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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 11:15am - 12:15pm

Metrics That Matter

Imagine you’re a test manager starting a new assignment. On the first day of work, you’re presented with a list of metrics you are to report. Soon, you realize that most of the metrics are not really connected to what should be measured. Or, consider the situation where you’re told that there is no value collecting metrics because “we’re agile.” In either situation, what would be your next step be? Join Pablo Garcia as he shares his experience with the dangers of poor metrics. Believing that some metrics can have value in helping testing be effective and efficient, Pablo shares his favorite metrics including a couple of crazy ones―requirements coverage, defect detection percentage, faults in production, and cost per bug. Each is discussed, evaluating what it really measures, when to use it, and how to present it to send the correct message. Take back a toolbox of testing metrics that will make your testing role easier.

Pablo Garcia, Redmind

With nearly twenty years of experience in the IT industry, Pablo Garcia has spent time as a project manager, product manager, head of outsourcing, and agile coach. Pablo has first-hand experience as a tester, test manager, head of QA, and test consultant across a broad range of industries including telecoms, financial, gaming, retail, and broadcasting. In 2011, he formed Redmind, a company specializing in consultancy and training in all aspects of testing, management, and agile.

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