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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Full-day Tutorials

Testing under Pressure: A Case for Session-Based Test Management NEW Prior Year Content

The nature of exploration, coupled with the ability of testers to rapidly apply their skills and experience, make exploratory testing a widely used test approach—especially when time is short. Unfortunately, exploratory testing is often dismissed by project managers who assume that it is not reproducible, measurable, or accountable. If you have these concerns, you may find a solution in a technique called Session-Based Test Management (SBTM), developed by Jon Bach and his brother James. In SBTM, testers explore an area of a product, framing their testing in time-boxed “sessions” meant to create a meaningful and countable unit of work. In this hands-on tutorial (laptop required), Jon guides you through the mechanics of session-based testing to help you discover if it’s something valuable for your project. Through practical open-ended testing exercises, you may discover some surprising things about how you perform under pressure and can see how your colleagues respond to the same challenges.

Participants are required to bring a laptop computer to this tutorial.


Jon Bach
Jon Bach, eBay, Inc.

With more than eighteen years of software testing experience, Jon Bach has held technical and managerial positions in companies including Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. As director of Live Site Quality for eBay, Jon is dedicated to building “end-to-end” tests (activity flows) in eBay’s core sites to discover important bugs that threaten its core business. He and his brother James created Session-Based Test Management, a method to manage and report exploratory testing. Jon frequently speaks at the STAR conferences and usually can be found wearing a ball cap, hanging out in the conference hallways, encouraging others, and sharing best testing ideas and patterns.

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