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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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Wednesday, August 28 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Famous software failures and what we can learn from them

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Death, injury, and physical harm.  Loss of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.  World-wide and even galaxy-wide embarrassment.  These are just a few of the consequences of some of the more famous software failures over the last couple of decades.  These failures have  received general interest press attention in the past, but have rarely been analyzed to understand how a rigorous testing process could have had an impact on the failure. 

Peter examines six publicized software failures, and discusses how effective testing may have brought about a different outcome.  He details the circumstances surrounding these failures, and offers lessons to testers on the importance of certain aspects of testing and evaluating the quality of critical applications.  By studying known failures and their causes, we can
add value to our own quality programs to help ensure we don't become a character in a future "famous software failure."

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Peter Varhol

Peter Varhol is a well-known writer and speaker on software and technology topics, having authored dozens of articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences and webcasts. He has advanced degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology. His past roles include... Read More →

Wednesday August 28, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

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