On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Centric Sponsored and participated in the annual QA or the Highway Conference at the Ohio State Union.
Here are the highlights!
Centric was proud to be the platinum sponsor for the QA or the Highway Conference in Columbus, Ohio on February 27th.
This was another fantastic year for the QA or the Highway conference, where hundreds of QA and Testing professionals came together to focus on furthering their testing knowledge. Learning to test both thoroughly and efficiently was a constant theme throughout the conference.
The Ohio Union, on the Ohio State University’s campus, was charged with the enthusiasm of an audience ready to learn from the power-packed lineup of speakers.
Below are key takeaways from the keynote speakers and Centric speakers:
Raj Subramanian – Opening Keynote
Keynote speaker, Raj Subramanian, opened the conference up by telling us about his personal testing journey and the key decisions he’s learned that testers must make in order to be “strong testers.”
Oksana Shmaliy & Dan Longcoy – Closing Keynote
Dan Longcoy and Oksana Shmaily shared their journey in leading an entire QA team through a necessary QA transformation. They identified the challenges they were facing and chose to begin a transformation to strengthen their QA department. They provided QA team members with the necessary resources to begin the transformation and become better, more efficient testers. Oksana and Dan shared details about the areas that were once weak within their QA department, and they provided solutions on how others can successfully execute this transformation.
C^2POE – Centric Consulting Page Object Experiments: Introducing Captain Hook
By: Donavan Stanley
Donavan Stanley put an emphasis on having efficient, clean code by introducing Centric’s Ruby gem, Captain Hook. He showed how Captain Hook can be utilized to apply before/after hooks to arbitrary methods on objects. This helps testers get away from needing to write repetitive code.
Test Strategy – The Real Silver Bullet in Testing
By: Matthew Eakin
Matt Eakin walked through the steps for creating a good, full tech stack testing strategy. All tests should have a purpose, and automation may not always be the right solution. Identifying the areas where you need testing is key. Implementing a good test strategy will help you provide solutions that test a system thoroughly, while keeping costs to a minimum. Watch the presentation here.
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Is Test Planning a Lost Art in Agile?
By: Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams highlighted the value that test planning still holds, even in the agile world. When agile teams focus too closely on the technical details of the work, they miss the overall picture and overlook key pieces. This can really slow project velocity in the end, so it is best to strategize and plan before the tests are written. Watch the presentation here.
Find out what prompted Centric’s Joseph Ours to start QA or the Highway, and how it’s progressed.
Here are other sessions from QA or the Highway in case you missed them:
- The Hidden Requirements: Exploring Emotions with Placebos by Damian Synadinos
- Automate Your Data, Free Your Mind by Aaron Swerlein
- Testing from the Inside Out and Outside the Box by Anna Fiehler
- There’s No Time to Test, Can You Just Automate It? by Anna Heiermann
- Test Automation in the Fast Lane by Caleb Eno
- Weaponizing Your Metrics by Dmitry Sharkov
- Making a Cucumber Layer Cake: Separation of Concerns in the Idealized Test Suite by Eric Kessler
- Uh, So I’m a Manager… Now What? by Jared Faris
- Hey You Got Your TDD in my SQL DB by Jeff McKenzie
- Shift Left for Speed, Quality, and Agility by Jeff Van Fleet & Tami Lamb
- Pairing and Mobbing and Bug Bashes, Oh My! – Techniques and Tips for Spreading Testing Across Teams by Jess Lancaster
- Behavior Driven Development—A Guide to Agile Practices by Josh Eastman
- Power-Up Your Test Suite with OLE Automation by Joshua Russell
- From Gatekeeper to Partner by Kelsey Shannahan
- The Digital Shakeout in Quality Assurance and Testing by Satish Natarajan & Shiva Agolla
- Injecting Threat Modeling into the SDLC by Susan Bradley
- Four Stages of Automated Testing by Bradley M. Temple
- Mobbing for Test Design: Connecting with Your Colleagues’ Test Ideas by James Fogarty & Jeff MacBane
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