Conference Presentations

Four Keys to Better Test Management

Three years ago, Christopher DeNardis embarked on a career as a software tester. After just one year of testing, he was promoted to leader of the test group. In this session, he shows you the four keys to getting through those times and becoming better organized as a test manager: 1. a common set of ground rules on the test progress, defect reporting, and verification; 2. the ability to convey how your team's testing is going on a frequent basis; 3. knowing what needs to be tested and being able to stand behind the reasons why; and 4. maintaining good communication with the development leaders to help move the product through the development phases.

Chris DeNardis, Rockwell Automation
Movin' On Up: Making the Transition from Test Lead to Manager

Want to be a test lead? Ready to take on the responsibilities of test management? Making the transition to a lead, then a management position, takes more than just guts- it takes preparation. This presentation illuminates some of the technical aspects you'll encounter when transitioning to test lead or test manager, including: organizing and managing the testing; working with the project manager and the rest of the project team; and deciding how, when, and what to invest in your test infrastructure. You'll also explore some of the nontechnical aspects such as coaching and mentoring, giving feedback, and providing work direction.

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group
Testing In A Squeezed, Squeezed World

All things are possible in the face of adversity, even an under-resourced testing project with an immovable deadline. Many testing projects start out with high ideals then descend into a mad panic when the realities begin to set in. However, usually by this stage it's too late to back out of commitments made to the business, and the risk of delivering a product that doesn't meet expectations may not be an option. This is especially true in the case of a project driven by legislative changes totally beyond your control. Geoff Horne provides useful insights and tips for taking a testing project that's resource- and time-challenged and turning it into a successful exercise that still delivers a quality solution.

Geoff Horne, Integrity Software Testing & Quality
Test Management in Turbulent Times

In uncertain circumstances, the challenges facing test managers are numerous and, at times, daunting. Layoffs, reorganizations, restricted resources, and job concerns can contribute to the disruption of the status quo at any given time. So what's a test manager to do? This presentation identifies test management issues and describes tips and techniques on how to better manage yourself and others. It suggests some ways to adjust your management style to have a more effective impact on your staff and guide you all through the difficulties that may arise.

Lauri MacKinnon, Phase Forward Inc and Eric Patel, VeriTest Inc/Lionbridge Technologies
Testing The Chain: End-to-End Integration Test

When processes include several applications, the testing process is complicated in many ways. Possible complications include: organizational issues because of the multitude of test teams and their interdependencies; processes and transactions that span the chain which require new test scenarios; integral design, information analysis, and process design documents that aren't fit for the purpose of chain testing; and test execution that demands integral knowledge of the chain. This session gives you a list of all the variables that need to be considered, then offers solutions for successfully organizing chain testing.

Gerard Numan, POLTEQ, B.V.
Using a Test Lab Effectively

"Outsourcing" testing-or use of external test labs to perform some or all of a testing effort-is becoming common within the software industry. Using a test lab has advantages as well as disadvantages. Advantages might include objectivity, expertise, specialization, and time to market. Some disadvantages may involve lack of familiarity with the software, geographic distance, and simply lack of control. Explore some of the technical issues that need to be examined to help you use a test lab effectively. Learn how to document your results, and discover the keys for success as well as the ingredients for failure.

Howie Dow, Compaq Computer Corporation
Choosing an Automated Web Application Testing Solution: What You Need to Know

The Internet has injected critical changes into how businesses must guarantee the quality of their enterprise applications. Automated testing tools are no longer optional for organizations that want to gainand-maintain-he highest level of quality control over their eBusiness applications. Selecting a Web testing tool is not an easy job in today's fast-paced market. This presentation defines and discusses the top requirements for an automated testing solution in the Internet age. Discover why Web testing is different from Client/Server testing. Explore the points of failure and critical technologies to test in a Web application. Learn the key criteria to use when selecting a testing tool: ease of use, accuracy, and reporting.

Yves de Montcheuil, Empirix
The Importance Load Testing Plays in the Internet Economy

This presentation suggests reducing performance problems with these Key Steps: 1) plan for performance testing; 2) use baselining and consistent metrics; 3) build realism into tests to gain accuracy; 4) leverage performance testing assets; 5) make performance testing an ongoing effort; 6) investigate new options in load testing.

Kevin Gallagher, Newport Group, Inc.
Preparing for Test Automation-Are You Ready?

Test automation requires an investment in software testing tools, equipment, personnel, and time. There is also continuous maintenance required in keeping existing test scripts current as well as developing new ones. This presentation reviews some fundamental factors to consider before making these investments. Learn how to answer the question, "Are you ready to begin automating your testing processes?" And, for those of you who answer "yes," learn an approach on implementing automated software testing in your organization based on real-world expectations.

Kerry Zallar, Bank of America
Test Automation Management

Automating the execution of tests is becoming more and more popular as the need to improve software quality amidst increasing system complexity becomes ever stronger. The appeal of having the computer run the tests in a fraction of the time it takes to perform them manually has
led many organisations to attempt test automation without a clear understanding of all that is involved. Consequently, many attempts have failed to achieve real or lasting benefits. This paper highlights a few of the more common mistakes that have contributed to these failures and offers
some thoughts on how they may be avoided.

Mark Fewster, Grove Consultants

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