Events


Past Events

SoftTest Ireland aims to provide members with a varied, stimulating and
educational programme of events each year. We combine presentations
by local speakers with invited speakers in industry from abroad to ensure
that our members always have an interesting event to look forward to.

This page is where we keep track of our nearly 10 years of testing events.
Upcoming events can be seen in the homepage of the site.
This page is to record our history of events.

Although membership entitles you to attend all events on a complimentary basis,
please note that you must first join our free mailing list. This let’s us keep track
of how many members we have.


21.10.2010 Cucumber for web testing by Gojko Adzic and David de Florinier 

Softtest Ireland in conjunction with its sponsors
Sogeti Ireland, Software Skillnet, Intertrade Ireland and HP Software Solutions
is excited to present a free talk on:
Cucumber for web testing by Gojko Adzic and David de Florinier 

14.09.2010 Free Talk by Michael Bolton on “Two Futures of Software Testing” and
Networking Event
 

SoftTest is excited to announce an evening of discussion and networking.
Michael Bolton, Software Testing Expert, has kindly agreed to give his award wining
Eurostar talk “Two futures of software Testing”  followed by a networking session
(with complimentary drink) in Searsons Bar. 

This is a great presentation and always generates much discussion.
Please come and discover for yourself why Michael is one of the leading speakers on
the software testing conference network. 

LinkedIn Event http://events.linkedin.com/Two-Futures-Software-Testing/pub/401496

Starts: Tuesday September 14, 2010, 06:00PM IST
Ends: Tuesday September 14, 2010, 08:00PM IST

Event Type: Networking/Meetup

Location:
IBEC  84/86 Lower Baggot Street Dublin
Searsons  42-44 Baggot St. Upper,

Price: FREE

Industry:  information technology and services

Intended For: software testers, QA, test managers, project managers, developers

13.09.2010 Rapid Software Testing (SS-125) 

  • Date: Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th September 2010
  • Venue: Xilinx, Citywest Business Park
  • In association with Testing Times and Xilinx
  • Duration: 3 day course (9.00am to 5.30pm)
  • Cost to non-members: €1,700 per person
  • Cost to Software Skillnet Members after Grant aid: €770 per person

The course cost is all-inclusive for the 3 day course and covers all materials
and refreshments

This event is being grant aided by the Software Skillnet
Contact susan@isa-skillnet.com to book your place

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Rapid Software Testing is a three-day, hands-on class that teaches testing as a sophisticated
thinking art.The philosophy presented in this class is not like traditional approaches to testing,
which ignore the thinking part of testing and instead advocate never-ending paperwork.
Products have become too complex for that, time is too short, and testers are too expensive.
Rapid testing uses a cyclic approach and heuristic methods to constantly re-optimize testing
to fit the needs of your clients. The Rapid approach isn’t just testing with a speed or sense
of urgency; it’s mission-focused testing that eliminates unnecessary work, assures that
everything necessary gets done, and constantly asks what testing can do to speed the
project as a whole. This class presents an approach to testing that begins with developing
personal skills and extends to the ultimate mission of software testing:
lighting the way of the project by evaluating the product.

One important tool of rapid testing is the discipline of exploratory testing-essentially a
testing martial art. Exploratory testing combines test design, test execution, test result
interpretation, and learning into a seamless process that finds a lot of problems quickly.
If you are an experienced tester, you’ll find out how to articulate those intellectual
processes of testing that you already practice intuitively.
If you’re a new tester, hands-on testing exercises help you gain critical experience.

Contact susan@isa-skillnet.com to book your place

http://www.isa-skillnet.com/Training_Courses/88 Software Skillnet
c/o Irish Software Association
Confederation House
84-86 Lr Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Phone: 086 8067200
Email: susan@isa-skillnet.com

21.04.2010 SoftTest Free Webinar Wednesday, April 21st 

SoftTest free webinar Wednesday, April 21, 2010 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM BST 

Testing a SaaS (Software as a Service) Platform on an Agile World

SaaS (Software as a Service) products and applications are becoming more
common in today’s development Industry, especially as Cloud Computing
becomes a household name pushed forward by software players such as
Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc.

18.02.2010 FREE SoftTest Event – Cork – February 2010 

There is no charge to attend this event

To Register for Cork 18/02/09
please use the following link
http://www.itcork.ie/index.cfm?page=events&eventId=172

Agenda4:00 – 4:15    Registration

4:15 – 5:00    Sarah Murphy, Xilinx: Title: Lean Test Process Improvement in Agile Testing

5:00 –  5:45   Scott Armstrong, SQS UK:Title: Test Automation: A Roadmap for Success

5:45 –  6:00   Questions and Close

17.02.2010 FREE SoftTest Event – Dublin – February 2010 

There is no charge to attend this event

To Register for Dublin 17/02/09
please email  Anna.Donegan at ibec.ie

Agenda

5:00 – 5:30    Registration

5:30 – 6:15    Sarah Murphy, Xilinx: Title: Lean Test Process Improvement in Agile Testing

6:15 – 7:00   Owen Lydon, Intec Billing: Title: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Virtual or Distributed Teams.

7:00 – 7:30   Questions and Close

16.02.2010 FREE SoftTest Event – Belfast – February 2010 

There is no charge to attend this event and lunch will be provided.

To Register for Belfast 16/02/09 please email  Nicola.McManus at momentumni.org

Agenda

12:00 – 12:15   Registration

12:15 –  1:00    Sarah Murphy, Xilinx: Title: Lean Test Process Improvement in Agile Testing

1:00   –  1:30    Lunch

1:30   –  2:15    Scott Armstrong, SQS UK:Title: Test Automation: A Roadmap for Success

2:15 –    2:30    Questions and Close

01.10.2009 Softtest Event 8am 1st Oct, Dublin – Automated Testing and Development in an Agile Environment 

Registration – 7:45am

Cost: No Charge to attend this event (Tea & Coffee provided on arrival)

To register for this event please email Anna.Donegan[at]Ibec.ie

18.06.2009 Softtest Event June 2009 Cork 

I am delighted to invite you to the June 2009 SoftTest Event taking place in Belfast, Dublin & Cork

Date 16/06/09 17/06/09 18/06/09
Location Belfast Dublin Cork
Venue Radisson SAS Holiday Inn, Pearse St Cork Intl Airport Hotel
Time 12 : 00-14:30 12:00-14:30 16:00-18:00

To Register for Belfast – 16/06/09please contact  Nicola.McManus-at-momentumni.org

To Register for Dublin – 17/06/09 – Please contact Anna.Donegan-at-ibec.ie

To Register for Cork –   18/06/09  please contact Catherine.Wall -at- itcork.ie

Agenda

12:00 –  12:15  Registration

12:15 –  13.10  Evolution of new feature verification in Ericsson – Michael Monaghan

13:10 –  14:00  Software Testing and Global Industry: Future Paradigms- Val Casey

14:00 –  14:30  Networking Lunch

17.06.2009 Softtest Event June 2009 Dublin 

I am delighted to invite you to the June 2009 SoftTest Event taking place in Belfast, Dublin & Cork

Date 16/06/09 17/06/09 18/06/09
Location Belfast Dublin Cork
Venue Radisson SAS Holiday Inn, Pearse St Cork Intl Airport Hotel
Time 12 : 00-14:30 12:00-14:30 16:00-18:00

To Register for Belfast – 16/06/09please contact  Nicola.McManus-at-momentumni.org

To Register for Dublin – 17/06/09 – Please contact Anna.Donegan-at-ibec.ie

To Register for Cork –   18/06/09  please contact Catherine.Wall -at- itcork.ie

Agenda

12:00 –  12:15  Registration

12:15 –  13.10  Evolution of new feature verification in Ericsson – Michael Monaghan

13:10 –  14:00  Software Testing and Global Industry: Future Paradigms- Val Casey

14:00 –  14:30  Networking Lunch

16.06.2009 Softtest Event June 2009 Belfast 

I am delighted to invite you to the June 2009 SoftTest Event taking place in Belfast, Dublin & Cork

Date 16/06/09 17/06/09 18/06/09
Location Belfast Dublin Cork
Venue Radisson SAS Holiday Inn, Pearse St Cork Intl Airport Hotel
Time 12 : 00-14:30 12:00-14:30 16:00-18:00

To Register for Belfast – 16/06/09please contact  Nicola.McManus-at-momentumni.org

To Register for Dublin – 17/06/09 – Please contact Anna.Donegan-at-ibec.ie

To Register for Cork –   18/06/09  please contact Catherine.Wall -at- itcork.ie

Agenda

12:00 –  12:15  Registration

12:15 –  13.10  Evolution of new feature verification in Ericsson – Michael Monaghan

13:10 –  14:00  Software Testing and Global Industry: Future Paradigms- Val Casey

14:00 –  14:30  Networking Lunch

27.05.2009 May 2009 SoftTest Event – Dublin 

To Register for Dublin – 27/05/09 – please contact Anna.Donegan [at] ibec.ie

Agenda

16:30 – 17:00 Registration

17:00 – 18:00 Professionalism in Testing, John McArdle

18:00 – 19:00 Software Testing in the World of Start Ups, Anne- Marie Charrett

19:00 Close

26.05.2009 May 2009 SoftTest Event – Belfast 

To Register for Belfast – 26/05/09 – please contact Nicola.McManus [at] momentumni.org

Agenda

16:30 – 17:00 Registration

17:00 – 18:00 Professionalism in Testing, John McArdle

18:00 – 19:00 Software Testing in the World of Start Ups, Anne- Marie Charrett

19:00 Close

23.03.2009 23 Mar 2009, Conference on Free Testing Tools 

http://free-test.org/node/5

Call for papers

The 23rd of March 2009, the Norwegian Computer Society hope to present:
Free Test – Conference on Free Testing Tools

The conference will be held in Trondheim, Norway.

In this rapidly changing world, testing as a profession is becoming more
and more recognized. At the same time, testers experience an increasing
pressure when it comes to time and resources. One way to alleviate this pressure,
is by incorporating tools in the testing activities. The interest in Open Source
and/or Free testing tools is therefore growing fast.

Looking for the right tools and evaluating their usability in the organization is a
time consuming effort This conference aims at people in this situation: it gives
them an opportunity to learn more about products, experiences, and establish
a network of other people with the same interests. Free Test will offer
presentations about free testing tools and experiences with these.
There will also be product stand facilities, where Free Testing Tools can be demonstrated.

Contact Henri van de Scheur <henri at volve.no>

04.12.2008 Stuart Reid and Paul Gerrard, December 4th am Dublin 

Stuart Reid on ‘Progress on the development of ISO 29119’
Paul Gerrard on ‘The Future of Testing – Some Predictions’

To book for EITHER event please e-mail Anna.Donegan -at- ibec -dot- ie
indicating which event you wish to attend.

03.12.2008 Stuart Reid and Paul Gerrard, December 3rd pm Belfast 

Stuart Reid on ‘Progress on the development of ISO 29119’
Paul Gerrard on ‘The Future of Testing – Some Predictions’

To book for EITHER event please e-mail Anna.Donegan -at- ibec -dot- ie
indicating which event you wish to attend.

21.11.2008 Michael Monaghan, Ericsson 

Slides from Michael Monaghan, Ericsson, 6 Nov 2008.
Shows how Feature Based Verification achieved 69% – 79% savings in cost of testing

04.11.2008 Subsidised training courses for Softtest Members 

Earlier this year we introduced a new sponsor, namely the Software Skillnet. 

A very successful range of training programmes was delivered over the
Spring/Summer period and we attach their current schedule for Autumn/Winter.

17.09.2008 Choosing the Best of the Plan-Driven and Agile Development Methods 

Sponsors: Insight Test Services, SQS Ireland, All-Island Software Network, The Software Skillnet

To register your attendance for the Dublin or Belfast events, please contact ruth.walmsley <at> momentumni.org stating which event you would like to attend, or for the Cork event, contact admin <at> itcork.ie

16.09.2008 Choosing the Best of the Plan-Driven and Agile Development Methods 

Sponsors: Insight Test Services, SQS Ireland, All-Island Software Network, The Software Skillnet
To register your attendance for the Dublin or Belfast events,
please contact ruth.walmsley <at> momentumni.org stating which event you would like to attend, or for the Cork event, contact admin <at> itcork.ie

15.09.2008 Choosing the Best of the Plan-Driven and Agile Development Methods 

Sponsors:
Insight Test Services, SQS Ireland, All-Island Software Network, The Software Skillnet

To register your attendance for the Dublin or Belfast events, please contact ruth.walmsley <at> momentumni.org stating which event you would like to attend, or for the Cork event, contact admin <at> itcork.ie

18.06.2008 June SoftTest Events 

  1. Testing in an Agile Environment Speaker: James Lyndsay
  2. Competency Based Tester Qualifications: The Next Step for the Testing Profession? Speaker: Susan Windsor

There is no charge to attend these events – to register for the Belfast or Dublin events,
please email ruth.walmsley at momentumni.org stating which event you wish to attend

17.06.2008 June SoftTest Events 

  1. Testing in an Agile Environment Speaker: James Lyndsay
  2. Competency Based Tester Qualifications: The Next Step for the Testing Profession? Speaker: Susan Windsor

There is no charge to attend these events – to register for the Belfast or Dublin events,
please email ruth.walmsley at momentumni.org stating which event you wish to attend

16.06.2008 June SoftTest Events 

  1. Testing in an Agile Environment Speaker: James Lyndsay
  2. Competency Based Tester Qualifications: The Next Step for the Testing Profession? Speaker: Susan Windsor

There is no charge to attend these events – to register for the Belfast or Dublin events,
please email ruth.walmsley at momentumni.org stating which event you wish to attend

15.05.2008 Surviving Agile, Business Process Testing 

Mark your diaries for our next evening event, Thursday May 15th!

Time 18:00 – 20:00, registration from 17:30

Venue: IBEC, Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2

There is no charge to attend this events – to register
please email ruth.walmsley [at] momentumni [dot] org stating which event you wish to attend.

03.04.2008 Members Half Day Event 

Speaker details and venue/booking information will be circulated separately via IT @ Cork.

02.04.2008 Members Half Day Event 

  1. Testing Using Open Source Tools by Richard Thompson
  2. People Challenges for Test Teams by Steve Allott

There is no charge to attend this event. To register
please email ruth.walmsley -at- momentumni -dot- org stating which event you wish to attend.

01.04.2008 Members Half Day Event 

  1. Testing Using Open Source Tools by Richard Thompson
  2. People Challenges for Test Teams by Steve Allott

There is no charge to attend this event. To register please email ruth.walmsley -at- momentumni -dot- org stating which event you wish to attend.

11.12.2007 Dec 11th – Process improvement half day 

Mark your diary – Dec 10 /  11 – Process improvement half day

Dec 10, 2-5pm in Belfast,
Venue for Belfast is Radisson SAS Hotel, The Gasworks, Belfast

Dec 11, 09:30-12:30 in Dublin
Venue for Dublin is Holiday Inn, Pearse Street.

Registration via email to ruth.walmsley(at)momentumni(dot)org

10.12.2007 Dec 10th – Process improvement half day 

Mark your diary – Dec 10 /  11 – Process improvement half day 

Dec 10, 2-5pm in Belfast,
Venue for Belfast is Radisson SAS Hotel, The Gasworks, Belfast

Dec 11, 09:30-12:30 in Dublin
Venue for Dublin is Holiday Inn, Pearse Street.

Registration via email to ruth.walmsley(at)momentumni(dot)org

11.10.2007 Test Automation evg Oct 11 Belfast 

SoftTest with the support of the All Ireland Software Network
is pleased to announce the following events focussed on Test Automation:
Test Automation – And What We Can Learn from That
Strategies and Opportunities for Test Automation – a discussion
facilitated by Ken Brennock
10 October, 5-8pm at IBEC, Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin
11 October, 5-8pm at Malone House, Barnett Demesne Belfast
There is no charge to attend these events – to register please email
ruth.walmsley (at) momentumni.org stating which event you wish to attend.
10.10.2007 Test Automation evg Oct 10 Dublin 

SoftTest with the support of the All Ireland Software Network is pleased
to announce the following events focussed on Test Automation:
Test Automation – And What We Can Learn from That
Strategies and Opportunities for Test Automation – a discussion facilitated by Ken Brennock
10 October, 5-8pm at IBEC, Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin
11 October, 5-8pm at Malone House, Barnett Demesne Belfast
There is no charge to attend these events – to register please
email ruth.walmsley (at) momentumni.org stating which event you wish to attend 

For details see the 11th Oct Event

20.09.2007 Test Management and Process Improvement, Sep 20, Belfast 

SoftTest with the support of the All Ireland Software Network is
pleased to announce the following events:

September 19th, Dublin, Venue: Holiday Inn Pearse Street, 2.00pm – 5:30pm
September 20th, Belfast, Venue: Radisson SAS Hotel, The Gasworks,  2.00pm – 5:30pm

Speakers and topics:
Neil Thompson, Thompson information Systems Consulting Ltd.
(TiSCL) ‘Holistic Test Analysis and Design’

Details: as for Dublin event, Sep 19

For more information on registering for these free events, or to discuss
sponsorship please contact Ruth Walmsley < Ruth.Walmsley at momentumni.org >

 

19.09.2007 Insourcing System Testing and Process Improvement Sep 19, Dublin 

SoftTest with the support of the All Ireland Software Network is pleased
to announce the following events:

September 19th, Dublin, Venue: Holiday Inn Pearse Street, 2.00pm – 5:30pm
September 20th, Belfast, Venue: Radisson SAS Hotel, The Gasworks,  2.00pm – 5:30pm

Speakers and topics:

Unfortunately due to a family bereavement, Paul Gerrard will no longer be
able to deliver his presentation.  Paul Shortt of Allied Irish Bank has kindly agreed
to do a presentation on Insourcing System Testing – details below:

Abstract

This is a case study based on the AIB teams experience of Insourcing
quality assurance services to support technology change projects.
Discussion on quality improvement is often process, metric or standards focused.
This presentation will also look at how a structured approach to testing can promote
teaming. Providing a catalyst that gets all stakeholders, business users/sponsors
and technology providers, working together more effectively and creating a positive
project experience.

Biography

Paul is currently Head of Corporate Banking Technology Solutions & Services at Allied Irish Bank.
He s been with AIB since 1998 in various management roles, leading project and application
development teams. He has nearly 20 years experience in technology and Financial Services
and before joining AIB worked as a consultant for ACT Banking Systems on projects in
Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

 

Neil Thompson, Thompson information Systems Consulting Ltd. (TiSCL)

‘Holistic Test Analysis and Design’

(presentation prepared in collaboration with Mike Smith, Testing Solutions Group)

 

Abstract: To test professionally and understand software risks fully, we need to know
what our tests cover. Counting test cases is not enough—that’s like sizing business requirements
by counting program modules. Neil Thompson presents a test analysis and design method that
integrates four key entities into a holistic approach: test items, testable features, test basis
documents, and product risks. Testing standards and textbooks have anaesthetized many into
the delusion that test cases are a known quantity and all we need to derive them is a few basic
techniques. Neil argues that we need a broader approach, incorporating exploratory techniques
and new thinking into our testing. We should consider:

distinguishing logical and physical coverage;
information traceability;
how coverage should play a part in governance scorecards; and
a measurement framework for management to understand testing better.

Bio: Neil Thompson is a UK-based independent testing consultant and manager, serving blue-chip
clients through www.TiSCL.com, either directly or with
other consultancies. Co-author with Paul Gerrard of 2002 book “Risk-based e-business testing”.
Neil has worked for 30 years in information systems, first with a computer manufacturer, then two
leading software houses, an international user organisation, followed by ten years as a management
consultant with global firms and nine years with his own company. Has a wide and international
perspective on the IS business, through diverse roles including programmer, systems analyst, team
leader for enhancements and maintenance, database administrator, and project manager. Member
of British Computer Society (and its specialist interest groups in Software Testing and Configuration
Management), also a Certified Management Consultant and IEEE member. Neil spoke at the first
EuroSTAR in 1993, then again in 1994, 1999, 2002 (with Paul Gerrard), 2004 (best paper award) and
2006. Also spoke at STAREast in 2003, attempting to build a bridge between “best practice(s)” and
the Context-Driven School. Neil is still old enough to appreciate The Bothy Band and Horslips.
For more information on registering for these free events, or to discuss sponsorship please contact
Ruth Walmsley

Ruth.Walmsley at momentumni.org

 

07.11.2006 Accessibility & Performance testing & AGM 

Please mark your diary for the upcoming SoftTest Ireland quarterly meeting and networking
session which takes place in the Holiday Inn, Pearse St, Dublin on Tuesday 7 Nov registration
at 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

Speakers:

  • Darren Pickering of Elemental Creative on “Accessibility Testing”
  • Dr. John Murphy from the Performance Engineering Laboratory on “Understanding Performance Engineering by means of Tools and Practical Exercises”

All members are encouraged to participate and new members are welcome! Please reply to admin at softtest.ie to register for this event.

Registration opens at 5.30pm and the event will be followed at 8pm by a drinks and networking reception.  The event is FREE to paid-up members of SoftTest Ireland. There is a charge of 50 euro for non-members.

The evening will feature two presentations and a brief AGM to keep you informed of our progress.
(1)
The first speaker is Darren Pickering of Elemental Creative. His topic is Accessibility Testing.

Contents:
Accessibility Testing- An Introduction
The problem with inaccessible websites
How users use the web
What are the W3C guidelines?
Manual and Automated Testing
What is ‘bad’ usability?
Benefits of Usability Testing
Case Study- O2
Case Study- Dergfinn Partnership
Case Study- The Blind Centre of Northern Ireland

Darren Pickering co-founded Elemental Creative Ltd in 2002, an IT consultancy that
specialises in website usability and accessibility testing and online performance development.

An experienced senior web designer and website tester, Darren has been involved in the
design, build and testing of web presences for many companies and has provided usability and
accessibility consultancy for Sun Microsystems and O2, and has developed and implemented
an accessibility lab for O2.

Elemental Creative Ltd is an independently owned, website usability testing, accessibility testing
and Internet marketing agency based in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

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(2)
Doctor John Murphy from the Performance Engineering Laboratory
http://www.perfenglab.com
Title: “Understanding Performance Engineering by means of Tools and Practical Exercises”

Abstract:
Software Testers and IT specialists need to be educated with a basic degree of
performance engineering knowledge, so they are aware of why and
how certain design and development decisions can lead to poor
performance of the resulting software systems. In this talk we document how
performance engineering is introduced through practical exercises, and how
these exercises relate to industry problems.

The talk will cover:
performance testing, tuning
Load/stress testing, profiling, capacity planning,
Flexible benchmark generation for:
Performance testing
Middleware infrastructure testing
Portable test-bed generator
Quick Ant-based generation
Functional testing: eliminate bad configurations

Bio:
Dr. Murphy is an IBM Faculty Fellow, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow
and a Chartered Engineering with the IEI, a Fellow of the  Irish Computer Society,
as well as being a member of the ACM, IEE and a Engineer with FEANI.
Dr. Murphy is the author or co-author of over 100 technical papers on
performance engineering.

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05.09.2006 5th Sep 2006 2-5pm: Test Automation, Model Based Testing 

In yet another superb SoftTest Ireland educational event, members will learn from two international experts about specification-driven test generation and the latest developments in test automation.

SoftTest Ireland are delighted to announce that the guest speakers will be Mark Fewster of Grove Consultants on ‘Keyword Driven Test Automation Illuminated’ and Harry Robinson of Google on ‘Model-based Testing’

Attendance is free to all members and guests are welcome.
To register to attend contact: administrator [at] softtest [dot] ie  or call 053 9422294. Click into the title of this conference to learn more about the speakers and their papers.

07.06.2006 Testers are Doing it for Themselves! 

The lastest in our series of educational seminars sees Julie Gardiner of QST Consultants Ltd and Declan Kavanagh of Insight deliver papers of great educational value to SoftTest Members and guests alike. Julie, on the subject of, “Testers are doing it for Themselves” will address how testers can develop their testing careers through personal investment whilst Declan will tackle the subject of outsourcing testing functions. Free attendance to all SoftTest members – this is an evening not to be missed!

29.03.2006 SoftTest Half Day Testing Seminar 

SoftTest Ireland are delighted to annouce a new half day seminar that will take place on Wednesday 29th March 2006. Guest Speaker Andy Redwood Group Business Manager for Testing at the Portman Building Society will discuss the issue of SOX Testing, whilst Stuart Reid will present a paper on the issue of the Personal Test Maturity Matrix before the delegates split up for a “Birds of a Feather” on three testing related issues. Attendance is free to all SoftTest Members.

16.02.2006 Evening Educational Seminar 

“Effective Testing – Using Industry Standard Techniques”, Stephen K Allott, CaseMaker International

“Test Data generation and analysis using Scripting Tools”, Brian Lambert, Ericsson

16.11.2005 Mini-conference & AGM 

The largest IT project in the history of the ESB – Market Opening (deregulation) by Leon Brinkley, ESB;  Case study for the use of Test Automation Frameworks by Susan Windsor, WMHL consulting.

22.09.2005 Whittaker & Casey Mini-conference 

How to Break Software Security by James Whittaker; Virtual Software Testing Teams: Overcoming the Obstacles by Val Casey.

03.06.2005 Gilb & Gerrard half-day conference 

“Testers Rights: What Test should demand from others, and why?”, Tom Gilb “Managing Projects With Intelligence”, Paul Gerrard. June 3, 2005.

10.05.2005 End to end testing methodology 

Richard Thompson, Testing and Verification Manager for Liberty IT, Belfast. 10 May 2005.

28.10.2004 Quarterly and AGM Oct 28 2004 

John Watkins, IBM  presented ‘A Complete Guide to Evaluating Software Testing Tools’ & David Putman, Exoftware, presented ‘Testing in an Agile World’.

29.09.2004 Mini-Conference 29 Sept 2004 

Risk Analysis & Test Strategy with Erik Van Veenendaal; Adventures in Session-Based Testing with James Lyndsay

26.04.2004 Quarterly event 26 Apr 2004 

‘Spreadsheet Testing’ and ‘XP for Testers’

09.02.2004 Quarterly event 9 Feb 2004 

‘First Time Experiences of Test Automation’ and ‘Testing in Small Companies’

08.12.2003 Mini-Conference 8th Dec 2003 

Mini-conference with Lee Copeland and David Parnas Dec 8 2003

07.10.2003 Quarterly / AGM October 7 2003 

Quarterly event and Annual General Meeting 7 Oct 2003

19.05.2003 Mini-conference with James Bach and Dorothy Graham 19 May 2003 

“Exploratory Testing Explained” James Bach, Satisfice Inc, USA

“Measuring the Value of Testing” Dorothy Graham, Grove Consultants, UK

07.04.2003 Quarterly meeting 7 April 2003 

“Automated Patch and System Testing”
Vernon Everett, Sun Microsystems

“Testing JSPs using Cactus”
George Clulow, IBM

27.01.2003 Quarterly meeting 27 Jan 2003 

Case study: AIB: Test Process Improvement

Case study: Spokesoft: Automatable Use-Case Driven System Tests of Java Web Applications, using HttpUnit

16.12.2002 Testing Seminar 16 Dec 2002 

Paul Gerrard Technical Director, Systeme Evolutif Limited: Risk-based Testing.
Fran O’Hara, Insight Consulting : A Practical Method To Rapidly Improve The Performance Of Testing.

12.09.2002 Quarterly meeting 12 Sep 2002 

‘Managing Integration Testing in the large- The Cluster Approach’ Fergal O’Riordan, Eircom.
‘Merits/Demerits of developing GUI automation for use in Corporate Environments’  Pat O’Sullivan, IBM.