SoftTest Ireland – Belfast – September Event

BY : softtestireland - Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 8:20 am
Talk: I.T. Under the Radar: Are your company’s spreadsheets working well?
Speaker: Patrick O’Beirne
Date: Tuesday 17th September
Venue: Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
Time: Lunchtime – 12.30pm

About the Talk:
Software testers conventionally work on line-of-business software produced by professional developers. Yet there is a largely untapped opportunity to apply the special skills of software testing to add value to the business by finding the low-hanging fruit of defects in spreadsheet-based information systems. Excel spreadsheet formulas are programming logic, and often they contain Visual Basic for Applications code which automates their operation further. They are created by people who are not software professionals, and so typically do not follow software engineering practices (e.g. review, testing, audit trail, change control, security). Yet the users trust them enough to apply them to business-critical decisions and reporting.

This session provides both anecdotal stories and formal metrics to illustrate the real extent of spreadsheet errors, such as the one that cost Tibco shareholders $100M, or the Value-at-Risk model that masked a JP Morgan $2 Bn loss. The session shares how professional spreadsheet auditors and testers find defects.

It covers how to assess risk and complexity in the context of spreadsheet criticality, and a process of high level and detailed reviews. It gives tips on how to recognize the “bad smells”, the symptoms of the most common defects, before the user has become aware of the defect materializing in an failure.

In other SoftTest Ireland news…
Tickets are selling for the SoftTest Full Day Conference and One day Tutorial with Janet Gregory:

Theme: Digital Disruption – Testing and Quality Management as a competitive advantage
Date: Thursday, 24th October 2018
Location: Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2
Price: €150 which includes a two course lunch, tea & coffee during the day
The 2019 Conference Programme can be found here.
Find more details of the conference (including discounts on tickets) on the SoftTest Website:

Tutorial: ‘A Testing Path to DevOps’ with Janet Gregory

Date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2018
Location: The Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terracе, Dublin 2
Ticket Price: Software Skillnet Members Price: €390, Software Skillnet Non-Members €480
Tickets and Tutorial overview

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