software engineering

Conference Presentations

How to (Effectively) Measure Quality across Software Deliverables

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
Organizing a Self-Organizing Team

Your organization is embracing agile. When it comes to adopting the process, your team seems to be doing all the right things. Yet deep down, something still doesn’t seem quite right. As their leader, it could be that you haven’t figured it out either. Perhaps your team is lacking some...

John Lynch, Clashmore Software Solutions
Make the Cloud Less Cloudy: A Perspective for Software Development Teams

With so many technologies branded as “cloud” products, it can be difficult to distinguish good technology from good marketing. The resulting confusion complicates the work of software development teams who are trying not only to architect software effectively but also trying to accelerate...

Bill Wilder, Development Partners Software Corporation
Transforming the Large Organization

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
Keynote: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

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

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

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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