We created TConf to bring industry leaders and community together, to share the challenges and solutions to complex quality problems in the industry. We have a strong desire to advance the Quality function. We believe in the importance of these fundamentals, a good software tester is also a good engineer, communicator, pragmatic thinker and above all problem solver.
Being an early adopter of collective ownership of quality, Lalitha will describe her journey from being a traditional tester to a Quality Coach and how she has shaped the coaching role to be one of educating the team about quality and why every team member is responsible for it.
Learn about the challenges she faced, the achievements she celebrated and how her team has changed their perspective towards quality.
For those interested in shifting quality left, this is a story to hear.
Lalitha Yenna Quality Coach, Xero
Lalitha Yenna is Xero's pioneer Quality Coach. She has been in the quality space for almost ten years and is passionate about building quality into the product right from the beginning.
Lalitha is motivated by continuous learning and enjoys coaching and leading teams towards self-reliance.
Outside work, she creates materials to provide easier ways for non-testers to think about testing and can be found on Twitter at @QuAdvocate
The world of augmented, virtual and mixed reality is shiny and exciting and inviting. It lures you in with amazing experiences and engaging and immersive content. What most people don’t realise is the fundamental shift in how the software is designed and developed.
Learn how to build the test cases for any digital reality, including considering environmental factors like light, surface shapes, human interaction and realism. Discover the techniques and tools used to effectively test digital realities and get a leg up for your first project.
Lars Klint A Cloud Guru Instructor | Microsoft MVP | Lenovo Insider | Mentor, A Cloud Guru
Lars is an author, trainer, Microsoft MVP, community leader, expert in all things Windows Platform and part time crocodile wrangler.
Lars is heavily involved in the space of HoloLens and mixed reality, as well as a published author and writer for numerous publications.
Lars has been a part of the software development community for the past 20 years and co-organises the DDD Melbourne community conference, organises developer events with Microsoft, and also runs a part time car restoration business.
Lars has spoken at numerous technical events around the world and is an expert in Australian Outback Internet.
Lidia Giuliano Security Advisor@REA | Mentor | Founder @ BSidesMelb, DevOpsGirls
Lidia Giuliano has 15 years’ experience in Information Security. Her professional and personal interests span multiple areas including secops, vulnerability management, malware defense, data protection and other defensive and open-source projects.
Before her career in information security, Lidia was a developer and Linux administrator. She holds a BAppSci and a MAppSci from RMIT University, CISSP and CISM certified and has presented internationally on many areas of information security.
Lidia is activity involved in the Information Security community, is a member of the BlackHat Asia Regional Review Panel, a mentor for FiTT (Females in IT and Telecommunications) and AWSN (Australian Women in Security Network), and a founder of BSides Melbourne.
Karen Hutchinson Human Resource Professional transitioning into a career in IT, DevOpsGirls
Karen has over 8 years experience as a Human Resource Professional in the Industrial Automation industry having worked for organisations such as Rockwell Automation and SICK.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is involved with Swinburne University’s new Engineering Academy in mentoring their first year of Associates.
Edit Bazso Tester | Developer | Trained Kinesiologist, Kinesiologist | DevOpsGirls
Edit Bazso has a GradDip of IT from Swinburne University and worked for 7 years as a software tester and developer. She is a keen Free Code Camper currently on her second round of #100DaysOfCode and she loves to RHOK (Random Hacks of Kindness).
Edit is also a registered kinesiologist and a member of the Australian Kinesiology Association, International Kinesiology College and BrainGym Australia.
She loves creating "real software" that makes a difference to people's lives, and reprogramming the "human software" through kinesiology to help people realize their full potentials.
Lucy Phan Network and Systems Administrator, DevOpsGirls
Lucy has over 10 years experience in network and systems administration at a commercial air conditioning company. A believer of AI, self-taught programmer, and women-in-tech advocate, she explores software testings, especially TDD, as a fun way of thinking and solving problems. When not gazing at the screen, she loves gazing up to the stars at night and dreaming about flying to the moon.
Ayesha Mosaddeque Senior Software Developer, Intelematics, Intelematics | DevOpsGirls
Ayesha has over 10 years of experience in Software Development. She has worked in various industries like Telecommunications, Payments, Aged care, Telematics and IoT. Ayesha has spent most of her time with Java, but also enjoys playing with other non JVM languages. She has completed her Bachelor degree in Computer Science from BRAC University in Bangladesh. Ayesha finds the world of technology extremely intriguing and loves to work with the latest trends. She is an avid AWS enthusiast. Her latest interest is around the DevOps area and is actively taking part in improving the deployment capability of Intelematics, where she works. Ayesha thrives to build a culture of inclusion when it comes to software development.
Pranati Vyas Backend Software Engineer at Square, Square | DevOpsGirls
Pranati Vyas is a software engineer at Square. Being a stay at home mum for a decade, she worked on her own startup and realised that she would be much better off having the much sought after programming skills. After doing some online learning, she did the WDI course at General Assembly and has been employed as a full-stack developer ever since. She is genuinely passionate about getting more young girls into STEM fields.
James will discuss the broad range of threats in cyberspace and how to minimise risks to personal data, bank accounts and cybercrime. As if that wasn’t enough he will poor practices in web development which have allowed gross breaches or privacy to occur. Bitcoin, cloud, Ponzi – some of the words he may mention. Card skimming, identity theft, passwords – definitely on the agenda.
Dr James Hamlyn-Harris Dept. of Computer Science & Software Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology
James Hamlyn-Harris started doing cybersecurity back in 1986 before it was a thing. After getting root access on the university server (at the end of his Applied Science degree), he pretty much forgot about cyber, focussing on two research degrees in Material Science and watching with wry amusement the rise to dominance of the IBM PC and Microsoft.
But that all changed in 2001 when he joined the School of IT at Swinburne. It was the height of the dot-com boom and anyone who could talk and code was in high demand. By 2006 James had another Master degree – this time in IT – and was teaching the most amazing part of computer science: cybersecurity, or how to protect computer systems and data from the bad guys by finding the flaws before they do. By 2011 he has completed another course – this time in e-Forensics.
James is now the Deputy/Acting Chair of Computer Science and Software Engineering and the author of Swinburne’s new Master of Cybersecurity. In his spare time he does forensic investigations, security testing and manages Swinburne’s teams in the national Cyber Security Challenge Australia CTF.
To Be Announced (AWS tooling)
Adam Larter Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon
Adam Larter is a Principal Solutions Architect, Developer Specialist with Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he helps developers use best practice to design highly scalable, reliable and performant architectures in the AWS Cloud. Adam’s experience as a software developer allows him to dive deep into the code, and his background in the media industry has given him broad experience in large-scale distributed workloads. He has a passion for developers, mobile and the Internet of Things, and all things ‘connected’.
Prior to joining the team at Amazon, Adam was CTO of a global media company specializing in workflow management, quality control, repurposing, delivery and storage of television, radio, print and online content.
Adam has a Master of Information Technology degree from Monash University in Australia.
Quality Analysts (QAs) are not there to assure quality.
They are there to analyse quality and quality practices and advise on approaches to system quality. They are particularly good at helping mitigate quality risks because of their trained ability to question what seems to be there.
They are neither the gatekeepers of the releases, nor meant to be the bottlenecks for testing, nor the owners of quality.
We always need testing and feedback, but do we always need testers?
Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don’t. This talk is knowing when one is relevant and then knowing HOW to be relevant. This includes looking after your career as QA and staying ahead of the curve and remaining employable.
Theresa Neate Developer Advocate | Lead QA, REA
Theresa Neate is a quality analyst, test consultant and now developer advocate, who loves lean and agility and advocates for holistic system quality and systems thinking.
She has recently started doing developer advocacy, underpinned by over 2 decades of testing and QA experience; the last decade spent between the ThoughtWorks consultancy stable, Australia Post’s Digital Delivery Centre and since February 2016 has been at digital media icon REA Group.
In her spare time Theresa studies a Diploma of Networking (Cloud), freelance blogs for TechTarget DevOpsAgenda, sits on their Advisory Board, and co-organises and contributes at DevOps Girls.
She’s a lifelong and eternally curious sceptic and learner.
When it comes to developing and testing services how can we be more productive and at the same time be able to start testing earlier, when dependent services are not yet ready or unavailable.
In our talk we’re going to explore service virtualisation using “Mountebank”, how to setup and integrate our test suite with Mountebank, as well as a look into the benefits and issues we came across.
Priyanka Jagga Senior Software Engineer, DigIO
Priyanka has over 6 years experience in Testing, having worked across various industries including Banking, Telecommunications and gaming.
She’s never one to back down from a challenge and never afraid to try new things and explore new tools and technologies.
Although testing is her profession, she enjoys spending time with her dog, travelling and “rocking it” around the world!
Wendy Lam Senior Software Engineer, DigIO
Wendy has over 14 years experience working as an Automation Engineer, across a number of different industries – from Banking, Retail, Publishing to Telecommunications and Government.
She’s passionate about learning and exploring new tools and technologies. Always keen on looking for ways to do things better.
In her free time, she enjoys indulging in her various hobbies, often involving constructing things whether it be with fabric, paper or yarn (and that’s not npm package).
Are you a quality champion in your team and struggle to get developers and others to care about quality? Are you looking for a way to measure your team's state of quality? Then the Quality Health Monitor is for you!
The Quality Health Monitor (QHM) is based on Atlassian's Health Monitor for teams but very much focused on Dev teams and their quality maturity. The health monitor lists 8 quality attributes for the team to honestly rate themselves against each one and then openly discuss within 1 hour. At the end of the session, the team decides on action points to improve their quality health. Running the QHM regularly shows the progression of the team's quality maturity over time.
Tanya Gabe Quality Team Lead, Atlassian
Tanya has worked in the IT industry for 14 years starting as a Java Developer then transitioned to the Quality Assurance domain for most of her career. Her QA experience ranges from manual and automated testing to process improvements to leadership. From the Philippines to the UK to Australia, she has worked at renowned companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Financial Times and now Atlassian.
Tanya is currently a Quality Team Lead of Server Engineering in Atlassian. She manages Quality Engineers embedded in project teams wherein they assist and coach team members of QA best practices and processes. Together with her QE team, they find areas of quality-related improvements at the Server organisation level.
Veenu Bharara Quality Principal, Atlassian
A total believer in "Quality is EVERYBODY'S responsibility", Veenu has started her career as QA back in 1998. In last 20 years of my career, I have lived the whole journey of Quality in Software industry. Especially in last 10 years with Atlassian we have gone through a journey of QA testing to Quality Assistance and now to Quality Engineering.
Veenu is currently a Quality Principal for IT dev teams and coach dev teams to become better Quality version of themselves. She also manages Quality aspect of big Cross Platform/Geos projects.