Conference Presentations

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
Testing Lessons Learned from Sesame Street
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Rob Sabourin has discovered testing lessons in the Simpsons, the Looney Tunes gang, Great Detectives, Dr. Seuss, and other unlikely places, but this year he journeys to Sesame Street. Sesame Street teaches basic life skills in a safe, entertaining, memorable style. Rob uses them to...

Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
Before You Test Your System, Test Your Assumptions
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Do you find yourself discussing with your peers what you think the system you’re building should do? Do you argue over what the users want? Do discussions wind up in a heated debate? This result indicates that no shared understanding exists about the system. With a lack of...

Aaron Sanders, Agile Coach
Testing Compliance with Accessibility Guidelines
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Currently, 2.4 billion people use the Internet, and about 10 percent of the world’s population has some form of disability. This means millions of potential users will have difficulty accessing the Internet. Thus, accessibility testing should not be ignored. Anish Krishnan discusses the...

Anish Krishnan, Hexaware Technologies, Ltd
Functional Testing with Domain-Specific Languages
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Developing high-quality software requires effective communication among various project stakeholders. Business analysts must elicit customer needs and capture them as requirements, which developers then transform into working software. Software test engineers collaborate with business...

Tariq King, Ultimate Software
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 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
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

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