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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Half-day Tutorials

Test Estimation for Managers NEW

Test estimation is one of the most difficult software development activities to do well. The primary reason is that testing is not an independent activity and is often plagued by upstream destabilizing dependencies. Julie Gardiner describes common problems in test estimation, explains how to overcome them, and reveals six powerful ways to estimate test effort. Some estimation techniques are quick but can be challenged easily; others are more detailed and time consuming to use. The estimation methods Julie discusses include FIA (Finger in the Air), Formula or Percentage, Historical, Consensus of Experts, Work Breakdown Structures, and Estimation Models. Through the use of exercises, you will gain experience using these techniques. Julie looks at how we can approach the “set-in-stone deadlines” often presented to us and effectively communicate estimates for testing to senior management. Spreadsheets and utilities will be given out during this session to help testers, test managers, and development managers improve their estimation practices.

Julie Gardiner, The Test People

In the IT industry for more than twenty years, Julie Gardiner has held positions as an analyst programmer, Oracle DBA, and project manager. She has first-hand experience as a test analyst, test team leader, test consultant, and test manager. Previously with UK-based Grove Consultants for seven years, Julie now is head of agile, talent and transition management with The Test People. A certified ScrumMaster and agile coach, Julie also specializes in risk-based testing, agile testing, test management, and people issues.

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