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TestCon Vilnius 2018

N R Malotaux – Consultancy, Netherlands

Niels Malotaux

Niels Malotaux is an independent Project Coach and expert in optimizing project performance, helping organizations around the world to optimize the success and predictability of their projects.
He has over 40 years experience in designing electronic and software systems, at Delft University, in the Dutch Army, at Philips Electronics and 20 years leading his own systems design company.
Since 1998 he devotes his expertise to helping projects to deliver Quality On Time: delivering what the customer needs, when he needs it, to enable customer success.
Niels effectively teaches very pragmatic project management approaches, requirements engineering, and review and inspection techniques, but he rather calls it Result Management, as only Results pay our salaries.
Since 2001, he taught and coached over 400 large and small projects/teams in more than 40 organizations in the Netherlands, Belgium, China, Germany, Ireland, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, the UK and the US, which led to a wealth of experience in which approaches work better and which work less well in real practice.

Topic

Optimizing the Contribution of Testing to Project Success

Despite all the efforts for doing a good job, too many defects are generated by developers, and too many remain undiscovered by testers, causing still too many problems to be experienced by users. It seems that people are taking this state of affairs for granted, accepting it as a nature of software development. A solution is mostly sought in technical means, like process descriptions, metrics and tools, as well as ‘more testing’. If this really would have helped, it should have shown by now.
Oddly enough, there is a lot of knowledge about how to significantly reduce the generation and proliferation of defects and deliver the right solution quicker. Still, this knowledge is ignored in the practice of many software development organizations.
In this presentation we’ll show how the Evo planning approach can also be used for organizing the testing process, in order to optimize the contribution of testing to project success.
Important ingredients for success are: a change in attitude, taking the Goal seriously, which includes working towards defect free results, focusing on prevention rather than repair, and constantly learning how to do things better. We will also show how the testing process can be intimately entangled with the development process, providing better testing through better co-operation.