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SoftTest Conference 2015 - Future Proof your Software Testing

Date:
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Friday 23rd December 2016
 
Time:
9am - 5.30pm
 
Venue:
Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge
 
Cost:
€100.00 per delegate
 
Event Code:
SS15-72
 
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SoftTest Ireland in association with the ISA Software Skillnet are hosting a one-day national conference for software test professionals.


Look to the future of software testing...


Software testing is experiencing an industry disrupting revolution, driven by rapidly evolving technologies and software delivery paradigms. 

Successful test professionals must make an evolutionary leap forward to persist their organisational value.

Understand the critical technologies to be learned, key skills to be developed and the professional persona required by testers to further enhance their value into the future.


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Explore the future of testing with expert speakers on topics such as;
  • The Internet of Things
  • Cloud Test Ops
  • Test Automation
  • Mobile
  • Personal professional development
Speakers and Topics

'The Internet of Things'

There is an increasing amount of publicity, information and hype around the subject of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE). What on earth are people talking about? Should I be interested? Will it affect me? What does it mean to me as a tester?

In this talk, Paul will give a perspective for the scale, the variety, ubiquity, complexity and challenge of the technological wave that many people believe will dominate our industry for the next ten to twenty years.

But right now, it is a very confusing state of affairs. Standards are emerging, and many commercial applications are bleeding edge, speculative or exploratory. Security and privacy dominates all of the concerns being articulated by industry commentators, but for non-trivial systems, significant functional and integration complexity challenges must also be overcome. There are broader societal risks that the IoE brings and government, companies and individuals should pay attention to them.

The architecture of the IoE is beginning to reveal itself and this talk presents a seven-layer architectural model that will help you to make sense of it all and expose some of the technical risks we need to focus on as testers. Some recommendations for formulating a test strategy for the Internet of Everything are presented

Paul Gerrard
Paul Gerard

Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, tester, conference    speaker, rowing coach and a publisher. He has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and occasionally won awards for them.

Educated at the universities of Oxford and Imperial College London, in 2010, Paul won the Eurostar European Testing excellence Award. In 2012, with Susan Windsor, Paul recently co-authored “The Business Story Pocketbook”.

He is Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited and is the host of the UK Test Management Forum and the UK Business Analysis Forum.

‘1984 in 2015’

Sometimes things come together in my mind and end up as big questions. The world is changing and the whole Big Data concept has made me think about George Orwell - 1984 and how powerful information really is in our technology driven world. We are already seeing how data can be used to manipulate habits and drive people's thinking. 

The Internet of Things is leading us towards a 'big brother world' where gathering information is becoming easier and more apparent with storage methods and technology increasing every day. I'm not trying to create a bleak picture of the future, more attempting to provoke thinking about things we need to get control of to ensure our future technologies work for us and not against us.

This talk discusses these issues and how we need to deal with this as testers. What will the the role of the tester be in the future?


 Chris Ambler

With a degree in computer science and as a Fellow of the British Computer Society, Chris is a senior testing professional with over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry. He is passionate about product and process quality but obviously understands this comes at a price whilst trying to adopt the concept of ‘good enough’ testing to ensure value for money and to quantify return on investment.
 
Chris is passionate about his craft and has spoken at conferences all over the world. He introduced the first games testing track within one of Europe’s main testing conferences along with successfully delivering a unique testing conference called ‘TestFest’ in 2012 which was attended by over 100 industry leaders. He was also a judge for the 2014 European Tester Awards.

‘Transforming Business Users into Test Drivers’

Tapping into and utilising the expertise and knowledge of Business Users is essential for the completion of an effective UAT test phase. User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is often considered laborious or ‘an extra workload’ by Business Users involved in testing verification. However, I firmly believe that transforming Business Users into enthusiastic Test Drivers will enable them to enjoy participating in the testing process.


Claire Goss

Claire Goss is a Test Manager in RaboDirect Ireland. RaboDirect is an online savings bank and is a subsidiary of Rabobank International. For 11 years,

Claire has worked in various roles in I.T. but the last five years in a testing capacity. Claire is a member of the SoftTest Ireland Committee. SoftTest Ireland is an independent software testing special interest group which facilities and sharing knowledge within the Irish Test Community.

‘Using Python with Selenium Webdriver’

Python is becoming a more and more important component in the testing toolkit. The WebDriver API bindings for Python provide a very convenient mechanism for leveraging the simplicity of the Python syntax and allows testers to 'ramp up' quickly when introducing automation into their workflow. This talk will touch on the basics of using the WebDriver API as well as topics like Page Objects. More advanced features of Python such as Decorators and Descriptors will also be introduced.

Colm Harrington

Colm is a Automation test engineer with VCE based in Cork, Ireland with responsibilities for both front end (via Selenium) and API testing. Colm has worked in the software industry, for various companies including Microsoft and Sage Ireland, for over 10 years.

His real passion is simplifying the test process of complex applications and integrating the test process seamlessly into the SDLC.

'Mobile Testing - That's Just a Smaller Screen, Right?'

We are increasingly moving towards mobile devices to fulfil our day-to-day computing needs. More smartphones are sold than PCs but many people are unclear on what changes to test strategies are needed when working with mobile.

 

This presentation will give an overview of mobile testing, explain some of the common mistakes that are made when starting to test mobile, and will give the audience a taster of what to study next.

Stephen Janaway

Stephen Janaway has been involved with software testing for over 14 years, starting as a Test Engineer. He has worked in various Test and Delivery Management roles for a variety of companies.

 
Currently he’s a Test Coach focusing on mobile and web testing, test automation and software delivery optimisation. Previously he’s worked for three of the major mobile device manufacturers, as well as advising a number of mobile application developers on testing and delivery strategies.
 
Stephen loves talking to others about software testing, test techniques and the mobile device and application world in general.

‘Test-Ops in the Cloud - Gone in 60 seconds'

The Testing landscape is changing forever, the traditional CoreIT approach to providing business value through testing is constantly being challenged. The drive towards embracing FluidIT through open innovation calls for a new models that can support the rapid adoption of DevOps practices stressing the need for accelerated communication, collaboration, integration, measurement and automation (build) as part of every organisation journey to become a true ‘Digital Enterprise’.

However, this raises the question.. what is our role as testers as part of TestOps?

Jonathon Wright

Jonathon Wright has over 15 years of commercial automation experience with a number of international organisations. Jonathon also contributed to the best-selling book Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation (2012), Dorothy Graham, and a number of eBook’s on Testing as a Service models (epistemic & systemic entropy), Advanced UFT 12 for Test Engineers Cookbook (2014) and API testing in the cloud (service & network virtualisation).

He is an active blogger on ‘Test Automation as a Service’ (TaaaS.net <http:// taaas.net/> ) as well as presenting at various international testing conferences (Gartner (London) / STARWest (California) / STAREast (Orlando) / Fusion (Sydney) / ANZTB (Melbourne) / EuroSTAR (Dublin) / BCS SIGIST and Unicom (London)).


  
'How to stay Relevant - An evolutionary talk for Testers'

The world of software development is changing fast. Agile and lean practices are now mainstream and are quickly overflowing into Dev Ops  and Continuous delivery.

Traditional testing methodologies are inadequate for the emerging product development practices and test teams are struggling to keep pace in modern organizations. Testers are finding it more and more difficult to thrive in such organizations where their value is constantly measured  and challenged.

In time of fast change, only the fittest survive, if we don't adapt to the new environment we will be an endangered species in 5 years and extinct in less than 10.

At this talk you will discover new ways of making your job relevant in a changing industry and will learn about the opportunities you have to use your existing skills to help your organization succeed.

Augusto Evangeristi

 
Augusto "Gus" Evangelisti is a software development professional, blogger, foosball player with great interest in people, software quality, agile and lean practices. He enjoys cooking, eating, learning and helping agile teams exceed customer expectations while having fun.




'Example Mapping - workshop session'

In this session I'll teach you a simple, practical technique that you can use to break down any user story.

BDD and ATDD enthusiasts already know how useful it is to have the three amigos - tester, product owner and developer - meet to discuss a new user story before they start development. What many teams don't have is a clear structure for these conversations. Sometimes they can take a long time, or drain the group's energy by going round in circles.

Over many years of teaching hundreds of people about BDD, I've developed a simple practical technique that will allow you to break down a story in about 25 minutes. All you need is a pack of coloured index cards, some pens, and a curious attitude.


Matt Wynne

Matt Wynne is one of the world's leading BDD practitioners. A programmer, coach, trainer, and popular international speaker, he was invited to join the Cucumber core team in 2009.

Together with Aslak Hellesøy, he's co-author of The Cucumber Book, Behaviour-Driven Development for Developers and Testers. He is a co-founder of Cucumber Limited.

'The $1m bag of hammers'

When I inherited my father's tool-bag it contained three hammers, and nothing else. If a hammer couldn't solve the problem, he didn't have the patience to fix it. It would be ridiculous to apply the same logic to intricate computer systems, and yet many enterprises do. A significant proportion of the IT security industry $multi-billions is spent on ‘standalone’ code review scanners, and I've met IT managers who place enormous trust in reports generated by code vulnerability scans.

 

A leading vendor claims their tool "provides comprehensive dynamic analysis of complex web applications and services". Does it really? Let's take a look at how popular automated code scanners hammer systems and use signature recognition to identify vulnerabilities. Why are scanners always good at finding reflected-XSS but terrible at finding logic and design flaws? Hammers are useful tools, but it's worth understanding when and where to use them, if cheaper yet more effective alternatives are available.

 

The Security Development Lifecycle could be conceptualised as 17 workflow stages, and ‘code review’ is only one of those steps; add penetration testing and we still only have two-seventeenths. Where else could we apply effort to reverse the asymmetric economics of cyber-security in favour of the defenders? Journey through the stages before, during, and after development and see examples of massive improvements that can be made without reaching for a hammer!




Declan O'Riordan

Declan O’Riordan has worked in IT since 1981 and testing since 1987. At his debut EuroSTAR conference speaking opportunity in 2014 he won the prize for best conference paper and was voted the session delegates would most like repeated with ‘The What? Why? Who? And How? Of Application Security’.

Declan subsequently won the prize for best conference paper at the STAR East conference in 2015 with ‘Security Testing: What Testers Can Do’. His ambition is to develop better communications between project teams and security specialists to prevent application security risks being ignored.
Speakers

Paul Gerrard

Testing the Internet of Everything’

 

Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach and a publisher. He has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and occasionally won awards for them.

Educated at the universities of Oxford and Imperial College London, in 2010, Paul won the Eurostar European Testing excellence Award. In 2012, with Susan Windsor, Paul recently co-authored “The Business Story Pocketbook”.

He is Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited and is the host of the UK Test Management Forum and the UK Business Analysis Forum.

Chris Ambler

'RIP Testing 2018'

 

With a degree in computer science and as a Fellow of the British Computer Society, Chris is a senior testing professional with over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry. He is passionate about product and process quality but obviously understands this comes at a price whilst trying to adopt the concept of ‘good enough’ testing to ensure value for money and to quantify return on investment.

 

Currently he is Director – Digital Entertainment at Edge Testing after being the Head Of Testing for Capita Customer Management but previously has lead testing teams in a multitude of different industries, both local, national and international and has developed world class QA testing facilities across Europe for both Electronic Arts and Microsoft Game Studios along with defining the strategy and delivery methodologies for a number of high value customers in defence, testing combat systems, test management and consultancy working with various banks, insurance companies and the likes of Orange, Seeboard, Transport For London, Lombard, the Home Office, Sky Television, Sega and Maersk to name but a few…

 

Chris is passionate about his craft and has spoken at conferences all over the world. He introduced the first games testing track within one of Europe’s main testing conferences along with successfully delivering a unique testing conference called ‘TestFest’ in 2012 which was attended by over 100 industry leaders. He was also a judge for the 2014 European Tester Awards.

Colm Harrington

‘ Leveraging Cassandra for Big Data ‘

 

Bio: Colm is a Automation test engineer with VCE based in Cork, Ireland with responsibilities for both front end (via Selenium) and API testing. Colm has worked in the software industry, for various companies including Microsoft and Sage Ireland, for over 10 years.

His real passion is simplifying the test process of complex applications and integrating the test process seamlessly into the SDLC.

Stephen Janaway

'Mobile Testing - That's Just a Smaller Screen, Right? ‘

                                                                                     

Stephen Janaway has been involved with software testing for over 14 years, starting as a Test Engineer. He has worked in various Test and Delivery Management roles for a variety of companies.

 

Currently he’s a Test Coach focusing on mobile and web testing, test automation and software delivery optimisation. Previously he’s worked for three of the major mobile device manufacturers, as well as advising a number of mobile application developers on testing and delivery strategies.

 

Stephen loves talking to others about software testing, test techniques and the mobile device and application world in general.

Jonathon Wright

‘Test-Ops in the Cloud ‘

Jonathon has over 14 years of commercial automation experience with a number of international organisations. Currently working on providing ‘Test Automation as a Service’ to a number of global clients. He’s an active blogger “Test Automation as a Service”[TaaS.net] as well as presenting at various international testing conferences – StarWEST(US), Fusion & AN2TB(Australia), BCS-SIGIST(UK).      

Augusto Evangelisti

'How to stay Relevant - An evolutionary talk for Testers ‘

 

Augusto "Gus" Evangelisti is a software development professional, blogger, foosball player with great interest in people, software quality, agile and lean practices. He enjoys cooking, eating, learning and helping agile teams exceed customer expectations while having fun.

Matt Wynne

Topic:  TBC

 

Matt Wynne works as an independent programmer and consultant, helping teams like yours learn to enjoy delivering software to the best of their abilities. He is a core developer on the Cucumber project, and co-author of The Cucumber Book.