TesTrek 2012: News on Today’s Challenges Track

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4 Week Countdown to TesTrek 2012!

With just 4 weeks until TesTrek 2012, the time is now to get prepared!

Have you registered you and your team yet? Register now and take advantage of group discounts and exclusive savings for QAI chapter members and certified professionals!

Have you booked your hotel stay yet at the Delta Chelsea in Downtown Toronto? Book your rooms online in advance of October 14 to make sure you are able to receive the special TesTrek room rate of $139.00 CAD plus HST per night!

Have you planned which speakers or sessions to attend? View the complete program, search by speaker, or select a symposium track: Today’s Challenges, Emerging Trends, or Testing Practices.

Are you ready to network and connect? Connect TesTrek attendees and get the latest updates during the conference by following TesTrek on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

See you in Toronto!

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“Today’s Challenges” Track Highlights Test Estimation and Measurement

What do test estimates and measurement have in common? Everyone wants them, but it’s a challenge to develop reliable and accurate numbers. Join Bruce, Bob, and Shaun as they take on the challenge with proven estimation and measurement approaches.

Featured Workshop:

“Model Based Effort Estimation for Software Testing”
Presented by Bruce Benton, NovusWorks

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. Read more.

Featured Presentation:

“The Yin and Yang of Metrics”
Presented by Bob Galen and Shaun Bradshaw, Zenergy Technologies

In this presentation, QA and testing experts Shaun Bradshaw and Bob Galen 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 while his sparring partner, Bob will approach metrics from an agile perspective.

Join Shaun and Bob 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. Read more.

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Tackle Test Automation Challenges at TesTrek 2012

TesTrek 2012 tackles technical challenges facing testers with a full two-day symposium track on Today’s Challenges. Focused sessions on TeamsProcessLeanEstimation,Measurement, and Automation connect you with experts and colleagues to learn proven practices. Browse all sessions in the Today’s Challenges track.

Featured Sessions: Test Automation

“Defining the Value of GUI Test Automation” discusses how to help a test automation team learn to understand what stakeholders really want, thus helping to define their real mission. Learn to correctly define test automation priorities and explore different metrics to report the value of test automation in different types of organizations. Read more.

“Effectively Implementing Test Automation: Performing an Internal Assessment” is an interactive workshop that guides you through a software test automation assessment process. Explore critical test organization assessment areas, learn key discovery questions, and develop a realistic roadmap for software test automation success. Read more.

“Meta Data Based Test Automation” introduces a new and innovative functional test automation framework based on a meta-data approach to assist in creating automation scripts quickly with high accuracy. Learn how to apply this framework to various enterprise applications testing needs, and get pointers for implementation. Read more.