TesTrek Toronto 2012 features compelling keynote presentations to kick-off each day of the symposium. Join fellow attendees each morning to learn insights from recognized thought leaders in the testing industry.

How QA Can Help Deliver Business Agility and Innovation in Today’s World

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Not long ago, the key measure of an IT group’s success was simply on how well it delivered excellence in managing the fundamentals of a data centre. If the systems were running reliably, incidents were managed effectively, finances were in order, and the project portfolio was reasonably healthy, life was good for all.

Times have changed.  A CEOs expectation of his or her IT department has grown significantly. Yesterday’s definition of IT service excellence has become today’s service level agreement table stakes. CEOs want their IT department to show more agility and innovation so as to drive down IT costs, create revenue opportunities and support the business in delivering on its strategic priorities. Quality Assurance plays a key role in helping the CIO deliver on today’s IT mandate. You need to ask yourself what you and your team are doing to face the new IT challenges? If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Learning Points

  1. Insights on current drivers of an IT group’s mandate
  2. Thoughts on what makes an effective Quality Assurance team
  3. How to place Quality Assurance front and centre on the “Project Bus” rather than under it

Agile Meets CMMI… Again

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 8:30 AM - 9:25 AM

In regard to software development methods, our industry continues to debate the relative merits of being lightweight, or “agile” against being more formal or heavyweight, often code for CMMI-oriented organizations.  Both sides can point to the failings of the other, usually with thin evidence to back up their claims.  But, in actual software development practice, there is a vast middle ground that uses a combination of practices that are both recognizably agile and CMMI.

Virtually all real-world projects today demand both the flexibility that characterizes agile methods and elements of the technical and managerial rigor that characterize CMMI.  And this, of course, is what really happens most of the time.  Instead of debating the relative merits of one approach or another, Jim will focus on ways that the best-performing development teams use the entire spectrum between agility and formality.  Features such as planning, training, measurement, role definitions, coaching, design, and testing are crucial for most long-term definitions of “success.”  So, let us acknowledge them as such, talk about how to incorporate the critical elements of each as appropriate, and move forward.

  • Discover that agile and CMMI have a far more intimate historical relationship than most people realize.
  • Learn how agile and CMMI co-exist quite happily in many organizations today.
  • Understand that both agile and CMMI concepts must be embraced in order to meet the business and technology challenges of the future.