QA Manager? Have you been to testing conferences before and wondered “What the hell am I doing here?” How come there are only one or two talks/sessions that I am actually interested in taking part in?
I know the feeling. I hated wasting my time and thinking I need to do better homework and preparation before I go to my next conference, so I don’t feel this way again.
So I finally ended up doing it for this year. After mapping out the top conferences that are best suitable for QA Managers due to their workshops and speakers, what the sessions are about, who would gain the most out of going to hear and who is most likely to attend these conferences, I crossed the topics and chose only the conferences that seem to be talking about the newest shifts and trends in our industry.
The following are the ones (one for almost every month) I found QA Managers would profit the most out of and the ones I am hoping to attend.
Here are the top 8 quality assurance conferences in 2018 that QA Managers should attend
Where? Brighton, UK
When? March 12-16
How much? £99-£500
What’s in it for my team and me? This year the Brighton bash is a week-long event that starts with a three-day pre-event training session and a one day-long session. That’s followed by a day of workshops that include hands-on challenges and sessions concerning changes in your organization and in the industry. The final day concludes with the conference keynotes introducing some of the do’s and don’t do’s that had led them to build winning strategies and teams.
Where? Orlando, Florida, USA
When? April 29–May 4
How much? $595 – $4,195
What’s in it for my team and me? STAREAST is one of the longest-running and most respected conferences on software testing and quality assurance. The full week event features several learning and networking opportunities and covers a wide variety of software testing topics. Software testing managers can explore a technology and service expo to check out new technologies for their teams. Gerie Owen, a test manager at QualitiTest, called the STAR conferences “among the most prestigious QA and testing conferences in North America,” and “suitable for test professionals and test managers.” The conference is geared toward practical knowledge that attendees can apply immediately with their teams, and include short sessions, half- and full-day tutorials, multi-day in-depth training, and a leadership summit.
Where? London, UK.
When? 22-23 May
How much? £525.00 – £735.00
What’s in it for my team and me? The National Software Testing Conference is a UK‑based conference that is geared towards C‑level IT executives, QA directors, heads of testing and test managers, and senior engineers and test professionals.
It provides the software testing community at home and abroad with invaluable content from revered industry speakers; practical presentations from the winners of The European Software Testing Awards; roundtable discussion forums that are facilitated and led by key figures; as well as a market leading exhibition, which will enable delegates to view the latest products and services available to them.
Where? Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
When? June 3-8
How much? $1,595 – $3,995
What’s in it for my team and me? Better Software West offers a full menu of conference services, including talks from recognized subject matter experts, and training and certification classes the day before the official conference begins. There’s also an expo for discovering the latest solutions for testing, and a half- and full-day tutorials on various subjects.
You’ll come away from a Better Software conference with a new perspective on development and with the understanding of what project team leads and managers need to know about Test Automation.
Where? Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Date: August 30- 31
How much? $45 – $84
What’s in it for my team and me? How about AI, IoT, AR & VR, Machine Learning, and Automation for testing as an appetizer? How does that sound?
Known as one of the largest testing conferences in Asia, this single-track two-day forum offers talks on software testing and quality, blockchain technology, innovation in testing – in all it’s newest forms.
Where? Anaheim, California, USA
When? September 30-October 5
How much? $595- $4,195
What’s in it for my team and me? STARWEST is one of the longest-running and most respected conferences on software testing and quality assurance. The week-long event features over 100 learning and networking opportunities and covers a wide variety of some of the most in-demand topics and innovations at the moment including Test & Release Automation, Agile Testing, and Test Strategy Planning & Monitoring.
This West Coast iteration of the TechWell testing conferences is geared toward practical knowledge that attendees can apply immediately with their teams and includes short sessions, half- and full-day tutorials, multi-day in-depth training, and a leadership summit.
Where? Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When? October 14-19
How much? $795- $3995 (US Dollars)
What’s in it for my team and me? STARCANADA is part of the STAR family of conferences—one of the longest-running and most respected conferences series on software testing and quality assurance. The week-long event features over 50 learning and networking opportunities and covers a wide variety of some of the most in-demand topics and testing innovations such as Security Testing, Test Transformation, Test Leadership, Test & Release and Automation.
Where? The Hague, Netherlands
When? November 12-15
How much? €865 to €2,395.00
What’s in it for my team and me? Since 1993, the European software testing community has gathered at the annual EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference – the most widely acknowledged gathering of testing professionals on the continent – for 3-4 days of knowledge sharing and networking.
This year’s conference is in line with the newest trends the world of testing is going through and has sessions talking about test automation, AI and testing and machine learning.
I really hope you found this useful and that this will save you time and money. If you have any thoughts, any other conferences you know of or think QA Managers should know about- please feel free to contact me or leave it in the comments section below!
See you at the conferences!