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1. TUT1: Agile Functional Test Automation
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Linda Hayes

Linda Hayes, Worksoft, Inc

Agile iterations present a special challenge for testers who must deal with cumulative functionality within a fixed time frame. Automation seems like the ideal solution, but most companies resist implementing it until the software is stable, reasoning that any savings from automation will be offset by the maintenance required to keep up with changes. Further, traditional record/script/replay approaches can’t be implemented until the code is functional, which is too late to be useful in an agile development environment. This tutorial will describe an incremental approach to test automation that allows automated tests to be written before the code, then rapidly updated as changes are introduced. This enables agile projects to deliver higher quality solutions more quickly by involving all team members in a coordinated and automated effort.

2. TUT2: Production Performance Testing in the Cloud
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Dan Bartow, SOASTA Inc

Testing in production for online applications has evolved into a critical component of successful performance testing strategies. Dan Bartow explains the fundamentals of cloud computing, its application to full-scale performance validation, and the practices and techniques needed to design and execute a successful testing-in-production strategy. Drawing on his experiences, Dan describes the methodology he has used for testing numerous cloud applications in a production environment with minimal disruption. He explains how to create a performance testing strategy to give your team critical data about how your online application performs and scales. Learn how to create a robust lab-to-production ecosystem that delivers the answers about what will happen when peak traffic hits your site. Take back practical approaches to mitigate the three most common problems—security, test data, and live customer impact—that arise when designing test plans.

3. TUT3: Free and Cheap Test Tools
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Randy Rice, Rice Consulting Services, Inc

Too often, testers have limited time and little or no money to purchase, learn, and implement commercial test tools. However, the most effective testers have accumulated and regularly use their own personal toolkit of free and cheap test tools. Since 2001, Randy Rice has been researching such tools and has compiled a set of tools that he and many others in his consulting practice have found very helpful. Randy shares a plethora of tools that you can employ to add power and efficiency to your test planning, execution, and evaluation. He’ll present and demonstrate tools for pairwise test design, test management, defect tracking, test data creation, test automation, test evaluation, web-based load testing, and more. Randy shows you how to make the case for incorporating free and open-source tools into organizations that may resist such tools. Learn how you can combine these tools to achieve greater test speed and better test coverage—at little or no out-of-pocket cost.

4. TUT4: Preparing for the CISSP
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Dharmalingam & Mikael

James Hanson, Helmpoint Solutions, Inc

A half-day of selected CISSP training pulled from a week-long test preparation course.  Covers material from two domains, (I) Information Systems Governance & Risk Management and (II) Cryptography.  Also includes a detailed explanation of the CISSP requirements, expectations, recommended preparation and proven test passing strategies.

5. TUT5: Transitioning to Agile Testing - The Mind of the Agile Tester
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Bob Galen, iContact

The move from traditional tester to agile tester can be Extreme (pun intended). There are a wide variety of new skills that need to be acquired. But there are also established techniques that need to be re-honed or adapted as well. Beyond the specific skills however is a larger and more fundamental change-as the very mind of the agile tester is different!
You must move from independent tester to quality advocate. You can't simply verify requirements, but need to elicit and evolve them with your business stakeholders. If you are primarily a functional or manual tester, you'll need to significantly broaden your skills across all areas of software testing. In addition, your "courage" needs to change with respect to organizational and team dynamics. You can't simply be a wallflower who try's to "test in quality". In a word, everything shifts or changes. Join experienced agile coach & tester Bob Galen as we explore the key skill areas, both hard and soft, that you'll need to adjust in order to survive and thrive within agile teams.


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