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You Have Power to Break the Stereotype

I am a minority within a minority: I am a female, I am an Asian, and I am a QA. When I started my career in quality assurance, it did not take me long to realize there is a stereotype I was unaware of, which was that most developers are male and most QAs are female....

An Introduction to Web Optimization Testing

When testing websites, most software testers—including me—used to check the functionality and the UI of the page. But there are more factors that test engineers need to check. First, we need to look at what is optimized on the webpage. There are many definitions of...

Integrating Security and Testing Practices

QA is often called upon to deflect some percentage of bugs, which means it’s our obligation to test for as many different bugs as we can. Most of us find it uncontroversial to pursue a wide variety of test cases, spanning from the expected to the unexpected, and...

Testing in Production

Talia Nassi, a software engineer in test, discusses why testing in production is such a controversial topic. She talks about why people fear the process and how a change with intention would increase confidence in your team. Talia also shares how the Women Who Test...

Shift Your Mindset with Your Testing

Quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans discusses shifting testing left. She says shifting your mindset along with your testing activities will make all the difference in embracing this change, because how you think about testing is more important than when you do...

Taking the Negativity Out of Negative Testing

Some problems aren’t the result of products not doing the right thing. Sometimes, that’s the way the products are designed, and they are just plain difficult to use. Testers are the first users of the software, and they are essential in making it usable. In the end,...

Motivating a Millennial Workforce

In this interview, Nikki Henry, founder and CEO of Ladies Leading Ladies, talks about where to find great millennial employees to hire and how to keep them motivated. Nikki says millennials are very passionate and purpose-focused, and treating them as individuals will...

Testing AI Systems: Not as Different as You’d Think

AI-based tools have transformed from a vague, futuristic vision into actual products that are used on a day-to-day basis to make real-life decisions. Still, for most people, the inner workings of deep-learning systems remain a mystery. If you don’t know what exactly...

Applying Test Strategy in the Real World

In this interview, Janna Loeffler, manager of quality engineering at Ultimate Software, discusses the new and upcoming technology Carnival Cruise Line is working on. She talks about how she keeps herself current and relevant in testing by using new tools in the...

Utilizing Containers to Improve Your Production Outcomes

In this interview, Melissa Benua, engineering manager at mParticle, discusses the role that containers play in test environments. She answers questions like: Why do you need containers? How is your team going to benefit from containers? What is the first step in...

Job Security in the Age of Automation

In this interview, Dawn Haynes, CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, and Jennifer Bonine discuss the ever-evolving world of AI and machine learning and the impact on the future of testing. Dawn explains why tools and automation will not be able to...

Lessons Learned From Inspiring Women

I first became acquainted with Women Who Test by listening to the Women Who Change Tech podcast. After listening to every episode I decided to attend my first Women Who Test event at STAREAST 2019. Opening Remarks Alison Wade started the morning off by sharing an...

“I loved my day today. Should I return again, I will evangelize this day to all the other women. The safe space was really great confirmation that I am as valuable as ever. Thanks ladies!”

Beth Jackson, QA Lead, DuPont Pioneer

“This is a wonderful event! More please! My entire team are women and I look forward to bringing my team next year!”

Angela Rapone, QA Manager, Florida Hospital

"Inspiring. I was moved to action! Amazing women and role models."

Dawn Jardine, Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, Razorfish

"I love love love this! I related in work and personal life and will start making #noexcuses as part of my philosophy"

STARWEST 2016 Attendee

“Is there any rating above a 10? [ Tania Katan was] the most amazing speaker I’ve ever heard. I can’t wait for her book. So funny, so smart, so profound. 10 million % is my grade."

Katelyn Kappas, QA Engineer, Insight Catastrophe Group

“On a scale of 1-10, Angie Jones is an 11. I wish my 14-year old daughter who also has “big + bold” hair could meet her!”

Alison Lakey, Embedded Tester, Practice Velocity

"Thank you! We all need more of these kinds of events!!! Why not expand it to all women in IT! Can you bring this to Europe?"

Jasna Skrbec, PM, NIL

"What a wonderful way to end the conference. I hope to come back and hear more."

JoAnn Foss, Associate Test Analyst, Digi-Key Electronics

"This has been amazing, and [I] would not have felt complete without this session. I definitely have a lot of content to take back. Thank you for this, I feel empowered. I feel the men need this just as much!"

Darlene Soukhaphonh, Quality Services, Root Cause Analyst, TMNA Services

“So glad I came. Not only for our careers but for our lives.”

Heather Doll, Lead QA Engineer, Virtual Radiologic

"So much to take back. I loved it! Especially the reminder to follow my heart."

Ratika Garg, Test Lead, Taco Bell

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"So much to take back. I loved it! Especially the reminder to follow my heart."

Ratika Garg, Test Lead, Taco Bell

"Thank you! We all need more of these kinds of events!!! Why not expand it to all women in IT! Can you bring this to Europe?"

Jasna Skrbec, PM, NIL

“So glad I came. Not only for our careers but for our lives.”

Heather Doll, Lead QA Engineer, Virtual Radiologic

"What a wonderful way to end the conference. I hope to come back and hear more."

JoAnn Foss, Associate Test Analyst, Digi-Key Electronics

“Is there any rating above a 10? [ Tania Katan was] the most amazing speaker I’ve ever heard. I can’t wait for her book. So funny, so smart, so profound. 10 million % is my grade."

Katelyn Kappas, QA Engineer, Insight Catastrophe Group

"This has been amazing, and [I] would not have felt complete without this session. I definitely have a lot of content to take back. Thank you for this, I feel empowered. I feel the men need this just as much!"

Darlene Soukhaphonh, Quality Services, Root Cause Analyst, TMNA Services

“On a scale of 1-10, Angie Jones is an 11. I wish my 14-year old daughter who also has “big + bold” hair could meet her!”

Alison Lakey, Embedded Tester, Practice Velocity

"Inspiring. I was moved to action! Amazing women and role models."

Dawn Jardine, Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, Razorfish

“I loved my day today. Should I return again, I will evangelize this day to all the other women. The safe space was really great confirmation that I am as valuable as ever. Thanks ladies!”

Beth Jackson, QA Lead, DuPont Pioneer

“This is a wonderful event! More please! My entire team are women and I look forward to bringing my team next year!”

Angela Rapone, QA Manager, Florida Hospital

"I love love love this! I related in work and personal life and will start making #noexcuses as part of my philosophy"

STARWEST 2016 Attendee

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