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Testing: Software Development Catalyst

Testing is not an isolated activity. It interacts with and influences other disciplines in software development such as design, coding, release management, and deployment. As testers, our skills and experiences add value far beyond the immediate context of verifying functionality. Threats to value other than software errors exist.

Yet our discussions are often constrained to the testing space, omitting the connections to, and dependencies on, other roles and activities. Testing is an integral discipline of software development, and often plays an active and important role in bridging gaps between technical and business-focused roles, between leaders and engineers, and between makers and users.

How does the testing piece fit into the software development puzzle? How does – and how should – testing interact with other disciplines in software development? How can we most effectively add value to the software development projects we participate in?

Please join us for our 11th annual conference at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, Canada, August 8-10 2016.


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Wednesday, August 10 • 13:15 - 14:15
How Do I Reach the Congregation When I’m Preaching to the Choir?

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Professional development is important – everyone attending this conference knows that. What about those that aren’t attending conferences, reading books or following testing thought leaders online? Erik and Rob have had a variety of experiences working with those that are absolutely energized about their career and those that sometimes seem to only just want a job and nothing more. Over the past few months they have been exploring this topic in their own communities as well as through sessions at conferences.
There were a couple of questions they were curious about:
  • How do we reach more testers
  • How do we “sell” professional development
  • Should we “sell” professional development
In this session they will reflect on some of their own experiences and successes. As well, report on some of the findings they have come across over the past few months. And hopefully, gather more insights from the attendees at this session. 

Attendee takeaways include:
  • Reflection on promoting professional development
  • Learn how others approach promoting professional development
  • Discover ways to reach the testers who do their job but are not engaged in the community or do not show an interest in professional development
  • Hopefully we will have provided attendees enough information as to draw their own conclusions as to whether professional development needs to be promoted

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Erik Davis

QA Engineer
Erik has over 17 years of experience in and around software testing. He's been everything from a junior tester to a manager of managers. Most recently, Erik was focused on expanding automation within the test team at Hyland Software. He also lead the team selivering all internal test... Read More →

Wednesday August 10, 2016 13:15 - 14:15 PDT
Canfor Policy Room (1600) Simon Fraser University Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3