Conference Presentations

Emergent Design: History, Concepts, and Principles

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
Measuring Quality: Testing Metrics and Trends in Practice

In today's fast-paced IT world, companies follow “best” testing trends and practices with the assumption that, by applying these methodologies, their product quality will improve. But that does not always happen. Why? Liana Gevorgyan questions and defines, in the language of metrics...

Liana Gevorgyan, Infostretch Corporation
What Do Defects Really Cost? Much More Than You Think

As software increasingly becomes the face of the business, defects can lead to embarrassment, financial loss, and even business failure. Nevertheless, in response to today's demand for speed and “continuous everything,” the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster...

Wayne Ariola, Parasoft
Mobile App Testing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Mobile app testing has lots of good practices, some not so useful (bad) concepts, and some really ugly, don’t-ever-do ones. In the tradition of James Whittaker’s How to Break Software books, Jon Hagar applies the testing “attack” concept to mobile app software. Jon starts by defining the...

Jon Hagar, Independent Consultant
Web and Mobile App Accessibility Testing

If a website or mobile app is not accessible to all potential visitors, is it truly a quality product? Services, products, information, and entertainment on the web and mobile devices can be made available to millions of consumers with vision, hearing, or motor control difficulties by...

Nancy Kastl, SPR Consulting
Static Testing: We Know It Works, So Why Don’t We Use It?

We know that static testing is very effective in catching defects early in software development. Serious bugs, like race conditions which can occur in concurrent software, can't be reliably detected by dynamic testing. Such defects can cause a business major damage when they pop up in...

Meenakshi Muthukumaran, Tata Consultancy Services
Survival Guide: Taming the Data Quality Beast

As companies scramble to adjust to the demands of an increasingly data-driven world, testers are told “go test data quality” without any guidance as to what that entails or how to go about it. The fact that the data is often a living, flowing ecosystem, rather than just a single object...

Shauna Ayers, Availity, and Catherine Cruz Agosto, Availity
Blunders in Test Automation

In chess, the word blunder means a very bad move by someone who should know better. Even though functional test automation has been around for a long time, people still make some very bad moves and serious blunders. The most common misconception in automation is thinking that manual...

Dorothy Graham, Software Test Consultant


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