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Understanding the business side of testing is as important as amplifying our approaches and techniques. In this track you will learn how to effectively lead diverse test teams, communicate with stakeholders, and advocate for testing.

Testing is Your Brand. Sell It!

Do you feel misunderstood? Do you feel like what you do isn’t respected by those you work with? Are you afraid for the future of testing at your company? You aren’t alone. Those feelings are common in the testing community. Most people feel that there is nothing they can do to help the situation. This […]

Keynote: The Measures of Quality

Presentation: Measures Of Quality Spring 2015 Customers – internal or external – are the center of the business universe.  They don’t care about “functionality”, “usability”, “integration”, “load”, “vulnerability” or any other terms familiar to testers.  For them, “performance” isn’t a measure of response time; it’s an all-encompassing definition of their experience – good or bad. […]

What They Didn’t Teach You in College About Quality Assurance Testing

Many of the country’s finest educational establishments offer degrees in Computer Science. They offer everything from programming skills to architecture and design. However, they all appear to be missing courses on Testing, Quality Assurance or even Consumer Advocacy. You can graduate as a Software Engineer, but not a Quality Assurance Engineer. I believe this prevailing […]

Implementing Business Context to Test Heuristics Model – Part 2

We live in a world with various business domains. Testers in these domains are called upon to understand the business context, and while the core approach to their testing should be similar to other testers, it is important to understand the industries that are out there. Have you ever wondered how testers in another domain […]

Implementing Business Context to Test Heuristics Model – Part 1

We live in a world with various business domains. Testers in these domains are called upon to understand the business context, and while the core approach to their testing should be similar to other testers, it is important to understand the industries that are out there. Have you ever wondered how testers in another domain […]

Metrics: Tell A Story Not A Number

How are you providing the status of testing to your stakeholders today? Do you feel that they understand the information? Do you agree with what you are providing? Is your organization wrapped tight around test coverage numbers, percent complete, percent pass/fail, or metrics that measure individual productivity? Do you find yourself speaking in code (e.g. […]

The Lenses of Testing

People use lenses of various sorts for a number of purposes. We use magnifying lenses to make distant things seem closer or small things seem bigger so that we can better study them. We use colored or polarized lenses to block certain elements of light to create a 3D effect or protect our eyes from […]

When Cultures Collide – Communicating with a Global Workforce

What do these books have in common – “When Cultures Collide”, “Understanding Cultural Differences”, “Beyond Culture”? Yes, it involves people from different cultures trying to interact with each other and sustain in this new diverse environment we now call our workplace. This session is based on our real life experiences interacting, observing and working with […]