Conference Presentations

Metrics That Matter
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Imagine you’re a test manager starting a new assignment. On the first day of work, you’re presented with a list of metrics you are to report. Soon, you realize that most of the metrics are not really connected to what should be measured. Or, consider the situation where you’re told that...

Pablo Garcia, Redmind
Pairwise Testing Explained
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Many software systems are required to process huge combinations of input data, all of which deserve to be tested. Since we rarely have time to create and execute test cases for all combinations, the fundamental problem in testing is how to choose a reasonably-sized subset that will find a...

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
The Unfortunate Triumph of Process over Purpose
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As a test manager, James Christie experienced two divergent views of a single project. The official version claimed that planning and documentation were excellent, with problems discovered during test execution being managed effectively. In fact, the project had no useful plans, so testers...

James Christie, Claro Testing
Exposing Test Management Myths
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We’ve all heard test management myths such as: “Utilize everyone, all the time”, “Don’t let people come to you without solutions to problems,” “Training time is useless,” and my...

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Test Design Techniques in Exploratory Testing
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Not all testers are lucky enough to get a good foundation for their testing—detailed requirements and system specifications. That, combined with the harsh reality of not having...

Gitte Ottosen, Sogeti Denmark
STAREAST 2013: Finding the Real Value in Load Testing
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Organizations spend countless hours in load testing exercises with the intent of finding and fixing system bottlenecks to improve overall performance.  But how much time is spent in the process of preparing and executing the test versus finding and fixing real issues.

Duane Dorch, Compuware
Five Pains of a Test Manager and How to Overcome Them
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Nowadays testing software and hardware is indispensable for companies. Companies often use software tools to support their QA activities. These tools should support test managers and not constrain them, allowing them to organize their work in the best way for their organization.

Regg Struyk, Polarion
STAREAST 2013 Keynote: Asking the Right Questions? What Journalism Can Teach Testers
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As testing disciplines continues to evolve—and the demands on testers increase—we need to look for new paradigms to guide our work. Thomas McCoy believes the profession of journalism has much to offer in helping us ask the right kinds of questions, be heard, and deliver bad news effectively.

Thomas McCoy, Australian Department of Families
STARCANADA 2013 Keynote: Testing Lessons from Hockey (The World’s Greatest Sport)
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Over the years, Rob Sabourin has drawn important testing lessons from diverse sources including the great detectives, the Simpsons, Hollywood movies, comic book superheroes, and the hospital delivery room. Now Rob scores big with breakaway testing ideas from hockey, Canada’s national sport.

Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
STAREAST 2013: Maybe We Don’t Have to Test It
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Testers are taught they are responsible for all testing. Some even say “It’s not tested until I run the product myself.” Eric Jacobson believes this old school way of thinking can hurt a tester’s reputation and—even worse—may threaten the team’s success. Learning to recognize...

Eric Jacobson, Turner Broadcasting

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