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STAR West 2010 - September 26 - October 1

STARWest - September 26 - October 1, 2010

San Diego, California

STARWEST is a software testing conference that brings quality assurance professionals the most up-to-date information, tools, and technologies available in the industry today. The event includes industry experts and peers in the test and QA community for a week jam-packed with learning sessions.

Jon Bach will be presenting 2 half-day tutorials:

The Craft of Bug Investigation - Monday morning, September 27th

Description: Although many training classes and conference presentations describe processes and techniques meant to help you find bugs, few explain what to do when you find a good one. How do you know what the underlying problem is? What do you do when you find a bug, and the developer wants you to provide more information? How do you reproduce those pesky, intermittent bugs that come in from customer land? In this hands-on class, Jon Bach helps you practice your investigation and analysis skills-questioning, conjecturing, branching, and backtracking. For those of you who have ever had to tell the story about the big bug that got away, Jon offers up new techniques that may trap it next time so you can earn more credibility, respect, and accolades from stakeholders. Because collaboration and participation are encouraged in this class, bring your mental tester toolkit, tester's notebook, and an open mind.

Exploratory Testing: Now in Session - Tuesday morning, September 28th

The nature of exploration, coupled with the ability of testers to rapidly apply their skills and experience, make exploratory testing a widely used test approach-especially when time is short. Unfortunately, exploratory testing often is dismissed by project managers who assume that it is not reproducible, measurable, or accountable. If you have these concerns, you may find a solution in a technique called Session-Based Test Management (SBTM), developed by Jon Bach and his brother James to specifically address these issues. In SBTM, testers are assigned areas of a product to explore, and testing is time boxed in "sessions" that have mission statements called "charters" to create a meaningful and countable unit of work. Jon Bach discusses-and you practice-the skills of exploration using the SBTM approach. He demonstrates a freely available, open source tool to help manage your exploration and prepares you to implement SBTM in your test organization.

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