Novemeber 2011 QASIG Meeting

Google’s Approach to Test Engineering

Google takes a holistic approach to quality involving developers (SWEs), developers in test (SETs) and a lesser talked about role called test engineering (TE). This talk outlines the role and responsibility of the Google Test Engineer and details the tools and techniques they use to ship high quality software to millions of users on a daily basis. Learn about the process of Attribute, Component, Capability (ACC) analysis and risk assessment used to ship a number of Google products and find out how you can get access to the tools Google TEs use.

About our speaker:

Dr. Whittaker is currently the Engineering Director over engineering tools and testing for Google’s Seattle and Kirkland offices where he manages the testing of Chrome, Chrome OS, Google Maps and other web applications. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Tennessee and is the author or coauthor of four acclaimed textbooks. How to Break Software, How to Break Software Security (with Hugh Thompson) and How to Break Web Software (with Mike Andrews). His latest is Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours and Techniques to Guide Test Design and he’s authored over fifty peer-reviewed papers on software development and computer security. He holds patents on various inventions in software testing and defensive security applications and has attracted millions in funding, sponsorship, and license agreements while a professor at Florida Tech. He has also served as a testing and security consultant for dozens of companies and spent 3 years as an architect at Microsoft. He is currently writing How Google Tests Software.

Meeting Slide Deck: TestEngineeringatGoogle

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