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Giving and Receiving Feedback: A New Imperative[presentation]
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Giving and receiving feedback are tough for everyone. Who wants to criticize others or be criticized? Although managers have a duty to give honest feedback to staff and peers, many people resist change or differ on how to change—leading to interpersonal conflicts and impacting...

Omar Bermudez, agilecafe.org
Build the Right Product Right: Transitioning Test from Critiquing to Defining[presentation]
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Do you find yourself with limited influence over what gets shipped on products you test? Is your report card on product quality often ignored? Do you think you can contribute more? Join Gerard Meszaros as he describes ways to transition from approaching quality with brute force testing to...

Gerard Meszaros, FeedXL.com
Managing Technical Debt[presentation]
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Technical debt is slowing your software development projects. Any developer who has gone beyond version 1 has encountered it. Technical debt takes different forms, has many different origins, and does not always equate to bad code quality. Much of it is incurred due to the passage of...

Philippe Kruchten, Kruchten Engineering Services, Ltd.
Test Automation Strategies and Frameworks: What Should Your Team Do?[presentation]
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Agile practices have done a magnificent job of speeding up the software development process. Unfortunately, simply applying agile practices to testing isn't enough to keep testers at the same pace. Test automation is necessary to support agile delivery. Max Saperstone explores popular test...

Gene Gotimer, Coveros, Inc.
Test Automation: Investment Today Pays Back Tomorrow[presentation]
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The results of a recent survey, authored by IBM and TechWell, showed that testers want to spend more time automating, more time planning, and more time designing tests—and less time setting up test environments and creating test data. So, where should testers and their organizations invest...

Al Wagner, IBM
The Next Decade of Agile Software Development and Test[presentation]
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After almost fifteen years of history with agile practices, J.B. Rainsberger sees some alarming trends in our attitudes, practices, and even what we teach about agile. At the same time, he sees some progress in approaches and technologies—e.g., behavior-driven development, naked...

J.B. Rainsberger, JBRAINS.CA
Reduce Test Automation Execution Time by 80%[presentation]
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Software testers and quality assurance engineers are often pressured to cut testing time to ensure on-time product releases. Usually this means running fewer test cycles with the risk of worse software quality. As companies embrace a continuous integration (CI) that require frequent...

Tanay Nagjee, Electric Cloud
Usability Testing Goes Mobile[presentation]
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The introduction of mobile devices and applications presents new challenges to traditional usability testing practices. Identifying the differences between usability testing techniques for traditional desktop applications and mobile applications is critical to ensuring their acceptance and...

Susan Brockley, ExxonMobil
If You Could Turn Back Time: Coaching New Testers[presentation]
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If you could turn back time, what do you wish you had known when you started working as a tester? When you are new to testing, you are faced with daunting challenges. Recent college graduates may find it difficult to apply academic knowledge in practice. It is easy to get discouraged...

Christin Wiedemann, Professional Quality Assurance, Ltd. and Richard Lu, Professional Quality Assurance, Ltd.
Leadership for Test Managers and Testers[presentation]
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Many organizations spend a great deal of time and effort acquiring and learning to use the latest techniques and technology, but they make little or no attempt to train or mentor their staff to be better leaders. While it is true that technology is important, test teams without able...

Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
The Adventures of a First-Time Test Lead: An Unexpected Journey[presentation]
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When moving to a new position in your organization, you might not always feel confident—and that’s fine. If you have ever wondered how to change your mindset from “I need to learn from someone more experienced than I” to “I need to train and lead a team,” Ioan Todoran shares what he...

Ioan Todoran, Expedia Affiliate Network
The Tester’s Role in Agile Planning[presentation]
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All too often testers passively participate in agile planning. And the results? Important testing activities are missed, late testing becomes a bottleneck, and the benefits of agile development quickly diminish. However, testers can actively advocate customer concerns while helping to...

Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
From Formal Test Cases to Session-Based Exploratory Testing[presentation]
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Agile software development is exciting, but what happens when your team is entrenched in older methodologies? Even with support from the organization, it is challenging to lead an organization through the transformation. As you start making smaller, more frequent releases, your...

Ron Smith, Intuit
Write Your Test Cases in a Domain-Specific Language[presentation]
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Manual test cases are difficult to write and costly to maintain. Beaumont Brush suggests that one of the more important but infrequently-discussed reasons is that manual tests are usually written in natural language, which is ineffective for describing test cases clearly. Employing a...

Beaumont Brush, Dematic, Inc.
Inside the Mind of the 21st Century Customer[presentation]
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Testers frequently say that they are the voice of the customer or the customer advocate for their organization’s products. In some situations this can be a helpful mindset, but no matter how hard he tries, a software tester is not the customer. In fact, there is no one better suited to...

Alan Page, Microsoft

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