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.

QUEST 2014 Conference and EXPO Sessions:

Presentation: Redefining the Purpose of Software Testing

Thursday, April 10: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Throughout the history of software testing, the profession has evolved from expectations of just meeting requirements to ensuring fitness of use and overall quality. 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. You will see how this situation is driven by our typical methodology agnostic way of testing and how our history has driven what most believe to be our purpose. Joseph will lead you through a redefinition of that purpose with advice on how to implement a new mindset. You 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.

Presentation: Understanding Test Data Management

Friday, April 11: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Test data management is often a forgotten requirement. That is, until the consequences of mismanaging or failure to manage come home to roost. In today’s world, IT organizations produce and rely on huge volumes of data. As systems become more complex, so do the test cases needed to validate them as well as the test data needed to execute the test cases. In this presentation, you will discuss the test data management lifecycle and real world examples of test data management gone awry in order to better understand the importance of good test data management practices. You will learn common challenges of unmanaged test data and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of various methods of instantiation, management, use, and disuse of test data. It is important to note, that this session will not cover test case management, data element profiling, identification techniques. Rather, it is about data in terms of data sets and what is needed to support a testing effort.