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EuroSTAR 2018 – Keynote Speakers

  • 01/08/2018
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The EuroSTAR Conference is getting closer and closer and we cant’ be more excited. Every year we try to learn from our previous conferences, the pros and cons of the event in order to organize a better and more exciting one the next year. That is why we know and can guarantee that EuroSTAR 2018 will be the best and most exciting event we ever had. Why? Well, not only because of the great ticket sale and the fact that this year our event will be held in the Hague city in Netherlands. But also because of the great keynote speakers we’ve invited. These amazing people have been selected to talk to our attendees and based on the years of experience in their hands, our attendees will have an event to remember!

Here are our 5 keynote speakers and their presentation key takeaways. 


Karen Johnson - EuroSTAR Conferences

Karen Johnson – Director, Jamf Now Development and Delivery

BIO: Karen NJohnson is a longtime contributor to the software testing community. She speaks at conferences both in the US and internationally. She is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Testing by O’Reilly publishers. Karen will be presenting her project on Thursday. 

PROJECT TITLE:  What is Your Overall Career Goal?

Description : What are your overall career goals? This year’s theme of the EuroStar conference is the French phrase: “je ne sais pas” or in English, “I don’t know.” Do you know your career goals? Have you paused to think about it? When you look back, what was it you wanted to achieve? Through personal stories Karen outlines possible answers to this essential question. She’ll share some of her own struggles in her achieving goals. And through sharing her personal journey through thinking and revising her own goals – perhaps you will map out your own goals.

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Robert Sabourin- EuroSTAR Conferences

Robert Sabourin, Test Consultant , AmiBug.Com, Inc., Canada

BIO: Robert Sabourin has more than thirty-five years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached thousands of top professionals in the field.

PROJECT TITLE: Testing in the Dark

DESCRIPTION: Learn strategies to emerge from a murky fog into clear meaningful quality insights. Leverage unlikely sources about what stakeholders care about and what users really need the software to do. Rob will introduce you to methods of reconnaissance style, charter driven, and session based, exploratory testing and will help you provide meaningful estimates to stakeholders with hardly any hard information about the software under test.

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Sallyann Freudenberg - EuroSTAR Conferences


Sallyann Freudenberg – Sal , Cucumber Ltd, United Kingdom

BIO: Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile consultant and trainer who assists companies in transitioning to more nimble, customer-centric and human(e) ways of working. She holds a PhD in the Psychology of Collaborative Software Development and since parenting an autistic son has developed an interest in neurodiversity. 

PROJECT TITLE: How Our Differences Make All The Difference and What To Do About It

DESCRIPTION: It shouldn’t be news that diverse teams consistently outperform homogenous teams – especially if the problems we are solving are tricky. In an industry of thinkers, we might do well to consider diversity of mind and fully embrace and support all of the wonderful and different thinkers we have. This talk is a rallying cry against homogenous, one-size-fits-all environments, processes and recruitment methods, which often exclude those very best equipped to help our products, teams and organisations flourish.

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James Christie - EuroSTAR Conferences

James Christie – Consultant , Self-employed, United Kingdom

BIO: Self-employed testing consultant with 35 years IT experience. Before moving into testing I spent six years as an IT auditor. I have has also worked in information security management, project management, business analysis and development. My experience helps me understand the relationships between different specialisms.

PROJECT TITLE: The Dragons of the Unknown

DESCRIPTION: There is a phrase used by people working with complex safety critical systems; “jousting with dragons” or “facing the dragons at the borderlands”. It comes from the practice in olden days of map-makers who would fill in the gaps in their knowledge of the world with monsters and warn “here be dragons”. If we can’t handle complexity as honestly as the safety experts and face the dragons of the unknown then we could turn testing into a dreary, pointless, bureaucratic job, doing little of value, and performed by whoever is prepared to do it for least money. We have to be brave enough to know when “I don’t know” is the right answer. During the speech, James will draw heavily on my experience working with complex systems as a tester, developer and auditor.

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Alan Richardson - EuroSTAR Conferences

Alan Richardson – , Independent Consultant, UK

BIO: Alan Richardson has more than twenty years of professional IT experience, working as a programmer and at every level of the testing hierarchy from tester through head of testing. Author of the books “Selenium Simplified” and “Java For Testers”. Alan also has created online training courses to help people learn Technical Web Testing and Selenium WebDriver with Java. 

PROJECT TITLE: The Evil Tester’s Test Ability Audit

DESCRIPTION: Testability is different from Test Ability, and is different from automatability. In this workshop we explore all of these facets with hands on examples and discussion. At the end of this workshop you will understand the difference between testablity, Test Ability and automatability, have Performed an Application testability Audit, have performed an automatability Audit

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The EuroSTAR Conference this November will definitely be an event to remember. With great keynote speakers – and all the other amazing speakers that we have invited will provide you with amazing tutorials You are guaranteed to leave the event with more skills and knowledge. 

View our Programme timetable to see who is speaking when and what time. Make sure to buy tickets while the early bird offer is still available. Will we see you in the Netherlands this November? 

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