If you’re a test manager or team lead, we have lots of sessions on the EuroSTAR programme to help you elevate your team and achieve your goals. Join talks and tutorials led by expert speakers and learn how to develop your critical thinking skills and mitigate biases, scale your team successfully, understand the changing role of the test manager, and lots more. Our programme committee chair Graham Freeburn has created a mind map so you can check out the whole programme and filter by topics, roles, and more so that you can find the talks best suited to what you’re looking for – check it out and start planning your EuroSTAR 2022 diary.
Developing critical thinking skills for testers | Andrew Brown
Critical thinking skills are essential to testing – but rarely taught. Even the most seasoned tester is vulnerable to biases and thinking traps. In this workshop, Andrew shares the training course he’s developed in his organisation, to show you how to improve your testing by enhancing your critical thinking skills. You’ll explore thinking traps and biases, and learn how to mitigate your vulnerabilities. Take part in exercises and experiments throughout the tutorial, in order to learn more about how your mind works, and how you can think more critically.
Shaping a fast growing team like a bonsai | Seema Prabhu
As your team scales, the nature of challenges will change, Just like a bonsai tree, you can’t leave a team’s growth and shape to chance without a plan. One of the major components that a bonsai represents is that of balance. How can you achieve the right balance in a remote, multicultural team, and achieve your purpose ? Seema Prabhu shares her experience with her team changing shape as they scaled, the lessons learnt, and tools she wished she had during this phase of growth.
Testing software for the next economy | Smita Mishra
Smita Mishra shares what she’s learnt about the next economy, and what technology changes we are seeing across users. How does this impact what testers do? Do we understand the users of these new technologies? Are we ready to meet the needs of our customers of the next technology? Get answers to these questions, and a whole lot more. Let’s learn what the world thinks could be technology risks, and how testers can align better to the new world view. This session will also encourage you to look at your immediate and near future testing strategy, as well as your team construct.
UX testing in agile teams | Kimberly Snoyl
UX design takes place prior to the development phase. UX testing, using data, takes place after the product is already built (e.g. using tools like Google Analytics). Kimberly Snoyl will give us her take on UX testing and the possibilities it has during a the development phase. Testing often focuses too much on functionality, instead of ensuring the end user is happy with the product and can use it effectively and efficiently. After this talk you will know what tests you can do, which fit in a sprint, in addition to the functional tests, which will improve the user experience of the product.
How testing is evolving in DevOps | Szilard Szell
Can we be the same testers in a DevOps organization, as in the past? Is that enough if we know test automation, exploratory testing and many aspects of Shift Left; or are there any new aspects, concepts and techniques that a tester should be aware of? Are we able to shape testing with the current competencies, or do we need more? Szliard shares his 20 year journey in testing, process improvement, service design and DevOps, focusing on how testing and quality assurance has evolved, and what the areas a good test professional should be aware of.
Test manager, orchestrator or quality coach? | Gitte Ottosen
Gitte’s session focuses on the changing role of the test manager with the transition to agile. Your work context is under continuous change, so how do you change with it? The role of the test manager is changing – should the role exist any more? For some, the traditional test management role is still 100% relevant but for many of us, the test manager role is transitioning from the traditional test management role to a role focusing on orchestration and quality coaching. This presentation will take you through some of the competences needed to be a good quality orchestrator and quality coach, focusing on both the soft and hard skills which will help you be the best possible support to your team/project/train.
Lost in transformation | Michael Bolton
Every day, more and more organizations are taking on “digital transformation”, leaning on software and machinery to perform jobs, make decisions and solve problems. Machines do work that has traditionally been done by humans, or that couldn’t be done by ordinary humans unaided by machinery. Every day, the reach of what machines can do is extended by technological advancements, growing bodies of data and by human ambition. As software changes, our testing has to respond. Michael Bolton shares what you need to address when going through a digital transformation.
Defects don’t kill you; they make you stronger | Rawad Mansour
We already know that zero defect products don’t exist. Defects that are caught in production can be costly to fix, BUT they are the client’s most concrete feedback on quality. Murex decided to accept the challenge and benefit from this feedback to shape their testing. But how can you benefit from clients’ reported defects to strengthen your test suites? Find out how Murex created a new process to get to the root cause, and take actions on the identified gaps. Plus, the ups and downs of the journey, and how they managed to transform a small team initiative into a global objective.
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