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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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Rob Bowyer

eSolutions Group
Qaulity Assurance Manager
Kitchener, Ontario
Rob has been helping people and teams test software in a rapid and cognitive manner for over a decade. As a coach and leader, Rob focuses on mentorship and enabling testers to succeed. With a strong foundation in the context driven school of testing Rob has had experience in a wide variety of domains – including healthcare, mobile, education and municipal.
In his own back yard, Rob maintains a stewardship role in his local software quality association (Kitchener/Waterloo Software Quality Assurance or KWSQA). Rob initiated a regional testing conference – which has been running successfully for 8 years. When not focusing on one-on-one mentorship with local testers, Rob runs an event called The KWSQA Testing Games – where testers get together to test the software of a local tech start-up in a social environment.
In his current role, Rob not only leads a team of testers, he assists his organization in its Agile transition. Rob has been on both sides of the interviewing table as a candidate and as a hiring manager.