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Announcing an Online Conference for Testers by Testers. 20 + Experts Reveal their Best Software Testing & QA Secrets.

Join the first-ever Testing Guild an online conference dedicated 100% to Testing/QA June 20-22 2018 9:45AM-5:30PM (EDT). For a limited time when you purchase a TestingGuild ticket, you get access the May 30th 1-day conference AiSummitGuild. Register today below:

LINEUP SO FAR (stay tuned. * speakers subject to change

Jean Ann Harrison - Systems Thinking Approach to Mobile Test Development

Go beyond testing your mobile applications from a functional or GUI focus to approach your mobile testing from a systems perspective. This session will take attendees on a journey of system thinking to incorporate larger test coverage while exposing areas needing to have stronger design. The focus will be applying this approach for developing tests specifically for mobile application development. Attendees will join Jean Ann in creating a mind map in how to test the LinkedIn app to help generate test conditions to include boundary tests, stressing those boundaries, testing the performance to include timing and load. The mind map will also help the tester to explore the path coverage and decision making of the application. As we build this mind map, attendees are encouraged to continue to add to the mind map as practice to strengthen their systems thinking approach.

Jean Ann Harrison

T.J. Maher - How to Work With Developers

T.J. Maher has been a software tester for over twenty years since before the concept of Agile software development existed. He believes the relationship between developers and testers should not be one of artist and art critic. Instead, it should be one of a writer and a copyeditor, each working together to create a quality product. T.J. will be sharing his experiences working with developers pre-Agile, working with them on Agile teams, and his insight gained by shifting to automation development.

Amber Race -First Class API Exploratory Testing with Postman

Exploratory testing isn't just for your UI - with tools like Postman, you can fully explore your service level APIs as well. In this session, Amber will walk you through a basic api testing strategy while walking you through how to execute that strategy with Postman. Even those familiar with Postman may pick up a new trick or two!

Amber Race

Greg Paskal - An introduction to METS, the Minimal Essential Testing Strategy

Is your QA Team scrambling to determine what to test when development timeframes get compressed? Are they endlessly creating mountains of test cases that rarely get used a second time? Are you challenged to know what needs testing when QA Team Members are out of the office but testing still needs to happen?

The “Minimal Essential Testing Strategy” (METS) was created to help with these challenges and many others faced by most QA Teams. Using a system of prioritization and continuous test development, METS enables your team to start utilizing it immediately while building a lasting test strategy for the future. METS gives you a strategy of where to invest your testing efforts on the most critical things when time is critical.

Empower your QA Team with the METS approach. Give them the tools to reduce risk while raising confidence in the applications they test.

Amanda (Giese) Perkins - Why Communication is important as a QA

It's about not only just written communication (test plans, emails, instant messages, etc) but also about making a connection with your teammates in a 'language' they understand (fandoms, favorite movies, favorite books, kids, pets, etc). Being a good communicator and connecting with those we work with is incredibly important and will help us go far in being successful on our teams.

Brendan Connolly - Test Driven Testing

Think Test Driven Development only applies to developers? We'll dive into how the 3 laws of TDD can applied to testing to provide testers with the same tight feedback loop and positive outcomes that TDD provides, while increasing acceptance and understanding across roles.
Take unit tests out of the equation and think about the testing performed by dedicated manual testers. Unlike development testing is perceived as an art, rooted in ad-hoc and intuitive decisions.

We will explore applying the 3 laws of test driven development to testing, then establish a working definition of Test Driven Testing by replacing the developer-oriented laws of TDD with test-centric alternatives that testers can use to refactor their actions and assumptions:

+ No testing until you have identified and defined an objective
+ Test Only enough to Satisfy the Objective
+ No Activities outside the objective

Session Takeaways:

+ The benefits for testers of conscious intent and a tight feedback loop
+ A basic understanding of TDD, its vocabulary and benefits
+ How the Red Green Refactor cycle can be applied to manual testing
+ How a common approach and vocabulary benefits testers cross team/role relationships

Brendan Connolly

Parveen Khan - A Tester’s Survival Guide for Agile Transition

Agile transformation is challenging, especially for testers who are accustomed to working in a silo. As a lone tester on a team, it’s difficult to find the time to learn new methodologies and adapt to be able to incorporate them as part of your process.

While it’s apparent that an agile approach can bring forth several benefits such as the faster delivery of new features, it’s not always obvious what a tester should do to be a part of this change.

Although there’s literature covering the tester’s role in an agile environment, this talk will move beyond the theory and provide a journey of a tester’s experience in making this transformation.

Make no mistake... transitioning to agile is not an easy feat, so this talk will not only cover my personal successes but will also highlight my failures and critical lessons learned.

Key takeaways:

+ How to overcome the challenges faced during transitioning to agile
+ Tips on how to approach and plan in sprint test activities
+ How to utilize techniques such as exploratory testing to achieve more in short sprint cycle

Parveen Khan

Chad Capson - How to Pick and Implement A TestCase Management System

You came into work, someone broke the test case spreadsheet, management wants another test report, the new hire started today, and another round of regression starts in 30 minutes. Well, we can't solve all of this in one speaking session, but there is something we can solve: making test case management and reporting in your life easier.

The normal tool of choice for TestCase Management for many small teams is Microsoft Excel. It is an easy tool to use and get started with. It only takes a few columns to get started: TestCase number, Description, and a place to enter a test result. Things start easy and as long as there are only a few people performing tests, excel remains a decent tool. But as the test cases grow in size, the team expands, and more reports are needed by management to determine the quality of software going into production, there has to be an easier way. And that's when Microsoft Excel just doesn't cut it anymore. Reports are hard, training is hard, someone is always "adjusting" the spreadsheet, and there's always more work to do. The numbers just aren't trending in a good way and management wants a solution.

But how can we manage the test cases we already have? Or grow the test cases as new requirements come down? Team collaboration too? And we haven't even started thinking of automating the work yet. Where do we start the process of picking a test case system, where do we look, should we do Open Source or pick a vendor? It can be a daunting task to undertake and the risk of picking the wrong system at the beginning of a team's growth is enough to worry any management team. And QA, being very risk averse, definitely doesn't like the uncertainty.

So, let's demystify how to get a good system selected, reduce the uncertainty of the system selection, define what we need and when we'll need it, build an argument with good information to present to management and get the system purchased and implemented. Let's go, be awesome, and implement the system that let's us test all the things!

Chad Capson

Swasti Sharma - Importance of Feature Flags in Agile World

How you can leverage  A/B testing framework for releasing code with high quality when the time for testing is not enough? Swasti will demonstrate how to know when you software is ready to release.

Swasti Sharma

Jason Arbon - Testers Don't Test Anymore

Jason was chatting with some other test nerd friends recently, and he bought up the idea that "Testers Don't Test Anymore" (alt title "Rise of the Software Verifier"). It stirred a lot of discussion and resulted in mostly surprised agreement. Jason is old enough to have seen the transition from testing to verification, and want to get more discussion around this idea and what to do about it in the field of testing.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi - Intersection of Automation and Exploratory Testing

In this talk, Maaret will share how you can use skills-focused path to better testing in the intersection of automation and exploratory testing. You can arrive at the intersection by enhancing your individual skills, or your collaboration skills. What could you do to become one of those testers who companies seek after that work well in the intersection, giving up the false dichotomy? Takeaways:- recognizing skill in testing and skill in programming for testing as dimensions- building skills in testing / programming- using collaboration to achieve better testing

Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Ali Khalid - The Recall, Becoming Technical and Averting Disaster

A story of how a testing team took responsibility for quality of a new game changer product, learned more about the product’s architecture and worked towards becoming more technical. It illustrates the importance and how to implement white box testing, features of the application testers should focus more attention on and how to create business value.

+ Introduction to the safety critical product’s industry
+ Testers, technology and the “Out of scope” mantra
+ The recall
+ A revolutionary product and we’re still “out of scope”
+ Testers becoming technical
+ The covert POC and building a case
+ From black box to white box
+ Testing unchartered waters becomes worth the effort
+ Averting imminent critical issues and the competitive advantage is secure
+ Moral of the story and the resulting vision


Bhavani R - Test Management Evolution

Bhavani will explain about how the test management evolved from spreadsheets to test management tool and then into AI. After that will give a screen share session of prediction of test coverage of project with the machine learning library Weka.

Bhavani R

Rodrigo Cursino - Using Testing Marathons to Support a Culture of Quality

Achieve high levels of quality for a product, deliver valuable software, keep the customer satisfied, stimulate the motivation and happiness of the teams and have their members always improving their technical skills are constant challenges on a project or company. In order to deal with these questions, the teams have to be creative and apply innovative approaches on their day-to-day tasks. Testing Dojos, Hackathons and Mob Testing are examples of these strategies.

At CESAR, we use them all and more! Our Testing Community (we have about 110 QAs) promotes regular meetups. In 2016, for example, we ran 4 testing marathons, 17 lightning talks, 3 testing-dojos and 2 mob testing. Our QAs are also motivated to join national and international testing contests like Software Testing World Cup and Testathon. We had awesome experiences when we won the STWC 2014 and also the Testathon São Paulo 2017.

Based on these hands-on experiences, our community designed a Testing Marathon methodology to support our learning process. We call it CESARthon. It's being used to improve QA's technical skills, mentor new QAs and validate CESAR's internal applications. We also use it to support CESAR's business prospecting phase.

The aim of this paper is to present this methodology in detail, the different ways we can use it, the results and its benefits. Based on that, other testing communities and companies will be able to apply it in their context.


Justin Ison  -Automated Exploratory Testing

In todays Agile world the time to market is becoming increasingly shorter. There is a constant desire to release new features to keep ahead of competition. Because of this we have a shorter amount of time to do exploratory and manual testing. Especially, when you have to account for all the different combinations of OS’s, languages, orientations, and resolutions your mobile app supports.

Jason's goal was to know more about my application for every new build. By using Automated Exploratory testing I could do so more efficiently.
Specifically, I wanted to know:

- Elements which had accessibility labels and which didn’t.
- How my designs looked for every resolution and orientation we supported by taking a screenshot.
- Capture any logs errors and record them.
- Detect language or locale issues.
- Capture performance metrics for benchmarking and detecting trends.
- The ability to replay a test after a code fix.


Melissa Tondi (Roundtable Expert)

Melissa Tondi


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We guarantee that you will discover a tip, tool, technique or best practice that will help your testing efforts or your career.

If after viewing all the sessions and the live Q&A you can honestly tell me within 60-days that you received zero value from the Guild we’ll refund your money.

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I enjoyed the automation guild, made a stack of notes, then implemented nearly code-less automation in just 90 days! ~ Nick Baynham

This has been probably the best "training money" I have ever spent in my 18 years with Deere and 15 years with the DoD. ~ Stevenson Randy

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Of all the online test automation conferences or tech conferences, I've attended, this is the first one that didn't suck and that I actually enjoyed! -   Dave Haeffner  Author of The Selenium Guidebook 

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