Recap: #STPcon 2018 - Inflectra Meets Testers & QA Professionals in Washington, DC

October 30th, 2018 by inflectra

Team Inflectra were pleased to sponsor the 2018 Fall Software Testing Professionals Conference (STPcon) in Arlington, VA last week. We met a lot of inspirational speakers and had a chance to demonstrate the latest version of our award-winning SpiraTest - test management software, and Rapise - our test automation platform to the attendees. We also got to give away lots of cool Inflectra swag and prizes for winners of the STPcon raffle.

Inflectra at STPcon

This year the Software Testing Professionals Conference (#STPcon) was held in the centrally located Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA. Not too far from Inflectra headquarters the other side of the infamous Washington Beltway, we made the daily trek over to the Sheraton to man the Inflectra booth during the evening reception and the conference itself:

This year we had on offer a wide arrange of Inflectra swag, including beanies, bluetooth headphones, stress balls, notebooks, and pens. The stress balls were a particular hit, with people lining up to play "throw the ball into bucket and win a headphone" game (thanks Alexey for the idea). It was so successful that we plan on bringing the game with us to Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, Germany next month.

Thanks to those that stopped by to learn more about SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and Rapise:

Inflectra Session on API Testing

This conference we had decided to tackle one of the areas of testing that is unfortunately often neglected and forgotten, but is in fact a critical part of our modern, interconnected economy - API Testing. Adam Sandman, technical director gave a talk on the history of APIs, back from the old days of COM/CORBA to the rise in web services, how APIs have created industries and felled technological giants:

The talk was very well received, with many attendees asking us to tackle more API-related topics in the Spring STPcon in San Francisco, we will keep you posted on our plans...

Inflectra Demo

One of the highlights of the conference was our demonstration of SpiraTest, the ultimate requirements and test management system:

The demonstration was well received, with many attendees interested to learn about the powerful features in SpiraTest for managing a team's requirements, test cases and defects. We received many comments about the simplicity and clean design of SpiraTest, with many attendees remarking that it was just the kind of testing system they were looking for:

...of course the wonderboom bluetooth speaker we were giving away in a prize raffle may have helped!

STPCon Lightning Talk

Never one to be shy, our very own Adam Sandman, director of technology at Inflectra was asked to share a 5 minute story on a testing topic. Leaning on some experiences in the office during the development and testing of KronoDesk 3.0, we heard some stories about how conflict between developers and testers can occur, and how it can be avoided and turned into something positive.

Meeting the Magenic Team

Finally, we should give a shout out to our implementation partner - Magenic - who attended STPcon in full force, and we had many spirited and enthusiastic discussions about future projects and how we plan on furthering our partnership in 2019.

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