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The Software Test Professionals Conference is the leading event where test leadership, management and strategy converge. The hottest topics in the industry are covered including agile testing, performance testing, test automation, mobile application testing, and test team leadership and management. Attending this conference will help you meet your professional career goals and give you the opportunity to improve your software testing techniques; find the latest tools; discover emerging trends; develop new or improve existing processes; network and gather with other high-level professionals; and gain industry insight you won’t find anywhere else.


STPCon offers two days of four-hour workshops designed to dive deep into the testing methodologies you care about most. Our instructors come from the trenches, passing along proven tactics to help you become a more efficient and effective testing professional.


Each STPCon, our hand-picked industry leaders, visionaries, and pioneers inspire our audience to not only think differently but to pause, reflect and take action upon their return to the office. Come see for yourself – check out STPCon today.


With more than 40 sessions, STPCon provides wide coverage in areas such as Automation, Performance, Agile, Mobile Testing, Leadership, and Strategy. STPCon meets the needs of the single engineer shop to the largest international test teams.

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Since 2009 Software Test Professionals has held two conferences a year, usually close to pockets of testing professionals. Committed to delivering the best experience STP utilizes volunteers for the community to help with the STPCon program. The work these testing practitioners produce creates a well-rounded program touching all aspect of the testing practice. STP takes pride in the comments from attendees complementing the organization, class size, professionalism of instructors, topics and of course the food (we eat well at STPCon). Take a look at our past events, session descriptions and locations and please going us for a future STPCon near you.

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40+ of the Best, Free Testing Tools in 60 Minutes

Recorded: April 12th, 2017 - 12:00pm Eastern Yes, you heard that right... 40 of the best, FREE tools for testing software...

Fast Start Your Test Automation

What is the biggest defeat of a tester? A defect creeping into production - a simple but critical defect. Sometimes...

A Brand New Experience

Welcome to the new! Since 2009 STP has been serving the software testing and QA community with...

STP Radio: Perfomance Gurus – Proegler, Pulley and Tomlinson – STPCon Fall 2016

The always entertaining Eric Proegler, Mark Tomlinson, and James Pulley chat with Smita Mishra on another STP Radio...

STP Radio: Leo Laskin & Kevin Berg of Sauce Labs – STPCon Fall 2016

It's that time again. Time for our STP Radio host, Mike Lyles, to have a conversation with more of our STPCon speakers....

STP Radio: Interview with Keynote – Mikko Hypponen – STPCon Fall 2016

Welcome to another episode of STP Radio. Today, Smita Mishra talks with our opening keynote speaker, Mikko Hypponen - Chief...

STP Radio: Interview with Amber Race – STPCon Fall 2016

In this episode of STP Radio Mike Lyles chats with Amber Race about her session at the upcoming STPCon in Dallas -...

STP Radio: Keynote Panel Interview – STPCon Fall 2016

Listen in as Mike Lyles and Smita Mishra chat with the Keynote Panel from the upcoming STPCon in Dallas - September 19-22,...

Excuse me, what is Context Driven Testing?

Excuse me, what is Context Driven Testing?


The Bridge Between Technical Quality Assurance and a Clear Value Proposition

Quality assurance testing is not only essential to assess the quality of a company’s products and services, but it is...

The Secret Sauce for Making Enterprise Agile Software Testing Projects Succeed

The Agile methodology, with its breaking down functionality to user stories, has proven effective for independent...

Sitting With a Wizard

Watching how computers are used in movies and TV shows can be amusing Some scenes have become (in)famous – the quote at the start of this post is from Jurassic Park.


Google Glass – Age of Wearables: A Quick Review

I'm writing this after 2 months of using Google Glass. As a mobile usability and UX guy, I’ve been talking a lot about...

Top 10 Leadership Qualities to Distinguish a Test Manager

Halo Effect often comes up in Technology organizations and could adversely affect the performance of the team, the business...

Application Intelligence Technology and Its Importance in Driving Product Quality and User Satisfaction

Mobile and web applications are becoming incredibly complex. Their functionality is increasingly tied to interoperability...

The Art of Software Testing Standards

Did you know there is a new software testing standard for the world, ISO29119? It was produced jointly by the International...

Put on Your Business Hat

Broaden your perspective during software testing projects. Having worked in software testing for nearly 13 years, the...

SCRUMBAN – A Different Approach to Agile

During the time I have passionately pursued my career in software testing, I have been fortunate enough to work on various...

Richard Bradshaw Automation in Testing

Following up his lightning talk ("Automation is Just a Tool") at the recent Let's Test conference, Richard Bradshaw joins...

Michael Larsen on Testing Career Paths

Michael "TestHead" Larsen joined us for a long, long conversation about how you can become a great software tester and how...

The Downside to Being a Tester!

The world is moving fast towards realizing the true importance of software testing. Gone are the days where management was...

Managing Technical Test Debt

This download re-frames the notion of Technical Debt into the arena of Agile QA & Testing. managing-technical-test-debt...

Considering Test Estimation and Negotiation

What Is Estimation? Test estimation is a forecast of the projected cost and duration of testing which is agreed upon...

Practical Tips to ETL Testing

Big Data represents all kinds of opportunities for all kinds of businesses, but collecting it, cleaning it up, and storing...

STP Radio: James Bach on Systems Thinking

Directly from his home on the West Coast of the USA James Bach, the original self-proclaimed Buchaneer-Scholar himself...

How many testers does it take to install a doorbell? Isolating a defect in real-life

As testers, we tend to be analytical thinkers by nature. This is a valuable quality in our work, but how often do we take...

Scenario Testing: Four Tips on How to Manage Effectively

Testing software has always been complex. The minute you add more than a handful of features to any system, theoretical...

What is the Right Ratio of Software Developers to Testers?

XBOSoft has been in the software testing business since 2006. As one of the first software testing companies solely...

STP Radio: Chat with Mark Tomlinson

Mark Tomlinson host of PerfBytes, Performance Tester, Speaker, and all around Testing guru talks about the similarities of...

Five Ways Testers Can Leverage the Internet

The fact that you are reading this is already setting you apart from the testers who are unaware – or don’t care – about the great resources the Internet can offer a tester.