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What we learn from our experiences helps shape us as human beings. What we learn from the experiences of others can give us new insight and new perspectives. At this year’s conference speakers will share with you the lessons that they have learned in Software Testing, as well as how these lessons influence the way that we approach testing both now and in the future.

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Tuesday, August 27 • 11:05am - 12:20pm
Transforming an entire corporate testing organization

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The entire approach toward software testing was drastically transformed at a major health insurance company over the past year. In 2010, Brian Demers was hired to guide “transformational change” in the testing department at Premera Blue Cross based near Seattle, WA.

Brian explains the successes and failures that he had over the past three years. He talks about what worked, what didn’t work and the steps that eventually brought him to his decision to train his entire test department and their management in a different approach to software testing.

Paul Holland, an independent software consultant and teacher, was brought in to help Brian with the transformation. Paul taught the Rapid Software Testing class to the ~70 testers, four test managers, and the test director. He helps Brian explain this success story from the viewpoint of the facilitator and teacher.

Brian and Paul explain how the test teams were trained, how the teams were involved after the training to get their buy-in to the implementation, what improvements have been seen and how difficulties were overcome.



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Brian Demers

Quality Assurance Manager, Premera Blue Cross
I have been involved in Software Testing for the past 12 years and have worked in a variety of industries and company sizes. I have been in the trenches doing black, white and grey box testing and have fought for test automation and streamlining not only QA but SDLC processes. I have held numerous positions leading small and large teams of testers, developers, PM’s and UX and BA roles in both Agile and Waterfall environments.
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Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →

Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

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