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Fuzz Testing for Fun and Profit[presentation]
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A test is no better than the data that drives it. Fuzz testing is a great way to find buggy, exploitable, or otherwise bad code – and if you’re working with a native application that operates on file input, it’s a solved problem. Grab AFL or some other all-in-one suite, hit go, and profit!

Melissa Benua
Conquering the Testing Challenges of Serverless Applications[presentation]
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Serverless cloud applications are becoming mainstream. Teams focus on developing and deploying code on a known technology stack and runtime, with fixed interfaces for application, database, and network, and they offer lower costs, faster development, and elastic growth.

Peter Varhol
Metal gears 6 Steps for Succeeding with Test Automation in Agile[article]

Lots of test automation efforts in agile software development fail, or at least do not maximize their potential. This article looks at two main reasons test automation may not live up to the expectations that testers and other stakeholders in the agile development process have, then outlines six steps to avoid falling into these traps. Here's how to succeed with test automation in an agile environment.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
STARCANADA 2019 Conscious Curiosity: The Key To Innovation[presentation]
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Jessie will share her innate and learned curiosity, and how it fueled her exploration of the subject. She will walk you through how she has learned to ask more inquisitive questions, looks for new and different ways to connect people, and connect the dots between ideas.

Jessie Shternshus
STARCANADA 2019 The Lazy Student’s Guide to Test Automation[presentation]
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Do you loathe regression? Do you tire of the repetitive tasks that are part of your product's lifecycle? If you do, then you might be lazy like Chris Loder. Since his Grade 4 teacher wrote “Chris is lazy” on his report card, it has become his way of life.

Chris Loder
STARCANADA 2019 A Framework for the Whole Team to Own Quality[presentation]
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In this practical and inspiring talk, Jess Ingrassellino will share how she developed collaborative test charters when she started working as the first exploratory tester at Salesforce.org.

Dr. Jess Ingrassellino
Integration overview path Who Should Set Up Continuous Integration for Automated Tests?[article]

If you want to trigger long-running, end-to-end automated tests, you must integrate the test execution system with the continuous integration system. But this job falls in a fuzzy area that meets at the nexus of feature development, test automation development, quality assurance, and build and release engineering. Here's how to decide who should be responsible for the setup.

Ajeet Dhaliwal's picture Ajeet Dhaliwal
Wendy Siew Wen Chin and Heng Kar Lau Marrying AI with Software Testing: An Interview with Wendy Siew Wen Chin and Heng Kar Lau[interview]
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In this interview, Wendy Siew Wen Chin and Heng Kar Lau, from Intel, discuss their STARWEST presentation, “Marrying Artificial Intelligence with Software Testing: Challenges and Opportunities.” They discuss their experiences with AI, their first STARWEST conference, and some of the differences they have observed between testing practices in Malaysia, their home country, and the United States.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Arrow pointing to the right Shifting Right Offers New Possibilities for Agile and DevOps Teams[article]

The shift-right concept originates from testing. But agile and DevOps teams also can use it to improve their systems and service to the client. However, there is a complicating factor: Different people have different explanations for what shifting right is. Let’s look at the different forms of shifting right, what the potential benefits are, and who should ideally be involved in your shift-right process.

Peter Varhol and Gerie Owens What Testers Can Learn from Airline Safety Improvements: An Interview with Peter Varhol and Gerie Owens[interview]
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Technologist and evangelist Peter Varhol and Gerie Owens, a test architect and certified ScrumMaster, discuss their STARWEST presentation, “What Aircrews Can Teach Testers about Testing.” They talk about how testers can apply airline safety practices to their teams’ delivery of high-quality applications through complementary expertise, collaboration, and decision-making. They also explain how blind deference to authority and automation can be detrimental to a testing team, and how to use everyone’s skills to achieve success.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Dona Sarkar The Glamour Is Back in Testing: An Interview with Dona Sarkar[interview]
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In this interview, Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider Program at Microsoft, speaks about how the initiative allows them to get user feedback before final release. She highlights the importance of getting out in the field to understand your users’ experiences and the difficulties they encounter. Dona also discusses the evolution of the testing role, saying she anticipates that in the near future, testers will have their moment.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Storytelling in the Age of AI[presentation]
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People are actively engaging in civic tech, social robots are tweeting, and veteran storytellers are capturing stories in new ways using virtual and augmented reality. This explosion of tools, sources, voices, and data is indicative of a new, more collaborative era for storytelling.

Davar Ardalan
Fun as a Productivity Tool[presentation]
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We should all just be professionals and do our jobs, right? There's no need for fun at work as long as everyone comes in and does their hours, right? As long as we have our processes to cover the work needed, we're good, right? Wrong!

Kristoffer Nordström
Making the Career Transition from Software Testing to Data Science[presentation]
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A decade ago Microsoft had over twelve thousand full-time testers, and when you added up all the contract and outsourced testers too, there were more software test engineers than developers.

Ken Johnston
QADevSecOps: Leading a Quality-Driven DevOps Transformation[presentation]
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Have you wondered where QA professionals fit into a DevSecOps transformation? Stacy Kirk thinks they should champion the transformation.

Stacy Kirk

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