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Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps Conference East 2017

BSE Testing A Business-First Approach to DevOps Implementation

DevOps is a cultural shift aimed at streamlining intergroup communication and improving operational efficiency for development and operations groups. Over time, inclusion of other IT groups under the DevOps umbrella has become the norm for many organizations. But even broadening the...

Leon Fayer

BSE Testing A Lean Tour of Lean Software Development

Lean software development has been described as “better, faster, cheaper” and focused on “eliminating waste,” but those are misnomers. Going after speed improvement and waste elimination can actually reduce the benefits you might otherwise get from lean. Ken Pugh describes what lean...

Ken Pugh

BSE Testing Agile Performance Holarchy (APH)—A Model for Scaling Agile Teams

A hierarchy is an organizational network that has a top and a bottom, and where position is determined by rank, importance, and value. A holarchy is a network that has no top or bottom and where each person’s value derives from his ability, rather than position. As more companies seek the...

Jeff Dalton

STARCANADA 2017 - Software Testing Conference

STARCANADA Testing A Journey from DevOps to DevTestOps: Infusing Continuous Quality

As companies realize the need for rapid application development, they are embracing DevOps methodologies. But implementing DevOps practices without establishing a culture of quality often results in lower quality software or a poor customer experience, which impacts the business bottom line.

Gajan Pathmanathan

STARCANADA Testing Accessibility Standards and Testing Techniques: Be Inclusive or Be Left Behind

While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility for a wider spectrum of users—including the blind—and their interfaces is being required by law across more jurisdictions, testing for it remains limited, naïve, and too late. The consequences of staying ignorant include...

David Best

STARCANADA Testing Amp Up Your Testing by Harnessing Test Data

The data tsunami is coming—or maybe it’s already here. Data science, big data, and machine learning are the buzzwords of the day. Data is changing our products and the way we build them, so we should also change the way we verify our products. In a world of increasing connectivity and...

Steve Rowe

STARWEST 2017 - Software Testing Conference

STARWEST Testing A Shift in Mindset: From Finding Defects to Preventing Them

Although most software companies have adopted agile development, many still treat quality assurance as something that gets handled when coding is finished and ready for test. However, practicing this reactive approach to quality costs teams in rework, context switching, slower code release...

Oscar Gracia and Geordie Speake

STARWEST Testing A Three-Tier Load Testing Program Saved Our Bacon

Ensuring a website will scale with excellent performance under peak levels of load is no easy task. Any number of problems can occur—from switch hardware failure to third party service outages, to a poor choice of algorithms or memory use in the code. Melissa Chawla describes Shutterfly's...

Melissa Chawla

STARWEST Testing Agile Testing at Scale

Mary Thorn has had the opportunity in the past twenty years to work at many startups, creating several QA/test departments from scratch. For the past ten years, she has done this in agile software companies. Recently Mary moved from leading small agile test organizations to leading a large...

Mary Thorn

Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps Conference West 2017

Agile DevOps Adapting Your Organization and Teams for Agile

As more and more companies and teams transform to agile, the challenges become more diverse and affect how teams execute and the personal careers/ambitions of team members. Agile transformation poses challenges that span product architectures, products modularization, execution velocity...

Nir Szilagyi

Agile DevOps Agile at the Intersection of Mobile, Cloud, and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be a $1.7 trillion market by 2020. Don MacIntyre explains how agile is being used in Internet of Things systems—often combined with mobile and cloud technologies. Don reviews how agile is successfully being used today in a wide range of development...

Don MacIntyre

Agile DevOps Agile Leadership Strategies: Winning the War on Complexity

Development teams are at war with complexity. A solo programmer's craft is difficult enough, but team development adds more volatility and ambiguity—what the U.S. military calls “the fog of war.” Derek Wade’s background in cognitive science has shown him that humans have innate skills at...

Derek W. Wade

STAREAST 2017 - Software Testing Conference

STAREAST Testing Adapting Test Teams to Organizational Power Structures

Scapegoats, spin-doctors, white knights, and sycophants—have you found your test team playing these roles? Organizations, both large and small, often have distinct cultures and power structures with significant but insidious impact on how individual testers and teams are expected to operate.

John Hazel

STAREAST Testing Agile Testing at Scale

Over the past twenty years, Mary Thorn has had the opportunity to work at many startups, creating several QA/test departments from scratch. For the past ten years, she has done this in agile software companies. Recently Mary moved from leading small agile test organizations to leading a...

Mary Thorn

STAREAST Testing AI and Machine Learning for Testers

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most important technology for software testers to understand today. All software will soon have AI-powered components, and they are unlike anything you’ve ever tested before. As risky as AI can be, it is a powerful weapon for testers to solve some of...

Jason Arbon

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