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  1. 1. Presented by A Unique CTG FREE Event for SOFTWARE Software Testing TESTING Professionals SEMINAR in Belgium TER ELST 15 October, 2008 Congress Center Edegem
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION I’m pleased to invite you to CTG’s fourth Software Testing Seminar. This one-day seminar is a rare opportunity for Belgian software test professionals to meet and learn from each other. And this event is FREE! The CTG Software Testing Seminar offers a very exciting program with 15 inspiring presentations and workshops to choose from. We expect more than 150 attendees at this event. This is your chance to learn from testing experts who will share their experiences and insights, present software testing trends, and explain cutting-edge solutions. Find answers to your questions about agile testing, web and tester evolution, SOA testing, TPA-Box, and more. Meet test tool vendors and challenge their solutions. This unique event is non-commercial. Knowledge transfer and training are key. Above all, CTG’s Software Testing Seminar will be educational and inspiring. I hope to see you on 15 October 2008! Best regards, Bart Briers Director, Testing Services, CTG Europe AGENDA 9:00 AM Welcome/Coffee and Tea 9:30 AM Introduction Bart Briers 9:35 AM Opening Keynote: The Evolution of Testing Ruud Teunissen (Testing Visionary) 10:15 AM Agile Testing: Test Side Story Data Warehouse Testing Vendor Presentation: IBM Zeger Van Hese Ingeborg Vergauwen 11:00 AM Break/Test Tool Expo 11:30 AM Soft Skills for Test Managers Vendor Presentation: HP Els Van Den Berg and Kris Lenssens 12:15 PM Lunch The Web Evolves, but What About SOA Testing 1:45 PM the Testers? Patrice Willemot Jorge Van der Straten Workshop: Business Process Testing: Bram Geukens 2:45 PM TPA-Box: Test Process Assessments A Bug’s Life Alec Puype Michael Pilaeten 3:30 PM Break/Test Tool Expo Optimizing Testing at the Performance Testing Core Principles Test Environment Organization 4:00 PM Front Line Bert Jagers Tim Taels Arnaud Thiry 4:45 PM Closing Keynote Ruben Lemmens (Ministry of Justice) 5:25 PM Closing Bart Briers 5:30 PM Drinks
  3. 3. PROGRAM SESSION DETAILS Opening Keynote: The Evolution of Testing Ruud Teunissen How has testing evolved during the last decades? In the beginning testing was something new and unknown (‘the pioneer- ing stage’). In the next stage, the current definition of the testing role was developed (‘specialization’), and different models for process improvement testing were created (‘structuring’). The current stage focuses on integration and optimization. I'll describe the characteristics of each stage, and identify the points that are critical for the future of our profession. Agile Testing: Test Side Story Zeger Van Hese As more and more development teams adopt agile practices such as XP and Scrum, software testing teams are being asked to become ‘agile’ as well. But what does that mean? Is agile just the current buzzword, or can agile practices actually change the way software is built and tested? In this talk I’ll point out how traditional testing practices evolved and how agile practices differ from the more tradition- al testing practices. Along the way, I will demonstrate how test teams can be more agile based on my experience work- ing as a tester on agile teams. Data Warehouse Testing Ingeborg Vergauwen Business intelligence reports contain an organization's historical data for management decision systems. The data comes from different operational systems and is extracted, transformed, and loaded into the data warehouse. An ETL process can be quite complicated—but at the end the data must not lose quality. During this presentation I will show you the specific tests that can be executed to verify the data from the source, the operational systems, to the target, and the BI reports. Vendor Presentation: IBM Jerome Granbastien Soft Skills for Test Managers Els Van Den Berg and Kris Lenssens Test professionals must have good soft skills too. We will highlight the soft skills that test managers need to have to be successful, such as communication, coaching, and negotiation. We also will pro- vide you with tips and tricks—and demonstrations—on how to apply these important skills. Vendor Presentation: HP Jerry Saelemakers The Web Evolves, but What About the Testers? Patrice Willemot Approximately 22% of the world’s population uses the Internet. But do they know about the latest Internet evolu- tions? Do they know the meaning of buzzwords like web 2.0, mash-up, social network, AJAX, semantic web, web services, flex, and others? During this presentation you will learn about the new web—and its buzzwords. What can we expect from the new web applications in the future and what is the impact for testing? You will have a chance to experience how and why a tester should complete or expand the old test strategy when the test object is a web application with new technologies. SOA Testing Jorge Van der Straten One of the most-hyped systems in IT today is service-oriented architecture (SOA), an evolution of distributed com- puting. SOAs build applications out of large units of functionality called services. Industry experts say SOAs will soon be the dominant enterprise IT architecture. Why? SOA has the power to transform IT from a bottleneck and cost center into a key source of business flexibility and competitive advantage. But when implemented incorrectly, SOA can disrupt the business. Instead of becoming more agile, the business can become more fragile. Therefore, testing in the SOA world is extremely important. This presentation will describe and illustrate the concept of SOAs, then explain why SOA testing is (not) so differ- ent. It soon becomes clear that all the differences lie within the realms of process (are the traditional testing meth- ods still valid?), people (do we need another skillset and/or test organization?), and tools (can we use the tradition- al test tools, or is there a specific SOA tool set?). Workshop: Business Process Testing Bram Geukens This workshop will focus on business process testing, an HP solution that allows non-technical testers and test automation engineers to collaboratively build automated tests. Non-technical testers with business knowledge typical- ly know very well how to test their system, but do not necessarily have the skills to set up a maintainable automated test suite. On the other hand skilled test automation engineers often have limited business knowledge. Business process testing is a framework where both profiles can work together to come to a well-built automated test suite. The first part of the workshop consists of a presentation on the main functionalities of this product. In the second part of the workshop, the attendees will have time to experiment with the tool including a hands-on exercise.
  4. 4. TPA-Box: Test Process Assessments Based on Experience Alec Puype Too often, software testing turns into an uncontrollable process. It’s not carried out in a structured way, it takes too much time, it involves higher costs than originally planned, and it fails to provide insight into the quality of the system under test and the associated risks. The first step towards improvement is to know both where you are and where you are going. TPA-Box (Test Process Assessments Based on Experience) provides a framework for assessing the test maturity of an organ- ization, based upon a continuous presentation of the standard (staged) TMMi® model (Test Maturity Model—integration). A Bug’s Life Michael Pilaeten As testers, we’ve all encountered numerous bug life cycle models—some fairly basic, some quite exuberant. What if you were given the opportunity to choose your own bug life cycle model? How would you make your choice, and what criteria would you use to select your model? This presentation will assist you in advising, implementing, or creating the ideal bug life cycle model. You’ll encounter the most common bug life cycle models used, and you’ll discover their strengths and weaknesses. Optimizing Testing at the Front Line Bert Jagers When we consider testing, things more or less boil down to one critical aspect: what does my customer or employer want to pay for? But what is exactly ‘that what the customer wants’? And how can we deliver it to them? Is it good product quality, as fast and as cheap as possible? Unit testing is considered to be the best option for improving soft- ware. Yet most companies do not do unit testing. This problem has been identified as the developer testing paradox. To improve productivity, we could reinforce and improve independent system (integration) testing. For independent system testers, there might be several possibili- ties to increase productivity. Should we specialize in specific areas or must we be able to find our way in every area? Maybe we should even infiltrate the development teams? Performance Testing Core Principles Tim Taels Performance testing is a complex activity, and although no performance testing project is exactly the same it’s possible to identify some activities that are part of nearly all project level performance testing efforts. These activities can have differ- ent names or a different focus, but rarely are they not addressed in a successful performance testing project. During this presentation we will discuss the principles behind these common activities, but all topics will be complement- ed with practical examples from real life experiences. Test Environment Organization Arnoud Thiry Managing test data and applications under a test environment that is not structured or controllable can lead to several critical problems—especially when a testing project is quite complex and requires many parallel versions. That's why we worked with a customer to reorganize their current test environment. After implementation, the new environment provides trustworthy results, stability, and maximum availability. During this presentation we will provide a detailed overview of our solution. Closing Keynote Ruben Lemmens (Ministry of Justice) EVENT DETAILS Event Date Wednesday 15 October, 2008 Doors open at 9:00 AM. Location CONGRESHOTEL TER ELST Ter Elststraat 310 (ingang Kattenbroek) 2650 Edegem Tel.: +32 (0)3 450 90 00 Fax: +32 (0)3 450 90 90 For directions and site details, please visit: http://www.terelst.be REGISTRATION: please send an email to anja.ceuls@ctg.com, before 03 October 2008