These 1.5-hour sessions offer in-depth discussions and demonstrations on some of the hottest testing practices and tools.

A Practical Approach to User Acceptance Testing

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

What is User Acceptance Testing? Why is it important? And how do you develop a winning UAT strategy? NK will present a practical UAT process that will not only help you engage customers and end users in UAT but will also help you take your test and development process to the next level.   A successful UAT approach consists of strategy, determining what tests to perform, who will perform them and how will they be performed; an entry and exit criteria, when to start and when to stop; and communication and collaboration,  what to report and how.  Learn to lead your testing team through these three phases.  This workshop will also focus on the development and use of a Production Readiness Scorecard as a crucial output of UAT that helps stakeholders determine whether the software is ready to be put into production on not.

  • Develop a better understanding of user acceptance testing
  • Explore how to build a successful strategy for user acceptance testing
  • Learn the use of the Production Readiness Scorecard to determine the effectiveness and quality of your User Acceptance Testing

Effectively Implementing Test Automation: Performing an Internal Assessment

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Your organization has implemented software test automation and is not realizing the value it expected.  Or perhaps, it’s just starting to consider implementation and you wish to be proactive.  The scope and complexities of testing are increasing as new technologies and environments emerge, applications become more advanced, and users become more astute.  Including test automation can improve your testing process but you’re then faced with numerous considerations.  What are the primary objectives of the QA team?  What challenges should be expected?  Is our technical environment ready?  Does our team have the necessary skills?  How will we success?  Utilizing a software test automation assessment will address these questions and assist you in focusing your automation efforts. In this interactive workshop you will be guided through a software test automation assessment process and have the opportunity to assess your own organization.  A documented Software Test Automation Assessment template will be provided to all workshop attendees.

  • Explore critical test organization assessment areas
  • Learn key discovery questions to ask during an assessment process
  • Develop a realistic roadmap to software test automation success

Growing Your Testing CoE

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Building and maintaining a Center of Excellence is hard enough, but growing it is even harder. Once people are settled with standard processes and tools, they are not willing to leave their comfort zone to initiate change. However, stagnation is deadly in today’s IT market. It requires strong leaders with a clear vision to make your Testing CoE “change ready.”  Join Akemi as she shares the lessons and insights gained from her own experience of creating a true testing CoE that is technically savvy, highly motivated, and adaptive to technological changes.  Though this interactive workshop, learn to use the skills, personality traits, and learning styles of QA professionals to initiate change.  Understand the “change enablers” needed to support your CoE. Share your questions and concerns.  And finally, since most IT organizations understand little about QA, develop a vocabulary to articulate the value of the change you are initiating within your organization.

  • Understand what will motivate QA professionals to learn and change
  • Discover key “change enablers” to support your CoE through change
  • Learn how to gain management support for change

Model Based Effort Estimation for Software Testing

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Model Based Effort Estimation leverages the common principals of successful estimation techniques and provides a structured approach to producing estimates which leverage repetitive patterns in work items, within and between projects.  Additionally, this technique maximizes the ability of an organization to review estimates, ensure consistency across estimates, and update estimates over time, consequently, leading to greater accuracy earlier in the project. This workshop will cover an overview of estimation practices and historical adoption, the difference between “reasonable” and “accurate” and which one best fits your organization, and the characteristics of effective estimation techniques and completeness.  Bruce will also discuss unloaded hours vs. loaded hours and why estimates should be done in raw hours.  You will review a summary of common counting techniques that can be used to quantify work scope and customized to a specific project.  Finally, Bruce will lead a discussion of how to recognize repetitive patterns in project work items, within and across projects, and how to leverage these patterns.

  • Discover how to use Model Based Effort Estimation
  • Learn to recognize and leverage repetitive work patterns
  • Realize the power of common counting techniques

Agile Testing Innovations in a Distributed World

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Increased transparency and the need to drive quantitative business outcomes with a “right the first time” expectation  brings a major change to the way we  deliver software services. These are key drivers for the transition to agile methodologies. This transition demands a paradigm shift in testing and necessitates nimble processes to be coupled with right tools and technology.  Barry Boehm’s principle of “using better and fewer people,” is central to an agile process which requires re-skilling the testing organization.  Added to this is the issue of distributed teams, a given in today’s environment. To aid this transition, a best practice,  is to build innovations and deliver testing services with pre-built assets and out of the box solutions.  In this workshop, you will learn first-hand the critical factors in transitioning to agile methodologies. We will also highlight real world experience in agile testing along with assets on various platforms to aid global delivery in a distributed environment.

  • Learn  best practices in delivering agile projects
  • Learn about an  agile test assessment framework to aid  transition to agile testing
  • Explore an early defect detection framework to create testable requirements from user stories
  • Discover accelerators to aid proactive automation of ERP and Web platforms

Harnessing the Power of Exploratory Testing with xBTM

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Exploratory testing provides both flexibility and speed, characteristics that have become increasingly important with the quick pace of short agile iterations.  But, how do you retain traceability in exploratory testing without losing your creativity?  By using a combination of session-based test management and thread-based test management called xBTM.  In session-based test management, exploratory testing is structured and documented in sessions.  However, at times the work environment is too hectic or chaotic and requires the flexibility and freedom that is provided by thread-based test management. xBTM unites the two exploratory techniques to get the full advantage of both, from test planning to test reporting.  In this workshop, you will experience the difference between SBTM and TBTM hands-on and learn how the two methods can be combined for best efficiency.  Using a mock example and aided by multimedia, Christin and Marina will walk you through the xBTM workflow from test planning, through design and execution, to reporting.

  • Learn how to make exploratory testing structured, organized and traceable, without sacrificing the high bug-discovery potential
  • Discover when SBTM and TBTM work and when they don’t
  • Gain knowledge that will enable you to use xBTM in your own organization