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Test Design


ME Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Mastering Agile Testing SOLD OUT
Nate Oster, CodeSquads, LLC
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 8:30am

On agile teams, testers can struggle to keep pace with development if they continue employing a waterfall-based verification process—finding bugs after development. Nate Oster challenges you to question waterfall assumptions and replace this legacy verification testing with acceptance test-driven development (ATDD). With ATDD, you “test first” by writing executable specifications for a new feature before development begins.

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MP Agile Test Automation: Do It Early and Often SOLD OUT
Janet Gregory, DragonFire, Inc.
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 1:00pm

Agile teams deliver “potentially” shippable software at the end of every iteration—typically, one to four weeks but possibly as often as daily. This goal can't be achieved without comprehensive automated tests, a place where many teams struggle. The challenge of automating functional regression tests even frightens many experienced and competent testers. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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TE A Test Leader’s Guide to Agile
Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 8:30am

Much of the work of moving traditional test teams toward agile methods is focused on the individual tester. Often, the roles of test director, test manager, test team leader, and test-centric project manager are marginalized―but not in this session where we’ll focus on agile testing from the test leader’s perspective.

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K3 An Agile Throwdown: Munich Takes on the Columbus Agile Benchmark Study
Michael Mah, QSM Associates, Inc.
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 8:30am

Agile has not only gone mainstream, it’s gone global. Data on agile team performance, time-to-market, and quality have emerged in the past decade. In 2012, a group of Columbus, Ohio, companies—business, IT, and financial services firms—participated in the first ever “Columbus Agile vs. the World” study. They collected velocity, schedule, effort, staffing, and quality data which were compared against QSM’s Software Lifecycle Management (SLIM) database. Analysis revealed delivery was 31 percent faster with 75 percent fewer defects than industry norms. Enter Munich, Germany.

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K4 Producing Product Developers
David Hussman, DevJam
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:45pm

Many teams and organizations have found agile methods help them produce more. Where critical thinking is alive, a more important question arises: Are we producing the right thing? Even though agile tools and processes have helped produce more, they often fail to help us produce the right product, change our focus to product over process, or improve product learning.

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Concurrent Sessions

BT4 From Good to Great: Combining Session- and Thread-Based Test Management
Michael Albrecht, AddQ Consulting
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:15am

With the increased demand of short iterations, less time for formal testing, and increasingly complex applications, your daily testing habits must change. Session-based test management (SBTM) starts with Exploratory Testing and adds some structure to make it more focused, accountable, and reportable. Thread-based test management (TBTM) organizes Exploratory Testing around threads of activity, rather than test sessions or test artifacts. Michael Albrecht has combined SBTM and TBTM into xBTM™ to take full advantage of both.

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BT6 Service Virtualization: Speed Up Delivery and Improve Quality
Anne Hungate, Independent Consultant
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:45pm

“We could not test this because…” Every technology professional has experienced issues during system testing when unit testing was overlooked or cut short. Every project team has hit roadblocks during system testing when dependent systems or complicated data have been unavailable. Service virtualization is a tool that eliminates the waiting and the excuses, making thorough and complete unit and system testing realistic. Done well, service virtualization improves defect detection and resolution in every phase of a project—driving down cost while improving quality.

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BT8 Spice Up Your Test Plans with Mind Maps
Jeanne Peng, Cisco Video Technologies France
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:45pm

As our systems grow and are composed of numerous new-to-market technologies, testing becomes more complex and difficult. If you feel limited by the traditional ways your team designs tests, you can find out with Jeanne Peng how to animate test design and improve test coverage by using heuristics, mnemonics, and mind maps. Jeanne and her colleagues use these techniques to help them trigger and develop new test ideas, including their in-house Integration Maturity Level and the widely used SFDPOT mnemonic.

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