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Paul Holland

Doran Jones, Inc.

Independent software test consultant and teacher Paul Holland has more than sixteen years of hands-on testing and test management experience, primarily at Alcatel-Lucent where he led a transformation of the testing approach for two product divisions, making them more efficient and effective. As a test manager and tester, Paul focused on exploratory testing, test automation, and improving testing techniques. For the past five years, he has been consulting and delivering training within Alcatel-Lucent and externally to companies such as Intel, Intuit, Progressive Insurance, HP, RIM, and General Dynamics. Paul teaches the Rapid Software Testing course for Satisfice. For more information visit  

Speaker Presentations
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Exploratory Testing Explained SOLD OUT

Exploratory testing is an approach to testing that emphasizes the freedom and responsibility of testers to continually optimize the value of their work. Exploratory testing is the process of three mutually supportive activities—learning, test design, and test execution—done in parallel. With skill and practice, exploratory testers typically uncover an order of magnitude more problems than when the same amount of effort is spent on procedurally-scripted testing. All testers conduct exploratory testing in one way or another, but few know how to do it systematically to obtain the greatest benefits. Even fewer can articulate the process. Paul Holland shares specific heuristics and techniques of exploratory testing that will help you get the most from this highly productive approach. Paul focuses on the skills and dynamics of exploratory testing, and how it can be combined with scripted approaches.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
End-to-End Testing with the Heuristic Software Test Model

You have just been assigned a new testing project. Where do you start? How do you develop a plan and begin testing? How will you report on your progress? Paul Holland shares new test project approaches that enable you to plan, test, and report effectively. Paul demonstrates ideas, based on the Heuristic Software Test Model from Rapid Software Testing, that can be directly applied or adapted to your environment. In this hands-on tutorial, you’ll be given a product to test. Start by creating three raw lists (Product Coverage Outline, Potential Risks, and Test Ideas) that help ensure comprehensive testing. Use these lists to create an initial set of test charters. We employ “advanced” test management tools (Excel and whiteboards with Sticky Notes) to create useful test reports without using “bad metrics” (counts of pass/fail test cases, % of test cases executed vs. plan). Look forward to your next testing project with these new ideas and your improved planning, testing, and reporting skills.