STAREAST 2019 Concurrent Session : Testing through the Ages

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Testing through the Ages

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How long have you been in software testing? What was testing like when you first started? How did the discipline of software testing get to where it is today, and where is it headed in the future? Dot Graham takes a look back at software testing, from a personal perspective as well as a general view. She shares what she has learned from her experiences over the years and gives lessons for today. Dot started her working life by being put into a test group, where she wrote test execution and comparison programs (they weren’t called “tools” back then). In her more than forty years as a developer and then a testing specialist, she has seen many changes and has been in at the start of many initiatives to help promote the discipline of software testing (including being at the first STAR conference in 1992). Dot will share her experiences and insights into how testing became what it is today. Some things have changed dramatically over the past several decades, but interestingly, some things have not changed at all. What might the future bring for software testing?

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant

In software testing for more than forty years, Dorothy Graham is coauthor of four books—Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, and Experiences of Test Automation—and is currently working with Seretta Gamba on a test automation patterns wiki. A popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide, Dot has attended STAR conferences since the first one in 1992. She was a founding member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. Dot was awarded the European Excellence Award in Software Testing in 1999 and the first ISTQB Excellence Award in 2012. Learn more about Dot at