TesTrek 2012: News on Agile Testing

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ALM and Lean Best Practices from Microsoft and David Consulting Group Experts

New practices require new techniques and tools. Join Adam Gallant of Microsoft and Thomas Cagley of David Consulting Group for in-depth sessions to help your team adapt and thrive in an agile software delivery environment.

Featured TesTrek 2012 Sessions:

“Testing Techniques for Modern Applications”
Presented by Adam Gallant, Microsoft

The past few years as seen a change in IT towards building distributed, cloud-connected applications for broad platform consumption, from mobile devices to traditional PCs, all while striving to adopt agile practices in software delivery. This change brings with it a continuing evolution of techniques that are required to ensure high quality applications.

In this session, we’ll examine methods to drive higher quality in these new applications, from exploratory testing techniques, UI automation, to load/stress testing and lab environments. We’ll also explore how “tours” can support new ways to drive coverage in testing. Read more.

“Lean Techniques for Managing Testing”
Presented by Thomas Cagley, David Consulting Group

Lean techniques used in testing are mechanisms to scale testing processes while optimizing the testing value stream. In today’s corporate environment lean and agile are used almost synonymously but they are not the same. Lean focuses on systems thinking and process optimization while agile is focused on people. Lean concentrates on the workflow through a testing process.

Tools like value chain mapping and kanban can be used to maximize the value of testing while enhancing overall team performance. Combining lean and agile can optimize both the people equation and the process equation. Join Tom to understand how a combination of both techniques applied correctly can benefit your own organization. Read more.

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Agile Meets CMMI at TesTrek 2012

Agile testing is a hot topic at the TesTrek 2012 Software Testing Symposium! Gain the expert insights to power your team forward with a compelling keynoteagile testing sessions, and the special bonus AgileTrek event!

Keynote: “Agile Meets CMMI…Again” Featuring James McHale of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute

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. This compelling keynote presentation 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.”Read more.

About the Speaker

Jim McHale has spent 20 years as a software developer, systems engineer, and project leader on industrial control system. Since 1999, as a senior member of the technical staff at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, he trains and coaches development teams and their organizations. Read more.

Symposium Session Highlights

“Agile Testing Innovations in a Distributed World” tackles the critical factors in transitioning to agile methodologies, and highlights assets on various platforms to aid global delivery in a distributed environment. Take away best practices, an agile test assessment framework, an early defect detection framework, and much more. Read more.

“Testing Agile” discusses the growth states of agile and the need to grow with the methodology so that your organization is using the correct “version” of agile. Read more.

Extend TesTrek with Bonus Agile Forum!

Extend your experience and enhance your learning by attending the AgileTrek Symposium on Friday, November 9. This focused event brings together leading coaches, evangelists, and practitioners to share experiences and proven methods in agile software projects.

Whether you are an agile expert or just beginning your transformation, you’ll find the topics and discussions that matter most to you. AgileTrek’s program covers Transformation, Teams, User Stories, Backlog, Retrospectives, and more. Explore the full program.

This event requires additional registration. Individuals registered for TesTrek 2012 at any admission level save on AgileTrek registration! Read more.