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Track Talk: Attention Contention

There is a lot of planning that goes into testing, from understanding the application requirements and user stories, to strategizing a test approach, test environments setup, test data setup, test automation, release support, etc. A lot of details, moving parts, integrations and dependencies to track. Despite our preparation, there are controlled and uncontrolled factors that […]

Track Talk: How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done

While most teams appreciate the benefits of automation, it is commonly viewed as too time-consuming to be considered as part of an agile sprint; resulting in automation being done in isolation and typically months after the story has been closed. This can lead to several problems including automation team members being disengaged and missing key […]

Track Talk: Who is in the Driver’s Seat of Your Career?

Are you looking to make a move in your career? Have you been wondering whether you’re being compensated fairly for your skill set, tenure with your company or compared to others in similar industries? Join Melissa as she walks through innovative ways to put yourself back in the driver’s seat of your career. Talk Takeaways: […]

Track Talk: Discussions Testers Should No Longer Be Having

How many times have you heard statements like, “How did we miss this in test”, “This defect doesn’t happen on my machine”, “We do not need automation”, or “We are waiting on testing to give us the green light”? Many years ago, Stephen Covey made the statement “Nothing Fails Like Success”. He spoke on how […]

Track Talk: BDD + Gherking – BDD = Happiness

Organizational impacts from DSL (Domain Specific Language) test automation. What if I told you that technology could make your life better, and make you happier. During this talk, I’ll share experiences across different companies of different sizes across various industries. Go over the effects of introducing Gherkin based testing (not BDD), what changed, and what […]

Track Talk: Evolve or Die – What Testers Need to Do to Survive and Thrive

With the advent of new technologies, agile methodologies, innovative tools, and a global workforce, the tester’s role is rapidly changing. Those who can adapt to the changing environment get the best jobs and assignments, and others get left behind. As the discipline of testing evolves, test professionals have to make decisions that will determine their […]

Track Talk: The Automation Firehose – Be Strategic and Tactical

The widespread adoption of test automation has led to numerous challenges that range from development lifecycle integration to simple scripting strategy. Just because a scenario CAN be automated does not mean it SHOULD be automated. Teams that adopt automation often rush to automate everything they can — the automation firehose. For those scenarios that should […]

Track Talk: Building the QA Team of the 2020’s

The QA Industry changed dramatically in 2010’s. As technology grew to support (and sometimes run) so many facets of our lives, the importance of the role of the QA professional grew mightily. Our impact across the entire development life cycle was being felt like never before. In our new decade, the impact of QA will […]