12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. | Keynote Room (Peachtree)
Welcome to Day 1 of Quality Jam 2018
Join QASymphony CEO, Dave Keil, as he shares our vision for QASymphony and the software testing industry.
12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. | Keynote Room (Peachtree)
Day 1 Welcome Keynote: 4Qs of DevOps: Understanding the DevOps journey through use of a simple Maturity Model | Brian Dawson
In the opening keynote, Brian Dawson, DevOps Evangelista Cloudbees, will review organizational DevOps journey using a simplified maturity model, the 4 Quadrants of DevOps Maturity. He will discuss the characteristics of organizations within each quadrant. Presenting practical process, tools and leadership strategies for crossing the chasm from an organization's current quadrant to the next level of maturity.
Based on years of experience guiding organizations in implementing CI, CD and, ultimately, DevOps at scale Brian has identified four maturity levels. These levels examine culture, process and tools to assess where an organization currently sits in their DevOps journey and that form the basis for growing and extending DevOps in the enterprise. Most organizations on the journey to DevOps map to one (or more) of these four areas: team-level agile upstream, team-level continuous delivery, enterprise agile upstream, or enterprise DevOps.
2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. | Keynote Room (Peachtree)
Transform Culture Using DevOps Principles
Ashley Hunsberger, Product Quality Architect at Blackboard. At the heart of DevOps is the idea that organizations break down silos and teams work together to innovate faster, reducing the length of feedback loops and delivering value faster. In this presentation, Ashley will describe how Blackboard is using DevOps principles—collaborative practices, iterative improvements, incremental testing, and more—to transform their development culture so everyone owns quality.
Join Ashley as she lays the groundwork for iterative and continuous improvement through a defined mission and specific goals. She also explores how cross-team collaboration broke down silos and helped align team members with the necessary skills to meet their quality goals. One key to their success was recognizing that we cannot test everything—even if we want to. Instead of a huge, unmanageable test suite, they implemented an incremental testing approach which teams can own and successfully maintain. Ashley illustrates the reduced feedback loops that led to better, faster software delivery. Ashley reports, “Now that we’ve seen the way of DevOps, we don’t want to go back.
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. | Breakout 1 (Augusta 1-2)
USAA: Building your Test Infrastructure as a Freeway - What to do when everyone wants a different testing tool
Join Bryan Osterkamp, Technical Architect Principal at USAA, as he explores the challenges of the ever-increasing variety of testing tools available in the industry and how USAA has been able to provide tool choice, while still maintaining best in class tooling support and integration into its delivery pipeline. It will conclude with a case study of how USAA built QASymphony’s qTest platform into its test infrastructure freeway across multiple technology stacks as well as scrum team maturity levels (for both automated and manual testing).
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. | Breakout 1 (Augusta 1-2)
Sterling Talent Solutions: Tips to transition your team to test automation
Join Erika Chestnut Director, Quality Assurance - Sterling Talent Solutions as she shares targeted steps you can take to set your team up to successfully transition from manual to test automation.
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. | Breakout 2 (Augusta A-B)
Shift Left with a Modern Test Data Practice
Automation is a key focus of shifting testing left and helping teams to promote the agility and collaboration needed to succeed in DevOps. While teams are finding there is a wealth of information on functional automation, a critical component is often overlooked - Test Data Management. Identifying, creating, and managing test data and providing it to the various tools in the DevOps tool chain is one of the most costly and time consuming parts of any DevOps transformation. Without good test data provided in a timely fashion, automated tests are at best unreliable and at worst, unable to be executed. Andrew will discuss best practices from working with clients in some of the most regulated and complex environments in the world and provide a clear approach for tackling these key test data management challenges with a modern, effective approach.
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. | Breakout 2 (Augusta A-B)
How Home Depot faced the Continuous Performance Testing transformation challenge
Rick Barker, Manager for App Performance, The Home Depot and Steve Weisfeldt, Senior Performance Engineer & Training/Consulting Leader - Neotys USA, Inc.
The challenges encountered daily by Home Depot are as a result of the transformation process for their development and QA Teams into true quality- minded full-stack developers. Home Depot wants to transform the approach to performance testing so that when applications go into production they don’t break. Some of these ongoing challenges include:
- Business impact and resource constraints
- The cultural differences between performance testing people and full stack developers
- Managing the change in skill set and mindset
Join us for this fascinating look at a real-world example of business transformation. You’ll learn how Home Depot tackles these topics:
- Approaches to training for development teams to get them up to speed quickly on testing
- How and when is a Center of Testing Excellence the right approach?
- The effects on quality of supporting a large organization
Business Impact: how internal applications affect store associates performing customer-facing roles, and how performance can affect revenue and productivity
2:50 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Keynote Room (Peachtree)
Effective Quality Leadership
Adam Satterfield, Technology Program Director at Anthem. Have you ever wanted to know how to effectively lead a group of quality professionals? Are you curious to know what it takes to become a leader? Or maybe you just want to know how to best work with your leadership to become a rock star team. You are not alone! I will guide you through challenges, pitfalls and highlights while giving you real examples you can take back with you to reach your quality leadership goals.
2:50 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Breakout 1 (Augusta 1-2)
Simplifying Your Mobile Testing Strategy
Clint Sprauve, Director of Product Marketing at Sauc eLabs. As more users interact with applications through a mobile device, the need has come for organizations to integrate mobile testing into their DevOps processes. For some teams, this task is daunting, as mobile testing presents its own unique set of challenges, and doesn’t seem to integrate well with an already developed web strategy. Although mobile testing may seem complex, it can easily be done with a comprehensive strategy that includes real devices, emulators, simulators and the right testing framework. Join Clint Sprauve, Mobile Product Marketing Director for Sauce Labs and learn how to build out an industry-leading mobile testing strategy that can integrate with already existing DevOPs practices. In this talk, Clint will explore the following topics: Why teams need a combination of real devices, emulators and simulators How to implement continuous testing for mobile What skill set is needed for traditional developers and dev/testers The key advantages of mobile automation test frameworks: Appium, Espresso and XCUITest
2:50 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Breakout 2 (Augusta A-B)
Testing Automation For the Entire API Lifecycle
Patrick Poulin, Founder / CEO - API Fortress.
APIs are becoming the backbone of most major platforms today, yet knowledge on testing them is still in its infancy. My approach will be to show, from a high level, what it means to test APIs properly. Then dig into the best practices and tools to do that testing. Next will be how to add automation to the process. Finally, some real world examples of APIs issues we commonly see that are not caught
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Sponsor Hallway (8th flr Terrace)
Break & Expo Hall
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Keynote Room (Peachtree)
Day 1 Afternoon Keynote: Digital Disruption and Where Quality Fits in
Join us for a panel on "Digital Disruption and Where Quality Fits in" with Matt Diamond, Executive Director, Business Systems and Quality at Dell SecureWorks, Christina Critzer, SVP Intelligent Automation at Suntrust, and Todd Joseph, Technical/Executive Consultant at Joseph Consulting.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Keynote Room (Peachtree)
Day 1 Afternoon Keynote: Should We Start Bowing Now to Our Future AI Masters? | Josh Clark & Chuck Bryant
Do you ever wonder about the future, about what lies in store for humankind? Well here's one potential path we may end up on: Being bossed around by a threatening and psychologically manipulative artificial intelligence that rules the world. Sure, laugh now, but if you take a peek at just how much we depend on intelligent machines already and just how smart they're starting to get - well, you just may stop laughing and start worrying a little.
Join Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark, co-hosts of the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know, as they lead you on a hilarious-but-also-kind-of-grim tour of humanity's possible enslavement and what QA can do to save the world.
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | New Realm Brewing
Evening Event | Dinner, Live Music & More at New Realm Brewery
This year's evening event will be held at Atlanta's newest brewery, New Realm, located right on the Atlanta BeltLine. We will have live music, entertainment and more! Take a Lyft to New Realm Brewery on us. Promo code: QUALITYJAM18 (see instructions in your email or ask QASymphony staff for help)