Conference Presentations

Successful Test Management: 9 Lessons Learned

Many engineering managers came to management through the technical ranks. Although they may have had plenty of engineering training and mentoring, they frequently have to learn management skills the hard way: through trial and error. In this double-track presentation, Johanna Rothman describes some engineering management tips and tricks learned through trial and error. Gain insight into how people respond to different management styles and missions. Learn what to observe in your staff's work--and your own.

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Overcoming Communication Hurdles for Large Testing

Learn of the challenges one company faced in testing a new distribution center involving six new systems with multiple integration points. Consisting of over one hundred systems and business personnel, the various test teams were located in eight different physical locations throughout the United States. Discover the communication issues and problems encountered by the test teams during this project, and examine the tools and techniques involved to keep everyone informed.

Marcia Miller, Levi Strauss & Co.
Management of Test Case Aging

Testing continues over a software product's lifecycle, but the test plans--particularly test cases and methods--undergo an evolution and aging as they mature in character, depth, and complexity. Based on analysis of a suite of tests and methods that have matured over a ten to twenty year period, this presentation examines testing from its initial stages through its maturity. Explore the impact of software trouble reports and change requests, including impacts from system usage on the testing.

Jon Hagar, Lockheed Martin
Creating a Test Plan Database for Standardized Tests Across Multiple Nodes

Most test databases on the market today offer the ability to enter tests in a linear style without the ability to easily repeat the same tests for many different nodes. This original primitive testing approach offers test security to the project, but takes up unnecessary time that could be better spent on testing the application. Colleen Sherman contends there is a better way: the database way! Learn how this approach creates an efficient and accurate solution to what was once an administrative nightmare.

Colleen Sherman
STAREAST 2000: The Business Case for Software Quality

Each generation of technology-mainframe to client/server to Internet-creates opportunity. It also creates increased risks. Improving the development and testing infrastructure can be a significant investment. Tools need to be required; staff needs to be trained; and outside guidance in the tools and processes may be necessary. This presentation will address ten major areas of opportunity which underscore why this investment is critical to the success of an organization. Learn about the increasing failure rate in projects, the limited availability of competent software professionals, the liability exposure, rising support costs, and the implications of e-commerce. Obtain the information you need to present an effective business case to senior management for the investments required for software quality.

Richard Bender, Technology Builders, Inc.
STAREAST 2000: A Risk-Based Test Strategy

Testing information systems should be based on the business risks to the organization using these information systems. In practice, test managers often take an intuitive approach to test coverage for risks. In this double-track presentation, discover how a "stepwise" definition of test strategy can be used for any test level as well as the overall strategy-providing better insight and a sound basis for negotiating testing depth.

Ingrid Ottevanger, IQUIP Informatica
The Indispensable Test Team: Gaining and Maintaining Value in 2000 and Beyond

Although testers and Quality Assurance (QA) managers have historically found themselves to be the last hired and the first fired, the Y2K problem has brought testing and testers to the forefront of application development. Now that you have the team in place, how can you enhance your processes and demonstrate the value of your team to the rest of the world? Learn fun and practical methods to help testers create an awareness of QA's value within your organization.

Terrye Ashby, Pointe Technology Group, Inc.
Testing Strategy Changes for eBusiness Applications

The U.S. market for eBusiness software and services is expected to grow from $25 billion in 1998 to $104 billion in 2003. Delivering quality Web applications that meet your business needs the day they are implemented has become a critical challenge for IT managers. As business critical applications become more complex, so has the testing process. Learn how the complexity of the architecture and rapid application development has caused testing to require a redefined strategy, revised approach, tools, and trained/experienced resources.

Jeff Tatelman, Interim Technology Consulting
Applying Structured Testing in the Unstructured World of a Start-Up

How do you implement effective testing in the rapidly changing world of a start-up company developing a Web application? This presentation explores the issues and dynamics of testing a moving target within impossible deadlines, including methods and practices for building quality and structure despite the constraints. Learn how to evolve the development process and establish effective communication between the development and testing groups.

Efi Goldfarb, TopTier
Test Management Boot Camp 101

Although management supervision is a critical factor to a test program's success, it is often entrusted to people with minimal experience and training in these areas. Based on the real-life experience of a fifteen year veteran, this presentation is a crash course in the keys to successful test team supervision and management. Discover how to jump start your test management career and improve your chances of success.

Jon Hagar, Lockheed Martin Astronautics Company


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