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Accelerate SF Livestream – Continuous Testing Insights

Software testing leaders from around the world will be gathering in San Francisco’s Union Square on May 22-23 to discuss what’s needed to meet the changing expectations associated with digital transformation. With over 2 days of continuous testing sessions—often with 4 tracks running in parallel and events from morning to late night— Accelerate 2019 is bound to be an unforgettable Continuous Testing immersion experience.

This year’s highlights include:

  • The Next Great Debate, “AI: You Can’t Handle the Truth!” where a panel of industry leaders explore whether AI is a dream or a nightmare for software testers
  • The “Automation Imperative” CIO panel with executives from BNP Paribas and T-Mobile
  • Be Agile – hack your space, Steelcase’s unique take on accelerating Agile transformations via spatial re-design
  • Software testing insights from Ash Coleman, Paul Grizzaffi, Keith Klain, Adam Satterfield, and leaders from Merck, Disney Streaming, Chick-fil-A, Fannie Mae, Spotify, Nationwide, Toyota, Tasktop, and more

If you can’t make it in person, don’t despair. We’re confident that the Accelerate live stream will give you a taste of what you’re missing— from a Continuous Testing perspective at least. Although we can’t beam you into things like our evening event at 620 Jones, we will be bringing a steady stream of Continuous Testing sessions straight to your desktop (or mobile or tablet).  Just register for the Accelerate livestream, and tune in on May 22 and 23.

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Here’s a sneak peek at some of the sessions we’re planning to livestream. We’re still finalizing timing and adding sessions, so check back for updates and air times.

The Great Debate – AI: You Can’t Handle the Truth!  

Are AI-based testing technologies a dream or nightmare for professional software testers? How much testing can (and should) we delegate to AI? What are the true benefits…and risks? Join us for a lively panel discussion where Wolfgang Platz (Tricentis Founder and Chief Strategy Officer), Jeff Wilkinson (Managing Director of Accenture), and other industry leaders debate these and other AI-focused topics that are currently polarizing the software testing industry. 

When You Say Context, Does That Include Me? | Ash Coleman, Credit Karma 

The notion of Context Driven Testing has spawned conversations about how much context is valuable… but software testers tend to focus mostly on context in testing. We very rarely extend our thinking about context beyond our test strategy. Have we ever sat back and thought, how much of this context is about me? Come explore the context of the individual as it pertains to the overall quality of the product.  

Automation @ the Speed of Change | Wolfgang Platz, Tricentis

Digital transformation is driving unprecedented change across the enterprise. In this keynote, Wolfgang Platz, Tricentis Founder and Chief Product Officer, explores the latest trends, best practices, and technologies that will help you keep pace with rapidly-evolving business expectations. 

Hunting Sasquatch: Finding Intermittent Issues Using Periodic Automation | Paul Grizzaffi, Magenic

In American folklore, Sasquatch is an elusive, ape-like creature infrequently seen at the boundaries of wilderness and civilization. In the software realm, we have our own version of Sasquatch: that irritating, difficult-to-find intermittent issue occurring in a complex system. In this session, Paul will explain how applying the concept of periodic automation can increase your chances of hunting down these elusive targets, using real-world examples from his own experience. You’ll learn the basics of applying periodic automation to find issues outside of typical event boundaries, how the approach relates to High-Volume Automated Testing (HiVAT) and how it can help you avoid desensitization to failures. 

University of You: A Plan to Learn Quality of the Future  | Adam Satterfield, Anthem 

Are you just surviving these days? How can you thrive in a market of rapidly changing technologies? Adam, director of testing and quality at Anthem, will walk you through the plans and lessons he has learned while training testers to adapt to ever-changing technologies. You will learn why it is important to have a clear vision and goals and how to thrive instead of just survive. 

Leading Culture Change in the Age of Digital Disruption | Tim Merkle, Steelcase 

Digital has intensified pressure on companies across all industries—even Steelcase, a 107-year old furniture manufacturer. As their customers, dealers, and employees deepen their desire for improved digital experiences, Steelcase positioned itself to lead digital culture transformation. To start, their Grand Rapids, Michigan IT team began rapidly prototyping to transform People, Process, and Place…including spatial re-design. Join Steelcase CIO Tim Merkle to learn how they are inspiring and uniting their global IT team with a culture that supports employee engagement and digital transformation through increased delivery velocity. 

CIO Panel: The Automation Imperative | BNP Pariabas, T-Mobile

The speed of business change is relentless. Get top CIOs’ perspective on why automation is key for innovating rapidly while continuously driving operational efficiencies.   

Tomorrow’s Tester: The Evolution of Work |  Jeff Wilkinson, Accenture 

The testing industry is flooded with doomsday predictions: “The TCoE is dead! Testers will not be needed in the future! Robots will replace testers!” While there is no question that today’s technologies have driven the evolution of the job, it is increasingly evident that successfully leveraging them will only extend the need for skilled testers. We are rapidly infusing bots, artificial intelligence and machine learning into quality processes – but doing so meaningfully requires a sound quality strategy and skilled testers at the helm. Join us to explore what all this means for the future of testing and what today’s testers must do in order to stay relevant. 

Open Source Testing – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly | Elise Carmichael, Tricentis

At some point, we all commit to automating some of the riskiest use cases because…let’s be honest…something bad happened in production. But how do you proceed? Do you standardize your projects and teams on a single framework or framework style such as BDD? Do you let each team do what they think is best? How will you maintain this new behemoth that you’re about to create? Learn how to answer these and other critical “getting started” questions—as well as track the KPIs vital for demonstrating the ROI on your automation investment.

Toyota Motor North America’s Cloud Load Testing Approach | Neeraj Tripathi & Hector Martinez, Toyota & Kevin Dunne, Tricentis

Toyota provides innovate and collaborative solutions to drive Built-in-Quality. Their teams address multiple types of applications in an agile environment with extremely high enterprise standards. Learn how they shifted their traditional performance engineering into an agile approach that emphasizes efficiency and adaptability.