OnlineTestConf Day 2022 – Program

Sessions Line-up

November 29th

05:00-05:15 AM EST 
11:00-11:15 AM CET

Introduction – Welcome to Fall OTC

05:15-6:00 AM EST 
11:15-12:00 AM CET

Who Tests The Tests? Mutation Testing for UI Automation

Session with Louise Gibbs

Automated tests provide an additional safety net, alerting us to any unintended failures introduced because of a recent change. If a test fails when it should pass, then time is wasted investigating an issue that doesn’t exist and the organization loses faith in them. If a test passes when it should fail, then a critical bug might get released and the team.

As Testers, we would never let a new feature get released without first testing it. Automated tests are software applications in their own right and should be treated that way. This means that all new tests should be rigorously tested the same way a new feature might be rigorously tested.

Mutation testing is typically used for verifying the feedback of unit tests. It involves making changes to the source code, which should cause the unit tests to fail. Similar methods can be used to assess the quality of UI Automated tests.

In this talk, I will discuss methods for testing UI Automated tests that help reduce the risk of false positives, test flakiness, and wasted time in test runs.

Louise GibbsLouise is a Senior Automation Tester at PebblePad. Her main job is to review and maintain the automated tests that are run overnight and investigate the causes of any failures. She has also worked for companies in the e-commerce, scientific research, and automotive industries, and runs a personal blog at, where she talks about her experiences as a software tester. She enjoys improving her testing skills and her main method for achieving this is by speaking to other Testers and discussing ideas.

6:15-7:00 AM EST 
12:15-13:00 PM CET

Get Your Test Strategy Set

Session with Varuna Srivastava

In this session, Varuna will share a specific case study of how an effective test strategy can get away from Push and Pray deployment to Continuous and Confident deployment to production.

Participate in this talk to learn:

1. How to form a core team to define the external and internal strategy?

2. How to apply recursive feedback and updated the strategy when and required after a production release?

3. Internal Test Strategy: A strategy within a Team of the same vertical as checkout API and UI

4. External Test Strategy: An end-to-end test strategy of a product

5. How does it help in getting away from Push and Pray deployment to Continuous and Confident deployment to production?

Varuna is a technical tester who’s worked on award-winning projects across a wide variety of technology sectors, including retail, travel, financial, and the public sector, and worked with various web, mobile, and IoT technologies. Varuna is a passionate advocate of shipping quality code to production using agile practices. When not working, Varuna likes to get her hands dirty experimenting with her culinary skills. Most of her weekends are spent in “cook-ography”—cooking plus photography!

7:15-8:00 AM EST 
13:15-14:00 PM CET

A test management tool for everyone

Session with Gagandeep (Gagan) Sharma

The test management tools we were using were giving us troubles. Especially when it came to catering to all the stakeholders. It was also difficult to scale up and down, when needed. 

We then moved to PractiTest which is full Saas and supports Agile/waterfall and integrated with Jira and Automation well and have never looked back. This session will focus on how we made the shift and upscaled to an ene-to-end test management tool, the benefits, the challenges and the successful results.

Gagandeep (Gagan) Sharma

My name is Gagan, I live in Utrecht, Netherlands, with my beautiful wife and a 4 years old daughter. Currently working for a coffee and tea giant, my role is Global IT Quality and Automation manager, I cover a wide portfolio of Testing practices, Test management Tooling, Automation testing, Test factory, Performance testing, security testing, CICD, and RPA. Working with onsite and offshore teams, based in Netherlands, India and the Philippines. Support projects and teams spread across the globe in 39 countries. On the way, learning new things every day which keeps me active and updated.

8:15-9:00 AM EST 
14:15-15:00 PM CET

Try not to laugh – a testers fail compilation 

Session with Anssi Lehtelä

During my almost 20 years of career in software development, I have seen and committed a lot of failures. Actually, my whole career started from one 🙂

In this session, I will share the worst, most embarrassing, and most educational fails I have done or seen during my career, from areas like working hands dirty in production, missing and creating bugs, failing in project work – and more.

Welcome to my very own fail compilation.

Anssi has been failing in software development as a QA and way of working specialist for nearly 20 years. Outside he likes to fail in playing football, and when spending time with his family and friends.

9:15-10:00 AM EST 
15:15-16:00 PM CET

9 out of 10 testers think onboarding at a new job sucks

A panel session with Sanne Visser, Chris Armstrong, Hanna Schlander, Shey Crompton and Veerle Verhagen

Onboarding is the process of introducing a newly hired tester to the team and organisation. It is an essential part of helping new testers understand their new role and job requirements. Despite its importance, it’s very frequently a horrible experience for us and a period we need to survive through instead of a time period that sets us up for success.We will vent and rant about:
  • Missing managers during onboarding
  • Unorganized onboarding
  • No access or accounts on day one
  • No overlap/handover with the previous person in the role
  • Too much information leading to overload.
Join us for the panel about the bad, worst and most atrocious onboardings we experienced and maybe you can avoid some of these pitfalls.


Sanne Visser
Sanne Visser, Agile Test Coach


chris armstrong
Chris Armstrong, QA Strategy Consultant 


hannah schlander
Hanna Schlander,Quality Catalyst
Shey Crompton
Shey Crompton, Senior Quality Engineer 


Veerle Verhagen, Quality Engineer

10:15-11:00 AM EST 
16:15-17:00 PM CET

How to not waste time

Session with Huib Schoots

Personal stories on how many testers waste a considerable amount of time!

I have seen testers waste a lot of time. In this interactive talk, I am sharing some stories and we’ll discuss how to not waste your valuable time!

Do you recognize the feeling that you could have tested more or you could have spent your time doing more valuable things? I do! This talk was inspired by my marvel and my frustration that we waste a lot of time on unimportant things in testing. I want to create insight into how testers often waste their valuable time. Organizations want to speed up their product delivery and they should stay ahead of the competition. So not wasting time is essential and will help the team tremendously. I’ll share my ideas on how we can reduce waste and spend our time on activities that add value.

Huib Schoots

I’m Huib Schoots, nice to meet you. My personal mission is shaping better people and software quality by connecting, innovating, facilitating, coaching, enabling, and teaching.

I’m fascinated by mindset, thinking, behavior, and collaboration. I’m active in many communities. I’m a humanist, servant leader, open, direct, creative, idea generator, result-driven, humor, problem solver, curious, confronting, critical thinker, passionate and energetic, lifelong learner, entrepreneurial, analytic, and continuous (world) improver.

I like hanging out with friends, trombone in a brass band, board & computer games, LEGO, photography, running, beer brewing, magic tricks, traveling, and reading.

I work as a Managing consultant & Quality Coach at, Agile Test Expert at, and organizer of

11:15-12:00  EST 
17:15-18:00 PM CET

Test manager, orchestrator or quality coach?

Session with Gitte Ottosen

For some years we have been talking about the role of the tester, and how it should/might change in the light of new ways of delivering software – with agile, scaled agile, DevOps, etc. But the role of the test manager is changing too, and is being questioned in some situations – should the role exist anymore? For some, the traditional test management role is still 100% relevant (I have recently been in such a context myself), but for many of us, the test manager role is transitioning from the traditional test management role to a role focusing on orchestration and quality coaching.

So, if you haven’t done so already, maybe it’s time to consider questions such as:
Do I have the competencies to coach my team in tests?
How do I support the team in the focus on continuous quality assurance?
How do I ensure that we have the proper focus on value while testing?
Ask these questions while recognizing that a test strategy is still essential, and that especially in a scaled context, someone still needs to orchestrate tests for the solution end-to-end, and also focus on ensuring that dependencies across teams are addressed.

This presentation will take you through some of the competencies needed to be a good-quality orchestrator and quality coach, focusing on both the soft and hard skills which will help you be the best possible support
to your team/project/train.

Key Learnings
1. Discover how to draw skills from different aspects of testing
2. Learn how to be a Quality Coach
3. Understand the skills you need to succeed in test Management

Gitte Ottosen

Gitte Ottosen is a test manager and agile/quality coach with a strong focus on a value driven approach to software development. She has more than twenty years of experience in IT, primarily within test, along with test management and process improvement, in both traditional and agile contexts.

The last fifteen years she has primarily worked within an agile context, focusing on supporting a quality mindset across teams and organizations, and improving the processes for some of the largest international companies in Denmark.

As a self-confessed test and agile evangelist who preaches the need for a strong quality and value driven focus. Gitte is a dedicated trainer within the areas of agile and test, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

12:15-13:00 PM EST 
18:15-19:00 PM CET

Feature Flags – The Good, The Bad, and How to Prevent The Ugly

Session with Jeff Sing

More and more companies are using Feature Flags to get all types of changes – new features, configuration changes, bug fixes, and experiments – into production in a safer, faster, and most importantly, sustainable way.

Software companies that shift to deploying with Feature Flags benefit from low-risk releases, faster time to market, higher quality, and happier teams. Sounds great right? But what happens when your system isn’t implemented correctly, or worse, tested properly?

This talk takes you on a journey of why teams use Progressive Delivery and the path from basic to advanced feature flag usage.

Session Takeaways:

– Make sure you build the right product and build the product right!

– How to decide what testing strategies should be implemented (how to set up your unit test, end-to-end automation, etc)

– What tactics are most effective for keeping your implementation healthy and effective (feature flag governance!).

Jeff Sing is a Quality Leader who has been in the testing industry for over 15 years. During this time, he has built automation frameworks, test strategies, and executed quality initiatives for fields such as medical devices, infrastructure security, web identification, marketing tech, and experimentation and progressive delivery.

Jeff is currently the Sr Engineering Manager at Iterable where he is leading the Quality Engineering organization that orchestrates Iterable’s quality control plan utilizing a combination of automated testing, implementing QA procedures, and acting as Iterable’s customer experience champion to ensure Iterable remains the world’s leading customer engagement platform. He also has built and leads Iterable’s Engineering Operations Team which runs the services and programs to systematically improve effectiveness and productivity across the engineering organization as it scales.

13:15-14:00 PM EST 
19:15-20:00 PM CET

The Aztec Automation Pyramid of Sacrifices – Why you may have been sacrificing your QA teams

Session with Leandro Melendez (Señor Performo)

The days of just one type of automations for all QA endeavors are gone.
Our applications have evolved from bulky monoliths to modern applications tiered in services, spread over the cloud, and even with the capacity to expand.  On top of that, our teams are caught up in hyper-fast release cycles that require us to change how we do things. Especially those QA things called automation. In other words, we must rethink how, how much, and where we do those automation things.

In this fun presentation, Leandro will show the audience the principles of the automation pyramid with a set of fun analogies that will help the audience understand the importance of the pyramid.
At the same time, they will learn its principles to avoid wasteful behaviors that only bring tiredness, sweat, tears, and even blood.
Organizations may have been sacrificing their teams by not following the pyramid.

Overall, the audience will have lots of fun learning from these examples taking away multiple great ideas on how, where, and how much to automate QA on their projects.

– Understand the importance of sticking to the pyramid when automating QA tests.
– Examples on automating at different levels of the pyramid
– List of tools per tier of the pyramid
– Fun ways to explain to your team and management

Leandro Melendez

Leandro is a performance testing advocate with K6-Grafana helping everyone to ramp up on their performance practices.
He has over 20 years of experience in IT and over 10 in the performance testing practice where he served multiple S&P500 customers all over the USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, India, Austria, etc.
Author of the popular performance testing blog Señor Performo ( ) where he curates a diverse set of learning material for performance testers and engineers.

He is an international public speaker participating in multiple conferences, events and webinars, with keynotes, workshops and multiple talks on his belt.
And last, author of “The Hitchhikers Guide To Load Testing Projects”, a fun walkthrough that will guide you through the phases or levels of an IT load testing project.

14:15-15:00 PM EST 
20:15-21:00 PM CET

Align Testing with Business by Shifting Left & Right

Session with Joel Montvelisky

Joel Montvelisky

Joel Montvelisky is a Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect at PractiTest.

Joel has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager and Director, and a Consultant for companies in Israel, the US and the EU. Joel is a Forbes council member, a blogger and is constantly imparting webinars on a number of testing and Quality Related topics.

In addition, Joel is the founder and Chair of the OnlineTestConf, the co-founder of the State of Testing survey and report and a Director at the Association of Software Testing.

Joel is a seasond conference speaker worldwide, among them the STAR Conferences, STPCon, JaSST, TestLeadership Conf, CAST, QA&Test, and more.

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Strategies for Establishing an Effective Testing Center of Excellence (TCOE)

Explore the establishment and administration of a Testing Center of Excellence (TCOE), aimed at elevating the efficiency and quality of software testing within your organization.

Throughout this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a comprehensive grasp of TCOE principles, strategies, and industry-leading practices.
  2. Acquire practical insights into effective leadership, standardization, and collaborative approaches.
  3. Recognize the significance of metrics and the continuous improvement process within the TCOE framework.
  4. Learn to maintain a customer-centric focus while implementing cost-effective test management solutions.

About Mohita Prasad

Mohita is a Senior Principal Consultant at AST. She leads the Testing COE team for her organization and is responsible for end-to-end test management of AST projects across multiple business units of AST.

Mohita lives in Chicago and has been in AST for over 4.5 years. She has been responsible for standardizing the testing process across the organization.

She holds an MBA in Information Technology and Finance from Mumbai, India. She is passionate about testing, and standardization.

She enjoys speaking at testing conferences and likes to bring the best of testing from the tech world to AST.

The future of Test Management: What You Should Know

Today, we approach testing differently than we did 5 or 10 years ago. The way we test 5 years from now will also be different from today. What will change? Our tools, how we interact with our development peers and especially our users, the way we deploy software, how we fix things in production, and the list goes on…

In this session, we’ll discuss what the future holds and understand how these changes will impact both the challenges and requirements of testing. Armed with these insights, you’ll be able to begin preparing for the future, improve your virtual skill toolbox, and ensure you’ll be ready to meet new testing challenges head-on.

About Joel Montvelisky

Joel Montvelisky is the Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect at PractiTest. Joel has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager, Director, and Consultant for companies in Israel, the US, and the EU. Joel is a Forbes Council member and popular blogger. He consistently leads webinars on a number of testing and quality-related topics.

In addition, Joel is the Founder and Chair of the OnlineTestConf, the Co-Founder of the State of Testing Survey and Report, and a Director at the Association of Software Testing. He is a seasoned conference speaker worldwide, including the STAR Conferences, STPCon, JaSST, TestLeadership Conf, CAST, QA&Test, and more.

Transforming QA With AI-Driven Test Management

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, the role of Quality Assurance (QA) is more critical than ever. This presentation delves into the transformative power of AI-driven Test Management, exploring how cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies are reshaping the QA process.

About Ido Tandy

Ido Tandy is the director of product management in PractiTest.
He has an extensive product experience from various sectors.
Ido started his career in development and managed both developers and testers.

Fast-Tracking Project Delivery: Tips from a Recovering Perfectionist

Software testing can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be. In this engaging workshop, you’ll gain invaluable insights into revolutionizing your software testing process.
You’ll walk away with new strategies on:
  • Making it easier for testers to find bugs and report them in a way that’s clear and concise, so developers can get back to work faster
  • Giving developers the ability to see what the next steps are when a bug is reported, so they don’t have to waste time hunting for information
  • Tracking all bugs and fixes in one place, so you don’t lose sight of anything
  • Giving all project stakeholders – testers, developers, QA managers, and more – access to the same information, so they all “speak the same language”
Take it from a recovering perfectionist. Smoother, faster, and more efficient software delivery is right around the corner.

About Antony Lipman

Antony Lipman is the Customer Success and Training Manager at PractiTest. He has over 20 years of experience in managing customer relationships across a variety of industries. Antony provides customers with continuous training aimed at sharpening their testing expertise to help maximize their PractiTest value. Prior to joining PractiTest, Antony held positions in adult education, consulting, and the nonprofit sector, eventually transitioning into the technology space. He enjoys meeting customers face-to-face and helping them find unique solutions to complex challenges.

Bad Tests Running Wild: Concurrency, Test Data, and Low Human Interaction in Test Automation

Think running concurrent automated test scripts in a CI/CD pipeline is as easy as just clicking that run-in-parallel checkbox? If so, you’re likely in for a struggle. Join us to hear about data, threading, and low human interaction considerations that can help you be successful when parallelizing.

About Paul Grizzaffi

As a Senior Automation Architect at Vaco, Paul Grizzaffi is following his passion for providing technology solutions to testing, QE, and QA organizations, including automation assessments, implementations, and through activities benefiting the broader testing community. An accomplished keynote speaker and writer, Paul has spoken at national conferences and meetings. He’s a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance (STQA) at UT Dallas where he is a frequent guest lecturer. When not spouting 80s metal lyrics, Paul enjoys sharing his experiences and learnings from other testing professionals.

API Testing within CI/CD

API Testing has been a challenge for Testers and tools like Postman have made this task easier thanks to the manual creation of request collections. But how can we set up API automated tests using Postman and launch these tests in containers? Not only that but integrate them into our CI/CD pipelines.

In this workshop, you will explore 3 key points in automating API tests with usual tools like Postman: that is, the creation of automated tests from Postman, how to run your request collections and their automated tests using Docker as well as the appropriate containers for them and how API tests are integrated into a CI/CD pipeline in a simple way using GitlabCI.

About Fran Guerrero

Fran is an Agile ISTQB-certified specialist with more than 12 years of experience in the Quality Assurance field. He implements testing processes, QA strategies, and innovative tools, and builds strong relationships across all teams.

From time to time, Fran enjoys speaking at QA-related forums on topics that include Agile Testing, Test Automation, and DevOps CI/CD methodologies.

The Path to Stable Mental Health

Discover the keys to heightened productivity and well-being in this workshop. In our hectic lives, managing work and personal responsibilities often leads to burnout and a lack of accomplishment. Distractions at work and home contribute to this struggle.

Drawing from personal experience, I’ll share practical mindfulness techniques and productivity hacks to break the cycle of demotivation and exhaustion. Learn how to navigate unnecessary meetings, manage emails efficiently, and employ strategies like the Focus Funnel and Deep Work for optimal performance. This workshop offers real-life examples and videos to guide you toward becoming your best self both professionally and personally. Prioritize your mental health now to avoid burnout – let me show you how.

About Raj Subrameyer

Raj Subrameyer is a Senior QA Manager and Certified Tech Career and Leadership Coach helping people to land their dream job and become successful leaders. He is passionate about guiding professionals to maximize their opportunities and discover their zone of genius. He has given multiple TEDx talks and is a sought-after speaker at various conferences and has been featured in numerous TV news segments, podcasts and publications, including CBS, BBC, FOX, NPR, NBC, Entrepreneur, CEOWorld Magazine, CIO and Authority Magazine, Career Addict, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success and The Good Men Project. His areas of expertise include career advancement, leadership, motivation, productivity, mental health, diversity & inclusion, and entrepreneurship. In his spare time, he loves traveling and enjoying craft beer.

How to fast generate your API Test with OpenAPI Tools and Rest-Assured

API testing is, nowadays, a common activity for any team. Some still use record-and-play or tools that provide an IDE because it accelerates the test creation at the beginning, but in the mid to long term, it does not scale. Most of them have reasons: lack of programming skill, patterns, or simply time to do it.

In this workshop, you will learn how to speed up the API test automation using Java and Rest-Assured while the OpenAPI tools will create all the standard code to deal with the HTTP requests.

About Elias Nogueira

Elias is a Principal Engineer at Backbase with a background in software engineering, consulting, agile coaching, and tech lead. He helps software engineers to develop their quality mindset and deliver bug-free software. He specializes in Quality Engineering for backend, frontend, and mobile technologies. He’s a writer, and blogger, and loves to help the community by running meetups and sharing knowledge by giving presentations worldwide.

He’s also an Oracle ACE for Java, DevOps, and Cloud Native, Java Magazine NL editor, TDC Rockstar, and BrowserStack Champion.

The hunt for Bigfoot: A fully automated testing process (Spoiler Alert, it doesn't exist).

Fully automated testing is like Bigfoot. Everyone thinks they’ve seen it… But all they’ve seen is a blurry picture off in the woods. Automation has come a loooooong way, but you’ll always need some humans involved in your QA process.

Let’s discuss when to use automation, when to double down on manual testing, the top tools available today, and how to maximize your testing team’s strengths.

About Jay Aigner

Jay’s experience in software across almost all verticals, platforms, and ecosystems — paired with his unique experience in development, quality assurance, and product management — allows him to provide cutting-edge QA solutions for modern software platforms and teams. He founded JDAQA, an award-winning software quality assurance agency with over 60 high-caliber QA engineers and growing.

In 2016 he founded JDAQA to help startups with their testing. Today it’s grown into a software testing powerhouse elevating software quality across the US and internationally.

The fusion core of his life is his wife Amanda, their 5 children, and their dog Molly. He is also an avid astrophotographer, student pilot, electric skateboarder, and fisherman. He also hosts a podcast called The First Customer where he interviews founders about their business and how they got their first customer.

His company is part of the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PACT, and Philly Startup Leaders. He also speaks somewhat regularly about becoming an entrepreneur at TechElevator, a programmer bootcamp in Philly and Wilmington, Delaware.