Testing

Conference Presentations

Observation: The Key to a Great User Experience
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Observation is an important research technique when we are designing solutions to delight users. Some kinds of information that may make the difference between an acceptable solution and a delightful one can only be obtained by observing users in their native environment. Observing users...

Geri Winters, Wyyzzk, Inc.
Data-Driven Software Engineering for Agile Teams
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Remember the old days when software engineering teams used to tune software until it passed quality gates, gave golden bits to marketing, and finally threw a big release party? The world was simple, and writing code that worked according to a specification was enough to be a star...

Viktor Veis, Microsoft
Bringing Continuous Delivery to Dell.com: A Retrospective
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Multibillion dollar sales portal Dell.com has more than 1,000 developers working in tandem to contribute content and code. This presents unique strategic challenges when it comes to selecting, planning, and deploying DevOps tools. James Watt presents a retrospective on transitioning one of...

James Watt, Dell, Inc.
Agile Adoption in Risk-Averse Environments
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Adopting agile development methods in a conservative environment can be a daunting and time-consuming venture, facing resistance at all levels of the organization. You may wonder: Will this organization ever get with the times? Will our leaders ever change their way of thinking? 

Brian Duncan, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Software Craftsmanship and Agile Code Games
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Musicians and athletes spend most of their time practicing—not performing. If as software developers we just learn on our job and don’t practice, we will continue to make mistakes on code meant for customers. We must improve the quality of our skills which will, in turn, improve the...

Mike Clement, Greater Sum
Performance Testing Cloud-Based Systems
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As cloud computing becomes of strategic importance in the enterprise, part of the solution is no longer on-premise but in the cloud, adding a layer of complexity. Edwin Chan demystifies performance testing of cloud systems and applications by addressing the following key questions: Is...

Edwin Chan, Deloitte Inc.
Managing Risk in Agile Development: It Isn’t Magic
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Has the adoption of agile techniques magically erased risk from software projects? When we change the project and product environment by adopting agile, have we tricked ourselves into thinking that risk has been abolished—when it hasn’t? Agile risk management is a continuous process that...

Thomas Cagley Jr, DCG
Testing Is the Profession I Chose
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Never underestimate the power of sharing the testing team’s achievements, lessons learned, challenges faced, roadblocks encountered, and the enriching solutions found. Jyothi Rangaiah says as testers we must be ready to nurture the needs of testing and testers in the organizations we serve.

Jyothi Rangaiah
Your Agile Prioritization Process Is Probably Wrong
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Of course we know what customers want, right? Product owners have the roadmap. Sales teams know what sells. Support talks to customers every day. So if we really know what our customers want, why is 65 percent of all software functionality rarely or never used? Why aren’t our customers...

Tom Gimpel, SofterWare, Inc
Continuous Delivery in a Legacy Shop—One Step at a Time
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Not every continuous delivery (CD) initiative starts with someone saying “Drop everything. We’re going to do DevOps.” Sometimes, you have to grow your process incrementally. And sometimes you don’t set out to grow at all—you are just fixing problems with your process, trying to make things...

Gene Gotimer, Coveros, Inc.

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