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STANZ speaker profile: Karen Johnson

If you’re interested in testing you’ll want to hear what testing experts have to say on the subject. At this year’s STANZ (Software Testing Australia New Zealand conference) there will be presentations from four international testing experts. Each week we’ll tell you a little bit more about each of them. This week we’re introducing Karen Johnson.

About Karen:

Karen is a software test consultant. She is based in Chicago but travels to speak at conferences around the world and work with organisations planning test strategy.

She has worked as a software tester or test manager since 1992 after catching the testing bug (pardon the pun) while writing technical guides.

Karen’s testing history is very varied. She has worked with banking, manufacturing and ecommerce software as well as content management systems, medical software and business intelligence initiatives.

As well as teaching and testing Karen is a contributing author to the book Beautiful Testing released by O’Reilly publishers. She has published numerous articles and blog posts about her experiences with software testing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in STANZ 2011, Testing

 

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STANZ speaker profile: Jan Jaap Cannegieter

If you’re interested in testing you’ll want to hear what testing experts have to say on the subject. At this year’s STANZ (Software Testing Australia New Zealand conference) there will be presentations from four international testing experts. Each week we’ll tell you a little bit more about each of them. This week we’re introducing Jan Jaap:

About Jan Jaap

Jan Jaap is an extremely accomplished testing consultant, trainer and commentator. He is interested in testing, quality assurance and requirements. He is from the Netherlands and has worked for local government agencies, Dutch Tax Administration, various ministries, the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Postbank / ING, Rabobank, ABN AMRO, Corus, Central Book house, Swiss Life, Cordares, Achmea MortgageDutch National Railway, KPN, Tele2 and Ziggo.

Jan Jaap is a trainer who delivers courses and workshops in Quality Assurance in ICT and requirements. He has co-authored eight books and written several journal articles. He has spoken at international conferences such as Testnet, ESEPG, SPIder, PROFES, Dutch Testing Day, LaQuSo and Prince 2 User Group.

He is a member of the executive board of SYSQA B.V., an independent organization specialising in requirements, testing, quality assurance and process improvement. Within SYSQA he is responsible for knowledge management, product management and quality management.

Jan Jaap will be delivering a keynote presentation and workshop around the TMMi (Test Maturity Model integrated). He was part of the development group for TMMi level 4 and 5 and co-author of “The Little TMMi”, the first book in English about TMMi, so it’s a topic he knows a lot about.

Test Process Improvement: Testers Get Out of Your Cave!

Only by involving stakeholders outside of test processes will an improvement in the test processes be accomplished. The process areas we as testers can fully control are pretty mature. The process areas where we need other stakeholders like project management and general management are less mature. Consider results of Test Maturity Model (TMMi) Assessments and learn that if we want to make testing more mature, we have to get out of our cave.

TMMi (Test Maturity Model integrated): Valuable Practice with Quick Scans

This is a hands-on interactive session useful to all organisations and test groups. In this session Jan Jaap will demonstrate the Quick Scan tool which allows you to gauge your levels across a number of key areas which in turn allows you to discover where you should focus your efforts. By the end of the session you’ll know how to get the most out of Quick Scans to benefit your organisation.

During the workshop you’ll also have an introduction to the basics of TMMi, the history and structure, a comparison between TMMi and other test process improvement models.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in STANZ 2011

 

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STANZ speaker profile: Goranka Bjedov from Facebook

If you’re interested in testing you’ll want to hear what testing experts have to say on the subject. At this year’s STANZ (Software Testing Australia New Zealand conference) there will be presentations from four international testing experts. Each week we’ll tell you a little bit more about each of them. This week we’re introducing Goranka:

 About Goranka:

Goranka is coming over to Australasia prepared to cause controversy with her keynote speech on The Future of Quality. She will also run a workshop teaching the skills to find and develop skilled testers.

Goranka is interested in performance, capacity and reliability analysis, as well as test planning. She is currently the Capacity Planning Engineer at Facebook but she has also spent five years performance testing at Google and worked for Network Appliance and AT&T Labs so she has lots of real world testing experience. Before becoming a tester she was an Associate Professor at the Purdue University Schools of Engineering so she’s pretty smart too.

Somehow Goranka has also found the time to write papers, presentations and two textbooks. She regularly speaks at conferences around the world and spoke at STANZ in 2007. After that event the feedback was so fantastic that we’ve been trying to get her back ever since and we’re very excited to see what she has to say this year.

The Future of Quality Keynote:

This talk addresses the impact of changes such as Cloud, Open Source and Software Complexity on testing and test professionals. Goranka has spent two years researching this topic and spoken to hundreds of testers about it.

The future can seem scary, with start-ups popping up everywhere working out how to offer the same product or service as you for less money by using Cloud or Open Source to drive down costs. At the same time established companies have extremely complex software systems within which it is almost impossible to isolate single layers and identify what they do. Goranka is going to discuss quality in the context of our changing world and technology. And when we say quality, it might not be what you have traditionally thought of as quality because quality the way you may currently think of it doesn’t count anymore. Find out why.

Testing Skills: How to Find and Develop Skilled Testers:

Anyone who has recruited in the testing space will be familiar with the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics and skills of good software testers?
  • How do you check or interview a person for a testing position?
  • What types of people make bad testers?
  • How do you develop potential, if you do not have an experienced team?

If you work in testing you’ll have no doubt come across other testers with incredibly varied levels of skill and knowledge. It can be a frustrating thing. Goranka will introduce simple methods of checking if someone has a developer or tester mindset. She’ll also give you a list of topics, games and exercises to sharpen the skills of your testing team.

Book your ticket for STANZ, go on, it’s going to be awesome!

In conclusion Goranka is a clever and engaging speaker who will deliver two useful and inspiring presentations. And she is only one part of a packed two-day conference, so go and book your ticket for STANZ.

Still need convincing? (man, tough crowd) Then watch this video of Goranka give a talk about open source tools for performance testing at Google:

Did you watch it? Great speaker, isn’t she? Now book your STANZ ticket. Thanks.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in STANZ 2011

 

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Exploratory Testing is Dead! Long Live Wombat Testing!

During one of my many customer visits last week I was talking to someone who has been a software tester and business analyst for the last six years. We talked about the variety of training courses there are available and the benefits they provide (letting them know that we offer lots of great testing courses at SoftEd of course!).

This customer hasn’t been on any training courses so far in their career but they did attend our STANZ conference in 2008 and it proved to be an informative experience. Without any specific guidance their team at work had come up with their own terminology for what they did, such as “Wombat Testing”. This was the name they gave to the practice of ‘burrowing’ through a system looking for bugs. After attending STANZ they realised that what they did had a ‘proper’ name: Exploratory Testing; and that actually lots of other test teams use it as well and have had great results.

I thought this was interesting for two reasons. Firstly I’ve heard people say ‘I don’t have time for training’ so many times, however when people have been able to go on a course or go to a conference we get an overwhelmingly positive response. This was certainly the case for this particular tester. They were in the middle of a big project when STANZ 2008 was on, and they had to make a case for attending the conference, but because they were successful they not only got to meet other testers with similar war stories but they also acquired new skills to improve their “Wombat Testing”. Secondly I think “Wombat Testing” is a brilliant name – Exploratory Testing is Dead, Long Live Wombat Testing!

(By the way, this is meant to be a story more than a sales pitch but if you do want to know more about STANZ you can visit our website and if you want help making a business case to secure your attendance this year, get in touch with SoftEd!)

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Courses, Testing

 

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SoftEd and Revolution IT partner up!

Last month Software Education and Revolution IT became partners, which means we can offer our customers the same fantastic software testing and business training courses, now run even more frequently in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland and Wellington.

Software Education have been training providers for over 20 years and we pride ourselves on having excellent trainers. Our testing trainers consistently score top marks from our customers for both their knowledge and teaching ability. For more information on our testing courses have a look on our website and get in touch with us to book a place.

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Testing

 

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Rex Black hosts a free webinar this Friday – Testing Metrics

This Friday at 1.30 (New Zealand) or 11.30 (NSW/QLD) Rex Black will be presenting a webinar entitled Testing Metrics: Project, Process and Product. If you use facts and figures to understand your business or your product, you’ll know how useful they can be. The problem is making sure your metrics are correct and useful. In this webinar Rex looks at how we can use metrics for testing, including which metrics we can use to measure the test process, metrics we can use to measure our progress and what metrics tell us about the quality of a product.

Those of you who know Rex will know that he speaks at several conferences and workshops around the world and has written several books on testing. The most popular of his books, “Managing the Testing Process”, has sold over 25,000 copies and has been translated into several languages. He is President and Principal Consultant of RBCS which is a leader in software, hardware and systems testing as well as past president of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and is co-author of the ISTQB Foundation and Advanced Syllabus. Phew! What a long list!

The other thing you might want to know about Rex is where you can do one of his courses. In Australia and New Zealand Software Education are exclusive partners with Rex so we’re the only organisation that run his courses. Drop Paula (NZ) or Bridgette (Aus) from our sales team an email if you’re interested in finding out more information.

This webinar is one of several FREE webinars which Software Education has hosted. We post all of our upcoming and previous webinars on our site. Some of the webinars are run by our partners (like tomorrow’s webinar) and some of them are done independently by us (these happen once every three months). This week Shane Hastie presented a webinar entitled ‘Building and Working With User Stories”. There were around 300 attendees from 14 different countries, including a handful from the U.S. which is even more impressive when you consider that it was about 5 a.m. for them! We have had some great feedback about the session and are really pleased that it has proved useful for people. At Software Education we’re always looking for ways to help our customers and fix their problems so do get in touch if you want to suggest topics or just tell us what you think in general 🙂

If you attend tomorrow hope you enjoy it (I’ll be logging in as well!) and if not then I hope one of our upcoming sessions is of interest. Thanks.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Testing

 

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Government employees eat cake and talk Agile!

Yesterday Nicki Jones and Kim Partridge headed down to the Government Test Professionals Forum at Te Papa to tell all of the attendees about the fantastic courses and conferences coming up at Software Education. It was a busy day with over 100 testers and test managers getting together to hear presentations from several testing course vendors. Our very own Shane Hastie gave the post-lunch presentation about the work that has been done at the Livestock Improvement Corporation to transform their team from working in a traditional ‘waterfall’ way to taking an Agile approach.

Shane Hastie speaking in the main auditorium

SoftEd had a great day out, we always love the opportunity to meet our customers and to keep an ear to the ground as to what is new in the world of testing. Even better, we got to spend the day at the wonderful Te Papa and were able to indulge in their fantastic catering…

There wasn't much cake left by the end of lunchtime!

If you would like to hear about our testing courses, it’s really easy to get in touch and in the meantime you can check out the rest of our photos on flickr and our twitter stream. We hope your day is full of cake too!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Testing

 

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