S11-Pre-1: Business of Testing

Track: Pre-Conference Workshop

There are testers. There are engineers. And then there are all those other people who work for the same company you do. They’re called management, finance, sales, marketing, support, and they run the company. Software testers are only effective if we can communicate well with these groups and if we can provide the information they need in ways they can understand. This tutorial is about identifying the actual value that the business is seeking, whether that’s profit, regulation, security, academic research, or something completely esoteric. The Business of Testing is a one-day tutorial about software testers interacting with other groups. This tutorial brings together superstar testers who have years of experience working throughout companies.

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Session Speakers:

Scott BarberScott Barber – Chief Technologist, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
Scott Barber is viewed by many as the world’s most prominent thought-leader in the area of software system performance testing and as a respected leader in the advancement of the understanding and practice of testing software systems in general. Scott earned his reputation by, among other things, contributing to three books (co-author, Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications, Microsoft Press; 2007, contributing author Beautiful Testing, O’Reilly Media; 2009, contributing author How to Reduce the Cost of Testing, Taylor & Francis; TBP Summer, 2011), composing over 100 articles and papers, delivering keynote addresses on five continents, serving the testing community for four years as the Executive Director of the Association for Software Testing, and co-founding the Workshop of Performance and Reliability.

Today, Scott is applying and enhancing his thoughts on delivering world-class system performance in complex business and technical environments with a variety of clients and is actively building the foundation for his next project: driving the integration of testing commercial software systems with the core objectives of the businesses funding that testing.

When he’s not “being a geek”, as he says, Scott enjoys spending time with his partner Dawn, and his sons Nicholas and Taylor at home in central Florida and in other interesting places that his accumulated frequent flier miles enable them to explore.

Catherine PowellCatherine Powell – Principal, Abakas
Catherine Powell is a principal at Abakas, a software consulting company. Catherine has been testing and managing testers for about ten years. She has worked with a broad range of software, including an enterprise storage system, a web-based healthcare system, data synchronization applications on mobile devices, and webapps of various flavors. She is an author and a formal mentor to testers and test managers. Catherine focuses primarily on the realities of shipping software in small and mid-size companies. Catherine’s published works, blog, and contact information can be found at www.abakas.com.

Julie GardinerJulie Gardiner – Consultant and Trainer, Grove Consultants
In the IT industry for nearly twenty years, Julie Gardiner has worked as an analyst programmer, Oracle DBA, and project manager. She has first-hand experience as a test analyst, test team leader, test consultant, and test manager. At UK-based Grove Consultants, Julie, a certified ScrumMaster, provides consultancy and training in all aspects of testing, specializing in risk-based testing, agile testing, test management, and people issues. Julie won best presentation at STAREAST; best presentation at BCS SIGiST; and best tutorial at EuroSTAR. She has been a keynote speaker at STARWEST, Innovate Test Management, and STANZ.

Dawn HaynesDawn Haynes – Senior Trainer and Consultant, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
Dawn Haynes is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlus, and Secretary of the Association for Software Testing. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, she blends experience and humor to provide testers of all levels with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. In addition to training, Dawn is particularly passionate about improving the state of performance testing across the industry. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting, administering, developing and testing software and hardware systems, from small business operations to large corporate enterprises. Dawn holds a BSBA in MIS with a minor in programming from Northeastern University.

Mike KellyMike Kelly – Partner, Developer Town
Mike Kelly is a partner at Developer Town, a venture development firm. Mike’s focus is software testing, he is most passionate about exploratory testing, performance testing, and testing in an agile environment. Mike is a past president and director for the Association for Software Testing and he has built and managed development teams at both startups and Fortune 500 companies. He writes and speaks about topics in software testing, and runs a series of software testing workshops in the Indianapolis community. You can find links to Mike’s published works, blogs, and more information about how venture development works at: www.michaeldkelly.com