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Rapid Software Testing: Reporting[presentation]

Test reporting is something few testers take time to practice. Nevertheless, it's a fundamental skill—vital for your professional credibility and your own self-management. Many people think management judges testing by bugs found or test cases executed. Actually, testing is judged...

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.
Discovering New Test Ideas: Getting that Burst of Creativity[presentation]

Feel your testing’s stuck in a rut? Looking for new ways to discover test ideas? Wondering if your testers have constructive methods to discover different approaches for testing? In this interactive session, Karen Johnson explains how to use heuristics to find new ideas. After a brief...

Karen N. Johnson, Software Test Management, Inc.
What Executives Value in Testing[presentation]

Professional testers and test managers are feeling the pressures of low-cost competition and tools that claim to replace them through automation. So, how can test teams add more value to their projects and organization? In a recent survey of executives and testers, Mike Kelly and Jeanette...

Michael Kelly, DeveloperTown & Jeanette Thebeau, Ex2 Partners
Exploratory Testing Explained[presentation]

Exploratory testing is an approach to testing that emphasizes the freedom and responsibility of testers to continually optimize the value of their work. It is the process of three mutually supportive activities—learning, test design, and test execution—done in parallel. With skill and...

Jon Bach, eBay, Inc.
Security Testing for Testing Professionals[presentation]

Today’s software applications are often security-critical, making security testing an essential part of a software quality program. Unfortunately, most testers have not been taught how to effectively test the security of the software applications they validate. Join Jeff Payne as he shares...

Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Application Performance Testing: A Simplified Universal Approach[presentation]

In response to increasing market demand for high performance applications, many organizations implement performance testing projects, often at great expense. Sadly, these solutions alone are often insufficient to keep pace with emerging expectations and competitive pressures.

Scott Barber, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
How to Break Software: Embedded Edition[presentation]

In the tradition of James Whittaker’s book series How to Break … Software, Jon Hagar applies the testing “attack” concept to the domain of embedded software systems. Jon defines the sub-domain of embedded software and examines the issues of product failure caused by defects in that software.

Jon Hagar, Grand Software Testing
Alan Page: On Testing[presentation]

You name the testing topic, and Alan Page has an opinion on it, hands-on practical experience with it—or both. Spend the morning with Alan as he discusses a variety of topics, trends, and tales of software engineering and software testing. In an interactive format loosely based on...

Alan Page, Microsoft
Keynote: Testing the Xbox: Lessons for All[presentation]

Testing a game console isn’t all fun and games. However, with more than 50 million Xbox 360 consoles sold, and the amazing success of the Kinect sensor, it’s certainly a hotbed of excitement for software developers and testers alike. Veteran tester Alan Page is having a blast on the Xbox...

Alan Page, Microsoft
Test Estimation for Managers [presentation]

Test estimation is one of the most difficult software development activities to do well. The primary reason is that testing is not an independent activity and is often plagued by upstream destabilizing dependencies. Julie Gardiner describes common problems in test estimation, explains how...

Julie Gardiner, The Test People
Innovation Thinking: Evolve and Expand Your Capabilities[presentation]

Innovation is a word tossed around frequently in organizations today. The standard cliché is “Do more with less.” People and teams want to be innovative but often struggle with how to define, prioritize, implement, and track their innovation efforts. Jennifer Bonine shares the...

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
Leading Change―Even If You’re Not in Charge[presentation]

Has this happened to you? You try to implement a change in your organization and it doesn’t get the support that you thought it would. And, to make matters worse, you can't figure out why. Or, you have a great idea but can’t get the resources required for successful implementation.

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
Patterns in Test Automation: Issues and Solutions[presentation]

Testers often encounter problems when automating test execution. The surprising thing is that many testers encounter the very same problems, over and over again. These problems often have known solutions, yet many testers are not aware of them. Recognizing the commonality...

Dorothy Graham, Software Test Consultant & Seretta Gamba, Steria Mummert ISS GmbH
Keynote: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes[presentation]

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
Testing the Data Warehouse—Big Data, Big Problems[presentation]

Data warehouses are critical systems for collecting, organizing, and making information readily available for strategic decision making. The ability to review historical trends and monitor near real-time operational data is a key competitive advantage for many organizations. Yet the...

Geoff Horne, NZTester Magazine


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