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It Seemed a Good Idea at the Time: Intelligent Mistakes in Test Automation[presentation]

Some test automation ideas seem very sensible at first glance but contain pitfalls and problems that can and should be avoided. Dot Graham describes five of these “intelligent mistakes”—1. Automated tests will find more bugs quicker. (Automation doesn’t find bugs, tests do.) ...

Dorothy Graham, Software Test Consultant
Mobile App Testing: Moving Outside the Lab[presentation]

No matter how thorough the test team or how expansive the test lab, Chris Munroe knows that defects still abound in mobile apps after launch. With more “non-software” companies launching mobile apps every day, testers have increased pressure to ensure apps are secure and function as intended.

Chris Munroe, uTest
Testing Challenges within Agile Teams[presentation]

In her book Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, Janet Gregory recommends using the automation pyramid as a model for test coverage. In the pyramid model, most automated tests are unit tests written and maintained by the programmers,and tests that execute...

Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.
Testing After You’ve Finished Testing[presentation]

Stakeholders always want to release when they think we’ve “finished testing”. They believe we have revealed “all of the important problems” and “verified all of the fixes,” and now it’s time to reap the rewards.

Jon Bach, eBay Inc.
Whiteboarding—for Testers, Developers, and Customers, Too[presentation]

How can testers spend more time doing productive testing and waste less time preparing "useless" project documentation? Rob Sabourin employs whiteboarding techniques to enable faster, easier, and more powerful communication and collaboration—without all the paperwork. 

Rob Sabourin,
STARCANADA 2013: Quantifying the Value of Static Analysis[presentation]

During the past ten years, static analysis tools have become a vital part of software development for many organizations. However, the question arises, “Can we quantify the benefits of static analysis?” William Oliver presents the results of a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory study...

William Oliver, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
STARCANADA 2013: Concurrent Testing Games: Developers and Testers Working Together[presentation]

The best software development teams find ways for programmers and testers to work closely together. These teams recognize that programmers and testers each bring their own unique strengths and perspectives to the project. However, working in agile teams requires us to unlearn...

Nate Oster, CodeSquads LLC
Using Mindmaps to Develop a Test Strategy[presentation]

Your test strategy is the design behind your plan—the set of big-picture ideas that embodies the overarching direction of your test effort. It captures the stakeholders’ values that will inspire, influence, and ultimately drive your testing.

Fiona Charles, Quality Intelligence
STARCANADA 2013: Maybe We Don’t Have to Test It[presentation]

Testers have been taught they are responsible for all testing. Some even say “It’s not tested until I run the product myself.” Eric Jacobson thinks this old school way of thinking can hurt a tester’s reputation and—even worse—may threaten team success. Learning to recognize opportunities...

Eric Jacobson, Turner Broadcasting Inc.
Reports of the Death of Testing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated[presentation]

Have you heard? It’s all over the social media. We are the “last generation of testers.” Testing is dead. No more classical testing—too much inflexible process. Context driven? That is a code phrase for do whatever. Agility? Developers do testing, and testers become developers. DevOps?

Ruud Teunissen, Polteq Test Services BV
Testing with an Accent: Internationalization Testing[presentation]

Finding time to test the basic functionality, performance, and security of a system is difficult enough, so how do you find time to add internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n) testing? Today’s world is very small, and you may already have international users in your target market.

Paul Carvalho, STAQS
Keynote: Surviving or Thriving: Top Ten Lessons for the Professional Tester[presentation]

As testers and test managers we often find ourselves struggling just to survive within our organization—sometimes with the possibility of job loss due to outsourcing looming. Often, we are told to become more “effective,” “efficient,” and do “more with less.” However, most testers and test...

Lloyd Roden, Lloyd Roden Consultancy
Testing—After You’ve Finished Testing[presentation]

Stakeholders always want to release when they think we’ve finished testing. They believe we have discovered “all of the important problems” and “verified all of the fixes”—and now it’s time to reap the rewards. However, as testers we still can assist in improving software by learning about...

Jon Bach, eBay, Inc.
Presenting Test Results with Clarity and Confidence[presentation]

Test leaders are often asked to present the results of their testing to management—and even to auditors. Can you clearly and confidently explain and summarize your test plans and results? Can you prove that your testing is compliant with internal procedures and regulations? 

Griffin Jones, Congruent Compliance
Setting Automation Expectations: Lessons from Failure and Success[presentation]

Test automation is undeniably a key strategy for any test manager—and for good Test automation is undeniably a key strategy for any test manager—and for good reason. Test automation promises faster regression testing, higher productivity, better quality, and cost reduction.

Laura Salazar, Softtek


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