Erik van Veenendaal

Improve IT Services BV, Bonaire

Erik van Veenendaal is a leading international consultant and trainer, and a recognized expert in the area of software testing and requirement engineering. He is the author of a number of books and papers within the profession, one of the core developers of the TMap testing methodology, a participant in working parties of the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB), and currently a board member of the TMMi Foundation. Erik is a frequent keynote and tutorial speaker at international testing and quality conferences. For his major contribution to the field of testing, Erik received the European Testing Excellence Award (2007) and the ISTQB International Testing Excellence Award (2015). You can follow Erik on twitter via @ErikvVeenendaal.

Building on Success – Beyond the Obvious

During this evolving presentation Erik discusses existing testing methods and techniques. Which ones really work, and which ones provide the most valuable contribution towards project success? It does not have to be perfect, often "good enough testing" is sufficient. Five important and indispensable recommendations are presented that every project should implement in order to be successful. This presentation is based on many practical experiences in various domains.

Patricia McQuaid

Professor of Information Systems at California Polytechnic State University, USA

Patricia McQuaid, Ph.D., CISA, is a Former President and co-founder of the ASTQB, Member, Board of Directors, of the HASTQB, Vice-President of North America for iSQI. Her research interests include software quality, software testing, project management, and process improvement. She is an associate editor of the Software Quality Professional (SQP) journal, ASQ's Software Division’s professional journal, a Senior Member of ASQ, a member of IEEE and the Project Management Institute (PMI). She is the Program Chair for the next World Congress for Software Quality, 7WCSQ, to be held in Lima, Peru in March 2017. It is sponsored by the Software Division of ASQ, JUSE, and the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI), representing Europe. Patricia was a Speaker at the very first SEETEST conference in Bulgaria in 2008.

Best Practices for Independent Quality Assurance of Major IT Projects

In a typical engagement, the independent contractor selected begins with a comprehensive review of project risks. The findings of this Initial Risk Assessment are among the inputs to the contractor's Independent Quality Management Plan (iQMP). This iQMP is supported by quality metrics and quality checklists, to be used for Independent Quality Assurance (iQA) and Independent Quality Control (iQC), respectively. This presentation will discuss best practices, lessons learned, and opportunities for improvement in in iQA and iQC, with attention on independent verification & validation (IV&V).