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TD Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers
Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
Tue, 06/04/2013 - 8:30am

To be most effective, test managers must develop and use metrics to help direct the testing effort and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important testing activity is to “measure” the quality of the software, test managers must measure the results of both the development and testing processes. Collecting, analyzing, and using metrics is complicated because many developers and testers are concerned that the metrics will be used against them.

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TE Design for Testability: A Tutorial for Devs and Testers
Peter Zimmerer, Siemens AG
Tue, 06/04/2013 - 8:30am

Testability is the degree to which a system can be effectively and efficiently tested. This key software attribute indicates whether testing (and subsequent maintenance) will be easy and cheap—or difficult and expensive. In the worst case, a lack of testability means that some components of the system cannot be tested at all. Testability is not free; it must be explicitly designed into the system through adequate design for testability.

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TN SOLD OUT! Security Testing for Test Professionals
Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Tue, 06/04/2013 - 1:00pm

Your organization is doing well with functional, usability, and performance testing. However, you know that software security is a key part of software assurance and compliance strategy for protecting applications and critical data. Left undiscovered, security-related defects can wreak havoc in a system when malicious invaders attack. If you don’t know where to start with security testing and don’t know what you are—or should be—looking for, this tutorial is for you.

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Pre-Conference Training

Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level (3-day)
Dale Perry, Software Quality Engineering
Sun, 06/02/2013 - 8:30am

Are you looking for an internationally recognized certification in software testing? Delivered by top experts in the testing industry, Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level is an accredited training course to prepare you for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level exam. ISTQB® is the only internationally accepted certification for software testing, accredited through its network of national boards. The ISTQB®, a non-proprietary organization, has granted more than 200,000 certifications in more than 70 countries around the world.

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Concurrent Sessions

BW7 Testing Cloud-Based Applications: What’s Different, What’s the Same
Bindu Laxminarayan, Rackspace
Wed, 06/05/2013 - 2:15pm

Cloud platforms are being rapidly adopted because of their beneficial properties including scalability, multi-tenancy, and self-managed functionality. As a result, more and more organizations are moving applications and services from traditional hosting to the cloud. This change in platform architecture introduces new challenges for testing—data integrity, authentication, and authorization. After presenting an overview of cloud architecture, Bindu Laxminarayan discusses how testing traditional applications differs from testing applications hosted on private, public, and hybrid clouds.

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AW4 Agile Testing: It’s a Team Sport
Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan, LeanDog
Wed, 06/05/2013 - 10:15am

Who is responsible for testing on agile teams? The answer is “Everybody”—and yet this is rarely the case. Often the testers write their test cases in isolation and execute them after development is finished. Developers write their code without talking to the testers except to understand how to reproduce the latest discovered defect. Product owners elaborate requirements in isolation and then hand them off to the team only to check back at the end of the sprint. Business analysts spend their time working on documents that have questionable usefulness.

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BT1 The Four Dimensions of Performance Improvement
Marisa Müller, Micro to Mainframe (Pty) Ltd.
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 10:15am

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a team dealt with unrealistic deadlines, impossible stakeholders, and demotivated testers, who had  no time to do things smarter and faster, just hammering away on the project “hamster wheel.” Then one day, as if heaven sent, a magical, but systematic approach to performance improvement, solving performance problems, and enhancing testing service delivery arrived in the form of the Four Dimensional Performance Improvement model. Marisa Müller describes this model that recognizes that performance relies on more than just people.

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BT11 Building Quality In
Dawn Haynes, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 3:45pm

Have you ever delivered software to testing only to receive unexpected feedback regarding quality issues of interoperability, reliability, usability, or testability? Or worse, delivered to customers a product that fully met its specifications but generated complaints and calls for urgent fixes? Substantial time and effort can be saved by understanding—before coding begins—the important quality factors a software system must have. Join Dawn Haynes to explore quick and effective ideas for defining quality factors for your software.

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BT8 How to Survive the Coming Test Automation Zombie Apocalypse
Dale Emery, DHE
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 2:15pm

Test automation is software development. To automate tests well, you have to have brains. Unfortunately, the very brains that make you good at your job also make you highly attractive to zombies. Like all zombies, test automation zombies are brainless, insatiable, and relentless. Unlike human zombies, test automation zombies can be difficult to recognize. They don’t look like people at all. Some look like org charts. Some look like best practices.

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BT6 Trends in Big Data Testing
Stefano Rizzo, Polarion Software
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 2:15pm

The Big Data has three unique characteristics—Volume, Velocity, and Variety. Today’s big data applications are growing dramatically. We must process data ever more quickly so we can respond to events as they happen, and that data is arriving from an ever wider array of channels, sensors, and formats. Stefano Rizzo explains that the main challenges of testing big data by little agile teams, beside the apparent contradiction, are related to testing individual components vs. testing the big product, traceability, and organizing massive amounts of test data vs.

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