The Joys and
Agonies of Automation Testing Tools
Using an Automation Testing Tool can be frustrating, ineffective, time consuming
and a giant waste of money if the planning and implementation are not done well. How
can you achieve great results from your Automation Testing effort? How can you tell
if you should even attempt an Automation Testing project? This presentation will
focus on Graphical User Interface (GUI) front-end testing tools and will discuss how to
analyze your resources and testing needs to determine if Automation Testing is a good fit
for your team. With the right tool and the right project, Automated Testing can be
the best thing since sliced bread.
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Y2K Party Lyrics and Pics
|Marie Ackley, CQE
Ms. Ackley is a Senior Quality Assurance Consultant, with 15 years
experience in system analysis and user acceptance verification testing. For the past
seven years, she has specialized in Automation Testing Tools to deliver regression testing
suites, "quick start" services, and customized training sessions. Marie
works at Compuware Corporation.
of Software Engineering: Status Report
Have you ever wondered how software standards are composed? Come and meet
Leonard Tripp, who has been instrumental in developing software standards in IEEE and ISO
standards committees. Software standards improve the practice of software
engineering and form the basis for the body of knowledge required to be recognized as a
software professional. Learn why these standards should be part of your standard
body of knowledge, and why your resume should include at least one certification.
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|Leonard Tripp, President, IEEE Computer Society
Mr. Tripp is a Technical Fellow in Software Engineering at the
Boeing Company, responsible for standards for safety-critical airborne
software. He has been active in the development of software engineering standards
since 1982, and was Chair of the IEEE Committee from 1992 to 1998. He served as the
US Head of Delegation to the ISO Committee on Software Engineering Standards from 1993 to
1998. He is the author of three books and 43 technical papers.
What Happens when Chaos Comes to Cubicle City?
If you thought life might settle down to normal after Y2K, you're in for
an unpleasant surprise. Chaos Theory is lying in wait just beyond the turn of the
century and it might just turn the software industry upside down the same way it did
psychology and sociology. Even today some consultants and academics are hailing
Chaos as the new approach to organization management, to software development and even to
software testing. But do they know what they're getting into? Do you know what
they might be getting you into? Come find out what Chaos Theory is (and what it
isn't), what it means for software development and testing, and what it might mean for the
QA profession in the first years of the 21st century.
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|Robert Bruce Kelsey, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelsey, ASQ Certified Quality Manager, is Manager of Quality
Assurance at Frank Russell Company. He has presented papers at the 7th International
Conference on Software Quality and numerous ASQ and other Quality Conferences. He is
track chair for this year's Customer-Supplier Conference, and a peer reviewer for the
journal Software Quality Professional. Bruce will sign your copy of his book, Chaos
and Complexity in Software during the "Birds of a Feather" time.
Management: The Key to Successful Software Projects
Requirements management issues are consistently ranked among the most frequently
cited reasons for project failure. Ron will offer tips and techniques for improving your
organization's requirements management capabilities. Topics will include How to Find
Requirements, Defining the System, and Managing Feature Creep. A Use Case driven approach
effectively captures, organizes and documents a product's requirements. This Use Case
driven approach is fundamental to uniting the analysts, developers, testers and
documentation groups into a single unified team.
Mr. Baghai is a Senior Software Engineering Specialist with Rational
Software, located in Redmond, Washington. He has over 15 years of experience in the
development and deployment of large software including the Canadian Air Traffic Control
System, and Boeing 777, 737 and 757. Ron spent two years on his Ph.D. degree at the
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. focusing on requirements.
Participation: Local SPICE Trials
Local companies can participate in the development of an emerging
international standard in software process assessment, ISO/IEC 15504 Sofware Process
Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPICE). Come and find out what this emerging
standard is all about and how your organization can benefit from participating in the
SPICE Trials. SASQAG is dedicated to the improvement of software quality practices and is
acting as the official SPICE Local Trials Coordinator in the Pacific Northwest.
Ms. DeLewis is a skilled Quality Assurance and Testing Manager working at DMR Consulting
who has been involved in all aspects of software quality and the growth of quality and
testing organizations. She founded and is the current chairperson of SAQAG.
She has developed and implemented full life-cycle testing methodologies for several
companies in multiple industries.
Mr. Napier is the Education Chair for SASQAG. He is a quality assurance and testing
methodologist working at DMR Consulting.
Test vs. QA: A
Join SASQAG as we explore the question of Software Testing vs. Software
Quality Assurance in a lively debate format. Has this question come up in your
office? Join us to hear what the experts have to say.
Napier's Cost of
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Gilchrist's Cost of
Defects PowerPoint Slides (115KB)
Test professional at Microsoft, representing the software testing community.
Software QA professional at Boeing, representing the software quality assurance community
Software QA and Test consultant at Data Dimensions, and moderator of the debate
International Software Testing
Does your company plan on selling software in the global marketplace?
David Stones outlines what is needed to successfully incorporate internationalization in
your testing environment. You will become familiar with International Software
Testing and where it fits in the test cycle. Learn about special requirements of
international defect management and root cause analysis.
|David Stones, CSTE
David Stones has worked in the area of international software testing for twelve years,
including positions with Intel and Novell. His varied responsibilities have included
International Test Manager, International Lab Manager, International Project Manager,
International Business Consultant, and Localization Engineer. He is fluent in
Japanese, both written and spoken. He is a Principal Consultant at DMR.
Client-Server System Testing
This presentation describes testing in a multi-vendor and multi-tier
client-server information system supporting a major business ERP re-engineering
effort. It discusses the real-life situations, the type of testing performed, and
some interesting results. The testing emphasizes integration of applications with
the delivery system and provides high-availability for the end-users. The test
environment promotes system understanding by providing hands-on experience for a variety
of end-users outside the lab setting.
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Gladys Lyons is the ISOPS Test Manager at Boeing. Her 19 year career with Boeing
includes work in engineering, test, application development, and network services.
In 1997, she was selected to participate in the Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Seminar
(AIMS) focusing on strategic management, manufacturing, and operations.
Attitudes to Achieving Software Quality
What is software quality? How does an organization achieve software quality
in its products? Meilir Page-Jones addresses some issues and typical misconceptions about
software quality. He covers approaches and attitudes toward improving software quality.
Successful approaches could include initiating a quality accounting program, correcting
problems in test processes, and redefining the organization.
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Meilir Page-Jones is president and senior consulting methodologist at Wayland Systems Inc. in Bellevue, WA. He has authored
three books, and numerous articles on software technology and management, as well as
courses on structured methods, object-oriented methods, and software project management.
Testing: Back to
New methodologies and models have greatly enhanced the test environment
and perhaps added confusion. If you want to establish a Test Program that could
work for any size company, where would you start? What would be the first criteria that
you would establish as your Program Standard? Is there a template for the foundation of a
Test Program? Would you implement SQA, TQM, IEEE, CMM, or something else?
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Test Documentation Outlines in Word (75KB) format
Michael OConnor has been involved in data processing, computer
science, and computer techology , and has over 18 years of experience in Software Test,
Quality Assurance, and Configuration Management. He has been involved with projects that
scale from the Viking Mars and Voyager missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, California, to small startup projects in Bellevue. Michael has developed and
taught Software Test courses for North Seattle Community College, Sanders Associates, and
Boeing. He is currently the QA Manager at ImageX.com, a business-to-business e-commerce
company in Bellevue.
Resistance as a
When you try to improve an organization, you inevitably encounter
resistance. You will learn how to turn resistance into a resource. Whatever else it may
be, resistance is information -- about the people you are asking to change, about the
environment in which the change will happen, about the changes you recommend, and about
yourself. Learn how to tap into that information to turn resistance into a resource for
creating lasting improvement.
Dale H. Emery
Dale H. Emery is a collaborative consultant, helping software projects build on the
four cornerstones of high performance: Features, Quality, Schedule, and Cost. He helps
software project teams continually answer three fundamental questions: What results do we
want? How can we get those results? What results are we getting?
Dale has been creating software as a developer, manager, and management consultant
since 1980. For his design of SpectroSERVER, the network modeling engine at the heart of
Cabletron Systems' Spectrum network management system, Mr. Emery was awarded two U.S.
Dale is writing a book about how to turn resistance into energy for positive