STPCon Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

Get more out of the conference experience. Pre-Conference workshops are valuable in-depth educational sessions. Register now to take advantage of bundled discounts and educational offerings all in one location.

Sunday & Monday, November 2-3, 9:00am – 5:00pm

ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation Course
With: Rex Black – President RBCS
This course provides testers and test managers with an understanding of the fundamentals of testing on agile projects. Attendees will learn how agile software development projects are organized, and the various types of agile development practices in common use. They will understand how agile development differs from traditional approaches, how to position testers in an agile organization, the fundamental agile testing principles, practices, and processes, and the skills they’ll need to excel in an agile environment. The attendees will learn ways to estimate and organize testing within agile projects and the application of risk-based testing on agile projects. They’ll also gain a basic understanding of the important testing and test-related tools commonly used on agile projects. Continue Reading

Monday, November 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Keys for Transitioning from Traditional to Agile Testing – Lessons from the Trenches
With: Bob Galen – President & Principal Consultant, RGCG, LLC
In this workshop, experienced Agile Coach Bob Galen will share with you the critical lessons from teams he’s observed who’ve successfully made the transition. We’ll explore the requisite team skills, how to deal with agile requirements, the right strategies for developing agile automation, how to plan and test within your agile team, effective agile test metrics, and aspects of quality for agile teams. The lessons will be shared via real stories from real agile teams who have crossed this chasm—so no hypotheticals here. Continue Reading

Monday, November 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality
With: Seth Eliot – Principal Knowledge Engineer, Microsoft Test Excellence & Monica Catunda – Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
Testers have traditionally relied on test results, but additional data sources now available to the tester are expanding like never before. Data-Driven Quality (DDQ) strategies such as Testing in Production (TiP) are essential tools for most testers, but the question is how do you implement these strategies to benefit your specific product? If you are seeking this answer, Seth and Monica will show you how to move forward. Continue Reading

Monday, November 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Field of Metrics: Bringing Your Measurement Program Back to Life
With: Philip Lew – CEO, XBOSoft, Inc. & Mike Lyles – Sr. QA Architect at AIG / United Guaranty
In this tutorial, Philip Lew and Mike Lyles will challenge the audience to forget the things you are doing today and focus on defining, building, and succeeding with a measurement program that gives meaningful metrics to your stakeholders. Most importantly, you will leave equipped with the ability to answer the key stakeholder questions, bring your organization back to life, and meet more of your goals. Continue Reading

Monday, November 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Tester Awareness and Value Assessment
With: Anna Royzman – QA Manager, Liquidnet Holdings, Inc.
Today’s testers need more than ever to assertively describe exactly how they add value to their team, their department, the greater organization and ultimately the bottom line. Unfortunately without guidance and practice in objective self-assessment most testers can be somewhat blind to their actual worth. And this can be a challenge, especially in the increasingly transparent and interactively visible agile environments where the entire team can see you, and evaluate you. The once-safe and simple role of the test manager as the ultimate authority on your job review is all but obsolete. Continue Reading