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Don't Be the Quality Gatekeeper: Just Hold Up the Mirror[presentation]

One of the greatest temptations of test managers and their teams is to be the quality gatekeeper-the ones who raise the gate when testing reveals little and keep it closed when they believe that defects (found and unfound) risk the project.

Mfundo Nkosi, Micro to Mainframe
Patterns for Test Asset Reusability[presentation]

Typically, testers write a test case for the one component and sub-system they are testing, thus limiting its value. What if you could repurpose and reuse previously developed test assets across several components and sub-systems?

Vishal Chowdhary, Microsoft Corporation
The Power of the Crowd: Mobile Testing for Scale and Global Coverage[presentation]

Crowdsourced testing of mobile applications, a middle ground between in-house and outsourced testing, has many advantages: scale, speed, coverage, lower capital costs, reduced staffing costs, and no long-term commitments.

John Carpenter, Mob4Hire, Inc.
Agile Testing: Facing the Challenges Beyond the Easy Contexts[presentation]

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise-doing testing well on agile teams is hard work! First, you have to get management over the misconception that you don't need specialist testers within agile teams.

Bob Galen, iContact
Testing Dialogues: Automation Issues[presentation]

What problems are you facing in test automation right now? Just getting started? Trying to choose the right tool set? Working to convince executive managers of the value of automation? Dealing with excessive maintenance of scripts?

Dorothy Graham, Consultant
Go Sleuthing with the Right Test Technique[presentation]

Although much information is available on test design techniques, very little is written on how to select which techniques to use for the job at hand.

Derk-Jan de Grood, Valori
Taking Your Testing Team Global[presentation]

With pressure to downsize local teams in favor of offshore or outsourced testing, you may be faced with taking your team global. Jane Fraser discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of having to outsource or offshore testing.

Jane Fraser, Electronic Arts
Stick a Fork in It: Defining Done[presentation]

It seems that developers have as many definitions of “done” as Eskimos have words for “snow.” But without a clear definition of done, it is difficult to gauge progress on a project. Menlo Innovations has a simple solution.

Tracy Beeson, Menlo Innovations
Test as a Service: A New Architecture for Embedded Systems[presentation]

The classic models adopted in test automation today-guaranteeing ease of test implementation rather than extendibility of the test architecture-are inadequate for the unprecedented complexity of today’s embedded software market.

Raniero Virgilio, Intel
Testing with Virtual Machines: Past, Present, and Future[presentation]

In the past several years, virtualization has dramatically improved tester productivity. A virtual machine is a useful abstraction for encapsulating the entire software stack.

Roussi Roussev, VMware
State-driven Testing: An Innovation in UI Test Automation[presentation]

Keyword-driven testing is an accepted UI test automation technique used by mature organizations to overcome the disadvantages of record/playback test automation.

Dietmar Strasser, Borland (a Micro Focus company)
Streamlining the Developer-Tester Workflow[presentation]

The islands that many development and test teams live on seem far apart at times.

Chris Menegay, Notion Solutions, Inc.
STARWEST 2010: Quality Metrics for Testers: Evaluating Our Products, Evaluating Ourselves[presentation]

Finally, most businesses realize that a final system testing "phase" in the project cannot be used as the catch-all for software quality problems.

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Model-based Testing: The Key to Testing Industrialization[presentation]

Customers who want “more, faster, cheaper” put pressure on the development schedule, usually leaving less time for testing. The solution is to parallelize testing and development so that they proceed together.

Bruno Legeard, Smartesting
STARWEST 2010: Automating Embedded System Testing[presentation]

Many testers believe the challenges of automating embedded and mobile phone-based systems testing are prohibitively difficult.

William Coleman, LogiGear Corporation

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