SoftTest Ireland & Software Skillnet evening event

BY : softtestireland - Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 7:08 am

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SoftTest Ireland in association with Software Skillnet would like to announce the following evening event with two speakers:

Speaker: Robert Lynch
Title: “If you graph it, they will see it”: identifying root issues from product testing to production crisis

Speaker: Gareth Hurley
Title: Fix the Cracks or Rebuild the Foundations?  How Development Best Practices Can Transform UI Testability and Empower Cross-Functional Teams

Date/Time: Wednesday, 14th June 6pm registration for 6.10pm start, 7.30pm Finish
Location: IBEC, 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/softtest-ireland-in-association-with-software-skillnet-tickets-34904076031

Please note that Software Skillnet will kindly be supplying tea, coffee and sandwiches for the event.

Speaker: Robert Lynch
Title
: “If you graph it, they will see it”: identifying root issues from product testing to production crisis

Abstract:
Performance analysis on financial software is massively complex and challenging. This is the story of how Murex started to use SPLUNK to help debug performance problems (Murex is a world leader in trading platforms used by financial institutions).

Before SPLUNK we had millions and millions of timings logs, the problem was displaying them quickly so they are usable for developers and testers. Up to this point, we were using a basic PDF report with graphs with static mathematics. However when we were able to dynamically graph this data with SPLUNK the analysis became much quicker and easier. The turnaround time decreased for resolution for testing and development.

In addition to this we developed multiple functions in the dashboard to enhance the usability. A developer could attached their environment to SPLUNK in 5 seconds for live monitoring, they could save a test as a URL to share with colleagues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJsTp7XlGGA [Dashboard for Developers/Testers]

Speaker Biography
Robert is the SPLUNK Global Manager, with responsibility for the architecture and system administration. He introduced SPLUNK in 2014 because the current tools were inadequate for analysis. Based mainly in Dublin, Ireland, Robert has spent 13 years investigating non-functional mission critical problems for some of the largest financial institutions (200+ clients). He knows how to manage complex analytics. Financial institutions produce a lot of data and knowing how to investigate a problem quickly is essential. Robert has taken this skill set and has applied it to producing user-specific dashboards and has brought about change at Murex. Robert also teaches SPLUNK development to other teams. In parallel he takes on-board new user stories for future development.

Speaker: Gareth Hurley
Title
: Fix the Cracks or Rebuild the Foundations?  How Development Best Practices Can Transform UI Testability and Empower Cross-Functional Teams

Abstract:
For 6 months in 2015 I embarked on a real-world experiment. What would be required to make a complex real-world UI more testable? What would that mean for the existing developer and QA roles and relationships?  This journey threw up many challenges – both technical and human – and revealed a number of insights.  This example will be used to illustrate the dramatic role new skills and practices can have on the evolution of an existing complex, functionally-rich module.  While such changes involve trade-offs they can have an enormous impact on testability and quality – from UI testing to end-to-end acceptance testing to unit testing.  Such practices also empower cross-functional teams, leading to new opportunities as well as challenges.

In this presentation I will share the results, the feedback from QA & developer colleagues and outline some of the practices underlying this transformation.

Speaker Biography
Gareth Hurley has 15 years of experience as a software developer at Murex.  Based on his experiences of leading a client-support maintenance team he developed a strong interest in software testability and deeper questions about quality.  Along the way he has managed development teams, a manual testing team, developed an automated test framework and introduced new testing collaboration tools.  His current role involves working with developers across the organisation, promoting best practices to drive greater efficiency and quality.

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