6 Star Speakers at EuroSTAR 2017

Bar Kofman
Bar KofmanDigital Marketing Manager | October 25, 2017

EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference

Starting November 6, software testers from all over Europe will join together in Copenhagen for the 25th annual EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference. This is a can’t-miss event for anyone in the QA or Testing field. Along with multiple workshops and networking events, there are 51 brilliant speakers coming to share their best practices and insights from the industry.

With so many talks to choose from, how do you decide what to attend? We’ve looked through the schedule and picked out six speakers you won’t want to miss. They are at the top of their profession and each one has a unique view on the industry. With each of these talks, you’ll leave with actionable knowledge and exposure to some of the biggest and hottest ideas in testing.

Here are our picks for Copenhagen:

Generic Technical Problems in Test Automation & Established Ways to Resolve Them

Dorothy Graham

Consultant

Summary

Many testing organizations find that their testing process is brittle or not delivering the results they want. How do you fix this? Industry veteran Dorothy Graham leads this tutorial that goes through some of the common problems in Test Automation and best practices to resolve them. Bring your laptop and remember to take notes. This is a hands-on session!

This tutorial will cover:

  • Common problems with test automation (like brittle scripts and incomplete documentation)
  • Established patterns to resolve such problems (such as tool independence, automating what’s needed, and testware architecture)

Programming & Exploring: Creating the Perfect Partnership

Tony Bruce

Director, Tony Bruce Consulting

Summary

Some testers are more exploratory, while some rely heavily on automation and regression frameworks. What can these two groups of testers learn from one another? Tony Bruce directs a series of practical exercises where testers will pair up to solve problems. Drawing on each other’s skills, attendees will learn how to incorporate automation into their workflow, but how it can never replace the entire testing process.

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Manual/Exploratory testers and Automated testing professionals will both have something to contribute and learn from this workshop.

Embodied Vulnerabilities – Why I am Hacking My Own Heart!

Marie Moe

Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF

Summary

As the “Internet of Things” becomes more and more pervasive, how do we protect ourselves? Marie Moe has a particular interest in this area: she has a pacemaker that helps her heart beat normally. But since this is a technical device, it can also be vulnerable to cyber attacks. This talk is about connected medical devices, Marie’s personal experiences, and how she decided to test her own critical infrastructure: her heart.

IoT aficionados or anyone that wants to learn more about security is strongly encouraged to attend!

Sketchnoting Essentials – An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking

Zeger Van Hese

Owner, Z Sharp

Summary

Visual notetaking can help us retain information in a more engaging way by interacting with different parts of our brains. It’s a good way to brainstorm, organize thoughts, or take notes at a meeting. Zeger Van Hese goes step-by-step through the basics and how sketchnoting can help you. And here’s the best part: you don’t even have to be a good artist to get started! Remember: it’s all about conveying ideas, not creating art.

The Magic of Sherlock Holmes: Test Strategy In The Blink Of An Eye!

Huib Schoots

Senior Test Consultant, Improve Quality Services

Summary

Sherlock Holmes’s intuition and problem-solving ability is legendary. But how can we apply that to our testing? “How do we test this?” is one of the most common and most difficult testing questions to answer. In this workshop, Huib Schoots goes into Holmesian methods for context analysis, strategic thinking, and putting together test strategies for any kind of context. Attendees will work in groups in this fast-paced, hands-on workshop. Get ready to create a baseline test strategy in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea!

Critical Thinking About Numbers & Metrics

Michael Bolton

Principal, DevelopSense

Summary

If you’re a tester or test manager, you probably see numbers and metrics being thrown at you all day. “Testing costs 40% of the total development effort.” “Risk = Probability * Impact.” And so on. But what does it all mean? How can you separate the truth from the numbers? Famed test professional Michael Bolton is here to help. In this day-long workshop, you’ll learn how to apply critical thinking, questioning, and modeling so that you can understand and communicate with confidence. Learn how to use numbers for illumination, not an illusion.