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Monday, November 18
 

08:30

Registration, breakfast
Registration and breakfast

Monday November 18, 2019 08:30 - 09:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

09:00

2-DAY CERTIFICATION TRAINING: Succeeding with Whole Team Testing
In this highly interactive 2 days workshop, participants will learn how to step up their game and enable the whole team testing to support whole team quality, through exercises, discussions, and experiments. And succeed with it. Lalit will share his experiments around getting the whole team engage in quality-related activities, challenges he faced and how did he overcome them. Join Lalit and sail with him in what he calls as “intellectual voyage”. 


Key takeaways and skills you will gain from the workshop: 
  • Understand the concept and notions of Quality through whole team testing
  • Understand Software Testability and how to build it in products
  • Learn and practice risk analysis skills
  • Master testing strategy throughout the project lifecycle
  • Learn test design techniques using various heuristics
  • Learn the art of Quality Evangelism and communication


Participants will be trained through hands-on activities including:
  • Quality Criteria Session or Risk Assessment Session
  • QX – Quality Experience Session
  • PFT – Pairing for Testability Session
  • PFC – Pairing for Coverage Session 
  • Bug investigation and Troubleshooting methods
  • Professional Test Tools and Techniques


At the end of the workshop participants will also learn:
  • How to implement Whole Team Testing in a structured way
  • How to roll out Whole Team Testing with team member on-boarding
  • How to overcome challenges through  real life examples
  • How to make testing fun and engaging with gamification of testing activities 


The 2-day certificate program will provide participants the robust framework of practices to successfully implement Whole Team Testing in their day-to-day work and to satisfy the stakeholders need for Quality.

Speakers
avatar for Lalitkumar Bhamare

Lalitkumar Bhamare

Senior Software Test Engineer, XING SE
Lalit is currently working with XING SE, Germany as a Senior Software Test Engineer. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Editor of the most popular software testing magazine "Tea-time with Testers". He is an international keynote speaker and regularly speaks at software quality conferences... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 09:00 - Tuesday November 19, 2019 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
 
Wednesday, November 20
 

08:30

Registration, breakfast
Wednesday November 20, 2019 08:30 - 09:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:00

TUTORIAL: Appium: From Surface to Core
Over the past few years, Appium has gained tremendous popularity due to its support of many languages and multi-platform automation possibilities. It is the most popular tool for test automation engineers as of today.
However, there are times when beginner Appium users have a curiosity about how it works under the surface. Some intermediate/advanced users always wonder how to debug their automation code in conjunction with the Appium source code to find out why that element on UI can’t be located or why the click is not working on that custom element.
In this workshop, we will start with the tools that are building a block of higher-level automation frameworks, such as Appium and then we will deep dive into Appium itself.

Agenda:

Evolution till Appium

  • Brief History and comparison of First Order open source android automation tools (Robotium, UiAutomator, Espresso, UiAutomator2)
  • Evolution of higher-order Automation tools like Calabash and Appium.
  • Appium as an aggregator of First Order automation tools

Inside Appium
  • How does Appium work
  • Debugging Appium: Using lifecycle of a simple web driver action, we will follow the code path taken by an Appium command and debug/monitor the beautiful journey which will start from client-side  Ruby/Java code, JavaScript side of Appium driver finally ending up with Java/Kotlin server inside the android device. 

Participants should have laptops with them for hands-on exercises. Coding experience is recommended.

Speaker will keep giving the demonstration on his machine. if attendees do not have machine setup done, they can observe and ask questions during the workshop.

Installation Requirements:
- Android Studio with Android SDK
- Java
- Chrome Postman
- Node.Js
- Appium

For Java programmers: https://github.com/rajdeepv/AppiumJavaExample
For Ruby programmers: https://github.com/rajdeepv/appium_backdoors
Please clone https://github.com/appium/appium-espresso-driver and then run the below command in the root of repo
./gradlew clean assembleAndroidTest

Speakers
avatar for Rajdeep Varma

Rajdeep Varma

Sr. Automation QA Engineer at Badoo (UK)
Rajdeep is a Test Automation preacher. He is an active contributor to Appium and in the past, has contributed to a few other open-source test tools such as Calabash. Rajdeep has authored open source testing tools "parallel_calabash" and "nakal" (RubyGems) for mobile apps testing... Read More →


Wednesday November 20, 2019 09:00 - 12:30
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:00

TUTORIAL: Designing Your Java and Maven-based Testing Framework
During this tutorial Corina will show you how to create and customize an automation project (framework) from scratch, using Maven. 
Java based test design will be the main focus of the tutorial after the project was created: how to avoid repeating code, how to structure your test code, how/when/why to create utility classes and how to run tests.
Corina will show you how to write browser unaware Selenium tests and how to easily switch the browser on which they run. You will learn how to write tests that are environment unaware and how to make them run across your environments. Also you will get an idea of how to easily create tests for translation purposes, when your code runs across localized pages.

Key takeaways: 
  • How to create a new code project with Maven
  • Understanding your pom.xml file
  • How to import dependencies with Maven
  • How to find what you need in the imported dependencies
  • How to create Maven profiles for running tests based on an xml file
  • Creating the browser instances and browser utilities
  • How to switch browsers in tests and how to write browser unaware tests
  • How to switch environments on which tests run and how to write environment unaware tests
  • How to create one test that can run across all the localized variations of a page
  • How to structure the project (where to place what), how to organize the project

Installation Requirements:
The attendees will need to have the following installed on their machine:
- IntelliJ. Community version will suffice and it is free. Can be downloaded here: https://www.jetbrains.com/idea/download
- A Java JDK (preferably above 8). It is up to the participants to choose which version they want and what provider from (either OpenJDK or Oracle).


Speakers
avatar for Corina Pip

Corina Pip

QA & Automation Lead at Splend (Romania)
Corina is a Test & Automation Lead, with focus on testing by means of Java, Selenium, TestNG, Spring, Maven, and other cool frameworks and tools. Previous endeavours from her 11+ years testing career include working on navigation devices, in the online gaming industry, in the aviation... Read More →


Wednesday November 20, 2019 09:00 - 12:30
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:00

TUTORIAL: Liberating Structures
Unleash the power of your teams, transform the way your organization solves problems.
Are you ready to shift from boring, unproductive and fear-ridden meetings to the ones where people feel safe to engage in co-creation, harvesting novel ideas and collaboration with purpose?
Join Robie Wood, the leader of NYC Liberating Structures community for a half-day immersive experience with Liberating Structures and pick up a number of effective techniques to help improve your:

· Scrum Events
· Weekly/monthly staff meetings and even Town Halls!
· Training workshops
· Strategic Vision / Portfolio Planning and PI Planning workshops
· Project Kickoff/Inception
· Project Retrospectives

Are you running an internal community of practice or come to a local community group?
Now you too will be able to help your community connect faster, collaborate better and become more jelled as a group.

As a participant, you will receive a set of LS Cards and LS Matchmaking tool to help you design your meetings, training and workshops with Liberating Structures.

Speakers
avatar for J. Robie Wood

J. Robie Wood

Director, Agile Portfolio Lead at Capital One Bank (USA)
With over 31 years’ experience as a business leader, program manager and information technology practitioner, Robie Wood is specializing in Information Technology program strategy and delivery with an emphasis on building and leading strong Agile teams and organizations. He has... Read More →


Wednesday November 20, 2019 09:00 - 12:30
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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12:30

Lunch
Wednesday November 20, 2019 12:30 - 13:30
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:30

TUTORIAL: A Whole Team Approach to Testing in Continuous Delivery
Many testers today find themselves on teams who decide to adopt continuous delivery and
DevOps practices, but leave responsibility for all testing activities to the testers. The end result
is often more testing to do, less time to do it, and more stress for testers!

To succeed with continuous delivery, the whole delivery team needs to take responsibility for
the necessary continuous testing. We need more than infrastructure to get small changes out
frequently. We need confidence that those changes won’t cause customer pain, we need quick
feedback to learn about the impact of those changes.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to visualize their deployment pipeline.
You’ll practice using a test suite canvas to discuss what questions each stage in your pipeline
needs to answer, and understand the value each step provides. You’ll work in groups to come
up with new experiments to help shorten feedback cycles, make sure all essential types of
testing – not only automated ones - are done continually, and fit testing into the continuous
world.

Whether​ ​your​ ​tests​ ​take​ ​minutes​ ​or​ ​days,​ ​and​ ​whether​ ​your​ ​deploys​ ​happen​ ​hourly​ ​or​ ​quarterly,
you’ll​ ​discover​ ​benefits.​ ​You’ll​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​a​ ​simulation​ ​to​ ​visualize​ ​your​ ​team’s​ ​current​ ​path​ ​to
production​ ​and​ ​uncover​ ​risks​ ​to​ ​both​ ​your​ ​product​ ​and​ ​your​ ​deployment​ ​process.​ ​No​ ​laptops
required,​ ​just​ ​bring​ ​your​ ​curiosity.

Learning outcomes:
* How to use the test suite canvas to design a pipeline that gives your team confidence to
release frequently
* How to analyze​ ​pipelines​ ​from​ ​different​ ​perspectives​ ​to​ ​create shorter ​feedback​ ​loops
and mitigate risks
* Ways your team can design experiments to address the many challenges of testing in a
continuous world



Speakers
avatar for Lisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin

Testing Advocate at mabl (USA)
Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons “Agile Testing Essentials” video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole... Read More →
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA)
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... Read More →


Wednesday November 20, 2019 13:30 - 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:30

TUTORIAL: Automated Visual Testing
Functional test automation is a wonderful way to frequently and expeditiously execute regression testing. However, the test scripts that we write are limited to the few assertions we’ve considered. Many times, these assertions only cover the tip of the iceberg and account for a small fraction of what a human being would have subconsciously verified.

For example, a test automation script can verify that when adding 2 and 2 via a calculator app, the sum that is returned on screen is 4. But does the 4 appear correctly? Is it upside down? Or sideways? Is it the right color? Are there errors that appear on other areas of the screen? These are all things that the human eye would notice, but an automated regression test would not. The test would continue to pass, even with all of the aforementioned errors. This is where visual validation comes in!

Visual validation is a relatively new concept to add to your test automation toolbox. Applitools, a sophisticated visual validation tool, uses AI to mimic the human eye and brain to verify the look and feel of your application.

In this workshop, you will develop automated UI tests using Java, Selenium WebDriver, JUnit, and Applitools. You’ll learn when and where to add visual assertions, how to work with various match levels including ones suitable for dynamic content, and how to evaluate and resolve visual test results.

Existing familiarity with test automation (even if with different tools) will be helpful for this workshop.

Installation requirements (please install before class):
https://rb.gy/ocy18b

Speakers
avatar for Angie Jones

Angie Jones

Automation Architect, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools (USA)
Angie Jones is a Senior Developer Advocate who specializes in test automation strategies and techniques. She shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world, writing tutorials and technical articles on angiejones.tech, and leading... Read More →


Wednesday November 20, 2019 13:30 - 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:30

TUTORIAL: Getting the Test Strategy Right for the Context
This workshop is about exploring where and how testing takes place, what makes the contexts different, and how evaluate the risks and design test strategies around various contexts.  Development of context-driven testing strategies will enhance the valuable testing output, allow to save resources and budget, and pick the right tools to support testing activities.
We will go outside the usual comfort zone of websites facing the public and consumers. Let’s look inside to the development of internal IT systems – “business to employee” systems, and consider how to add value with relevant testing activities. We will look into the engine room of business systems for goods received, billing, bonus calculations, point of sales systems and many other moving parts of companies. 
Testing takes place in many more IT contexts besides software development. Looking into it, even software development is a big area - are we talking about new development, existing code base or perhaps coding into an commercial "shelf" application framework.  Sometimes we even have to test that "everything works as before" when the product is moved to another application maintenance vendor.
In this workshop we will look into the various ways to approach testing in the larger IT landscape.

Key takeaways:
  • A look into the engine room of IT systems to support the enterprise
  • Discovering the principles of context-driven testing and exploratory testing
  • Learning how to develop test strategies for different contexts
  • An eye opener and stepping stone to advance your testing to new areas


Speakers
avatar for Jesper Ottosen

Jesper Ottosen

Senior Test Manager at NNIT (Denmark), NNIT A/S
Jesper Ottosen is a Senior Test Manager at NNIT A/S, an IT outsourcing company in Denmark, where he leads testing of commercial standard applications, infrastructure and transition programs. Jesper volunteers as a “leaders leader” in a local Christian youth group, the “FDF... Read More →


Wednesday November 20, 2019 13:30 - 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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Thursday, November 21
 

08:30

Registration, breakfast
Thursday November 21, 2019 08:30 - 09:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:00

Conference welcome mix
Thursday November 21, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:00

Conference welcome mix
Thursday November 21, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:00

Conference welcome mix
Thursday November 21, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:15

Derive Good Test Data from Production Data without Breaking Privacy Laws
Good test data is the very foundation of good testing. But good test data is hard to get. If you create it manually or build a script or program to generate test data, the test data will probably reflect your understanding of- and expectations to the production data rather than the actual properties of the production data. For that reason, it is unfortunately not uncommon to use production data or data trivially derived from production data for testing.

Using production data for testing has problems of its own. GDPR (the new EU privacy lay) applies to such data. It obviously applies when using production data directly. But surprising to many, GDPR also applies in almost all situations when test data is based on scrambled or anonymized production data.

Overall content of the talk:
* The importance of good, representative and secure test data and the importance of fast, cheap and low-friction access to the test data.
* Metrics for test data (how to measure test data quality).
* Which are the compliance and security challenges (GDPR, Segregation of Duties, data loss prevention, corporate policies, etc.).
* A helicopter view of the most relevant articles of GDPR.
* A helicopter view of the techniques that can be used to protect data, such as anonymization, pseudonymization, synthetic data, tokenization, and format-preserving encryption.
* Strategies for generating test data while respecting privacy and security.
* How to ensure GDPR compliance.
* What to do next and where to start.

Martin will also make sure to address some of the most prominent and serious misconceptions, such as that many believe that data can easily be anonymized (and thus get out of GDPR scope) and that hash function can ensure privacy. Without good test data, your test is not representative to the real-life production situation.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Boesgaard

Martin Boesgaard

CEO & Founder, PII Guard
Martin has a passion for information security and privacy. He has led and managed the development and implementation of several large security-related projects. On top of that, he is expert in cryptography, information security and privacy after having worked in the area for 20 y... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 09:15 - 10:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:15

Stress Testing Your Website without Stressing Your Dev Team
In the media industry, any day can become an important day. An election is a momentous event at The NY Times. Our subscribers rely heavily on real-time and most accurate updates. Since our projections were skyrocketing for election night for 2018 midterms and with our recent migration to a cloud-based infrastructure, we decided to do a simulation of election night traffic by executing stress test of our systems in a production environment.

The Times attracted a record-breaking number of readers on the 2018 midterms night, with some services having traffic 40 times more than normal. The preparation we did ahead by aligning our teams and designing a model to scale, helped us resolve issues with minimal disruption successfully.

In this presentation Shesh will cover:
* A full step by step guide to planning ahead for handling high volumes traffic, from tool selection to stress script writing
* Effective practices on stress testing and why is it important
* Lessons learned while doing stress testing in a cloud-based infrastructure
* Exercising incident management process through stress testing

Speakers
avatar for Prathamesh Nagle

Prathamesh Nagle

Senior Software Engineer In Test at New York Times, New York Times
Prathamesh Nagle is a Senior Software Engineer in Test in The New York Times. He's currently working with Test Automation Team responsible for enabling Development teams to accelerate their speed of Test Automation development by providing support for various testing tools and frameworks... Read More →
avatar for Shesh Patel

Shesh Patel

Engineering Manager, The New York Times
Shesh Patel is a passionate test advocate who is leading central test automation team at The New York Times. He joined The Times in 2016 and has worked on various projects with a vision to increase quality with velocity. Previously, he worked at an ad-tech firm for 3 years focusing... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 09:15 - 10:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:15

Through Software Wilderness Workshop
The era of the great explorers is long gone, but the spirit of exploring is still here. Every day thousands of QAs around the world are walking through the software wilderness trying to find bugs that hide in lines of code, mimicking features, and disappearing in the air just to show up in another place in a minute.

I invite you to the exciting trip to the parts unknown of software under test while playing games and having fun.

Participants will play some exploratory testing games, watch videos and will learn how to conduct exploratory testing sessions and where to find ideas for them. The result of this session will be the set of questions QAs should ask, and ready-to-use test charters and tours.

Speakers
avatar for Iryna Suprun

Iryna Suprun

QA Architect at Xandr (USA)
Iryna started her career as a Software Engineer in 2004 in Ukraine where she was born. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2006 and in 2007 she began her first position as a Quality Analyst. She remained in QA, focussing on the telecom industry and testing real-time... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 09:15 - 10:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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10:00

Break
Thursday November 21, 2019 10:00 - 10:15
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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10:15

Challenges of Testing Complex IoT Systems and Devices
IoT has been a buzzword for few years already. Everybody talks about it and you can find a lot of information everywhere. Even though it is not quite new, still not a lot of people know how it really works and what are the possibilities with it. In order to test the hardware and software included in IoT system, there are lots of challenges. Knowledge and mindset which testers must have to answer them can vary from the constant improvement of understanding the hardware parts itself to thinking about the end user’s behavior on several levels.

Milena and Dejan will share with you their experience of testing the smart vending machine as an IoT device. The process of transforming one simple automat to the smart vending machine as part of the big IoT system demands constant changing of testing approach and techniques. They will give you real-life examples and share their story. Making hardware smart and testing it constantly inside the IoT system is an everyday challenge for them. Join this presentation to find out how to overcome those challenges of testing a big complex IoT devices.

Key takeaways:
* Why product context is important when defining test approach
* Which skills can tester learn during testing complex IoT systems and devices
* What is the future of testing holds and how testing will be evolving around new IoT technologies

Speakers
avatar for Milena Lazarevic

Milena Lazarevic

Head of Testing at Invenda Group (Serbia)
Milena is head of testing in a young software development company called Invenda based in Novi Sad. After completing a Master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Belgrade in 2012, she started testing various vending and transportation software products for international... Read More →
avatar for Dejan Nikolic

Dejan Nikolic

Senior QA Engineer at Invenda Group (Serbia)
For Dejan, quality is never a coincidence but the end goal and primary expectation of software testing. Consulting for 6 years, Dejan developed and implemented testing strategies for government and institutional clients in the transportation sector, with a focus on ticket vending... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 10:15 - 11:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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10:15

Deliberate Practice in Practice
Deliberate practice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions,deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.

In this experience report, Dwayne Green, test manager at 1-800-CONTACTS, will share how he applied the deliberate practice principles to his team.

The participants will learn how they can use the same principles at their workplace; and how they can grow their team members to be more productive and perform better as well.

Key Takeaways:
* Successes and pitfalls to avoid while applying Deliberate Practice principles in a work setting.
* How using Deliberate Practice principles and techniques can improve the testers on the teams that are turning into DevOps teams.
* Ideas to take back to work and try to implement to get testers a more deliberate mindset.

This session is relevant to both Test Managers and for Test Professionals.

Speakers
avatar for Dwayne Green

Dwayne Green

Testing Team Lead at 1-800 CONTACTS (USA)
Dwayne Green is a Team Lead of Testing at 1-800 Contacts located in Draper, UT. He has 10 years of industry experience and has a passion for developing skills in testing. He has been active in local testing meetups. Dwayne can be reached on Twitter @n00btester.


Thursday November 21, 2019 10:15 - 11:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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10:15

Testing in Uncharted Waters - Introducing the Change in the New Domains
Let me paint a picture for you. The journey I am going talk about started like this: an experienced testing consultant, without previous domain knowledge, enters this new world to propose system improvements. To cut a long story short, he fails. 

In theory, all the IT domains are very similar. However, the reality is slightly different. This is starting from the technical meaning of the words, best practices, life cycles, not to mention the type of stakeholders. In my case it was ERP domain in a regulated environment where  most of the stakeholders have heard about software testing, they may have even been testing themselves, but have never employed, or worked with, dedicated skilled software testers. The story I am going to share will be about introducing the testing improvements in such domain.

Key Learning 1:  The ideas for challenging the status quo and implementing the change in a new domain. 

Key learning 2: How following passion for improvement, individuals can apply new methodologies to gain better results, even when regulated environments are challenging.

Key learning 3:  How to get inspired by entering a new software community to broaden your expertise and knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Aleksander Lipski

Aleksander Lipski

IT Expert at Roche (Poland)
Software testing enthusiast, co-organizer of the oldest polish testing meetup and PTaQ Day One Conference. Speaker at testing events. In software testing, he honours the tester independence and ability to bring value regardless of the given context or role. So far he has been gaining... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 10:15 - 11:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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11:00

Break
Thursday November 21, 2019 11:00 - 11:15
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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11:15

Testing in Production
How do you know your feature is working perfectly in production? And if something breaks in production, how will you know? Will you wait for a user to report it to you? What do you do when your staging test results do not reflect current production behavior?

In order to test proactively as opposed to reactively, test in production! By testing in production, you will have increased accuracy of test results, your tests will run faster due to elimination of mock and bad data, and you will have higher confidence before releases. You can accomplish this through feature flagging, continuous delivery, and data cleanup. Only when your end-to-end tests pass in production will you know that your features are truly working.

I will show you how to mitigate risk, improve your understanding of the steps to get there, and shift your company’s testing culture to provide the best possible experience to your users. I will talk about the way to run tests in the production environment of a system, how to do it without disrupting real end users, and how to exclude testing data from data and analytics. I will also talk about the tools that help in this process, the benefits of testing in production and why the pros outweigh the cons, over doing it in staging or other testing environments, why its more reliable, and sometimes even easier.

Speakers
avatar for Talia Nassi

Talia Nassi

Software Engineer in Test at WeWork (Israel)
Talia Nassi is a quality-driven Test Engineer at WeWork with a passion for breaking and rebuilding software to be the highest possible quality. She started interning in QA when she was studying at UC San Diego and immediately knew that she had found her calling. From UCSD she was... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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11:15

The Challenges of Testing Playback at Scale
Playback is a complex animal that is often overlooked or reduced in QA to simple cursory visibility checks. This talk will cover an overview of the architecture of live and on demand OTT video streaming (as well as a brief covering of broadcast for reference) and the testing challenges that come from this, as well as some tips on how best to approach the planning of the testing effort to maximize the efficacy of your playback testing.

Pitched at a beginner to intermediate level, participants will leave with a knowledge of some of the moving parts that make up OTT video streaming and some of the approaches that can be utilized whilst testing playback. 

Speakers
avatar for Ian Goddard

Ian Goddard

Software Development Engineer In Test at DAZN (UK)
I began my career nearly 10 years ago when I accidentally stumbled into in broadcast television testing. This included running conformance testing for CI+, Freeview, and HbbTV regimes across the globe. I honed my skills driving an audio testing regime for the company by integrating... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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11:15

There is More in Appium than You Think
Have you been in a situation when some cases are impossible to test because Appium doesn't have support? Appium is improving continuously and release of espresso-driver is an example of this.

There are a lot of capabilities in this driver, one of which is the ability to call platform methods on elements via backdoor without modifying Application under test. This opens the door of infinite possibilities. What it means is, if the Android platform supports some actions or properties on an element, then Appium will support it out of the box.

For an automation engineer, that's a very powerful addition. I was fortunate enough to work on this feature and would like to showcase what are the various tricky cases where this feature can be applied. There will be code, there will be real examples shown with a sample android app.

As a result, users will be able to automate some of the trickiest cases in Android automation by hacking into Appium. They will also gain internal knowledge of how Appium work from the person who is a committer to Appium codebase.

Speakers
avatar for Rajdeep Varma

Rajdeep Varma

Sr. Automation QA Engineer at Badoo (UK)
Rajdeep is a Test Automation preacher. He is an active contributor to Appium and in the past, has contributed to a few other open-source test tools such as Calabash. Rajdeep has authored open source testing tools "parallel_calabash" and "nakal" (RubyGems) for mobile apps testing... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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12:00

Lunch
Thursday November 21, 2019 12:00 - 13:00
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:00

Sell! Sell! Sell!: A Stress Free Guide to Introducing Quality Assurance
Is the engineering team craving quality? Are developers begging for more QA involvement? If not, it's time to sell it.

Convincing teams that the solution is adding/increasing QA can be a challenge. They may already be releasing successful products, timelines already slower than desired, and resources already limited. I'll discuss how to apply marketing principles to have engineering teams yearning for more QA and believing in the indispensability of quality assurance.

The talk will focus on:
* Understanding the problem
* Defining and understanding the customer(s)
* Communicating a compelling value proposition

Focusing on these areas will allow you to create a compelling marketing strategy that highlights to your audience: Quality is the Answer.

Whether you are the Director of Quality or a functional tester at your organization, this talk is for you. The audience will leave ready to Sell! Sell! Sell!

Takeaways:
 * Understanding of how marketing and business strategies can be applied to change management strategies
* Ability to communicate the benefits of QA in a compelling manor

Speakers
avatar for Jovana Florus

Jovana Florus

Senior Engineering Manager
Jovana is an Engineering Manager at Trunk Club and the founder of the company’s Quality Assurance program. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Brown University in International relations. For over a decade, she has built her career in the software industry, starting as a Test... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:00

Tools, Games and Activities to Gather More Ideas to Test
Apart from gathering test ideas by referring to a requirements specification, a new tester is at a loss. It often happens due to a lack of experiential and continuous learning.

What has come to my rescue is being invested in learning from more than one reference material to gather test ideas. Spanning out to learn by observation and different fields of study such as cognitive biases that one holds, the past experiences that a user and a tester has had, has helped me to search and find ideas to test by collecting information relevant to the application under test.

And what is a better way to learn than by asking relevant questions which translate to subjecting the system to tests that lead the application to naive, accurate or critical responses. Questioning is a means to look for more ideas to test.

A few of the questions that I ask prior to testing and release are:
- What can go wrong when the system goes live?
- Which unintended user will have access to this application?
- What other feature needs to be integrated into this release? What paths needs to be re-tested?
- Should we reconsider and invest on testing in various different test instances?

It is more than being hawk-eyed that takes one to come up with questions leading to test ideas, and we will learn the reasons on why some of us hesitate to ask those relevant questions in time.

Key takeaways:
* Learn the biases: why ideas don’t occur easily to some while others are skilled at mining them.
* Tools that testers can use to spark more ideas as a team.
* We will learn to ask relevant questions by the method of "learning by gaming" and to transfer those ideas on to a mind-map.

Speakers
avatar for Jyothi Rangaiah

Jyothi Rangaiah

Chief Editor of Women Testers magazine (USA)
Jyothi Rangaiah is a justice activist, leading teams towards better test practice. A constant challenge seeker and a risk assessor with interest in testing open source, mobile, and web applications, she is also the Chief Editor of Women Testers online e-magazine and a mentor and a... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:00

Unmasking Test Data. The Case for Synthetic Test Data
Synthetic Test Data has come a long way. This session will discuss the advantages of synthetic data over masking production data. We will look at GenRocket and how it is redefining the use of data in Agile , DevOps and Waterfall environments.

In this session, participants will learn how to create test data. They will also learn how synthetic data can keep referential integrity. A key driver in being able to use non-production data for test.

Speakers
avatar for George Hamblen

George Hamblen

Senior Quality Assurance Architect at UST Global (USA), UST Global
Innovative and results driven Quality Assurance executive with extensive experience in leading multiple-site domestic and offshore functional, automation and performance testing efforts. Repeated successful customer facing product implementations in mobile, web-based and shrink-wrap... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:45

Break
Thursday November 21, 2019 13:45 - 14:00
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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14:00

High-Performance Testing: Finding the Right Work-Life Balance as a QA in the Ever-changing AGILE Startup World
The startup world is fast, demanding and challenging. Most of the time a startup needs to move fast and ship faster to survive in the industry and be on the top of the market, while also fighting with budget and ROI issues. As a QA/Software leader, how do you survive in this hostile environment? How do you catch up with this crazy speed? How do you set realistic goals for yourself, your department or even your organization ? In this talk I will walk you through my tried and tested formula to succeed in a startup environment, avoid feeling burned out, leveraging your whole team to deliver a high performance product in a record time. 
 Key takeaways:
  • The startup dilemma: time, money, resource crunch and ways to overcome it
  • 3 steps applied to high performance testing: - Discovery, Analysis, implementation 
  • Ways to multitask efficiently
  • Delegation strategies 
  • Automation tips for a high performing startup

Speakers
avatar for Priyanka Halder

Priyanka Halder

Head of Quality Engineering at Goodrx (USA)
Priyanka Halder has more than 12 years’ experience in Quality Assurance from GoodRx Inc, Heal, and Homeme Inc. She currently heads the Quality Engineering team in Goodrx which serves to more than 8 mn monthly Americans to purchase their medication. Growing up in India, Priyanka... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 14:00 - 14:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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14:00

The Rise of Freelance Project Software Testing & Bug Bounty Hunting in the 21st Century
The presentation will be about how bug bounty programs from tech companies like Facebook and Google as well as freelance projects from platforms like Utest allow novice and amateur testers to hone their bug searching skills as well as earn financial rewards while expanding their career portfolio.

Participants will learn about these programs and platforms as well as the rules and conditions regarding the most important ones. The intended audience are software testers from all levels from beginners to experts.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Guzman

Robert Guzman

QA Software Tester at New York Public Library (USA)
Robert started his professional journey as a QA (Quality Assurance) Software Tester by graduating from the Per Scholas Software Testing Education Program (STEP) in his professional life Robert has held different jobs in diverse fields and industries. In his opinion transitioning into... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 14:00 - 14:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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14:00

Troubleshooting the Fudge out of It
An issue has been identified in the system. Its' root cause is very difficult to determine. It is not very obvious how the issue occurs and how it can be reproduced. Somebody needs to spend time identifying the cause, fixing it, and making sure it does not re-occur.  But how to do that?  Many times people give up after trying a few things that did not yield a result.

The truth is, although it might be frustrating, this task is quite fun. Also, it can be done by testers, because we know a lot about how the systems work and interact with each other, and how our customers use them.
In my talk I will give some advice on how to get to the root cause of a seemingly impossible issue, starting from how to make sure you reproduce it, what are some common things you can check and what tools you have to help you.

Speakers
avatar for Corina Pip

Corina Pip

QA & Automation Lead at Splend (Romania)
Corina is a Test & Automation Lead, with focus on testing by means of Java, Selenium, TestNG, Spring, Maven, and other cool frameworks and tools. Previous endeavours from her 11+ years testing career include working on navigation devices, in the online gaming industry, in the aviation... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 14:00 - 14:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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14:45

Snacks and Sweets Break
Thursday November 21, 2019 14:45 - 15:15
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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15:15

Leading When the Subject Matter Experts Test
I will look into some of the IT projects, I've done and talk about how to lead and coach Subject Matter Experts in testing, what motivates them, and what tools to use and testing heuristics I've seen work.

#Who are the subject matter experts?
In large customer projects, I often find that testers are domain experts, not dedicated test professionals. Many large organizations insists their own people do all testing.

Quite often, I have found myself as a test manager the only software testing specialist on the project team. This transforms my role from test management to leadership, coaching, and facilitation of testing being performed by the SMEs.

This has lead me to shape my opinions on the following questions:
- How can we coach people to perform testing?
- How do we avoid shallow checking and entice exploration?
- How do we train them?
- What testing techniques work with domain experts?
- How much testing vocabulary do we need to teach them?

At the bottom line, leadership is key.

# leading the testing
I have found it meaningful to apply lessons learned from leading volunteers in a youth group organisation. I find that scouts and businesses experts have surprisingly similar needs of appreciative and motivating style of leadership.

# not just manual testing
It has long been a challenge to add automation to business expert-based testing of commercial standard applications. With tools like Robot Desktop automation I find we can solve some of the challenges, of not having the software code to interact with.

Speakers
avatar for Jesper Ottosen

Jesper Ottosen

Senior Test Manager at NNIT (Denmark), NNIT A/S
Jesper Ottosen is a Senior Test Manager at NNIT A/S, an IT outsourcing company in Denmark, where he leads testing of commercial standard applications, infrastructure and transition programs. Jesper volunteers as a “leaders leader” in a local Christian youth group, the “FDF... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 15:15 - 16:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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15:15

Prioritizing Automation Tests
When faced with a new application or feature do you find yourself struggling with what tests you should automate, which not to automate, and which you should automate first? Have you been asked about why you did not automate certain tests and find yourself struggling with an adequate answer? Have you reviewed the prioritization techniques some have provided and did they feel arbitrary or did they not seem to be a fit for you application? Have you found yourself struggling to defend your prioritization choices?  

Brian has a practical approach to prioritizing automated tests that makes sense. Join him for a walk through the process of balancing difficulty and value to prioritize automated tests and identify the tests that should be avoided.

Outcomes:
 1. How to calculate business value of tests
 2. How to prioritize automated tests
3. Identify tests that should not be automated

Speakers
avatar for Brian Saylor

Brian Saylor

Automation Architect at Discovery (USA)
Brian Saylor has played many roles during his career in the software development field with both large companies and small startups. He has been an engineer, manager, and subject matter expert. He is recognized for his ability to solve complex technical challenges in a practical manner... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 15:15 - 16:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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15:15

Building Capacity Workshop
This workshop is designed to strengthen the team and allow participants to recognize their full potential. We will discuss and take into account that every member comes into the organization with prior knowledge and experience; these strengths will be celebrated and in that we will discuss how each participant can use their individual strengths to support the team.

Everyone on a team possesses skills, abilities, talents, and experiences waiting to be tapped and in some cases further cultivated; we will explore what that looks like during day-to-day workplace operations. We will explore the changes and challenges that may interrupt team dynamics, and how to navigate workplace stress. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of culture and climate in the workplace and its connection to extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.

This workshop is designed to define team and team-building by use of activities and unpacking sessions. Team-building activities are developed to help foster vision, connectedness and collaboration. Through the use of fun and engaging activities individuals will see each other in a different light allowing them to connect with different capacities.

Intended for all audiences. Participants will learn team building techniques that they will be able to turn-key for their own individual teams.

Speakers
avatar for Ti-Me Gadsden

Ti-Me Gadsden

Co-founder of Reforum Consulting (USA)
Ti-Me is a native of Tampa, Florida, and a proud graduate of Florida A&M University where she received her B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration. After the completion of her Bachelor degree she moved to New York in 2012 to do a year of service with Good Shepherds Volunteers... Read More →
avatar for Javonia Smith

Javonia Smith

Co-founder of Reforum Consulting (USA)
Javonia is a Licensed Social Worker and Mental Health Consultant for the Office of School Health. After nearly a decade of direct service working with homeless, runaway youth, adults and various other underserved populations, Javonia transitioned into a role that focuses on shifting... Read More →
avatar for Vicky Jocelin

Vicky Jocelin

Co-founder of Reforum Consulting (USA)
Born and raised in Harlem, NY by Haitian Immigrants, Vicky became passionate to help others become their best selves as she watched her parents attempt to better their lives. In 2009, Vicky earned her B.A in History and minor in Teacher Education. Determined to do more and motivated... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 15:15 - 16:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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16:00

Break
Thursday November 21, 2019 16:00 - 16:15
AMA Conference Center New York City 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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16:15

Bottlenecks, Brain Science & Breakthroughs
Have you ever been micro-managed…? Have you been blamed for software issues not within your control…? Are you the bearer of bad news…? (i.e. the release needs to be pushed back)

These are sticky situations that testing professionals deal with and I’ve come up with some communication strategies using brain science and conflict resolution to handle these tough moments!

Channel in your inner Communication Officer as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek, to be able to communicate on all frequencies. Let’s add some communication superpowers to your QA toolbox for you to handle any situation.

Come to this session to learn how:
- Our brain processes communication & memory patterns
- How we get triggered by some words ‘QA is a Bottleneck’
- To be a Master Diplomat with your QA leads, developers & Product Owners

Interested to know more…? Show up and we’ll have an interactive session to lead to healthier communication and a less stress work culture!

Speakers
avatar for Swati Shah

Swati Shah

QA Consultant
Swati Shah is passionate about product quality and has worked for global brands as Spotify, Warner Bros and startups in New York City. Her QA work has taken her on a world tour to Italy, Sweden & Malaysia working as a QA Engineer for over 13 years. Her passion point is to bring innovation... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 16:15 - 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 605 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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16:15

Lightning Talks!
Lightning Talks are brief, 5-minute presentations that focus on a single topic, example, idea, project, or technique. Lightning Talks do not attempt to cover all aspects of their subject matter, but present one facet of the idea clearly and succinctly.

We are inviting all conference participants to sign up for the presentations! Slides are welcome but not necessary. The sign up board will be located by the registration table.

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Thursday November 21, 2019 16:15 - 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 603 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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16:15

Test Scenario Design Models: What are They and Why are They Your Key to Agile Quality Success?
Customer satisfaction is considered the most important criteria for successful product delivery by a majority of Agile teams (57%). Yet as Digital Disruption continues to fuel the need for hyper speed IT delivery, many Quality teams are being left behind as they continue to leverage an old world testing paradigm focused on Functional & Regression Testing built on traditional, linear test case design that is not customer-centric.  What's more, traditional test case design has become an antipattern for most product teams as it neither serves to validate the many different emerging layers of software architecture nor does it establish a core understanding of what should be built into automated tests.

What if, instead of traditional test case design, Quality teams could focus on building scenario-based outlines of user behaviors in a consistent, ubiquitous narrative to not only connect product functionality to users but also to establish a tight boundary for automated testing of acceptance criteria? Welcome to the world of the Test Scenario Design Model, where user behavior is king and test cases are short, concise, and business language-driven. In this presentation, we explain what the Test Scenario Design Model is, how it can help Agile Quality teams accelerate their testing, and show how Test Scenario Design Models tie to trace-ability and Quality metrics to truly measure your product team's Agile health.

The learning objectives of this presentation:
1. Get a view into the Agile quality trends
2. Understand why the traditional testing paradigm doesn't work in Agile
3. Understand what the Test Scenario Design Model is
4. Understand the how and what of the evolution of the Test Scenario Design Model
5. Understand what the core components of the Test Scenario Design Model are
6. Understand how Test Scenario Design Models supports test automation
7. Understand the Quality metrics that support the Test Scenario Design Model

The intended audience is intermediate Quality professionals and above.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Gormley

Robert Gormley

Chief Essentialist & Solutions Architect of Continuous Quality for Expleo USA
Robert Gormley is currently Chief Essentialist & Solutions Architect of Continuous Quality for Expleo USA (the world's largest pure play QA services company) where he focuses on executive level total quality management strategy through efficient and effective testing leveraging test... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 16:15 - 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Room 803 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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17:00

Technical Lab Trials of New Technologies (and FUN Competitions!)
What would a tech conference be without technology? This is your chance to relax your mind from learning and compete hard. We will open our technology lab and let you play to win. Details will be announced before and during the event, so stay tuned!

Thursday November 21, 2019 17:00 - 18:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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18:00

Reception, Games and Round Tables
Join us for an evening reception, networking, games and round table discussions. Meet our exhibitors and raffle the cool prizes.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Pylayeva

Dana Pylayeva

Agile Coach and Founder at Agile Play Consulting, LLC, Agile Play Consulting
In her 16 years of industry experience Dana has been exposed to different areas of IT as a Java Developer, an Architect, a DBA Manager, a Scrum Master and an Agile Coach. Every role she has had in her career has given her an opportunity to apply her passion for agile principles and... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for SWQA Solutions

SWQA Solutions

SWQA Solutions is specialized in development, quality and assurance in web applications and support collaborated by Agile teams. Our agile team comprises of Java, AEM, WordPress, Python, Angular, full-stack developers, ISTQB certified testers, Automation Engineers & Linux certified... Read More →


Thursday November 21, 2019 18:00 - 20:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, 6th Floor reception area 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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Friday, November 22
 

08:30

Breakfast
Friday November 22, 2019 08:30 - 09:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:00

Welcome from Conference Organizers
Welcome from the ConTEST NYC Conference Chair Tanya Kravtsov and Test Masters Academy/ConTEST NYC Founder Anna Royzman.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Kravtsov

Tanya Kravtsov

Director of QA at Audible
Tanya Kravtsov is a Director of QA at Audible, helping to build a new QA org to support innovative web product development at scale. Previously, as the head of automation and continuous delivery at ROKITT, Senior QA Manager at Syncsort and VP at Morgan Stanley, Tanya focused on Quality... Read More →
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA)
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... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 09:00 - 09:15
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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09:15

OPENING KEYNOTE: The Reality of Testing in an Artificial World
Our world is changing.  Artificial intelligence is being employed in just about all walks of life - from virtual assistants to self-driving cars.  How does this new way of life impact software testing?  What is our role...is there even one?

Of course there is!  While the future of artificial intelligence is mostly unknown, remember that as testers, one of our strongest assets is being able to discover and report the unknown.  Many software developers jump at the opportunity to learn and implement the new skills required for artificial intelligence.  Let’s get on board and take our place in making history!

In this talk, Angie will share her personal journey in learning how to test AI-based applications, her views on the tester’s role in an artificial world, the skills needed to test such applications, and the impact that a tester can make in this space.

Key Takeaways:
  • You will gain a better understanding of the testable features of AI
  • You will examine the skills needed to test AI
  • You will explore the impact that testers can have on developing AI applications

Speakers
avatar for Angie Jones

Angie Jones

Automation Architect, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools (USA)
Angie Jones is a Senior Developer Advocate who specializes in test automation strategies and techniques. She shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world, writing tutorials and technical articles on angiejones.tech, and leading... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 09:15 - 10:15
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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10:15

Break
Friday November 22, 2019 10:15 - 10:30
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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10:30

The New Skill Set for the New QA Specialist
As we are moving more towards testing specialists in teams and organizations that are truly adopting DevOps, we need to understand that the skills that were relevant up to now will need some changes (and sometimes even drastic changes) in order to keep providing value to the process.

Many people think that the most important change a tester needs to undergo is to become more technical, and that this means that she or he needs to write more automation scripts, but this is very far from the only or even the main change we need to implement.

The ability to resolve issues in production, together with the speed at which we need to release, are driving big changes to the way we test and monitor our products. The fact that more and more tests will be run by non-testing specialists, is adding a new set of challenges for people who up to now were in charge of running these tests. The fact that finding bugs now means diving into very large amounts of apparently unrelated data, is both a challenge and an opportunity for testers in the field.

And these are only some of the changes that are causing this revolution in the way we test, how we measure and validate quality, and most importantly on the tools and skills we need to develop as Quality Assurance Specialists within the team.

In this session we will review how the reality is moving and shifting, and how can we make sure to adapt to it, in order to provide the value required by our teams.

Key takeaways:
- Understand why and how the challenges of testers are changing rapidly and how does this mean we need to learn new trades and tricks.
- Review some of the skills required by testers today and why we are the best suited to fill out these openings in our teams.
- Think together about how the future may evolve and what does this mean to our profession.
- Understand how can we sell these changes and points to teams that up to now saw us "only" as testers.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Montvelisky

Joel Montvelisky

Product & Solution Architect at PractiTest (Israel), PractiTest
Joel Montvelisky is a Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect at PractiTest.He has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager and Director, and a Consultant for companies in Israel, the US and the EU. Joel is also a blogger with the QA Intelligence Blog, and... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 10:30 - 11:15
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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11:15

Getting Started with Accessibility
Learn how to build accessibility into your product and be an advocate for it - with Dillon Carney, Senior QA Engineer on the Web Quality Assurance at Audible. Dillon champions Web Accessibility efforts at Audible's QA organization.

Spoiler alert: You can't do it on your own! Introducing accessibility into your team & organization's workflow requires well planned, cross-functional collaboration - from Product all the way to QA.

So why does building accessible solutions matter?

Imagine if all text on your website or app were to become illegible. This is a reality that people with visual impairments as well as those without visual impairments browsing in bright light conditions face when we use insufficient color contrast.

Now imagine if a banner image directing users to a 2-for-1 sale fails to load & there is no alternative method to consume the images content. This is how blind or visually impaired people who use screen readers as well as those who disable the display of images simply because they want to save on data charges will experience our product when we don't include descriptions for images.

In this talk, Dillon will share methods they have found successful to integrate accessibility within Audible. This talk is for anyone interested in introducing accessibility into their organizations workflow, & although there is no one size fits all solution, attendees will walk away with actionable guidelines to get them started on their journey.


Speakers
avatar for Dillon Carney

Dillon Carney

Senior QA Engineer at Audible (USA)
Dillon is a Senior QA Engineer on the Web Quality Assurance team at Audible.  With a bachelors in MIS, MBA in Finance, and IT experience, Dillon has been in QA space for seven years.  He has created automation frameworks at Billtrust, led load testing efforts at MLB, and now helps... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 11:15 - 12:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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12:00

Lunch
Friday November 22, 2019 12:00 - 13:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:00

Calling BS on Busy: Secrets of Time Management, Productivity + Organization
The focus is on disrupting the narrative of busy and the guilt, regret, avoidance and other stories that stack up around poor or compromised time management. It invites participants to shift their mindset to one of simple math, responsibility and the opportunity to simplify their lives in accordance with core values at home and work.
  
Through an interactive presentation and a series of simple yet revealing exercises, participants will (re) discover their values and where they are being undermined in small and large ways every day.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Mellen

Andrew Mellen

Author, Speaker, Productivity Expert at Andrew Mellen, Inc. (USA)
Andrew Mellen is an innovative and engaging speaker, trainer, author, and media personality. His programs focus on helping people break free from story and set themselves free from limiting beliefs that undermine their productivity, organization, and happiness.His approach is fun... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 13:00 - 13:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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13:45

Break
Friday November 22, 2019 13:45 - 14:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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14:00

Experts Panel
Join our distinguished guests to discuss emerging industry trends, new careers and opportunities. 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin

Testing Advocate at mabl (USA)
Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons “Agile Testing Essentials” video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole... Read More →
avatar for Angie Jones

Angie Jones

Automation Architect, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools (USA)
Angie Jones is a Senior Developer Advocate who specializes in test automation strategies and techniques. She shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world, writing tutorials and technical articles on angiejones.tech, and leading... Read More →
avatar for Jason and Declan Huggins

Jason and Declan Huggins

Founder of Tapster Robotics (USA)
An internationally known software engineer specializing in test automation, Jason started the Selenium and Appium projects, which have become popular software testing tools and a W3C standard.  Among Jason’s more notable career stops are Google and President Obama’s "Tech Surge... Read More →
avatar for Lalitkumar Bhamare

Lalitkumar Bhamare

Senior Software Test Engineer, XING SE
Lalit is currently working with XING SE, Germany as a Senior Software Test Engineer. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Editor of the most popular software testing magazine "Tea-time with Testers". He is an international keynote speaker and regularly speaks at software quality conferences... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 14:00 - 15:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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15:00

Snacks and Sweets Break
Friday November 22, 2019 15:00 - 15:15
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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15:15

Testing Peer Workshop: How would you bring Cultural IQ to machines?
Today many AI products and tools are missing global voices and cultural data. This might mean that future AI systems will internalize the same lack of cultural diversity that we find in several media narratives -- unless there are interventions in collection, usage, and sharing of data about world cultures. Join Davar Ardalan, CEO of IVOW, an AI storytelling startup, as she explores ways to invite global voices into AI as we collaboratively build the foundations for Cultural IQ in machines.

Anna Royzman, founder of Test Masters Academy, strongly believes that our global Software Testing/QA community deserves to be part of solution to these new technology challenges. What do we need to get there? Let's explore together.

Speakers
avatar for Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan

Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW
Davar Ardalan is the Founder and Storyteller in Chief of IVOW, a cultural storytelling startup powered by AI. Prior to this, she was a public broadcasting journalist for 25 years, most of those at NPR News, where she designed stories anchored in multiculturalism and steeped in historical context. In 2015, her last position at NPR was senior p... Read More →
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Anna Royzman

Founder of Test Masters Academy (USA)
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... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 15:15 - 15:45
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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15:45

Break
Friday November 22, 2019 15:45 - 16:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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16:00

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Glitching the System
Applying testing principles to games is fun for the whole family.

Declan Huggins (a teenager) tests games, but he calls it "glitching".
He tries it with every game he plays. One favorite glitch is to set
the system clock back 30 days, restart the game, set the clock
forward, collect all the time-based rewards, then send a note to the
game devs. He says finding glitches in this way works in about half of
the games he tries. He'll even go and check new version release notes weeks or months later in the app store to see if they fixed it.

Jason Huggins (Declan's dad), makes test automation tools
professionally, but has a slightly different approach than his
youngest son when it comes to testing. Jason builds physical robots
for tapping on phones, tablets, and other touchscreens. When the
robots are run on a continuous basis, the goal isn't so much to
explore and find new glitches, but to hopefully verify that common
paths haven't been broken by app or system updates.

This talk will cover lessons Declan and Jason have learned in testing
from their different perspectives, and hopefully encourage attendees
to discover their own ways to find new glitches for fun and/or profit.
Declan and Jason's approaches to testing might be different, but the
goal is often the same, and could be yours, too: to have fun and learn
new things.

Speakers
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Jason and Declan Huggins

Founder of Tapster Robotics (USA)
An internationally known software engineer specializing in test automation, Jason started the Selenium and Appium projects, which have become popular software testing tools and a W3C standard.  Among Jason’s more notable career stops are Google and President Obama’s "Tech Surge... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 16:00 - 17:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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17:00

Afterparty
Farewell and THANK YOU to all new and old friends! Interviews, group pictures, reminiscence, contact exchanges and more.

Friday November 22, 2019 17:00 - 18:00
AMA Conference Center New York City, Auditorium 701-702 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA
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