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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 • 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Testing under Pressure

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For most of us, testing shares more in common with emergency response than with airplane maintenance. In a perfect world we’d check the torque on every bolt, and leave the runway with 100% certainty every flight. Most testers don’t have that luxury; we’re thrown at problems, and have to solve them as quickly as we can, with whatever tools we have. We’re expected to quickly understand new contexts, to deal with high pressure, low resources, and rapidly evolving situations. I’ll be comparing my experience as a firefighter to my experience with testing. We have to imagine the worst case: we enter a scene with little or no information, an urgency of action, and limited resources. It’s imperative to get in and out quickly, to prioritize the critical, high impact response, and to handle whatever unexpected challenges the job is going to throw at you. Every situation is different, and there’s never enough information, so how do you prepare for the unknown?

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Geoff Loken

Quality Analyst, Athabasca University
I'm currently charged with the oversight of software testing at the Athabasca University. Before that I spent a bit of time doing testing at Bioware, out of Edmonton. In my copious spare time I train, blog, and attend conferences about QA, and will be speaking for the second time at CAST this year. I have an MA in History, so I came into testing through the back door, and spend a lot of surplus energy thinking about advanced education, and how... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

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