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Tuesday, September 25


A Good Way and a Bad Way to Lead a Testing Effort
In this talk I will share my experiences working in two very different environments, attempting to lead the testing effort of two very different organizations, with two very different results. In contrasting these two very different experiences, I will share where each effort started, where they ended up, what steps were taken to improve things, and the roadblocks I encountered.

Attendees can expect to take away:
- Details of two very different ways managing a testing program can turn out
- Some tactics they can consider if they are now, or hope to take on the program manager role
- Advice on how to handle tough situations (from my hindsight)

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Erik Davis

IT QA Analyst Lead, Progressive Insurance
Erik is an accomplished tester and leader, with over 19 years of experience. He has been attending and speaking at conferences and meetups for over 7 years, sharing what he has learned, and helping to show testers how awesome they really are.

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


Why I Prefer Good Testing Over Excellent Testing
As someone who’s spent most of my career in software test-focused roles, I used to feel that if only we could allocate more time for testing, we’d eventually find all the bugs and be able to consistently release top quality software. However, I started noticing that most escaped defects I could remember were things that had been hiding in the areas I didn’t even know to ask about, in the small differences between our test and production environments, and in the things we depend on but don’t have full control over. So lately, while I still value doing good testing, it doesn’t feel as useful to strive for truly excellent coverage. Instead, I prefer to invest in planning for phased roll outs, and gaining confidence in our ability to quickly detect and resolve problems in production. To help illustrate what I’ve learned, I’ll share stories about defects I missed that I wouldn’t have found with all the time in the world, and about times I have been saved by solid monitoring and roll-back strategies. I’ll also provide a list of questions that can be used to plan for failure detection and resolution, and heuristics to help differentiate between what I mean by “good” and “excellent” testing.

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Tina Fletcher

I'm the president of the KWSQA, and a Software Development Manager at D2L. Outside of work and volunteering, I'm also an amateur hop farmer. You can find my talk slides, blog, list of books I've recently read, and other things I've been up to at tinafletcher.ca

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


Beer, (Tech), Sexism and Diversity
My talk is looking at the parallels faced by women and visible minorities in both the beer and tech industries.

I'll be bringing up things like:
- how we market to specific groups of people
- what jobs/roles are filled by women/minorities - and how we view those jobs
- how things are changing 
- how things haven't changed all that much over time

Though these industries seem worlds apart (I'm sure some would argue that tech leads one to beer), I'll chat about issues that are universal to these industries and what we can do - together- to start a dialogue and make changes for the better. 

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Renee Navarro

Beer. Diversity.
Ren Navarro is a co-founder of the The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies (SOBDL) and from January 2014 - April 2017 was a co-organizer and official photographer of the SOBDL bevies. She loves tattoos, cats and beer. Ren also spends time talking about craft beer's diversity issues, along... Read More →

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


Don't Take It Personally
Receiving feedback can be tough. It can be hard to remember that it is meant to help improve work going forward, not to point out current flaws. It can be incredibly easy to take feedback or comments personally in the workplace, but what is the impact when we do so?

When we personalize situations we tend to lose sight of the bigger picture. It becomes easier to focus in on minute details and not look at the overall context in which the feedback is being given. The impacts of this lower level of focus can result in wasted time from; chasing the wrong issues, laying blame, making up excuses, refusing to ask for help, and ultimately avoiding discussions around the root cause and ways to improve.

This talk will draw on experiences and examples of situations such as; testing debriefs (tester to tester interactions), bug discovery (tester to developer interactions), and inter team projects (team to team interactions) and discuss tactics for each on staying objective and productive. When we look at feedback for what it truly is - a way to improve - we can build better relationships between communities and teams to make them stronger as a result.

By the end of this talk, attendees will know: - How to better identify situations where you may be personalizing - Ways to reorient thinking back to objectified view vs personalized view - How to improve communication to avoid negatively received feedback

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Bailey Hanna

Software Test Specialist, Roadmunk
Bailey Hanna is a software test specialist at Roadmunk based out of Kitchener, Ontario. She has been an active member of testing the community for about 3 years, working to expand her knowledge through conferences, testing meet-ups, and reading. Her primary areas of passion and experience... Read More →

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


Lean Coffee: A lightweight meeting format
Learn a new meeting format, one more focused on responding to change than to following a plan.


Matthew Heusser

Matt Heusser is the Managing Director at Excelon Development. The lead organizer of TestRetreat, a former board member of the Association for Software Testing, co-author of "Save Our Scrum", Senior Editor for "How To Reduce The Cost Of Software Testing", winner of the Most Influential... Read More →

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