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Monday, April 22, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pre-Con 1: Testing Metrics: Process, Project, and Product
Facts and measures are the foundation of true understanding, but misuse
of metrics is the cause of much confusion. How can we use metrics to
manage testing? What metrics can we use to measure the test process?
What metrics can we use to measure our progress in testing a project?
What do metrics tell us about the quality of the product? In this
workshop, Rex will share some things he’s learned about metrics that you
can put to work right away, and you’ll work on some practical exercises
to develop metrics for your testing. In addition, Rex will walk you
through a case study of an actual testing dashboard in use to manage
very large, high-risk projects at an RBCS client.
Rex Black -
Pre-Con 2: Transitioning to Agile Testing: The Mind of the Agile Tester
The move from traditional tester to agile tester can be Extreme (pun
intended). There are a wide variety of new skills that need to be
acquired. But there are also established techniques that need to be
re-honed or adapted as well. Beyond the specific skills however is a
larger and more fundamental change—as the very mind of the agile tester
Bob Galen -
President & Principal Consultant, RGCG, LLC
Pre-Con 3: Performance Testing Bootcamp: Planning and Conducting Tests That Yield Actionable Results
Generating results that can be acted on to remediate performance bottlenecks takes much more than just mastering a load testing tool and running tests that simulate hundreds of users. While of course defining the objectives and the test requirements is the critical starting point, we’ve found that it helps knowing what the results we’re seeking should look like. Having key graphs in mind that depict scalability, capacity, throughput and bottlenecks helps us design effective tests and capture the relevant metrics.
Dan Downing -
Principal Consultant, Mentora Group
Eric Proegler -
Senior Performance Engineer, Mentora Group, Inc
Pre-Con 4: Qualitative Methods for Test Design
Many bugs are quite simple and we can find them using relatively simple
techniques. For example, in the black box world, the most common family
of techniques is "domain testing" (boundary and equivalence class
analysis for one or a few variables). In the glass box world, the most
common techniques help us achieve high levels of structural or data
coverage. Techniques like these are blind to deeper bugs, failures that
surface when you work the application harder. These include failures
that involve timing or intermittent memory corruption (to hunt these, we
use high-volume techniques) and design weaknesses that frustrate the
experienced user who is trying to complete an appropriate but
Cem Kaner -
Professor of Software Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology