STARWEST 2019 Tutorial: Test Fundamentals: Relating Requirements and Risk to Testing and Test Design

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Test Fundamentals: Relating Requirements and Risk to Testing and Test Design

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Testing is fundamentally associated with understanding requirements and risk. We use test design techniques to deliver what is required by our customers, and we use testing to help our customers assess risk at every stage of the software’s life. These goals give us a focus for what to test and what to report, but they also present tricky and changing targets. Join Isabel Evans to practice using test design techniques in multiple ways, not just to design tests for execution, but also to understand risks, clarify requirements, and report the information that is most useful to our team and customers. Isabel will teach some basic test design techniques she uses in her own work to find potential defects and missing requirements before coding starts, derive a test basis when requirements are unwritten, drive the direction for nonscripted approaches, and provide input to automation. These techniques provide us with a range of information about logic, data groups and boundaries, business process flows, and system interactions. Isabel will demonstrate and then give you the opportunity to practice, so you’ll be ready to use these techniques in your own testing.

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Independent quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans has more than thirty years of IT experience in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her work focuses on quality management, software testing, and user experience (UX). Isabel authored Achieving Software Quality through Teamwork and chapters in Agile Testing: How to Succeed in an eXtreme Testing Environment, The Testing Practitioner, and Foundations of Software Testing. A popular speaker and storyteller at software conferences worldwide, Isabel is a fellow of the British Computer Society and a twenty-year member of software industry improvement working groups, and she received the 2017 EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award. Connect with Isabel on LinkedIn, Twitter, or her website.