Conference Presentations

Making the Transition to Software Management

This paper explains how to successfully make the transition into software management from other roles within your organization. Also, learn tips and techniques on implementing management strategies whether you're a first time manager, or whether you have been in your position for years.

Esther Derby, Esther Derby Associates Inc
Software Engineering Optimization: Measurement and Managing Change

Technical leaders and software managers face constant changes in the technology and processes used to develop and deliver applications. Discover appropriate measurements to assess and manage your projects. Discover where the optimization opportunities are in your organization, and learn what to where the optimization opportunities are in your organization, and learn what to do when things don't work out, and see how to rapidly diagnose and correct the problems. You'll also find out whether your engineering processes match the needs of your customers.

Ram Chillarege, Chillarege Inc.
STAREAST 2003: Rapid Web Testing in a High-Velocity Environment

This paper discusses implementing METS (Minimal Essential Testing Strategy) for your test team. METS is a strategy to help get the essential testing for your project done within the time frame allowed. Step by step instructions for using this methodology are included.

Greg Paskal, Kinko's
How to Make Friends with Upper Management and Influence Process Change

This paper discusses how to make friends with upper
management so you can influence process change. It also discusses reasons for change and how to communicating them effectively can benefit your test team.

Don Oxley, Advanced Fibre Communications
Questions That You Should Ask Your Test Manager (And How They Should Answer)

This article gives tips on the right way to approach your test manager when an issue arises involving the test team. Taking the time to plot out the right agenda before you begin communication is the key to a successful outcome.

Brian Warren, Dell Computer Corporation
Becoming a Successful Test Manager

In this article, Chris DeNardis discusses the skills necessary to becoming a successful test manager. He outlines how to get organized, and how to better communicate with your team. Read all about it and take the first step on the road to being a better test manager.

Christopher DeNardis, Rockwell Automation
The Tyranny of the "To Do" List

We create lists to help us prioritize tasks and stay on schedule. Sometimes those lists help us accomplish those tasks faster. Sometimes those lists simply chain us to an archaic way of doing things. Having a "To Do" list is a good thing if you don't let it prevent you from thinking outside the box. In this column, Elisabeth explains why the agenda items that don't make the list can often be some of the most important.

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Personal Skills for Test Professionals

This paper discusses personal skills for test professionals and managers. In addition to excellent technical skills and an understanding of testing methodologies and tools, testers, and their managers, must have a rich portfolio of
personal skills.

Steve Allott, ElectroMind Limited
Choosing and Managing the Ideal Test Team

This paper discusses what it takes to assemble the right members to make a successful test team. Examples are given of what to do and what not to do. Want to know how to recruit the right testers for your project? Read on and find out!

Lloyd Roden, Grove Consultants
Getting Creative: A Fresh Perspective on Software Testing

Being creative means using all the resources at your disposal to analyze, strategize, plan, test, and ultimately deliver the information your management needs, when they need it, so they can make better decisions. We need to be creative because there’s no one right way to do anything. Best practices in one environment may be worst practices in another.

Elisabeth Hendrickson, Quality Tree Software, Inc.


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