How Did I Miss That Bug?

Th5     Start Time : 10:00     End Time : 10:45

Testers approach all phases of testing hampered by their own biases in what to look for, how to go about setting up and executing tests, and interpreting the results. These biases cause less than outstanding test performance and data interpretation in an environment where teams expect results to be cut and dried. The data is good by itself, but what we measure, and what decisions testers make on the data, are driven by understandings and misunderstandings of the project and the goals of testing.

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This presentation will give testers and their managers an understanding of how their mindsets and biases influence their testing and how to improve their testing by understanding these biases. Using principles from the social sciences such as Kahneman’s framework for critical thinking and Chabris and Simons findings on attention, perception, and memory, we will demonstrate to that testers make critical errors in thinking at each stage of the process.

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  • Speaker

  • Gerie Owen


    Gerie Owen - , Eversource, United States

    Gerie Owen is a Test Architect, Certified Scrum Master, Conference Presenter and Author on Testing and Test management topics. She is currently a Software Test Manager at Qualitest Group where she represents the test team onsite and manages the development of an automated regression test suite. She has implemented the offshore model, developed and trained new teams.

    Gerie manages large, complex projects involving multiple applications, coordinates test teams across multiple time zones and delivers high quality projects on time and within budget. She enjoys mentoring new QA Leads and brings a cohesive team approach to testing. Gerie is the author of many articles on testing and is currently writing a series on the Brave New Worlds of testing. Gerie chooses her presentation topics based on her testing and test management experiences, what she has learned from them and what she would like to learn to improve them. Gerie can be reached through her website, , her blog, Testing in the Trenches and is on Twitter.

  • Co-Speaker

    Peter Varhol - Dynatrace USA

    Peter Varhol is a well-known writer and speaker on software and technology topics, having authored dozens of articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences and webcasts. He has advanced degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology, and is currently a community evangelist at Dynatrace, an international software testing and application monitoring company. His past roles include technology journalist, software product manager, software developer, and university professor.Peter_Varhol

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