STAREAST 2000 - Software Testing Conference


Douglas Hoffman, Software Quality Methods, LLC

Most automated tests are used as regression tests-doing the same exercises each time the test is run. Douglas Hoffman describes a different type of automated test-one that does something different each time. Learn how this powerful type of automated test can result in better test coverage and detection of more defects. Explore the pros and cons for mutating automated tests drawn from the presenter's work experience and real-life examples.

Cem Kaner, J.D., Ph.D., Florida Tech

This presentation raises several of the issues involved in partial or complete outsourcing of the software testing effort. Attorney Cem Kaner presents his negotiating checklist, including how to evaluate the costs, benefits, and risks of test outsourcing. Learn how to effectively use an outsourcer's staff with your testing projects.

Michael Hagen, The Vanguard Group

Performance testing of e-commerce Web systems is critical to the effectiveness of Web sites. Michael Hagen describes how Vanguard went through extensive load testing in preparation for the Y2K weekend. Discover how to develop performance requirements, set up a performance testing environment, and execute the actual testing. Gain invaluable insight into what makes a Web system--from browser to mainframe-perform or not perform.

Hans Buwalda, CMG TestFrame Research Center

It is far from easy to develop good tests. Translating requirements one by one into test cases ins't always good enough. You can end up with an unmanageable volume of boring tests that lack effectiveness in finding complex and hidden problems. Based on experiences in numerous testing and test automation projects, Hans Buwalda presents several techniques to improve the process of test development.

Jon Hagar, Lockheed Martin Astronautics Company

Although management supervision is a critical factor to a test program's success, it is often entrusted to people with minimal experience and training in these areas. Based on the real-life experience of a fifteen year veteran, this presentation is a crash course in the keys to successful test team supervision and management. Discover how to jump start your test management career and improve your chances of success.

David Vaughan, The SIM Group

The profile of testing has been raised significantly in the last few years, largely due to Year 2000 issues. Organizations accept that they need to systematically and thoroughly test software, and they are demanding the same levels of efficiency that are expected from all other areas of their businesses. Now it is necessary to provide evidence that the activities of the test team are an effective and efficient use of staff. Learn how such evidence can be obtained and reported with minimal overhead on testing resources.

Howie Dow, Compaq Computer Corporation

Test engineers are often asked to create a test plan for a product. Once the goals of the test project are defined, a test strategy needs to be developed. The second step is to create a test project plan to implement this strategy. A third and final step is to create the actual test case according to the test project plan and test strategy. Learn how these three components-both singularly and collectively-can contribute to a successful test project.

Edward Kit, Software Development Technologies and Hans Buwalda, CMG TestFrame Research Center

Fast development cycles, distributed architectures, code reuse, and developer productivity suites make it imperative that we improve our software test methods and efficiency. What process assessments are available? How do you conduct an assessment? How do you guard against incorrect information? How do you know what to improve first? And how can you make successful improvements without negatively impacting your current work?

Jeff Tatelman, Interim Technology Consulting

The U.S. market for eBusiness software and services is expected to grow from $25 billion in 1998 to $104 billion in 2003. Delivering quality Web applications that meet your business needs the day they are implemented has become a critical challenge for IT managers. As business critical applications become more complex, so has the testing process. Learn how the complexity of the architecture and rapid application development has caused testing to require a redefined strategy, revised approach, tools, and trained/experienced resources.

Richard Bender, Technology Builders, Inc.

Each generation of technology-mainframe to client/server to Internet-creates opportunity. It also creates increased risks. Improving the development and testing infrastructure can be a significant investment. Tools need to be required; staff needs to be trained; and outside guidance in the tools and processes may be necessary. This presentation will address ten major areas of opportunity which underscore why this investment is critical to the success of an organization.


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