In 2014 – We put together a webinar to inspire new and innovative abstract ideas for PNSQC.
Five experts in their respective fields discussed the latest trends in software quality and software testing. You can view the webinar, and read more about the panelists’ tips below.
Our Panelists Are:
- Jon Hagar, an independent consultant working in software product integrity, verification, and validation testing. Jon publishes regularly, including a book on Mobile/Embedded software testing (Software Test Attacks to Break Mobile and Embedded Devices) and will be discussing mobile device testing issues.
- Matt Heusser, an invited speaker in 2012. Matt was the lead editor for “How To Reduce The Cost Of Software Testing” (Taylor and Francis 2011) and will be discussing consistent scrum implementation.
- Wilson Mar, who has worked as an architect on some of the most secure performance systems for HP clients. He is currently a Senior Evangelist for HP Software and will discuss advanced methods in asynchronous testing.
- Eric Proegler, a Senior Performance Engineer at Mentora Group, Inc. Eric believes that reducing people to “resources,” “FTEs,” “positions” or any other bloodless euphemism that denies their humanity is morally wrong.
- Mark Tomlinson, a well-known industry leader in the areas of performance testing and engineering, and host of the popular podcast PerfBytes.
The Takeaways From Each Panelist:
Mobile phones: How we’re doing exploratory testing, classic software testing techniques, scenario and storyboard testing. With short schedules and not a lot of money, the trend is focusing on attacks: patterns used to find errors in software, differences between classic IT world with unique hardware and new mobile focus where everyone has similar devices, bug patterns or error/defect taxonomies, mobility of device factors, the environment, proliferation of number of devices, and operating systems. How do you stay competitive and get a good device out there or app when there are 2 million apps? How are you addressing these new challenges?
Scrum: 400,000 certified Scrum Masters. For PNSQC, we want to know how you’re using the Scrum method better and consistent across a whole project (to prevent it looking like a waterfall project). If you have a failure story, you can share what you’ve learned, what tips you’ve learned that currently make your work life easier, what you do now to prevent future failures, how to do release testing in a compressed time period in the best way for your project instead of skipping it due to crunch-push.
Asynchronous testing: Initiating communications on software’s time, not the user’s. Now there are push notifications that instantly alert us, and performance is more and more important. Response time metrics are going to be even more important, across multiple servers and for each device. Things change more and more quickly each day, and how do we cope with that? In the future, testers will be interrupted due to higher priority bugs and real-time defects; servers will determine what to test and when, rather than testers given a list at the beginning of a sprint. Applies to gaming, stocks, messaging services, livestock farming, health care industry, solar power industry. Profitability is at stake. Big data
Test management: How to report issues, how to make sure they get the proper attention, and how to radiate information? Provide information about a project, make it accessible to people, and how to report on progress you’re making. How someone took data and condense it and turn it into something managers can work with for product development. Information radiator: what info do people see as useful when consuming results from a test group?
Performance: Pulling people toward the next step of advancement in knowing testing — learning new areas (like mobile) or skills to become more advanced. How to measure differently, what questions to ask in different realms? This is an introduction to performance to show managers and QA analysts how to go from their usual testing to more performance-based. Due to agile and continuousness, what changes and measurements and metrics are needed to calculate and graphically display trending properly? People interested in performance are mostly newcomers and those interested in advancing skills; not just testing using the same techniques in different environments.
How to Submit Your Abstract:
In addition to the panelists, PNSQC board member and co-chair Bill Baker details how to submit abstracts to the conference to become a speaker. Bill shows the range of topics PNSQC is interested in covering, and points out that the audience wants to take away ideas from the conference and enact them at their company immediately. Knowing you will influence quality practices and provide useful tips for companies all across the Northwest — and beyond! — is just one of the many reasons you should submit your abstract and share your expertise today!
See the Call for Abstracts page for more details or submit directly to CMT, our online paper management system. Your abstract should contain the following elements: motivation, problem statement, approach, results, and conclusions (see How to Write an Abstract). Our Author Resource page has additional items that may help authors develop their paper.