Fast Forward to High Quality

How to invent the future while managing the present?

Annual International Software Testing Conference (STC) has been a highly popular offering that brings together practitioners and thought leaders from the software industry, academia and government for sharing and exchange of experiences, ideas and learning. In today’s knowledge age, the ability to transform information into innovative insights in response to market movements is core to value creation & growth.

Often organizations fail to invest wisely in their futures while instead placing dominant emphasis on the present. It is true – the present is vitally important and the current business is the performance engine. It both funds day-to-day operations and generates profits for the future. However, when problems arise, the present crowds out other strategic priorities. What’s missing is a way for practitioners to allocate their—and their organization’s—time and attention and resources on a day-to-day basis across the competing demands of managing today’s requirements and tomorrow’s possibilities. But we all know that the challenge goes beyond being ambidextrous enough to manage today’s business while creating tomorrow’s. There is a third, and even more intractable, problem: letting go of yesterday’s values and beliefs that keep the company stuck in the past.

To get to the future, you must build it day by day. That means being able to selectively set aside certain beliefs, assumptions, and practices created in and by the past that would otherwise become a rock wall between your business of today and its future potential. Built on the theme of Inventing the Future while Managing the Present, this year the conference will be a display of ideas, experiments and experiences to explore challenges and suggest techniques and Best Practices to successfully involved in engineering for the future of Software Testing & Quality.

The 16th Annual International Software Testing Conference (STC 2016) will take place on 1-2 December 2016 in Bangalore, India.

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Tracks

Business Leadership

Track focusing on Business Trends, Developments, Market Indicators, New Business Models, Customer Expectations & Value Management, Acquisition and Retention of Customers, Pricing Strategies, Outsourcing & Crowd Sourcing Models, and Demonstration of ROI for the projects.

 

Test Outsourcing | Business Trends | Customer Retention | Innovation | Test Factory | Growth Strategy & Directions | Crowd Sourcing | Customer Acquisition | Customer Expectation & Value Management | Pricing Strategies | Testing CoE | CIO Expectations | ROI Measurement | Scaling TCoE | Reducing Cost of Quality

Emerging Areas

Track focusing on Emerging Technologies, Life cycle Models, Innovations, Ideas, Research Developments, Tools, Techniques, Methodologies, and ideas that are currently being experimented by the industry to move to the next level of growth and maturity.

 

Cloud Testing | Internet of Things | Compliance Testing | Model Based Testing | Virtualization | Agile Testing | Testing BIG Data | Security Testing | Managed Services | SOA Testing | SAAS Testing | Non Functional Testing Techniques | Performance Modeling | Maturity Models | New Standards & Frameworks | Latest Research

 

Program Management

Track focusing on Designing Delivery Models & Mechanisms with a focus on optimal use of tools, people, time, scope and quality. Discussions focus on methods that have successfully helped companies in estimating, planning, measuring, managing and controlling  the projects and programs.

 

Requirement Management | Scope Management | Test Planning | Test Estimation | Test Project Management | Test Execution & Reporting | Measurement & Metrics | Team Building | Distributed Testing | Test Process Improvement | Infrastructure Management | Earned Value Management | Lean Testing

Agile & DevOps

Agile methods encourage frequent inspection and adaptation, a leadership philosophy that encourages teamwork, self-organization and accountability, a set of engineering best practices intended to allow for rapid delivery of high-quality software, and a business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.

 

Agile Testing & Quality Strategies | Test Driven Development | Quality Control in Xtreme Programming | Automation in Agile Testing | Agility in Testing & Quality Control | Approaches / Examples for/of adopting Agile Principles to Testing Services | Agile Quality | Scaled Agile Framework for Testing | Integrating SAFe and TMMi

Tools & Automation

Track focusing on techniques and tools for enabling increased scalability, adoption, and thus providing non-linear growth for the organizational practices. Discussions focus on the best practices used by organizations to scale and increase the efficiency multi-fold.

 

Test Architecture | Automation | Enterprise Application Testing | Key Word Driven Testing | Embedded Application Testing | Tool Identification | Automation Frameworks | Tool Selection & Implementations | Lessons Learnt | Best Tools and Techniques for Test Case Definition | Reporting & Defect Analysis | Statistical Models | Predictive Modeling

 

Submit your Author Intent Form

Now you can submit all your ideas, best practices, and research areas. So, what are you waiting for?

 

DEADLINE : September 10, 2016

Key Highlights

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Learn from Leaders

14 Plenary Key Notes by Gurus, 25 Best Practice Presentations, 10 Poster Presentations, 04 Knowledge Tracks, 15+ Tools & Automation Demonstrations, Pre-Conference & Post Conference Tutorials, Pre-Conference Webinars. All in 2 days.

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Showcase & Demonstrate

Your practice, expertise, tools, technologies, technique, experiences, and opinions to a global audience of senior professionals and practitioners. Create awareness, and get feedback with a community of over 12,000+ professionals.

03

Get Recognized

By contesting for the Best of Best Awards with 750+ best practices from over 300 organizations across 06+ countries. Winners of the Best of the Best – Testing Leadership Award get a featured speaker slot at QUEST 2016 in USA.

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Meet, Interact & Network

Meet with over 800+ practitioners, International Experts, 100+ Leaders, Decision Makers, Influencers, and Thought Leaders in the field of Software Testing & Quality.

05

Explore & Partner

With individuals & organizations, expand your network influencers. Best place to find a new technology, new trend and new associates for your ideas and goals.

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Get Inspired

By influential speakers, quality practitioners, evangelists, who have experienced quality from other walks of life, and other lines of work from across the world.

07

Get Tested & Win

A Challenge, a puzzle, a contest and finally an award and recognition. We encourage you to test your knowledge through online assessments, and skills by testing future products and take home a host of prizes and goodies. STC has 15+ different awards to recognize excellence.

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Explore the Future

At the technology & innovation show case by the leading technology providers in the field of Software Testing & Quality. Live labs and tool demonstration sessions for you to experience the amazing new developments from various technology companies.

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Support Profession

By attending, promoting, supporting, debating, joining the discussions and helping others in gaining insights and right perspectives, and providing feedback to the individuals and organizations through both online and offline interventions.

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Have Fun

Work Hard, Play Harder is the motto at STC 2016. The Gala Dinner, Best of the Best Awards Night, lightening sessions, contests, quizzes, competitions and mock paper presentations, are just some of the many avenues created to make the professionals show their lighter side as well.

Submission Process

  • Submit Author Intent Form

    Individual authors submit the author intent forms with details on the title, abstract, and key category where they would like to present the paper.

  • Initial Screening by Jury Members

    During this step, we screen for alignment with theme, relevance of the topic, relevance to the audience.

  • Present to Jury at Regional Rounds

    The shortlisted papers are then required to present to a Jury at 6 different cities in India on a designated date. (September 17, 2016).

  • Ranking & Finalization of Presenters

    All the presenters at regional rounds are then graded based on the normalized national score. The top 25 scorers are then provided an opportunity to present at the final conference for the best of the best awards.

  • Best of the Best Awards

    The top 3 papers, and top poster are then finalized based on their final presentation at the conference.

Testing Leadership Awards

The Testing Leadership Award recognizes leadership and contribution in the field of software testing. It will provide impetus and encourage contribution to the testing processes, skills and principles that make testing an imperative part of the software development life cycle. It will also encourage breakthrough achievements and innovative approaches in the testing process that aim to make successful products and services in the IT Industry.

Best of Best Awards

The Best of the Best Awards have been instituted to recognize practitioners for their excellence in the practice of Software Testing & Quality. Instituted in 1999, the awards have become an industry standard recognition for the practitioners.

In the past year 2015, over 536 submissions were received from over 351+ organizations from 06+ countries to contest for the Testing Leadership Awards, 2015. After screening the submissions for relevance and appropriateness of content, 345 papers were shortlisted for regional rounds in 6 cities across India.

The regional rounds were hosted by Cognizant in Chennai, Deloitte in Mumbai, QA Infotech in Delhi, CGI in Bangalore, CSC in Hyderabad, and Capgemini in Pune. A Jury Board of over 78+ industry leaders evaluated each paper and finally gave opportunity to 36 best of the best papers at STC 2015 in Bangalore.

Winners of this year’s award ceremony conducted at STC 2015.

adobe

Winner

Selecting GUI Automation Testing Tools for Mobile Domain
Mohit Anand, Adobe

The winning combination of simplicity and clarity make this practice a unique, and very practical to apply. The framework and the implementation approach is unique, original, and well demonstrated. The framework provides a clear, crisp solution to the business challenges faced by organization in the Mobile world. In addition to aligning with the theme of the conference, this also aligns to the current industry need, and converges the elements of automation, business, and technology very well. Well done and really astounding work. Congratulations!

Click Here to view the Presentation

fiserve

1st Runner Up

Responsive Web Design & Its Impact on Testing World
Ashwini Phalle & Vijay Dixit, FiServ India Limited

The paper presents a demonstrated use case for testing systems impacted by responsive web elements. The concept presented by Fiserv is completely original and well-articulated. In addition to providing a fresh perspective and a solution to testing responsive web applications, this framework is well detailed, articulated, and presented with substantial production level details to qualify for the winning position.

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first-american

2nd Runner Up

Quantifying the Quality of Agile
Sumanth MR & Uday Kiran, First American India Private Limited

The paper really elaborates and discusses the essential elements for quantifying the quality of an agile implementation. The information provided in this paper demonstrates the depth and clarity of understanding, and highlight practical application of the information to specific client contexts. The paper provides an interesting, pioneering perspective on the emerging areas and is of great interest to all in the field of Software Testing. Well done, and really commendable effort.

Click Here to view the Presentation

Community Speaker of Choice

 

Ajay Balamurugadas
Staff Software Engineer,
IBM India Pvt. Ltd

Click Here to view the Presentation

 

Shrini Kulkarni
Sr. Vice President,
Barclays Technology Center India

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are a provider of IT quality and/or testing tools and services, this is a great opportunity to reinforce your brand’s presence by being represented and making yourself known at STC 2016 through the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

The conference features a two-day Exhibitor EXPO for “one-stop-shopping” of IT quality and testing tools, and services. Conference attendees can browse the exhibitor booths in the exhibition hall to gather information and speak with representatives from the vendor organizations. The Expo, gives sponsors direct access to conference delegates. Companies with software testing and development products and services will certainly benefit from direct sales interaction with this highly targeted and motivated audience.

The conference sponsors and exhibitors will host an EXPO reception on Thursday evening with conference attendees for additional networking opportunities.

Participation as a sponsor or exhibitor at this conference provides high visibility for your company. Your company’s name and logo will appear on the STC conference website. Secondly, your company’s name and logo will appear in all marketing materials for the conference which will be distributed to over 50,000 IT professionals across the India and globally. Lastly, your company will have direct contact with IT professionals attending the conference, which include management at all levels as well as practitioners who take information back to their companies that they gathered during the conference and Exhibitor EXPO. You can view past STC sponsors and exhibitors at STC 2015, STC 2014, STC 2013, and STC 2012.

We are now accepting requests for serving as a conference sponsor and/or participating in the Exhibitor EXPO. For more information please contact Pradeep Chennavajhula (pradeep.c@qaiglobal.com) for a detailed proposal.

Interested to Sponsor

Important Dates

September 10, 2016:
Submission of Author Intent Form.

September 10, 2016:
Submission of Final Paper/Practice/Tutorial & Copyright Release Form signed by all authors.

September 12, 2016:
Submission of presentations for the Regional Qualifying Rounds through online submission form.

September 17, 2016:
Regional Qualifying Rounds.

September 30, 2016:
Announcement of results for Regional Qualifying Rounds.

October 15, 2016:
Mentorship for the selected submissions.

November 15, 2016:
Submission of Final Presentation for the conference.

December 01-02, 2016:
16th Annual International Software Testing Conference (STC 2016).

Regional Rounds & Jury

Delhi


Kumud Iyer

Vice President
NIIT Technologies


Kapil Saxena

Senior Architect
Infogain


Sanjay Sircar

AVP
Birlasoft


Mukesh Sharma

Founder and CEO
QA InfoTech


Rahul Vishwaroop

Quality Leader, Creative Cloud Experience
Adobe Systems

Bangalore


Diwakar Menon

Founder
Last Mile Consultants Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd


Meeta Prakash

Senior Project Manager
Infosys


Bharathi Venugopal

Manager Development (Quality Management)
Allscripts


Basavaraj Hugar

Director(Quality Assurance and Testing)
NTT Data


Nikhil Gupta

Senior Director
NTT Data


Lakshmy P Usha

Director
Lastmile Consultants


Praveen Kumar Prem

Manager – Agile Testing Practice
Capgemini India


Ramesh Kumar Natesan

Senior Manager – QA
IMS Health


Shekar Hariharan

Director
IMS Health India Pvt Ltd


Shanmguam Sibbala

Senior Manager QA
Support Dot Com India Pvt Ltd


Muralidharan Regupathy

Head Of Engineering
Nagravision India P Ltd


Mahantesh Maganur

Sr Project Manager
Philips India Ltd

Chennai


Chandrashekar Ramadas

Executive Consultant, Testing CoE
CGI


Venkatesvaran Pandiyan

Group Manager / Vice President
iNautix Technologies Pvt Ltd


Vinoth Pappannan

Vice President
iNautix Technologies Pvt Ltd

Hyderabad


Nagaraju Vunnava

Associate Director
Hitachi Consulting


Murali Alluri

Director, QA
Oracle India


Rabindranath

CEO
BisolQ Software Services


Srinath Komandur

Global Head – Application Testing Services
CSC

Pune


Dr Shankar Ramamoorthy

Amdocs
Quality Business Partner


Sagar Pise

Sr. Technical Architect
Larsen and Toubro Infotech Ltd

Mumbai


Sunil Mavinkurve

Head – Enterprise Vertical
SQS India Infosystems Pvt Ltd


Tejas Modi

Head – Quality Assurance
JioMoney


Rakesh K Chauhan

Freelance Chief Testing Consultant
Freelancing

Nomination to Jury

Key Responsibility Areas

Being a Jury, shall put you in touch with the youngest and brightest minds and the knowledge of best practices across the industry and connections with the other jury members at the event, while sharing your perspective. As a Jury & Technical Advisory Board Member, we look forward to your contribution in any or all of the following ways:

  • Judging & Evaluating the presenters at the regional rounds in your city on 15th September, 2016.
  • Sharing your vision for STC 2016 and Software Testing & Quality fraternity.
  • Providing insights through articles, videos and webinars.
  • Coaching and Mentoring the selected finalists from the regional rounds.
  • Finalizing on the final award winning contributions for the industry at the conference in Bangalore in December, 2016.

Since we would be putting the information of your support on the conference page and acknowledging the same at the event, we request you take a minute or two to upload the correct details in this form.

Important Dates

September 10, 2016:
Last Date To Nominate.

Sep 17, 2016:
Regional Qualifying Rounds.

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Registration & Fees

  • Complete Pass
    Rs.10,500 /mo
    • For individuals, corporate sponsored professionals/ teams interested in attending the complete 2 day event, including Entertainment Evening/ Gala Dinner and Awards Night.
    • Early bird pass closes on 13th November, 2016.
  • Day Pass
    Rs.6,825 /mo
    • For Professionals  interested in attending the complete 1 day event.  Choose either Day 1 (includes entertainment evening/ gala dinner) or Day 2 (includes awards night).
    • No Early bird pass for this category.

Venue Details

Conference Date: 01 – 02 December, 2016 | Thursday & Friday

Conference Venue: The Park Plaza, Sy #90/4 Marathahalli, Outer Ring Road, Munnekollalu Village | Bangalore 560037 | India

Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley of India”, now officially known as Bengaluru, is situated in the southeast of the South Indian state of Karnataka.It is called the “Silicon Valley of India” because of the large number of Information Technology companies located in the city. As headquarters to 38% of global SEI-CMM Level 5 Companies, Bangalore’s place in the global IT map is prominent. Bengaluru’s Rs. 260,260 crore makes it a major economic center in India. Indeed, Bangalore is India’s fourth largest and fastest growing market. Bangalore’s per capita income of Rs. .49 lakh (US$ 1,160) is the highest for any Indian city. It is also known as the Garden City of India because of its climate, greenery and the presence of many public parks, including the Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park.

The Park Plaza epitomizes an urban Art of Living far exceeding other hotels in Bangalore. This 5 star deluxe hotel is strategically located, connecting travelers and guests to Bangalore’s IT hubs in Whitefield, Sarjapur and along the highway.

Boasting some of the most advanced and expansive facilities in the entire city, Park Plaza Bengaluru have an unbeatable venue for conferences in Bangalore. The venue is accentuated by grand design lines, full audiovisual support and urbane interiors, adding style and grandeur to the event.