2011 Test Management Summit

The FIFTH TEST MANAGEMENT SUMMIT will take place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th January 2011.
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Full Summit Programme

The Summit is sponsored by nFocus and Microsoft, Facilita, Original Software and IBM and is hosted by Gerrard Consulting.

Day 1 - Tuesday 25
January 2011

Test Management Workshops

Venue: Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement

£95 plus vat

Day 2 - Wednesday 26
January 2011

The Test Management Summit

Venue: Institute of Directors at 116 Pall Mall, London

£100 plus vat
Dinner:£40 plus vat

To Book a Place

To book places at the Workshops, the Summit and dinner, download the booking form, complete and fax or email to us.

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Day 1, 25 January: Test Management Workshops

We'll be presenting six Pre-Summit workshops on Tuesday 25 January at the
Ball's Brothers Conference Centre at Minster Pavement as follows:

9.00am-10.00am Registration, Tea/Coffee

10.00am - 13.00pm Sessions A, B, C

A. Susan Windsor, Gerrard Consulting: How to deliver Test Assurance

Test Assurance is a whole set of skills and competencies above and beyond Test Management. It's a role that is a natural career progression from Test Management, but not many people can make the transition, can you? It requires working directly for senior stake-holders, being independent from the Test Activity but fully aware of its status, recommending rectification action to get the project back on track, and most importantly reporting back to your senior stakeholders. This session is designed for people who want to learn about what's involved; so they can either undertake such a role themselves in the future or identify how to introduce such a role into their organisation.

B. James Lyndsay, Workroom Productions: How to Diagnose Bugs

Good testers need to be able to go beyond simply logging a problem. To give value to their stakeholders and integrate with their development teams, testers need to be able to investigate the problems that they find. Diagnostic skills will help a tester to isolate genuine problems from a rash of symptoms, to work out what lies behind field reports, and to communicate her bugs effectively by describing plausible models. In this hands-on workshop, we will use a succession of practical exercises based on real problems including truncation, bottlenecks, boundaries and emergent behaviours. Participants will select test conditions to isolate and emphasise a bug, analyse data to reveal connections and populations, and work with logs and events to arrive at sequences that reveal potential cause and effect. At the end of the workshop, participants will have an improved
understanding of the techniques and principles of diagnosis that can be applied to issues found in their own systems. Please note: we will test software - bring a laptop to get the most from this session.

C. Paul Murray, Rational QM Technical Lead, IBM: Introduction to Jazz and Rational Quality Manager

IBM is building a new generation of products to make software development more collaborative, productive and enjoyable.
Come to this session to get an introduction to the Jazz platform and learn how it is helping define industry leading Collaborative Lifecycle Management standards. We will introduce Jazz and its vision then dig deeper into how Quality Management is evolving on the platform.

LUNCH 13.00pm-13.45pm

D. Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting: Using Stories to Example and Test Requirements and Systems

This workshop explores how stories can be used to provide examples of a system in use. Stories that are derived from written requirements can be used to walk-through business scenarios and when users 'see the proposed system in action', requirements anomalies stand out a mile and trigger discussion of scenarios, variations and outcomes. A disciplined approach to story-writing and requirements testing can improve requirements and the solution target dramatically. These stories can be used as examples for developers to see what was intended, but can also provide the basis for later acceptance tests.
Up-front requirements testing doesn't require extra effort - much of this work would be done during acceptance test preparation anyway. We'll use a simple case study and you'll get hands-on practice in writing stories, scenarios and examples. We’ll use the Testela Business tool to capture some business stories and show how these can be used to test requirements and extract test cases. You will see how a the tool can then assist with business impact analysis, regression testing, and even test automation. You don't need a laptop to write stories, but you'll need one (with any OS/leading browser) to access a wireless network to play with Testela.

E. Dan Crone, nFocus: A Deeper Dive into the Test Functionality of Visual Studio 2010

This session dives deeper into understanding some of the test functionality within Visual Studio 2010. As we all know, the collaboration between developers and testers is vital; it can make the difference between shipping quality applications and systems, or release dates slipping because of show stopping bugs found late on. In this interactive workshop, we will show you the full application lifecycle using Visual Studio 2010. This will include how developers and testers can benefit from integrated tools throughout the lifecycle. We'll show you how test case management tools can aide in creating and organising test cases, how we can easily replay application execution history, how actionable bugs can be created in the new Microsoft Test and Lab manager, analysing code churn using test impact collector and much much more!

F. Fran O'Hara, Inspire Quality Services:
Agile Test Management

Much of the focus with testing in an agile environment has been on practices/techniques and tools but what about Test Management? Test Managers want to know what happens to their role when teams are self-empowered and what a test management process looks like in an agile context. Using Scrum as the main agile method (but with discussion of participants own approaches/variations), this workshop will through presentation, exercises and discussion cover topics such as:

  • Transitioning the test manager role to agile… both from the project test manager and line manager perspective
  • Test strategy in agile in differing contexts
  • Test management process – estimation and planning in agile
  • Test management issues and their place in agile – metrics, process improvement, tooling, etc.

Participants, particularly those already working with agile, will be encouraged to share their challenges and experiences.

16.45pm Close


Day 2, 26 January: Test Management Summit

The Summit day will structured into four parallel streams with four sessions in each stream. At the end of the day, we will all convene in the Nash Room to hear John Higgins' keynote talk. The programme of topics is listed below the running order in each stream will be defined on the outcome of the Summit Topic Survey - below.

9.00am Registration/Tea/Coffee
10.00am Sessions 1-4
11.15am Tea/Coffee in the Nash Room
11.45am Sessions 5-8
13.00pm Lunch in the Nash Room
14.00pm Sessions 9-12
15.15pm Tea/Coffee in the Nash Room
15.45pm Sessions 13-16
17.00pm Return to Nash Room
17.15pm Keynote Speaker: John Higgins
17.45pm Drinks Reception in the
Waterloo Room
18.30pm Dinner in the Burton Room

The Summit Topic Survey will Determine the Running Order

One of the key advantages of the Summit is that we survey the delegates to find out which combinations of sessions are most popular and we then structure the programme running order to reduce conflict so that everyone has the best chance of seeing exactly the sessions they wish to.

Keynote - John Higgins, Director General, Intellect

We are delighted to announce that we have engaged John Higgins, Director General of Intellect to present the Closing Keynote. His topic will be "Computing with Cuts, Carbon and Coalition": Some of the challenges facing the high tech industry and how we might deal with them.

Full Summit Programme

Launch of Mentoring Scheme

At lunchtime during the Summit, we will launch the mentoring scheme for Test Managers. We'll publish a proposal for how we suggest the scheme works soon.

Any questions?

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To Book a Place

To book places at the Workshops, the Summit and dinner, download the booking form, complete and fax or email to us.

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