The 37th Test Management Forum will take place on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement.
The meeting is as usual, FREE to attend.
Graham Thomas, Independent Consultant: Software Testing Secrets We Dare Not Tell I firmly believe that “There are some fundamentals of software testing that we really don’t understand or know the answers to yet.” Here are some simple questions. They are very easy to ask. Unfortunately they are very difficult, if not impossible to answer.
These questions are important because they drive at the very heart of what we are doing in the software testing industry today, and understanding the answers will surely prime the future direction that our industry will move in. This session has been designed to be a highly interactive discussion which many people might find challenges their basic understandings. I will act as facilitator, give an introduction to each question, then actively moderate the debate and if needed take on the role of arbiter. Come along, expect to be involved, and if you have a view then please share it. Help to drive forward the discussion – and potentially the software testing industry.
Susan Windsor, Gerrard Consulting, Delivering Business Value not just Software!
There is a lot of discussion in our industry about delivering business value rather than just software, but what does this really mean? How can the role of Business Analyst and Test Analyst work together in support of that goal? What techniques really work in terms of delivering value? We’ll explore all these questions and then I’ll share some ideas on how we can demonstrate that delivered software components relate back to the original project benefits. We’ll then open up a discussion to share ideas and experiences on how we can collaborate together to improve the value we deliver to our business stakeholders.
Michal Janczur, Deutsche Bank: BA and QA Communities of Practice at Deutsche Bank - Working to improve Quality of Requirements
Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting, How Techy Should a Non-Techy Tester Be?
In this session, we'll explore the range of technologies testers are increasingly needing and how non-techies and teams can acquire transferable technical skills to enhance their capabilties (and CVs).
Susan Windsor, Gerrard Consulting, Transitioning to Outsourcing? What’s the impact on your role?
One aspect to consider is where the ownership of requirements sits within a new operating model? Where is the analysis activity actually performed? If the supplier has domain knowledge, is it reasonable for them to undertake analysis and guide development and test activity? If all the analysis is still performed in-house, how can the supplier obtain the level of support required to fully understand requirements? Is there a hybrid solution where ultimate responsibility lies in-house but much of the analysis is performed by the supplier?
During this session, we’ll explore these different models and share experiences of supporting the transition to an external supplier. In addition to these questions, how else is the role of the BA affected by outsourcing? Is there a role to perform as part of the supplier selection? Is it necessary to more fully define your method? Do you need to change your method to align with your new supplier? What about additional skills you may need to support your new role, particularly with respect to management skills?
At the start of this session, we’ll review the types of models and additional skills; prioritise those we’d like to discuss as a group and then open up for discussion on our views; knowledge and experiences.
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