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Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers[presentation]
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To be most effective, test managers must develop and use metrics to help direct the testing effort and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important testing activity is to “measure” the quality of the software...

Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Mastering Agile Testing[presentation]
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On agile teams, testers can struggle to keep up with the pace of development if they continue employing a waterfall-based verification process—finding bugs after development. Nate Oster challenges you to question waterfall assumptions and replace this legacy verification testing with...

Nate Oster, CodeSquads LLC
ADC-BSC EAST 2013 Keynote: Connecting with Customers[presentation]
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Even today, to the detriment of agile success, most organizational cultures remain delivery date-driven—resulting in delivery teams that are not focused on creating value for the customer. So how can we redirect stakeholders, the business, and the project team to concentrate on delivering...

Pollyanna Pixton, Accelinnova
Getting Started with Agile: An Experiential Workshop[presentation]
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Agile is now mainstream, but many companies continue to struggle. When agile is adopted, common issues occur in every organization: getting people to try agile, selling agile to management, learning how to do efficient standup meetings, fitting planning into a short window, and...

Brian Button, Asynchrony
Configuration Management Best Practices[presentation]
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Robust configuration management (CM) practices are essential for creating continuous builds to support agile’s integration and testing demands, and for rapidly packaging, releasing, and deploying applications into production. Classic CM—identifying system components, controlling change...

Bob Aiello, CM Best Practices Consulting
Design for Testability: A Tutorial for Devs and Testers[presentation]
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Testability is the degree to which a system can be effectively and efficiently tested. This key software attribute indicates whether testing (and subsequent maintenance) will be easy and cheap—or difficult and expensive. In the worst case, a lack of testability means that some...

Peter Zimmerer, Siemens AG
What’s Your Leadership IQ?[presentation]
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Have you ever needed a way to measure your leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them...

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA Inc.
ADC-BSC EAST 2013 Keynote: Reading the Tea Leaves: Predicting a Project’s Future[presentation]
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Is a project’s fate preordained? Does a project’s past suggest its likely future? Can anything be done to influence that future when the current signs aren’t promising? Payson Hall has participated in and reviewed many projects during his thirty-year career in software development.

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group Inc.
Security Testing for Test Professionals[presentation]
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Your organization is doing well with functional, usability, and performance testing. However, you know that software security is a key part of software assurance and compliance strategy for protecting applications and critical data. Left undiscovered, security-related defects can wreak...

Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
The Leadership Tutorial: Improving Your Ability to Stand and Deliver[presentation]
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How do you compare the productivity and quality you achieve with agile practices with that of traditional waterfall projects? Join Michael Mah to learn about both agile and waterfall metrics and how these metrics behave in real projects. Learn how to use your own data to move from sketches...

Michael Mah, QSM Associates Inc.
An Introduction to SAFe: The Scaled Agile Framework[presentation]
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Many organizations have achieved agility at the team level only to be unable to achieve it across teams. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides both a vision and method for how to achieve this. SAFe is the first documented framework that can be used to scale agile throughout...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives
Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions[presentation]
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Agile initiatives always begin with the best of intentions—accelerate delivery, better meet customer needs, or improve software quality. Unfortunately, some agile projects do not deliver on these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or get an agile...

Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc
Usability Testing in a Nutshell[presentation]
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Because systems are now more complex and competition is extreme, testing for usability is critical for ensuring our products not only stand out from the crowd but even exceed our customer’s expectations. As testers, we often encounter requirements such as “The system must be user-friendly.”

Julie Gardiner, The Test People
ADC-BSC EAST 2013 Keynote: Worse Is Better—For Better or for Worse[presentation]
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More than two decades ago, Richard P. Gabriel proposed the idea that “Worse Is Better” to explain why some things that are designed to be pure and perfect are eclipsed by solutions that are compromised and imperfect. This is not simply an observation that things should be better but are...

Kevlin Henney, Independent Consultant
Twelve Risks to Enterprise Software Projects—And What to Do about Them[presentation]
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Every large software project is unique—each with its own complex array of challenges. When projects get into trouble, however, they often exhibit similar patterns, and succumb to risks that could have been anticipated and prevented—or detected sooner and managed better. 

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, Inc.

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