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STARWEST 2008 Bonus Sessions

Bonus Session for Tuesday, September 30 — 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
Speaking 101: Tips and Tricks
Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
 
 
  Lee has more than thirty-five years of experience as a consultant, instructor, author, and information systems professional. He has held a number of technical and managerial positions with commercial and non-profit organizations in the areas of applications development, software testing, and software development process improvement. Lee frequently speaks at software conferences both in the US and internationally and currently serves as Program Chair for the Better Software Conference & EXPO, the STAR testing conferences, and Software Quality Engineering’s new Agile Development Practices conference. Lee is the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design, a compendium of the most effective methods of test case design.  Lee Copeland
 
Presentation Overview
Are you a new STAR speaker or aspiring to be one in the future? Join us at this workshop on making effective conference presentations. Learn the secrets of developing content, identifying the Big Message, preparing slides with just the right words and images, presenting your message, handling questions from the audience, and being ready when things go wrong. Lee Copeland, a professional speaker since birth, shares ideas that will help you be a better speaker, no matter what the occasion.

DOUBLE SESSION- Bonus Session for Thursday, October 2 — 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Testing Dialogues: Management Issues
Group Discussion Facilitated by
Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com, Inc.
Jon Bach, Quardev, Inc.
 
 
  Rob has more than twenty-five years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Rob is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University.  Rob Sabourin
 
Jon is senior consultant and manager for corporate intellect at Quardev, Inc., a Seattle outsource test lab where he manages testing projects ranging from a few days to several months using Rapid Testing techniques. In 2000, Jon and his brother James invented the “Session-Based Test Management” technique for managing and measuring exploratory testing. In his thirteen years of testing, Jon has been a test contractor, full-time test manager, and consultant for companies such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. He has written articles for both Better Software and IEEE Computer magazines. Jon Bach 
 
Presentation Overview
In your role as a test manager, where are you struggling? Would you like advice from your peers and testing experts regarding your current challenges? Testing Dialogues is a unique opportunity for you to learn from others and to share your challenges, ideas, and solutions. Facilitated by Rob Sabourin and Jon Bach, two noted testing professionals, this double-track session focuses on the issues test managers face every day. You’ll shape the discussion by identifying topics of interest, joining with others to discuss these topics, and sharing and learning. Take this opportunity to structure your own conference session dealing with your real-life issues.

Bonus Session for Thursday, October 2 — 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 
Current State of the Practice of Software Testing
Panel Discussion Facilitated by
Ross Collard
 

Ross has helped clients avoid literally billions in costs, reduce time to market (sometimes radically), and significantly improve quality. Ross practice’s Collard's first law of consulting: make your client look like a hero, or at least sleep better at night. He strives to improve clients' ability to meet their goals, both personal and professional. Clients have included leading firms in several fields, for example: ADP, Alcatel, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bell Labs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, EDS, Exxon, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Hughes Aircraft, IBM, Intel, Intuit, JP Morgan Chase, Merck, Microsoft, Motorola, Nortel, Novartis, Novell, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Qualcom, SIAC, Siemens, State Farm and Verizon. Government clients have included the CIA, NASA, Federal Reserve Bank, Social Security Administration, State of California and the U.S. Air Force.  Ross Collard
 
Presentation Overview
There's a great deal of buzz about the future of software testing and quality. It is natural to speculate about innovations, trends and blind alleys—realistically, what works and what does not. Before we can understand where we are likely to be going or where we want to be, it helps to have a realistic sense of where we are today. This facilitated bonus session will be a hearty and illuminating exchange of ideas.

POST-CONFERENCE- Bonus Session for Friday, October 3, 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m
   
Getting Things Done—Putting the Lessons of STARWEST 2008 to Work
Group Discussion Facilitated by
Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com, Inc.
 
 
  Rob has more than twenty-five years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Rob is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University.  Rob Sabourin
Presentation Overview
With so many presentations and so much to offer, STARWEST 2008 is committed to helping you put new information and techniques into practice. Stay after the conference concludes for a facilitated workshop with Rob Sabourin to help you integrate ideas and organize a plan of action. Participants’ input will define the issues and agenda topics.
 

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