F11-Key-3: Better, Faster, Cheaper: Ways to Reduce Test Cost on Monday

Track: Keynote

We are constantly asked to deliver more under increasingly tight timeframes. Give in to those demands, and you will end up facing burnout, stress, business risk, and, most likely, still more demands. Refuse, fight the good fight, and it is likely someone else, a different department or a 3rd party, will outbid you … and that’s not acceptable either.

This presentation will focus on the problem of pressure. IT will also offer real, concrete solutions to directly drive out waste. At the same time, Matt will offer tools to help you analyze your testing, moving the conversation from one of just cost, to also include value.

Finally, Matt will talk about professionalism, the ways we as testers, can better explain the value we bring to the organization and how we can frame the conversation about “What it is you do here.” You’ll leave with a handful of tools, test techniques, references and specific approaches to use under pressure.

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Session Speaker:

Matt HeusserMatt HeusserSoftware Process Naturalist, Excelon Development
Matt Heusser has been developing, testing, and managing software projects for his entire adult life. A Consulting Software Tester and also contributing editor for ST&QA magazine, Matt was the initial organizer of the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference. In 2008 Matt served as lead organizer for the Agile-Alliance Sponsored workshop on Technical Debt. Matt contributes to the STP Community Blog, and his personal blog, “Creative Chaos”, is consistently highly ranked among testing blogs. After contributing a chapter to “Beautiful Testing”, by O’Reilly, and finishing up a two-year stint as a part-time instructor in Information Systems at Calvin College, Matt recently served as Lead Editor for “How to Reduce the Cost of Software Testing” (Taylor and Francis, 2011). He looks forward to looking at this thing he has heard about called “the outdoors.” It sounds nice.