STG Edinburgh 14 – Jackie McDougall & Debbie Woelfell – Testing on Trial

Abstract:
That infamous villain ‘Testing’ has finally been caught and is being brought to trial at the Court of Wise and Impartial Testers (WIT) in Edinburgh. This is a fun session (with a serious message) that will take the audience (our jury) through a formal trial procedure against testing.

It will not be a pleasant business – as we hear of horrific tales of scripting taking weeks to complete, small changes taking forever to regression test, and testers themselves wasting valuable time and money on unimportant tasks. There will even be evidence that testers have not managed to find all bugs, and some have got through to Production. Not for the faint-hearted!

The court’s judge will ask the jury to take all of the testimony and evidence into account, and consider carefully their decision: Is Testing Guilty or Not Guilty as charged? Come and find out!

Bio (Jackie McDougall):
Head of Testing at Aegon, with over 18 years experience as a test manager and consultant. Particular interests are Process Improvement, Agile methods, Test Automation, BI testing and Test Data Management. She has presented at the EuroSTAR Testing Conferences and the User Conference for Advanced Automated Testing (UCAAT), and is a regular attendee at the Scottish Testing Group.

Bio (Debbie):
Debbie is an ISTQB qualified Senior Test Manager with over 20 years experience, having worked across the public and private sector, including financial services, utilities, telecoms and central government managing teams of 30+ testers. Finalist for TESTA Test Manager of the Year award in 2013.

STG Edinburgh 14 – Simon Salmon, Nottingham City Council – Information wants to be free

Abstract:
“Information technology continues to enable and drive transformation around mobile working and information sharing. Against this backdrop is an evolving framework of legislation and compliance that tries to manage the often competing agendas of availability and security. This presentation provides a summary of the information governance issues that need to be considered when working with mobile and cloud solutions, alongside information about the practical issues faced by Nottingham City when deploying cloud and mobile working solutions.”

Bio:
Simon is the Head of IT Strategy at Nottingham City Council and a director of the East Midlands Public Services Network. He is responsible for managing the IT Security and Information Governance services, alongside Project, Strategy, Schools Support and IT Contracts and Procurement functions. He has worked in Information Security since 1999 and led one of the first implementations/accreditations to BS7799.

STG Edinburgh 14: Steve Green – A Structured Approach to Exploratory Testing

Synopsis
Exploratory testing is still widely misunderstood and characterised as being unstructured, unplanned, incomplete, random and merely something you might do if you have time left after doing ‘proper’ testing. All this may be true if it is done badly but that does not need to be the case.

This presentation will describe an approach to exploratory testing that addresses all these criticisms and demonstrates how it can be far more efficient, effective and thorough than the traditional approach to testing. Indeed it is often the only kind of testing that is needed on a project.

I will also make the case for demanding the withdrawal of software testing standard ISO29119. The first part of the standard was published in 2013, and opinions are predictably polarised between those who believe it will improve our craft and those who believe it will do great damage.

Bio
Steve has been in software testing since the 1990s and specialises in exploratory testing and accessibility testing and consultancy. He founded Test Partners Ltd in 2001 and still does hands-on testing when he can. He is passionate about improving testers’ skills and is one of the four members of the Black Ops Testing team that teach context-driven testing via webinars and workshops.

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STG Edinburgh 14 – Simon Salmon: Security & Testing

Simon is the Head of IT Strategy at Nottingham City Council and a director of the East Midlands Public Services Network.

Simon is responsible for managing the IT Security and Information Governance services, alongside Project, Strategy, Schools Support and IT Contracts and Procurement functions. He has worked in Information Security since 1999 and led one of the first implementations/accreditation a to BS7799

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