Throughout the history of software testing, the profession has evolved from expectations of validating that the software meets the requirements to ensuring fitness of use. Along the way, testers have been tasked with added expectations of ensuring overall quality, often creating conflict between the amount of work to be done and the time and resources necessary to complete that work. Additionally, with the increased use of agile methodologies, testers are finding this conflict growing. In this presentation Joseph will discuss the challenges our stakeholders have in understanding our craft, as well as some of the negative perceptions of value. Joseph will discuss embracing a newly defined purpose of software testing, where the emphasis is placed on providing information, not just raw data, to stakeholders. This new intent will transform testing into a service minded group whose value is transparent and ultimately empowered by their stakeholders, instead of just tolerated by them.


Joseph Ours, Cohesion

Joseph Ours draws on 15 years of experience providing executive-level leadership while managing high profile initiatives with a demonstrated ability to lead people toward successful delivery. Throughout his diverse career, he has built a solid reputation as a thought leader who exhibits a results-driven business approach and exceptional ability to achieve success. He is a strong leader in business processes with a proven history of providing project and portfolio management of large technology initiatives. Joseph brings both a strategic and tactical thought process to solving IT related issues. He holds bachelor's degrees in electronic engineering technology and technical management in addition to a Master’s of Business Administration.