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TESTFEST

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10-11 December | 10 AM - 2 PM PST | VIRTUAL

WHY TestFest?

We recently concluded our flagship event TESTCON 2020 (virtually for the first time) and hosted attendees from more than 20 countries for two days virtual summit. We got great feedback for the conference but also got some insights on how the conventional program structure of 8 hours/day for two days is now obsolete. Keeping aside the good words we got in feedback, there were two major learning which helped us give birth to THE TESTFEST.

The time commitment of whole day conference in between our WFH schedule

The world has changed and so is our working styles after the covid outbreak. The working dynamics have changed and our attention span has gone for a toss. Thus, hampering our beloved professional concept of “work-life balance” and in this new world, it’s more about “work-life integration” which is a little more challenging than the balance we’ve been seeking.

The difference in Timezones made it challenging for international attendees

We hosted attendees from more than 20 countries and we got feedback saying the conference designed in other time zones really makes it challenging to attend the whole conference. Especially, USA attendees for whom Indian time is completely on the opposite end, it’s a day-night difference. 

 

Moreover, the testing dynamics are very different in each region so a separate edition of a virtual conference in each country helps us bring together more relevant people and generate more relatable content. 

WHAT's TestFest?

After successfully executing TestCon globally in India, Singapore, Australia, Philippines, UK, and TestCon 2020 virtually this year, Clavent is coming up with The TestFest USA.

 

The TestFest is a series of software testing mini conferences coming up in USA, South Africa, Australia, England, Philippines, Brazil, Singapore & India with 8 hours of live amazing sessions distributed over 2 days, so you get time to sink into the learnings and reflect upon it without much affecting your work schedule.

 

The TestFest will bring together hundreds of experienced like-minded people, who seek to improve their skills to fit new market requirements and stay tuned with the latest trends! The summit will provide an excellent platform to keep up-to-date with the latest industry trends, exchange experiences, discuss and deliberate ideas and benefit from networking opportunities.

 

So join us to network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your network in a beautiful virtual atmosphere investing just 4 hours from your schedule each day.

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MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Janna Loeffler

Director Test Engineering - Equinox Media

Mike Lyles

Director of QA and Project Management - Bridgetree

Erika Chestnut

Head of QA - Calendly

Sai Chintala

President, Quality Engineering and Devops- Innominds

Melissa Tondi

Quality Engineering Leadership - E*TRADE

Brijesh Deb

Senior Test Consultant - Sogeti

Valentin Guerlesquin

Director - National Bank of Canada

Kate Conway

QA Manager - Atlassian (Trello)

Sairam Vedam

Chief Marketing Officer - Innominds

Raj Subrameyer

Tech Career Coach - Chailatte Consulting

Melissa Benua

Director of Engineering - mParticle

Ramendeep Singh

VP Solutions and Global Head Business Assurance - Infogain

Dawn Haynes

CEO & Testing Yogini - PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Evgeny Tkachenko

Quality Engineering Manager - Wayfair

Shilpi Bansal

Director Test Engineering - Canopy Inc.

AGENDA
DAY 1 | 10 DECEmber

TIME (PST)

tOPICS

SPEAKERS

Session will cover pragmatic insights around

  • Achieving unrivalled market acceleration through software quality
  • Delivering better software quality at breath neck speeds for Global Enterprises, ISVs and OEMs
  • AI driven QE platform -iHarmony to achieve 100x test acceleration using intelligent automation
Sai Chintala

President, Quality Engineering and Devops - Innominds

Sairam Vedam

Chief Marketing Officer - Innominds

About The Topic:
Through the years, we have witnessed an amazing evolution in crime tv shows. Originally, these shows would give details of crimes similar to a news report. Crime shows today will set the tone early. They give hints of the storyline to the viewer. They open with video clips of their discussions with victims and key players. They give a glimpse of crime scenes and “just enough” details to make the viewer want to watch the entire episode. However, deception is the drug they are selling. When you start the episode, you begin to build your initial understanding. You draw conclusions about the situation, who is guilty, and who is innocent. You establish your view of the big picture. By the end of the show, you are often surprised when you find that the actual scene of the crime and the guilty party may be different than what you originally expected. The most compelling lesson to be learned by avid crime show watchers is to never trust anything at face value. Never trust things that look so obvious. And most importantly, cross examine all of the evidence data, look at the data from various angles, and take decisions based on how the clues work together.

In testing, we are the team’s version of “investigative reporters”. Good testers always investigate the facts, document findings, compare the notes, and make educated decisions to determine the true story for the system under test. Crime scene investigators have DNA, fingerprints, security cameras, and other evidence. Similarly, testers have a wide range of tools to investigate the “scene” as well, such as: observability, testability, accessibility, performance, security, TDD, BDD, and other tools. Testers must be constantly accumulating facts and findings, evaluating the results of those findings, and taking decisions which are thoroughly walked through. As testers, we must learn that “HOW” we use the data is much more critical than “WHAT” data we have regarding the product.

In this presentation, we will put the role of the tester under the microscope and discuss how that testers can learn from the research and work that criminal investigators do today, how to use hard facts, as well as hidden facts, to determine a trustworthy conclusion.


Key Takeaways:
In this presentation, the audience will gain the following takeaways:
• Evaluation of how the lifecycle of crime shows can be very comparable to testing lifecycles
• Lessons which can be learned from crime investigations which can be used in testing
• Building your own “investigative data” as part of your testing approach
• Approaches each tester can use to compile, evaluate, and take decisions on the product

Mike Lyles

Director of QA & PM - Bridgetree

About The Topic:


This session will focus on why and where manual exploratory testing is
important and valuable. Test automation tools can be extremely useful
when applied with reasonable goals but should not be to replace human
testers.
Key Points from this session will include:
– The value of exploratory/manual testing
– Software testing is a discipline
– Automation is not a magic bullet
– The whole team is responsible for quality
– Embedded tester on teams model
– Testing tools to consider
– How to measure


Key Takeaways:


Attendees will be able to critically analyze their current quality processes
and look for opportunities to increase their quality bar. Review suggestions
on how/when to utilize automation tools.

Kate Conway

QA Manager - Atlassian (Trello)

About The Topic:
The rise of test automation has reduced the manual testers footprint significantly. We have more and more AI and ML tools that are taking on things like visual regression and providing smart test automation. Companies are hiring SDETs at an increasing rate, while reducing their manual test roles with the hopes that a high amount of test automation will result in a higher quality product. So where does that leave manual testing? Join Erika as she showcases the value of manual testing as a non-negotiable partner alongside a robust test automation strategy. Reconnect with thought based testing to infuse quality earlier in the delivery life cycle. Learn how manual testers can bring quality to the forefront of the conversation and help drive not only automation delivery but the overall quality of what is automated. Discover how to change the narrative and re-define manual testing in a way that empowers testers and helps to build quality teams that can deliver a well rounded test program.

Key Takeaways:
Learn how to resurrect, reclaim and redefine manual testing to show case the value of humans testing all the things.

Erika Chestnut

Head of QA - Calendly

We all lived unprecedented times with year 2020. What a tester should learn from what almost every nations have been through? The word “test” has been part of almost every virtual-coffee conversation. But obviously, detecting or screening COVID-19 has nothing to do with software testing.
Really? Let’s have a closer look! We will discover what medical testing has in common with software testing. More of that, we will see that automated software testing does not have the same tolerance to fault that medical testing has.
Put your medical gown on and don’t forget your face mask, let’s do some statistic and understand how these influence the trust we put in our test.


Key Takeaways:
Learn how to measure your test efficiency. Learn what is important regarding test efficiency, and how your tolerance may impact your SDLC. Get key paths to improve your test efficiency.

Valentin Guerlesquin

Director - National Bank of Canada

About the topic:

In this topic, we will discuss how testing platforms are changing the testing practices and how is it different than testing applications. How we need frameworks not only to test the functional features but non-functional features automatically and continuously as well. How availability and scalability is front and center. How SRE principals (Complete or in parts) need to be implemented for a continuous development + test pipe. What should be the strategy to implement Software Assurance in today high pace SDLC.

Key takeaways:

Implement frameworks of frameworks for hyperautomation in a Bi-Model IT world to help teams using SRE principles, where applicable. Functional and non-functional requirements need to be the focus and frameworks and process should be designed to break the Wal of Confusion. The goal is to build good interaction and reduce Wall of Confusion (Scalability vs Agility)

Ramendeep Singh

VP Solutions and Global Head Business Assurance - Infogain

DAY 2 | 11 DECember

TIME (PST)

tOPICS

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About The Topic:


In this talk, Melissa will present misperceptions of the QA role as inspector and recommend a change of this role to QE as general contractor. Focusing on the Quality Engineer role, Melissa will define the role, show areas within the SDLC where the modern QE can be influential, and present practical (and actionable!) ways to implement them.


Key Takeaways:
• Needs for changing the QA role
• The new role— Quality Engineer
• Construction Project Analogy – QA (Inspector) vs. QE (General Contractor)
• What the General Contractor Role looks like on an Agile team
• Practical implementation of the new role within the Agile team

Learning Outcome:

Participants will learn about the differences between QA and QE, the misperceptions of QA, and how to leverage the new role of QE as general contractor to make your Agile SDLC optimized and efficient.

Melissa Tondi

Quality Engineering Leadership - E*TRADE

More and more companies are looking to adopt automation for their testing projects. The idea is definitely right that automating things will help them get to the customer faster. However, a lot of the projects fail. This talk takes a closer look at 5 reasons why automation often leads to failure and what can actually be done to fix this.

Key Takeaways:
After listening to the tal, the audience will be able to
1. Understand why automation projects fail
2. Understand the common mistakes people make while trying to implement automation in their projects.
3. Learn how can these mistakes be avoided.
4. Understand the mindset needed for implementing automation correctly.
5. Gain confidence in the automation capabiliies

Brijesh Deb

Senior Test Consultant - Sogeti

About The Topic:


When I started my career in IT, I faced several obstacles. Some of them include lack of motivation and guidance, high self-doubt, and low self-esteem, and having to apply for 1293 jobs during the 2008 recession. Yes, I said that right. Since then, I have discovered different strategies that have transformed my life from having an entry-level job to building a six-figure business. I have helped numerous people get a job and be successful under any circumstances. So how did an average software tester like me make this dramatic transformation?

Come join this talk where I reveal all my secrets to help you discover your dream job, and become hugely successful. I will share various tips, tricks, and tools related to finding your dream job, cracking interviews, exponentially increasing your salary, becoming a rockstar at work, and building your personal brand. In the new era we live in, success is all about how you differentiate yourself from your competition and impact your lives and others. So, if you are at the forking point of your career, feel stuck, and want practical strategies to become the leader you want to be, this is your chance. Join my talk and get inspired.


Key Takeaways:


-Different ways to identify your dream career and work towards it.
-How to be successful at work.
-Strategies to set us miles apart from our competition and get the career growth we deserve.

Raj Subrameyer

Tech Career Coach - Chailatte Consulting

Sairam Vedam (Moderator)

Chief Marketing Officer - Innominds

Dawn Haynes

CEO & Testing Yogini - PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Melissa Benua

Director of Engineering - mParticle

Shilpi Bansal

Director Test Engineering - Canopy Inc.

Evgeny Tkachenko

Quality Engineering Manager - Wayfair

About The Topic:


How do you inspire developers, testers, and teams to improve their testing practices and code quality? Have you ever wanted to provide greater visibility into your quality practices? Join Janna as she talks about one way you can help inspire teams to not only improve testing and quality practices, but drive and own that change. She’ll talk about how gamifying your quality practices and modding your role as a tester can build a community and a culture of quality. In today’s age of agile development and DevOps, software development has truly become a social activity. So we need to stop thinking about quality practices as simply written standards that people must follow. We need to start getting creative and use fun to raise quality practices within your organization.


Key Takeaways:


Learn about why initiatives tend to fail
Learn how using a game system can drive a cultural change
Get practical examples of how to use a game to improve quality

Janna Loeffler

Director of Test Engineering - Equinox Media

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

New connections and networking

Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your network in a beautiful virtual atmosphere.

New trends in Testing world

The event will showcase the opportunities of advancing trends and current best practices in Testing.

Approaches and tools

During the conference we will talk about the use of useful tools, frameworks and technologies.

Global Speakers

Meet our visionary speakers from across the globe presenting on trending topics.

Panel Discussion

Get ready to Witness panel discussion on industry disruptive topics and learn different perspectives of stellar speakers on it.

Amazing Content

Get access to 8+ hours of insightful content streamed live or watch at your own convenience

Interactive Q & A

We encourage our audience to ask as many questions as they may have for which we have dedicated Q&A sessions.

Practical cases

Practitioners with hands-on experience will share their expertise and tell about challenges they face in their projects.

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Event joining link along with the instructions will be mailed to all the registered delegates 1 week prior to the date of the event. We advise you to join 20 mins prior using the Laptop/Desktop preferably Chrome browser and check your logistics.

In case of any technical difficulties, kindly refresh and rejoin. If the problem further persists, please reach out to us on contact@clavent.com.

The networking lounge will be activated during the break and at the end of the event where you can network with other attendees and speakers. To join any of the networking tables just DOUBLE-CLICK on it. Feel free to video chat, voice chat, share screen and use whiteboard to interact with other delegates. 

We urge our attendees to ask as many questions as they may have during the Q&A sessions. These questions will be answered directly by the speakers. In case any of the questions remain unanswered due to the time limitations, we will post these questions on our Testers LinkedIn Community “Clavent Technophiles” and will get them responded by our speakers.

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