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QUEST Conference 2017


QUEST Conference 2017

April 3 through April 7, 2017
Chicago, IL
The Renaissance Chicago Downtown


SPR Consulting is proud to be an exhibitor and a Gold sponsor of this year’s QUEST Conference 2017.

QUEST 2017 Conference is the best source for new technologies and proven methods for Quality Engineered Software and Testing. Thought leaders, evangelists, innovative practitioners, and IT professionals from across North America gather together for a week packed with classes, tutorials, educational sessions, hand-on workshops, discussions groups, EXPO, and networking events. Let your quest to build, test, and deliver quality software begin with QUEST 2017! Topics covered include:

  • Agile
  • Leadership
  • Measurement
  • Test Design
  • Automation
  • Open Source
  • Performance
  • Test Data
  • Mobile
  • Security
  • DevOps
  • And More…

In addition, come see our Software Test Manager, Paul Herzog, at his April 5th session, Data-driven Test Design: One Set of Data To Rule All Tests.

April 5, 2017
11:15 am – 12:15 pm

The traditional approach to test planning and case creation has always been functionally focused. This approach asks what the application does or how can it be used in a way that might break it? This traditional approach makes it very difficult to tie different types of testing (functional, regression, performance, etc.) together since each cycle’s design starts from scratch and proceeds in that way to completion. The only thing common across all aspects of a holistic test strategy is the data. Data includes the parameters that configure the environment. Access levels are based on data and data sets verify the “happy path”, and put the tester over the edge in a boundary condition. Join Paul as we make the journey to a magical land of reusable data, connected test cycles, simplified test definition and planning in a data-driven environment. Get the benefit of the effort put into test data creation and use it throughout your testing.

Paul will also be speaking later on at the Jira Meet-up: “Your Project Uses JIRA… How’s That Working Out For You?

April 5, 2017
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

JIRA is a rapidly growing software lifecycle management platform, due to its cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and wide range of application plug-ins. No role on a project team is more impacted by this flexibility and application volume than testers. Is your JIRA server hosted on-premises or in the cloud? What test case plug-in do you use? How do you organize the execution of your test cycles? How do you handle traceability between stories, tasks, tests and defects? This gathering is a perfect opportunity to meet other people facing the same successes and challenges with JIRA, and the Atlassian suite, that you are. Come prepared to celebrate what obstacles you’ve overcome, discuss the aspects of testing that work well, and ask others for advice on what’s preventing you from meeting your short- and long-term goals.

Our Vice President, Application Development and Testing, Jeff Shurts, will speak on the Brave New World: Testing Challenges in IoT Projects.

April 6, 2017

Shurts JeffTesting Internet of Things (IoT) applications, whether done manually or using automation, is very different than testing traditional, user-centric web or mobile applications. The unique combination of characteristics of an IoT system – including remote sensors and gateways, constantly-streaming data, asynchronous processing, event-based behavior and complex analytics – means that many testers will need to gain new knowledge and skills in order to meet the testing challenges presented by IoT systems. In this talk, we will discuss some of the unique characteristics of IoT, to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges that lie ahead.

Finally, Nancy Kastl, our Testing Services Practice Director and President of CQAA, will moderate the Selenium Panel Discussion.

April 7, 2017
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Kastl NancyBased on Transparency Market Research (TMR), the market for test automation in North America is spiraling from $5.70 billion in 2015 with an expected to grow to $29.78 billion by 2024. Functional testing is expected to be highest during this forecast period followed by mobile and Software as a Service (SaaS) on cloud testing. There is a wide variety of commercial and open source tools for test automation with pros and cons for consideration when evaluating and selecting automated tools. In the open source community Selenium is the current leader based on job trends.  Selenium was originally developed by Jason Huggins in 2004 as an internal tool at ThoughtWorks and was open sourced for further development through the Selenium WebDriver project in 2007 and Selenium Grid in 2008.

Join the panelists to learn about the capabilities of Selenium and how they successfully have used Selenium for test automation. Each panelist will share their experience with Selenium in general, as well as explain a specific component of their Selenium framework that they have evolved as a best practice.  Following the panel, you will have the opportunity to meet with the panelists in breakout sessions for more detailed discussions and demos of their Selenium solutions.