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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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Keith McIntosh


I am the founder and co­CEO of PQA Testing as well as the founder and CEO of PLATO, a company that will be led and staffed by Aboriginal testers across Canada. I began my career as a tester at CARIS in 1990, spent a couple of years as a consultant, and founded PQA in 1997. I've built automation scripts with screen coordinates, lived through Y2K, led test teams in healthcare and finance and GIS, and built a company of 100 of the best testers in Canada.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, August 10

13:15 PDT