April 2011 Forum

The 29th Test Management Forum will take place on Wednesday 27 April 2011 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement.
The meeting is sponsored by SQS UK, Electromind and Tricentis and is, as usual, FREE to attend.

TIMETABLE
13.30pm Register/Tea/Coffee
14.00pm Introductions
14.15pm Sharath Byregowda and Francis Balfe, SQS,
Zero formal Test Cases – Extreme Exploration Experiences

Mark Crowther, BJSS, Moving from
traditional to agile testing, without tears or lactic acid

Remco Kwinkelenberg, Tricentis, Automation in
Agile Testing

15.30pm Tea/Coffee
16.00pm

Gary Wilson, Qualisystems, Automation. Not
just for testing software...
.

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting, Specification by Example: Does it Scale?

Gordon McKeown, Facilita, Load
Testing. Who? When? Why?

17.15 Drinks Reception

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SESSION ABSTRACTS

Sharath Byregowda and Francis Balfe, SQS, Zero formal Test Cases – Extreme Exploration Experiences
Francis and Sharath shall talk about the way by which our team in an agile environment was able to successfully deliver quality releases for acceptance every sprint without writing or executing a single test case. We shall illustrate the process, techniques, tools, test approach which led to successful deliverables and the plans ahead. We shall talk in detail about the feature files, demos, session based tests, capturing sessions, reporting bugs, observations from the sessions.

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting, Specification by Example: Does it Scale?
In this session, Paul sets out the key principles of SBE and presents a brief demonstration of SBE in action. SBE can clearly work in an Agile context, but does it scale to larger and more complex environments? What are the barriers to SBE? Can it be used tactically? Can non-Agile developers 'live with the pace'?

Remco Kwinkelenberg, Tricentis, Automation in Agile Testing
As Agile testing races up the agenda, Automation of functional testing looks increasingly hard to manage effectively. Teams of individuals made up of people, the majority of whom, have little experience in Test, let alone Automation are going to be confronted by old problems that are only going to be enhanced in the new dynamic environment. However modern approaches to Automation can bridge this gap, providing the kind of clarity and speed that will be required within the tight sprint timescales the Agile approach demands. TRICENTIS show how this is possible during this session.

Gary Wilson, Qualisystems, Automation. Not just for testing software....
This session argues that while many organisations have yet to perfect their automation practices, software test automation is relatively well understood, mature and well supported by a growing number of testing tools on the market.

By way of contrast, system test automation (whether it be, for example, a network infrastructure, an embedded system or a consumer electronics device) does not seem to attract the same level of interest and investment in automation yet it offers the same benefits and much more. The difference could be explained by a number of technical issues and challenges facing those looking at system test automation. What are these issues and challenges and how can they be solved? What does an organisation need when facing the new frontier, "Systems Test Automation", and what lessons can they learn from the software testing world?

Mark Crowther, BJSS, "Moving from traditional to agile testing, without tears or lactic acid"
Many test teams have already made the move to a more agile centric testing approach. While it can often be clear what a team doing or not doing agile testing looks like - how a team looks when making the transition can often be very unclear. A common concern is what a test team does day to day if they 'go agile' and how that varies from what they do in a more traditional testing environment. There can be concerns going-agile is a way to dumb-down testing and become more development centric, teams can worry about what skills they may need or tools they need to learn about.

In this session Mark will share ideas, techniques and lessons learned from helping teams make the transition from a traditional testing approach to a more agile one. He'll discuss what can be done so the team take on change in a way that's manageable and doesn't unsettle the business, blending in agile test approaches to current practice so they are seamlessly adopted, phasing out traditional practices where it makes sense to do and progressively becoming more integrated with other teams.

Gordon McKeown, Facilita, "Load Testing. Who? When? Why?"
This session will examine current load testing practice. Who is conducting it? When does testing take place within the system development and deployment lifecycle? What are organisations trying to achieve? We will try to identify good practice (patterns) and bad practice (anti-patterns) so we can fit approaches that work to the complex and often contradictory requirements of real organisations.

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