Discussion Forums

Building Testing Practice Building a New Software Testing Practice
Karen Johnson, Software Test Management, Inc.
Friday, May 4
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Perhaps you have a very limited budget or you might not have any funding at all. You might not have a staff and in fact, you might be the only and the first software tester in your company. With no previous path to follow, no process in place and possibly minimal internal support or understanding of what a software tester does – you face the challenge of building a software testing practice within your organization. On the one hand, you have a fresh start and no baggage but on the other hand you have minimal support, no momentum and a long road ahead of you to develop the team, the process and the practice you visualize. Where do you start? Karen Johnson facilitates the discussion of building a software testing practice; a situation she has been through several times herself. Come and join a lively discussion of the ins and outs of building from the beginning.

Learn how to:

  • Find tools and recruit resources with no funding
  • Build internal understanding and support for software testing as a practice
  • Start process where no process has existed
Karen Johnson, Software Test Management, Inc.

Enterprise Testing Size Matters When Testing in a Large Organization
Beverly Edwards, Allstate
Friday, May 4
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Every IT organization is different and unique, as is every testing organization. One component that contributes to an organization’s uniqueness is its size. Testing in large-sized IT shops presents challenges, opportunities, successes, and pitfalls that many of us have already experienced. They may be related to team structure, communication, methodology, staffing, how fast or slow you can get things accomplished, and much, much more. In this forum, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, connect with colleagues to expand your network, and leverage best practices related to testing in a large IT shop. Join Beverly and a group of your colleagues for a lively discussion and productive debate on “living large” in your IT shop.

Beverly Edwards, Allstate

Regulated Testing FDA is a Three Letter Word: Testing in a Regulated Environment
Denise Flueckiger, Abbott
Friday, May 4
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Many organizations say they have a defined SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) that they follow for projects, but would it pass an audit by a regulatory agency? Testing in a regulated environment presents challenges that other industries do not have. These challenges may be related to documentation, testing, or testing environments. In this forum, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, connect with colleagues to expand your network, and leverage other companies’ knowledge of testing in a regulated environment. Join Denise and a group of your colleagues for a lively discussion and productive debate on testing in a regulated environment.

Denise Flueckiger, Abbott