Speaker: Peter Varhol, Seapine Software

Peter Varhol is a technology manager and writer with extensive knowledge and experience in computer software and managing computer products. As a technology product manager, Peter has led the market-driven development strategy of several tools for professional developers. As a technology writer, editor, and manager, he has investigated and written hundreds of articles on advances in the internet and Web, software development, embedded systems, operating systems, networking, and other technical software and hardware. As a college professor and industry speaker, he has explained and demonstrated fundamentals and advanced techniques in computing and information systems. Peter is currently Software Quality Evangelist for Seapine Software.

Moneyball and the Science of Building Great Testing Teams

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

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Moneyball is about baseball.  But it’s also about breaking down accepted preconceptions and finding new ways to look at individual skills and how they mesh as a team.  Sometimes the characteristics that we believe a team needs aren’t all that important in assessing and improving quality.  It’s also about people deceiving themselves, believing something to be true because they think they experienced it.  In fact, some of a team’s accepted practices may have less an impact on quality than we think.  This presentation examines how to use data to tell the right story about our success in shipping high quality applications.  It takes a look at some of our preconceptions about testing and individual skills.  It identifies characteristics necessary to building and running a high-performance testing team.  It applies the Moneyball approach to testing and quality to give teams the best bang for their buck in evaluating their own capabilities and requirements, and delivering the highest quality possible.

  • Understand the dynamic of you team and its impact on improving software quality.
  • Recognize your own preconceptions and biases in evaluating quality
  • Know when to rely on instinct for assessing quality and when to take the time to make a deliberate and informed decision