If you’re already in Orlando Florida for StarEast, you can look forward to 100+ great sessions from industry luminaries such as Angie Jones and Michael Bolton, a full-day Testing & Quality Leadership Summit, tutorials that take deep dives the latest trends as well as testing fundamentals, Women Who Test, and countless networking opportunities. Be sure to kick off the main event with the poolside Testing Heroes party Tuesday at 4:30 pm, followed by a 7:00 am Wednesday bonus session on Software Testing—Reinvented for DevOps…and espresso drinks made-to-order at the Tricentis booth when you need a pick up after a fun night + early morning.
Even if you can’t make it to Orlando this year, you don’t have to miss out. Techwell is making two full days of selected sessions and insightful interviews available on a livestream. From the comfort of your desk, you can tune in to 12 sessions and 19 interviews. [register for the livestream]
Don’t have time to binge watch software testing insights all day Wednesday and Thursday? Here are our top picks for your watchlist:
Beyond Coding: Test Automation as Art
Thursday 4:15-5:15 EDT
The rise of test automation is changing the testing landscape as organizations urgently accelerate their automation goals. As demand for automation increases, those accountable for testing roles are learning to write code, but few are learning the skills that support the creation of truly useful automated assets. Just as using a paintbrush does not make an artist, writing code does not make an engineer. Without a wider perspective, we can end up with test automation frameworks and tests that are inefficient and difficult to maintain. As a test practice manager at a major financial institution, Katrina Clokie has experience defining and implementing enterprise test automation strategy. Join Katrina as she challenges us to step back from coding and think about the bigger picture. Discover how to effectively evaluate existing test automation assets, define a vision for automation, collaborate on creating innovative automation solutions, apply automated visual regression, establish coding dojos, and develop and maintain stable automated suites.
AI in Software Testing: Will a Bot Steal Your Spot?
Wednesday 1:45-2:30 EDT
Artificial intelligence has only just matured to a point where its applications to software testing are starting to be explored. And a few years down the line, it’s likely that AI will become integrated into every part of the testing lifecycle. This session draws the journey between those two points and investigates whether AI is helping testing teams delivery quality feedback, and to what extent. We’ll run through some of the areas of testing AI could help with; for example, test strategy optimization, automated test design, test case generation, and redundancy reduction in test portfolios. In each case, we will discuss whether AI should be applied, and look at under-researched aspects of testing that AI could assist with. This session will give you a better understanding of:
- Where AI can be applied most quickly, and for the biggest impact
- Whether AI will amplify or replace a tester’s role
- What testers should do next to prepare for advances in AI
Cutting through the Hype around Continuous Testing
Wednesday 10:00-11:00 EDT
There is a lot of hype around continuous testing these days. It seems like every product vendor has a continuous testing product and every consulting company has a continuous testing practice. But what exactly is continuous testing? And how is it different from what we’ve been doing in testing for the past several decades? Join Jeffrey Payne as he discusses what continuous testing is all about and how today’s organizations are leveraging it to improve their quality. Learn what tools and techniques enable continuous testing, and examine the pros and cons of moving toward a more continuous testing process. You’ll take home valuable insights into the future of software testing, both manual and automated, as well as how to get started doing continuous testing for your projects.
Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
Seretta Gamba, Bob Galen, Angie Jones, Jason Arbon, Isabel Evans, Dorothy Graham, Tariq King, Adam Auerbach, and Lloyd Roden
Wednesday 4:15-5:15 EDT
Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation. And now, lightning has struck the STAR keynotes. Some of the best-known experts in testing will step up to the podium and give you their best shot of lightning. Get multiple keynote presentations for the price of one—and have some fun at the same time.
Creative Trespassing: Sneak More Imagination into Your Work and Get More Done
Wednesday 8:30-9:45 EDT
After years of smuggling creativity into the corporate sector without getting busted, Tania Katan has learned that we don’t need to be in a job that is distinctly creative in order to be distinctly creative in our job. In fact, no matter how tedious the task or how buttoned-up the office environment, we can all learn to conjure imagination anywhere, anytime, by choosing to stand out rather than fit in. Join Tania for some hilarious stories, wacky exercises for flexing your creative muscles, and engaging ideas like “Fire Hierarchy” and “Transform the Norm.” You will leave with tools and strategies for taking more creative risks, leading with more imagination, and embracing obstacles as an opportunity to accelerate growth, and you’ll gain the ability to find inspiration where others see only