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Using Influence Diagrams to Understand Testing


Using Influence Diagrams to Understand Testing Influence diagrams provides a simple-to-create and easy-to-understand approach to address the complexities of real-life problems. For instance, as testers we may want to find more bugs, but what is the knock-on effect of this on developers and on the business? Developers now have more defects to debug and it’s likely that the…

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19.01.2015


Experience Report: Model Based Testing of Embedded Systems using Spec Explorer


Spec Explorer is a model-based testing tool from Microsoft. With this powerful tool it is possible to write models in a mainstream programming language (like C#), accompanied by configuration files in a scripting language.   The Spec Explorer tool provides testers with several techniques such as state filtering, data abstraction and model composition to reduce…

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Speakers Dinner


We invite all our speakers to join us for a wonderful speakers dinner at a fabulous location in Brussels Yes! Sorry! It is for Speakers only!

14.02.2015


Developing the Right Skills depending on your Context


Testers need to develop different skills or competences’ depending on the way the organization looks at, and understands, testing. For instance, the competence ‘Negotiation Skills’ is most important when testing is mandated and a test team exists. At the same time the competence ‘Listening’ is more important when the business consults, relies upon, and values…

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19.01.2015


Coaching skills for test professionals


Coaching other, like fellow testers, users or developers became very important during the last years. We are not in a separate team any more and more people are involved in testing. We as Subject Matter Experts in testing should be able to help and support others in testing and this asks for coaching skills. But…

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26.01.2015


Chocolate delight


Sorry – Too late!   Discover Belgium through its chocolate. Just for as little as 50 Euro, you’ll enjoy the different tastes of chocolates! Something not to be forgotten!

30.03.2015


A High-Tech Tester is a great Eyewitness


With a specially prepared LCD TV the attendants will get their hands dirty in physically testing the device. Testing in high-tech environments requires the skill to pay attention to details. I will give a 5 minute demo on the TV on how it works (it does not work as a TV in our living room…

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19.01.2015


Keynote: Scrum Must Die


Many teams over the last decade have moved to Agile Scrum development, but many have missed the key point of doing the adoption—Scrum and it’s rituals are merely training-wheels for building a lasting Agile culture. In this keynote, Ray Arell talks about how long-term dependency on Scrum can hinder the potential creativity and profitability of…

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26.01.2015


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19.01.2015


Practical Tips for Pairing with a Developer to Test


Effective working relationships between team members is vital component of a successful team. In particular building a strong working relationship between developers and testers is important for shared ownership of quality and to foster a whole team approach. Unfortunately in my experience having developers and testers embedded in the same team doesn’t necessarily mean a…

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Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels


But hurry 🙂     Taste why Belgium has received worldwide acclaim for its craft beer on this 2.5-hour guided tasting tour in Brussels. Your guide will fill you in on how to tell a Belgian beer from beers produced in other countries and explain what distinguishes the many types of beers — more than…

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14.02.2015


Quality built in @ Spotify


Most of the people think that quality in software development is limited to manual testing on the latest stage before releasing a product. That might be true 20 years ago in the industrial era. But current world is much more dynamic than before. Time to market became the most crucial metric nowadays. Releasing code to…

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19.01.2015


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26.01.2015


Agile/Lean Team Management and Leadership Workshop


This workshop is intended for managers and leaders of teams that are growing in the usage of Agile and Lean practices within their organization. Overall objectives of the workshop is to baseline on the need for change to meet market demands, review the Agile and Lean culture, survey of practices being used today, explore your…

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19.04.2015


Testing Concurrent Software: Challenges and Tools


Testing concurrent software is hard due to its non-deterministic behavior. Concurrency bugs triggering the failure of a test are difficult to reproduce. When debugging, the failing behavior might disappear altogether, a so-called Heisenbug. The cause of these concurrency problems is non-deterministic thread interleaving, introducing data races and race conditions. In literature, three categories of techniques…

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19.01.2015



Practical Transition to Agile (day 1 of 2)


We are facing today an increase demand from test engineers and test managers to know how to deal with testing in an Agile environment. The Agile manifesto guides Agile development teams into concepts and areas we have (many times) avoided in testing when using the V model, waterfall and other development models, and by that…

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19.01.2015


From Desktop Wearable to Testing


Diversity has been always “a way of life” in the software industry. Different platforms, different technologies, different programming languages, different development environment, different application domains… Mobile app development has exploded over the past few years by adding new “diversity”. Companies are requested to deliver their software products not only for PC but also, and sometimes…

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Advanced interactive session on mobile, cloud & new technologies


Chaired by Galina Makagonova, QA Director of Roadhouse Interactive Gaming company Assistant: Stephen Jannaway Topics will be decided in an “Agile way” – what could be on the menu: Game analytics and QA. Should Game analytics cover QA requirements? iOS release testing: provisioning profile and challenges around it. Facebook integration testing. IAP (in application purchase)…

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14.02.2015


Testing the Missing Link in the Evolution of Future Robotics


Robotic companies have been with us for decades and now they are undergoing a massive transformation. Finally, the technologies for advanced and lightweight mechanical frameworks augmented with autonomous high powered CPU’s and reliable electrical systems make advanced robotics more an more cost effective and the possible implementations in our day to day lives are growing…

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19.01.2015


Personal Agility


Are you or people in your organization feeling overwhelmed with their workload? Do they feel they are not getting the results they want from the actions they are taking? Does everything seem urgently important? If you have been wanting to learn more about Kanban, this workshop is for you. Participants will apply Kanban and other…

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26.01.2015


Next generations Test Automation challenges require new solutions.


The software testing discipline is experiencing exciting times. The tendency is to focus on value-adding testing services and automation can help a great deal in this. Especially when organizations want to engage in full continuous delivery – and which organization wouldn’t? Yet, this does not come without challenges. This talk summarizes the major trends in…

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01.05.2015


Case Study: DIRP = Test Case Design Methodology


DIRP is a Test Case Design Methodology. It was created by the Testing Competence within Novabase, at the end of 2012. It was created with the intent of diminishing the difficulties felt by the Projects in the two main phases of Testing – Design and Execution: The complex business process was not well documented, leading…

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19.01.2015


Breaking Illusions: Testing is your most valuable asset!


Testers don’t break your code, they break your *illusions* about the code. Illusions may be about the code doing what it’s supposed to; about the product doing what it would need to; about your process is able to deliver with change in mind; and about the business growing with uninformed risks on the product and…

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26.01.2015


Mindful Exploratory Testing (Day 1 of 2)


Getting your head around Exploratory Testing Exploratory Testing can be a misunderstood testing approach. It can be highly productive, documented and disciplined. It can also be the complete opposite. It can be hard to explain and ‘sell’ internally. It can be many things.   Good Exploratory Testers can investigate effectively and find useful information to…

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19.01.2015


Your place in DevTops is not about finding more bugs, but problem solutions


Developers don’t like bugs in their inbox that they need to reproduce because that keeps them from doing what they like most: coding new stuff. Entering bugs should also not be the most exciting thing in your life as a tester: it should be about providing insight into the problem you found (e.g: leaking objects…

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Building a true decision support system for Agile delivery, using automated intelligence


By aiming to shorten release cycles, application teams must be able to assess rapidly whether the build is ready to move on to either testing or production. To facilitate that, out-of-the-box metrics should be automatically updated and accessible in real-time,  so the right decisions for the business can be made. All team members should have…

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14.02.2015


From Waterfall to Agile and back again – an unexpected journey


This is the story of a test team’s unexpected journey. We went from Waterfall to Agile and then a few steps back again. Our unexpected journey helped us find our middle ground. We found a new harmony within a software house. During the journey, independent testing enforcement diminished and was close to becoming obsolete, but…

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19.01.2015


Testing Cup


To answer that question, we probably need to explain first what the Testing Cup is about. As the BTD is “The Learning by Doing” conference, the Testing Cup is really “the place to be” to test in a very practical way and … to learn. Finding the bugs is the ultimate goal! BUT the process…

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26.01.2015


Agile Advanced Interactive Session


We welcome you at the Agile clinic In this interactive session, we exchange work experiences. Derk-Jan and other famous speakers @BTD are waiting for you to help out their vision and experience, but do not underestimate your colleagues. They often have, like you, good solutions and insight enriching questions. The clinic is, therefore, the place:…

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01.05.2015


Web Analytics Automation Testing – Data beats Opinions. Never Assume, always Check


The power of the data-driven approach has become obvious. But data-driven design is not synonymous with data collection. Data-driven refers to how you collect data and what you do with it once you’ve got it. You can’t go from analytics to action without being sure that you are collecting the right data and that the…

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19.01.2015


The future is happening now!


A few years ago together with 7 Dutch testing colleagues we wrote the book ‘Determine your course! Future and trends in software testing’. One of the important trends we saw for the future is that the traditional roles of test analyst, test coordinator and test manager would diversify in many more roles such as test…

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26.01.2015


For Developers: Walkthrough of the OWASP Top 10 Web Application Security Vulnerabilities


This will be a full day walkthrough of the OWASP Top-Ten Web Application Security Vulnerabilities. What they are, how attackers exploit them, and how to prevent them by applying secure design principles and developing secure code. A crucial skill to acquire is learning to think like a bad guy. Rather than just following procedures and…

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19.01.2015


Celebrating 1 year of Collaboration Driven Development (CDD)


If a developer takes the time to write and run unit test cases for his code, his goal is to deliver a better product. So you can ask yourself why we still need testers if all developers are doing unit testing. Because there is no way that a developer is able to come up with…

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Development & Testing Advanced Interactive Session


Ray has a vast experience in dealing with Development and Testing Teams. He has lead and leading teams @Intel and was the key in transitioning teams from Waterfall development to Agile. Ray will share with you his do & don’t s, when or in which situations alarms need to go off and which solutions you…

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14.02.2015


5 years Agile! Success or Failure?


This interactive presentation is based on my experiences as Agile consultant and Agile trainer in the past five years. In that period of time I have seen over 300 Agile projects. Not only in the Netherlands but also in many other countries. This has given me a good picture of the current situation with regard…

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19.01.2015


TestLab


The agenda: 9.40 – 17.00 B T D Who 09:40 – 10:30 Lean Coffee x x x Ru Cindrea, Maaret Pyhäjärvi 11:00 – 11:50 Open Salary discussion “Is tester, SDET and Developer paid the same? Should they be?”, introducing K-cards facilitation technique x x x Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Ru Cindrea 12:00 – 12:50 The Empire Tests…

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26.01.2015


Panel Discussion : “Quality – United in Diversity”


The theme embraced perfectly the situation in which all of us are in. Ideal to have a discussion about it. Diversity, aren’t we dealing with a very diverse environment. Differences, not only from the people business analysts, testers, developers, marketers, customers,…, you name it! But also from the technology like cloud, security, mobile, apps, legacy…

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10.05.2015


If James Bach and Mary Gorman had a baby, how would it test?


In 2001 James Bach introduced a game changing approach to dividing test object into elements in his Stickyminds.com column feature “How Do You Spell Testing?”. In his approach five words represented different aspects of a software product: Structure, Function, Data, Platform and Operations. Five years later I came across with this SFDPO heuristic. It changed…

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19.01.2015


Gadgets on a Budget: How to build and manage a device test lab in a mobile startup.


Where to start? How to get device requirements and build the device matrix? How to build a collection that represents the audience and overall market share for your own product?  How to handle device inventory? What is and is not important in device selection? This workshop introduces participants to all aspects of device test lab…

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29.01.2015


The Art and Science of Test Heuristics


Variously defined as “fallible methods for solving problems” (Bach & Bolton) or “rules of thumb”, heuristics are essential tools for thinking test practitioners. When you construct a test around a model like “follow the money”, or adopt a leadership pattern where you challenge your team members with stretch goals, you are working with a heuristic….

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19.01.2015


The joy of Programming for non-programmers


Would you like to know a bit more about programming, but you’ve never written a line of code in your life and you have no idea where to start? Do you want to experience the amazing feeling of creating a computer game by yourself? Learning about programming will help you get a better understanding for…

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Creating Shared Goals


Learn about the rules for goal setting, such as profitable; actionable and achievable with stretch. Learn how to achieve shared goals using questioning to clarify understanding: identify who is involved and what specific actions are required. Agree an action plan and a management mechanism. Understand the impact of risk appetite.

15.02.2015


AgiLEAN BDD Test automation


One of the most important problems that we face as software professionals is this: If somebody thinks of a good idea, how do we deliver it to users as quickly as possible? This talk shows how to address the problem of delivering value at speed.   There are many software development methodologies, which focus primarily…

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19.01.2015


TestLab


The agenda:   9.40 – 17.00 B T D Who 09:40 – 10:30 Lean Coffee x x x Ru Cindrea, Maaret Pyhäjärvi 11:00 – 11:50 Teaching Kids Programming with Koans (Unit tests) x x Maaret Pyhäjärvi 12:00 – 12:50 Mobile Test Automation x x Ru Cindrea 14:00 – 14:50 TBA Tony Bruce 15:00 – 15:50…

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26.01.2015


Testing your Emotions


Testing is an emotional subject.  It raises emotions within us as testers, and also other within the projects in which we work. Telling someone that the code that they have spent days or weeks working on is in fact flawed requires skills and a great understanding of the potential impact on the other person. There…

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19.01.2015


Application Performance Clinic: From Zero to Performance Hero in Minutes


Application Performance Clinic Join us on May 17th for a complimentary application performance clinic. This event is all about hands-on learning. The goal is that you will leave with a handful of PurePaths, log files, graphs, metrics and new ideas that you can show and share with your peers. Join application performance enthusiast, Andreas Grabner…

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30.01.2015


How Business Can Use Testing


Many of the problems of systems development and testing can be traced to the human or organisational problem of lack of engagement with stakeholders. If only we had better access to the users and their managers, then life would be so much easier! But it’s not as simple as that. Business users and their managers…

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19.01.2015


Test Challenges in the Cloud


Traditionally, software was deployed on an in-house server, so the test environments were relatively easy to mock up: the Development team could make precise specification requirements and often the test environments had been in place for quite some time. As a result, environment related issues were not always a primary concern for Quality Assurance (QA)…

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25.01.2015


Best Practices in Test Automation


Automated tests become more and more the preferred choice in testing as opposed to manual testing: Automated tests enable more objective, less error-prone, repeatable and fast tests. Sometimes, it is also the only choice in testing. This trend is supported by an increasing amount of methods, approaches, tools and frameworks for test automation. However, the…

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15.02.2015


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