Conference Presentations

STAREAST 2012 Keynote: Evaluating Testing: The Qualitative Way

Testers and managers have wrestled with the problem of evaluating software products and testing efforts, often using approaches derived from manufacturing, construction, and physical sciences. These approaches have been partially successful because software products aren't physical products.

Michael Bolton, DevelopSense Inc.
STAREAST 2012 Keynote: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

Lightning Talks are a very popular part of many STAR conferences. Lightning Talk sessions consist of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period and are the opportunity to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation.

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
STAREAST 2012 Keynote: Testing Trends: Cloud, Virtualization, and Mobility

Almost daily, we see reports of software failures that harm enterprises and impact the brand, putting testing organizations and their efforts in the spotlight. Fortunately, testers are now in one of the most exciting times in the software industry’s history!

Theresa Lanowitz, voke, inc.
STAREAST 2012 Keynote: 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, Independent Test Consultant
Oracle's Approach to Application and Infrastructure Testing: Strategies and Best Practices

Learn from our application testing experiences. We've integrated these lessons into our own Application Quality Management solutions. These solutions support a new, time-saving and risk-averse approach to testing Oracle application and infrastructure.

Mughees Minhas, Oracle
Collaborative Web-based Testing for Product and Software Development

How to establish instantaneous traceability with Requirements and Development Artifacts. How to automatically process and identify unit test methods and promote as "First Class Citizens". How to perform any test. Test any product. Test on any device. Anywhere.

David Merrill, Polarion
STAREAST 2012 Keynote: Bridging the Gap: Leading Change in a Community of Testers

When Keith Klain took over Barclays Capital Global Test Center, he found an organization focused entirely on managing projects, managing processes, and managing stakeholders—the last most unsuccessfully.

Keith Klain, Barclays Capital Global Test Center
Managing Intrateam Dysfunction

Inspired by her years of consulting with large and small test teams, Dawn Haynes shares her observations of the most common and troublesome dysfunctions within software project teams-absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. Often team members and managers are so heads-down in the day-to-day tasks that they aren’t even aware of their problems. Without an understanding of the dysfunctions and their root causes, improvement is a non-starter. Dawn provides a roadmap to identify the dysfunctions in any team and maps those issues to a set of recommendations for remediation. Using real project scenarios as examples, Dawn highlights debilitating dynamics-and solutions in context-among software project managers, development teams, and internal/external QA/test teams.

Dawn Haynes, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
Establishing a Testing Center of Excellence: The Pros and Cons

Many testing organizations view implementing a Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE) as a positive step toward providing better service to their clients. They understand how a TCoE can define and promote standard testing practices, consolidate testing tools, reduce costs, define testing boundaries, and provide specialized testing services. Unfortunately, many organizations, as they work to establish their TCoE, face problems and don’t achieve the promised benefits. Raja Neravati explores approaches for overcoming the challenges of implementing a TCoE. He describes a “tested” TCoE implementation process to address business goals, stakeholder interests, span of control, budgets, and quality problems.

Raja Neravati, AppLabs
Crowdsourced Testing: An Emerging Model for Serious Testing

Crowdsourcing has emerged as a startlingly effective by-product of social networking and the web. Manoj Narayanan describes the many ways businesses are using crowdsourcing as a cost and quality lever in their most important software testing projects. Learn about crowdsourcing and how the value delivered can differ when testing a web application, mobile device, gaming app, or other types of systems. Manoj compares the business model practiced by organizations such as uTest to traditional testing practices. He examines the different approaches that organizations are taking today to integrate crowdtesting into the overall testing strategy, ranging from adopting crowd testing for ad hoc releases to incorporating it as an integral part of the overall testing strategy.

Manoj Narayanan, Cognizant Technology Solutions


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