STAREAST 2000 - Software Testing Conference


Linda Mier, Taratec Development Corp.

Learn how to minimize test writing by automating test generation! Linda Mier presents an overview and demonstration of a Microsoft Access '97 application that, in combination with a Microsoft Word template, automatically performs many of the tasks normally required when writing/tracking tests. Discover how these same principles and implementation techniques are applicable for automating test generation for other applications.

Bob Calco, CorTechs, Inc.

This presentation explains how it is possible and why it is desirable to automate tests against virtually any system that uses serial and digital communications to integrate various devices for some business purpose, such as point-of-sale (POS) or high-tech medical devices. Learn the main challenges of configuring an automated test environment for embedded and POS systems. Discover opportunities such testing provides the Automated Testing Specialist.

Mary Sweeney, Data Dimensions, Inc.

Visual Basic is one of the most popular and widely available programming languages in use today. It can also be the automation program of choice for testing Windows applications. Learn how you can use Visual Basic to enhance a test automation project and reduce cost in the process. Examine first-hand experiences and issues encountered by Data Dimensions testers who have used Visual Basic as a test tool.

Jennifer Cuenot, Nationwide Insurance Systems

With nearly two hundred million people surfing the net worldwide, businesses engaged in e-commerce must use sophisticated testing techniques to guarantee the optimal user experience. If your site crashes, the downtime will cost you more than dollars! Based on Nationwide Insurance systems' best practices, this presentation will cover the entire project lifecycle of testing an enterprise class e-commerce application.

Bret Pettichord, Tivoli Systems

It is too easy to fall into fruitless battles over bugs. In many cases, the dispute really comes down to the fact that customers and developers have different ideas regarding what counts as a defect. Testers, on the other hand, are often stuck in the middle. The solution isn't to decide who's right but to find a way to acknowledge the different perspectives. In this presentation, learn two methods for increasing mutual understanding-helping testers and developers work together to create software of which they can be proud.

Marc Rene, GTECH Corporation

Whether you call them bugs, defects, issues, or Test Incident Reports (TIRs), a tight schedule with unrealistic project goals requires you to record, track, and report on software problems quickly and accurately. Based on experience with projects operating in chaos, Marc Rene presents some real-world examples of how TIR data was collected, tracked, and presented to management for a quick and concise status of a project.

Dorothy Graham, Grove Consultants

We are all familiar with optical illusions: we see something that turns out to be not as it first appeared. We are subject to self-deception in technical areas as well, which is referred to as cognitive illusions. Drawing upon real-life examples, Dorothy Graham explores some of the ways in which we deceive ourselves and the reasons why we do it.

Robert Crews, CorTechs, Inc.

Organizations often fall prey to the same common myths and errors when automating their testing efforts. This presentation provides insight into these myths and errors and suggests solutions. Learn the importance of a solid test plan-especially when automating tests. Examine commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) test automation products and guidelines that can assist your organization in its test automation efforts.

Susan Joslyn, SJ+ Systems Associates, Inc.

The battle lines are drawn, it seems, between programmers and testers. Do you wonder what makes some programmers so opposed to process control? Why do programmers seem to resent testers? And, more importantly, what can we do to bridge the gap? Learn how to identify different types of developer personalities and development styles and deal with them to your advantage. Susan Joslyn explores ways to inspire quality (recovery) in coding cowboys while minimizing clashes.

Jeff Jewell, Navigant International Inc.

Even organizations with internal QA departments often have to rely on outsourced testing resources for some jobs. The first time you do this, you may make a lot of mistakes as well as learn a great deal. Jeff Jewell relates the lessons learned from his company's first experience in managing a project with contract testers. Learn what you can do to get the most from external testers and ensure that the quality of the product meets your internal expectations.


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