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Insider’s View of a Real-World Project: Innovative Strategies & Solutions for Performance Testing Composite Applications

Composite applications have become one of the most complicated―and unavoidable―project types that testers face. With these applications needing to interface successfully with myriad third-party components and services―sometimes simultaneously―performance testing them adequately and in a sufficient number of scenarios can be a challenge. In this presentation, Terri Chu, Principal Consultant for Orasi Software, Inc.’s Performance Testing […]

What Do Defects Really Cost? More Than You Think

As software increasingly becomes the face of the business, defects can lead to embarrassment, financial loss, and even business failure. Nevertheless, in response to today’s demand for speed and “continuous everything,” the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster. It’s foolhardy to expect that speeding up an already-troubled implementation process will achieve the […]

Leading the Next Generation of Testers

Every parent, coach, counselor, manager, mentor, teacher, or advisor, has experienced the complexity of guiding others in the right direction. If you’ve been one or more of these, then you have likely felt the desire in your heart and your mind to be part of a positive change in someone else’s life. This becomes the […]

Don’t Blink, Don’t Even Blink

Just as in the Whovian universe where the Weeping Angles are posed to destroy if you so much as blink—so it is in QA. Companies spend months or even years training a QA engineer. Only to see them walk out the door. The reasons vary; they perceive a better opportunity, or they don’t feel valued. […]

WORKSHOP: Test Management for Large, Multi-Project Programs

Running a test project can be a challenge. Running a number of test projects as part of a portfolio can be even more challenging. However, most challenging of all can be running a group of projects in which every project needs to merge at a single end point. Geoff Horne considers: How does a program […]

Notes From a Testing Coach

There are books about testing. But they don’t really “teach” testing, they mainly discuss concepts and provide a few examples. Meanwhile, tester certifications are all about poorly understood vocabulary words, most of which are forgotten quickly after the certification exam, rather than the demonstrated ability to test a product. To learn testing there’s no alternative […]

Does Domain Expertise Matter?

Candidate must have 5 years of experience in healthcare. Or, substitute finance, insurance, manufacturing, or what have you for healthcare. You get the picture. Domain expertise is frequently the basis for hiring decisions. Usually, I feel that it is completely unnecessary. In this talk, I’ll describe how I jumped in domains without previous experience and […]

Metrics: The Force Awakens

It is often said, “You cannot improve what you cannot measure.” That statement has led to a proliferation of measure and metrics gather programs throughout history. In software testing, metrics are used frequently to inform stakeholders regarding the quality and/or progress of testing in a project. Many time metrics are presented in visual form in […]