October 2008

The Twentieth Test Management forum took place on Wednesday 29th October at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement.

The meeting was sponsored by:
SOGETI, ELECTROMIND and FACILITA.

We are most grateful to our sponsors.

2.00pm Introductions
2.10pm Three Challenges, Gordon McKeown and Alan Gordon Test Management and Contracts in Agile Environments, Paul Gerrard Has outsourcing come of age to help us weather the economic downturn?, Declan Kavanagh
3.45pm Back From The Grave: Your Worst Performance Testing Nightmares, Panel Session People Challenges for Test Teams, Steve Allott Future of testing - in turbulent Times, Susan Windsor

Materials from the sessions can be downloaded using the links at the bottom of this page

Session A - Top Three Ways Not to do Performance Testing

Gordon McKeown (Facilita) and Alan Gordon (SQS) facilitated a discussion of performance testing disasters and their causes, leading to a suggested list of "what not to do".

Session B - Back From The Grave: Your Worst Performance Testing Nightmares

A panel of esteemed performance testers took questions from, and throw questions at, the audience. Performance testers find themselves in some terrible situations. What was the worst hole you ever found yourself in? How did you get out of it? How do we make sure that these situations never, ever happen again?

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Session C - Test Management and Contracts in Agile Environments, Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting

Agile approaches to software development are well-established and the values and principles of the Agile Alliance have proved their worth. However great they are though, they provide little guidance on contracts and test management. This session suggests how contracts are normally used, how they can be aligned with Agile and discusses testing's role in the context of contracts.

Session D - People Challenges for Test Teams, Steve Allott, Principal Consultant, ElectroMind

If you have been involved in a recent software testing project you’ll have felt the pressure no doubt, as time to market and increased application complexity threaten to swamp testers and their managers. Sometimes, when worrying about the many technical challenges, we forget that testing is about more than just browsers, time to first byte and benchmarking.

People are involved too, and in this facilitated workshop you’ll be able to share your experiences with the group and explore the people challenges faced by testers.

Session E - Has outsourcing come of age to help us weather the economic downturn?, Declan Kavanagh, Managing Director, Sogeti Ireland

As a result of the economic downturn substantial cost reductions are the order of the day. Is there an appropriate outsourcing model that can deliver the required cost reductions consistent with acceptable levels of risk? Is a blended solution managed by a strong on-shore partner the answer? If so, how do we do "blend suitability" analysis?

Session F - Future of testing - in turbulent Times, Susan Windsor, WMHL Consulting

We are living through extraordinary times – the financial world is being turned upside down. Everyone is affected. What impact will this have on us? Let’s speculate and try to be prepared.

  1. Are you affected? How? Are you being asked to slow down, speed up, stop, change – WHICH?
  2. Where are the effects being felt? Are Attitudes to Testing, Process and Techniques, Improvement, Tools, Certification and Training, Outsourcing, People, Skills and the Job Market the drivers or the victims?
  3. Are the effects different by industry? How do Finance, Retail, IT Services, Telecoms, Government, Utilities, Transport differ?
  4. Does size matter? Small niche players, large services/integration firms, risk adverse, early adopters, etc.
  5. What can we do to best position ourselves to ride it out? Where is the ‘smart money’ going?

We’ll capture the key elements of the discussion and publish on the website for wider discussion. Then have an update slot at the TM Summit in January and beyond.

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