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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 • 09:00 - 10:40
Neuro-Diversity and Software Development: Why the Tech Industry Needs all Kinds of Minds and How We Can Support Them

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Even if you are unaware of it, it’s likely that there is someone on your team (or has been in the past) with a non-typical neurology. It even seems there is a higher propensity towards autism and aspergers in STEM careers. Turns out that is actually a good thing.
We will begin by looking at the research on diversity and success.
We will then consider what is known about the autistic / aspergers mind with a particular view towards how that lend itself to developing software and how we might better support autists at work.
What about other forms of neurodiversity? We will look at depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD and consider why you might want such diversity on your team and how you can best support it.

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Sallyann Freudenberg

Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile coach, consultant and trainer with a keen focus on psychology and collaboration. She holds a PhD in the Psychology of Collaborative Software Development, performs ethnographic research, publishes and speaks about the ways that experienced agile... Read More →

Wednesday August 10, 2016 09:00 - 10:40 PDT
Fletcher Challenge Theatre (1900) Simon Fraser University Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3