Putting Models at the Heart of Testing

H     Start Time : 08:30     End Time : 12:30

This session explores the use of modelling in testing and how it is the basis of all good test design.

We will use the New Model of Testing as a starting point and discuss how models underpin test design. We will explore some common models that provide the theoretical basis of the common test design techniques. We will then, through examples and exercises work through a variety of software products (e.g. Microsoft Word, Twitter and Google etc.) and some custom-built software applications designed for exploratory testing.

You will learn the importance and value of modelling and the impact it can have on your testing.

  • New Model for Testing
  • Why focus on modelling?
  • Examples of models
  • Test design and models
  • Characteristics of models
  • Using Test Models

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    Paul Gerrard - Principal, Gerrard Consulting, United Kingdom

    Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach and 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, he is a Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited, the host of the UK Test Management Forum and the Programme Chair for the 2014 EuroSTAR testing conference.

    In 2010 he won the EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award and in 2013 he won the inaugural TESTA Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the Programme Chair of the EuroSTAR 2014 Conference.

    He’s been programming since the mid-1970s and loves using the Python programming language.