Software Test Automation Fall 2003


Dale Perry, Software Quality Engineering

Even a smaller-scale Web site requires careful planning and execution of performance tests. Making the critical decisions in a timely manner and identifying the performance goals are still prerequisites to a successful test. However, smaller sites don't necessarily have the resources required to do large-scale testing, so compromises have to be made. This requires good test planning. The instructor explains the testing of a small site looking to grow, as well as the successes and pitfalls of achieving reasonable goals.

Elisabeth Hendrickson, Quality Tree Software, Inc.

Shoestring automation can help your team identify viable solutions that are available at the lowest possible price. It's also important to know what commercial tools are available for use and understand when you're better off using them. This paper provides a list of guidelines to use to help you decide if this approach is right for your project.

Theresa Lanowitz, Gartner Inc

Web services truly have the potential to change the world! Along with the magic of Web services comes a dose of reality. For Web services to truly be a panacea to the masses, quality is imperative. The old guard of "not enough" resources or processes must be challenged. The testing of Web services is one aspect of ensuring quality, but is it prudent to automate the testing of Web services? In this presentation, Theresa Lanowitz explores answers to these important questions:

John Burg, IBM Global Services

Today's business world relies heavily on transactions conducted through the web. Because of this, brand image and how a web site is rendered to customers has become increasingly important. A poorly functioning web site poses significant risk for web-based companies. This presentation discusses the challenges involved when testing to ensure the quality of your company's web site and to ensure that the components of the site function properly.

Dorothy Graham, Grove Consultants

There's a pattern to the way test automation typically emerges within an organization. Since you want your automation projects to excel, considering the possibilities of what could happen based on those patterns can help you successfully prepare yourself and your team for anything. By doing this you'll avoid pitfalls, counteract resistance to automation, and set realistic expectations for what automation can do. From other people's common experiences, you can extract information that will help you at all stages of automation maturity.

Rohit Gupta, Segue Software Inc

Most companies organize their application development teams in a manner that reduces communication. However, the end result of this is that the application is released with more defects and on a delayed schedule. Total reliability management is a new approach to ensuring product quality and timely release. This presentation focuses on how quality assurance can be applied to each phase of the software development and deployment processes.

Douglas Hoffman, Software Quality Methods LLC

Software test automation is often a difficult and complex process. The most familiar aspects of test automation are organizing and running of test cases and capturing and verifying test results. A set of expected results are needed for each test case in order to check the test results. Verification of these expected results is often done using a mechanism called a test oracle. This talk describes the use of oracles in automated software verification and validation.


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