Paul Gerrard – Changing Role of Testers

BY : softtestireland - Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 9:59 am

Monday, 15 September 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (IST)
SoftTest in conjunction with EuroSTAR Conferences ( will host a Software Testing Masterclass this September. The session will focus on how software testers roles are changing in the software development industry.

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The Changing Role of Testers

“Paul will provide an industry perspective regarding the changing roles testers in software development. The diversity of the systems we test and the pressure on us to deliver more with less was never greater. This talk will discuss the widespread move to ‘shift-left’ and ‘embedded testers’ to implement test-driven and behaviour-driven development approaches and the pressure to and Paul will present these as an alternative to traditional waterfall and Agile methods. Needless to say, most organisations end up implementing a hybrid of multiple approaches.

His talk will reflect the changing role of testers in these turbulent times and he will suggest that we need a New Model of Testing to be ready for some serious challenges ahead. The New Model focuses on the core thinking skills of testers rather than the logistical challenges. The model has implications for tester skills and training, the use of automation, developer-tester relationship, decision-making and possibly certification too.”

Speaker Biography

paul-gerrardPaul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, 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”.

He is Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited and is the host of the UK Test Management Forum and the UK Business Analysis Forum.

Paul is the Programme Chair for the 2014 EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference which takes place in Dublin from 24th – 28th November, 2014.

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