Edinburgh Event – Registration Open

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STG Edinburgh October 2012

23rd October – Edinburgh

The Scottish Testing Group announces speakers for the October 2012 event:

 Stephen Readman / Kevin Campbell – “TDD – It’s not Tester Driven Development”

George Wilkinson – “Creating Balance as a testing in Modern Times”

Speaker Synopsis: TDD – It’s not Tester Driven Development: Stephen Readman, Kevin Campbell

  • When Scottish Life were introducing a rewrite of a major consumer web platform, they worked with Sopra Group, their testing partner, to provide a modern, efficient testing solution… with a number of interesting by-products. Kevin (at that time head of testing at Scottish Life) and Stephen have worked together since 2008 when Scottish Life Pensions (SLP) requested a detailed formal Testing Review from Sopra Group. In November 2011 Kevin enlisted Stephen’s help again to provide technical test consultancy, specifically around the usage of Test Driven Development (TDD), on a key SLP project. SLP are a Scrum based organisation where TDD was a natural progression.
  • The session looks at using Using Specification by Example to achieve TDD and how the Three Amigos ‘conversation’ between Business… Tester…. Developer is powerful when based around ‘living documentation’ and draws on work around Specification by Example by Gojko Adzic and Rapid Software Testing techniques delivered by James Bach and Michael Bolton
  • It focuses on behaviours we noted during our journey and the cultural changes required to achieve high quality from each of the three perspectives. It will also reference the software used to harness teamwork and continuous delivery/integration.
  • If your company are intending on beginning a TDD journey, if your company are in the middle of a TDD journey, if you are seasoned in TDD there will be something for you all in here.

Speaker Synopsis: Creating Balance as a tester in Modern Times: George Wilkinson

Creating Balance as a tester in Modern Times: George Wilkinson, Grove Consultants

  • Testing is tough, and as testers we are constantly being challenged. With emerging technologies, time to market, inadequate requirements and more; our time and attention are in constant demand. However to help us get by in our trade we are surrounded by facts, figures and formulas, such as: text books, training courses and so on to help us improve our skill-set of testing. Whilst these are extremely important in order for us to learn our trade, they are simply not enough to allow us to survive as both people and testers in the modern world of IT.
  • This talk introduces the theory of the Tester’s Wheel; a concept grown from an industry survey of over 500 years of combined testing experience by people working in various industries. Each aspect of the wheel is explained, how they influence us and how each element must be better understood in order to develop the areas we need to improve upon as testers. This helps us to achieve a more balanced and constructive working life in the fast paced IT industry we work in today. Overall by gaining a better balance as testers we help ensure that the product is fit for purpose and that you, as the tester, are fit for the next project.

DON’T MISS OUT – 1 week to go


With only 1 week to go there are only a few seats remaining for the next Scottish Testing Event:

 Monday 23rd April 2012 @ 13:00 – 17:00


 Gojko Adzic – “Reinventing Software Quality”

Bart Knaack– “When Testing Becomes the Risk”

 Pre-registration is required for this event, shaungauld@hotmail.com

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STG Glasgow 2012 – Gojko Adzic

Reinventing Software Quality

The needs to go faster to market and cut costs, dominating the industry lately, are significantly changing the landscape of software quality.

 Many pillars of successful quality strategies in the past are just slowing down delivery too much.

 To be competitive in the future, Continue reading “STG Glasgow 2012 – Gojko Adzic”

STG Glasgow 2012 – Bart Knaack

When Testing Becomes The Risk

In our daily work we test software to prevent bad things from happening in the real world once the software is deployed. We assess the quality of the software and give a well founded advice on the go live decision. In some cases however the mere act of testing breaches the safety barriers and puts companies on the spot (not the ‘happy’ spot) and causes embarrassment or even damage. By analysing a number of real life ‘accidents’ in this category Bart helps us in understanding on how to Continue reading “STG Glasgow 2012 – Bart Knaack”