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PMO 2.0: Rebooting the IT Project Management Office[magazine]

More companies are adopting project management offices, and with that additional oversight and structure, their impact can often miss the mark. Tony explains that a "kick in the pants" might be necessary for a PMO to get staff buy-in that delivers successful project results.

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iOS Test Automation: The Trifecta[presentation]

In this agile world, as the expectations for rapid mobile application development and delivery get shorter every day, the users’ patience with a buggy app has become almost nonexistent. Elizabeth Taylor shares how to reduce iOS application testing time and gain confidence in your...

Elizabeth Taylor, Digimarc
Don’t Go over the Waterfall: Keep Agile Testing Agile[presentation]
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All too often an agile iteration resembles a mini-waterfall cycle with developers coding for the duration of the iteration and then throwing code “over the wall” to the test team. This results in the all-too-familiar “test squeeze” with testers often testing code after the iteration has...

Aaron Barrett, Infusionsoft
Courage and Freedom in Exploratory Testing[presentation]

Exploratory testing (ET) consists of simultaneous learning, test design, test execution, and optimization. Most people are able to adopt the outward behaviors of ET but struggle to adopt an ET mindset. Griffin Jones explains that this mindset requires reflecting on four basic questions...

Griffin Jones, Congruent Compliance
Rapid Software Testing: Strategy[presentation]
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A test strategy is the set of ideas that guides your test design. It's what explains why you test this instead of that, and why you test this way instead of that way. Strategic thinking matters because testers must make quick decisions about what needs testing right now and what can be...

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.
Exploring Usability Testing[presentation]
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It is not enough to verify that software conforms to requirements by passing established acceptance tests. Successful software products engage, entertain, and support the users' experience. While goals vary from project to project, no matter how robust and reliable your software is, if your..

Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
Critical Thinking for Software Testers[presentation]
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Critical thinking is the kind of thinking that specifically looks for problems and mistakes. Regular people don't do a lot of it. However, if you want to be a great tester, you need to be a great critical thinker. Critically thinking testers save projects from dangerous assumptions and...

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.
A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing[presentation]
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You're under tight time pressure and have barely enough information to proceed with testing. How do you test quickly and inexpensively, yet still produce informative, credible, and accountable results? Rapid Software Testing, adopted by context-driven testers worldwide, offers a...

Paul Holland, Testing Thoughts
Keynote: The Bounty Conundrum: Incentives for Testing[presentation]
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When you think of a bounty, do you think of Dog the Bounty Hunter, a reality series featuring a biker dude with a bad mullet, or maybe Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film about a slave-turned-bounty-hunter? Shaun Bradshaw doesn’t have a mullet and isn’t a movie star...

Shaun Bradshaw, Zenergy Technologies, Inc.
Essential Test Management and Planning[presentation]
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The key to successful testing is effective and timely planning. Rick Craig introduces proven test planning methods and techniques, including the Master Test Plan and level-specific test plans for acceptance, system, integration, and unit testing. Rick explains how to customize an...

Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
Test Managers: How You Can Really Make a Difference[presentation]
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When leading a test team or working in an agile team, becoming a trusted advisor to other stakeholders is paramount. This requires three key skills: earning trust, giving advice, and building relationships. Join Julie Gardiner as she explores each of these skills, describing why and how a...

Julie Gardiner, The Test People
Management Issues in Test Automation[presentation]
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Many organizations never achieve the significant benefits that are promised from automated test execution. Surprisingly often, this is due not to technical factors but to management issues. Dot Graham describes the most important management concerns the test manager must address for...

Dorothy Graham, Software Test Consultant
Improve Your Social and In-Person Networking Skills[presentation]
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You don’t have to be a social butterfly to succeed with social networking. As a manager, tester, or QA professional, you need to differentiate yourself from the pretenders. If you are a “doer,” it’s time to start building your reputation at work and extending your reach on social...

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
The Challenges of BIG Testing: Automation, Virtualization, Outsourcing, and More[presentation]
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Large-scale testing projects can severely stress many of the testing practices we have gotten used to over the year. This can result in less than optimal outcomes. A number of innovative ideas and concepts have emerged to support industrial-strength testing of large and complex projects.

Hans Buwalda, LogiGear
Build Your Mobile Testing Expertise[presentation]
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Are you overwhelmed by the number of mobile devices you need to test? The device market is large and new devices become available almost weekly. Karen Johnson discusses three key mobile testing challenges—device selection, user interface, and device and application settings...

Karen N. Johnson, Software Test Management, Inc.

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