EuroSTARonline, The Software Testing Summit


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Don't miss the software testing virtual event of the year!!!

Join us on September 17th for what promises to be another unmissable event brought to you by the EuroSTAR Software Testing Community. The EuroSTARonline Software Testing Summit is your chance to catch a glimpse of what to expect at this year's conference in November.

The programme features four fantastic presentations & live audience questions with prominent testing figures including Anna Hoff, EuroSTAR Conference 2013 keynotes Fiona Charles and Keith Klain, as well as tutorial presenter James Lyndsay. The day will also feature on-demand presentations from Kees Blokland Stuart Reid, Bj Rollison Makarand Teje & Michael Cooper. There will also be exclusive access to new Case Studies from Bryan Bakker and Seretta Gamba as well as a new eBook by Kees Blokland, Jeroen Mengerink & Martin Pol.

What to expect:

• FREE access to 8 expert sessions
• Participate in Live Q&A with headline speakers
• Discuss the hottest topics with industry experts in moderated discussion boards
• Network with 2000 testing professionals
• Download the latest EuroSTAR Case Studies & eBook
• WIN! A place at the EuroSTAR Conference 2013 and other prizes!

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  • "The Search for Surprises" with James Lyndsay (9:00am)In this talk, James Lyndsay will identify and illustrate approaches that help you to root out the ways that working software misbehaves. We'll put these approaches in context by describing emergent behaviours, strategies and diversity, wicked problems and the temptations of confirmation. Participants with laptops can download and work through some of the exercises. BiographyJames Lyndsay has publicly championed and taught exploratory testing for more than ten years, and has guided exploratory teams towards interesting risks for rather longer. He built the Black Box testing machines, failed to improve the ISEB exam, convened LEWT, and started up the TestLab.
  • "Experiences from 10 years of testing - A couple of interesting cases" with Anna Hoff (11:15am)Over the years of working as a consultant I have had the pleasure of working in many organizations, projects and teams, each with their own challenges and rewards. During my presentation I will share some of my best and worst moments. How to save the situation and how to make it worse. BiographyAnna Hoff has worked as a consultant within the software testing business for more than ten years. She has a history of working with SAST within the Öresund region and received standing ovations for her session "The Supertester" at EuroSTAR 2009 and 2010.
  • "Thinking Strategically About Testing" with Fiona Charles (1:30pm)To test software effectively, you need to have a strategy. That's true whether you are testing a minor feature, an entire application or an integrated suite of applications.A test strategy is the set of big-picture ideas that embody the direction or design of a test effort. It's not a detailed plan. It's the thinking you've done about how to make the best use of time and all the other resources available to you, to find important bugs and provide your stakeholders with information that really matters to them about the software.Most testers are not taught to think strategically about testing. Instead, we're given document templates derived from a standard, and told to go off and populate the sections with tedious and repetitious detail that rarely has much to do with how we're actually going to test the software.It's time to question the common belief that a test strategy has to be a big prose document that's expensive and time-consuming to produce, yet delivers little value to our stakeholders. It's time to start thinking strategically about how to test effectively.In this presentation, Fiona Charles focuses on what's essential in a test strategy and outlines some simple yet powerful techniques to develop it quickly, asking questions that will help you learn to think strategically. Biography Fiona Charles teaches testers project skills "beyond process"- skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. An expert test consultant and manager, she has been in the thick of it through 30+ years of challenging projects across the business spectrum on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout her career, Fiona has advocated, designed, implemented and taught pragmatic and humane practices to deliver software worth having. Fiona's articles appear frequently, and she conducts experiential workshops at international conferences and in-house for clients. She is co-founder/host of the Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, a testing peer conference. She edited The Gift of Time, celebrating Jerry Weinberg's work, and the "Women of Influence" issue of STP Magazine in which she was also featured.
  • The Confidence Game - What is the Mission of Testing? with Keith Klain (3:45pm)It is extremely important that testers understand and adhere to their mission, so why wouldn't the mission of testing be confidence? Shouldn't we want to have confidence in our products? Isn't it a good thing to have confidence in our testing? In this talk, Keith outlines the dangers of making confidence the mission of testing and why we should be skeptical of claims to the contrary. Drawing from personal experience with senior IT and business management and examples from marketing materials, Keith will discuss bias, goal displacement, and why testers should be comfortable in state of uncertainty. BiographyKeith Klain is the head of Barclays Capital Global Test Centre, which provides functional and non-functional testing services to the investment banking and wealth management businesses. With more than fifteen years of multinational experience managing enterprise-wide testing programs, Keith has built and managed global test teams for financial services and IT consulting firms in the US, UK, and Asia Pacific. He also was a software quality management practice director for an international technology consultancy. Keith is a current member of the board of directors for the Association for Software Testing. Visit his blog at
  • "Going Cloudy? How to test SaaS?" with Kees BloklandThe introduction of cloud computing has changed the playing field for testing. Testing needs to evolve and innovate to address the newly introduced risks that come with "going cloudy" with application services. How do we make sure that the continuity of services is guaranteed? In this webinar Kees Blokland introduces new solutions to tackle the new risks that arise with SaaS. How to use innovative combinations of testing techniques to cope with this phenomenonBiographyPrior to joining Polteq ( in 2003 as a test consultant, Kees Blokland worked fourteen years for Lucent Technologies in various test positions, including test department manager. Now, as manager of R&D at Polteq, Kees develops their vision of testing and provides international test consulting. As senior test manager, Kees advises on test management, test improvement, and test outsourcing. He teaches a broad range of test classes, including ISTQB Advanced, TMap, and special topics, like Cloud, SOA, and outsourcing. Kees is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide and one of the authors of the book: “Cloutest® Testing cloud services. The approach: from risk to test measures.”
  •  "Emerging Trends in Testing - Conclusions from the 2013-2014 World Quality Report" with MakarandTeje & Michael CooperHow does your company stack up to the industry in software quality and testing? For instance, did you know that, despite the rapid rise in mobile testing (from 31% in 2012 to 55% in 2013), close to half of respondents this year report that they still lack mobile testing experts...Mark your calendar for a dynamic 30-minute discussion with Capgemini and HP where we'll share results from the World Quality Report. This report is the industry's most comprehensive annual research study focused on insights about the latest trends and best practices in application quality assurance, testing methodologies, tools, and QA processes. The report is based on more than 1,500 telephone interviews with CIOs, CFOs, IT directors and managers and QA directors across 25 countries.During this event you'll hear actionable highlights of the findings on topics including:• Testing in the cloud• Mobility & security testing• Managing Agile distributed testing organizations and testing CoEs• Test automation• Quality metrics• ReportingBiography (Michael Cooper)Michael Cooper, QA and Testing Evangelist, HP Software is a leader in the fields of quality assurance (QA), software testing, and process improvement. In November 2012, Michael joined the HP Software Applications team. Michael brings more than 15 years of hands on and QA and Testing leadership experience top companies including T-Mobile USA, Fair Isaac and Equifax.Biography (Toby Marsden )Toby Marsden is Director of Business Development for the Applications portfolio at HP Software EMEA, responsible for all aspects of Business Development and Sales Strategy for the Application Lifecycle Management solutions. Toby has an extensive background in management, sales and consultancy and delivering solutions from Project Governance and Planning, Business Process Re-Engineering, Business/Application/Data/Technical Architecture, Software Configuration Management and Development, Quality Assurance and Application Service Management over the last 20 years.Toby has helped many customer realize their ambitions to improve agility in their lifecycle process, reduce risk with standardized Quality Management processes and remove imperfections in lifecycle processes to improve efficiency and reduce project costs.Toby is married with 2 children, lives in London and is a fanatical England Rugby supporter.
  • "ISO 29119 - the new set of international standards on software testing" with Stuart ReidIn May 2007 ISO formed a working group to develop new standards on software testing - a new area for ISO - the first three of these standards were published in September 2013. This initiative is closely-supported by IEEE and BSI, both of which have donated existing standards as source documents to the project (these standards will be retired as the new standards are published).There are currently six new software testing standards either published or in development:Concepts and Terminology (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-1)Test Processes (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-2Test Documentation (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-3)Test Techniques (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-4)Keyword-Driven Testing (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-5)Test Assessment (ISO/IEC 33063)This webinar will initially introduce the purpose of standards in general as there are quite a few widely-held misconceptions on standards. Next we will look at why there is a need for internationally-recognized software testing standards, followed by a brief look at how they have been developed. The main part of the webinar will cover what standards are included in ISO 29119, their content, and how they are related. How these standards apply to your work, the current status of each of the standards, and details of how you can get involved, will be explained at the end.ISO 29119 has already been released in draft form for review (and subsequently been updated based on literally thousands of comments) and is already being used within a number of multi-national organizations. These organizations are already seeing the benefits of reusing the well-defined processes and documentation provided by a standard reflecting current industry best practices.BiographyStuart Reid is Chief Technology Officer at Testing Solutions Group. He has 30 years' experience in the IT industry, working in development, testing and education. Application areas range from safety-critical to financial and media. Stuart also supports the worldwide testing community in a number of roles. He is convener of the ISO Software Testing Working Group, which is developing the new ISO 29119 Software Testing set of standards and is the software testing representative at BSI. He chairs the BCS Specialist Group in Software Testing and founded ISTQB to promote software testing qualifications on a global scale.Stuart is a popular speaker at conferences on software testing, and is invited to present keynotes, tutorial and track sessions worldwide. He chaired EuroSTAR 2007, Europe’s largest ever software testing conference with over 1200 attendees, won the European Testing Excellence award in 2001, and regularly writes magazine articles on software testing.
  • "API Testing: The heart of functional testing" with Bj RollisonAn API, or Application Programming Interface, is a collection of functions that provide much of the functional capabilities in complex software systems. Most customers are accustomed to interacting with a graphical user interface on the computer. But, many customers do not realize the much of the functionality of a program comes from APIs in the operating system or program's dynamic-link libraries (DLL). So, if the business logic or core functionality is exposed via an API call then and if we want to find functional bugs sooner than API testing may be an approach that provides additional value in your overall test strategy. Additionally, API testing can start even before the user interface is complete so functional capabilities can be tested while designers are hashing out the "look and feel." API testing will not replace testing through the user interface, but it can augment your test strategy and provide a solid foundation of automated tests that increase your confidence in the functional quality of your product.BiographyBj Rollison is a Principal Test Architect at Microsoft currently working on the Windows Phone team. He is currently driving test automation improvements in the social communications API stack. Bj also teaches courses in software testing and test automation at University of Washington and DuyTan University in Vietnam. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on software testing, co-author of How We Test Software at Microsoft, and contributor to several industry magazines. His blog is When not engaged in software testing, Bj is the captain of the Monarchs ice hockey team and is a defenseman on the team. To clear his mind and relax, Bj is also an avid sailor and gardener. Bj can be reached at
  • Derk-Jan de Grood & Erkki Pöyhönen host moderated discussions on a host of topics including:• Mobile testing is a poor area to focus on as a tester, since Mobile development does not need testers, it needs developers.• When is it not enough to just cover the requirements in you tests?• Certification of testers should contain a large item in which tool knowledge and skills are tested and this item should be renewed on an annual basis in order to make sure certified testers are up to date with the latest tools.• What is my testing context - Business, organisation, technology, industry?
  • "Automated Reliability Testing Using Hardware Interfaces" by Bryan BakkerBryan Bakker tells of automating testing for medical devices, an area with stringent quality requirements and difficulties in accessing the software embedded in devices such as X-ray machines. The case study features many interesting observations about management's changing views toward the automation (e.g., management was surprised when the testers found a lot of new bugs, even though "finding bugs" is what management expected of them).
  • "Automation through the Back Door (by Supporting Manual Testing)" by SerettaGambaI first describe how we started with test automation, which strategies we applied, and then how we solved the progressive stagnation by supporting manual testing. I will follow the same structure here, but I will first introduce the issues that we had to address and then the patterns that we applied or that we should have applied. Note that we used the patterns not knowing that we did.I will briefly explain issues and patterns as we need them, but for more details, you will have to wait for the book!
  • WIN! All attendees who take part in the EuroSTARonline event will be in with a chance of winning one of two free places at this year's EuroSTAR Conference in Gothenburg as well as other great prizes including software testing books & T-shirts!
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