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Fun with Regulated Testing[presentation]

Does your test process need to pass regulatory audits (FDA, SOX, ISO, etc.)? Do you find that an endless queue of documentation and maintenance is choking your ability to do actual testing? Is your team losing good testers due to boredom?

John McConda, Mobius Test Labs
STARWEST 2008: Five Things Every Tester Must Do[presentation]

Are you a frustrated tester or test manager? Are you questioning whether or not a career in testing is for you? Do you wonder why others in your organization seem unenthusiastic about quality?

Julie Gardiner, Grove Consultants
Adventures with Test Monkey's[presentation]

Most test automation focuses on regression testing-repeating the same sequence of tests to reveal unexpected behavior.

John Fodeh, Hewlett-Packard
Using Failure modes to Power up Your Testing[presentation]

When a tester uncovers a defect, it usually gets fixed. The tester validates the fix and may add the test to a regression test suite. Often, both the test and defect are then forgotten.

Dawn Haynes, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
The Myth of Risk Mangement[presentation]

Although test managers are tasked with helping manage project risks, risk management practices used on most software projects produce only an illusion of safety.

Pete McBreen, Software Craftsmanship Inc
Testing Microsoft Office: Experiences you Can Leverage to Drive Quality Upstream[presentation]

Have you experienced those weeks when the new features being added to builds just flat out don't work? Do you strive to have a testable build throughout the full product development cycle?

Tara Roth, Microsoft Corporation
Has the Time for the Adversarial Organization Passed?[presentation]

The concept of an independent test organization is considered a "best practice" by many experts in the industry. Is this degree of autonomy actually a good thing in the real world today?

Gerard Meszaros, Independent Consultant
STARWEST 2008: Branch Out Using Classification Trees[presentation]

Classification trees are a structured, visual approach to identify and categorize equivalence class partitions for test objects. They enable testers to create better test cases faster.

Julie Gardiner, Grove Consultants
Six Thinking Hats for Software Testers[presentation]

Our testing is only as good as our thinking—and all too often we are hampered by limiting ideas, poor communication, and pre-set roles and responsibilities.

Julian Harty, Google
STARWEST 2008: Telling Your Exploratory Story[presentation]

What do you say when your manager asks, "How did it go today?" As a test manager, you might say, "I'll check to see how many test cases the team executed today." As a tester with a pile of test cases on your desk, you could say, "I ran 40

Jon Bach, LexisNexis
Testing Lessons from Springfield-Home of the Simpsons[presentation]

Over the years, Rob Sabourin has discovered testing lessons in the Looney Tunes gang, the Great Detectives, and Dr. Seuss. Now he turns his attention to the Simpsons, a primetime cartoon television show entertaining audiences since 1989.

Robert Sabourin, Inc
A Word with the Wise: Configuration Management Tips from Steve Berczuk[article]

In this short interview with editor Joey McAllister, Steve Berczuk offers some tips to organizations dealing with configuration management (CM) issues.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
Transitioning from Analysis to Design[article]

The step between specifying requirements to working on a system design can be tricky. Fortunately, the basis on which the step is made can be calculated. Paul Reed thoroughly explains how the transition should progress and offers some instructions on how to move properly through this phase.

Paul R. Reed, Jr.'s picture Paul R. Reed, Jr.
The Abolition of Ignorance[magazine]

The testing profession isn't easily mastered, and isn't something that can be perfected by practice alone. Good testers study testing to improve their knowledge of the areas they know about, but great testers strive to find out about areas of software testing they don't yet realize they don't know about.

Alan Page's picture Alan Page
Lessons Learned in Close Quarters Combat[magazine]

Few would think that the tactics employed by military and law-enforcement Special Forces to breach buildings under siege bears any relation to software project teams. After a number of weekends training with ex-military and ex-law-enforcement Special Forces—just for fun—Antony Marcano draws a surprising parallel between the dynamics of modern Special Forces "room-clearing" methods and the dynamics of modern software development teams.

Antony Marcano's picture Antony Marcano


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