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Tribal Qonf 2020 Video Roundup

WHY TRIBAL QONF?

GLOBAL LINEUP

Global Speaker lineup so good that you would not want to miss even a single talk.

ANYWHERE. ANYTIME.

You can register and attend from anywhere, and if you can't attend live, well you can watch the recordings later.

SUPER AFFORDABLE

We understand our responsibility in these difficult times. Tribal Qonf stays affordable to all.

PANEL DISCUSSION

Gather your questions while we gather a few to get them all answered by powerful minds.

FIRESIDE CHAT

A casual, yet structured interview with a Testing Expert with questions designed to get the most wisdom out.

A MICRO WORKSHOP

Hands-on Learning is best. Let's experience some serious learning at this micro workshop.

ABOUT TRIBAL QONF

Tribal Qonf is a brainchild of The Test Tribe Community. The newest addition to its Events umbrella for Software Testers. The first edition is a Virtual Conference with a tribal element. Through Tribal Qonf we are creating a bigger event that is globally accessible, hence connecting seekers and givers across the world.

With this edition of Tribal Qonf we are trying to bring as much diversity as possible with a global Speaker lineup. You will experience many interesting talks, but not just that, you will also experience an amazing panel discussion, a micro Workshop, and an Expert Interview. We, of course, understand our responsibility as a community in such difficult times, and hence, trying out best to keep it affordable to everyone.

A virtual conference was there in our roadmap but we never thought we will do it this sooner. Life is all about evolving, isn't it? So here we are with one amazing Testing Conference which you all can experience from any corner of the world. See you there.

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About The Test Tribe Community:

The Test Tribe Community was founded in January 2018 with a goal to get virtually all Testers across India under a community roof, where they can Collaborate, Learn, and Grow together. So far we have hosted 100+ online and offline events for Testers across India and the globe. After doing Meetups, Hackathons, Workshops, TestAways, Webinars, and AMAs, Tribal Qonf is a big milestone for us. It gives us the opportunity to connect Software Testers and Experts across the world. We so look forward to this. 

Join thousands of other Testers in the community, here.

SPEAKER LINEUP

PROGRAM DETAILS

27th June 2020 | Saturday

10:45 AM IST to 7 PM IST

28th June 2020 | Sunday

10:45 AM IST to 7 PM IST

Can't attend for the entire duration? Different timezone?

Don't worry. Experience live as long as you can, and you can always watch the recordings later if you miss anything.

DAY 1

There is a persisting myth that testing works like this: you get the spec, then you design test cases with expected results. You run the tests, and then you see if the results match the expectations. And then you automate. But good testing rarely works that way. Even people who tell me that’s how they test don’t actually do that, as I invariably discover when I watch them in action(unless they are really bad at testing).

What I will show in this talk is a report of a product I tested. I will demonstrate how I must learn about the product before I formalize any testing, and how that learning involves interacting with the product (if it is available). I will show how even when I use automation, which is often, that tooling is developed simultaneously with the test designs, and the test designs are simultaneously put into practice. There is no strict sequence of actions, but rather a tangle, or perhaps a weave, of different investigational threads.

Speaker Bio:

James is a founder of the Context-Driven school of testing. He created and teaches the Rapid Software Testing methodology, and has written two books: Lessons Learned in Software Testing (with Cem Kaner and Bret Pettichord) and a book about succeeding without going to a school, called Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar.

Selenium WebDriver has grown to become the default choice for browser automation for most test engineers either directly or as the underlying engine in many tools. Selenium provides building blocks for browser automation. Direct test automation code of professional quality needs a lot of thought and verbose code if directly written with Selenium. On top of this, any web UI test automation framework in a team grows over time to encapsulate test engine needs. Practical observation is that any mature web test automation framework has possibly 10-15% Selenium related code and rest is about reading of files, hooks, configuration handling, business functions, and so on. On the same lines, Page Object Model in its original form turns out to be too basic for professional usage needs.

This presentation discusses the advanced Gui Abstraction Model supported by Arjuna for Web UI Automation. It is a step by step presentation where Rahul takes raw Selenium code and discusses specific problems/challenges (Python is used as the code medium as the framework is in Python as well). Then step by step he takes it through transitioning while using Arjuna facilities.

Arjuna is a Python-based test automation framework developed by Rahul Verma. It is an open-source, Apache Licensed software. Rahul has implemented smaller variants of features in Arjuna across frameworks and organizations or given advice around it. However, Arjuna being a generic library has the most complete implementation of his ideas, away from project-specific contexts and constraints. Arjuna encapsulates Selenium completely and has its own DSL. It similarly encapsulates pytest and many of its plugins along with file readers, XML/JSON parsers, and so on. It uses Python’s advanced coding constructs to provide a very flexible and intuitive Tester Programming Interface (TPI).

To know more about Arjuna, you can check the online documentation of Arjun at https://arjuna-taf.readthedocs.io

Speaker Bio:

Rahul Verma is an Indian testing entrepreneur and an awarded thought leader for his contributions to the testing community. He is Head of Test Automation at trendig GmbH and Founder of Test Mile and Community Proxy for STeP-IN Forum. He is the creator of Arjuna – a free, open-source, Python-based modern test automation framework. He has contributed to the creation and review of various certifications. His software testing experience includes building test automation frameworks in Python and Java, web security, white box testing, and web performance testing. His research work focuses on Object-oriented design patterns applied to test automation and extending them into general-purpose models. He has presented, published articles, and educated thousands of testers in the said areas. His testing ideas and work are deeply influenced by his exposure and interest in poetry and spirituality.

Most of us assume we are adding great value. The only source of truth seems to be around the year-end discussions. We get excited about appreciation emails but is that the reality? In search of reality, Pradeep asked tough questions to employees, customers, C level people and found some answers of business value of testing. Is Testing a cost or value? Does testing improve revenues? Does testing improve profitability? Do C level people even care to know what is happening in Testing? Do V level people care? What do they care about? Find answers to those questions in this talk.

Speaker Bio:

Pradeep Soundararajan is the Chief Servant to Employees and Customers of Moolya Testing, a company he founded. He has been a Tester, Independent Consultant, Test Tool Developer (using Perl), Test Coach, Test Management Consultant, and Product Owner of Testing Tools such as Bugasura.io and whilst wearing a hat as a businessman. Pradeep is the author of the book Buddha in Testing. Too much about him. He is who he is because of the people. He is living a life that can be represented in one word – Ubuntu. Many good people make him.

Learning about risk-based testing can give us a new approach to our testing challenges. Even though Risk-Based testing may ideally be a bigger undertaking, we can begin it by simply analyzing the product as well as each sprint for the impending risk areas and then following them through during test design and development, execution and reporting. I would like to share how I convinced my team about it by using their own case study, using our previous sprint’s data, defect counts based on user stories, and calculating risk priority numbers. I will also share an example of how you can adopt a simplistic, no-frills risk-based testing approach!

Speaker Bio:

Nishi is a corporate trainer, an agile enthusiast, and a tester at heart! With 12+ years of industry experience, she currently works with Sahi Pro software as an Evangelist and Trainings Head. She is passionate about training, organizing testing community events and meetups, and has been a speaker at numerous testing events and conferences. Nishi is also a writer on technical topics of interest in the industry and has numerous articles published at numerous popular forums and her own blog https://testwithnishi.com/ where she writes about the latest topics in Agile and Testing domains.

Try to find solutions to some of the complex problems that require Lateral, out of the box thinking. Enjoy the session solving quizzes and learn the art of questioning the requirements, challenging the assumptions and getting better with the art of Testing the software.

Speaker Bio:

Ramit is Hands/hasta at TestAIng.com, An AI testing startup and CTO of IndoiAnalytics. Apart from his love for testing, Ramit says that he is a standup artist trapped in the body of a tester. Known for his witty, knowledgeable, and fun-filled sessions, he brings simplicity and articulation for even the most complex subjects, delivering great value to his audience through his talks.

The future of civic life and commerce will be driven in large part by conversational interfaces like speech-based personal assistants, chatbots, and AI-powered customer support services. Nonetheless, the current tools available to customers and brands lack the sophistication to engage users with cultural richness. This diminishes the return on automation investment capital and weakens the potency of brand engagement. Join Davar Ardalan, Founder of IVOW AI, as she shares her insights on the future of cultural intelligence in AI. In an age of hyper-personalized marketing and its emphasis on first-party data, Ardalan talks about why novel solutions and tools in AI as applied to audience and culture research are more valuable than ever.

The Role of Testers and Technologists:
Testers have a role in designing this new future. Afterall, wouldn’t you want conversational AI’s to understand your cultural context and be able to respond to you effectively? If we have the ingenuity to make self-driving cars, we can and must make the interactions between humans and machines more empathetic and inclusive.
Investing in Cultural AI:
For us to build the most effective technology, we need to learn from our past and build our future with more comprehensive data sets. The concept of personalization in technology has been front and center for years. Now we just need to add cultural intelligence:
  • Use AI to search for, identify, classify, and promote all possible cultures from the past, present, and future
  • Maintain a real-time culture graph based on changing external data points and human input
  • Make cultural intelligence easily available to both human and machine audiences
Building cultural intelligence in AI is a vital and daunting task. To do this right, we need to collaborate with a coalition of global experts in testing, data, AI, cultural anthropology, ethics, and engineering. Together we can make Cultural AI a thriving part of AI in the decades to come.

Speaker Bio:

Davar Ardalan is a tech entrepreneur and founder at IVOW AI. Together with TopCoder, IVOW is leading a Women in History Data Ideation Challenge to gain new insights for AI products and solutions with a concentration on women. Ardalan is also co-chair of the Cultural Heritage and AI track at ITU’s AI For Good. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director of the Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program and before that a journalist at NPR News, where she was Senior Producer of the Identity and Culture Unit. Ardalan, who has also served as Managing Editor at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity. 

With the fast-paced world, it’s very important to make the decisions faster and that can be possible only if you have good test coverage and faster feedback. One can use selenium grid on the local systems and achieve the cross-browser and device testing which may have constraints wrt scalability and maintainability, or use SaaS alternatives such as BrowserStack/Saucelabs which fit well for lesser no of tests (gets a bit expensive as we get into concurrent sessions and increase the browser/device combinations) or moreover containerize the automation having the limitations with coverage of IE. How to design a solution to get a scalable, on-demand, manageable, and yet cost-effective infra? Selenium Grid along with Terraform and AWS can be leveraged to write the whole infrastructure as code to prevent any human errors and manual intervention. In this talk, I shall take you through the journey of reducing the test execution pain-points in terms of time, resource availability, conflict handling, scalability, and state management with a demonstration.

Speaker Bio:

Shama Ugale

Shama is working at Thoughtworks as a Sr. QA and has worked as a Solution Consultant with focus on designing need-based test Automation solutions (Web, Mobile, Webservices, chatbots, NLP, AI, and Data), Agile and setting up a DevOps Culture with over 10 years of industry experience. She enjoys talking at conferences and sharing the knowledge across the community and mentoring.

Omkar Khatavkar

Currently working at Red Hat as Sr QE Engineer with 8 yrs of experience. Innovative IT professional offering vast experience leveraging Software Engineering, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & DevOps methodologies to deliver highly effective and creative solutions to business and technology challenges.
Designed & built sustainable and repeatable test automation solutions and suites for Continuous Integration & Delivery pipeline with best of breed open source and commercial tools. High passion for mentoring/up-skilling others to onboard & implement test solutions.

Life has its unique ways of balancing things out. After spending 14 years of testing software, there are a few lessons that help and remind me of the ongoing journey. Some of the lessons got me fame and some taught me to be grounded. While I am proudly remembering a few lessons, some bring tears. I would not call any of them as mistakes. I would rather call them as dots whose importance can be probably realized only in the near future.

Through this talk, I would like to share some of the lessons which I feel will resonate with you and also act as a timely reminder to some of you. I am not here to inspire anyone, it is a friendly talk highlighting the key lessons from a decent 14-year-old career.

What is in it for you:
– Know what it takes to build and maintain an online portfolio
– The first steps to success and how to avoid the mighty fall
– How can software testing become a career and not just a job

Speaker Bio:

Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously re-inventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing – a worldwide movement for skilled testing authored six small books under the theme “What If” downloadable at his blog. His latest book is available at www.leanpub.com/50mistakes. His friends associate the terms – ‘Change Agent, Idea Man, Motivational’ to him. He tweets under @ajay184f and loves to have long conversations on software testing and life in general. He is currently leading the delivery at Qapitol QA – Provider of Continuous Testing Solutions to DevOps Teams.

Many of you may be thinking this as a very simple topic, but believe me, many of our fellow tester friends still cannot answer the difference between continuous integration, delivery & deployment. This topic will enlighten you with knowledge around the same. More than that it will give a practical sense of how to leverage the power of Jenkins and Docker to run your UI, API, and other tests in large scale projects and perform the continuous testing in the pipeline.

Speaker Bio:

Over 14 years of experience in app dev & automation testing. A Machine learning & Conversational AI Expert. Ex-Cofounder of a couple of consulting companies. Creator of scriptless automation especially for manual testers and continuous monitoring platforms to check realtime mobile app performance. Creator of QBot firefox plugin to identify all the objects on the webpages at one go. Author of Book ‘Selenium Starter Pack For “Smart Manual Tester”: Automation Foundation for Non-Programmers’ published in Amazon. A father of a lovely daughter and a simple human being

“Epidemic has hit us all. Does it mean anything for the present way we are testing? What will change the post epidemic for the testing world if it does? Join us in discussing with leading experts in the field. Your beloved host Lalit (from Tea-time with Testers) will get the ball rolling for you.”

Panellists:

Aprajita Mathur:

Aprajita Mathur is a mom, inventor, mentor, and international speaker with an engineering background in Bioinformatics. She has more than 10+ years of software testing experience. She has worked on a wide range of products like instrument software, LIMS, integrated solutions, and data analysis pipelines which are used in the fields of agriculture, transplant genomics, forensics, and oncology. Currently, she leads the Bioinformatics Software Test team at Guardant Health, which builds the world’s leading comprehensive liquid biopsy. She also leads the chapter for “Women Who Test” in the bay area and hopes to grow this community. In her spare time, she loves to catch up on sleep and write new songs for her son.

Ashok Thiruvengadam:

Ashok is the Founder & CEO of STAG Software, a pure play test boutique. He is an alumnus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago & College of Engineering, Guindy. Passionate about quality, he is the architect of HBT (Hypothesis Based Testing), a personal scientific test methodology implemented immersively as “Immersive Session testing” (IST).
He is an avid ultra cyclist& marathoner and wordsmith who loves writing poetry. A strong believer in opposites, he strives to marry the western system of scientific thinking with the eastern system of belief and mindfulness.

Rahul Verma:

Rahul Verma is an Indian testing entrepreneur and an awarded thought leader for his contributions to the testing community. He is Head of Test Automation at trendig GmbH and Founder of Test Mile and Community Proxy for STeP-IN Forum. He is the creator of Arjuna – a free, open-source, Python-based modern test automation framework. He has contributed to the creation and review of various certifications. His software testing experience includes building test automation frameworks in Python and Java, web security, white box testing, and web performance testing. His research work focuses on Object-oriented design patterns applied to test automation and extending them into general-purpose models. He has presented, published articles, and educated thousands of testers in the said areas. His testing ideas and work are deeply influenced by his exposure and interest in poetry and spirituality.

Pradeep Soundararajan: 

Pradeep Soundararajan is the Chief Servant to Employees and Customers of Moolya Testing, a company he founded. He has been a Tester, Independent Consultant, Test Tool Developer (using Perl), Test Coach, Test Management Consultant, and Product Owner of Testing Tools such as Bugasura.io and whilst wearing a hat as a businessman. Pradeep is the author of the book Buddha in Testing. Too much about him. He is who he is because of the people. He is living a life that can be represented in one word – Ubuntu. Many good people make him.

Moderator:

Lalit Bhamare

Lalit is working with XING SE, Germany as Senior Test Engineer. He is the Chief Editor and Co-founder of “Tea-time with Testers” magazine. He is a testing coach and consultant with a specialization in Rapid Software Testing methodology and BBST foundations by AST, USA.

Lalit is also the co-creator of the “State of Testing Survey” project, which is the largest testing survey in the world. He likes helping organizations for on-boarding them with Context Driven Testing and provides on-demand consultation around implementing the same at work.

DAY 2

Good testing is a great combination of intellect, techniques, heuristics,  process & technology.  What does it take to do brilliant testing? Going beyond the intellect, into the deep, a state of flow, immersing into the act. Where one is focussed yet unbounded, observant but non-judgemental, expansive and deep, seeing the whole and the part, connecting diverse dots, enabling intellect and creativity to shine.  Harnessing the inner human potential to result in brilliant business outcomes, joyfully, beautifully, and always fresh. A state of flow. What does it take to get there?

Speaker Bio:

Ashok is the Founder & CEO of STAG Software, a pure play test boutique. He is an alumnus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago & College of Engineering, Guindy. Passionate about quality, he is the architect of HBT (Hypothesis Based Testing), a personal scientific test methodology implemented immersively as “Immersive Session testing” (IST).
He is an avid ultra cyclist& marathoner and wordsmith who loves writing poetry. A strong believer in opposites, he strives to marry the western system of scientific thinking with the eastern system of belief and mindfulness.

How do you train an AI bot to do your software testing? Integrating AI into your testing activities can be intimidating, but in reality, it is pretty easy, and it just takes some understanding and work. Learn how to directly apply AI to real-world testing problems without having a Ph.D. in computer science. Jennifer will share a wide survey of all the different ways AI is applied to software testing today. Get some hands-on experience using AI with a testing focus with no coding skills required. Whether you are just AI-Curious or want to reap the benefits of AI-based testing approaches on your product today, this workshop is a must to get an understanding of where testing, and your career, are headed in an AI-First world. Jennifer will also reserve time for Q&A to discuss applying AI-based testing approaches to your individual testing problems. This workshop will get you ready for the AI-Based future of testing!” Leave this session knowing how to start using AI, where AI can be applied to software testing, benefits of AI-first testing approach, practice with AI using an open-source tool, different tool options for AI in a testing tool-agnostic approach.

Speaker Bio:

Jennifer Bonine is the CEO and Co-Founder of PinkLion, and the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) testing tech CEO.  Formed in 2019, PinkLion is the only company of its kind successfully running AI-based Human creating your virtual research assistants. PinkLion exceeds expectations of integration, testing, delivery, and software management with a groundbreaking business model that is fully engaged in the sustainable development goals (“SDGs”) cultivated by the United Nations. 

As CEO, Jennifer ensures PinkLion delivers targeted AI integration, employing a human engagement model designed to train app teams using an AI-first strategy.  PinkLion provides solutions to retool client workforces, building integration layers into existing technology and frameworks.  Jennifer is currently collaborating with entertainment, gaming, media, insurance, professional sports, and all industries addressing problematic mediums facing AI-based scrutiny.  PinkLion’s clients view the company as one of principle – representing equality, inclusivity, future of work, and promise in AI technology. 

Respected as a gifted speaker, teacher, and trainer, Jennifer Bonine addresses the AI industry nationally and internationally, most recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos and for CNNMoney Switzerland.  She has held executive-level positions leading teams for fortune 100 teams and is a founding board member of the United States bid for a  World Expo 2027. Jennifer is a founding sponsor and member of IVOW AI’s Women in History Data Ideation Challenge, and an executive board member of Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way, a foundation dedicated to providing healthy technology distractions to children with serious illness.  She is a member of Million Dollar Women, sponsors TeamWomen, and is a council member of DreamTank, an organization designed to champion young entrepreneurs.  Recently named one of the Top 30 Leaders to Watch in 2020 by Silicon Review, Jennifer Bonine will be featured at the UN’s AI for Good summit.  Jennifer is also developing a series of PinkLion adventure books to educate children about the power of AI and machine learning.

HTTP Headers are MUST if the businesses care about Security. Some complain that they do not have the budget, but these little things don’t need a budget, but passion towards securing applications unless you are going with a deeper security assessment where it needs a specialist or an expert.

Most of the programmers and testers are not aware of HTTP Headers they can implement to mitigate deadly attacks such as Cross-Site Scripting, Clickjacking, MIME Sniffing attacks, Form Data HiJacking, Banners Revealing Sensitive Information etcetera.

Trust me, these just don’t take a lot of time to get right and build prevention mechanisms against certain types of dangerous vulnerabilities. Mind you, it doesn’t just apply to every variant of a specific attack but does surely help to strengthen the security wall.

This micro workshop is a demonstration based where two things will be spoken about:

1) What kind of attacks are we vulnerable to if we don’t use Secure HTTP Headers?

2) What needs to be done to mitigate security vulnerabilities by using these secure HTTP Headers?

We will have a lot of fun learning about HTTP Headers.

Key learning 1: Understand why HTTP Headers are important to your web applications?

Key learning 2: Learn how to implement these HTTP Headers in the right way?

Key learning 3: Mitigating attacks such as XSS, ClickJacking & other attacks.

Key learning 4: Get a perspective of how no secure HTTP Headers can cause ugly problems.

Key learning 5: Become HTTP Headers Advocate/Fighter in your organization.

Speaker Bio:

security tester. application security. owasp cheat-sheet contributor. network security. exploratory tester. test automator. zero-day vulnerability finder. award winner in the security area. international keynote speaker. coach & mentor. trainer.

Santhosh Tuppad has played different roles in his life which include being a Passionate Entrepreneur, Computer Engineer, Software Tester, JavaScript, and Python Programmer, Blogger, Reader, Trainer, Coach, Black-hat Thinker, White-hat Hacker, Grey-Hat hacker and what not. In this amazing journey of life, he has experienced his salvation. Not to forget that “Salvation comes at a price” and of course he has paid that price. Before he was known for being merciless, ruthless, unkind, evil, etc. And today he is known for kindness, humbleness, and some people call him “Privacy Fighter”. Santhosh is also one of the OWASP Cheatsheet Contributors and shares his knowledge on Security and Testing unconditionally. The world finds his ways “Unconventional”, but he thinks that it’s the best. 😉

“In 2018, Mike Talks ran a series of interviews around Wellington around people’s experiences with automation. Collecting together the transcripts, he noticed a couple of key patterns and hard lessons that had been learned. In this session, Mike will talk through those key findings. How will your experience match?”

Speaker Bio:

Mike Talks is a tester based in Wellington, New Zealand, who has published extensively under the handle TestSheepNZ. He’s the author of the book How To Test which gives an intro to testing.

Analytics is changing the way products and services are being created and consumed. In this session, we will learn what is Analytics, and why is it important to business & product teams. But just knowing about Analytics is not sufficient for business. We need to evolve our way of working and practices to validate analytics are captured correctly, before releasing to production.

In this session, we will learn

  • Why is it important to use Analytics in your product?
  • The impact of Analytics not working as expected
  • Techniques to test Analytics
  • Discuss different ways to automate analytics validation
  • See a demo of how to automate that validation using WAAT – Web Analytics Automation Testing

Speaker Bio:

Anand is a Software Quality Evangelist with 20+ years in the software testing field. He is passionate about shipping a quality product, and specializes in Product Quality strategy & execution, and also building automated testing tools, infrastructure, and frameworks.

Anand writes testing related blogs and has built open-source tools related to Software Testing – WAAT (Web Analytics Automation Testing Framework)TaaS (for automating the integration testing in disparate systems), and TTA (Test Trend Analyzer).

A strategy is an approach or in very simple words a plan of action to achieve the overall goal. Similarly, a test strategy is an approach for testing. Every time you want to test something, the obvious question that comes up is how you are going to test it.

This workshop opens up ideas to come up with a quick test strategy and helps triggering thoughts in terms of how one could think of the test strategy. Remember test strategies vary from application to application and should always be designed in collaboration with developers, business, stakeholders, and fellow testers.

Brijesh will walk through an app possibly 2 if time permits and show how you can come up with a quick test strategy.

Speaker Bio:

Brijesh Deb has over 2 decades years of experience in leading, managing, and coaching teams on Software Testing and embracing the Agile mindset.  He is a Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics and Communication and an Executive Master of Business Administration in Operations.

Being a hands-on software tester has also helped him stay close to technology and understand the intricacies. He has been involved in the testing of applications from lightweight mobile apps to large scale industrial IoT solutions. He works with some of the topmost high tech companies providing everyday solutions in the Automotive, Avionics, Semiconductor, Space, Agriculture, and Energy sectors to name a few.

Brijesh is an Agile Transformation Agent with the objective of helping organizations in achieving customer excellence with a focus on delivering maximum value to customers, stakeholders, and teams. Emphasis on cultural change driven by collaboration at all levels to adopt the agile mindset and change.

He lives in the Netherlands with his wife and 2 years old son. In his free time, he loves singing rhymes with his son. He’s a wordsmith and loves to write on social media especially LinkedIn. He has a passion for anthropology and loves to study human behavior.

Have you ever inherited a test code that you felt wasn’t easy to comprehend? Or, have you worked for teams that demanded a rewrite of automation test codebase because they found the current one unmaintainable? Have you ever had to modify a lot of tests when a small product functionality changed? Have you had developers asking you to ignore failed tests because they didn’t trust it? Has debugging a failed test taken you a lot longer than it should have?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the questions above, you would realize that it gives an indication about the “quality of your tests”.

Today, many software engineering teams emphasize having quality production code which is readable, extensible, maintainable, etc. They put in place some good practices to keep their production code clean.

But, many of those teams do not treat the automated test code in the same way. “That’s just a test and it is working fine!” attitude is widely prevalent. Many teams do not focus on or push themselves to improve the code quality of their automated tests and it is one of the reasons automated tests become viewed as a liability in the long run.

In this talk, I wish to convey the following:

  • What is clean code
  • Why should our automated test code be clean
  • Some examples of how we can write clean code
  • How to refactor tests to improve its quality
  • Some techniques and practices by which we can achieve clean and maintainable test code

Speaker Bio:

Lavanya is a passionate software engineer with experience in software testing and software development. She cares deeply about shipping quality products. She looks forward to working with teams that encourage learning and value a culture of feedback.

She occasionally writes non-technical articles on her blog: https://bitweft.com/

When you build your testing strategy, how do you know what’s important? In this session, Anna will guide you through a technique to identify your key stakeholders and discover what quality means to them. Knowing who will be affected by the quality issues will help you to build the most robust and flexible testing strategy, so you can be confident you test the right thing.

Speaker Bio:

Anna is a renowned international speaker and recognized expert in Software Test Leadership. In 2015, she founded Test Masters Academy which runs major international events: Test Leadership Congress, Test Masters Online, and ConTEST NYC, which made the list of the best global Software Testing conferences in 2018-2019. Anna held various test management roles for 14+ years, served as the Executive At Large on Association for Software Testing’s Board of Directors (2016-2017), as the President of AST Quality Leader SIG (2012-2014), and as the Software Test Professionals Community Advisory Board Member (2014 2015). Anna is the founder of several Test/QA meetups in New York.

Fireside chat theme would be revealed soon. Be ready with your questions for Michael too. 🙂

Guest: Michael Bolton

Michael’s Twitter Bio says- “I help people to solve testing problems that they don’t know how to solve, and help them learn how to do that for themselves.”
 
Michael is a consultant and trainer specialized in Rapid Software Testing (see http://www.developsense.com), a skill set, and a mindset focused on high-value testing that is fast, inexpensive, credible, and accountable. He also writes extensively about testing and software development on his blog (see http://www.developsense.com/blog).
 
– He helps organizations, software development groups, and testers to defend the value of projects and products in any development context: Agile, Lean, DevOps, Scrum, or more traditional development models.
– He provides consulting to executives and managers who want the fastest, least expensive testing that still completely fulfills the testing mission.
– He teaches Rapid Software Testing—one of the world’s most highly regarded classes on software testing.
– He helps people responsible for testing to focus on a fundamental management question: are there problems that threaten the on-time, successful completion of development work?
– He teaches other classes including Rapid Software Testing for Managers, Rapid Software Testing for Programmers, Rapid Software Testing Strategy, Critical Thinking for Testers, and more.

Host: Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously re-inventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing – a worldwide movement for skilled testing authored six small books under the theme “What If” downloadable at his blog. His latest book is available at www.leanpub.com/50mistakes. His friends associate the terms – ‘Change Agent, Idea Man, Motivational’ to him. He tweets under @ajay184f and loves to have long conversations on software testing and life in general. He is currently leading the delivery at Qapitol QA – Provider of Continuous Testing Solutions to DevOps Teams.

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