STAREAST 2000 - Software Testing Conference


Automation Testing Using Visual Basic

Visual Basic is one of the most popular and widely available programming languages in use today. It can also be the automation program of choice for testing Windows applications. Learn how you can use Visual Basic to enhance a test automation project and reduce cost in the process. Examine first-hand experiences and issues encountered by Data Dimensions testers who have used Visual Basic as a test tool.

Mary Sweeney, Data Dimensions, Inc.
Best Practices in Testing an Enterprise Class E-Commerce Application

With nearly two hundred million people surfing the net worldwide, businesses engaged in e-commerce must use sophisticated testing techniques to guarantee the optimal user experience. If your site crashes, the downtime will cost you more than dollars! Based on Nationwide Insurance systems' best practices, this presentation will cover the entire project lifecycle of testing an enterprise class e-commerce application.

Jennifer Cuenot, Nationwide Insurance Systems
Beyond the Bug Battles

It is too easy to fall into fruitless battles over bugs. In many cases, the dispute really comes down to the fact that customers and developers have different ideas regarding what counts as a defect. Testers, on the other hand, are often stuck in the middle. The solution isn't to decide who's right but to find a way to acknowledge the different perspectives. In this presentation, learn two methods for increasing mutual understanding-helping testers and developers work together to create software of which they can be proud.

Bret Pettichord, Tivoli Systems
Bug Tracking in Chaos

Whether you call them bugs, defects, issues, or Test Incident Reports (TIRs), a tight schedule with unrealistic project goals requires you to record, track, and report on software problems quickly and accurately. Based on experience with projects operating in chaos, Marc Rene presents some real-world examples of how TIR data was collected, tracked, and presented to management for a quick and concise status of a project.

Marc Rene, GTECH Corporation
Cognitive Illusions in Development and Testing

We are all familiar with optical illusions: we see something that turns out to be not as it first appeared. We are subject to self-deception in technical areas as well, which is referred to as cognitive illusions. Drawing upon real-life examples, Dorothy Graham explores some of the ways in which we deceive ourselves and the reasons why we do it.

Dorothy Graham, Grove Consultants

Common Pitfalls of Test Automation (And How to Avoid Them)

Organizations often fall prey to the same common myths and errors when automating their testing efforts. This presentation provides insight into these myths and errors and suggests solutions. Learn the importance of a solid test plan-especially when automating tests. Examine commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) test automation products and guidelines that can assist your organization in its test automation efforts.

Robert Crews, CorTechs, Inc.
Equilibrium in Managing Outsourced Testing

Even organizations with internal QA departments often have to rely on outsourced testing resources for some jobs. The first time you do this, you may make a lot of mistakes as well as learn a great deal. Jeff Jewell relates the lessons learned from his company's first experience in managing a project with contract testers. Learn what you can do to get the most from external testers and ensure that the quality of the product meets your internal expectations.

Jeff Jewell, Navigant International Inc.
Experiences Testing E-Commerce Systems

Developing, implementing, and running e-commerce systems really does require a fresh look at how testing assures product quality, contributes to project success, and maintains a quality product during live running. Based on case studies and real-world experiences, Bob Bartlett explores the different considerations to take into account when testing e-commerce systems and the key techniques that have proven useful.

Bob Bartlett, The SIM Group
Explaining Testing to Anybody

Developers, management, and marketing people are clients of the testing process, but they don't know much about it. This ignorance of testing can often lead to decisions that make it harder for testers to do good work. That is why it is helpful to have rapid ways to explain testing issues. Hear some general "three-minute analogies" and "elevator speeches" that will help you explain why testing can be so time-consuming, difficult, and uncertain.

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.

From Financial Expert to Quality Assurance Engineer

The software testing industry requires QA Engineers to possess strong technical skills and experience. However, what sets one QA Engineer apart from another is extensive domain/product knowledge. This presentation illustrates how one industry expert leveraged its experience to successfully take a project from conception to launch, while adding value to the project team. Learn how to overcome the challenges faced by non-technical individuals in the QA arena and how to gain respect of your technical counterparts.

Aslama Hassam, Fidelity Investments


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