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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
Shifting the Testing Role Pendulum

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10+ years ago, many of us started our careers in testing on a move from an internal role - from the business side or similar. It was common for people who were users of the product to be hired to jump start their technical career. Now, we have seen an influx of tester positions that require coding experience or a Computer Science degree. In this session, Melissa will discuss the changing landscape of the role of testers, the challenges with hiring developers with no previous testing experience and a plan to "shift the pendulum" back to be able to blend technical acumen with a user advocacy role. 

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Melissa Tondi

Quality Engineering Leadership, E*TRADE
Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within software testing teams. She is the founder of Denver Mobile and Quality (DMAQ), past president and board member of Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD), and Sr. Manager of Quality Engineering at E*TRADE, where she... Read More →

Wednesday August 10, 2016 11:00 - 12:00 PDT
Fletcher Challenge Theatre (1900) Simon Fraser University Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3