STARWEST 1999 - Software Testing Conference


Howie Dow, Compaq Computer Corporation

Have you ever needed to generate a test plan for a project or product you knew little about? Have you ever felt grossly unprepared when starting a testing project? If so, this presentation will help you. Howie Dow presents thirteen questions to help evaluate test readiness. Learn when and how to answer these questions before starting a test plan.

Ingrid Ottevanger, IQUIP Informatica B.V.

Testing information systems should be based on the business risks to the organization using these information systems. In practice, test managers often take an intuitive approach to test coverage for risks. In this presentation, you will discover how a "stepwise" definition of test strategy can be used for any test level as well as the overall strategy, providing better insight and a sound basis for negotiating testing depth.

Andrew Pollner, ALP International Corporation

This presentation draws the following conclusions:

  • Simplify Complex Environments by Breaking Them Down into Components
  • Test for Regression
  • Test for New Functionality
  • Use Test Automation for Inter- and Intra-Application/
    Environment Testing
  • Business User Involvement is Key!
Lisa Bresko, Infoworks

Discover how a new test group becomes respected within an existing IT infrastructure. Learn how to crawl, take your first steps, and walk before attempting to run. Lisa Bresko discusses approaches such as her "Hugs for Bugs" campaign that helped build cooperation with applications development.

Brent Coursey, BMC Software

How do you know if you have done a good job of testing your product? Banged around on the product and found no problems? NOT! The only way to assure you are fully testing your product is by running code coverage numbers while you test. Only code coverage gives you the data that confirms your test cases are hitting the mark.

Thomas Poirier, Conduciv inc.

Software development projects face a growing trend of tighter schedules, more complex environments, and increased time-to-market pressures. Thomas Poirier presents a composite case study that explores how frequently encountered situations can severely impact the duration of the Test Execution Cycle (TEC). Learn strategies and tactics to shorten the TEC to within a 24-hour cycle without sacrificing test coverage.

Susan Joslyn, SJ+ Systems Associates, Inc.

If you sometimes feel that programmers seem to resent testing, then this presentation is for you! Learn how to identify different types of programmers' personalities and development styles and deal with them to your adventage. Susan Joslyn will show you how to capitalize on these different personality types to encourage development level testing and positive response to a tester's feedback.

Douglas Hoffman, Software Quality Methods, L.L.C.

There are many factors to consider when planning for test automation. It is important to understand the potential costs and benefits before undertaking the kind of change that automation implies. In this presentation, you will explore financial, organizational, and test effectiveness impacts observed when software test automation is installed. Listen to suggestions and examples to help you decide when automation is beneficial to your organization.

Ed Weller, Bull Worldwide Information Systems

Defect management can leverage development and test costs with 10 to 1 benefit-to-cost margins or better. Most organizations never achieve these results because they focus on product metrics rather than process metrics. Ed Weller discusses data analysis and project management decisions using data from the full development cycle. Explore examples of data analysis techniques useful for project, product, and process analysis.

Kathy Iberle, Hewlett-Packard

Too often, a neophyte test planner is overwhelmed by the complexity and scope of test planning. Kathy Iberle presents several practical methods to divide the testing into manageable pieces. Based on her experiences as a test planner for a wide range of software applications, she offers guidance on which methods work best in what circumstances.


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