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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 • 11:00 - 12:00
Alpha Testing as a Catalyst for Organizational Change

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Alpha Testing is typically defined as preliminary software field testing performed in order to find bugs that were not found previously through lab tests.

This definition understates the value of alpha testing, as my experience is that alpha testing can be successfully used very early in the software development cycle to quickly find the bugs that really matter: those with high impact to the customer.

My experience also shows that alpha testing can be used to find not just software functional issues, but hardware issues and issues in customer documentation and training as well.

Finally, my experience is that alpha testing can be used as a catalyst to build product knowledge throughout an organization, leading to the biggest benefit of all: a more successful product launch.

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Steven Woody

Experienced in software resiliency and longevity testing. I enjoy working with software developers to improve software robustness and reliability, creating products with exceptional quality.

Wednesday August 10, 2016 11:00 - 12:00 PDT
Canfor Policy Room (1600) Simon Fraser University Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

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