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FREE Software Testing Virtual Event by EuroSTAR Conferences

Greetings SmartBear members,

I just wanted to bring a FREE software testing event to your attention that I think you will enjoy.

On September 17th the EuroSTAR Software Testing Community will host an event called 'EuroSTARonline, the Software Testing Summit'. This one day event is your chance to catch a glimpse of what to expect at this year's conference in November.

The programme features four fantastic presentations & live audience questions with prominent testing figures including Anna Hoff, EuroSTAR Conference 2013 keynotes Fiona Charles and Keith Klain, as well as tutorial presenter James Lyndsay. The day will also feature on-demand presentations from Bj Rollison, Stuart Reid, Michael Cooper, Makarand Teje & Kees Blokland and exclusive access to new Case Studies from Bryan Bakker and Seretta Gamba as well as a brand new eBook by Kees Blokland, Jeroen Mengerink & Martin Pol.

What to expect:

FREE access to eight expert sessions

• Participate in Live Q&A with headline speakers

• Discuss the hottest topics with industry experts in moderated discussion boards

Network with 2000 testing professionals

• Download the latest EuroSTAR software testing Case Studies and eBook

WIN! A place at EuroSTAR Conference 2013 and other prizes!


All presentations will be available on demand (to those who register) for 30 days after the event.

Programme Details (Times in BST)

"The Search for Surprises" with James Lyndsay (9:00am)

In this talk, James Lyndsay will identify and illustrate approaches that help you to root out the ways that working software misbehaves. We'll put these approaches in context by describing emergent behaviours, strategies and diversity, wicked problems and the temptations of confirmation. Participants with laptops can download and work through some of the exercises.


James Lyndsay has publicly championed and taught exploratory testing for more than ten years, and has guided exploratory teams towards interesting risks for rather longer. He built the Black Box testing machines, failed to improve the ISEB exam, convened LEWT, and started up the TestLab.

"Experiences from 10 years of testing - A couple of interesting cases" with Anna Hoff (11:15am)

Over the years of working as a consultant I have had the pleasure of working in many organizations, projects and teams, each with their own challenges and rewards. During my presentation I will share some of my best and worst moments. How to save the situation and how to make it worse.


Anna Hoff has worked as a consultant within the software testing business for more than ten years. She has a history of working with SAST within the Öresund region and received standing ovations for her session "The Supertester" at EuroSTAR 2009 and 2010.

"Thinking Strategically About Testing" with Fiona Charles (1:30pm)

To test software effectively, you need to have a strategy. That's true whether you are testing a minor feature, an entire application or an integrated suite of applications.

A test strategy is the set of big-picture ideas that embody the direction or design of a test effort. It's not a detailed plan. It's the thinking you've done about how to make the best use of time and all the other resources available to you, to find important bugs and provide your stakeholders with information that really matters to them about the software.

Most testers are not taught to think strategically about testing. Instead, we're given document templates derived from a standard, and told to go off and populate the sections with tedious and repetitious detail that rarely has much to do with how we're actually going to test the software.

It's time to question the common belief that a test strategy has to be a big prose document that's expensive and time-consuming to produce, yet delivers little value to our stakeholders. It's time to start thinking strategically about how to test effectively.

In this presentation, Fiona Charles focuses on what's essential in a test strategy and outlines some simple yet powerful techniques to develop it quickly, asking questions that will help you learn to think strategically.


Fiona Charles teaches testers project skills "beyond process"- skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. An expert test consultant and manager, she has been in the thick of it through 30+ years of challenging projects across the business spectrum on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout her career, Fiona has advocated, designed, implemented and taught pragmatic and humane practices to deliver software worth having. Fiona's articles appear frequently, and she conducts experiential workshops at international conferences and in-house for clients. She is co-founder/host of the Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, a testing peer conference. She edited The Gift of Time, celebrating Jerry Weinberg's work, and the "Women of Influence" issue of STP Magazine in which she was also featured.

The Confidence Game - What is the Mission of Testing? with Keith Klain (3:40pm)

It is extremely important that testers understand and adhere to their mission, so why wouldn't the mission of testing be confidence? Shouldn't we want to have confidence in our products? Isn't it a good thing to have confidence in our testing? In this talk, Keith outlines the dangers of making confidence the mission of testing and why we should be skeptical of claims to the contrary. Drawing from personal experience with senior IT and business management and examples from marketing materials, Keith will discuss bias, goal displacement, and why testers should be comfortable in state of uncertainty.


Keith Klain is the head of Barclays Capital Global Test Centre, which provides functional and non-functional testing services to the investment banking and wealth management businesses. With more than fifteen years of multinational experience managing enterprise-wide testing programs, Keith has built and managed global test teams for financial services and IT consulting firms in the US, UK, and Asia Pacific. He also was a software quality management practice director for an international technology consultancy. Keith is a current member of the board of directors for the Association for Software Testing. Visit his blog at


On-Demand Anytime Sessions:

"ISO 29119 - the new set of international standards on software testing" with Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid is Chief Technology Officer at Testing Solutions Group. He has 30 years' experience in the IT industry, working in development, testing and education. Application areas range from safety-critical to financial and media. Stuart also supports the worldwide testing community in a number of roles. He is convener of the ISO Software Testing Working Group, which is developing the new ISO 29119 Software Testing set of standards and is the software testing representative at BSI. He chairs the BCS Specialist Group in Software Testing and founded ISTQB to promote software testing qualifications on a global scale.

"Going Cloudy? How to test SaaS?" with Kees Blokland

The introduction of cloud computing has changed the playing field for testing. Testing needs to evolve and innovate to address the newly introduced risks that come with "going cloudy" with application services. How do we make sure that the continuity of services is guaranteed? In this webinar Kees Blokland introduces new solutions to tackle the new risks that arise with SaaS. How to use innovative combinations of testing techniques to cope with this phenomenon

'Emerging Trends in Testing - Conclusions from the 2013-2014 World Quality Report' with Makarand Teje & Michael Cooper.

How does your company stack up to the industry in software quality and testing? For instance, did you know that, despite the rapid rise in mobile testing (from 31% in 2012 to 55% in 2013), close to half of respondents this year report that they still lack mobile testing experts…

Mark your calendar for a dynamic 30-minute discussion with Capgemini and HP where we’ll share results from the World Quality Report. This report is the industry’s most comprehensive annual research study focused on insights about the latest trends and best practices in application quality assurance, testing methodologies, tools, and QA processes. The report is based on more than 1,500 telephone interviews with CIOs, CFOs, IT directors and managers and QA directors across 25 countries.

During this event you¹ll hear actionable highlights of the findings on topics including:

• Testing in the cloud

• Mobility & security testing

• Managing Agile distributed testing organizations and testing CoEs

• Test automation

• Quality metrics

• Reporting

This insightful discussion co-author of the World Quality Report, Makarand Teje, Senior Vice President, Applications, Capgemini is joined by Michael Cooper, HP Software QA and Testing Evangelist.

'API Testing: The heart of functional testing' by Bj Rollison

An API, or Application Programming Interface, is a collection of functions that provide much of the functional capabilities in complex software systems. Most customers are accustomed to interacting with a graphical user interface on the computer. But, many customers do not realize the much of the functionality of a program comes from APIs in the operating system or program’s dynamic-link libraries (DLL). So, if the business logic or core functionality is exposed via an API call then and if we want to find functional bugs sooner than API testing may be an approach that provides additional value in your overall test strategy. Additionally, API testing can start even before the user interface is complete so functional capabilities can be tested while designers are hashing out the “look and feel.” API testing will not replace testing through the user interface, but it can augment your test strategy and provide a solid foundation of automated tests that increase your confidence in the functional quality of your product.


Bj Rollison is a Principal Test Architect at Microsoft currently working on the Windows Phone team. He is currently driving test automation improvements in the social communications API stack. Bj also teaches courses in software testing and test automation at University of Washington and DuyTan University in Vietnam. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on software testing, co-author of How We Test Software at Microsoft, and contributor to several industry magazines. His blog is When not engaged in software testing, Bj is the captain of the Monarchs ice hockey team and is a defenseman on the team. To clear his mind and relax, Bj is also an avid sailor and gardener. Bj can be reached at

Moderated Discussion Boards

Derk-Jan de Grood & Erkki Pöyhönen host moderated discussions on a host of topics including:

• Mobile testing is a poor area to focus on as a tester, since Mobile development does not need testers, it needs developers.

• When is it not enough to just cover the requirements in you tests?

• Certification of testers should contain a large item in which tool knowledge and skills are tested and this item should be renewed on an annual basis in order to make sure certified testers are up to date with the latest tools.

• What is my testing context - Business, organisation, technology, industry?


Testing cloud services. How to test Saas, Paas and Iaas”. by Kees Blokland, Jeroen Mengerink & Martin Pol.

This e-book provides an introduction on testing cloud services and uses excerpts from the book “Testing cloud services. How to test Saas, Paas and Iaas.”. The e-book is gives an impression on the general strategy for coping with the introduction of cloud services from risk and test perspective. It includes introductory text as well as detailed information from the book so that the reader gets an idea about the benefit the book can have.

Case Studies:

"Automated Reliability Testing Using Hardware Interfaces" by Bryan Bakker

Bryan Bakker tells of automating testing for medical devices, an area with stringent quality requirements and difficulties in accessing the software embedded in devices such as X-ray machines. The case study features many interesting observations about management's changing views toward the automation (e.g., management was surprised when the testers found a lot of new bugs, even though "finding bugs" is what management expected of them).

"Automation through the Back Door (by Supporting Manual Testing)" by Seretta Gamba

I first describe how we started with test automation, which strategies we applied, and then how we solved the progressive stagnation by supporting manual testing. I will follow the same structure here, but I will first introduce the issues that we had to address and then the patterns that we applied or that we should have applied. Note that we used the patterns not knowing that we did.

I will briefly explain issues and patterns as we need them, but for more details, you will have to wait for the book!


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