Speaker: Shaun Bradshaw, Zenergy Technologies

Shaun Bradshaw has spent the last 12 years helping numerous companies improve their QA and test processes by advising, teaching, and mentoring them on effective testing and test management techniques as well as implementing optimized test metrics. Shaun speaks at many of the major industry conferences and is recognized for his presentations on test metrics, the S-Curve, and the Zero Bug Bounce. Shaun is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.

Implementing QA Processes on Large-Scale Projects

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

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Working on a large, complex projects over a year in duration and made up of over 100 resources, requires special considerations when developing overall QA strategies and test plans. This presentation provides attendees with insights based on a $70 million PeopleSoft implementation with additional components including Business Intelligence Reporting and a Data Integration Hub. Tasked with third party validation through managing the test effort for the project, Shaun Bradshaw acted as QA Architect to provide the test strategy and planning for the implementation vendor’s customization and development efforts. Shaun discusses his real-world experience gained including how to prepare, communicate, and manage the QA effort for such a complex project. He also shares the obstacles and challenges he and his team had to overcome to deliver as smooth an implementation and go-live as possible.

  • Identifying key QA strategic activities on a large, complex project
  • Grasping test planning considerations necessary for component system testing and solution integration testing
  • Leveraging a proven method for efficient test scenario development, execution, and re-use

The Yin and Yang of Metrics

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Metrics are powerful tools, but are often situation dependent. Insightful metrics for a waterfall approach may not be productive in an agile scenario. In this presentation, QA and testing expert Shaun Bradshaw will discuss the value and pitfalls of various metrics in alternate development methodologies. Shaun will take the traditional test manager’s role with a focus on waterfall, and then approach metrics from an agile perspective. Join Shaun for a lively debate and learn how certain metrics work and don’t work in the waterfall versus agile realm, that there are universal metrics that provide value in both methodologies, how metrics evolve with methodologies, and what to keep and what to discard as your organization grows.

  • Appreciate the value of metrics and how to utilize them in alternative development methodologies
  • Understand the differences and similarities between metrics for agile versus traditional waterfall methodologies
  • Be aware of potential metric pitfalls as well as what to track and what not to track