Conference Presentations

Lean Test Management: Reduce Waste in Planning, Automation, and Execution
Slideshow

Testing enterprise software requires effective resource management to prevent costly delays, budget overruns, and failed projects. In many software projects, more than 50 percent of development costs are attributed to software testing activities. With testing accounting for such a large...

Tariq King, Ultimate Software
Things That Really Matter in Testing—Today and Tomorrow
Video

After a twenty-year career at Microsoft, Bj Rollison took some time to reflect on the software testing profession. Bj has seen many positive changes in our field through the years. Unfortunately, he also has seen too many of us still mired in trends and topics that make good fodder for...

Bj Rollison
Project Management Tips to Improve Test Planning
Slideshow

When done right, testing is more than test plans, test scripts, and executing tests. In fact a test leader should consider testing a sub-project of the larger development project. By applying the same techniques project managers use to plan and manage the overall project, test leaders can...

Ricki Henry, Clark County Nevada
STARWEST 2015: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes
Video

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers...

Lee Copeland
Using Crowd Testing for a Game Engine
Slideshow

Testing a PC-based game poses interesting challenges. With different OS platforms and many different GPUs, the number of combinations to test grows quickly. The large number of hardware configurations used by the players of EVE Online makes it impossible to test them all. This can lead...

Björgvin Reynisson, CCP Games
I Don’t Want to Talk about Bugs: Let’s Change the Conversation
Video

It’s time to change the conversation about testing and quality―from bugs and poor requirements to products and solutions. Instead, Janet Gregory says testers and managers working in agile organizations need to learn more about the business, the market, and the customers. With that...

Janet Gregory
The Survival Guide for Testers and Test Managers
Video

As we face new technologies, methodologies, and approaches, the roles and responsibilities of testers are evolving. To stay current, the test professional’s skill set must increase. Due to agile, the strict separation of developer and tester roles is fading. Teams, rather than just testers...

Bart Knaack
Leadership for Test Managers and Testers
Slideshow

Many organizations spend a great deal of time and effort acquiring and learning to use the latest techniques and technology, but they make little or no attempt to train or mentor their staff to be better leaders. It is true that technology is important, but test teams without able leaders...

Rick Craig, TechWell Corp.
How We NOW Test Software at Microsoft
Slideshow

In December 2008 when How We Test Software at Microsoft was first published, the software community appreciated the insight into many testing activities and processes popular at Microsoft. Six and a half years later, many companies—including Microsoft—have evolved and changed in a variety...

Alan Page, Microsoft
Giving and Receiving Feedback: A New Imperative
Slideshow

Giving and receiving feedback are tough for everyone. Who wants to criticize others or be criticized? Although managers have a duty to give honest feedback to staff and peers, many people resist change or differ on how to change—leading to interpersonal conflicts and impacting...

Omar Bermudez, agilecafe.org

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