July 2011 Forum

The 30th Test Management Forum took place on Wednesday 27 July 2011 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement.
The meeting was sponsored by SQS UK, Thinksoft Global and Electromind and was, as usual, FREE to attend.

Downloads can be found at the bottom of the page.
SESSION ABSTRACTS

Andy Redwood, "Test Psychology – the Tester’s Identity"
This is the next chapter in a series of Test Psychology slides that Andy has been presenting for a number of years. This chapter specifically looks at what makes a tester a tester? Looking at memory models, thought process and problem solving as a cognitive function and finally group and individual identities and power struggles between IT roles from a testing perspective.

Peter Herriott, SQS, "The Long and the Short of Technical Test Plans"
Technical test plans suffer from split personality: are they addressed to the test and project managers, or do they target the techies preparing to deliver performance, security, operational acceptance testing? In most instances the result is an unhappy compromise. How do we fix this? Can we come up with an effective solution?
Peter Herriott from SQS will share some of this tips and tricks to ensure his performance test plans convey the right information to the right people, in the right way.

Steve Allott, Electromind, "Agile Testing: In the Large?"
I will ask the Forum if they agree that “there is no such thing as Agile testing”.
This session is intended to pull together people’s experiences of different approaches to testing and debate how we use our testing techniques, methodologies and frameworks, call them what you will, in order for testers to deliver real value to their stakeholders.
In the 1980s Bill Hetzel, wrote a book called The Complete Guide to Software Testing and coined the phrases “integration testing in the small and integration testing in the large”. Having worked with Bill on the EuroSTAR and STAR conferences, I thought it appropriate inspiration for the title of this session.
With some real-life examples from projects I have worked on, I shall briefly contrast one of the most popular Agile methodologies, SCRUM, with the new Agile variant of the DSDM (Dynamic systems development methodology) called Atern. I shall also share with you my experiences of what it feels like to go back from using an Agile approach to a Waterfall or V-Model project.
What works on a small project (what do we mean by small?) and what works on a large project (what do we mean by large?).

Paul Rolfe, Thinksoft Global, “Does the bit in the middle really matter?”
A somewhat light-hearted but semi-serious facilitation session which asks some questions about the whole process of testing and expects a variety of answers from the audience.
No products and no sales pitches allowed! Audience participation positively encouraged!

Matt Robson, Capita, "Delivering better business outcomes - can the testing function lead the way to align IT and Business?"
Is the testing function in your experience viewed as "necessary" rather than
"strategic"?  And can it also be "exciting"?
This discussion explores how the testing function can be more strategic and
therefore increase kudos within your organisation.
We'll also explore ideas on how to help your organisation achieve this.

Stevan Zivanovic, BJSS, "The Perfect Non-Dunctional Requirement?"
This will be a collaborative session looking at what are the core components that make for a good non-functional requirement. Starting from a proposed model based on a performance requirement, we will, as group, look at the validity of the model, refine it and see if we can make it fit other non-functional areas. The output from this session will be put up on the TMF website. Be prepared to put your thinking hats on!
Stevan's slides can be found here