Conference Presentations

Testing Hyper-Complex Systems: What Can We Know? What Can We Claim?

Throughout history, people have built systems of dramatically increasing complexity. In simpler systems, defects at the micro level are mitigated by the macro level structure. In complex systems, failures at the micro level cannot be compensated for at a higher level, often with...

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Build the Right Product Right: Transitioning Test from Critiquing to Defining

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,
User Stories: From Fuzzy to Razor Sharp

User stories are the basis for products built using agile development. User stories are relatively short, comprised of enough information to start the development process, and designed to initiate further conversation about details. Short doesn’t necessarily mean useful. Ambiguous stories...

Phil Ricci, Agile-Now
SAFe Integration Patterns: Scaling with Continuous Collaboration

“Going agile” at a fifty-person startup is easy; at a 5,000 person ISV it’s impressive; and in a Fortune 500 company it’s often a nightmare. At large scale, the sheer number of legacy systems, stakeholder specific tools, and governance processes can turn even a simple agile deployment...

Jeff Downs, Tasktop Technologies
Emergent Design: History, Concepts, and Principles [Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps Conference West 2015]

Software design is about change. A good design facilitates adding features—and adding new developers to the team. Yet any change to the code impacts design and can damage existing functionality. Without design idioms and practices, the code can degrade into a maintenance nightmare...

Rob Myers, Agile Institute
Enough about Process, Let’s Use Patterns

When new developers and testers join the company, we want them to learn the “way we do software here.” So we give them the “stone tablets”―the volumes of process documentation― to study. However, the problem is that the details in this documentation are primarily for beginners and don’t...

Paul E. McMahon, PEM Systems
Making Numbers Count: Metrics That Matter

As testers and test managers, we are frequently asked to report to stakeholders on the progress and results of our testing. Questions like How is testing going? may seem simple enough, but the answer is ultimately based on our ability to extract useful metrics from our work and present...

Mike Trites, PQA Testing
Lean Software Development Is for Everyone

Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software development―concentrating on developing a continuous flow by eliminating delays and loopbacks; delivering quickly by...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives
Release Automation: Better Quality, Faster Deployment, Amazing ROI

A great deal of confusion surrounds the concepts of release automation, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment. Even some industry experts are confused about the differences. How these concepts work progressively to achieve high quality software...

Bryan Linder, tap|QA
Reduce Third-Party Tool Dependencies in Your Test Framework

Have you found yourself forced to use outdated test tools because the cost to migrate was prohibitive? Have you abandoned or rewritten existing tests because it was easier (and cheaper) than migrating? With technology ever changing, most businesses struggle to keep up with producing...

Chris Mauck, Neustar, Inc.


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