What is Odyssey?

Odyssey is a free two-day online conference on test automation. This conference will feature all-star speakers and leaders in software and mobile testing. Each session is designed to inform, inspire, and engage attendees to achieve greater levels of testing.

Brought to you by the folks of Kobiton, Odyssey will help you navigate the rough waters of test automation with topics ranging from best practices and strategy to Continuous Testing to AI. Watch the recordings from the latest Odyssey online conference!

WHERE

Online
Join us from anywhere!

WHEN

Thursday – Friday
March 19-20, 2020


WHY ATTEND?

Gain knowledge through quality sessions with top experts in the software testing and quality assurance field, all for free and from the comfort of your home or office. All sessions are recorded and available to watch now!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Testers, Test Managers, DevOps Practitioners, Product Managers, VPs of Quality, CIOs, or anyone prioritizing quality and speed in their initiatives.


Speakers

We’re excited to bring you some of the best experts and thought-leaders in the testing and quality assurance space.

Jason Arbon

Jason Arbon

CEO at test.ai
Angie Jones

Angie Jones

Automation Architect, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools
Colby Dimock

Colby Dimock

Software Test Engineer at Wahoo Fitness
Paul Grizzaffi

Paul Grizzaffi

Principal Automation Architect at Magenic
Chris du Toit

Chris du Toit

CMO at Kobiton

Chris Kenst

Chris Kenst

Sr. Automation Engineer at BloomNation
Mush Honda

Mush Honda

Vice President of Testing Services at KMS Technology, Inc
Frank Moyer

Frank Moyer

Chief Technology Officer of Kobiton
Adam Satterfield

Adam Satterfield

Senior Director Test Engineering at Global Payments Inc.

Schedule

Join us for these exciting sessions with topics ranging from best practices and strategies to AI to continuous testing. Watch from the comfort of your home and office. All sessions will be recorded so you can watch the sessions at a later date!

Click to learn more about each session. Please note that the schedule is subject to change and all times are Eastern Time (ET).

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  • Day 1

    March 19, 2020

  • The world of software testing is rife with myths about automation that have been with us for years. A quick internet search, however, shows that most of these myths have been debunked by multiple people in blogs, articles, conferences, and webinars. Many of the authors debunk a specific myth with similar logic and examples; this is good because it provides consistency for the “common case”. We easily can find debunking of myths ranging from “automation is best for regression testing” to “it’s feasible to automate everything”. But do these “debunkings” hold true for all contexts? Join Paul Grizzaffi as he explores some of the classic myths, their debunking, and the myths about those myths, i.e., instances when a myth is not a myth if applied to a specific context.

  • What is the current state of test automation and where is it heading in the near future? Kobiton is currently conducting a survey to get the latest insights around mobile app testing from testing professionals. Join Chris du Toit as he discusses the findings so far.

  • As teams move to continuous delivery, testers need to change the traditional approach to testing in pre-prod environments only, especially when the goals of most teams is to have minimal manual interactions since the time code is checked-in by Dev. The purpose of this talk is to identify & discuss gaps that testers face, and review a checklist to enable teams to successfully revise, re-define and prioritize their current testing approach by effectively leveraging automation test tools, process automation tools and agile workflows.

  • An overview of various technical approaches to using AI in testing software and their relative value/ROI.

  • Day 2

    March 20, 2020

  • If you’ve spent any amount of time doing manual testing, you’ve probably thought, "There has to be a faster way to do this." Test Automation can be a great way to start reducing the time it takes to complete your test suite and improving the time it takes to release updates. In this session, Colby will discuss what it takes to make the jump from Manual to Automated testing, including the knowledge, tools, and support you’ll need to be successful.

  • In the world of DevOps and Automation, many teams and organizations spend their time focusing on technical skills and implementing new tools and frameworks. This oftentimes causes leadership to fall by the wayside. However, it is strong leadership that can help guide culture changes which will truly make forward-thinking changes stick. Adam will discuss tactics on how to ensure that you are growing your leadership alongside your automation suites!

  • Test Automation Engineering roles are becoming more common but there’s no great definition for what an Automation Engineer does. In this presentation, Chris will share his experiences on how he became one, what that the first few years have looked like: the good, bad and the ok. He’ll also share the time he spends automating vs exploring, why writing test automation doesn’t mean just focusing on the UI and where he thinks the skills and role will go in the future.

  • What does the future of test automation look like? What bleeding edge tools will you and your team use to propel you past the competition and into the hearts and favor of your end-users? Where do AI & ML fit into the landscape of testing in the near future? Will they replace us or enable us? Join Frank Moyer as he discusses what lies just beyond the horizon of today’s test automation reality.

  • While most teams appreciate the benefits of automation, it is commonly viewed as too time-consuming to be considered as part of an agile sprint; resulting in automation being done in isolation and typically months after the story has been closed. This can lead to several problems including automation team members being disengaged and missing key aspects of the requirements, as well as teams going through a period where new features are being introduced but no regression testing is occurring. This talk will provide agile-friendly approaches to automation which will allow teams to close their sprints with automation in place. These automation techniques allow scrum teams to work smarter, not harder, and find bugs quicker with a more narrowed scope of the root cause, essentially leading to quicker resolution times.