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Mike Duskis

10-4 Systems

Mike Duskis got his start as a programmer, hacking video games as a child in the ‘80s. Immediately after high school, Mike sold his first custom-built business software product and launched a play-by-mail gaming company. He went on to gain a broad and deep appreciation of the software development process by playing nearly every conceivable role on projects ranging from children's entertainment to safety-critical medical devices. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Mike currently plays the QA manager role for 10–4 Systems, the world's first marketplace for capacity to move freight.

Speaker Presentations
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1:45pm
Test Management
The Role of Testing: Quality Police or Quality Communicator?

An underwear advertisement in 1985 featured the dedicated and thorough Inspector 12 saying, “They don't say Hanes until I say they say Hanes.” Historically, software testers have been called on to perform a similar role―preventing defective products from reaching customers. However, software development is not underwear manufacturing. The specifications are less clear and the acceptance criteria more complex. Why then do organizations continue to place acceptance decisions in the hands of testers? Because they lack the information required to make a sound decision. Mike Duskis presents one way out of this mess―empower the organization to make acceptance decisions with confidence. This requires a move away from producing binary pass/fail test results toward gathering, organizing, and providing the information which the business needs to assess product risk and quality. Learn strategies and techniques you can use to stop playing the inspector role and begin to position yourself as a provider of critical information.