STAREast 2010: Agile, test, QA, the Rebel Alliance news and coverage

At STAREast 2010, technical session presenters focused on agile development, QA, exploratory testing, best practices and tools. Here are the highlights from Jon Bach, Lisa Crispin, Matt Heusser and other top names in software testing

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SearchSoftwareQuality attended STAREast 2010 in Orlando from April 28 - 29.

STAREast 2010 attracts testers and developers in various aspects of software quality assurance. This year, sessions covered agile development, exploratory testing, communication techniques and management styles in the software industry. Find all of the latest information from the conference including videos, podcasts and articles.

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STAREast news coverage
Videos: Presenters share additional insight into their sessions
Videos: Attendees share thoughts on conference and open source
STAREast podcasts: What are testers saying about modern test practices?

STAREast news coverage

STAREast: Is my software development organization agile?
There is confusion in the software community about whether companies are developing in an environment that is agile. Speakers at STAREast try to help identify agile environments.
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Excelling in software test conversations: STAREast speaker's communication tips
Whether you are working remotely, in a distributed agile team or speaking face-to-face, requires being a good software tester means being a strong communicator. At STAREast, speaker Bob Galen's session was focused on optimizing conversation and getting points and feedback across effectively.
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From STAREast: What would a software conference be without bugs?
Although proving vital, exploratory testing is often forced to take a backseat to numerous application testing initiatives. At STAREast 2010, many experts agreed that exploratory testing is a practice which can not be ignored, as it provides insight and value in applications that traditional test procedures can't.
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Testing mobile applications: STAREast speaker suggests crowdsourcing
As more mobile applications become business-oriented, the importance of test coverage becomes more apparent. See how uTest is using community testing to yield strong results. This community testing commonly called crowdsourcing has proven to be a useful technique for establishing a range of test coverage across numerous application platforms.
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STAREast keynotes: Continuous integration and documentation in Agile
Continuous integration, ensuring a high-level of quality and agile were just a handful of the "hot topics" STAREast conference keynoters raised. Read about other areas of software IT pros are buzzing about in this post.
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James Bach - The buccaneer tester
James Bach is a lot of things, a QA expert, featured conference speaker and self-proclaimed "buccaneer tester." Read what Bach sprung on his STAREast audience in Orlando.
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Videos: Attendees share thoughts on conference and open source

STAREast offered a full agenda of keynotes and concurrent sessions for attendees. We were able to catch up with many of the speakers after their presentations to get some further thoughts about STAREast, their presentations and, in some cases, their thoughts on open source tools. For a full list of conference impressions, go here: STAREast 2010: Speaker and attendee impressions.

James Bach: What is a buccaneer tester?
James Bach is one of the most prominent names in software testing. In this video Bach explains his philosophy for how testing should be done by bringing down to individuality and putting aside traditions or as he often scorns it "rigor!"

Adam Goucher: Beautiful testing and STAREast experience
In this video Adam Goucher talks about his contribution to the book Beautiful Testing. Beautiful testing is a wide-scope of testing techniques written by various authors with diverse backgrounds.

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Videos: Software pros' share conference highlights


SSQ spoke to many attendees about their overall impressions from STAREast 2010. They shared their favorite sessions, speakers and topics from the venue. For a full list of video impressions, go here: STAREast 2010: Speaker and attendee impressions.

Selena Delesie describes her STAREast 2010 experience

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STAREast podcasts: What are testers saying about modern test practices?

SearchSoftwareQuality attended Software Quality Engineering's STAREast conference April 28th and 29th. Here are some preliminary podcasts for speakers featured at the conference. To listen to the full list of STAREast 2010 podcasts, go here: STAREast podcasts: What and testers saying about modern testing practices?.

Podcast: Matt Heusser explains conference attendance teams
"No one should attend STAREast alone," says Matt Heusser, who is one of the founders behind the tester/developer group formation known as "the Rebel Alliance". "The Rebel Alliance" is a team of STAREast bound testers and developers who will attend the conference as a group.

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Podcast: Randy Rice on software development scenarios
Expert Randy Rice, Rice Consulting Services, discusses agile in software development environments, managing and supervising teams of varying skills and other development scenarios in this podcast.

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This was first published in May 2010

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