S13-302: Empowering Testers through Requirements Analysis

Track: Test Strategy, Process and Design

Is your test team getting the short end of the stick? Is your organization asking the test team or you as a tester to be the safety net for the project? As a program manager, I was doing the same thing, asking the test team to be the goalie, the sole defender of quality for the program, putting all the pressure on them to make sure we had a quality product being delivered to the client. However, I wasn’t empowering them to be successful and realized I needed to make changes. I started by moving from a waterfall to a more iterative software development life cycle process, involving test engineers at the beginning of the process, revamping the requirements process and essentially changing the culture on my program from ‘We’ll worry about quality at the end of the program’ to ‘Everyone is responsible for quality from beginning to end.’

Attend this session to learn methods to better utilize test teams throughout the software development process resulting in improved product quality, reduction in costs and increased customer satisfaction.

Session Takeaways:

  • Learn how test engineers fit within integrated product teams.
  • Understand your role in revamping requirements.
  • As a champion for Quality, learn how to help your organization become a quality organization by identifying internal clients for every team in the software development process.

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Session Speaker:

Paul ConditPaul Condit – Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Enterprise Solutions and Services
Paul Condit is an experienced software professional with over 30 years in the government and private sectors. He started his career as a requirements analyst for large government information technology applications and led research efforts to develop advanced information systems methods, such as process and data modeling, in support of requirements gathering and documentation. He is now program manager and a strong proponent of continuous process improvement as a primary means to reduce cost and ensure development of high quality products.