STARWEST 1999 - Software Testing Conference

PRESENTATIONS

By
Emin Gun Sirer, University of Washington

The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) relies on a large and complex software base for its security and integrity, making it difficult to test and verify. Traditional testing techniques are time consuming, expensive, and imprecise. Emin Gun Sirer discusses his experiences with automatically testing JVMs. Learn three practical and effective automated techniques for testing. Observe the security flaws uncovered by each technique with examples from commercial JVMs.

By
Dave Gelperin, Software Quality Engineering

This presentation covers conditions and expressions; truth tables; normal form patterns; modified condition/decision coverage; constructing an MC/DC test set; tools for checking MC/DC coverage; unique cause coverage; basic unique cause design; and logic coverage references.

By
Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

Many of us have worked in test groups where we felt as if we didn't have enough time, staff, or computer resources to do the work. We may not even know precisely what we need to test. Consequently, we feel that while development may be in control, we certainly are not. Johanna Rothman contends that testers do not have to work this way. Learn effective ways to develop and use your influence within your organization to help your test group-and project-succeed.

By
Joni Ohta, Hewlett-Packard

The result of testing is not quality; it's information! You can have the best test system in the world, find all of the defects, not do anything with that information, and still ship an inferior product. Learn how a decision and information-driven approach to designing an integrated test strategy will drive higher quality, data-driven product quality, and risk decisions.

By
Andy Roth, Rational Software

Since the subjective aspects of software quality do not lend themselves to being put into numbers or graphs, they are often overlooked. Using a model referred to as "ICED T," Andy Roth discusses what these subjective aspects are, why they are important, and how to test for them. New testers and seasoned veterans alike can use this model to gain a broader perspective of software quality.

By
Robyn Brilliant, Fannie Mae

This presentation identifies ways to use available or inexpensive tools to develop test scripts, organize test data, and produce test reports. Discover why word processors are not the best tools for test scripts and how spreadsheets can enhance test scripts and automate test execution. Learn to use your best tools early: your eyes and your brain!

By
Bill Pearce, Corbel

This presentation examines steps you should take before attempting to implement automated testing in a production environment. Learn through real-life examples how to establish standards, develop a procedure library, and develop your automated test environment. Discover how to handle management and personnel issues before automated testing begins.

By
James Whittaker, Florida Institute of Technology

Testers know all too well that software fails. If we can understand the fundamental reasons why this happens, we can become more efficient and effective at finding bugs. James Whittaker explains the reasons why software fails and demonstrates how this knowledge can be used to break real software. The technology described has emerged from three years of contract testing at Florida Tech in which teams of students test (and break) post-release commercial software.

By
Greg Pope, Azor, Inc.

To most software developers, testers and QA managers, time is one of the most precious commodities they have. Greg Pope takes a look at negotiation tactics and other tricks of the trade that help test engineers and QA managers find more time to do their job better. Learn how realistic software process scheduling and adequate testing can increase product quality.

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