In an ideal world, each project would have time to execute all test cases for all combinations of logic and devices. In reality, there is rarely enough time or resources to do this. We need to be proactive in determining what we test in order to maximize the value of our testing. Risk based testing is an approach that maximizes the likelihood of identifying important defects and minimizes the risk of unpleasant surprises. Managing testing risk requires continuously analyzing the health of projects, and their deliverables, and addressing the identified risks. Learn the guidelines for adopting risk based testing, identifying the best use of available resources, and updating testing plans to reflect and mitigate current risks throughout the project lifecycle and even before a project starts. Join Carolyn to discover how her team delivers applications with no unexpected defects being found in production.


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.