In the US, April marks the beginning of spring, Major League Baseball season, and the most anticipated season of all:  software testing conference season. Quality Jam is leading off, followed by STPCon, StarEast, and Accelerate SF batting cleanup. Tricentis will be participating in all of these—playing a number of different positions (speaking, exhibiting, and hosting).

If you’re headed to Atlanta for Quality Jam, here’s our lineup card of 9 “can’t miss” sessions…

 

Should We Start Bowing Now to Our Future AI Masters?

Do you ever wonder about the future, about what lies in store for humankind? Well here’s one potential path we may end up on: Being bossed around by a threatening and psychologically manipulative artificial intelligence that rules the world. Sure, laugh now, but if you take a peek at just how much we depend on intelligent machines already and just how smart they’re starting to get – well, you just may stop laughing and start worrying a little.

Join Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark, co-hosts of the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know, as they lead you on a hilarious-but-also-kind-of-grim tour of humanity’s possible enslavement and what QA can do to save the world.

 

Digital Disruption: Where Quality Fits In

A panel on “Digital Disruption and Where Quality Fits in” with Matt Diamond, Executive Director, Business Systems and Quality at Dell SecureWorks, Hartley Caldwell, Head of Debit and STAR Technology at First Data Corporation

 

Software Testing in the Real World

Information is the mission of testing, but practical approaches to getting that information – and what to do with it – are often lost in marketing hype and aspirational strategies. Through this round table discussion, we’ll cut through the noise and get to what has and hasn’t worked in the real world of test automation, product management, assessing quality, and managing risk in software testing.

 

4Qs of DevOps: Understanding the DevOps Journey Through Use of a Simple Maturity Model

Brian Dawson, DevOps Evangelista Cloudbees, will review organizational DevOps journey using a simplified maturity model, the 4 Quadrants of DevOps Maturity. He will discuss the characteristics of organizations within each quadrant. Presenting practical process, tools and leadership strategies for crossing the chasm from an organization’s current quadrant to the next level of maturity.

Based on years of experience guiding organizations in implementing CI, CD and, ultimately, DevOps at scale Brian has identified four maturity levels. These levels examine culture, process and tools to assess where an organization currently sits in their DevOps journey and that form the basis for growing and extending DevOps in the enterprise. Most organizations on the journey to DevOps map to one (or more) of these four areas: team-level agile upstream, team-level continuous delivery, enterprise agile upstream, or enterprise DevOps.

 

Transform Culture Using DevOps Principles

At the heart of DevOps is the idea that organizations break down silos and teams work together to innovate faster, reducing the length of feedback loops and delivering value faster. In this presentation, Ashley Hunsberger, Product Quality Architect at Blackboard, will describe how Blackboard is using DevOps principles—collaborative practices, iterative improvements, incremental testing, and more—to transform their development culture so everyone owns quality.

Join Ashley as she lays the groundwork for iterative and continuous improvement through a defined mission and specific goals. She also explores how cross-team collaboration broke down silos and helped align team members with the necessary skills to meet their quality goals. One key to their success was recognizing that we cannot test everything—even if we want to. Instead of a huge, unmanageable test suite, they implemented an incremental testing approach which teams can own and successfully maintain. Ashley illustrates the reduced feedback loops that led to better, faster software delivery. Ashley reports, “Now that we’ve seen the way of DevOps, we don’t want to go back.

 

Making the Shift from HP QC

Join this session to hear from Ryan Yackel, Director of Product Marketing at QASymphony and ABC Supply on how HP Quality Center has been the most widely adopted test management solution in the market to date, however, companies are replacing that solution with new replacement options. QASymphony’s modern qTest platform provides robust functionality that enterprise companies demand, and support for new methodologies like agile, DevOps, and open source automation that will make even the most discerning of testers happy.

 

Effective Quality Leadership

Adam Satterfield, Technology Program Director at Anthem. Have you ever wanted to know how to effectively lead a group of quality professionals? Are you curious to know what it takes to become a leader? Or maybe you just want to know how to best work with your leadership to become a rock star team. You are not alone! I will guide you through challenges, pitfalls and highlights while giving you real examples you can take back with you to reach your quality leadership goals.

 

Simplifying Your Mobile Testing Strategy

Clint Sprauve, Director of Product Marketing at SauceLabs. As more users interact with applications through a mobile device, the need has come for organizations to integrate mobile testing into their DevOps processes. For some teams, this task is daunting, as mobile testing presents its own unique set of challenges, and doesn’t seem to integrate well with an already developed web strategy. Although mobile testing may seem complex, it can easily be done with a comprehensive strategy that includes real devices, emulators, simulators and the right testing framework.

Join Clint Sprauve, Mobile Product Marketing Director for Sauce Labs and learn how to build out an industry-leading mobile testing strategy that can integrate with already existing DevOps practices. In this talk, Clint will explore the following topics: Why teams need a combination of real devices, emulators and simulators; How to implement continuous testing for mobile; What skill set is needed for traditional developers and dev/testers; The key advantages of mobile automation test frameworks: Appium, Espresso and XCUITest.

 

Continuous Testing and How It Affects Testing

What is Continuous Integration (CI)? Why use it? How is testing affected by CI? Do you ever sit in meetings where developers talk about Continuous Integration and wonder what it is and why they’re talking about it? Then this session with Paul Merrill, Founder Beaufort Fairmont, is for you! No understanding of CI necessary! We’ll talk about where the practice originated, how it has evolved over time and why it is such a major part of the competitive landscape of software development today. We’ll go over how tests can be integrated into CI; what new roles and responsibilities emerge for testers when CI is introduced; and how CI helps testers.

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