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Microphone on a stage for a keynote presentation 4 Lessons from the STARWEST 2018 Keynote Presentations

With a week full of sessions, tutorials, training classes, and events, the STARWEST software testing conference had plenty of takeaways useful for your professional and personal life. Here are four lessons distilled from the conference’s keynote presentations on testing, communication, and directing your career.

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Owen Gotimer
puzzle Writing Tests: Action Abstraction

Keywords have become a popular way of writing tests. Hans Buwalda used keywords to devise the Action Based Testing method in which tests are written as sequences of “actions” represented with keywords. However, keywords are just a physical representation of actions, and there are other ways to do this.

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Hans Buwalda
Drawing of a digital brain made of circuitboards How AI Is Transforming Software Testing

At our modern pace of rapid software delivery, manual testing alone is simply inadequate. AI will soon be a necessity to keep pace and equip QA and test teams with augmented efficiencies. But don't fear the future; just like automation tools already have, AI is going to complement—not replace—your testing efforts.

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Raj Subramanian
Image showing a digital wrench as a test tool Lessons Learned in Testing a UI Test Automation Tool

How do you test a tool to be used for automated testing? If a tool executes an automated test that generates keyboard and mouse events to replay user actions, can the test emulate user input and control another instance of the tool to automatically record and play another test? Here's how you test the test tool.

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Denis Markovtsev
Sinking boat Guaranteed Methods to Ruin Your Test Automation

After working to develop the test automation patterns used by experienced practitioners to solve common test automation issues, Seretta Gamba started to consider what can ruin a test automation effort instead. Here she shares two sure-fire methods that can destroy your test automation. Steer clear of these examples!

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Seretta Gamba
A successful testing team in a circle with their hands in the middle 3 More Fundamentals of a Successful Testing Team

Many QA managers seek a formula for creating an effective testing team. While they may pursue endless tools and lifecycle approaches, the answer is actually simpler. These three fundamentals will ensure you’re leading your test engineers in the right direction and building a world-class testing organization.

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Greg Paskal
Test.ai logo Test.ai Raises Funding for Bots to Perform App Testing

Startup Test.ai is a system for AI-powered user scenario testing for mobile and web apps that uses bots, not humans, to develop and run test scenarios. It just secured investor funding, so Test.ai is on its way toward its goal of testing every app in the world. CEO Jason Arbon talks about the future of testing and AI.

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Beth Romanik
Close-up photo of someone's blue eye, by Amanda Dalbjörn The Test Automation Mindset

Building a test automation strategy involves all members of the technical team, layering tests throughout the technology stack, and using this approach to design better software and catch simple problems earlier in the development cycle. But working like that requires a shift in mindset across the organization.

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Justin Rohrman