F12 – 901b: Redefining the Purpose of Software Testing

Track: Leadership Perspectives for Testers

Throughout the history of software testing, the profession has evolved from expectations of just meeting requirements to ensuring fitness of use. Along the way, testers have been saddled with the burdensome expectations of ensuring overall quality in each of these ways. They get stuck in situations where there is not enough time or resources to fully evaluate a product. In addition, with the increased use of agile methodologies, testers are finding their turnaround time is shrinking. In this presentation we will discuss the history of software testing in order to understand where the industry needs to go. We will talk about the common challenges our stakeholders have in understanding our craft, as well as some of the common negative perceptions of value. We will address these with a newly defined purpose of software testing, where the emphasis is placed on providing information, not just raw data, to stakeholders; information of value. This transition to providing information will transform testing into a service minded group whose value is transparent and ultimately empowered by their stakeholders instead of just tolerated by them.

During this session, participants will learn:

  • The evolution of software testing
  • A new definition for the purpose of software testing
  • How to deliver value to stakeholders in order to be empowered by them
  • A better defined testing role that aligns with business value

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Session Speaker:

Joe OursJoseph Ours – Director of Software Quality Assurance and Testing Services, Cohesion
Joseph draws on 15 years’ experience providing executive-level leadership while managing high profile initiatives with a demonstrated ability to lead people towards successful delivery. Throughout his diverse career, he has built a solid reputation as a thought leader who exhibits a results-driven business approach and exceptional ability to achieve success. He is a strong leader in business processes with a proven history of providing project and portfolio management of large technology initiatives. Joseph brings both a strategic and tactical thought process to solving IT related issues. Joseph holds Bachelor’s degrees in Electronic Engineering Technology and Technical Management in addition to a Masters of Business Administration.