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Quardev's Jon Bach to speak at 2007 PNSQC

Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) will hold its yearly three-day conference on October 8 - 10, 2007 and will feature Quardev Manager for Corporate Intellect, Jon Bach, as a speaker.

As PNSQC celebrates 25 years of bringing together members of the software development community who are passionate about software quality, Bach will take a look back as well. For the past ten years, he has been a hiring test manager on many projects and presents a paper that talks about data from over 400 test "auditions" - practical interviews staged for testers to show what they can do.

Titled "Top Ten Tendencies That Trap Testers," the talk lists the most common pitfalls that testers tend to get themselves into, including things Bach describes as "Performance Paralysis," "Dismissed Confusion," and "Bad Oracles," to name a few of the 10.

"'Dismissed Confusion' is the 6th most common tendency I've seen in the auditions," Bach said. "It happens when a tester sees something they know is strange, but thinks 'It's probably something I'm doing wrong' and moves on to another test idea."

In Bach's audition (which he describes as a "one-hour simulated software project"), testers were given a version of a program that calculates whether or not three numbers would make a triangle. Bach built the application in VB and has a logging algorithm to record mouse clicks and keystrokes. The names of the testers weren't preserved, just the data on what tests they ran and the order in which they ran them.

Bach has analyzed this data and saw several interesting patterns of behavior he calls "tendencies." The talk that accompanies his paper will show the pathologies that have trapped candidates in several ways. Jon will reveal the top ten tendencies and demonstrate ways the audience can avoid those traps on a project.

For more information, see the conference Web site: http://www.pnsqc.org/

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