

Brijesh Deb

Test Consultant, The Test Chat
With over 2 decades of experience in Testing, Brijesh has been in the role of a tester, test lead, test manager, test architect, test coach and a few more. Brijesh is also an Agile Transformation Agent with the objective of helping organizations in achieving customer excellence with... Read More →


Wednesday July 29, 2020 4:00am - 4:30am EDT
Online

4:30am EDT

Group Discussion: Career Development Opportunities for Agile Testers
Facilitated group discussion: Career development opportunities for Agile testers

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Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.

- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday July 29, 2020 4:30am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee session to discuss what's on your mind

Wednesday July 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Too Fast Too Furious: A story of being first time QA manager
Quality leadership came to a lot of us as a gradual career progression, with years of experience. Some find themselves in leadership positions as the result of sudden organization changes. 
Being a first time QA manager, unprepared and full of doubt, the unknown territory can frighten us. Add to that sometimes neither management nor we know with certainty exactly what to expect from a QA team.
   
In this talk I will take you through my personal journey of being a brand new manager in a startup world. A three step strategy to learn, implement, and scale has helped me set expectations with management for my team in the organization. I’ll share challenges we’re likely to face in first time manager roles and go back to implement this process to build a strong team. 
Key takeaways:
  • Learn to be the QA Manager of a brand new team - to lead or to manage ?
  • Be prepared for upcoming struggles like budget, resource, process deadlines 
  • Follow 3 step strategy to succeed like Learn from failure, POC 
  • Hiring strategy to build a strong team - briefing and debriefing 
  • Manage upwards and downwards efficiently by implementing goals and organization newsletter.

Speakers
avatar for Priyanka Halder

Priyanka Halder

Sr. Manager, Quality Engineering at Goodrx (USA), GoodRx
Priyanka Halder has more than 12 years’ experience in Quality Assurance from GoodRx Inc, Heal, and Homeme Inc. She currently heads the Quality Engineering team in Goodrx which serves to more than 8 mn monthly Americans to purchase their medication. Growing up in India, Priyanka... Read More →


Wednesday July 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Workshop: The Personality Puzzle: Building a Solid Team
It's often said, "People don't quit a job, they quit a boss." This cannot be ignored. As a leader, it is inevitable for your personality to show up in how you operate, which is a good thing...but it can have some dark sides too. Are you truly aware of what your personality communicates to your team and how it makes them feel?

Your personality and the personalities of your team members are all communicating certain messages and feelings day in and day out. Developing team cohesion is one of the most fundamental components of short and long-term organizational success, but until you learn how to piece team personalities together for productivity, you’ll continue to leave unrealized potential on the table.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how intentionally building personality-rich teams is a major contributing factor to an organization’s ability to achieve massive results and sustain quality talent. The next time you experience the super aggressive teammate, the people-pleaser, the overachiever, and the eccentric team member all on the same team, rather than seeing it as a trainwreck like most others would, you’ll have your personality toolkit to transform that team into a winning puzzle.

As a leader, you will be able to:
● Identify common personality types and behaviors
● Recognize how to blend diverse strengths for improved productivity
● Leverage Individual personality challenges to create more team cohesion

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Sherell

Brittany Sherell

Life & Leadership Coach, Brittany Sherell Consulting
Brittany is a Power-Packed Speaker, Coach and Author who helps Corporate Professionals Live with More Meaning and Lead with More Confidence. Brittany is known for her high-energy, engaging approach to learning and development. Her programs take the guesswork out of helping your leaders... Read More →


Wednesday July 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Join Lean Coffee session to discuss what's on your mind

Wednesday July 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Summer Season Session: Too Fast Too Furious: A story of being first time QA manager
Quality leadership came to a lot of us as a gradual career progression, with years of experience. Some find themselves in leadership positions as the result of sudden organization changes. 
Being a first time QA manager, unprepared and full of doubt, the unknown territory can frighten us. Add to that sometimes neither management nor we know with certainty exactly what to expect from a QA team.
   
In this talk I will take you through my personal journey of being a brand new manager in a startup world. A three step strategy to learn, implement, and scale has helped me set expectations with management for my team in the organization. I’ll share challenges we’re likely to face in first time manager roles and go back to implement this process to build a strong team. 
Key takeaways:
  • Learn to be the QA Manager of a brand new team - to lead or to manage ?
  • Be prepared for upcoming struggles like budget, resource, process deadlines 
  • Follow 3 step strategy to succeed like Learn from failure, POC 
  • Hiring strategy to build a strong team - briefing and debriefing 
  • Manage upwards and downwards efficiently by implementing goals and organization newsletter.

Speakers
avatar for Priyanka Halder

Priyanka Halder

Sr. Manager, Quality Engineering at Goodrx (USA), GoodRx
Priyanka Halder has more than 12 years’ experience in Quality Assurance from GoodRx Inc, Heal, and Homeme Inc. She currently heads the Quality Engineering team in Goodrx which serves to more than 8 mn monthly Americans to purchase their medication. Growing up in India, Priyanka... Read More →


Wednesday July 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Workshop: The Personality Puzzle: Building a Solid Team
It's often said, "People don't quit a job, they quit a boss." This cannot be ignored. As a leader, it is inevitable for your personality to show up in how you operate, which is a good thing...but it can have some dark sides too. Are you truly aware of what your personality communicates to your team and how it makes them feel?

Your personality and the personalities of your team members are all communicating certain messages and feelings day in and day out. Developing team cohesion is one of the most fundamental components of short and long-term organizational success, but until you learn how to piece team personalities together for productivity, you’ll continue to leave unrealized potential on the table.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how intentionally building personality-rich teams is a major contributing factor to an organization’s ability to achieve massive results and sustain quality talent. The next time you experience the super aggressive teammate, the people-pleaser, the overachiever, and the eccentric team member all on the same team, rather than seeing it as a trainwreck like most others would, you’ll have your personality toolkit to transform that team into a winning puzzle.

As a leader, you will be able to:
● Identify common personality types and behaviors
● Recognize how to blend diverse strengths for improved productivity
● Leverage Individual personality challenges to create more team cohesion

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Sherell

Brittany Sherell

Life & Leadership Coach, Brittany Sherell Consulting
Brittany is a Power-Packed Speaker, Coach and Author who helps Corporate Professionals Live with More Meaning and Lead with More Confidence. Brittany is known for her high-energy, engaging approach to learning and development. Her programs take the guesswork out of helping your leaders... Read More →


Wednesday July 29, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, July 30
 

3:00am EDT

Measuring Release Quality and Delivering Release Value
Within a 2000+ employees company, it is very challenging to ensure that the needed quality is delivered to clients. Clients should have the same experience using the final product from release to release. My motivation for creating a metric started with a famous definition of quality by Jerry Weinberg, "Quality Is Value To Some Person" enriched later on by Michael Bolton with "at some time" and by James Bach with "who matters": "Quality Is Value To Some Person, At Some Time, Who Matters".

If we will not concretize and align upfront on the "values to persons who matter today", we will miss looking at our releases quality in a common way and taking the needed joint decisions. During the presentation the need for this new measurement will be discussed with the actions taken by all builders and consumers of the releases based on those measurements.

Release Quality Progress - Before releasing: The value oriented metric will be described, along with its visualization for better exploitation during release construction by all stakeholders.
Release Quality In Use - After releasing: The means for a feedback loop once the release is used by clients will be described, again with its corresponding visualization for better exploitation by all stakeholders.

The success of those metrics can be seen in how product development teams and management are relying on this data today to take the appropriate decisions regarding our releases:
- As a release board, do we release now?
- As a product owner, what did my team miss while building the product?
- As a client services consultant, what is the health of the release to anticipate impacts on my client project?

I will show how all teams worked together and were able to take joint decisions to achieve the targeted quality expected by clients.

Key learnings:
1. Quality of a product does not have a meaning without knowing the concerned persons who matter today and understanding very well what they value in the product.
2. A measure and corresponding visualization can be applied in a testers work place to drive the construction of a release based on the targeted values.
3. A measure and corresponding visualization can be applied in a testers work place to drive the feedback loop on a release based on the targeted values.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Bechaalani

Marina Bechaalani

Release Test Lead, Murex
Marina Bechaalani is a Quality Assurance Consultant at Murex focusing on testing activities (new developments testing and system testing) (8 years) and currently is the Release Test Lead at Murex (3 years). As part of the recent Murex agile transformation, Marina is responsible for... Read More →


Thursday July 30, 2020 3:00am - 4:00am EDT
Online

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Join us for Lean Coffee interactive

Thursday July 30, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Join us for Lean Coffee interactive

Thursday July 30, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Measuring Release Quality and Delivering Release Value
Within a 2000+ employees company, it is very challenging to ensure that the needed quality is delivered to clients. Clients should have the same experience using the final product from release to release. My motivation for creating a metric started with a famous definition of quality by Jerry Weinberg, "Quality Is Value To Some Person" enriched later on by Michael Bolton with "at some time" and by James Bach with "who matters": "Quality Is Value To Some Person, At Some Time, Who Matters".

If we will not concretize and align upfront on the "values to persons who matter today", we will miss looking at our releases quality in a common way and taking the needed joint decisions. During the presentation the need for this new measurement will be discussed with the actions taken by all builders and consumers of the releases based on those measurements.

Release Quality Progress - Before releasing: The value oriented metric will be described, along with its visualization for better exploitation during release construction by all stakeholders.
Release Quality In Use - After releasing: The means for a feedback loop once the release is used by clients will be described, again with its corresponding visualization for better exploitation by all stakeholders.

The success of those metrics can be seen in how product development teams and management are relying on this data today to take the appropriate decisions regarding our releases:
- As a release board, do we release now?
- As a product owner, what did my team miss while building the product?
- As a client services consultant, what is the health of the release to anticipate impacts on my client project?

I will show how all teams worked together and were able to take joint decisions to achieve the targeted quality expected by clients.

Key learnings:
1. Quality of a product does not have a meaning without knowing the concerned persons who matter today and understanding very well what they value in the product.
2. A measure and corresponding visualization can be applied in a testers work place to drive the construction of a release based on the targeted values.
3. A measure and corresponding visualization can be applied in a testers work place to drive the feedback loop on a release based on the targeted values.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Bechaalani

Marina Bechaalani

Release Test Lead, Murex
Marina Bechaalani is a Quality Assurance Consultant at Murex focusing on testing activities (new developments testing and system testing) (8 years) and currently is the Release Test Lead at Murex (3 years). As part of the recent Murex agile transformation, Marina is responsible for... Read More →


Thursday July 30, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Fictional Test Data
Test data can tell a story at a glance. Most stories are obvious, like users in the QA5 environment with email addresses registered at qa5.com. There is an immediate value in the obvious stories; familiar conventions reveal the intent behind the data and make it easier to recognize and remember.

What value can be attributed to stories that are more whimsical and nuanced? Let's talk about Noah Count, the user who never registered, and Maury Wards, who maximizes the loyalty points system. Let's look at the many stories that can be told by test data and turn fake information to fiction.

Key learnings:
How to create the test data that tells a clear story, with believable details, and is carefully curated

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell

I’m a test automation developer in Columbus, Ohio, and I've automated applications on web, Android and iOS, mainframe, desktop, and more, for insurance, banking, retail, and power.


Thursday July 30, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Cypress, TestCafe, Puppeteer & Playwright !!! Which one to use? Confused? Let's Talk and Clear the Air
State of JS browser automation tools: Javascript is the language of the web. Of late, there is a tremendous rise of JS-based browser automation tools, interestingly most of them have a very different architecture from that of Selenium. Can they be a Selenium alternative? 
In this talk, I am going to present some of the most promising JS-based browser automation tools so stay tuned !!!

Speakers
avatar for Sunny Sachdeva

Sunny Sachdeva

QA Manager, GSPANN Technologies Inc
A mechanical engineer by degree and a tester by heart. Hey there! I am Sunny Sachdeva and have 10 years of diversified experience in Software testing.My mechanical degree taught me the weakest part of the machine is its joints and I leverage these in my software testing by uncovering... Read More →


Thursday July 30, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Online

2:30pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Join us for Lean Coffee interactive

Thursday July 30, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/APAC -- Lean Coffee Session
Join us for Lean Coffee interactive

To continue participating next week, get your tickets here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Thursday July 30, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Fictional Test Data
Test data can tell a story at a glance. Most stories are obvious, like users in the QA5 environment with email addresses registered at qa5.com. There is an immediate value in the obvious stories; familiar conventions reveal the intent behind the data and make it easier to recognize and remember.

What value can be attributed to stories that are more whimsical and nuanced? Let's talk about Noah Count, the user who never registered, and Maury Wards, who maximizes the loyalty points system. Let's look at the many stories that can be told by test data and turn fake information to fiction.

Key learnings:
How to create the test data that tells a clear story, with believable details, and is carefully curated

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell

I’m a test automation developer in Columbus, Ohio, and I've automated applications on web, Android and iOS, mainframe, desktop, and more, for insurance, banking, retail, and power.


Thursday July 30, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Friday, July 31
 

4:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour APAC/South Asia/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday July 31, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour South Asia/Americas/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday July 31, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour Americas/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday July 31, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour Americas/APAC
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday July 31, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online
 
Monday, August 3
 

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Join us for Lean Coffee interactive

Monday August 3, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Join us for Lean Coffee interactive

Monday August 3, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Building Better Teams and Testers Through Play
Agile teams work incredibly hard to drive software and processes forward.  Sometimes we neglect the emotional side of our hard work, leaving teams brittle and less able to adapt and bend.  How do we release tension and form the strong bonds that a good team needs to be successful?

As children, we form strong bonds during recess or at play dates. As adults, we lose this sense of companionship and playfulness. Bring it back to your team with targeted fun activities that create a sense of mindfulness, improve skills, and are just downright enjoyable. Team building is the most difficult aspect of leadership--peer or otherwise. One of the best ways to facilitate team building is play!

Jenny Bramble will present a method for team building outside of the norm in play time. She will show how events can be arranged, when to do them, and what the benefits are for play time -- including stronger teams that work better together due to their powerful relationships between team members.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bramble

Jenny Bramble

Senior Software Test Engineer, WillowTree, Inc.
Jenny came up through support and devops, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Join us for Lean Coffee interactive

Monday August 3, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Building Better Teams and Testers Through Play
Agile teams work incredibly hard to drive software and processes forward.  Sometimes we neglect the emotional side of our hard work, leaving teams brittle and less able to adapt and bend.  How do we release tension and form the strong bonds that a good team needs to be successful?

As children, we form strong bonds during recess or at play dates. As adults, we lose this sense of companionship and playfulness. Bring it back to your team with targeted fun activities that create a sense of mindfulness, improve skills, and are just downright enjoyable. Team building is the most difficult aspect of leadership--peer or otherwise. One of the best ways to facilitate team building is play!

Jenny Bramble will present a method for team building outside of the norm in play time. She will show how events can be arranged, when to do them, and what the benefits are for play time -- including stronger teams that work better together due to their powerful relationships between team members.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bramble

Jenny Bramble

Senior Software Test Engineer, WillowTree, Inc.
Jenny came up through support and devops, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Context-Driven Performance Testing
The recent revolution in software development,  including agile / interactive development, cloud computing, continuous integration, and many more, opened new opportunities for performance testing and affected its role in performance engineering. For example, early and continuous performance testing is becoming the new norm. However, performance testing in general and specific performance testing techniques should be considered in full context:  including environments, products, teams, issues, goals, budgets, timeframes, risks, etc. The question is not what technique is better, the question is what technique (or what combination of techniques) to use in particular case (or, in more traditional wording, what should be performance testing strategy).

Drastic changes in the industry in recent years significantly expanded the performance testing horizon: agile development and cloud computing probably the most. Basically, instead on single way of doing performance testing (and all other were considered rather exotic), we have a full spectrum of different tests which can be done at different moments; so deciding what and when to test became a very non-trivial task heavily depending on the context. We need to create and run different tests mitigating different performance risks.

So the art of performance engineering is to find out the best strategy of combining different performance tests and other approaches to mitigate performance risks to optimize risk mitigation / costs ratio for, of course, the specific context.

This session will provide you the insights of understanding various types of performance risks, which  test techniques and practices to use in a specific context to measure and evaluate system performance, and how to interpret the data derived from these tests in order to drive performance engineering excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Podelko

Alexander Podelko

Staff Performance Engineer, MongoDB
Alexander Podelko has specialized in performance since 1997, working as a performance engineer and architect for several companies. Currently he is Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, responsible for performance testing and optimization of Enterprise Performance Management... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, August 4
 

4:00am EDT

Game: Analyse the State of your Agile
Have you felt the lack of agility in certain aspects of your agile processes while the other teammates move along with no clue? How can you bring everyone together to discuss, debate and consent on problems in your agile and find solutions together?

Participate in this game – assume an agile role and learn how you analyse the state of your agile as a team using a simple innovation game!

There will be role-playing, where volunteers will assume typical agile team roles, while we take some Team pain points –perform a virtual retrospective using the Innovation game of ‘Speed Boat’ - discuss the pros and cons and find out the reality of our agility!

Requirements – Keep handy a Pen-paper or post-its if possible.

This session is open for all!

Register here to continue participation: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Speakers
avatar for Nishi Grover Garg

Nishi Grover Garg

Evaneglist & Head of Trainings, Sahi Pro
Nishi is a corporate trainer, an agile enthusiast and a tester at heart! With 12+years of industry experience, she currently works with Sahi Pro software as anEvangelist and Trainings Head. She is passionate about training, organizing testingcommunity events and meetups, and has been... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Session


Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 4, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Building Automation Engineers from Scratch
Creating automation engineers from manual testers is hard. Even if testers are willing, they have a lot of hurdles to get over to feel like the same kind of subject matter experts in automation as they are in manual testing.

As a career-long manual tester making the leap to automation, Jenny Bramble has experience to explain frustrations and provide solutions. She will discuss managing the expectations of your testers and their managers (what's the time frame? Why isn't this working?), techniques for teaching (such as games! Pair/mob programming! Software fundamentals!), and how to know when your testers have made it (what should manual testers be aiming for when they start?). You'll walk away from the talk feeling empowered to create a plan to build your automation engineers from scratch!

That talk will offer you the powerful new set of tools in your toolbox:
* The basic framework your manual testers need to be successful, including how to determine where the gaps in knowledge are and filling them.
* Advice on managing the expectations of your testers and management from time constraints to what success looks like.
* Several methods for teaching framed around a case study of a team that built itself up from the inside out and is running a successful automation suite.
* Facing and overcoming other challenges such as ability and perceived ability, resources, time, tooling, and how to get your team excited for a new chapter in their professional development.


Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bramble

Jenny Bramble

Senior Software Test Engineer, WillowTree, Inc.
Jenny came up through support and devops, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Why is There a Marble in Your Nose?
I once had to ask a student "Why is there a marble in your nose?" This question was a learning experience for me, as it led me down a path of questions I hadn't thought to ask before and revealed that the real challenge wasn't the stuck marble - it was that the student had outgrown naps and needed something productive to do while his classmates were sleeping!

People in tech come from a wide variety of backgrounds, which often influence how we carry out our roles. For instance, the skills involved in helping children transition smoothly from recess to naptime enabled me to successfully lead department-wide process changes. My experience teaching math to elementary students with an "I do, we do, you do" approach has helped me coach software engineers learning a new testing tool. And of course, my experience with the marble taught me the importance of asking questions and applying my curiosity, which has made me a better advocate for users and engineering teams.

Every experience matters! We all bring a variety of expertise and lessons learned from previous roles or industries, which allows us to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. It helps us include perspectives that might otherwise be lost or overlooked. Having a wider breadth of experience and knowledge makes us better at our jobs, and I hope that my talk inspires the audience to understand how their previous jobs have impacted and improved the way they work in software and technology.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Riggs

Angela Riggs

QA Manager, Instrument
I'm currently at Instrument as their first QA Manager, working to create Quality Engineering as an internal discipline! This means I get to solve people problems and nerd out on process improvements 😄I believe that empathy and curiosity are driving forces of quality, and enjoy... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe --- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Session

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 4, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/APAC -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Session

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 4, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Why is There a Marble in Your Nose?
I once had to ask a student "Why is there a marble in your nose?" This question was a learning experience for me, as it led me down a path of questions I hadn't thought to ask before and revealed that the real challenge wasn't the stuck marble - it was that the student had outgrown naps and needed something productive to do while his classmates were sleeping!

People in tech come from a wide variety of backgrounds, which often influence how we carry out our roles. For instance, the skills involved in helping children transition smoothly from recess to naptime enabled me to successfully lead department-wide process changes. My experience teaching math to elementary students with an "I do, we do, you do" approach has helped me coach software engineers learning a new testing tool. And of course, my experience with the marble taught me the importance of asking questions and applying my curiosity, which has made me a better advocate for users and engineering teams.

Every experience matters! We all bring a variety of expertise and lessons learned from previous roles or industries, which allows us to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. It helps us include perspectives that might otherwise be lost or overlooked. Having a wider breadth of experience and knowledge makes us better at our jobs, and I hope that my talk inspires the audience to understand how their previous jobs have impacted and improved the way they work in software and technology.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Riggs

Angela Riggs

QA Manager, Instrument
I'm currently at Instrument as their first QA Manager, working to create Quality Engineering as an internal discipline! This means I get to solve people problems and nerd out on process improvements 😄I believe that empathy and curiosity are driving forces of quality, and enjoy... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, August 5
 

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Session

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 5, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 5, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Workshop: Why Your Team Isn't Performing
You have a carefully selected team of talented, driven and hardworking individuals, but you feel like their results could be better. While you may have experienced some great successes together in the past, you feel like you have yet to knock it out of the park.

What's the reason for this lack of outstanding performance? Is someone on your team slacking? Is there a cultural shift at play? Are your people being pulled in too many different directions instead of rowing together towards a common goal?

It's time to get to the bottom of what is creating a drag on your team's A+ status! During this highly interactive and engaging session, you will discover the real reason for your team' bottlenecks, and you will learn how to challenge yourself and your team to perform at exceptionally higher levels.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Ades

Kim Ades

President and Founder, Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine™ Software
Kim Ades is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine™ Software. Recognized as an expert in the area of thought mastery and mental toughness, Kim uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help business owners and leaders identify their... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Session

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 5, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Workshop: Why Your Team Isn't Performing
You have a carefully selected team of talented, driven and hardworking individuals, but you feel like their results could be better. While you may have experienced some great successes together in the past, you feel like you have yet to knock it out of the park.

What's the reason for this lack of outstanding performance? Is someone on your team slacking? Is there a cultural shift at play? Are your people being pulled in too many different directions instead of rowing together towards a common goal?

It's time to get to the bottom of what is creating a drag on your team's A+ status! During this highly interactive and engaging session, you will discover the real reason for your team' bottlenecks, and you will learn how to challenge yourself and your team to perform at exceptionally higher levels.




Speakers
avatar for Kim Ades

Kim Ades

President and Founder, Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine™ Software
Kim Ades is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine™ Software. Recognized as an expert in the area of thought mastery and mental toughness, Kim uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help business owners and leaders identify their... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, August 6
 

4:00am EDT

Performance Testing & Engineering on AWS Cloud + How Can Testing Teams Build Their Own Test Environments
Performance Testing & Engineering on AWS Cloud.

We are going to talk about the journey from pre AWS cloud to post AWS cloud. Talk about challenges, best practices, services that we need to leverage to effectively carry out performance testing on AWS cloud.

It’s an ocean and it takes a lot of effort and fine planning to reap benefits out of AWS cloud.

How Can Testing Teams Build Their Own Test Environments


We have seen a lot of times testing team complaining that they have been waiting on days and months to get test environment, and this becomes a pain when they have to test something to meet deadlines.

Depending on external teams for testing environment is a pain. We are going to talk about how we transitioned and built a testing team which was capable of building their own infrastructure, environments for all testing activities and how the entire process was automated based on test team requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Mahesh M.

Mahesh M.

Senior Software Development Manager, Ellucian
I have never run away from challenges and have always embraced challenges with open arms, since I believe challenges are what can shape a person and provide the opportunities to grow. My journey spanning many years has taken me across various companies like Accenture, Sony, Ellucian... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Session

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Thursday August 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Embarking into the New World of AI-First: Survival Skills
The Lion and the Lioness have several differences between them, including their physical characteristics, their role within the social structure, or the paths they take during their lives.  The Lioness does more hunting and the Lion defends the territory.  Their roles have cross-over, but - like the Fuzzy and Techie people often assume the opposite for their roles in the wild.  

As artificial intelligence and machine learning take increasingly more tasks that humans once performed, we need more than ever to understand the vital and critical skills of humans in our new world. Some of the skills needed now are not ones we have historically placed a high value on as technical professionals. If you majored in the humanities or social sciences, you were a fuzzy. If you majored in the computer sciences, you were a techie. This informal division has quietly found its way into a default assumption that has misled the business world for decades: that it's the techies who drive innovation.

But recently we've seen the counterintuitive reality of business today: it's actually the fuzzies - not the techies - who are playing the key roles in developing the most creative and successful new business ideas. They are often the ones who understand the life issues that need solving and offer the best approaches for doing so. It is they who are bringing context to code and ethics to algorithms. They also bring the management and communication skills - the soft skills that are so vital to spurring growth.

We will discuss the skill sets that really matter for technical teams. Let's explore some of today's most dynamic new companies, reveal breakthrough fuzzy-techie collaborations, and explore how such collaborations are at the center of innovation in business, education, and government - as well as why liberal arts are more relevant than ever in our techie world.

Learn how to embrace the fuzzy and techie in all of us, humanize our technology, empathize with our customers, and build world class software. As we move to a world driven by big data and powered by algorithms, techies (those who have studied engineering and computer sciences) are of great importance. However, as we prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, we must also consider the overlooked but valuable role that the Liberal Arts play in our technological world.

Fuzzies help us apply our new tools with context, consideration, and relevance to the greatest human problems. Moreover, as machines take on more routine tasks within our jobs, what's left are those human skills honed and refined through broad educations.

A new generation of entrepreneurs, those who are both fuzzy and techie, is fast emerging, and will be at the center of our future economy. Learn how to be among the leaders embracing both your fuzzy and techie self and thrive in this new world.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bonine

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore
Startup Life • Entrepreneurship • Leading Change• AI • Cultivating diversity of thought • Design Thinking Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform tech CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Thursday August 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/APAC -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee session

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Thursday August 6, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

What Needs to Change to Be Your Best?
We all want to be our best selves, but we probably don't consider this on a day by day basis.  We don't think I'm going to work to be an average leader.  We all have skills we must master to be our best selves.  

I have been studying the mindsets and actions of the best in various fields and compared what they do to what I have done or haven't done. These are the problem areas that I struggle with and you may too. Please answer the following questions:

- Do you oftentimes find yourself resisting doing the very thing you need to be doing to become the best?
- Are you easily distracted and move from task to task or get caught up in busy work?
- Have you found yourself inconsistent when doing the work on learning or mastering a new skill?
- Do you skip practices because they are boring?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this talk can help you address these problems if you put into place the solutions shared. We must honor the struggle, as Brendon Burchard has coined, as it will not be easy.

I will share ways to recognize "the resistance" that everyone encounters and give a way to overcome it by facing it for 5 minutes. I will share three ways that you can "ultra-learn" or master a skill. Consistency is key and tracking your habits will help improve the speed in which you conquer your skill. I will discuss the importance of developing focus and incorporating deliberate practice into your daily routines. At the end of the talk, you can develop your plan to ensure you are working on being your best self.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Jo Esser

Amy Jo Esser

Former Director of Quality, Looking for a New Opportunity
Amy Jo Esser is an enthusiastic self-confessed conference and learning addict.  She feels like a kid in a candy store at conferences.  She has enjoyed learning at conferences from the beginning of her career through today.  Amy Jo believes the time is now to start giving back at... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Friday, August 7
 

4:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour APAC/South Asia/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 7, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour South Asia/Americas/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour Americas/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour Americas/APAC
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Problem-solving workshops
- Facilitated group discussions
- Mentoring (individual and group sessions)
- Games and competitions, prizes
- Test lab trials of new technologies
- Meet hiring managers
- Experts Round tables
- Special guest speakers – industry innovation
- Lean Coffee sessions
- Fireside chats
- Lighting talks
- Group projects
- Test strategy and practice
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 7, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online
 
Monday, August 10
 

3:00am EDT

Transforming with Scaled Agile and Importance of Test Leadership
The range and nature of applications in most large enterprises can be very diverse and complex.  Similarly, we have mainframe systems, huge monoliths, micro-services and a whole variety of front-end platforms. All these products in conjunction create customer value and therefore must synchronize with one another. Delivering value at speed was therefore a challenge.

In a drive to improve time to market and product quality, our transformation to scaled agile began. Focus was put on building enablers to help teams implement continuous testing. While this could be called a DevOps transformation, it wasn't just that. New ways of working and a new leadership style was being introduced.

For all these different products to deliver value, release trains were formed stitching together many feature teams to delivering new features on the same cadence. Among the new cultural values was "autonomous teams", which meant agile teams should be empowered to operate independently. To some this meant there was no need for test leadership and the feature teams could do without them.

As new release trains came up and they started to operate, gaps started appearing. System level tests at the release train level, and across release trains absence could be seen. Also, testing enablers to help feature teams within release trains to deliver at speed required an overarching leadership looking after these needs. Creating synergies between test automation frameworks across, again, required a common platform.

While forming the test leadership, we learned a few things and caught on some key principles. These principles along with how the leadership was formed helped in giving us a holistic view of quality across the enterprise and most importantly, the ability to demonstrate business value to the end user instead of individual pieces of working software.

While the journey is going on and we will keep on evolving our strategy. Few gems we learned thus far have certainly been very valuable and can be of immense help to organizations looking to transform how they deliver software.

Intended audience:
- Senior Execs / Managers / Lead engineers who want to drive a transformation project

Some key leanings:
- In a nutshell, how SAFe delivers value at pace in an Enterprise
- Leadership and autonomy: are these two opposing forces?
- What problems you may run into without test leadership
- Less focus on defining processes, more on implementing and learning from the execution
- Build synergies, that's the only way automation delivers


Speakers
avatar for Ali Khalid

Ali Khalid

Founder, Entalytica
Ali is an International award-winning speaker and contributor to various mainstream tech communities. From past few years has been heavily involved in IT transformation projects at well known large enterprises.For the past few years, he has been primarily working with Data engineering... Read More →


Monday August 10, 2020 3:00am - 4:00am EDT
Online

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Monday August 10, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Monday August 10, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Automated ADA Testing with Pa11y and Ruby/Cucumber
ADA compliance is a necessity that is often a costly and time-consuming part of the software development process. This talk covers the story of how a company can move from manual ADA testing to automated ADA testing utilizing Pa11y and Ruby-Cucumber.  

This talk will provide the guide and instructions on automating for accessibility compliance and help your company avoid compliance lawsuites.


Speakers
avatar for Jerren Every

Jerren Every

Senior Automation Engineer, KForce
I am passionate about continuously improving my skill-set and learning about new technologies and concepts. I have been working in test-automation since 2016 primarily with Ruby/Cucumber but also have worked with Python and Java. I have automated web applications, database, services... Read More →


Monday August 10, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Full Stack Testing is a Culture : Drive your team to Embrace Change
Many teams aim only in having a bug free system. How can you make your team believe in delivering the true quality of the end product? How can you drive your team to understand that skipping non functional testing like performance and security testing could lead to the breach of your product quality ? How can you make them understand the importance of CI/CD in the testing lifecycle? How can you pour the passion into them to move forward to make a change?

Setting up a team that has these skills could make this possible, but do they believe in what they do? How can you make them actually feel the essence of quality being a culture that does not focus alone on reporting bugs?

Let us discuss ways on making your team walk in the path of Full Stack Testing, so that the team knows their vision and the mission. The team should move into a position where any member of the team can understand the testing requirements of the application and execute them. Drive the entire quality team to understand the skills that each of them possess.

To understand this, let's look at what traditional QA practice is. There are several areas and types when it comes to Quality Assurance: Testing, Test Automation, Performance, etc. Generally, there are teams specialized in each of these areas, executing each of these test types. Here we need to be able to pick anyone from the quality team to be able to cover any of the above test types.

Similar to the rise of full stack engineering that brought the end of specialized front-end and back-end developers, and brought about the age of engineers that can build a product end to end independently, the time for QA to follow suit is near. Full-stack quality engineers are individuals capable of working on all aspects of quality across all the application's layers, using different testing methods. They will think about the many different aspects of product quality, such as functionality, usability, performance, security etc, and will also be familiar with test automation strategies and technologies.

The full-stack QE will have a rich mix of domain knowledge, technical skills, and testing expertise. This is the trend that quality engineering is flowing into today. This talk will cover how we can get our teams to explore this venture.


Speakers
avatar for Christina Thalayasingam

Christina Thalayasingam

Senior Test Engineer I, Medidata Solutions
Christina Thalayasingam has more than 6 years of experience in both functional and non-functional testing. She possesses a development background. Since she has worked on PHP Web Development and Android Mobile Development before taking up Quality Engineering.She has worked in automate... Read More →


Monday August 10, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Monday August 10, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/APAC -- Lean Coffee
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Monday August 10, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Full Stack Testing is a Culture : Drive your team to Embrace Change
Many teams aim only in having a bug free system. How can you make your team believe in delivering the true quality of the end product? How can you drive your team to understand that skipping non functional testing like performance and security testing could lead to the breach of your product quality ? How can you make them understand the importance of CI/CD in the testing lifecycle? How can you pour the passion into them to move forward to make a change?

Setting up a team that has these skills could make this possible, but do they believe in what they do? How can you make them actually feel the essence of quality being a culture that does not focus alone on reporting bugs?

Let us discuss ways on making your team walk in the path of Full Stack Testing, so that the team knows their vision and the mission. The team should move into a position where any member of the team can understand the testing requirements of the application and execute them. Drive the entire quality team to understand the skills that each of them possess.

To understand this, let's look at what traditional QA practice is. There are several areas and types when it comes to Quality Assurance: Testing, Test Automation, Performance, etc. Generally, there are teams specialized in each of these areas, executing each of these test types. Here we need to be able to pick anyone from the quality team to be able to cover any of the above test types.

Similar to the rise of full stack engineering that brought the end of specialized front-end and back-end developers, and brought about the age of engineers that can build a product end to end independently, the time for QA to follow suit is near. Full-stack quality engineers are individuals capable of working on all aspects of quality across all the application's layers, using different testing methods. They will think about the many different aspects of product quality, such as functionality, usability, performance, security etc, and will also be familiar with test automation strategies and technologies.

The full-stack QE will have a rich mix of domain knowledge, technical skills, and testing expertise. This is the trend that quality engineering is flowing into today. This talk will cover how we can get our teams to explore this venture.


Speakers
avatar for Christina Thalayasingam

Christina Thalayasingam

Senior Test Engineer I, Medidata Solutions
Christina Thalayasingam has more than 6 years of experience in both functional and non-functional testing. She possesses a development background. Since she has worked on PHP Web Development and Android Mobile Development before taking up Quality Engineering.She has worked in automate... Read More →


Monday August 10, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, August 11
 

3:00am EDT

Growing a Culture of Quality
Long ago there was a time where testing was purely seen as an activity by a siloed team who executed 1000's of tests towards the end of a project. In the modern world, this is still a very real situation in some companies, but on the whole, testing as a collaborative, continuous activity is much more the norm.

But getting to that stage is not easy. For some reason, there has historically been a stigma attached to testing as a lesser activity that slows down the release of a project. Changing such mindset is a huge obstacle to get over.

In places where testing is perceived in a negative light, it is possible to move forward, but it will take hard work to change the mindset of the people who don't know better. You need to use the power of persuasion, while coaching and building collaborative best practices that tech teams can buy into.

In this talk, I will walk through ways to get Testing at the table for discussions and build a culture of Quality, where the business accepts the value that testing brings and helps fight our corner when needed. This ultimately comes down to communication in the right ways and showing the value that Testing can bring to a situation.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Prior

Simon Prior

Digital Test Manager, EasyJet
Simon is heading up the Core QA team at EasyJet. In his career he has worked in various roles across IT from C++ developer, Scrum Master, Build Engineer before finally finding his passion in Testing. He's worked in various domains from CyberSecurity, Gaming/Gambling and now the Airline... Read More →


Tuesday August 11, 2020 3:00am - 4:00am EDT
Online

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 11, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Interactive South Asia/Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

What Needs to Change to Be Your Best?
We all want to be our best selves, but we probably don't consider this on a day by day basis.  We don't think I'm going to work to be an average leader.  We all have skills we must master to be our best selves.  

I have been studying the mindsets and actions of the best in various fields and compared what they do to what I have done or haven't done. These are the problem areas that I struggle with and you may too. Please answer the following questions:

- Do you oftentimes find yourself resisting doing the very thing you need to be doing to become the best?
- Are you easily distracted and move from task to task or get caught up in busy work?
- Have you found yourself inconsistent when doing the work on learning or mastering a new skill?
- Do you skip practices because they are boring?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this talk can help you address these problems if you put into place the solutions shared. We must honor the struggle, as Brendon Burchard has coined, as it will not be easy.

I will share ways to recognize "the resistance" that everyone encounters and give a way to overcome it by facing it for 5 minutes. I will share three ways that you can "ultra-learn" or master a skill. Consistency is key and tracking your habits will help improve the speed in which you conquer your skill. I will discuss the importance of developing focus and incorporating deliberate practice into your daily routines. At the end of the talk, you can develop your plan to ensure you are working on being your best self.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Jo Esser

Amy Jo Esser

Former Director of Quality, Looking for a New Opportunity
Amy Jo Esser is an enthusiastic self-confessed conference and learning addict.  She feels like a kid in a candy store at conferences.  She has enjoyed learning at conferences from the beginning of her career through today.  Amy Jo believes the time is now to start giving back at... Read More →


Tuesday August 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

What Can Testers Do to Build Their Tester Mindset and Break Silos at Work?
Managers have the ability to split organizations into teams, programs and functions. This causes a deep level of ignorance, duplication of work, less knowledge sharing or even worst. In this case, people feel they are working alone, not recognized and not supported which is the main 'WHY' people left their job and start seeking for better scope.

In order to avoid all those problems, organizations are making new changes and ways of transformation to make their collaborators more flexible. That's why communities of practice are built. In fact, the main reason is to create a link between different people and connect them independently from the team they are working on.
Those communities offer multiple advantages to members and to organization.

In this talk, Emna will brings examples of testing community of practice development. She will show you why communities of practice are an important part of your agile organization and what role they can play. Also she will refer to the importance of gamification in building those communities and other helpful strategies to connect people interested in testing using different methods.

Speakers
avatar for Emna Ayadi

Emna Ayadi

Test Coach, Primatec
Emna has been involved in the world of testing and quality for almost 5 years on different projects. Currently she is a test coach at Primatec Engineering. Mentoring teams, monitoring and evaluating the test training program’s effectiveness to help them grow and give the best of... Read More →


Tuesday August 11, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 11, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/APAC -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 11, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Transforming Insider Inc.'s Test Automation Strategy
This presentation is an experience report on how the Test Engineering team at Insider Inc revamped their test automation strategy. I'll talk about the challenges we faced with an existing suite of automation tests, how we replaced it and our considerations when choosing a new framework.

I'll showcase how having a vision for the team, instilling trust in team members and having strong leadership brings about positive change. I will also share what I learned as a new manager tasked with rebuilding the team's test strategies.

Key learnings:
- How to take a step back and re-evaluate your test frameworks and tools.
- Inspire test engineers and managers to trust their instincts and each other.
- Rebuilding a team and embracing a culture shift while advocating for quality.
- Motivating team members to take on new challenges and see them flourish and grow.

Speakers
avatar for Chaithra Rao

Chaithra Rao

Senior Manager, Test Engineering, Insider Inc.
Chaithra is a Senior Manager of Test Engineering at Insider Inc. She strives to empower her team to support Insider’s engineering teams in shipping high quality products. Under her leadership, her team develops automated tests and integrates tools necessary to make releases faster... Read More →


Tuesday August 11, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, August 12
 

3:00am EDT

When Start-up Meets Quality... A Short Story of QA Game Changer
Third time lucky...  
You can't just face exactly the same problem again joining the new company, can you? The only problem is - this rule doesn't apply to the start-up environment. I've worked for three different start-ups so far, always getting on board with a clear mission in mind - to increase the value of the product by building a proper quality mindset and culture within the whole organization. The companies differed in almost every aspect: industry, structure, maturity, business approach and technological advancement. The one and only thing in common always was: a single tester clicking for a few years already until me making an appearance there!

During that time, the companies were growing and scaling up. Unfortunately, this change did not include the area of quality assurance. A gateway to disaster! Fortunately, at some point, a red flag was spotted which led to a simple but powerful conclusion: Oh no! We need to increase our quality asap!

And here my story begins! At first, it always looks like "mission impossible" - too many misleading hints, several unexpected traps and laser maze full of bugs ahead of you. But if you take a thoughtful jump and give yourself time, you can transform productive chaos into a quality driven environment - in other words, make the impossible, possible!

Undoubtedly, there are two paramount goals to be addressed at the company level:
- to increase the quality of the product,
- to build quality culture across the organization.

Yet, before you even start, there is step 0 - finding the answer to the basic question: WHY did all of this happen? Is it because of chaotic scaling up? Monetization priority? Lack of time/people? Obviously, you will have to build your own team (whatever it is, centralized or distributed one). It's inseparably connected with recruitment and personal development process. How to find the right people and let them grow in such a dynamic and changing environment?

I want to share with you mistakes made, lessons learned and solutions implemented, in a nutshell - my story of becoming a change agent of Quality Assurance.

Speakers
avatar for Dawid Pacia

Dawid Pacia

Test Automation Manager, Brainly
Dawid is a 1/3 QA, 1/3 DevOps, 1/3 Lead. Tech freak following all the newest technologies (and implementing then on his own). Fan of Agile approach to project management and products. Awarded as "People of Testing” 2018 & 2019.What do I do?Leading and supporting the best and the... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2020 3:00am - 4:00am EDT
Online

4:00am EDT

Testing with ML Products
Machine Learning is everywhere these days, you can relate easily if you are an active LinkedIn user where everyone is an enthusiast of ML now (I'm also one of them). So we as testers must wonder what would be our role, challenges & consequences when it comes to testing ML models, right?

In this talk, I would like to share the mistakes made, lessons learned and solutions implemented, in a nutshell.


Speakers
avatar for Sri Sabarinath

Sri Sabarinath

Senior Software Engineer in Test, Qapitol QA
Quality enhancer of anything & everything, love to experiment more on the new & challenging tech/environment/process. Have gotten my hands dirty on a few domains like eCommerce, whole android ecosystem, transportation, next-generation models & intend to experience more. And I would... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Round Table session: Challenges Of Working Remote
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.

Topic - Challenges Of Working Remote

Speakers - Arokya Samy , Nishi Grover Garg , Balaji Ponnada

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Speakers
avatar for Arokya Samy

Arokya Samy

Mobile Apps Product Owner, 6drops Technologies Pvt Ltd
I am having around 10 years of experience in the software Testing industry, Especially in Mobile Testing. I am passionate about my career. I love what I am doing is my mantra. I learned so many things from my experience and my seniors. Now I am giving those experiences and learnings... Read More →
avatar for Balaji Ponnada

Balaji Ponnada

Director of testing, ZenQ
About 14 years experience in Software testing, Working as Director of testing at ZenQ, Software testing services company. Currently heading IoT research center at ZenQ, Responsible for Business development, defining and implementing test strategies for IoT Systems. Research and collaboration... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

No Team, No Tests, No Time or How To Survive and Thrive when Resources are Limited
Understaffed QA Team. No time for testing. No time for automation. A startup that does not have anything, so you need to build the team, select the tools, create tests in the shortest possible time under enormous pressure. A new project that has one QA per twenty developers. Low-quality product with constant issues in productions.
When you are in any of these situations you might feel like you are on a sinking boat: every time you patch one hole, it starts leaking in ten new places. How to survive? What should you do first? Document tests or automate them? Select tools or hire a team? Establish processes or test the releases? It may look like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but you can overcome all these challenges if you keep calm and have a plan!

Takeaways:
Practical advices on how to build a QA team and QA process from scratch
How to select automation tool if there are too many unknowns
How to build test infrastructure when resources are limited
How to improve the quality of the product without adding more resources

Speakers
avatar for Iryna Suprun

Iryna Suprun

QA Architect, Xandr
Iryna started her career as a Software Engineer in 2004 in Ukraine where she was born. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2006 and in 2007 she began her first position as a Quality Analyst. She remained in QA, focussing on the telecom industry and testing real-time... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Workshop: Design Thinking for Testing Teams
Design thinking is a human-centered process for creative problem-solving that focuses on the people you're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and processes. Utilizing the design thinking approach made popular by Amazon, Apple, and other large software companies, learn how to modify your whole agile strategy and approach around a technique that can speed your time to success and failure. Learn how to get to a proof of concept and prototyping sooner, for faster feedback from customers and buyers.

This workshop will explore what the design thinking approach is and walk you through a hands-on example of how to use design thinking for your development and testing strategies. Leave with a new technique to reinvent how your agile teams approach design and development.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bonine

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore
Startup Life • Entrepreneurship • Leading Change• AI • Cultivating diversity of thought • Design Thinking Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform tech CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 12, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

No Team, No Tests, No Time or How To Survive and Thrive when Resources are Limited
Understaffed QA Team. No time for testing. No time for automation. A startup that does not have anything, so you need to build the team, select the tools, create tests in the shortest possible time under enormous pressure. A new project that has one QA per twenty developers. Low-quality product with constant issues in productions.
When you are in any of these situations you might feel like you are on a sinking boat: every time you patch one hole, it starts leaking in ten new places. How to survive? What should you do first? Document tests or automate them? Select tools or hire a team? Establish processes or test the releases? It may look like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but you can overcome all these challenges if you keep calm and have a plan!

Takeaways:
Practical advices on how to build a QA team and QA process from scratch
How to select automation tool if there are too many unknowns
How to build test infrastructure when resources are limited
How to improve the quality of the product without adding more resources

Speakers
avatar for Iryna Suprun

Iryna Suprun

QA Architect, Xandr
Iryna started her career as a Software Engineer in 2004 in Ukraine where she was born. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2006 and in 2007 she began her first position as a Quality Analyst. She remained in QA, focussing on the telecom industry and testing real-time... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Workshop: Design Thinking for Testing Teams
Design thinking is a human-centered process for creative problem-solving that focuses on the people you're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and processes. Utilizing the design thinking approach made popular by Amazon, Apple, and other large software companies, learn how to modify your whole agile strategy and approach around a technique that can speed your time to success and failure. Learn how to get to a proof of concept and prototyping sooner, for faster feedback from customers and buyers.

This workshop will explore what the design thinking approach is and walk you through a hands-on example of how to use design thinking for your development and testing strategies. Leave with a new technique to reinvent how your agile teams approach design and development.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bonine

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore
Startup Life • Entrepreneurship • Leading Change• AI • Cultivating diversity of thought • Design Thinking Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform tech CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription... Read More →


Wednesday August 12, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, August 13
 

3:00am EDT

Automated ADA Testing with Pa11y and Ruby/Cucumber
ADA compliance is a necessity that is often a costly and time-consuming part of the software development process. This talk covers the story of how a company can move from manual ADA testing to automated ADA testing utilizing Pa11y and Ruby-Cucumber.  

This talk will provide the guide and instructions on automating for accessibility compliance and help your company avoid compliance lawsuites.


Speakers
avatar for Jerren Every

Jerren Every

Senior Automation Engineer, KForce
I am passionate about continuously improving my skill-set and learning about new technologies and concepts. I have been working in test-automation since 2016 primarily with Ruby/Cucumber but also have worked with Python and Java. I have automated web applications, database, services... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2020 3:00am - 4:00am EDT
Online

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Thursday August 13, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Round Table session: Career Development
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.

Topic - Career Development

The questions we will be discussing:
- Remote learning
- Skills development on your own
- How to discuss with manager the career roadmap
- Opportunities in career development for testers
- Leadership and technical career path
- Specialities
- Market Demands 2020 and beyond

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →
avatar for Iryna Suprun

Iryna Suprun

QA Architect, Xandr
Iryna started her career as a Software Engineer in 2004 in Ukraine where she was born. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2006 and in 2007 she began her first position as a Quality Analyst. She remained in QA, focussing on the telecom industry and testing real-time... Read More →
avatar for Anuj Magazine

Anuj Magazine

Walmart Global Tech India
Anuj Magazine currently works at Walmart Global Tech India and leads Strategic Technology Programs. Prior to this, he worked at Citrix and handled roles in myriad of functions- Director (Product Management), Director (Technical Operations), Director (Engineering) during his tenure... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Haver

Thomas Haver

Test Automation Architect
Thomas is presently serving as a Test Automation Architect. He leads a team of testers, ops engineers, and production support analysts in the adoption of DevOps practices. Previously, he led the enterprise automation support of 73 applications at Huntington National Bank that encompassed... Read More →
avatar for Chaithra Rao

Chaithra Rao

Senior Manager, Test Engineering, Insider Inc.
Chaithra is a Senior Manager of Test Engineering at Insider Inc. She strives to empower her team to support Insider’s engineering teams in shipping high quality products. Under her leadership, her team develops automated tests and integrates tools necessary to make releases faster... Read More →
avatar for Christina Thalayasingam

Christina Thalayasingam

Senior Test Engineer I, Medidata Solutions
Christina Thalayasingam has more than 6 years of experience in both functional and non-functional testing. She possesses a development background. Since she has worked on PHP Web Development and Android Mobile Development before taking up Quality Engineering.She has worked in automate... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Walton

Kirk Walton

Vice President, tapQA
Kirk Walton has 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time.Kirk is incredibly passionate... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Transforming Insider Inc.'s Test Automation Strategy
This presentation is an experience report on how the Test Engineering team at Insider Inc revamped their test automation strategy. I'll talk about the challenges we faced with an existing suite of automation tests, how we replaced it and our considerations when choosing a new framework.

I'll showcase how having a vision for the team, instilling trust in team members and having strong leadership brings about positive change. I will also share what I learned as a new manager tasked with rebuilding the team's test strategies.

Key learnings:
- How to take a step back and re-evaluate your test frameworks and tools.
- Inspire test engineers and managers to trust their instincts and each other.
- Rebuilding a team and embracing a culture shift while advocating for quality.
- Motivating team members to take on new challenges and see them flourish and grow.

Speakers
avatar for Chaithra Rao

Chaithra Rao

Senior Manager, Test Engineering, Insider Inc.
Chaithra is a Senior Manager of Test Engineering at Insider Inc. She strives to empower her team to support Insider’s engineering teams in shipping high quality products. Under her leadership, her team develops automated tests and integrates tools necessary to make releases faster... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Building the QA Team of the 2020's
The QA Industry changed dramatically in 2010's. As technology grew to support (and sometimes run) so many facets of our lives, the importance of the role of the QA professional grew mightily. Our impact across the entire development life cycle was being felt like never before.

In our new decade, the impact of QA will only continue to grow. But QA organizations need to understand the trends in our industry and what they mean for the skills they need to look for when building the QA Team of the 2020's. Join Kirk Walton, as we look at how QA organizations evolved over the past decade, and how they'll continue to evolve in the 2020's. We'll also discuss tips to keep your current team members' skills current with the trends in our industries, and how to incorporate new skills into your QA organization.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Walton

Kirk Walton

Vice President, tapQA
Kirk Walton has 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time.Kirk is incredibly passionate... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Thursday August 13, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Problem Solving Workshop
Problem Solving Workshops:
This is a workshop where we will solve problems and later discuss the models, techniques, and tools behind how we approach the problems. Bring in your problems and let us solve them together.

Curious to know what RACI model is? Jump in. All of us have solved many problems. We will focus on one of the key and most neglected agents of problems – THE PEOPLE

Join Ajay Balamurugadas and Jyothi Rangaiah who will be your facilitators in this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Building the QA Team of the 2020's
The QA Industry changed dramatically in 2010's. As technology grew to support (and sometimes run) so many facets of our lives, the importance of the role of the QA professional grew mightily. Our impact across the entire development life cycle was being felt like never before.

In our new decade, the impact of QA will only continue to grow. But QA organizations need to understand the trends in our industry and what they mean for the skills they need to look for when building the QA Team of the 2020's. Join Kirk Walton, as we look at how QA organizations evolved over the past decade, and how they'll continue to evolve in the 2020's. We'll also discuss tips to keep your current team members' skills current with the trends in our industries, and how to incorporate new skills into your QA organization.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Walton

Kirk Walton

Vice President, tapQA
Kirk Walton has 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time.Kirk is incredibly passionate... Read More →


Thursday August 13, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Friday, August 14
 

4:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour APAC/South Asia/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Fireside chats

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 14, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour South Asia/Americas/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Fireside chats

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Problem Solving Workshop
Problem Solving Workshops:
This is a workshop where we will solve problems and later discuss the models, techniques, and tools behind how we approach the problems. Bring in your problems and let us solve them together.

Curious to know what RACI model is? Jump in. All of us have solved many problems. We will focus on one of the key and most neglected agents of problems – THE PEOPLE

Join Ajay Balamurugadas and Jyothi Rangaiah who will be your facilitators in this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour Americas/APAC
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Fireside chats

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 14, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online
 
Monday, August 17
 

2:00am EDT

What Can Testers Do to Build Their Tester Mindset and Break Silos at Work?
Managers have the ability to split organizations into teams, programs and functions. This causes a deep level of ignorance, duplication of work, less knowledge sharing or even worst. In this case, people feel they are working alone, not recognized and not supported which is the main 'WHY' people left their job and start seeking for better scope.

In order to avoid all those problems, organizations are making new changes and ways of transformation to make their collaborators more flexible. That's why communities of practice are built. In fact, the main reason is to create a link between different people and connect them independently from the team they are working on.
Those communities offer multiple advantages to members and to organization.

In this talk, Emna will brings examples of testing community of practice development. She will show you why communities of practice are an important part of your agile organization and what role they can play. Also she will refer to the importance of gamification in building those communities and other helpful strategies to connect people interested in testing using different methods.

Speakers
avatar for Emna Ayadi

Emna Ayadi

Test Coach, Primatec
Emna has been involved in the world of testing and quality for almost 5 years on different projects. Currently she is a test coach at Primatec Engineering. Mentoring teams, monitoring and evaluating the test training program’s effectiveness to help them grow and give the best of... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 2:00am - 3:00am EDT
Online

4:00am EDT

Inclusive Test Automation
Test Automation has solely been done by a separate automated testing team for a long time. The task for automation is usually taken up after all the development and manual testing is done. The automated testers are also not included in any brainstorming sessions thus their overall knowledge of the product is limited.

Once the documented test cases are automated, it tends to lack in areas that are well known to other team members. The test automation starts with small misses but in the end become huge and problematic. Although a lot seems to have been automated, still bugs seem to seep through them.

The automation then stops giving the results that were once promised and the team starts to look at automation as a costly activity.

Only Test automation cannot solve this problem. The quality of the test automation needs to be improved too. Thus, comes the need for inclusive test automation.

Inclusive test automation aims to make test automation a team activity where test creation and test reviews are not tough for non-technical members of the team.

When automated tests look and feel like simple English language with no layering of code - it becomes easy to catch any gaps earlier on. This can also lead to frequent and parallel test automation and more efficient continuous testing.

Testsigma, a unified test automation platform, is built with the focus of enabling everyone in the team to contribute to the quality of test automation. In this session, we will see how.

Speakers
avatar for Rukmangada Naidu

Rukmangada Naidu

Founder and CEO, Testsigma
Rukmangada Naidu aka K R Naidu is the Founder and CEO of Testsigma, a cloud-based automation platform to simplify testing. He also leads his team in building a fully crowdsourced test automation platform for testers across the world.K R has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Round Table Session: Communicating Testing Strategy
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.

Topic - Communicating Testing Strategy

To be discussed:
- We are technical, fail on generalization
- Can we convince that testing strategy is meaningful?
- Idea of test strategy is not well formulated
- Come up with easy to understand paradigm on how to approach testing strategy – in order to communicate with non-testers (from testing community – to outside)
- What fights do we fight – small scale, large scale


Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Speakers
avatar for Vojin Popovic

Vojin Popovic

QA Manager, Svea Ekonomi AB
I started my career on a path to become a developer and I got into QA kind of by accident when a friend of mine convinced me to do a QA internship during a summer break in college. After the 3 week internship I fell in love with QA and the feeling has not change in 14 years. My second... Read More →
avatar for Damian Synadinos

Damian Synadinos

Owner, Ineffable Solutions
For more than 25 years, Damian Synadinos has been helping “build better software and build software better” through testing. Now, through his company Ineffable Solutions, Damian offers talks and training that are focused on fundamental topics and people-skills, based on real-world... Read More →
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA), Global Quality Leadership Institute
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →
avatar for Ali Khalid

Ali Khalid

Founder, Entalytica
Ali is an International award-winning speaker and contributor to various mainstream tech communities. From past few years has been heavily involved in IT transformation projects at well known large enterprises.For the past few years, he has been primarily working with Data engineering... Read More →
avatar for Ashok

Ashok

Founder and CEO, STAG Software
Ashok is the Founder & CEO of STAG Software, a pure play test boutique .  Passionate about quality, he is the architect of HBT, a personal scientific test methodology. An avid ultra marathoner & long distance cyclist, he also loves to wordsmith. A strong believer in opposites, he... Read More →
avatar for Sandeep Garg

Sandeep Garg

Associate Consultant (QA), Bridgetree Research Services Private Limited
Sandeep Garg is a professional software tester with over 12 years of experience in Software Testing. He is presently associated with Bridgetree Inc. as a full time Testing Consultant where he dedicates his efforts towards hands on exploratory testing, developing effective & practicable... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Transforming with Scaled Agile and Importance of Test Leadership
The range and nature of applications in most large enterprises can be very diverse and complex.  Similarly, we have mainframe systems, huge monoliths, micro-services and a whole variety of front-end platforms. All these products in conjunction create customer value and therefore must synchronize with one another. Delivering value at speed was therefore a challenge.

In a drive to improve time to market and product quality, our transformation to scaled agile began. Focus was put on building enablers to help teams implement continuous testing. While this could be called a DevOps transformation, it wasn't just that. New ways of working and a new leadership style was being introduced.

For all these different products to deliver value, release trains were formed stitching together many feature teams to delivering new features on the same cadence. Among the new cultural values was "autonomous teams", which meant agile teams should be empowered to operate independently. To some this meant there was no need for test leadership and the feature teams could do without them.

As new release trains came up and they started to operate, gaps started appearing. System level tests at the release train level, and across release trains absence could be seen. Also, testing enablers to help feature teams within release trains to deliver at speed required an overarching leadership looking after these needs. Creating synergies between test automation frameworks across, again, required a common platform.

While forming the test leadership, we learned a few things and caught on some key principles. These principles along with how the leadership was formed helped in giving us a holistic view of quality across the enterprise and most importantly, the ability to demonstrate business value to the end user instead of individual pieces of working software.

While the journey is going on and we will keep on evolving our strategy. Few gems we learned thus far have certainly been very valuable and can be of immense help to organizations looking to transform how they deliver software.

Intended audience:
- Senior Execs / Managers / Lead engineers who want to drive a transformation project

Some key leanings:
- In a nutshell, how SAFe delivers value at pace in an Enterprise
- Leadership and autonomy: are these two opposing forces?
- What problems you may run into without test leadership
- Less focus on defining processes, more on implementing and learning from the execution
- Build synergies, that's the only way automation delivers


Speakers
avatar for Ali Khalid

Ali Khalid

Founder, Entalytica
Ali is an International award-winning speaker and contributor to various mainstream tech communities. From past few years has been heavily involved in IT transformation projects at well known large enterprises.For the past few years, he has been primarily working with Data engineering... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Let There be Light in Your Performance Tests, Invade the Darkness
Performance of the the end-product has become vital, hence performance testing has started getting more importance in the software development cycle. It is great to dive in to performance testing but are you conducting it in a manner that would actually solve your problem.

Even-though performance is being tested, are the real performance issues still being swept under the rug? Have you wondered whether you are doing right thing? Are you missing something?

This talk would go over the techniques and tips that helped my team and myself to work out performance tests so that we mimic the real issues underlying in the application at an early stage. What needs to be considered from the very instant of requirement gathering to maintaining. End of the day the tests added more value to the quality of the application and achieved the whole purpose.

Performance testing is a need, but there is no value if you are not approaching in a way that it adds value to the application quality. Therefore let us look at conquering the real mess.

This talk will be helpful for test leads who want to get their team introduced into performance testing or they have started conducting performance tests but are not getting anywhere with it.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Thalayasingam

Christina Thalayasingam

Senior Test Engineer I, Medidata Solutions
Christina Thalayasingam has more than 6 years of experience in both functional and non-functional testing. She possesses a development background. Since she has worked on PHP Web Development and Android Mobile Development before taking up Quality Engineering.She has worked in automate... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Monday August 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/APAC -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Monday August 17, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Let There be Light in Your Performance Tests, Invade the Darkness
Performance of the the end-product has become vital, hence performance testing has started getting more importance in the software development cycle. It is great to dive in to performance testing but are you conducting it in a manner that would actually solve your problem.

Even-though performance is being tested, are the real performance issues still being swept under the rug? Have you wondered whether you are doing right thing? Are you missing something?

This talk would go over the techniques and tips that helped my team and myself to work out performance tests so that we mimic the real issues underlying in the application at an early stage. What needs to be considered from the very instant of requirement gathering to maintaining. End of the day the tests added more value to the quality of the application and achieved the whole purpose.

Performance testing is a need, but there is no value if you are not approaching in a way that it adds value to the application quality. Therefore let us look at conquering the real mess.

This talk will be helpful for test leads who want to get their team introduced into performance testing or they have started conducting performance tests but are not getting anywhere with it.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Thalayasingam

Christina Thalayasingam

Senior Test Engineer I, Medidata Solutions
Christina Thalayasingam has more than 6 years of experience in both functional and non-functional testing. She possesses a development background. Since she has worked on PHP Web Development and Android Mobile Development before taking up Quality Engineering.She has worked in automate... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, August 18
 

4:00am EDT

Interactive APAC/South Asia/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Lean Coffee Hour.

Join us for a facilitated participants-driven interactive discussions session.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Round Table Discussion: Advanced Testing and Quality Practices
Quality Practices
- Making product testable is always low priority
- How to demonstrate/communicate value of ET
- Establishing quality practices
- How to deal with “Ship It” mentality
- Automation in Startups is taking over ET, how to deal with engineering manager

Advanced Testing Practices
- How to make test data smart
- Add value to security testing
- Integration between different tests highlighting performance info
- Continuous integration
- Reporting expertise

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Speakers
avatar for Dr Meeta Prakash

Dr Meeta Prakash

Dr Meeta PrakashHas about 20yrs of experience in IT with software development, testing, project delivery, people management, strategy,  R&D and teaching. Works as a Senior Manager with a MNC based out of Bangalore, India.Strongly believes that everything in life is driven by context... Read More →
avatar for Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory

Agile Testing and Process Consultant, DragonFire Inc.
Janet Gregory is an agile testing and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction (LeanPub 2019), More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), and Agile Testing... Read More →
avatar for Fiona Charles

Fiona Charles

Independent Coach, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator, Quality Intelligence
Fiona Charles is an independent coach, consultant, and workshop facilitator specializing in thehuman side of software development, quality, and testing. She teaches organizations to managetheir software quality risk, and software practitioners human skills “beyond process”—hands-onpractical... Read More →
avatar for Mike Lyles

Mike Lyles

DIrector of QA & PM, Bridgetree
Mike Lyles is a Director of IT, international speaker, and author. He has over 25 years of IT experience in software development and testing. His motivational book, “The Drive-Thru is Not Always Faster” was released in Nov 2019. Find out more on the book at www.TheDriveThruBo... Read More →
avatar for Rajini Padmanabhan

Rajini Padmanabhan

Vice President, QA InfoTech
Rajini leads the engagement, delivery and relationship management for some of QA InfoTech's largest and most strategic accounts and also manages the organization’s Bangalore center. She is also actively involved in test evangelism and thought leadership activities for the last several... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Growing a Culture of Quality
Long ago there was a time where testing was purely seen as an activity by a siloed team who executed 1000's of tests towards the end of a project. In the modern world, this is still a very real situation in some companies, but on the whole, testing as a collaborative, continuous activity is much more the norm.

But getting to that stage is not easy. For some reason, there has historically been a stigma attached to testing as a lesser activity that slows down the release of a project. Changing such mindset is a huge obstacle to get over.

In places where testing is perceived in a negative light, it is possible to move forward, but it will take hard work to change the mindset of the people who don't know better. You need to use the power of persuasion, while coaching and building collaborative best practices that tech teams can buy into.

In this talk, I will walk through ways to get Testing at the table for discussions and build a culture of Quality, where the business accepts the value that testing brings and helps fight our corner when needed. This ultimately comes down to communication in the right ways and showing the value that Testing can bring to a situation.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Prior

Simon Prior

Digital Test Manager, EasyJet
Simon is heading up the Core QA team at EasyJet. In his career he has worked in various roles across IT from C++ developer, Scrum Master, Build Engineer before finally finding his passion in Testing. He's worked in various domains from CyberSecurity, Gaming/Gambling and now the Airline... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

From Manual To Humanual Testing
In the era of QA's top priority being "end-user satisfaction", all Test professionals have an opportunity to provide so much value in the development process, as QA organizations adopt a more humanized approach to compliment the advantages brought by Test Automation and AI - without needing to learn how to be uber-technical. Thus the birth of the "Humanual Tester."

Join 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. Josh and Kirk 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.

Key Takeaways:
- Why User Empathy is the killer QA skill of the 2020
- An overview of Design Thinking and User-Centered Design, and how they help us "Shift Left"
- Specific examples of Persona-based testing: learn how to test in the shoes of the end-user and ensure you are meeting their needs
- A "Quick Start" guide to quickly incorporate Humanual Testing into your team including persona templates

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Walton

Kirk Walton

Vice President, tapQA
Kirk Walton has 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time.Kirk is incredibly passionate... Read More →
avatar for Josh Brenneman

Josh Brenneman

Delivery & Talent Director, TapQA
Resourceful technology change leader with over ten years’ experience delivering value to organizations in the areas of strategic quality, delivery, release management, and testing.Specialties• Proven track record leading large scale projects including CMS, CRM, ERP, and billing... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Testopsy: What Really Happens During Testing?
Every software product we use has been tested, in some way. The people who test may or may not be professionally trained. They may or may not have designed their tests based on systematic methods. So, how do testers learn their craft? How do they perform testing?  

Field studies of software projects are difficult to find, partly due to the expense of carrying out such studies and partly due to the confidential or otherwise socially sensitive nature of engineering work. Furthermore, books about software testing are generally not written based on close and systematic research into actual practice, but rather upon the opinions and recollections of apparent experts (prominent examples include Beizer 1995; Copeland 2004; Hetzel 1993; Kaner 1999; 2002).

However, the literature of expertise warns us that experts may not have a clear understanding of their own methods and processes; they may be unreliable witnesses to their own work-- despite being fully able to perform that work successfully (Johnson 1983).

I am systematically studying how testers actually test. This includes their reasoning processes, mental schemata, social behavior, and work products. This study calls for the standard methods of ethnomethodological research: trained observation, activity recording, note-taking, spoken protocol analysis, and subsequent coding and analysis. These are well-established tools for studying human expertise (Clancey 2006).

There have been efforts in the testing industry to informally record and study testing. James Bach calls such studies “testopsies” (Bach 2020) and recommends them as regular professional practice for process improvement. In the academic world, some small studies of testing practices have been published. There have also been studies of analogous problem-solving processes, such as exploring the functionality of an electronic toy (Klahr 2002), solving a computerized puzzle (Weinberg 1966), working a photocopy machine (Suchman 1987), or navigating a warship (Hutchins 1995).

Among the elements I propose to study is the development and representation of mental models held by testers. These may include models of the product, project, and the process of testing itself. Mental models are much discussed in the research literature of human-computer interaction as well as the literature of expertise in general (Gentner and Stevens 2014). 

I take as a premise that intentional test design begins with a model that has been constructed at the moment or retrieved from memory. (In the absence of some such model, the tester would not be able to operate, or even recognize a computer!) This model is then amended and improved as the tester learns about the product through interview, reading, or exploration of the product itself. Mental models are input, mediator, and outcome of software testing.

Published test design techniques are usually based explicitly on some model of the product that is then “covered” with test cases via some heuristic. There is also such a thing as “model-based testing,” but it does not refer to testing based on models. Instead, it refers to the use of explicitly specified models used as a basis for the automatic generation of test data, test procedures, or test oracles (Apfelbaum 1995). The research I am doing will focus mainly on mental models. However, one aspect of my research will be the examination of the interaction between mental models and explicitly specified models. 
My hypothesis is that both novice and expert testers rely, in a different way, on extensive tacit knowledge (Collins 2010) to accomplish the mission of testing. Testing requires social competence to perform and cannot be performed by machines (Collins 1998). 

Humans perform sensemaking (Weick 1995), modeling, and risk evaluation (Kasperson et al. 1988), all of which are socially situated. I further hypothesize that claims as to the automatability of testing are based on an impoverished folk theory of testing that cannot account for the behavior and success of real testers, nor for the expectations put on testers by stakeholders.
By studying testers in the act of testing, I hope to uncover and document a more robust and respectable account of what testers really do, what competencies good testing requires, and how those competencies arise.

My speech will cover, among others:
- What is my research about?
- What is the nature of my research?
- What could empower it?
- Where have I gone so far?
- How can every tester contribute?

Speakers
avatar for Rihab Loukil

Rihab Loukil

"I'm a context-driven tester, a Peer Advisor on the RST (rapid software testing) class, James Bach's student, and a Ph.D. student in software testing.Reference: https://www.satisfice.com/So, if you are a recruiter here is how I can help you: I am conducting a research about what... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

From Manual To Humanual Testing
In the era of QA's top priority being "end-user satisfaction", all Test professionals have an opportunity to provide so much value in the development process, as QA organizations adopt a more humanized approach to compliment the advantages brought by Test Automation and AI - without needing to learn how to be uber-technical. Thus the birth of the "Humanual Tester."

Join 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. Josh and Kirk 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.

Key Takeaways:
- Why User Empathy is the killer QA skill of the 2020
- An overview of Design Thinking and User-Centered Design, and how they help us "Shift Left"
- Specific examples of Persona-based testing: learn how to test in the shoes of the end-user and ensure you are meeting their needs
- A "Quick Start" guide to quickly incorporate Humanual Testing into your team including persona templates

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Walton

Kirk Walton

Vice President, tapQA
Kirk Walton has 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time.Kirk is incredibly passionate... Read More →
avatar for Josh Brenneman

Josh Brenneman

Delivery & Talent Director, TapQA
Resourceful technology change leader with over ten years’ experience delivering value to organizations in the areas of strategic quality, delivery, release management, and testing.Specialties• Proven track record leading large scale projects including CMS, CRM, ERP, and billing... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, August 19
 

4:00am EDT

Testing of New Technologies (and FUN Competitions!)
What would a tech conference be without exploring the possibilities of new technologies? This is your chance to relax your mind from learning and compete hard. We will open our technology lab and let you play to win. Details will be announced before and during the event, so stay tuned!


Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 19, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Problem Solving Workshop
Problem Solving Workshops:
This is a workshop where we will solve problems and later discuss the models, techniques, and tools behind how we approach the problems. Bring in your problems and let us solve them together.

Curious to know what RACI model is? Jump in. All of us have solved many problems. We will focus on one of the key and most neglected agents of problems – THE PEOPLE

Join Ajay Balamurugadas and Jyothi Rangaiah who will be your facilitators in this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas

AVP, QQA
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Leading the New Generation of Software Testing
It has been said “Everything rises and falls on leadership”. The world has experienced many changes over the last few decades, and organizations must respond to this constant change at much greater speed than ever before.

Many companies are eliminating the role of the test manager in agile teams and creating flat organizations which combine the roles of dev and test into a hybrid function. Leadership is title agnostic. You can lead from all levels within the organization.

Regardless of the hierarchy, testing is called on to lead success within the project teams. This requires the ability to educate, inform, and support the project team, the executive team, and the stakeholders.

In agile contexts, the tester must be equipped with the ability to clearly communicate the value of testing and the results of the evaluations conducted for each product delivery. Collaboration with all teams becomes critical.

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Lyles

Mike Lyles

DIrector of QA & PM, Bridgetree
Mike Lyles is a Director of IT, international speaker, and author. He has over 25 years of IT experience in software development and testing. His motivational book, “The Drive-Thru is Not Always Faster” was released in Nov 2019. Find out more on the book at www.TheDriveThruBo... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

Testing of New Technologies (and FUN Competitions!)
What would a tech conference be without exploring the possibilities of new technologies? This is your chance to relax your mind from learning and compete hard. We will open our technology lab and let you play to win. Details will be announced before and during the event, so stay tuned!


Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Interactive Americas/Europe -- Lean Coffee Session
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Lean Coffee sessions
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 19, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Testing of New Technologies (and FUN Competitions!)
What would a tech conference be without exploring the possibilities of new technologies? This is your chance to relax your mind from learning and compete hard. We will open our technology lab and let you play to win. Details will be announced before and during the event, so stay tuned!


Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Wednesday August 19, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

Leading the New Generation of Software Testing
It has been said “Everything rises and falls on leadership”. The world has experienced many changes over the last few decades, and organizations must respond to this constant change at much greater speed than ever before.

Many companies are eliminating the role of the test manager in agile teams and creating flat organizations which combine the roles of dev and test into a hybrid function. Leadership is title agnostic. You can lead from all levels within the organization.

Regardless of the hierarchy, testing is called on to lead success within the project teams. This requires the ability to educate, inform, and support the project team, the executive team, and the stakeholders.

In agile contexts, the tester must be equipped with the ability to clearly communicate the value of testing and the results of the evaluations conducted for each product delivery. Collaboration with all teams becomes critical.

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Lyles

Mike Lyles

DIrector of QA & PM, Bridgetree
Mike Lyles is a Director of IT, international speaker, and author. He has over 25 years of IT experience in software development and testing. His motivational book, “The Drive-Thru is Not Always Faster” was released in Nov 2019. Find out more on the book at www.TheDriveThruBo... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, August 20
 

4:00am EDT

Envision the new world and be part of the solution to new challenges - all participants discussion
Our world has changed, and will change even more. New ways of work, life, travel, communication is emerging rapidly. Are we ready?

Anna Royzman, founder of Test Masters Academy, strongly believes that our global Software Testing/QA community deserves to be part of solution to the new technology and lifestyle challenges. What do we need to get there? Let's explore together.

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA), Global Quality Leadership Institute
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Thursday August 20, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

KEYNOTE: The Great Accelerator
Pausing society has paradoxically become an accelerant of technological change... we were thrust into the virtual world, working from home, jumping on zoom calls with co-workers, family and friends, ordering from Amazon and yes still delivering against our workloads. It is a time of extraordinary circumstances. As a result, the trend towards extraordinary expectations for ourselves and others has only grown. 


For business leaders, coronavirus pandemic has been a baptism in crisis management. This is an exercise in making gut-wrenching choices, staying calm, projecting confidence, and providing comfort and empathy in uncertain times.


Join us for a Keynote presented by Jennifer Scandariato, where she will provide some statistics and inspiration on ways to succeed and re-calibrate for a new strategy, during these times.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Scandariato

Jen Scandariato

Director of Technology, Enterprise Platforms and Business Applications
Jennifer Scandariato has over 25 years experience in technology and leadership. As Director of Technology, Enterprise Platforms and Business Applications in financial services, she is a frequent keynote speaker at schools, as well as women in leadership, software testing and technology... Read More →


Thursday August 20, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

12:00pm EDT

Envision the new world and be part of the solution to new challenges - all participants discussion
Our world has changed, and will change even more. New ways of work, life, travel, communication is emerging rapidly. Are we ready?

Anna Royzman, founder of Test Masters Academy, strongly believes that our global Software Testing/QA community deserves to be part of solution to the new technology and lifestyle challenges. What do we need to get there? Let's explore together.

Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA), Global Quality Leadership Institute
Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software... Read More →


Thursday August 20, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Online

1:00pm EDT

KEYNOTE: The Testing Profession: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. An opinionated tirade of strong opinions and rants
Paul Holland will discuss many testing topics including metrics, automation, language/semantics, and trends in the industry.

During this energetic talk Paul will talk about his own experiences, observations, and conclusions that back up his ideas.

He will provide guidance as to what testers can do to combat "best practices" like "our goal is 100% automation". He will show examples of test reports that provide actionable information and not numbers that give the illusion of information. But, most of all, he will provide you with his strong opinions in the form of entertaining rants and stories.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr Director Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions
Paul Holland is a Senior Director of Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Paul has over 20 years experience in software testing. Prior to joining Medidata in August 2016 he was Head of Testing at a small New York based consultancy for 2 years and previously... Read More →


Thursday August 20, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

KEYNOTE: The Great Accelerator
Pausing society has paradoxically become an accelerant of technological change... we were thrust into the virtual world, working from home, jumping on zoom calls with co-workers, family and friends, ordering from Amazon and yes still delivering against our workloads. It is a time of extraordinary circumstances. As a result, the trend towards extraordinary expectations for ourselves and others has only grown. 


For business leaders, coronavirus pandemic has been a baptism in crisis management. This is an exercise in making gut-wrenching choices, staying calm, projecting confidence, and providing comfort and empathy in uncertain times.


Join us for a Keynote presented by Jennifer Scandariato, where she will provide some statistics and inspiration on ways to succeed and re-calibrate for a new strategy, during these times.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Scandariato

Jen Scandariato

Director of Technology, Enterprise Platforms and Business Applications
Jennifer Scandariato has over 25 years experience in technology and leadership. As Director of Technology, Enterprise Platforms and Business Applications in financial services, she is a frequent keynote speaker at schools, as well as women in leadership, software testing and technology... Read More →


Thursday August 20, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online

9:00pm EDT

KEYNOTE: The Testing Profession: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. An opinionated tirade of strong opinions and rants
Paul Holland will discuss many testing topics including metrics, automation, language/semantics, and trends in the industry.

During this energetic talk Paul will talk about his own experiences, observations, and conclusions that back up his ideas.

He will provide guidance as to what testers can do to combat "best practices" like "our goal is 100% automation". He will show examples of test reports that provide actionable information and not numbers that give the illusion of information. But, most of all, he will provide you with his strong opinions in the form of entertaining rants and stories.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr Director Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions
Paul Holland is a Senior Director of Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Paul has over 20 years experience in software testing. Prior to joining Medidata in August 2016 he was Head of Testing at a small New York based consultancy for 2 years and previously... Read More →


Thursday August 20, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Friday, August 21
 

4:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour APAC/South Asia/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Fireside chats
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 21, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am EDT
Online

11:00am EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour South Asia/Americas/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Fireside chats
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 21, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Online

2:00pm EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour Americas/Europe
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Fireside chats
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online

8:00pm EDT

Fireside Chats and Happy Hour Americas/APAC
Personal schedule and signups are open for registered attendees only.
- Fireside chats
Register here: https://testleadership2020.sched.com/tickets

Friday August 21, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, September 1
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Leadership IQ in the Age of AI (1st half)
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? 

Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. Integrating AI into your testing activities can be intimidating, but in reality, it is pretty easy, and it just takes some understanding and work. Learn how to directly apply AI to real-world testing problems without having a Ph.D. in computer science.

Jennifer will share a wide survey of all the different ways AI is applied to software testing today. Get some hands-on experience using AI with a testing focus with no coding skills required. Join Jennifer as she explores a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how you can improve competencies that are not in your core set of strengths, and describes techniques for leveraging and building on your strengths. These tools can help you become a more effective and valued testing leader in your organization. Exercises help you gain an understanding of yourself and strive for balanced leadership through recognition of both your strengths and your development opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bonine

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore
Startup Life • Entrepreneurship • Leading Change• AI • Cultivating diversity of thought • Design Thinking Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform tech CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription... Read More →


Tuesday September 1, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, September 2
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Build, Manage, and Succeed with Remote and Distributed Teams (1st half)
Building and managing a successful team distributed across different locations, cultures and time zones is not trivial. The dynamics of work for such team is drastically different. Now, as remote workforce becomes the "new norm", you need to learn how to build and effectively manage the distributed teams. Your success depends on it.

Your tutorial instructor has done it for the last 20 year and on every habitable continent. In this class packed with information and tips, Zhenya will cover the benefits of hiring a remote, global team, and will share his experience in developing a rock-solid process for remote collaboration.

Building remote team:
- Proven strategies to attract, engage & retain global talent
- Exploring advantages and risks; cost and ROI calculations
- Different team types: mixed, onshore, and offshore teams, insource and outsource solutions
- How to align interests between you as a manager, your organization, the remote organization and the employee
- How to select a partner
- How to structure a deal where interests of all parties are aligned
- Mitigating security risks

Managing remote team:
- How to make a complex collaboration across cultures, time zones, and languages work smoothly
- How to influence and motivate a remote team
- How to measure remote employee performance
- Overcoming your biases
- Successful management practices

In this class, Zhenya will go over the steps required for building successful distributed teams and share his own experience so you can avoid some of the costly mistakes he has made.

Speakers
avatar for Zhenya Rozinskiy

Zhenya Rozinskiy

CEO, Mirigos
With nearly 25 years of software development experience Zhenya had an opportunity to help grow and make successful many companies of different sizes and different maturity levels. Zhenya is a renowned expert in building and managing globally distributed organizations. With experience... Read More →


Wednesday September 2, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, September 3
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Leadership IQ in the Age of AI (2nd half)
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? 

Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to help you do just that. This toolkit includes a personal assessment of your leadership competencies and the evolution of testing and testing leadership. Integrating AI into your testing activities can be intimidating, but in reality, it is pretty easy, and it just takes some understanding and work. Learn how to directly apply AI to real-world testing problems without having a Ph.D. in computer science.

Jennifer will share a wide survey of all the different ways AI is applied to software testing today. Get some hands-on experience using AI with a testing focus with no coding skills required. Join Jennifer as she explores a set of eight dimensions of successful leaders, provides suggestions on how you can improve competencies that are not in your core set of strengths, and describes techniques for leveraging and building on your strengths. These tools can help you become a more effective and valued testing leader in your organization. Exercises help you gain an understanding of yourself and strive for balanced leadership through recognition of both your strengths and your development opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bonine

Jennifer Bonine

CEO, AI Appstore
Startup Life • Entrepreneurship • Leading Change• AI • Cultivating diversity of thought • Design Thinking Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform tech CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription... Read More →


Thursday September 3, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Friday, September 4
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Effective Solutions for Enterprise Test Automation (1st half)
Automation can be an effective tool within an organization’s software testing strategy if implemented correctly. Automation is often presented as a silver bullet or magical solution to QA; however, experience and practice has taught the QA community there are pitfalls on the path to automation success. A lack of experience, time, and budget inhibits the viability and long-term sustainability of any such automation rollout.

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to build a robust automation program across an organization to improve application quality, testing efficiency, and lower operational costs. The core components of such a program involve test leadership, planning & estimation, script design, execution, reporting, and metrics. The maturity of an enterprise automation program is a long process that requires buy-in from both key stakeholders and application subject matter experts (SMEs).

Thomas have built out automation programs at three companies, each in a different industry. Regardless of the variety of applications under test or the maturity of the QA practice, the principles a test leader will follow in building an automation program will remain the same.

Learning Outcomes:
*Learn how to integrate automation into the SDLC as an upfront concern
*Streamline the tech stack through regular tooling audits that match the company budget & technical skillet of employees
*Develop end-to-end testing standardization across multiple teams
*Integrate automated validations into continuous integration (unit, integration, functional, etc.)
*Promote environment & data synchronization
*Increase visibility of work with QA project traceability and metrics

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Haver

Thomas Haver

Test Automation Architect
Thomas is presently serving as a Test Automation Architect. He leads a team of testers, ops engineers, and production support analysts in the adoption of DevOps practices. Previously, he led the enterprise automation support of 73 applications at Huntington National Bank that encompassed... Read More →


Friday September 4, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, September 8
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: A Whole Team Approach to Testing in Continuous Delivery (1st half)
Many testers today find themselves on teams who decide to adopt continuous delivery and
DevOps practices, but leave responsibility for all testing activities to the testers. The end result
is often more testing to do, less time to do it, and more stress for testers!

To succeed with continuous delivery, the whole delivery team needs to take responsibility for
the necessary continuous testing. We need more than infrastructure to get small changes out
frequently. We need confidence that those changes won’t cause customer pain, we need quick
feedback to learn about the impact of those changes.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to visualize their deployment pipeline.
You’ll practice using a test suite canvas to discuss what questions each stage in your pipeline
needs to answer, and understand the value each step provides. You’ll work in groups to come
up with new experiments to help shorten feedback cycles, make sure all essential types of
testing – not only automated ones - are done continually, and fit testing into the continuous
world.

Whether your tests take minutes or days, and whether your deploys happen hourly or quarterly,
you’ll discover benefits. You’ll participate in a simulation to visualize your team’s current path to
production and uncover risks to both your product and your deployment process. No laptops
required, just bring your curiosity.

Learning outcomes:
* How to use the test suite canvas to design a pipeline that gives your team confidence to
release frequently
* How to analyze pipelines from different perspectives to create shorter feedback loops
and mitigate risks
* Ways your team can design experiments to address the many challenges of testing in a
continuous world

This class is limited to 20 participants

Speakers
avatar for Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory

Agile Testing and Process Consultant, DragonFire Inc.
Janet Gregory is an agile testing and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction (LeanPub 2019), More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), and Agile Testing... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin

Co-founder, Agile Testing Fellowship
Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons "Agile Testing Essentials" video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, September 9
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Build, Manage, and Succeed with Remote and Distributed Teams (2nd half)
Building and managing a successful team distributed across different locations, cultures and time zones is not trivial. The dynamics of work for such team is drastically different. Now, as remote workforce becomes the "new norm", you need to learn how to build and effectively manage the distributed teams. Your success depends on it.

Your tutorial instructor has done it for the last 20 year and on every habitable continent. In this class packed with information and tips, Zhenya will cover the benefits of hiring a remote, global team, and will share his experience in developing a rock-solid process for remote collaboration.

Building remote team:
- Proven strategies to attract, engage & retain global talent
- Exploring advantages and risks; cost and ROI calculations
- Different team types: mixed, onshore, and offshore teams, insource and outsource solutions
- How to align interests between you as a manager, your organization, the remote organization and the employee
- How to select a partner
- How to structure a deal where interests of all parties are aligned
- Mitigating security risks

Managing remote team:
- How to make a complex collaboration across cultures, time zones, and languages work smoothly
- How to influence and motivate a remote team
- How to measure remote employee performance
- Overcoming your biases
- Successful management practices

In this class, Zhenya will go over the steps required for building successful distributed teams and share his own experience so you can avoid some of the costly mistakes he has made.

Speakers
avatar for Zhenya Rozinskiy

Zhenya Rozinskiy

CEO, Mirigos
With nearly 25 years of software development experience Zhenya had an opportunity to help grow and make successful many companies of different sizes and different maturity levels. Zhenya is a renowned expert in building and managing globally distributed organizations. With experience... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, September 10
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: A Whole Team Approach to Testing in Continuous Delivery (2nd half)
Many testers today find themselves on teams who decide to adopt continuous delivery and
DevOps practices, but leave responsibility for all testing activities to the testers. The end result
is often more testing to do, less time to do it, and more stress for testers!

To succeed with continuous delivery, the whole delivery team needs to take responsibility for
the necessary continuous testing. We need more than infrastructure to get small changes out
frequently. We need confidence that those changes won’t cause customer pain, we need quick
feedback to learn about the impact of those changes.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to visualize their deployment pipeline.
You’ll practice using a test suite canvas to discuss what questions each stage in your pipeline
needs to answer, and understand the value each step provides. You’ll work in groups to come
up with new experiments to help shorten feedback cycles, make sure all essential types of
testing – not only automated ones - are done continually, and fit testing into the continuous
world.

Whether your tests take minutes or days, and whether your deploys happen hourly or quarterly,
you’ll discover benefits. You’ll participate in a simulation to visualize your team’s current path to
production and uncover risks to both your product and your deployment process. No laptops
required, just bring your curiosity.

Learning outcomes:
* How to use the test suite canvas to design a pipeline that gives your team confidence to
release frequently
* How to analyze pipelines from different perspectives to create shorter feedback loops
and mitigate risks
* Ways your team can design experiments to address the many challenges of testing in a
continuous world

This class is limited to 20 participants

Speakers
avatar for Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory

Agile Testing and Process Consultant, DragonFire Inc.
Janet Gregory is an agile testing and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction (LeanPub 2019), More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), and Agile Testing... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin

Co-founder, Agile Testing Fellowship
Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons "Agile Testing Essentials" video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Friday, September 11
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Effective Solutions for Enterprise Test Automation (2nd half)
Automation can be an effective tool within an organization’s software testing strategy if implemented correctly. Automation is often presented as a silver bullet or magical solution to QA; however, experience and practice has taught the QA community there are pitfalls on the path to automation success. A lack of experience, time, and budget inhibits the viability and long-term sustainability of any such automation rollout.

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to build a robust automation program across an organization to improve application quality, testing efficiency, and lower operational costs. The core components of such a program involve test leadership, planning & estimation, script design, execution, reporting, and metrics. The maturity of an enterprise automation program is a long process that requires buy-in from both key stakeholders and application subject matter experts (SMEs).

Thomas have built out automation programs at three companies, each in a different industry. Regardless of the variety of applications under test or the maturity of the QA practice, the principles a test leader will follow in building an automation program will remain the same.

Learning Outcomes:
*Learn how to integrate automation into the SDLC as an upfront concern
*Streamline the tech stack through regular tooling audits that match the company budget & technical skillet of employees
*Develop end-to-end testing standardization across multiple teams
*Integrate automated validations into continuous integration (unit, integration, functional, etc.)
*Promote environment & data synchronization
*Increase visibility of work with QA project traceability and metrics

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Haver

Thomas Haver

Test Automation Architect
Thomas is presently serving as a Test Automation Architect. He leads a team of testers, ops engineers, and production support analysts in the adoption of DevOps practices. Previously, he led the enterprise automation support of 73 applications at Huntington National Bank that encompassed... Read More →


Friday September 11, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, September 15
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: How to Create High-Performing Tech Teams in Today's Market (1st half)
When it comes to a successful technology organization, great teams start with great people. But building great teams (and keeping them together) can be tough, particularly given the uncertainty of today’s market. It stands to reason that the red-hot demand for technology professionals will return, and being prepared for a competitive talent market will give you a leg up when it comes to building high-performing teams.

Join Kirk Walton for this workshop as we focus on three critical activities for any Technology Leader: building a great team, attracting talented members to join, and once you’ve built that team, how to retain them.
First, we’ll focus on tools you can use to assess your current team, identify gaps (that may have been caused due to recent events) and strategies to create a game plan on how to fill those gaps.

Second, we’ll focus on how to attract the talent you need to build the best teams possible. This will include questions to not only identify “the right fit” for your team, but to use the interview as a tool to sell prospective candidates on why your team is their best option.

We’ll have a particular focus on the impacts of the past few months on technology teams, and how attracting, hiring, and onboarding top talent has changed in an increasingly virtual world.
Finally, we’ll focus on retaining your high-performing team by creating an amazing employment experience that they will never want to leave – especially in today’s “New Normal.”

Class Takeaways:
  • Kirk will introduce assessment tools with a keen focus on soft skills, not just technical skills, and why they are so important in building the best team possible
  • Kirk will leave attendees with a persona template – which for many, could replace the traditional (i.e. mundane) job description
  • Kirk will also leave attendees with a list of “must-ask” interview questions that reveal candidate motivation and hot buttons to ensure you are identifying top talent, and then how to sell the candidate on why your team is the best option for them as the market starts to grow once again

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Walton

Kirk Walton

Vice President, tapQA
Kirk Walton has 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time.Kirk is incredibly passionate... Read More →


Tuesday September 15, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, September 16
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Diversity and Inclusion (Part 1)
Ash Coleman, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Credit Karma, will cover the important topics that all tech leaders need to be aware of in the modern workplace. Tutorial Takeaways:
• know your role in fostering diversity and mitigating risk
• understand unconscious bias and how it can influence hiring and teamwork
• comprehend what being a “cultural fit” truly means
• And more

Speakers
avatar for Ash Coleman

Ash Coleman

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Karma
Ash focuses her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to inclusion of women and people of color, especially in the Context Driven Testing and Agile communities. Though technology and inclusion have her heart today, engineering was not her first love. A former chef, Ash crafted... Read More →


Wednesday September 16, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, September 17
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: How to Create High-Performing Tech Teams in Today's Market (2nd half)
When it comes to a successful technology organization, great teams start with great people. But building great teams (and keeping them together) can be tough, particularly given the uncertainty of today’s market. It stands to reason that the red-hot demand for technology professionals will return, and being prepared for a competitive talent market will give you a leg up when it comes to building high-performing teams.

Join Kirk Walton for this workshop as we focus on three critical activities for any Technology Leader: building a great team, attracting talented members to join, and once you’ve built that team, how to retain them.
First, we’ll focus on tools you can use to assess your current team, identify gaps (that may have been caused due to recent events) and strategies to create a game plan on how to fill those gaps.

Second, we’ll focus on how to attract the talent you need to build the best teams possible. This will include questions to not only identify “the right fit” for your team, but to use the interview as a tool to sell prospective candidates on why your team is their best option.

We’ll have a particular focus on the impacts of the past few months on technology teams, and how attracting, hiring, and onboarding top talent has changed in an increasingly virtual world.
Finally, we’ll focus on retaining your high-performing team by creating an amazing employment experience that they will never want to leave – especially in today’s “New Normal.”

Class Takeaways:
  • Kirk will introduce assessment tools with a keen focus on soft skills, not just technical skills, and why they are so important in building the best team possible
  • Kirk will leave attendees with a persona template – which for many, could replace the traditional (i.e. mundane) job description
  • Kirk will also leave attendees with a list of “must-ask” interview questions that reveal candidate motivation and hot buttons to ensure you are identifying top talent, and then how to sell the candidate on why your team is the best option for them as the market starts to grow once again

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Walton

Kirk Walton

Vice President, tapQA
Kirk Walton has 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time.Kirk is incredibly passionate... Read More →


Thursday September 17, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Monday, September 21
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Strategic Advantage: Test Strategy (1st half)
We all want to test fast and test smart. As the time available for testing shrinks with
continuous integration and frequent or continuous deployment, it becomes ever more
critical to think strategically, whether you are testing a single story, an entire application
or an integrated suite of applications.
Strategic testing is all about how you make the best use of time and any other resources
available to you: to mitigate risks, find important bugs and provide your stakeholders with
information that really matters to them about the software.
This tutorial teaches simple yet powerful techniques to decide quickly what, how, and
when you and your whole team need to test.
Topics to be covered include:
 Understanding what product quality means to your key stakeholders in practical
terms you can use to direct testing.
 Driving out risks, principles, or organisational rules that could direct test priorities
or severely constrain testing.
 Deciding how to determine testing scope and coverage.
We’ll use simple, flexible media—such as mindmaps and diagrams—for working through
strategies and communicating them clearly.


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Charles

Fiona Charles

Independent Coach, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator, Quality Intelligence
Fiona Charles is an independent coach, consultant, and workshop facilitator specializing in thehuman side of software development, quality, and testing. She teaches organizations to managetheir software quality risk, and software practitioners human skills “beyond process”—hands-onpractical... Read More →


Monday September 21, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, September 22
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Diversity and Inclusion (Part 2)
Second part of the class:

Ash Coleman, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Credit Karma, will cover the important topics that all tech leaders need to be aware of in the modern workplace. Tutorial Takeaways: • know your role in fostering diversity and mitigating risk • understand unconscious bias and how it can influence hiring and teamwork • comprehend what being a “cultural fit” truly means • And more

Speakers
avatar for Ash Coleman

Ash Coleman

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Karma
Ash focuses her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to inclusion of women and people of color, especially in the Context Driven Testing and Agile communities. Though technology and inclusion have her heart today, engineering was not her first love. A former chef, Ash crafted... Read More →


Tuesday September 22, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, September 23
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Strategic Advantage: Test Strategy (2nd half)
We all want to test fast and test smart. As the time available for testing shrinks with
continuous integration and frequent or continuous deployment, it becomes ever more
critical to think strategically, whether you are testing a single story, an entire application
or an integrated suite of applications.
Strategic testing is all about how you make the best use of time and any other resources
available to you: to mitigate risks, find important bugs and provide your stakeholders with
information that really matters to them about the software.
This tutorial teaches simple yet powerful techniques to decide quickly what, how, and
when you and your whole team need to test.
Topics to be covered include:
 Understanding what product quality means to your key stakeholders in practical
terms you can use to direct testing.
 Driving out risks, principles, or organisational rules that could direct test priorities
or severely constrain testing.
 Deciding how to determine testing scope and coverage.
We’ll use simple, flexible media—such as mindmaps and diagrams—for working through
strategies and communicating them clearly.


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Charles

Fiona Charles

Independent Coach, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator, Quality Intelligence
Fiona Charles is an independent coach, consultant, and workshop facilitator specializing in thehuman side of software development, quality, and testing. She teaches organizations to managetheir software quality risk, and software practitioners human skills “beyond process”—hands-onpractical... Read More →


Wednesday September 23, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Monday, September 28
 

8:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Faces of Courage in Agile Transformation (Part 1)
Courage is a commonly stated value in agile principles and values. However, only a small fraction of people in organizations can employ it, and usually in extremely limited circumstances. This makes transformation an elusive target that can cause high levels of frustration at every level of an organization.

Unlock the mysteries of what triggers a change agent and how they experience the consequences. We will explore the theory and practice of change agency, and participants will explore their own situations in relation to leading a change.

In light of the current global crisis, we will also explore how our current reality changes the nature of the environment in which change is introduced.

Bob Schatz is a 35-year veteran in the software/systems development profession. Bob is the Owner of Agile Infusion LLC, an agile training and consulting firm based in the Philadelphia area. He was an early pioneer in the practical application of agile practices and helped transform many organizations around the world. Bob is a Certified Scrum Trainer, and holds a Doctor of Management degree from Thomas Jefferson University.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Schatz, DMgt.

Bob Schatz, DMgt.

Owner and Senior Consultant, Agile Infusion LLC
Dr. Bob Schatz has over 35 years of experience in the IT industry leading software, systems, and organizational development. In July 2006 Bob Schatz started Agile Infusion LLC in order to provide advice, consulting, and training to companies around the world using agile development... Read More →


Monday September 28, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, September 29
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Personal Leadership Development for Quality Professionals (Part 1)
Software cannot be tested to be right or wrong. The desired outcome of testing is quality and reducing risk for people who matter. Yet, testers, test managers, and quality coaches are often challenged to deliver absolute results.

We see testing and QA as value and quality driven, social, and collaborative activities. We treat the absolute and objective as terms for interaction, dynamics, and means to drive quality and context. Testing influences others far beyond the objective results we deliver with it.

In this tutorial, you will be exploring the impact of your personal thinking and your values on coaching and managing quality, testing software. We will offer you a management perspective combined with a philosophical and psychological perspective on leadership.

This tutorial aims to increase your consciousness about your personal motivations and perspectives. It’s about personal growth in leadership. The tutorial is ‘experiential’ in the sense that you will learn through a combination of short lectures and exploration and experiencing. It is imperative, that you are eager to participate in the facilitated activities in the tutorial.

Speakers
avatar for Anders Dinsen

Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →
avatar for Ole S. Rasmussen

Ole S. Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Tuesday September 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, September 30
 

8:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Faces of Courage in Agile Transformation (Part 2)
Second part of the class:

Courage is a commonly stated value in agile principles and values. However, only a small fraction of people in organizations can employ it, and usually in extremely limited circumstances. This makes transformation an elusive target that can cause high levels of frustration at every level of an organization.

Unlock the mysteries of what triggers a change agent and how they experience the consequences. We will explore the theory and practice of change agency, and participants will explore their own situations in relation to leading a change.

In light of the current global crisis, we will also explore how our current reality changes the nature of the environment in which change is introduced.

Bob Schatz is a 35-year veteran in the software/systems development profession. Bob is the Owner of Agile Infusion LLC, an agile training and consulting firm based in the Philadelphia area. He was an early pioneer in the practical application of agile practices and helped transform many organizations around the world. Bob is a Certified Scrum Trainer, and holds a Doctor of Management degree from Thomas Jefferson University.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Schatz, DMgt.

Bob Schatz, DMgt.

Owner and Senior Consultant, Agile Infusion LLC
Dr. Bob Schatz has over 35 years of experience in the IT industry leading software, systems, and organizational development. In July 2006 Bob Schatz started Agile Infusion LLC in order to provide advice, consulting, and training to companies around the world using agile development... Read More →


Wednesday September 30, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Online
 
Thursday, October 1
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Personal Leadership Development for Quality Professionals (Part 2)
Second part of the class:

Software cannot be tested to be right or wrong. The desired outcome of testing is quality and reducing risk for people who matter. Yet, testers, test managers, and quality coaches are often challenged to deliver absolute results.

We see testing and QA as value and quality driven, social, and collaborative activities. We treat the absolute and objective as terms for interaction, dynamics, and means to drive quality and context. Testing influences others far beyond the objective results we deliver with it.

In this tutorial, you will be exploring the impact of your personal thinking and your values on coaching and managing quality, testing software. We will offer you a management perspective combined with a philosophical and psychological perspective on leadership.

This tutorial aims to increase your consciousness about your personal motivations and perspectives. It’s about personal growth in leadership. The tutorial is ‘experiential’ in the sense that you will learn through a combination of short lectures and exploration and experiencing. It is imperative, that you are eager to participate in the facilitated activities in the tutorial.

Speakers
avatar for Anders Dinsen

Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →
avatar for Ole S. Rasmussen

Ole S. Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Thursday October 1, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Monday, October 5
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Driving Quality Outcomes (Part 1)
In this workshop, the participants will collaboratively train their abilities to influence the social and organizational outcomes of the work performed personally and by their teams.

We will offer you a management-perspective combined with a philosophical and psychological perspective on leadership. You will be given the chance to use the two perspectives as tools or means to increase your understanding of the needs of your stakeholders and their strategic needs. You have experienced leading, motivating, managing testing; we will train your ability to act, producing significant outcomes for stakeholders.

The tutorial is ‘experiential’ in the sense that you will learn through a combination of short lectures and exploration and experiencing. It is imperative, that you are eager to participate in the facilitated activities in the tutorial.

The goal for us is for you to experience clarity, power, and virtuosity for action in your daily work with software testing and quality.

Speakers
avatar for Anders Dinsen

Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →
avatar for Ole S. Rasmussen

Ole S. Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Monday October 5, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Tuesday, October 6
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Seven Rules of Virtual Engagement (Part 1)
Struggling to keep participants engaged in your remote meetings/training? Wish you could connect better with people hidden behind their muted black screens?

Join Dana Pylayeva to experience a different level of collaboration in the virtual space and learn her seven practical tips for bringing aliveness, participation and engagement to your online meeting or team interactions.

Tapping into her extensive experience working with global distributed teams, Dana offers a powerful fusion of brain-based learning principles and a field-tested pattern library of effective methods for collaboration in groups. If you want to see engagement and results in your virtual meetings, this tutorial is not to be missed.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Pylayeva

Dana Pylayeva

Agile Coach and Founder at Agile Play Consulting, LLC, Agile Play Consulting
In her 16 years of industry experience Dana has been exposed to different areas of IT as a Java Developer, an Architect, a DBA Manager, a Scrum Master and an Agile Coach. Every role she has had in her career has given her an opportunity to apply her passion for agile principles and... Read More →


Tuesday October 6, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Online
 
Wednesday, October 7
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Driving Quality Outcomes (Part 2)
Second part of the class:

In this workshop, the participants will collaboratively train their abilities to influence the social and organizational outcomes of the work performed personally and by their teams.

We will offer you a management-perspective combined with a philosophical and psychological perspective on leadership. You will be given the chance to use the two perspectives as tools or means to increase your understanding of the needs of your stakeholders and their strategic needs. You have experienced leading, motivating, managing testing; we will train your ability to act, producing significant outcomes for stakeholders.

The tutorial is ‘experiential’ in the sense that you will learn through a combination of short lectures and exploration and experiencing. It is imperative, that you are eager to participate in the facilitated activities in the tutorial.

The goal for us is for you to experience clarity, power, and virtuosity for action in your daily work with software testing and quality.

Speakers
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Anders Dinsen

Consultant at ASYM APS (Denmark)
Anders Dinsen drives organizational learning and development through testing. He works inagile, waterfall, and hybrid contexts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders is Danish, criticallyminded, educated, and enjoys the short power-distances part of Danish organizationalculture as it enables... Read More →
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Ole S. Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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Thursday, October 8
 

1:00pm EDT

TUTORIAL: Seven Rules of Virtual Engagement (Part 2)
Second part of the class:

Struggling to keep participants engaged in your remote meetings/training? Wish you could connect better with people hidden behind their muted black screens?

Join Dana Pylayeva to experience a different level of collaboration in the virtual space and learn her seven practical tips for bringing aliveness, participation and engagement to your online meeting or team interactions.

Tapping into her extensive experience working with global distributed teams, Dana offers a powerful fusion of brain-based learning principles and a field-tested pattern library of effective methods for collaboration in groups. If you want to see engagement and results in your virtual meetings, this tutorial is not to be missed.

Speakers
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Dana Pylayeva

Agile Coach and Founder at Agile Play Consulting, LLC, Agile Play Consulting
In her 16 years of industry experience Dana has been exposed to different areas of IT as a Java Developer, an Architect, a DBA Manager, a Scrum Master and an Agile Coach. Every role she has had in her career has given her an opportunity to apply her passion for agile principles and... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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