July 2008

The Nineteenth Test Management Forum took place on Wednesday 30th July at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement.

The meeting was sponsored by Amsphere and Gerrard Consulting.

The format for this meeting was a little different this time around and consists of two presentations and a workshop/discussion.

James Whittaker, Microsoft - Testing the Software of Tomorrow

Software does not have a stellar reputation for quality. However, software continues to play an increasingly important role in society and the fact that curing cancer and solving global scale problems like world hunger and climate change requires software is not encouraging. How can software testing evolve to face such challenges? This presentations take a peek into the future of software development and envisions testing’s role in making software fundamentally more reliable. James Whittaker discusses three specific technological barriers that must be removed to allow testers to help make the difference between a future in which software works and the current state of the world in which it does not.

Here is a video of James giving some interesting background on his activities at Microsoft: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/briankel/James-Whittaker-on-Software-Test...

Roger Halton, Programme Manager, Amsphere

Management of a High Risk Multi-Vendor Scenario: A Test Strategy Workshop.

This workshop will explore the approach required for a Test Strategy in a multi-system multi-vendor scenario using a real-life example.
Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting - The Axioms of Testing

Is it possible to define a set of Test Axioms that provide a framework for all software testing? In this respect, an axiom would be an uncontested principle; something self-evidently and so obviously true and not requiring proof. What would such test axioms look like?

This talk sets out the case for Test Axioms. The work of practitioners and researchers could be on shaky ground without them. Some applications of the axioms that would appear useful are suggested for future development. This is a work in progress.

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