“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Alan Kay
If cost and resources were no issue, what changes would you like to make to practices in the Testing industry?
Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and users’ expectations are increasing – the customer requires a higher quality, faster, safer more mobile solution. Spurred by this greater demand for excellence, the Software Testing industry is growing year on year. We have to deliver but we also have to innovate, however we’re almost always limited by the budgets and resources the wider business is willing to allocate. It’s time for us as testers to break down the barriers and make our testing dreams a reality.
A dream is not much more than a fantasy if it is not supported by an ambition and a plan on how to achieve it. TestExpo™ 2015 focuses on the ambitions, plans and goals of the testing community in the UK for learning and improving testing practices.
This one-day conference will be structured around a series of themes. Keynote presentations and roundtable sessions will allow all participants to join in and discuss their own experiences, and consider how to implement their own visions and dreams for the testing industry.
‘Regenerating Enthusiasm for Testing’
Menno Van Doorn - Vint, Sogeti
Gartner calls it "The Next Big Thing": autonomous decision machines taking over new tasks and enhancing humanity. They claim this smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. It implies that the so called winter sleep of Artificial Intelligence is over. Elon Musk expresses his concerns over twitter "We must be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes” The issues for testing and quality assurance in this new era of computing are extremely challenging. How can you test a self learning system for instance? What are the risks of ignoring a robots advice?
In this keynote, Menno van Doorn will discuss the possible future of autonomous decision machines and consequences for testing. Menno is director of Sogeti's Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology, Think Tank of SogetiLabs. He co-authored several books, like "No more secrets" (Big Data) and other books on the Internet of Things, Social Media and the Mobile revolution. His current research project is called "computer says no".
Michael James, Xamarin
An ever growing number of mobile devices with constantly advancing operating system releases are hitting the market at a lightning pace. Creating a comprehensive testing suite is imperative to success in the mobile market to ensure your app is of the highest quality with each and every release. Unit tests can only test your core business logic. How can you ensure your user interface is bulletproof and regression free on four versions of iOS on 20 devices or eight versions of android on over 18,000 device models! This is where creating automated user interface testing for mobile apps comes in.
Xamarin.UITest is a freely available testing framework that enables you to create user interface tests to programmatically interact with native and hybrid apps. Swipe, tap, or rotate any user interface element and then perform real world assertions and take screenshots for visual validation along the way. Learn how to create these tests and run them locally on your own device or simulator or take them to the Xamarin Test Cloud to automatically test your application on thousands of physical devices ensuring mobile success.
Now with your apps out in the wild how do you plan on monitoring your applications in real time for crash reporting and analytics? Xamarin Insights provides a fully cross-platform API for all of your mobile applications and even integrates into popular services such as GitHub and Visual Studio online for mission critical updates. Learn how to easily integrate Insights into your mobile applications and extend further with identity and service integration.
Biraj Nakarja, Head of QA and Testing, Camelot Global and Susan Wilkes, QA Manager, Camelot Global
In most cases, a transition to digital will involve the creation of an interactive website and/or mobile applications, but for The National Lottery – a traditionally retail based lottery provider – what else does moving to ‘digital’ mean? Join us in understanding our testing challenges on this ‘Retail to Detail’ journey, and how the testing team needs to adapt what we do, and how we do things, to embrace our aspirations of becoming the world’s leading digital lottery.
Dean Robertson, Solution Architect EMEA, Worksoft
Learn why organisations can no longer rely on ageing testing technologies to meet the scale, velocity and direction of application changes they face in a complex IT landscape. Dean will explain how a new paradigm of Automated Business Process Validation is helping organisations change faster, safer and with less cost.
Barry Weller, Test Manager, StepChange Debt CharityIn this session Barry will discuss the challenges in achieving a test centre of excellence with limited budget by investing in people and processes rather than costly tools and consultation.
Rob Vanstone – Head of UK Pre-Sales, XebiaLabs
Pushing frequent releases of high-quality software to customers is the ultimate delivery dream as it’s beneficial for everyone. However, a continuous delivery pipeline is about more than speed. Learn how to ensure that maintaining quality is at the core of your continuous delivery pipelines, so you can accelerate feature delivery without putting customer satisfaction at risk.
Christian Breitwieser, test automation expert, Ranorex
Many software products provide a growing variety of interaction models across different devices and platforms. Out of this reason, tests spanning over different technologies are becoming increasingly important for providing sufficient QA coverage.
Within this session we will demonstrate how you can use automation to seamlessly interact with multiple technologies within one single test case, using Ranorex as an example.
The roundtable session provided the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences which was very welcome
A great event to learn about new tools and trends
Helpful as an introduction to issues faced in agile/ mobile testing and provided solutions on how to overcomes these challenges
TestExpo is a great way to get ideas and to become empowered by your peers to make changes, great way to network.