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Test Estimation:12/6/12

Length: 1h 33m 25s
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This is a repeat presentation of one of our most popular webinars, which had over 1,600 registrants. If you missed it the first time, you can catch it now, and hear about how test estimation is done, using techniques that work in both traditional and Agile lifecycles. How many testers do we need? How many test cases do we need? How many bugs will testing find? How long will testing take? Those are good questions, but those questions are often hard to answer. In this webinar, drawn from three decades of industry experience and materials in his best-selling book Managing the Testing Process, 3rd edition, Rex will discuss fundamental techniques for test estimation. Join in the discussion after the initial presentation, and ask Rex about the challenges you face with test estimation.

Advanced Software Testing: Test Policies, Strategies, and Plans: 11/7/12

Length: 1h 29m 29s
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This is another webinar in a series on advanced software testing, excerpted from Rex’s popular books, Managing the Testing Process, third edition, and Advanced Software Testing: Volume II, a book for test managers. In this webinar, Rex will discuss test policies, strategies and plans. We’ll cover various topics that test managers must consider to make sure that test goes as smoothly as possible. What should testing accomplish and how do we recognize success? How should we approach testing? What specific activities need to be planned for each project? What risks can affect testing, and how can we manage those risks in our test plans? How does lifecycle affect these documents? Join this webinar, illustrated with examples throughout, to learn techniques that you can apply to your work right away.

Agile Testing Challenges Four Years Later: 9/20/12

Length: 1h 32m 43s
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Earlier this year, Rex gave a webinar on how Agile lifecycles create opportunities for testing. Four years ago, Rex gave a presentation on the testing challenges of Agile, first in Auckland, New Zealand and later at various locations around the world. So, what’s changed in the last four years? In this webinar, Rex will revisit his presentation on Agile testing challenges. How are we, as testing professionals, doing in terms of surmounting these challenges? What remains to be done? How can you recognize and manage these challenges in your Agile projects? In this free webinar, Rex will discuss these points and more, helping you be more effective in Agile projects.

Software Testing: Advanced Software Testing Reviews 080712

Length: 1h 4m 58s
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This is another webinar in a series on advanced software testing, excerpted from Rex’s popular book, Advanced Software Testing: Volume 2, a book for test managers. In this eighth webinar, Rex will discuss the use of reviews to improve requirements and design specifications, including in Agile lifecycles. We’ll cover The most efficient quality assurance techniques known, Reviews of traditional requirements, use cases, user stories, design specifications, and other descriptions of how the system works and how it does what it does. Join this webinar, illustrated with examples throughout, to learn a technique that you can apply to your work right away.

Software Testing: Test Management and Quality Management 7/3/12

Length: 1h 33m 1s
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Are test management and quality management the same? Are they different? How are they related? Many people are confused about these questions, and that confusion results in many problems for test teams around the world. Rex Black has seen that confusion first-hand, and has helped clients resolve the problems that confusion can cause. In this talk, Rex will provide five key lessons in how to recognize the confusion and resolve problems, illustrated with case studies throughout. You will leave this session ready to provide clear leadership in test management and quality management, and to help your organization achieve successful testing and quality.

Software Testing: From Feared Enforcer to Trusted Partner 6/18/12

Length: 1h 28m 34s
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Some testing teams see themselves as quality cops or process cops, there to enforce entry criteria, methodology standards, work product delivery dates, and other policies on developers, business analysts, sales and marketing staff, and other project team members. While this can be valuable and appropriate in some organizations, most of the time it is not a winning position for test teams. What we see with our clients is that test teams who deliver the most value are those that focus on being a trusted partner to their stakeholders, helping them deliver the highest quality software and systems on time and within budget. In this webinar, illustrated with case studies of successful and unsuccessful test teams, Rex will explain how you can transform your test team into a trusted partner.

Software Testing: Improving the Testing Process 5/22/12

Length: 1h 32m 16s
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In 2003, Rex’s book, Critical Testing Processes, came out. In it, Rex introduced a test process framework based on criticality, and focused on business value. With the 2012 publication of Rex’s new e-book, Improving the Testing Process, Rex provides a clear set of guidelines on how to use the Critical Testing Processes framework to assess and improve your testing processes. It includes questions to ask and metrics to evaluate. In this webinar, Rex will explain the evaluation guidelines and how to apply them to your organization. You’ll come away ready to get started on bottom-line focused, data-driven improvements to your testing processes.

Software Testing: Testing Strategies from Around The World 4/3/12

Length: 1h 31m 49s
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This webinar will give attendees an overview of the significant test strategies in use by testers in various industries and business domains around the world. We’ll examine: analytical strategies (where testers analyze requirements or risks to identify the test conditions to cover); model-based strategies (where testers develop a model of the environment in which the system exists, the inputs and conditions to which the system is subjected, and how the system should behave); methodical strategies (where testers use a predetermined set of test conditions, such as a quality standard or set of heuristics); process-compliant strategies (where testers follow a set of processes defined by others, such as Agile testing); reactive strategies (where testers react to the actual system under test rather than trying to pre-plan the testing); and, other strategies in common use. Rex will explain the pros and cons of each of these strategies, and factors that aid or impede success with them. You’ll also learn how to blend test strategies to achieve optimal results, far better than any single strategy can deliver.

Software Testing: Agile Testing Opportunities 3/21/12

Length: 1h 30m 50s
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Every lifecycle affects testing, and Agile is no exception. A number of elements of the Agile methodologies can create opportunities for testing, when properly implemented. In this webinar, we'll discuss how nine characteristics of Agile methodologies can turbo-charge your testing, specifically examining: the obvious and not-so-obvious benefits of automated unit testing; how the re-birth of static code analysis makes removing bugs cheap and easy; the use of code coverage metrics to help quantify confidence; the testing benefits of continuous integration; Agile contributions for automated functional testing; how Agile supports high-quality, lightweight requirements; the benefits of stakeholder review of test conditions; reducing the dreaded test crunch with a sustainable workload; and, how Agile methodologies control technical debt and why that matters for testing. In this free webinar, Rex Black discusses the key testing opportunities created by the Agile approach, so that you can recognize and take advantage of them.

Software Testing: Managing Quality within Budget and Schedule Constraints: Successful and Unsuccessful Techniques 2/10/12

Length: 1h 32m 42s
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In a perfect world, we would have boundless time and resources to deliver systems with plentiful features, each feature having perfect quality. In the real world, we must balance schedule, budget, features, and quality. When schedule, budget, and features get all of the attention, we have a quality quandary. In this webinar, Rex will discuss ways that test professionals can help their project teams resolve that quandary. First, it’s important to recognize the trade-offs being made, and then test professionals can promote the five elements of making successful trade-offs: shared vision; disciplined management; quality in, and bugs out, throughout; focused testing; and, sending the right message. Rex will illustrate these five elements with a variety of case studies and examples.

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