Conference Presentations

Testing on the Toilet: Revolutionizing Developer Testing at Google

You work in an organization with incredibly smart and diligent software engineers. Deadlines are tight and everyone is busy. But when developers outnumber testers by ten to one and the code base is growing exponentially, how do you continue to produce a quality product on time? Google addressed these problems by creating the Testing Grouplet—a group of volunteer engineers who dedicate their spare time to testing evangelism. They tried various ideas for reaching their audience. Weekly beer bashes were fun but too inefficient. New-engineer orientation classes, Tech Talks by industry luminaries, and yearly “Fixit” days became successful and continue to this day. But no idea caught the attention of engineers like Testing on the Toilet. This weekly flyer, posted in every Google bathroom, has sparked discussions, controversy, jokes, and parodies.

Bharat Mediratta and Antoine Picard, Google, Inc.
STARWEST 2007: The Nine Forgettings

People forget things. Simple things like keys and passwords and the names of friends long ago. People forget more important things like passports and anniversaries and backing up data. But Lee Copeland is concerned with things that the testing community is forgetting—forgetting our beginnings, the grandfathers of formal testing and the contributions they made; forgetting organizational context, the reason we exist and where we fit in our company; forgetting to grow, to learn and practice the latest testing techniques; and forgetting process context, the reason that a process was first created but which may no longer exist. Join Lee for an explanation of the nine forgettings, the negative effects of each, and how we can use them to improve our testing, our organization, and ourselves.

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
The Full Meal Deal

A good working relationship with your human resources department can help you simplify your recruitment process. Learn to work together to find the candidates who are best suited for the position rather than relying on the "skill-list shotgun."

Patrick Bailey's picture Patrick Bailey
Tools for Our Time

Software development has really changed over the years, and programming languages have evolved along with it. Learn more about D, one of today's more interesting languages; it's a high-level, type-safe language with the efficiency of C++ and the convenience of Java.

Chuck Allison's picture Chuck Allison
How to Quickly Build Trust

You can't get far in your career if people don't trust you. Yet trust is such an elusive concept. It's not tangible. It's not concrete. It's not something you can point to and say, "That's what it looks like." In this column, Naomi Karten ruminates about the concept of trust and offers some ideas about what you can and cannot control in earning the trust of others.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
The Blind Leading the Blind

When a team decides to go agile but its management fails to acknowledge the changes to each team member's role and provide support during the transition, frustration ensues. Find out how recognizing the needs of each new role can help smooth the way to a successful agile adoption.

Jennitta Andrea's picture Jennitta Andrea
Sophie's Choice

What do you do when your boss tells you to do something your conscience won't allow? Follow a test manager as she is faced with an ethical dilemma that forces her to pick between what is right and what will save her job. It's a tough position to be in, find out how to come through it with your head held high.

Fiona Charles's picture Fiona Charles
Believing Is Seeing

What you don't know can hurt you, and what you do know can too. Lee Copeland takes a look at how the results of a 1949 Harvard experiment with playing cards should influence the way you evaluate your previous experience when building software

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Speaking Truth to Power: How to Break The Bad News

There comes a time in every software professional's career when telling the truth to someone in power becomes an issue. It can be a difficult situation, but it's far worse to keep silent. Norm Kerth offers some helpful advice on speaking up in ways that are tactful and sincere.

Norm Kerth
ISQTB Certification: Setting the Standard for Tester Professionalism

Sandra Bourgeois has 25 years experience as an IT professional project manager, test manager, developer and QA lead. She is a Director and Project Manager at MassMutual
Financial Services in Springfield, Mass. For the past three years she has functioned as the senior IT Test Manager at MassMutual, working with a variety of large projects to
identify and resolve testing roadblocks to project implementation. She also serves as a project manager and teaches classes on testing topics, focusing on Performance
Testing. Most recently she has been the Performance Test Manager for several critical projects including Internet, Intranet and technical upgrades. She has presented at the
QAI International Conference. Her background also includes working as a social studies teacher and museum tour guide since graduating from Vassar College and UCLA.

Rex Black, Rex Black Consulting


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