Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting

Conference: Intelligent Testing 2014 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker: Paul Gerrard, Principal of Gerrard Consulting.
Company: Gerrard Consulting
Presentation Title: The New Model of Testing
Abstract: This talk proposes a model of the thought processes that every tester uses. In a sentence, what we do is this: “we explore sources of knowledge to build test models that inform our testing”. The model identifies two modes of thinking – exploration and testing – and we use judgement to decide when to flip from one to the other.  Exploration has four activities: enquiring, modelling, predicting and challenging. Testing has six activities: informing, applying, interpreting, logging, reporting and refining.Separating out these ten activities clarifies what testers do. It identifies the capabilities and skills that all tester need to acquire, to practice and excel in.
Biography paul-gerrard-photoPaul 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 is the Programme Chair of the EuroSTAR 2014 conference.  He’s been programming since the mid-1970s and loves using the Python programming language.
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