Kick Starting Automated Testing – 19 Sep programme

SoftTest Ireland Inaugural Conference
19th Sept 2013, The Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

Sessions Time Main room (Titanic 1&2) Syrian Venetian
0830 – 0900 Registration and Coffee
0900 – 0915 Opening remarks Brian Lambert – Chair, Softest
0915 – 1015 Paul Gerrard, How to Eliminate Manual Test Lab Feature Checking
1015 – 1115 Tom Roden, Building a lean, mean, BDD test automation machine
John MacHale,Borland Test Lab Easily created automated tests from manual test runs using Microsoft’s ALM tool suite
1115 – 1145 Break – Coffee Exhibition and Test Lab
1145 – 1245 Dorothy Graham Borland Intelligent Mistakes in Test Automation
1245 – 1400 Lunch Demonstration by SQS
1400 – 1500 David Evans, What testers & developers can learn from each other
John MacHale Borland Test Lab Easily created automated tests from manual test runs using Microsoft’s ALM tool suite
1500 – 1530 Break – Coffee Exhibition and Test Lab
1530 – 1630 Graham Abell ios-driver – Automate your iOS applications
1630 – 1715 Plenary Session / Q&A All speakers
1715 – 1730 Closing Remarks Brian Lambert – Chair, Softest
Format – There will be talks and demonstrations taking part in the Syrian and Venetian Rooms during the running of the main speaker programme and during lunch. Delegates are free to choose which session they would like to attend.
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Paul Gerrard
Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, developer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach and a publisher. He has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and occasionally won awards for them. Educated at the universities of Oxford and Imperial College London, in 2010, Paul won the Eurostar European Testing excellence Award. In 2012, with Susan Windsor, Paul recently co-authored “The Business Story Pocketbook”. Paul is Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited and is the host of the UK Test Management Forum.

Tom Roden
Tom Roden is the Head of Agile Services at SQS UK where he works as a coach, tester, scrum master, trainer, consultant and general quality enthusiast. Tom has spent the many years as a consultant working with project teams, supporting on-going improvement and transition through process and practice refinement, influenced by agile and lean principles. With a background in testing and test management he specialises as a test and quality coach, setting strategies for testing and working to empower teams to harness the benefits of both exploratory testing and scripted automated testing using test driven practices such as specification by example. Tom has presented at software quality and testing events across the UK and internationally.

Dorothy Graham
Dorothy Graham has been in software testing for 40 years, and is co-author of 4 books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing and Experiences of Test Automation. She is currently working on a new book and wiki with Seretta Gamba on Test Automation Patterns. Dot was programme chair for two EuroSTAR conferences and is a regular speaker at testing conferences worldwide. She has been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing. She was a founder member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and was a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. She was awarded the European Excellence Award in Software Testing in 1999 and the first ISTQB Testing Excellence Award in 2012.

David Evans
David Evans is partner at Neuri Consulting. He is a veteran of agile testing and an active member of the agile community, with over 22 years of IT experience. A thought-leader in the field of agile testing, he has trained and provided consulting for clients in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Israel, South Africa and Singapore. David is a regular speaker at international conferences and has had a number of articles published in professional journals.

Graham Abell
Graham is Technical Test Lead at Paddy Power. He has 8 years’ experience in the Financial sector, having worked in Insurance, Poker, Banking and Sports Betting. Graham has worked with many test frameworks – commercial (HP’s QTP, Microsoft’s Coded UI, Froglogic’s Squish) and open source (Selenium, jBehave) In this time he has used Java, Python, C#, Objective C and VBScript. Graham is a core contributor to the ios-driver tool, which allows automation on iOS devices using the Selenium Wire Protocol. In his spare time he cooks pizzas, mills wood and is building a 3D printer to create robots.

We would like to thank all our speakers and contributors to today’s event for
giving freely of their time at this not for profit event.


Soft Test Ireland would like to thank our sponsors Borland, HP, Inter Trade
Ireland, Sogeti, ISA Software Skill- net, and SQS for their continued support.

About Patrick O'Beirne, Excel/VBA developer

Patrick provides consultancy and training in spreadsheet automation, data analysis, testing and model review; and the Excel spreadsheet auditing addin XLtest
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