The upcoming STAREAST 2017 – the premier event for software testing and QA professionals – is a good opportunity to reflect on the state of the enterprise testing industry. To gain a better perspective, however, we must first look at some overarching trends governing enterprise IT.
While the digital transformation engine is charging full steam ahead, enterprises whose core competency isn’t software development are constantly being marginalized by leaner, more agile development outfits (e.g. digital banking services being offered by mobile money apps). Consequently, enterprises attempt to cut down on both expenses and time-to-market. The ‘usual suspect’ for lagging on both is – you guessed it – testing.
The testing industry is caught in an ongoing conundrum. On one hand, the demand for continuous delivery is placing test managers in a pivotal role. On the other hand, constant attempts by organizations to cut their losses, along with the growing pains of a nascent test automation technology (and methodology), often result in test managers being made the scapegoats for organizations’ failure to meet change at the right pace.
Here are the three STAREAST 2017 sessions we thought would be most relevant to test managers asserting their position in today’s organizational quicksand. In addition, you might also find our eBook, 5 Tips to Ace Your Functional Test Cycles useful. It provides new methods you can easily apply for better control and accelerated functional testing.
1. Learn How to Accelerate and Standardize Your Functional Testing
Digital transformation is not just about development. Business testing demands a revolution. Join Panaya’s own Don Behrman as he walks through the fundamental requirements of the digital age testing solution. Session details.
2. The Lost Art of Acceptance Testing
Acceptance testing is often thought of as the little brother of system testing and, in many projects, it ends up as a little phase at the end. Having worked in system testing for most of her testing career, Bettina Faldborg found it was a bigger jump than you might think to move to acceptance testing. She had this overwhelming urge to test it ALL. Like most testers, she did not assume that what has been tested before was done well enough, but that is one of the preconditions to accept going into an acceptance test.
Let Bettina be your guide as she shares the lost art of acceptance testing and offers easy to follow advice on how to tackle your next acceptance test. Session details.
3. Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers
To be most effective, test managers must develop and use metrics to help direct the testing effort and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important testing activity is to “measure” the quality of the software, test managers must measure the results of both the development and testing processes. Collecting, analyzing, and using metrics are complicated because many developers and testers are concerned that the metrics will be used against them.
Join Mike Sowers as he addresses common metrics—measures of product quality, defect removal efficiency, defect density, defect arrival rate, and testing status. Learn the guidelines for developing a test measurement program, rules of thumb for collecting data, and ways to avoid “metrics dysfunction.” Mike identifies several metrics paradigms and discusses the pros and cons of each. Session details.
Don’t Be a Stranger at STAREAST 2017
Come to STAREAST 2017 to learn, network and influence the tomorrow of testing. Having your say about the direction our industry is headed is more important now than ever and we at Panaya will be there to listen and act. Visit our booth #21. We can’t wait to meet you and help your organization facilitate change and thrive in the era of digital transformation.