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Exploring the Role of a Tester [clear filter]
Tuesday, September 25


Using an Engineering Mindset
Your job title may be Tester, SQA Analyst, or Quality Assurance, but how does that really tie to your daily work? Is that all you do? What do you actually do? These are questions Marielle and Roberto are looking to help testers answer by understanding an engineering mindset and how that mindset relates to testing in ways that will help you better perform your job.

How does the mentality of building, thinking, and managing your tasks apply to your testing? They will discuss how these skills, like building and problem solving, can be used in your projects and are an integral part of what makes a great tester.

Marielle and Roberto will share personal stories and lead an interactive exercise, where they will help you improve your role as a tester by utilizing the mentality of an engineer. In addition, understanding how you relate to an engineering mindset will also benefit your career by improving your resume, interviewing and job searches.

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Roberto Mosquera

Senior Test Engineer, Medidata Solutions
Roberto Mosquera is a Senior Test Engineer at Medidata Solutions in New York, USA. He is an experienced software testing professional with more than 14 years of diverse testing experience (including Rapid Software Testing) within different industries: e-commerce, financial, advertising... Read More →
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Marielle Rodriguez

Senior Test Engineer, Medidata Solutions
Marielle Rodriguez is a Senior Test Engineer at Medidata Solutions in New York, NY USA. While she has primarily focused on manual testing, Marielle has successfully led several projects with testing in web applications, mobile apps, data, web services, localization, performance and... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Yorkshire Room 700 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8, Canada


Testing doesn't scale; engineering productivity is the new testing
Testing has been a staple in developing quality products, yet after much advancement in software tools and infrastructure we often still carry on the ritual without consideration. Even as automated testing has allowed us to run tests faster, we are still using the same thinking and processes that were created during the manual testing era. Is there a more fundamental way of developing quality software? Can we solve this at scale?

In this session, Geoffrey and Michael will
- Identify why testing doesn't scale by taking a first-principles look at software quality
- Define an Engineering Productivity organization
- Show how to be a force-multiplier
- Offer steps to close the feedback loop between software development and validation
- Share how Google focuses on Engineering Productivity to deliver great value to users

Attendees should gain a new perspective on testing and how they can help deliver product quality with their teams.

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Michael Jones

Sr Test Engineer, Google
Michael Jones' mission is to help engineers deliver new products that amaze and delight you. He is working as a Senior Test Engineer at Google, with 11 years in the software test industry. Michael's passion for the art of testing and software craftsmanship was first brewed at BlackBerry... Read More →
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Geoffrey Sherritt

Test Engineer, Google
Geoffrey Sherritt has been a Test Engineer at Google for 3 years and has over 8 years of experience in the software testing industry. Geoffrey has seen firsthand right and wrong ways to develop and release software including popular methodologies such as Scrum and Scrum-but. Geoffrey... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Yorkshire Room 700 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8, Canada


How AI is transforming Software Testing
Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are advancing at a rapid pace. Companies like Apple, Tesla, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others have started investing more into AI to solve different technological problems in the areas of healthcare, autonomous cars, search engines, predictive modeling and much more. Applying AI is real. It's coming fast. It's going to affect every business, no matter how big or small. This being the case how are we as Testers going to adapt to this change and embrace AI? Also, in the era of where we want to automate everything, how is AI going to influence the way we do test design and automation? Come join this session, where I cover the basics of AI, discuss the key ways software testing can benefit from AI and the challenges involved in implementing AI based solutions. Attending this session will help anyone to get started with AI based testing.

Key Takeaways

Learn the basics of AI
Learn ways software testing can benefit from AI
Identify and discuss challenges involved in implementing AI based solutions

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Raj Subramanian

Developer Evangelist, Testim.io
Raj Subramanian a former developer, moved to testing to focus on his passion. Raj currently works as a Developer Evangelist for Testim.io, that provides AI based software testing solutions for clients. He also provides mobile training and consulting for different clients. He actively... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Yorkshire Room 700 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8, Canada


Taking testing into court
Let us take a different look at software testing process - imagine it like a court case. The goal of this trial is to determine if the presented software is guilty of poor quality. Who will be the prosecutor? Who will defend it? Who will pass the judgement? Can one person play more than one role? In my presentation, I would like to share my experience in the field with some lessons coming out from the comparison between the court trial and software testing. Join the presentation and enjoy it performed by the speaker in Polish judge robe.

I want to share with you my insights on topics like:

* What are the rules in court that apply to software testing?
* Is tester more like a prosecutor, a judge or both?
* Who has the ultimate power to decide upon software fate?
* How flexible should tester be on his/her responsibilities?
* What can tester be accountable for?
* Will quality defend itself?
* For whom testers do their job?

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Kamila Mrozek

Quality Engineer, Objectivity
Kamila is a Quality Engineer from Poland with 4 years of experience in testing, currently working for Objectivity. She suffers from Tester Hyperactivity Disorder - she tries to be present absolutely everywhere, learns quickly and constantly search for new ways to improve her work... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Yorkshire Room 700 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8, Canada


Why Should I Get Developers in Testing?
A lot of people see software testing roles as a jumping off point for getting into software development, why isn't it the other way around? In this talk you'll learn why more developers should be encouraged to get into testing-specific roles and how to encourage them to do so. Using my own experience as a software dev I will share the good, and some of the not so good, about this move. In the end you will take away specifics on how having more technical-savvy testers is good for everyone.

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Mike Roznik

Mike started his career as a developer, spending over 15 years working in multiple languages and at various points as a front end dev, back end dev, security consultant, DBA, and even a run as a UI/UX designer. At some point he became the 'testing developer' and that started him down... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Yorkshire Room 700 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8, Canada