STAREAST 2013 Keynote: Testing in a Test-driven World

Jeff Payne, Coveros

Agile software development has fundamentally changed the way software testing is performed. No longer is testing relegated to the end of the lifecycle where its budgets are cut and its conclusions ignored. Now we live in a world where testing drives development and, for better or worse, this world is here to stay. Jeff Payne discusses what impact a test-driven world has on the types of testing we perform and the impact this has on our careers. Contrary to many pundits who have been predicting the demise of software testers, Jeff paints a picture in which software testers with the right skill set—business acumen, understanding of security and privacy, and test scripting ability—are becoming the most influential individuals within the software development organization. Learn what is driving this trend and what you need to do to be successful in the test-driven world.

About the Presenter

Jeff Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a software company that builds secure software applications using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in secure agile principles and has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private US companies. Prior to founding Coveros, Jeff was chairman of the board, CEO, and cofounder of Cigital, Inc., a market leader in software security consulting. Jeff has published more than thirty papers on software development and testing, and testified before Congress on issues of national importance, including intellectual property rights, cyberterrorism, and software quality.

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