STAREAST 2012 - Software Testing Conference


The Dirty Secret of Formal Software Testing

Arguably, James Bach has done some of the most rigorous testing that anyone has done in software testing-testing for court cases that are closely scrutinized by teams of lawyers. James once poured $250,000 of labor (nearly 400 hours) into a ten-minute test for a patent infringement case that was filmed for a jury. He also has tested a Class III medical device subject to FDA audit. In all his testing, James has noticed something important that no one mentions when talking about formal testing.

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.

The New Mindset for Testing Cloud-based Applications

The "cloud" is the new kid on the block. So, how exactly does testing cloud-based applications differ from testing traditional applications? Do you have the right mindset and processes in place today to build and test high quality cloud-based applications? Charles Sterling answers these questions as he takes you on a journey to demystify the application lifecycle for cloud-based applications.

Charles Sterling, Microsoft Corporation


End to end testing for 21st century business applications (multiple technologies). Rapid test automation for agile software development teams. Test case design as the way to cost effective regression test sets.

Anastasios Kyriakopoulos, Tricentis
Total Quality Assurance: Stepping Out of the Testing Box

In the QA/testing world we tend to focus on improving quality by altering or creating new software development models and process, and implementing tools to better manage them. In this way, we often put ourselves into a testing box where quality becomes quantified by "Were the requirements met?" and “Does the solution work as expected?" No matter what model is used-waterfall, agile, spiral, or iterative-the box still exists.

Bryan Sebring, Georgia Department of Transportation
Visualization: Seeing Test Requirements in a New Light

Change is everywhere in software-feature enhancements, regulatory requirements, technology updates, re-designs, and re-implementations. How can we ensure that testers really understand requirements, business rules, and know what’s changing? Vijay Atmavilas shares how Verisign began to employ visual modeling and visual test design techniques to address these challenges. New models were produced using diagrams that highlighted process flows, input types and combinations to highlight data, and scenarios to highlight usage.

Vijay Atmavilas, VeriSign Inc
What Managers Think They Know about Test Automation-But Don't

Managers play a critical role in the success or failure of test automation. Although most testers and some test managers have a realistic view of what automation can and cannot do, many senior managers have firm ideas about automation that are misguided-or downright wrong. Dorothy Graham outlines five common management misconceptions and explores ways you can ensure that your executives and managers develop realistic goals and plans for automation.

Dorothy Graham, Consultant

You Can't Spell Agile Testing without "ET"

Do you ever get that creeping feeling there is more to agile testing than automating it? Have you wondered how you should test quality considerations beyond the story cards? Have you tried to use exploratory testing to bridge this gap, yet struggled with how to do it systematically in an agile context? If so, then what you need is a refreshing aromatic blend of exploratory and agile approaches.

Lanette Creamer, Spark Quality, LLC


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