software engineering

Conference Presentations

Transforming the Large Organization
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Transforming software development across geographic locations in a large company is difficult. But Nationwide Insurance found a way to successfully implement more than forty agile teams in multiple locations around the United States using their internal Application Development Center. 

Sara McClintock, Nationwide
Continuous Automated Regression Testing to the Rescue
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A major concern when developing new software features is that another part of the code will be affected in unexpected ways. With a typical development processes, testers often do not run a full set of product regression tests until late in the release when it is much more costly to fix...

Brenda Kise, Proto Labs Inc.
Test (and More) Patterns for Continuous Software Delivery
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Top web companies employ continuous delivery of software to build and deploy systems faster and gain a marked competitive advantage. You can do it, too! Andy Singleton shares the patterns for testing in real time that result in more frequent and more reliable releases. He explains why...

Andy Singleton, Assembla
How to (Effectively) Measure Quality across Software Deliverables
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How do you properly compare the quality of two or more software deliverables without an accurate normalizing metric? The answer: You can’t. Example: If project A has one-hundred defects and project B has fifty defects, do you automatically assume project B is a higher quality deliverable?

David Herron, DCG
Keynote: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
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Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers...

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Build Your Personal Portfolio of Thinking Skills

How do we improve ourselves as software testers? What are the thinking skills we should develop? How do we refine these skills? Observing is one of the essential skills for software testers. We need to detect changes and differences even when they are subtle. Visual imaging...

Karen N. Johnson, Software Test Management Inc.
Refactoring Automated Functional Tests

Regarded as one of the most important advances in software development, code refactoring is a disciplined technique to improve the design, readability, and maintainability of source code. You can learn to apply the same refactoring concepts to automated functional test scripts.

Zhimin Zhan, AgileWay Pty Ltd
Introducing the New Software Testing Standard
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Software testing standards—who cares, anyway? You should! The new ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 software testing standard, driven by representatives from twenty countries and under development for the past five years, will be released soon. As a professional tester, you need to know about...

Jon Hagar, Grand Software Testing
Reducing the Cost of Software Testing

The demand to deliver more software in less time is increasing. Give in to the pressure without thinking, and you end up facing burnout, stress, business risk, and, most likely, even more demands. Refuse, fight the good fight, and it is likely the business will replace you with someone else.

Matthew Heusser, Excelon Development
Agile Code Reviews for Better Software—Sooner
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Code reviews are often thought of as anti-agile, cumbersome, and disruptive. However, done correctly, they enable agile teams to become more collaborative and effective, and ultimately to produce higher quality software faster. Mark Hammer describes how lightweight code review practices...

Mark Hammer, SmartBear Software

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