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October 12, 2012  2:53 PM

Developer to tester: Cannot reproduce the error…

Posted by: jdjlent
Software Quality, Starwest

How do test professionals deal with developers who insist there are no defects in their code? I talked about this with a test professional I met at the STARWEST Conference in Anaheim last week. This situation has come up so often for her that she has figured out some good ways to work around it....

October 5, 2012  6:15 PM

Fourteen ways it takes courage to be a good tester

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Bob Galen, Software Quality, software test, software tester mentality, software testers, software testing and development, Starwest

by Jennifer Lent Courage may be an unlikely topic to come up at a testing conference. But in a Lightning Strikes the Keynotes session at STARWEST, Bob Galen, of RGalen Consulting, talked about the ways in which courage should guide the work of test professionals.

  1. The...

October 5, 2012  6:10 PM

When software testing becomes unmanageable

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Software Quality, software test, software testing and development, Starwest

by Jennifer Lent At a breakfast at the STARWEST 2012 conference I met tester Laurie Lantgen, who works at a financial services firm in Sioux Falls, S.D. I asked her about the most challenging aspects of her job, and here's what she told me:  

"The most difficult...

October 4, 2012  6:59 PM

STARWEST 2012: What keeps you from being an awesome test manager?

Posted by: Melanie Webb
Software Quality, software test, software testers, software testing and development, software testing teams, Starwest

By Jennifer Lent In her keynote address "Becoming a Kick-*** Test Manager" at STARWEST 2012, Johanna Rothman of the Rothman Consulting Group asked the audience: "What prevents you from being an awesome test manager?" She offered...

November 9, 2011  9:00 PM

Recruiters’ advice to testers: Get technical!

Posted by: Yvette Francino
James Whittaker, job search, Role of tester, Scott Barber, SQuAD, Starwest

The days of being able to get a job as a "manual tester" are no more. According to a panel of QA recruiters at a recent Denver SQuAD meeting, employers are looking for testers who have highly technical skills and specialize in a...

September 27, 2010  9:49 PM

Automated test design: STARWEST 2010 preview

Posted by: Yvette Francino
Automated Test Design, Starwest

I recently got some pointers on automated test design and model-based testing -- and some clarifications, too -- from Antti Huima, CEO of Conformiq and software researcher, developer and educator. Huima will be giving a presentation at...

October 8, 2009  7:31 PM

Testing rigorously, learning on your own: A chat with James Bach

Posted by: Jan Stafford
Software testing, Starwest

My conversation with James Bach yesterday was certainly the high spot of my StarWest 2009 experience. We talked about topics dear to our hearts, such as critical thinking, self-education, wrong-headed notions about what constitutes good testing...


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