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Tuesday, September 24

9:45am EDT

Embracing Audience-First Testing at the CBC
What kind of testing can you do in the park on a sunny summer afternoon or while talking to strangers in the food court? How does an afternoon of drawing stick figures help you understand your product better?

Traditionally, testers have occupied themselves with analyzing requirements and finding bugs, but Agile thinking emphasizes the importance of delivering value early and often to our customers. On modern teams, testers provide the most value when they understand the needs of the business. At the CBC, that means our testing strategy has to orient itself around what matters to our audience and to Canadians at large.

I will share my experience in starting to adopt an audience-first mindset towards testing at the CBC, including practical steps we’ve taken while testing some of CBC’s digital products, how it changes my day-to-day work as a tester on a development team, and challenges we still face.

Attendees can expect to learn
- Why we should embrace UX and design as essential tools in our testing skillset,
- User research concepts and practices that can be incorporated into your testing strategy,
- Specific examples of activities you can try and lessons we’ve learned from them along the way.

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Gregory Paciga

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Gregory Paciga is a test automation developer for CBC Digital Products in Toronto, working on apps and websites that millions of Canadians use daily for their news and entertainment. He came to software testing somewhat accidentally after a research career in astrophysics, where he... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am EDT
Essex Room

10:45am EDT

Distributed WorkLoad Testing with Opensource Solutions
In DellEMC Enterprise Servers Validation Organization, we perform Load testing using different workloads (Web, FTP, Database, Mail, etc.) on Servers to identify the performance of the servers under heavy load. Knowing how DellEMC Enterprise Servers perform under heavy load (% CPU, % Memory, % Network, % Disk) is extremely valuable and critical. This is achieved with the help of a Load Testing Tools. Load testing tools available in market comes with its own challenges like Cost, Learning Curve and Workloads Support. Here in this talk we are going to demonstrate how we have built JAAS (JMeter As A Service) Distributed WorkLoad Testing solution using Containers and opensource tools and how this solution playing a crucial role in Delivering Servers Validation efforts.

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Tester, DellEMC
Automation Technologist at DellEMC, is a Masters in Software Systems with 13+ years’ experience in Automation Development efforts. The domains I have worked on include Server, Storage and System Management Software. Responsible of Delivering Zeno - Continues Test Automation framework... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
Essex Room

12:30pm EDT

Know Your Barriers: Lessons Learned in Accessibility Testing
Digital accessibility promotes making any software usable by the widest possible audience. In the USA and Canada there are also laws that mandate treating accessibility as one of human rights.

Implementation of Web accessibility is often spoken about in terms of design and coding tricks, but there are also personal difficulties for the teams involved. The talk addresses such cases of struggles and challenges, and provides a few practical ideas on how to successfully overcome them.

Workshop style of the talk, with content rich with examples and micro-exercises engaging the audience, is aimed to create an immersive experience for the participants and let them draw their own "lessons learned."

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Albert Gareev

Practice Lead, Software Testing, Agidale Consulting, Inc.
Albert Gareev is a software testing craftsman and practice lead. With over 20 years of diverse industry experience, Albert spearheaded testing for complex and challenging projects. Key expertise areas include Agile testing, Automation, and Accessibility. Visit Albert's blog at http://automation-beyond.com... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm EDT
Essex Room

1:30pm EDT

Testing of AI Systems
There are two main challenges to testing systems that incorporate elements of artificial intelligence (AI). First, the same input can trigger different responses as an AI system learns and adapts to new conditions, and second, it is difficult to understand what the correct response really should be. Such behavior violates one of the main principles of traditional testing: the repeatability of test case execution. Testers lose confidence in the outcome of their testing when traditional approaches no longer apply. Yury Makedonov explains how testing can be improved if we have direct access to the system’s state (grey box testing). He provides a demonstration of a simple “machine learning” system to show some grey box testing techniques. In the second part of his presentation Yury discusses test data challenges using a “pattern recognition” model as an example. These data handling techniques can be used for both cases of grey box and black box testing (when we can’t access the state of AI system). You can apply these techniques to a wide range of AI systems, ranging from simple machine learning systems to complex neural networks.


Yury Makedonov

Yury Makedonov was trained as a researcher and worked in a research and development institution dealing with composite materials. He has a Ph.D. degree in physics and math, though he is not a rocket scientist anymore; now he is using his skills and knowledge to improve software quality... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Essex Room

2:30pm EDT

R.I.P Test Design
Test design is an important phase in testing lifecycle but with rapidly changing technologies and methodologies, the way test design is approached is going to significantly change. It will reach a point where the phase will become obsolete while the function continues to plan an important role. Our presentation covers the following

• Journey of the test design concepts
• Test design approaches largely used in industry
• Test design optimization approaches, implications and benefits
• Impact of emerging technologies and methodologies on test design practices
• R.I.P test design

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Pavan Kumar YG

Senior Manager, Capgemini
Pavankumar YG has over 19 years of experience in quality assurance of web, windows, SAP, cloud and mobile applications. Pavan is currently working with Capgemini as automation architect. Published an article on Robotic Process Automation Testing on LinkedIn (LinkedIn: http://ca.l... Read More →

Rajamohan Maddineni

Rajamohan has over 10 years of experience in test automation. He is the inventor of a test design optimization approach and tool. He is currently working as automation architect with Capgemini. He has several certifications; most recent is UIPath – RPA tool (https://ca.linkedin... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
Essex Room