TOPIC: Test Strategies, Test Plans and Strategic Testing


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY: Pete Walen has been in some form of software development for over 25 years. He has been a developer, a business analyst, a project manager and now a tester and testing specialist. He describes himself as a Software Anthropologist and Tester, which encompasses the examination of how software and people relate, react and interact with each other.

Pete has worked in a variety of shops using a variety of development methodologies and has adopted an attitude of “do what makes sense” for the organization and the project.

He is currently a Senior Software Quality Engineer for Salesforce.
Pete is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), The Association for Software Testing (AST), an active blogger and writer on software testing and organizes GRTesters, a testing meetup in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

MEETING OVERVIEW: Many software organizations expect or require some form of documented Test Strategy. The reasons vary, but the content tends to be very formulaic. The challenge then is making the documented strategy pertinent to the organization in general and the product and projects in particular.

Pete Walen will present some core principles that might help with developing a meaningful, relevant strategy for testing and communicating them. He will also talk about developing test plans that support the strategies and converting these into meaningful, important testing.

N.B. This session will not tell you how to create a test strategy document. Instead, it will focus on developing a strategy that is meaningful in the context of the product and project


Date: December 2nd

Time: 11:30am – 1:15pm.
Doors open at 11:30.
Announcements start at 11:45.

Lunch: Provided

Place: University of Waterloo
William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
Room DC1302

Maps: for a Campus/Parking Map

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Membership Fees

Cash/cheque accepted at the door. Credit cards accepted via our payment page

(a) Seasonal Membership: $80.00

(b) Seasonal Student Membership: $30.00 for students of an accredited college/university

(c) Single Attendance: $20.00

(d) Single Attendance Student: $10.00