October 2010

The 27th Test Management Forum took place on Wednesday 27 October 2010 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement.
The meeting was sponsored by our patrons: SQS UK and Original Software and was, as usual, FREE to attend.

Links to downloadable files can be found at the bottom of this post

Session Abstracts

Ian Parker, Facilita: “The many sledge-hammer approach to load testing”
Sometimes the only or least-cost method of load testing is by automating the client User Interface and running many client instances instead of the more usual API or Network interface approach. This topic will discuss the pros and cons of this approach based on experience with real world projects.

Gojko Adzic, Neuri Limited: "Continuous Validation, Living Documentation and other tales from the dark side"
Agile testing practitioners have traditionally been very guilty of using technical terms to confuse both themselves and everyone else who tries to implement these practices. Join Gojko Adzic for an interactive session on what we can do about this. Gojko will present the results of similar recent discussions at the UK agile testing user group meeting, the Agile Alliance Functional Testing Tools group and Agile 2010 conference. Then we will talk about what we can do about the agile testing terminology to help business users and developers get more engaged.

Gojko's Prezi presentation can be found here

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting: "Re-Thinking Test Design: Requirements, Acceptance and Regression"
Are requirements a "point of departure" or a "continuously available, dynamic vision of the destination?" Is it possible to increase confidence in requirements and the solutions they describe? In this session, Paul sets out a vision for achieving Tested Trusted Requirements, Improved Business Acceptance and Intelligent Regression Testing and illustrates a refined test process with examples from the Testela Business tool.

Jonathan Pearson, Original Software: “Jump Start Your Manual to Automation Strategy”
Since the first automation tools appeared on the horizon over 20 years ago, software test automation has been heralded as one of the saviours of IT development teams. Yet even in today's world of pervasive automation, manual testing is still a vital part of the software testing process 80% of testing is still carried out manually due to the failure of automated testing processes. This session will explore what determines the short and long term success of test automation, what to automate and what to leave as manual and how you can jump to automation in a seamless and painless manner.

Jump Start Your Automation Strategy
Here's another interesting paper: Manual testing is Here to Stay

Nigel Rayner, SQS: "Performance Issues - Reducing the Pinball Effect"
It can be immensely frustrating to watch performance issues being batted around a dozen support teams, all of whom deny culpability. The skills of the performance tester can make a big difference in reducing these costly project delays (and preserving their own sanity). In this session Nigel Rayner will discuss various means of empowering a performance tester with the techniques needed to quickly pinpoint the right resolution team, with enough detail to make the issue stick.

Mike Bartley, TVS: "The testing challenges associated with distributed processing"
Distributed processing is already widespread but is set to increase with more processors on the underlying hardware. This raises significant challenges for the SW tester: the complexity of the code that we test increases dramatically and the metrics that we used to judge completion are no longer sufficient.
Mike's presentationc can be found here

In this session Mike will first outline the main differences in distributed software. He will then facilitate a discussion on the implications for SW testing, the main challenges that we will face and how we can potentially overcome them.
By the end we should all have an improved understanding of the testing challenges associated with distributed processing.

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