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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.