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January 2018 QASIG Meeting

Adventures in Modern Testing

Presented by: Alan Page, Director of Quality for Services at Unity Technologies

Alan’s Slide Deck

Software testing has always been changing and evolving; but the changes, advancements, improvements, and shifts in the last few years feel much bigger to many of us.Depending on your context, these changes may be massive – or they may be trivial; but the path forward for software quality is clear, and relying on what many of us learned in the 1990s just isn’t going to help us anymore.

Independent test teams are fading in favour of testers embedded into the development team. Large portions of automation are now owned by developers. Data analysis and monitoring are taking on a prevalent role. Technical skills well beyond writing code are becoming critical knowledge. Coaching is becoming a more important skill. The scope and breadth of test and quality roles are requiring more and more expertise and depth of knowledge.

Alan Page has led (and is leading) teams through transformation to modern, advanced testing. In an interactive talk filled with experiences, anecdotes, and practical examples – as well as warnings about potential traps, he shares everything he knows (or at least everything he can fit into this session) about modern testing and what it means to every software tester.

About our speaker: Alan Page has been a software tester for over 25 years, and is currently the Director of Quality for Services at Unity Technologies. Previous to Unity, Alan spent 22 years at Microsoft working on projects spanning the company – including a two year position as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence.

Alan was the lead author of the book “How We Test Software at Microsoft”, contributed chapters for “Beautiful Testing”, and “Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation”. His latest ebook (which may or may not be updated soon) is a collection of essays on test automation called “The A Word: Under the Covers of Test Automation”, and is available on leanpub.

Alan also writes on his blog (http://angryweasel.com/blog), podcasts (http://angryweasel.com/ABTesting), and shares shorter thoughts on twitter (@alanpage).

May QASIG Meeting Video: Testing with no Testers featuring Alan Page

Abstract:

You’ve heard the rumors, and you’ve seen it happen. A software development team decides they don’t need testers, and you have questions. Do they not care about quality? Are they irresponsible? Are they crazy? Will I still have a job?

Alan Page is a career tester who has not only gone through the transition, he’s taking it head on and embracing it. Alan will share experiences, stories, strategies, and tactics for how he’s taken everything he’s learned in over twenty years of software testing, and used those skills to have an impact on software engineering teams at Microsoft. If you’re going through this transition, think you may be going through it soon, or your just curious to hear what Alan has to say, this will be a great talk for you.

About our speaker: Alan Page has been building and testing software for nearly 25 years. He was the lead author on the book How We Test Software at Microsoft, contributed chapters for Beautiful Testing and Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation , and recently published a collection of essays on test automation in The A Word. He also writes about a variety of software engineering subjects on his blog at http://angryweasel.com/blog.

Alan joined Microsoft as a member of the Windows 95 team, and since then has worked on a variety of Windows releases, early versions of Internet Explorer; Office Lync and Xbox One. Alan also served for two years as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence. Currently, he’s working on a brand new collaboration application for Microsoft.