Automating Test Design & Designing Test Automation – A Problem Solving Approach

Presenter: Rob Sabourin

Overview: This is an intensive one-day workshop offering a deep dive into effective techniques for implementing software test automation across various testing projects. Led by Rob Sabourin, a seasoned expert with over thirty-nine years of experience, participants gain insights into how automation can streamline test design and support both functional and non-functional testing objectives. The course emphasizes practical application through several hands-on exercises and assignments, catering to individuals from diverse backgrounds, including testers, developers, and business analysts. The curriculum covers a wide array of automation strategies, ranging from variable identification and decision modeling to path analysis and regression testing, equipping attendees with the skills needed to navigate different development environments and project requirements.

The workshop adopts a problem-solving approach, encouraging participants to define clear test objectives aligned with project-specific goals. Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and interactive exercises, attendees learn to leverage automation tools and technologies effectively, whether in identifying critical variables, designing comprehensive test cases, or ensuring data integrity. Teaching will incorporates real-world examples , fostering an engaging and energetic learning environment. Upon completion, participants will have received practical guidance for applying learned techniques to their own projects, supported by ongoing post-workshop assistance and access to valuable resources.

What should attendees bring?

  • A laptop

Bio: Robert Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than thirty-five years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. Robert is the author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book; an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University; and the principle consultant (and president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc. Contact Robert at Robert and Anne have developed Heart2Heart, a popular pre-natal course for expectant couples.

Auditing your End to End Tests

Presenters: Jade Promhouse and Justin Wong

Overview: End-to-end tests are the cornerstone of validating real user flows, yet they’re often marred by high costs and instability. At Faire, we’ve recently rethought our approach to web end-to-end testing, conducting an extensive audit to scrutinize each test’s value and better balance our automation strategy. Our workshop unveils the methodologies behind our success, from aligning tests with core user journeys to making critical decisions on whether to replace, modify, or retain tests, and beyond the audit to the day to day of future development. Through this workshop, we’ll equip you with the tools to dissect your own tests, guiding you towards an optimal automation strategy that harmonizes speed, coverage, and reliability. As this session will be interactive, we invite you to bring your end-to-end test code and user journey outlines, as we’ll work with you to ensure you get personalized advice on elevating your automated testing strategy.

What should attendees bring?

  • A laptop with your end-to-end code on it. Or, at minimum, a rough breakdown of your end-to-end code.


Jade: Hello there! I’m Jade, a Senior Test Engineer at Faire, where I dive deep into the world of testing strategies, infrastructure and tooling. My journey has taken me through some fascinating companies, including Magnet Forensics and MappedIn, and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to share insights I’ve had at past Targeting Quality conferences and various meetup groups. I love tackling complex testing challenges, and try to approach them with a dash of humour to keep things interesting.

Outside of work, you’ll find me indulging in a myriad of hobbies. Whether it’s sewing, knitting, woodworking, or getting lost in the magic of video and board games, I’m all about embracing fun and creativity. I’m an avid reader, known to speed through books like there’s no tomorrow’s, and I have a deep love for animals and languages, which adds even more colour to my life.

I’m excited to share my experiences and insights with you, mixing in stories from my diverse interests. Expect a session filled with valuable takeaways, hopefully a good laugh or two, and maybe even a new way to look at the art of testing.

– Graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2010 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering
– Worked at BlackBerry from 2010 to 2021 as a Network Tools Developer and Software Test Specialist
– Joined Faire in October 2021 as a Test Engineer
– Hobbies include video games, leading group exercise classes, cycling and photography

KWSQA Presents: Conference Speaking – Where Do I Even Start?

Presenters: Bailey Hanna and Tina Fletcher

Overview: Have you ever thought about presenting a talk at a conference before but didn’t know how to get started? Or have you always had an idea or a topic you want to present but you wanted some guidance or advice on some part of the process (abstract writing, presentation creation, or just public speaking itself)? Well then this workshop is for you!

In this full day workshop we will break down conference presentations into 5 actionable steps, guide participants through each of those (all the way from ideation and picking the right topic, through to actually getting an opportunity to present your new talk for the first time!) and leave everyone with a framework they can use over and over again. We’ll provide guidelines and tips for defining your topic, writing your abstract, how to find the right conference/space for your talk, creating your presentation, and for giving your talk. These guidelines will be utilized hands-on in the workshop to create a short presentation which you’ll then have the opportunity to present a 5-10 minute version of our talk on Day 2 of the Targeting Quality conference, as a lightning talk, allowing everyone to practice their new skills and gain experience in a safe and collaborative space.

Talking at a conference can seem daunting, but through this workshop we’ll show you how approachable it can actually be. You have valuable insights to share with the community (and the world) and we’ll work together to bring those to light!

Key Takeaways:

  •  Guidelines and tips for:
  •  Picking a talk topic & choosing a title
  •  Writing an abstract
  •  Finding a target audience/event
  •  Creating a presentation
  •  Presenting a talk at a conference
  •  An abstract and presentation for your first conference talk
  •  An opportunity to perform that talk on Day 2 of Targeting Quality

What should attendees bring?

  • A laptop is required for the workshop


Bailey Hanna is a Quality Team Lead at OCAS based out of Guelph, Ontario. She has been an active member of the testing community for a number of years, working to expand her knowledge and learn from others in the software industry. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Kitchener Waterloo Software Quality Association, where she enjoys the opportunity to give back to and grow her local testing community. Her primary areas of passion and experience are context-driven exploratory testing, test strategy and the improvement or development of solid team processes. Through her path into and through testing, she’s learned a lot about good practices, and of course, bad ones, and looks forward to opportunities to share these learnings with others.

Tina is an Engineering Director at D2L who brings a software quality-focused mindset to the teams and projects she leads. She’s also a Director on the KWSQA Board, an occasional conference speaker, and a bit obsessed with her vegetable garden. Find her online at @fletchertinam or