test methodologies

Conference Presentations

Get Real! Creating Realistic, Actionable Project Schedules

The preparation of a realistic, practical project schedule is an essential management function for obtaining stakeholder commitment, setting expectations, and communicating within the team and organization what is achievable. Doing this preparation well is another challenge-one that must be conquered. Rex Black helps participants see the bigger project scheduling picture by focusing on issues such as constituent tasks, the underlying dependencies between them, and the risks attached to the completion of those tasks.

Rex Black, Rex Black Consulting Services, Inc.
Did Your Tests Pass or Fail? Answering with Automation

Automated tests using self-verifying data (SVD) can help determine if your query-type tests have the right information or if they are showing you the expected views. In this presentation, Noel Nyman provides a brief overview of an SVD testing method followed by a demonstration of automation techniques that allow you to run random tests on SVDs with millions of records or entries. Using applications such as Microsoft Office, learn how to adapt the techniques taught in this presentation to many different types of applications using most of the common automation tools.

Noel Nyman, Microsoft
A Rigorous and Highly Effective Approach to Website Load Testing

In this presentation, you will learn how to leverage the power of modern load testing tools to avoid misleading conclusions, and obtain accurate and reliable results by
applying a proven, rigorous, and methodical approach to the three phases of website load testing: planning, execution, and analysis.

Alberto Savoia, Keynote Systems
Requirements-Driven Automated Testing

Studies have shown that over fifty percent of software defects are attributed to poorly defined requirements. From a process improvement perspective, it is imperative that project managers establish a more effective and efficient way of defining and tracking business requirements. Jeff Tatelman describes a "how to" approach for developing a practical automated regression testing process using a traceability matrix and business event scenarios. Learn how requirements-based testing-coupled with a data-driven approach to test automation-can solve problems that plague most software development projects.

Jeff Tatelman, Spherion Technology Architects
Implementing an Automated Regression Test Suite

Many efforts to automate regression testing have failed or not met expectations-resulting in "shelfware." Lloyd Roden presents a real-world case study based on the success of implementing a regression test tool within a software company. Learn the steps taken in evaluating and deploying the tool. Discover the key benefits and successes achieved over a three-year period as well as the challenges faced while using the tool.

Lloyd Roden, Grove Consultants
Internationalizing Your QA Process

The main topics of this presentation are: Understanding G11N, I18N and L10N; Planning for a Global QA Process; Overcoming Language-Specific Testing; and Selecting the Proper Tools.

Benson Margulies and Tom Lee, Basis Technology
The Role of Information in Risk-Based Testing

With risk-based testing, you identify risks and then run tests to gather more information about them. Formal risk analysis is often necessary for identifying and assessing risks with new domains or technologies. A common problem, however, is how to assess risks when you have little information. Learn how to use testing to identify risks, reach team agreement on risk magnitude, and identify actions which allow these risks to be understood and mitigated.

Bret Pettichord, Satsfice

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