You can bring any of the following talks to your own team. Each has been delivered at a major testing event, and most are supported with substantial papers. Use these talks to motivate your team, to give them a special event, and to stimulate debate.
Testing in an Agile Environment
A Positive view of Negative Testing
Adventures in Session-Based Testing
From a Sow's Ear to a Silk Purse: Making the Most of what you've got
The Importance of Data in Functional Testing
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Achievable Futures - a Google TechTalk!
Over the last decade, we've seen huge changes in the commoditisation and ubiquity of computers, and have vastly more power at our fingertips. I believe that testing has failed to keep up with the times. This talk highlights important trends and asks if we can rise to their challenge. I think we can, and here I describe how we might use our existing skills, approaches and tools to achieve a bright, and rather different future.
Watch the video of Achievable Futures
This talk was originally commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Swedish Association for Software Testing. The following recording was made at the event. I've split it into handy chunks.
Introduction 4:00 1.6 Mb listen Trends 8:52 3.5 Mb listen Potential 13:34 5.4 Mb listen Tools 14:23 5.8 Mb listen Conclusion 6:05 2.4 Mb listen
Download the slides as a .pdf: Achievable Futures
Also presented at Tampere University, ScotTest and the London SIGiST.
'The Test Strategist's Toolbox'
Presented at AsiaSTAR 2004 in Canberra and STAREast 2005 in Orlando. Here's a recording - 21Mb, 50 minutes long.
Automated Tricks for Manual Testers - a lightning Google TechTalk!
A very short talk from Google's 2006 London Test Automation Conference. Please watch the other speakers - but if you want to get to my part, it's around 33:45.
Watch the 5-minute lightning talk Automated Tricks for Manual Testers.
'Tips for Testers: Bugs are all around us'
Ten top tips for testers: 10-minute presentation at the London SIGiST December 2003.
Listen to a recording of the presentation (10 minutes, mp3, 2.5Mb).
Exploration and Introspection
Presented at SoftTest, Dublin, 29 September 2004. Presented with "Further Adventures in Session-based Testing."
'The Real Deal: How testing can tell you what you really want to know':
Slides are here (.pdf)
Planning 3:44 0.5 Mb listen Information 5:13 0.7 Mb listen What do you want to know? 6:24 0.8 Mb listen How to get the information 4:00 0.5 Mb listen Supporting the Process 1:54 0.2 Mb listen Conclusion 2:24 0.3 Mb listen
Presented as the QBIT keynote, QBIT Tools Fair February 2003, London.