TestBash New York Conference Day

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On Friday 6th of November 2015 we will be hosting a single track TestBash conference.  It will be fast moving and jam packed, please come prepared to learn lots and meet other awesome testers.

Date: Friday November 6th 2015

Time: 8am – 8pm – kick starting with a Lean Coffee, ending with social activities, discussions and more!

LocationGramercy Theatre, 127 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010


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How to Be an Outstanding Leader – Selena Delesie

Like many new leaders, I was promoted for being great at my job, without being trained in how to be a stellar leader. Those skills are different. At first I learned from what I observed in leaders around me. While I loved working with people and treating them like the beautiful genius they are, that’s not exactly how I started off as a leader. I will share stories that highlight the principles and practices that helped me go from ho-hum leader to leading testing departments of outstanding performers year-after-year. I’ll tell you what really matters, so you can go out and be the beautiful-test leader you can be.

About Selena

Selena Delesie helps leaders achieve big visions with soul! She is a visionary international speaker and trainer who inspires leaders to get lit up from within, radiate positive energy and empower everyone around them to step into their greatness. As a successful corporate manager, consultant and coach Selena has years of experience in the technology, financial, Agile, software development and testing sectors. She understands the competing pressures to succeed in business while doing right for employees, customers, and community. Selena shows leaders, managers, executives and business owners how to break free from traditional business practices and engage the strengths and passions of the team to produce a highly creative, productive and vibrant workforce. Learn more at www.delesiesolutions.com.

Dynamic lifecycle shifting – Ray Arell

When should you choose Agile vs. Waterfall?  It has been an ongoing debate over the last decade in our industry.  In reality, sticking to just one lifecycle could be slowing product development.  In this keynote, Ray Arell will be exploring a new concept around doing dynamic lifecycle shifting mid-project in order to accelerate delivery and to reduce program risk.

About Ray Arell

As Director of Intel Emergent Systems and Coaching, Ray Arell is a transformative leader in the adoption of Agile, lean, and complex system methods inside Intel. Ray’s group is currently coaching a community of practice of more than 10,000 people who are moving to a continuous value delivery culture. Prior to this role, he spent several decades as both an engineer and engineering manager of teams focused on CPU, chipset, graphics, wireless, and software development. Ray is a popular speaker at events worldwide and co-author of Change-Based Test Management: Improving the Software Validation Process.

Tales From Developer Tester Collaboration – Maaret Pyhäjärvi & Llewellyn Falco

There seems to be a large divide between developers and testers. Developers can see the tester role as trivial and testers can see the developer role as narrow and dull. There’s a lot of fear when pairing the two together, both from the developer’s and tester’s point of view. They don’t want to try it, they don’t want to do it. But what if they did?

In this talk, we look at what happened when we paired as developer and tester. We will show the practicalities of how each viewpoint affected the other person’s work, what we appreciated and what we did not. Can we keep what is special about each specialty without becoming the other?

About Maaret and Llewellyn

Maaret Pyhäjärvi is a tester extraordinaire specializing in breaking illusions about software through means of exploratory testing. She is a software specialist with soft spots for hands-on testing, helping teams grow and building successful products and businesses.

Llewellyn Falco is a brilliant developer with the skill to bring out the best in others through pairing and facilitating group work. He specializes in technical agile practices on legacy code and excels in unit testing. He has created ApprovalTests as a means of supercharging unit tests with powerful asserts.

5 problems in Test … and what we can do about them – Kate Falanga

Finding problems within the testing world is pretty easy. I can think of at least five big ones.

  1. Lack of understanding and respect of our craft from those outside our craft
  2. Bad actors within the craft depreciating our brand and not helping lack of understanding
  3. Testers not researching their craft or caring about community
  4. The expectation that automation is magic
  5. Testers not feeling empowered or able to change any of these problems

What if these weren’t problems but opportunities for testers to come together and work on solving those problems? I’ll walk through some things I’ve done to address these problems but I want to hear from you. Let’s talk about your experiences and your ideas. This will be a very interactive session so bring your voices and twitter hashtags. Together we’re going to make a difference.

About Kate

As the Director of Quality Assurance Kate has facilitated the transformation of testers at the digital advertising agency, Huge, to be empowered, embedded, engaged and ever-evolving. She works with a full time team of quality assurance professionals as well as actively supports projects and project teams with testing mentorship. As part of her role she works alongside other leadership within the company on overall technical strategy. Outside of Huge she co-created the NYC Testers whose goal is to serve the community by providing a place to learn, teach and to teach each others about testing (w/beer).

The Story of a Strange Seed – Helena Jeret-Mäe

Imagine that you know nothing about software testing. Imagine you’ve been studying something completely different (say English language and literature). Now imagine someone asks you to start leading and building a testing team. What would you do?

The phrase “Would you want to build a testing team?” was unassumingly crucial for me. My affirmative answer sowed a strange seed to an unassuming ground. The seed survived, grew and I became passionate about testing. Who knew?

This talk is an experience report about how I came into testing and the lessons I learned while trying to become a professional tester. The talk will address the following:

  • How I connected with the testing community, how it sped up my development as a software tester, and what I did to make this happen
  • How I struggled with the impostor syndrome as a novice tester, how I finally acknowledged, addressed and somewhat overcame it (the battle is not over yet)
  • How I found ways to make use of my different background and apply my knowledge and skills from “earlier life” to software testing (for example, making use of skills for literary criticism)

Key takeaways:

  • Ideas for testers who haven’t engaged with the community very much, so they can become active and discover new opportunities for self-development as testers
  • Insights about how to support, mentor and coach novice testers from different walks of life who want to become testers
  • Examples of the power of reflection and introspection that help to make sense of one’s growth as a professional

About Helena

To her own great surprise, Helena Jeret-Mäe has become passionate about software testing after stumbling into it via technical writing. She has worked at testing medical practice management software, and has built and lead a testing team. She is currently Head of Testing at Nortal where she tries to figure out how to help testers do their best possible job. Helena loves to be part of the testing community because of the countless learning opportunities, so she can be found discussing testing in a pub with some testers, at testing conferences, or reading about testing in the corner of a café. Helena tweets as @HelenaJ_M and blogs at thepainandgainofedwardbear.wordpress.com.

Why Does Automation Fail – Tanya Kravtsov

Automation is supposed to save the world – testing world that is. There are a lot of myths around test automation – Testing can be 100% Automated; Automation is a lot faster than manual testing; Automation can be designed in a way so that it’s maintenance free; Automation can be created without any scripting. While Automation can truly accelerate the software development lifecycle, if done for the wrong reason or not implemented in the right way, it can actually hinder the progress. In this talk I will cover the top reasons why Automation often fails and discuss how it can be prevented and designed in a way to truly benefit the testing process.

About Tanya

Tanya is a founder of the DevOpsQA NJ Meetup group and has been a speaker at conferences like QUEST and Jenkins User Conference. Recently she joined ROKITT – an exciting and innovative startup company – as the head of automation and continuous delivery. She has built a team of engineers and is working with ROKITT customers to transform their development and testing processes. Prior to ROKITT, she established a quality management group at Syncsort and worked at Morgan Stanley as a VP, leading an automation group of 50+ engineers. Tanya is very passionate about process automation, which encompasses test, data and environment automation, as well as continuous integration and continuous delivery.

Lessons Learned in (Selling) Software Testing – Keith Klain

In 2013, Keith Klain quit his job as the Head of the Global Test Center with Barclays to start a testing practice based on Context Driven Testing (CDT) principles. The last two years have been spent wading through industry dogma, pitching new ideas about testing to clients, hiring (and firing) testers, and trying to turn CDT into a commercial approach. The successes and failures over those two years have validated some of the lessons he learned from a 20-year career in software testing and taught him some new ones he wasn’t expecting. Come join Keith as he shares what has and hasn’t worked in talking to stakeholders about what they need vs what they want, test case allergies and “smarty pants syndrome”, and what it means to get things done while not compromising your integrity.

About Keith

Keith Klain is the co-CEO of Doran Jones, a New York based consulting company building a technology outsourcing center in the South Bronx. For the last 20 years Keith has built technology teams for global financial services and IT consulting firms in the US, UK, and Asia Pacific. Keith designed the Software Testing Education Program with the Bronx based non-profit Per Scholas while he was a Director at Barclays Investment Bank. He is the Executive Vice President of the Association for Software Testing and was the recipient of the 2013 Software Test Professionals Luminary award.

How to succeed with difficult people – Dan Ashby

One of the hardest things that a tester has to deal with is people with misconceptions about testing and what the role of a tester actually is. And many other problems that will occur on a project can be related back to them being people problems.

So how can we get around these problems?

One word: Influence.

Influence skills are key skills for a tester to possess. We need to be able to break down barriers and approach even the most difficult of people to change mind-sets and solve problems.

In this talk, I’ll discuss some of the best influence skills available. I’ll walk through some real life, personal examples of when these influence skills have helped me in my career and my personal life too.

Influence techniques such as “the rule of reciprocation”, “reject and retreat”, “social proofing”, plus many more, with each technique having their different purposes – whether its to influence senior management on approving a test tool, trying to get someone to pair with you or trying to be included in important meetings at the start of the project, these techniques will be essential for opening the doors and breaking down barriers.

About Dan

Hi! I’m Dan Ashby (@DanAshby04 on Twitter). I am the Deputy Practice Head within the Quality Practice at Lab49. I’m currently living in London, but am originally from Glasgow.

I’ve been testing for over a decade now, working on a wide variety of products as well as coaching and training people about testing and agile.

I am passionate about utilizing Exploratory Testing and am currently focused on testing web-based FX Trading web apps, where a big part of my role is also in coaching and training testers and developers about testing and agile within the projects that I work on.

I love getting involve in the testing community and I regularly try to be active by speaking at and attending meet-ups and conferences too. I also blog (danashby04.wordpress.com) and I’m the co-host of the Testing In The Pub podcast series (testinginthepub.co.uk).

Finding bugs before writing code – Sigge Birgisson

“Testers need to be involved earlier!” is a mantra that keeps coming up over and over when talking about testers on the agile team. But what is their contribution when they get the chance? At Atlassian QA stands for Quality Assistance, which means we assist development teams deliver quality software at speed.

This presentation is about how I as a QA engineer work with product managers, designers, developers and support to avoid creating bugs so that focus can be on creating great software fast instead of fixing bugs. Activities include feature risk workshops, quality-design sparring sessions and story level kickoffs. I am going to talk about timing and opportunities with the different interactions and how we through these avoid rework and create quality software from the start.

About Sigge

Sigge Birgisson is a Quality Assistance Engineer at Atlassian, working on the Bamboo team. Bamboo is a Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment tool. As a QA he helps the team deliver at a fast pace without compromising quality.

Sigge has been involved in many different types of projects, but mostly within the agile setting with close cooperation with developers as a key to success. The products include web, mobile, retail POS and enterprise middleware.

As a speaker Sigge has held several presentations at conferences, including CAST 2012 and Agile 2012, as well as being a regular guest speaker for students at Lund University. Trying to keep up with new testing practices, Sigge is an active blogger and follows many discussions on software testing and Agile practices on twitter.


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