Spring OnlineTestConf 2021 - Program

OTC Warm-up Talks

Come discuss different aspects of being a tester in these preliminary meetings with keynote speakers.

[Separate sign up for each discussion]


April 21 st

10:00-11:00 EDT 
16:00-17:00 CEST



Career advancement for tech professionals

Session with Raj Subrameyer

Unlearn everything you know about your career and jobs. It is time we adapt to the new normal.


You have worked in a company for over a decade. You have been loyal, faithful, and put in a lot of hard work to do your best job over the years. All of a sudden, things like COVID happens and you get laid off. Now what? How do you handle unexpected situations in your job and bounce back from it? The playing field is leveled now where people working for over 15 years got laid off along with those who have worked only for several months in companies. This is a common narrative we are hearing these days and people are starting to realize that, there is no stability in their careers and they have to start looking ahead to the future.


Come join this talk and open Q & A session, where I share my real-life experiences going through similar kinds of situations. Some of them include lack of motivation and guidance, high self-doubt, and low self-esteem, and having to apply for 1293 jobs during the 2008 recession. Yes, I said that right. Since then, I have discovered different strategies that have transformed mine and other people’s lives from a place of scarcity to abundance. In this talk, I will reveal the secrets to bounce back up and set yourself miles apart from the competition to thrive in the career you love under any circumstances. Reclaim your life and career, and start the transformation process right now.


Session Takeaways

– Different ways to identify your dream career and work towards it.
-How to be successful at work.
-Strategies to set us miles apart from our competition and get the career growth we deserve.


About Raj Subrameyer


Raj Subrameyer is an international keynote speaker, author, and tech career coach who helps people to land their dream job and become successful leaders. He has helped countless individuals discover their zone of genius and leverage it to live a life that they love.
He is a sought-after speaker at various conferences and has been featured in numerous podcast and publications, including Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success and The Good Men Project.
He is also the author of the new book – Skyrocket Your Career, in which Raj shares his real-life experience turning adversities into opportunities. He discusses practical strategies to find your dream job, be massively successful in it, and meet your rockstar potential – altogether setting you miles apart from your colleagues and competition.
In his spare time, he loves traveling with his family and discovering new experiences which includes craft beer. You can connect with him on twitter @epsilon11, or his website https://www.rajsubra.com.

April 27 th

10:00-11:00 EDT 
16:00-17:00 CEST



Talking to Developers about Testing

Session with Joel Montvelisky
As much as most of us are working Agile, and many of us are working DevOps, it is still challenging to engage your developers to take an active and willing part on the testing tasks of your team.    Some of the “blame” for this comes from cultural issues and bad habits on the side of our development peers, but many of the reasons for why developers do not test enough can be traced back to the behaviour of the testers in their teams.
In this session we will review why testers are to blame when developers do not test as much as they should within their teams, and understand how to change this approach.
Here are some of the topics to be covered on the session:
– The “Indispensable Tester” fallacy, and how this usually backfires on the QA Team
– Developing testing mindsets on every member of our team
– Shifting left and shifting right as the path to include everyone in the testing process
– The role of the Testing Architect.



About Joel Montvelisky


In addition to serving as PractiTest Architect Joel is also its QA Manager, and he has been working as a tester, QA manager, consultant, trainer and speaker for the last 20 years of his career.   During this time Joel managed QA teams and processes in companies such as Mercury Interactive (currently HP Enterprise), Cahoots, NewChanel, and more.Originally from Costa Rica, Joel currently resides in Israel, and you can read more about Joel’s views on testing from his professional QABlog – http://qablog.practitest.com/

May 5th

10:00-11:00 EDT 
16:00-17:00 CEST



How to create a test strategy that aligns to the business

Session with Rob Lambert

“In my experience, many test strategies are bloated, formulaic and devoid of commercial awareness. Templates, best practices and industry standards often guide testers and test managers to create boring, dull, test strategies that are hard to read and even harder to bring to life in the messy reality of work”.

In this talk Rob will explain how commercial awareness and business results should guide your strategy. How a strategy needs four key defining aspects and how the real strategy is not a document but the routines and behaviours of the whole team.

Strategies are hard but simple. They require clarity and study. Rob will explain how he uses A3 thinking to get started, how shunning the boring templates is a good thing and how to bring your strategy to life.



About Rob Lambert


Rob Lambert is the owner of Cultivated Management, a management training and consulting business for those new to the challenging world of management in the technology industry.

OTC Live Sessions - Day 1

10:15-11:00 EDT 

16:15-17:00 CEST


Improving Your Quality and Testing Skills with Gamification

Session with Ben Linders

So many challenges, so little time.
As testers we need to sharpen the saw, but how? Gamification can be a way to look at how you’re doing and find out where to improve. It’s a great way to have everyone involved and get the best out of people.

In this presentation, Ben Linders will play games with the Agile Testing Coaching Cards and Agile Quality Coaching Cards to show how you can explore your current quality and testing practice and decide in your team on what to improve or experiment with.

Players can use the coaching cards to discuss quality and testing values, principles, and practices. In teams, people can use the cards to share their experiences and learnings.

Different game formats can be used to share experiences on testing and quality principles and practices and explore how they can be applied effectively. Show how to use gamification to self-assess your current way of working.

Play games with the Agile Testing Coaching Cards and Agile Quality Coaching Cards.

Explore how to facilitate games to enhance quality and testing in agile teams.



About Ben Linders


Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality, and Continuous Improvement.

Author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives, What Drives Quality, The Agile Self-assessment Game, Problem? What Problem?, and Continuous Improvement. Creator of many Agile Coaching Tools, for example, the Agile Self-assessment Game.


Ben is a well-known speaker and author; he’s much respected for sharing his experiences and helping others share theirs. His books and games have been translated into more than 12 languages and are used by professionals in teams and organizations all around the world.


As an adviser, trainer, and coach, he helps organizations with effectively deploying software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers.


Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean, Kanban, and Quality. He shares his experiences in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for InfoQ, and as a practitioner in communities like Computable, Quora, DZone, Stackoverflow, and TechTarget. Follow him on Twitter: @BenLinders.

11:15-12:00 EDT 
17:15-18:00 CEST



How to create a QA department

Session with Anna Ondrish

There are software development companies that are just starting out or have been in business for a long time that don’t have a Quality Assurance department. They might not even have anyone that formally does the testing. Critical bugs are being introduced into production and causing clients to lose confidence.

I will walk through the steps needed to start a Software Quality Assurance department from nothing. I’ll address the importance of keeping yourself organized with a Test Case Management tool and using the tool to help build metrics around the testing efforts.

Attendees will obtain information to help them start a QA department and/or ways to enhance their current department. There will be valuable information for everyone.Key lessons:
Getting organized and identifying when it’s time to hire
Implementing a Test Case Management tool
Hiring contractors, full time employees, or both
How to identify place the right person on the right project or task
Equip the team to work independently



About Anna Ondrish


Anna Ondrish has over 15 years of experience in the Quality Assurance field. She currently works at Orases in Frederick, MD as the Director of Quality Assurance. Twice in her career, she has been hired as the first Quality Assurance Lead for a company. Both times she has had the opportunity to structure a department that fully integrates with each step within the SDLC. Each experience opened doors to fully implement best practices company wide.

12:15-13:00 EDT 
18:15-19:00 CEST


As testers, do we do more harm than good?

Session with Conor Fitzgerald

Today, there are several high profile companies who no longer hire traditional testers.
There is a wealth of evidence to show the detrimental impact of traditional testing, in particular, the separation of testing from the implementation of code.
As testers, we assume our work does good and it’s painful to realise that we can unwittingly do harm.
Much of what we do as testers is Context-based, harmful on one project may be good on another project.
This harm can become apparent through quality issues and reduced frequency of releases.

In this talk, I emphasise the importance of transitioning from traditional to modern testing, including my own painful lessons over the past 15 years.
My story involves moving from test executor, to test partner and influencer.
Traditional testers have really valuable skills but need to apply those skills in new ways.

At the heart of this talk, is the good we do as testers and ultimately our future is rooted in collaboration.

– Examples of the harm we can do as testers supported by data
– Practical examples of activities that you can try to move towards modern testing
– Questions to help guide you towards doing good as a tester, and future-proofing your career.



About Conor Fitzgerald


Conor Fitzgerald is a Quality Advocate with 15 years of experience. He is passionate about whole team testing and working with teams on quality improvements. Currently, he is working as Head of Testing for Poppulo in Cork, Ireland. He has spoken at a number of conferences in recent years, including SoftTestDublin, TestBash,OnlineTestConf, and RebelCon.

Conor is an active member of the test community and is a Co-Founder of the Ministry of Testing Cork.

Previous positions included Test Consultant, Test Lead/Manager and Automation focused roles. These positions were held in a wide variety of industries from embedded systems to financial systems with companies ranging from startups to large multinationals such as Intel.

Occasionally blogs here at conorfi.com and frequently tweets at @conorfi.

13:15-14:00 EDT 
19:15-20:00 CEST


How to make developers LOVE writing E2E tests

Session with Yevheniia Hlovatska

Developers writing e2e tests is a great practice. It makes code testable, provides a fast feedback loop and helps to shift QA left. But it doesn’t mean that developers love to do it. In most cases they were not taught how to do it correctly, which makes tests flaky and creates a big pain in the ass. 

We’ve recently started the transition from QA-only writing tests on Java to developers writing e2e tests in JS. We needed to convince teams that this new approach is amazing and help them make it a part of the culture. We needed to “sell” it to our target audience – Front End developers. 

Process was not that fast. Almost every time I just said “e2e tests” close to the developers they started imagining thousands of failing builds and years of debugging. And started to cry, kidding:) Eventually I’ve started to notice, that there are some things that make this process more smooth and attractive. We’ve created our list of tips to help developers write meaningful coverage and love it at the same time.

But wait, this talk is for QA Engineers, where is their place in this process? Will it mean they will never write tests again?
Trust me, there will be a huge room for their work. I believe QA is the best person to make such changes happen and continue working along the way.  – well-designed coverage is 50% of success – tests must be short, focused on 1 use case, independent, designed for parallel execution.

– build trust with 1 nice test – flakiness kills all good intentions, better to have 1 good test, then 100 tests you developer will skip

– create best practices – improvisation and over engineering are not the best friends with good coverage, it is always better to create best practices in advance and use them

– monitor tests success with QA hands – always keep an eye on stability, improve tests based on incidents



About Yevheniia Hlovatska


QA Guild Leader in Wix, ICAgile Authorised Instructor in Agile Testing, Founder of Alpha IT School, Global Ambassador of WomenTech Network

Passionate about Agile Testing, Test Automation, building quality on all levels and bringing value to products and teams. Growing as a public speaker, willing to share my knowledge as trainer and consultant.

14:15-15:00 EDT 
20:15-21:00 CEST


How to Accelerate Cross Browser Testing using Cypress and Selenium

Session with Eran Kinsbruner

As digital reality becomes a win-lose situation for the majority of enterprises today, having a solid test automation strategy for your web applications is key for business success. In the current landscape, there are two strong technologies, Cypress and Selenium, that when utilized properly, can enable a sustainable continuous testing workflow. In this session, Perfecto by Perforce Chief Evangelist, author, and Sr. Director Eran Kinsbruner, will provide a deep overview of both Selenium and Cypress and address the key benefits of using both as part of your testing strategy.Attend this session to learn the following:

1) The core benefits of Cypress and Selenium.
2) The main differences between the two frameworks, and why teams should leverage both.
3) How teams can boost their velocity and productivity by running Selenium and Cypress in the cloud.


About Eran Kinsbruner


Eran Kinsbruner is a bestselling author, TechBeacon Top 30 test automation leader, and the Chief Evangelist and Senior Director at Perforce Software. His published books include the 2016 Amazon bestseller, “The Digital Quality Handbook”, “Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals”, and “Accelerating Software Quality – ML and AI in the Age of DevOps”, which was named the “Best New Software Testing Book” by Book Authority. With a background of over 20 years’ experience in development and testing at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Neustar, Texas Instruments, General Electric, and more, Eran holds various industry certifications such as ISTQB, CMMI, and others. Eran is a recognized influencer on continuous testing and DevOps thought leadership, an international speaker, blogger, and also a patent-holding inventor (test exclusion automated mechanisms for mobile J2ME testing). Eran is active in the community and can be found across social media and has his own blog (https://continuoustesting.dev/)

15:15-16:00 EDT 
21:15-22:00 CEST


Roadmap to becoming an Impactful QA Engineer

Session with Julia Pottinger

QA Engineers are amazing people that are tasked with ensuring the quality of a product is of a certain standard. They do this through manual and automated tests. But how do you become a QA engineer and what skills do you need to be impactful in your role?

Join me as I walk you through my journey to being an impactful QA Engineer as well as give you a roadmap on how you can become an impactful QA Engineer.

 – Role of a QA Engineer
 – Skills needed to be an impactful QA Engineer
 – Roadmap of skills and techniques needed



About Julia Pottinger


Julia Pottinger is a Training and Development Manager at QualityWorks with expertise in manual, automated and API testing and training. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience and contributes to the testing community through writing articles, and delivering testing content on Test Automation University as well as her Youtube Channel and blog. She also conducts testing bootcamps for persons interested in entering the field.

OTC Live Sessions - Day 2

10:15-11:00 EDT 

16:15-17:00 CEST


Don’t Let Your Automation Step On Its Toes

Session with Paul Grizzaffi

You’ve done your due diligence. You’ve reviewed your automation implementation. You’ve responsibly removed or refactored appropriate components. You’ve even culled scripts that no longer provide value. But despite these efforts, your automation takes longer to execute than you can tolerate; your team just can’t wait that long for feedback, particularly in the CI/CD pipeline.

No problem! You can just parallelize your automation runs, right? Not so fast.

Automated test script concurrency can absolutely reduce the duration of an automation suite’s execution. Having success and consistency with concurrent execution, however, requires upfront work to obtain detailed knowledge of the application being tested and dependencies in the automation suite. Omitting this work will result in your automation being unable to get out of its own way; automation will inevitably step on its own toes.

Join Paul Grizzaffi as he walks through important aspects of automation parallelization, aspects that must be addressed in order to be successful when implementing concurrency.• A basic introduction to threads and some of the considerations when using them
• Data dependencies a system may have, how to handle them, and limitations thereof
• Considerations about automation execution environments for concurrency
• An alternate, administrative approach to resource management



About Paul Grizzaffi


As a Principal Automation Architect at Magenic, 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, international conference speaker, and writer, Paul has spoken at local and national conferences and meetings. He is an advisor to Software Test Professionals and STPCon, as well as 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. In addition to spending time with his twins, Paul enjoys sharing his experiences and learning from other testing professionals; his mostly cogent thoughts can be read on his blog at https://responsibleautomation.wordpress.com/.

11:15-12:00 EDT 
17:15-18:00 CEST



Get Your Test Strategy Set

Session with Varuna Srivastava

This is a case study of a product where the very first thing which I observed was unclear roles and responsibilities within QA’s of an organization.


There was a low test coverage as there was no clear testing strategy to follow. Getting deployed to production was “Push and Pray” method which led to high risk for production. It was also causing inefficient use of QA timing. There was the pain felt throughout the organization in a smaller group and folks kind of accepted this pain.


We started with noting down the pain points of producer and consumer teams within an organization and even a third party team to come up with an effective test strategy of the product.


Participate in this talk to learn:

  • How we formed a core team to define the external and internal strategy.
  • How did we apply recursive feedback and updated the strategy when and required after a production release?
  • Internal Test Strategy: A strategy within a Team of same vertical like checkout API and UI.
  • External Test Strategy: An end to end test strategy of a product.
  • How did it help in getting away from “Push and Pray” deployment to “Continuous and Confident” deployment to production?
  • Learn about the core issues and symptoms when Test Strategy is not in place 
  • The motivation behind the test strategy for a retail product c) How to define an effective test strategy for a retail product. (Examples of internal vs external test strategy) d) Once the test strategy is been placed how does it benefits individuals and organizations



About Varuna Srivastava


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 cookgraphy—cooking plus photography!

12:15-13:00 EDT 
18:15-19:00 CEST


Career Crafting – Dare, Prepare, Share

Session with Lena Wiberg

Growing up, I believed I could become anything. Do anything. No one ever told me my dreams were too big, or too unrealistic.
As the years passed, hitting walls and obstacles, something happened to that ability to look to the stars. I started hiding my dreams, partly because I didn’t want to look like a failure when they didn’t come through and partly because I stopped believing I could achieve them. I stopped dreaming and I fiercely told myself, and people around me, I did not want certain things.

As luck would have it, that view was unexpectedly challenged by an innocent comment made by my boss at that point in time. First, it made me laugh out loud. But honestly, even I could hear the hurt hiding behind the laugh and it made me start on the journey that has taken me where I am today.
Admitting my first goal, to myself and others, was incredibly hard, but once spoken out loud – I reached it in half the time I thought possible with the help of people around me. After that, it has been a weird chain of events taking me through public speaking, collaborating with people I admire, being elected into boards and other positions, creating a card deck, writing a book and even singing on stage!

What this journey has taught me is that I do indeed have dreams, aspirations. They might be incredibly hard to find after years of oppressing them, but once you start looking – they start appearing everywhere!

And speaking them out loud – you will find that people everywhere will go out of their way to help you achieve them!

So, don’t be careful what you wish for!
Wish for the moon and the stars and be prepared to reach them, and so much more.Making dreams explicit is the first step to reaching them
Telling others of your dreams allows them to help you
People want to help you, they want you to succeed!
Taking actions on your dreams changes you into the person you need to become
Learning how to define your goal helps you teach others, making you a better coach and/or mentor



About Lena Wiberg


Lena has been in IT since 1999 when she started out as a bright-eyed developer. After a decade of code, she found her calling in testing and has since then worked in most testing-related roles, from being tester in a team so building and leading testing organizations. She believes continuous improvement is something we should all strive for by keeping up to date and always challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. Since 2017 she works as a manager and finds that the skills that makes her a good tester also works wonders when making people, teams and organizations grow.

She is an avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator as well as the creator of “Would heu-risk it?” – a risk based deck of cards. Lena lives outside of Stockholm and shares her house with her family, loads of gaming stuff and books. She is currently working as an Engineering Manager at Mentimeter.

13:15-14:00 EDT 
19:15-20:00 CEST


Test Approach in DevOps – Automation is key!

Session with Aakanksha Dave

This session will touch upon the follwoing points: 
-“Quality is everyone’s responsibility.“ 
-Shift left, shift right, Coaching vs test managing
-Continuous testing
-Aligned Autonomy
-Enable Decoupling
-Support DevOps
-Enable analytics realtime
-With informed decisions throughout the entire DevOps flow we enable awesome deliveries of excellent quality.
-Best practices around continuous testing.- Understanding realistic test approach with discussing past and
future test approach.
– Start testing as early as possible – with aim for decoupled
– Enabling teams to deliver with speed, flexibility and adopting
agility: Agility is the way to achieve speed and flexibility
-Practical best test practices to be implemented at every day
work in DevOps world.



About Aakanksha Dave


Aakanksha Dave is currently a DevOps Engineer at Ikea IT(Sweden). She has vast experience within software development with main focus on software testing. Sharing her knowledge and discussing software development with a focus on quality related topics is something she love to do. She has held workshops within her organisation.

14:15-15:00 EDT 
20:15-21:00 CEST


Extreme learning situations as testers – How to add value while you’re still learning

Session with Christian Baumann


As software testers, we accept that each new role will require us to learn new technologies and skills. We also know that we often feel the need (or are told of the need) to provide value to the project quickly. Both of these competing expectations are normal to a certain degree. When I joined a new project about testing an API against a European Union standard for payment services, I had to do both to an extreme I had never experienced before.


The list of things to learn from almost the ground was long: an API and how to test it (including exploratory, automated and performance testing), understanding more than 400 pages of specification and learning the business domain. Despite this, other project members were expecting valuable contributions from me shortly after joining.


In this talk I will share my story and the strategies I used to manage this challenge. I’ll go into:
* How to find out what the most important priority is
* Dealing with multiple parallel tasks without losing focus through too much context switching
* Learning while doing
* Expectation management
* Keeping myself healthy despite of the challenges


I will package my experiences in lessons learned you can use to make solid progress in conditions of uncertainty, and in need of learning new tools, techniques and products.


In summary, I’ll look at what aspects testers and other IT professionals can take to reduce these sorts of situations, while also providing takeaways on how to deal with them in case you are in this kind of project.

* Learn how to manage overwhelming learning requirements
* Protect your time and focus to enable continuous progress on the project
* Help you recognise and talk about such projects, even perhaps help to prevent



About Christian Baumann

Christian is a test engineer with 15+ years of experience in the field of software testing. He has successfully held different roles in the context of testing: From Test Automation Engineer to Test Team Lead.

During his career he worked with various test (automation) tools using programming languages, but also applied certain development/ testing methodologies.

Christian is strongly driven by his context, always searching for the best fitting solution for a given situation. He’s able to understand business’ and people’s problems, and is always eager to learn and improve himself, while staying curious, open minded and willing to share his knowledge.

15:15-16:00 EDT 
21:15-22:00 CEST


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