F11-1002: Test Data Strategies

Track: Test Automation

Getting control of the test data is fundamental for any test effort, because a basic tenet of software testing is that you must know both the input conditions of the data and the expected output results to perform a valid test. If you don’t know either of these, it’s not a test; it’s an experiment, because you don’t know what will happen. This predictability is important for manual testing, but for automated testing it’s essential.

But due to complex enterprise data landscapes that are further complicated by regulatory constraints and risks, acquiring and managing reusable test data remains one of the most challenging aspects of testing.

Linda will discuss the regulatory, organizational and technical issues around test data and present multiple approaches for acquiring and managing a robust and repeatable test data environment.

Key Concepts:

  • Test data challenges: Regulatory and technical constraints and demands
  • Acquiring test data: Four key techniques for data acquisition and conditioning
  • Establishing a test data environment: Strategies and tactics for test data management

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Session Speaker:

Linda HayesLinda Hayes – Founder, WorkSoft, Inc.
Linda has over twenty years of experience in software test automation and is the founder of WorkSoft, Inc., developer of next-generation test automation solutions. She is the founder of three software companies including AutoTester, the first PC-based test automation tool. Linda holds degrees in accounting, tax and law and is a frequent industry speaker and award-winning author on software quality. She has been named as one of Fortune Magazine’s People to Watch and one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Dallas Business Journal. She is a regular columnist and contributor to www.StickyMinds.com and Better Software magazine, as well as a columnist for Computerworld and Datamation, author of the Automated Testing Handbook and co-editor of Dare to be Excellent on best practices in the software industry. Her article Quality is Everyone’s Business won a Most Significant Contribution award from the Quality Assurance Institute and was published as part of the Auerbach Systems Development Handbook. You can contact Linda at Linda@worksoft.com.