To ensure that estimated effort and time to prepare for and execute testing are realistic, we need to support our estimates with facts, assumptions, an accurate understanding of necessary activities and constraints, historical experience, options and related risks. This enables us to understand the scope and amount of testing to be performed to deliver expected results within tolerable risks. In her presentation, Carolyn will describe an effective approach for developing realistic accurate estimates based on project type, size, scope, complexity, process, and experience on similar projects. She will cover identifying and capturing appropriate metrics during projects, and how to use these to support reaching agreement with project managers and stakeholders on the time and resources needed to do effective testing on future projects. Carolyn will also illustrate an estimating tool to help you capture estimates, track project changes that affect estimates, compare the accuracy of estimates with actual results, and adjust future estimates based on history.


Carolyn Swadron, CIBC

Carolyn Swadron is Senior Manager, Quality Assurance & Quality Control for the Internet & Mobile Project Delivery group at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. There, she leads a team of professionals who certify online and mobile banking applications and updates on a wide variety of devices. Carolyn holds a certification from the Canadian Information Processing Society, is an Information Systems Professional, an Information Technology Certified Professional and an International Professional Practice Partnership Professional. She has an Honours BSc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Toronto. Carolyn is an active member of CIBC’s QA Council and Discipline Leaders Council and has a strong commitment to continuing education and training. Her experience includes people change management, quality assurance, process reengineering, project management, development support, methodologies and standards, CMM, application development, and teaching ecommerce at the college level.