AGENDA

Day 1, New Technologies & Methodologies

sela | 14 baruch hirsh, bnei brak

Day 1, Professional Development, Automation & Outsourcing

sela | 14 baruch hirsh, bnei brak

09:30 - 10:30
Vipul Kocher, Chief Soul Officer, SALT

Lost Art of Story Telling – New Paradigm for Learning in Testing

There was a time when stories were used as a means to transfer knowledge from one generation to another. As Ursula K. LeGuin said "There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” This is how tradition, knowledge and more importantly wisdom has been captured, cataloged and passed on. This talk will take a look at some incidents that took place in the speaker’s testing life, the lessons that could be learned and how telling these incidents as stories would allow easy recording and propagation of the lessons contained within.

The talk will also share some ideas about how modern equivalent of “sitting around the fire, swapping stories” can be implemented in the modern corporate context. Some ideas about how the next step in evolution of testing thought from structured and formal techniques to heuristics can be story telling.

Bio

Vipul is a co-founder of SALT and Verity software and President of Indian Testing Board, the ISTQB board for India. Prior to that he co-founded and ran PureTesting, a very successful testing services company. He has over 19 years of testing experience including managing Adobe Reader testing.

He has worked for a number of reputed companies such as Adobe Systems, Aplion Networks and River Run Software Group. He has managed testing for various award-winning products such as Adobe Reader for multiple platforms, routers and network management products, mail and database access products for mobile devices and desktops amongst others.

He has won several awards including the best paper award at STAREast 2006 and the Logica CMG Triple Star Award for the most original contribution at EuroStar 2005. He has been a Keynote speaker at many testing conferences in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia-New Zealand. He has been a contributor to the ISTQB FL and AL syllabi as well.

Vipul invented Q-Patterns, a method of capturing testing knowledge and writing reusable test cases. This method is being used by various organizations across the world. He is also the inventor of extension to Noun-and-Verb technique for creation of large number of tests from minimal documentation in shortest time possible.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from IIT, Delhi.

11:00 - 12:00
Yaron Tsubery, SMARTEST

Opensourcing in Automation testing

Many of us complain about having less test automation activities in their organizations. There are also managers who complain that lots of investment is required for test automation, they less see the ROI from the test automation activity.
What are you willing to do in order to upscale your test automation coverage? Do you wish to improve the ROI in your test automation project? Are you willing to contribute to others and by that maybe gain more for you?
Programmers already do that!!! They've many sharing open source platforms and communities like Stack Overflow websites…
Are we in the QA & Testing ready for this adventure?
What is required to do when you already see the benefits which the programmers gain?
Let us explore together the opportunities and the challenges facing us on the gurney to achieve it.

Bio

Yaron has been working in software since 1990, and has more than 20 years in Software and testing field as a Test Engineer, Customer Support Engineer, Testing TL, and Testing Manager. His original profession was Systems Analyst.
Yaron worked in Product Management, Project Management and Development for at least 3 years before becoming a Director of QA & Testing.
Yaron Tsubery has been the VP of QA & Testing Division Manager at Ness Technologies, and is the current CEO and founder of Smartest Technologies Ltd and has been a Director of QA & Testing Manager
at Comverse since 2000 until 2010.
Yaron has wide experience in banking business processes. For the last 10 years he has implemented best practices in a field where he is in charge of producing complex systems for telecommunication companies such as Vodafone, T-Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Verizon Wireless etc'; Main systems in Mobile technology: i-mode, Mobile GateWay and Billing Proxy; in System Integration projects: Content Data Management solutions including OSS & BSS sub-systems, Video Solutions, IPTV and IMS.
Yaron is the Former President at ISTQB® and the current Vice-President at the ISTQB® (International Software Testing Qualifications Board – www.istqb.org) and is also the President and founder of the ITCB (Israeli Testing Certification Board – www.itcb.org.il). He is a member of IQAMF (Israeli QA Managers Forum) and in SIGiST Israel.
Yaron has been invited as a speaker to some important international conferences to lecture on subjects related to testing, as well as he wrote articles that were published in professional magazines.

14:15 - 15:15
Joel Montvelisky, PractiTest

12 Tips for Becoming a More Professional Tester

Many testers feel that their organizations do not treat them with the same level of professionalism and respect that their development peers receive. Testers attribute this to the fact that testing is a relatively “new” profession, that few universities grant a formal degree in software testing, and all sorts of other external factors—things beyond their control. But this is not necessarily the case, to be perceived as professionals we need to start by becoming more professional. Joel Montvelisky shares a number of things we can do to improve our professionalism while increasing the value of our work in our organizations. These simple yet important things include expanding our technical involvement in projects, increasing the interaction with our users and their representatives, leading the risk assessment process in our projects, and more. Joel reviews twelve specific points—practical tips you can start using right away to become a more professional tester, or things that as a Test Manager you can use to lead your team members in a more professional path.

Bio

For the past fifteen years, Joel Montvelisky has been a tester, QA manager, and consultant, working with both small and large organizations in Israel and the Silicon Valley. Joel believes that testers should always strive to provide more QA intelligence value to their organizations and to expand both professionally and technically. As principal solution architect at PractiTest, he works with hundreds of teams worldwide, gathering knowledge and experience on the changing roles and the challenges testers face in today's dynamic reality

15:30 - 16:30
Vipul Kocher, Chief Soul Officer, SALT

Unusual solution to (un)usual problems

There are usual problems and there are unusual problems. Solution to these problems depends on the context of the problem. In some circumstances usual solutions fail requiring the testing team to produce unusual solutions. The case studies talks about automation solutions creation for test automation of products in various domains – Embedded systems (Routers and Switches), Healthcare (Custom ETL), Quick and dirty installer testing (Adobe Reader on Pocket PC), Performance testing Proof of Concept (PoC) for a call center product and performance testing solution for database testing.
Each of the solutions was unique, specific to the purpose and in each case commercial tools were either unavailable or deemed too expensive. The key takeaway is not how each solution was specifically implemented but the thought process behind creating the solutions

 

Bio

Vipul is a co-founder of SALT and Verity software and President of Indian Testing Board, the ISTQB board for India. Prior to that he co-founded and ran PureTesting, a very successful testing services company. He has over 19 years of testing experience including managing Adobe Reader testing.

He has worked for a number of reputed companies such as Adobe Systems, Aplion Networks and River Run Software Group. He has managed testing for various award-winning products such as Adobe Reader for multiple platforms, routers and network management products, mail and database access products for mobile devices and desktops amongst others.

He has won several awards including the best paper award at STAREast 2006 and the Logica CMG Triple Star Award for the most original contribution at EuroStar 2005. He has been a Keynote speaker at many testing conferences in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia-New Zealand. He has been a contributor to the ISTQB FL and AL syllabi as well.

Vipul invented Q-Patterns, a method of capturing testing knowledge and writing reusable test cases. This method is being used by various organizations across the world. He is also the inventor of extension to Noun-and-Verb technique for creation of large number of tests from minimal documentation in shortest time possible.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from IIT, Delhi.

Day 2, Agile & Mobile Testing

crowne plaza, HAYARKON 145, TEL AVIV

14:00 - 15:10
Testing Experts Panel

Sharing Ideas, Working Together - overcoming challenges of tomorrow

In recent years, each of us (test engineers and managers) has learned to cope with the high quality demands, together with the request to be more efficient and productive.
On top of that, a lot is happening in terms of technology, methodology, and tools in the testing world of today. These conditions, are highlighting the need to share those ideas, solutions, “how-to-solve” practices – between each other in the testing community, so we can all benefit from them, and leverage our work – adding more value to the business.
In this panel, we host international and Israeli experts that will be asked questions to share their experience about – the trends in meeting tomorrow’s testing challenges, and of new ideas of sharing knowledge internally and globally.
There shall be time allocated for open questions from the audience as well.

15:25 - 16:35, 16:50 - 17:50
Dr. Armin Metzger

Revealing the Mystery of Model-Based Testing

Model–Based Testing has been discussed intensively over the past 10 years on almost every testing conference. As one of the candidates to be the white hope for testing, a lot of effort has been spent to improve this methodology in numerous research projects. But where is MBT in our real testing life? It seems that still there is a fear of closer contact. In this workshop, Armin presents the not more than a hand full of basic principles of model-based testing. Understanding those principles is the key factor to refine the umbrella of methods that have been derived for model-based testing taking into account your project or organizational objectives to define the model-based testing approach that helps you improve the testing process and does not lead into higher complexity and higher costs. On simple example, the MBT principles will be derived and compared to a classical test design approach. Based on this practical example a tooling chain will be presented proofing the benefit of automated processes that can be obtained by MBT. It will be shown, how to introduce MBT to an organization and how to manage the obstacles.

Bio

As department manager of sepp.med gmbh, a German provider for development and quality assurance services in complex and safety critical domains like healthcare and automotive, Dr Armin Metzger is responsible for IT multi-projects. He has 20 years of experience in quality assurance, development and process implementation and improvement in scientific and industrial projects. With more than 10 years of conceptual and practical experience in the application of model-based testing to real-life industrial projects, he is a leading expert in this topic. Dr Armin Metzger is a founding member of the German Testing Board and currently member of GTB's board of directors.

 

Day 2, ROI & Practical Training

crowne plaza, HAYARKON 145, TEL AVIV

15:25 - 16:35, 16:50 - 17:50
Shmuel Gershon, Intel

The Testing Roller Coaster: Focusing and Defocusing

One of the special things about software testing is the significantly higher contrast between our focused and defocused performances: times when we think big-picture about our system and try to find connections (as in “which of the infinite possibilities can expose any relevant risk”) and times when one of this connections catches all of our attention (as in “dig inside a specific option with particular purpose”).
Not only these levels of focus/defocus are high, but we swing between the two often and at times with staggering speed.

Understanding more about focus and defocus and being able to identify which thinking mode occupies our mind at a given point are strong cognitive skill that helps us be better testers – and even important points in creating and maintaining talent in your testing team.

In this workshop Shmuel talks about this special aspect of testing, and wraps it with exercises to internalize the concepts. Come and learn how to watch your mind at work, how to help your team improve, and finally notice why it is that you like testing so much.

Bio

Shmuel Gershon has experience in both firmware and software testing; and also in coaching testers and helping friends. Today he works in Jerusalem testing sensor products with his team of Super-Heroes, and his experience includes working for big companies, small companies, and as freelancer -- spanning the world from South America to Israel. He used to be a programmer, but discovered that testing is twice the fun.
A frequent presenter at local and International software conferences, Shmuel is convinced that the most significant factor in our quest for quality is people, not features or technology. He writes about software testing at http://testing.gershon.info and published the open-source “Rapid Reporter”, an exploratory testing note taking tool.