STARWEST 2017 – 6 Top Talks You Don’t Want to Miss

Bar Kofman
Bar KofmanDigital Marketing Manager | September 20, 2017

The Premier Software Testing Conference

TechWell’s flagship testing conference is just around the corner. From October 1-6, QA, DevOps, and testing professionals from around the world will gather in Anaheim, CA at STARWEST 2017 to share best practices, latest techniques, and ways to make your QA organization more effective.

There are 72 speakers on the lineup, which is way too many to see all by yourself, especially since many of them are concurrent sessions. We make it easy to choose which talks to go to with our curated picks. We went through the lineup so you don’t have to and picked out six of the top talks you simply can’t miss.

You can find the full schedule for STARWEST 2017 here, or read on to learn more about some of the best minds in the industry.

Manage Testing by Dependencies—Not Activities

Thursday, October 5, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Speaker: Jim Trentadue, Software Quality and Innovation Leader

Track: Test Management

Many testing processes focus on the testing activities themselves such as test planning and test execution. Jim Trentadue challenges that tradition by suggesting we focus on relationships between your deliverables and your testing, and the dependencies that go into each. By focusing on testing relationships between your data and activities, you’ll create a more robust and management testing effort. Jim has more than seventeen years of experience in the software testing field and regularly helps clients move from manual testing to automation. Learn logical models for managing your testing team here.

Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Speakers: Bob Galen, Director of Agile Practices, Zenergy, and Mary Thorn, Director of Agile Practices, Ipreo

Track: Half Day Tutorials

You may think that being “Agile” means to eschew traditional leadership and test management in favor of a more non-hierarchical approach. Bob Galen and Mary Thorn argue that this is not so. At this popular half day tutorial, these Agile veterans share tips on how to manage your test team and remain Agile at the same time. They share best practices for planning, iteration, and metrics, as well as a Three Pillars framework to improve product quality. This is one of the most popular sessions at STARWEST 2017, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Tweet it: @bobgalen, @maryhthorn

Critical Thinking for Software Testers

Monday, October 2, 2017 – 8:30am to 4:30pm

Speaker: Michael Bolton, Principal, DevelopSense

Track: Full Day Tutorials

If you want to be a great software tester, you need to learn how to think in a way that solves problems, looks at new possibilities, and considers options in a critical manner. Most people don’t do a lot of critical thinking in their day-to-day life. Michael Bolton helps people solve testing problems they didn’t think they could solve, and he’s here to teach you how to harness your brain power to become a more effective tester. With real-world exercises and puzzles, you’ll learn how to train and improve your critical thinking skills. It all starts with just three questions: Huh? Really? So? If you’re ready to take your brain to the next level, be sure to attend this full day tutorial from master tester Michael Bolton.

Tweet it: @michaelbolton

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What Testers Must Know about Git and GitHub

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 8:30am to 4:30pm

Speaker: Wilson Mar, Lead DevOps Performance Evangelist, JetBloom

Track: Full Day Tutorials

With many development teams utilizing Git and GitHub for version control, testers have more insight than ever before into the development and DevOps process. Wilson Mar leads a full day workshop for testers to learn how Git and GitHub work. Among other things, you’ll learn how to recover from mistakes, branch and merge new features to test things in isolation, and make a website with GitHub Markdown. Learning these tools will not only save you time on the job but also help you gain a greater understanding of the development process at your organization. Bring your Windows or Mac laptop and join this hands-on tutorial, more than 3 years in the making!

Tweet it: @wilsonmar

Intentionality: Leading an Intentional Culture

Friday, October 6, 2017 – 8:30am to 9:30am

Speaker: Glen Hellman, CEO, Driven Forward

Track: Leadership Summit Sessions

While many of the sessions at STARWEST focus on the nuts and bolts of software testing, Glen Hellman takes a step back to look at the psychology of your team and how you can build a culture of high performance. Anyone managing people will benefit from this leadership session where Glen Hellman pulls no punches and teaches you about the hidden forces at work in our brains. You’ll walk away knowing why the best leaders understand that we often make logical decisions in an illogical manner.

Tweet it: @glehel

Selenium Test Automation: From the Ground Up

Monday, October 2, 2017 – 8:30am to 4:30pm

Speaker: Jeff “Cheezy” Morgan, CTO, LeanDog

Track: Full Day Tutorials

Selenium is the industry standard for testing web applications, and is a high-value skill to add to your skillset. Ready to learn how Selenium can supercharge your web application testing? Look no further. Anyone can teach you how to use Selenium, but Cheezy Morgan doesn’t stop there. Don’t miss this full day tutorial on how to build a clean, maintainable automation process. At the end of the day, you’ll know how to manage test configuration, test across different browsers (even on mobile!) and discover resources to learn more about automation. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring your laptop and get ready to learn!

Tweet it: @chzy