The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel & Resort was host to the Software Test Professionals Conference Spring 2012 which took place March 26 – 29, 2012. With the Canal Street entertainment spots offering many outside networking opportunities for attendees, the conference offered 50 breakout sessions and 5 workshops designed to educate testers in their quests to define strategy, develop leadership skills, optimize performance, drive automation initiatives and apply agile techniques and processes. Keynotes by industry leaders were complemented by a keynote delivered by Jay Rifenbary who offered an entertaining hour of advice on work/life balance.
Conference Program: Tracks, Sessions, Speakers & Presentations:
Track: Leadership Perspectives for Testers
Understanding the business side of testing is as important as amplifying our approaches and techniques. In this track you will learn how to effectively lead diverse test teams, communicate with stakeholders, and advocate for testing. This track includes topics related to building test teams, leading business testers, handling the challenges of remote teams, communicating the value of testing, and using metrics in the decision making process.
- 101: Conscientious Testing: Understanding the Ethics of Being a Tester
- 201: Coaching Testers
- 301: The Right Stuff: Origins of Test Manager
- 401: Developing a Professional Testing Culture
- 501: Tomorrow’s Test Management
- 601: The Future of Testing: Managing the Inverting Testing Pyramid
- 701: Talking to Triangles
- 801: A Tester’s Guide to Indentifying, Managing, and Eliminating Technical Debt
- 901: Rightsizing Testing
- 1001: Software Testing at Startups
Track: Test Strategy and Design
Before you begin testing on a project, your team should have a formal or informal test strategy. There are key elements you need to consider when formulating your test strategy. If not, you may be wasting valuable time, money and resources. In this track you will learn the strategic and practical approaches to software testing and test case design, based on the underlying software development methodology. This track includes topics related to developing a test strategy, test estimation, risk management and data management.
- 102: Test Strategies from Around the World
- 202: Strategies for a Successful Systems Integration Test
- 302: Creating a Security Test Plan
- 402: Why Tests Don’t Pass or Fail
- 502: A Method of Assessing Testing Risk Mitigations
- 602: Surviving an FDA Audit: Heuristics for Exploratory Testing
- 702: Managing COTS Test Efforts: It’s Like Conducting an Orchestra!
- 802: Adopting the Franchise Model in Testing Software
- 902: Evaluating and Improving Software Usability
- 1002: Testing Small Projects: Strategies for Successful Delivery in 2 to 12 Weeks
Track: Performance Testing
Performance Testing is about collecting data on how applications perform to assist the development team and the stakeholders make technical and business decisions related to performance risks. In this track you will learn practical skills, tools, and techniques for planning and executing effective performance tests. This track will include topics such as: performance testing virtualized systems, performance anti-patterns, how to quantify performance testing risk, all illustrated with practitioners’ actual experiences doing performance testing.
- 103: Threads: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- 203: Planning For The Perfect Storm: The Value Of Peak Testing
- 303: Lessons Learned in Performance Testing – Cloud Edition
- 403: Performance Testing Metrics and Measures
- 503: A to Z Testing in Production: TiP Methodologies, Techniques, and Examples
- 603: Web Load Testing for Dummies
- 703: Troubleshooting Application Performance Issues – People, Process and Tools
- 903: Performance Testing within a Performance Engineering Center of Excellence
- 1003: The Test Car Driver
Track: Test Automation
Which tests can be automated? What tools and methodology can be used for automating functionality verification? Chances are these are some of the questions you are currently facing from your project manager. In this track you will learn how to implement an automation framework and how to organize test scripts for maintenance and reusability, as well as take away tips on how to make your automation framework more efficient. This track includes topics related to test automation architecture, continuous integration, agile automation, and what other tasks you need to perform after you have designed your framework and scripted your test cases.
- 104: Lightsabers, Time Machines, and Other Automation Heuristics
- 204: Forming Your Own Selenium/Watir Clouds for Fun or Money
- 304: Data Warehouse Test Automation For Sapient Testers
- 404: Automated Testing Strategies for Databases
- 504: Where’d My GUI Go? Testing APIs
- 704: Automation Isn’t All Shiny Toys
- 804: Web Consistency Testing
- 904: Test Management in your Continuous Integration Process with Jenkins and TestLink
- 1004: Extreme Mobile Testing with Selenium (and Robots)
Track: Agile Testing
More and more software development organizations are “going Agile.” This track will help participants understand how they can fit traditional test practices into an Agile environment as well as explore real-world examples of testing projects and teams in varying degrees of Agile adoption. This track will include topics related to challenges in Agile testing, utilizing Agile testing techniques, coaching an Agile test team, and using games to internalize Agile principles and practices.
- 205: Agile Testing: Facing the Challenges Beyond the Easy Contexts
- 405: Fitting In: A Case Study in Agile Team Structures
- 604: Cutting the Mustard: Lessons Learned in Becoming a Superstar Agile Tester
- 705: The Hard Stuff: Questions About Agile
- 803: What Happens When Agile Testing Falls Behind?
- 1005: Looking at Code from a DevTester’s Perspective
Track: Mobile Testing
The rapid expansion of mobile device software is altering the way we exchange information and do business. These days smartphones have been integrated into a growing number of business processes. Developing and testing software for mobile devices presents its own set of challenges. In this track participants will learn mobile testing techniques from real-world experiences as presented by a selection of industry experts. Topics in this track include techniques for mobile testing, the latest trends affecting mobile testing and a framework to manage mobile testing.
- 105: An Outlook to Mobile Testing
- 305: Mobile Ecosystems and Their Impact on Testing
- 505: Test Virtualization: Revolutionizing Quality in Organizations
- 605: What Mobile Developers Wish Mobile Testers Knew
- 805: Don’t Go Mobile Testing Mobile: Real Life Experience Testing with Mobile Devices
- 905: Crowdsourcing Testing – Fostering Innovation through Collective Intelligence
Thanks to our Sponsors for making this conference possible: