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3rd Monday Event

Software Testing - A Continuous Adventure by Andy Shaw

Date: Monday, 21st March 2016
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Going Ahead


Failure of software after it has entered production is common place and often attributed to gaps in the testing phase. A robust test strategy is critical in reducing the high rate of bugs found late in the software development lifecycle. Andy Shaw joins us to explore his experiences of how successful test stratergies can be one of a business' greatest assets for reducing the unexpected costs incurred by glitchy software. Throughout the talk, Andy will provide expert advice for producing high quality test scripts, how to improve the success of functional and exploratory testing, testing under extreme constraints, and crucially, how to think more like a tester. In a highly comperitive market place, busineseses are focussing hard on inproving time to market through the introduction of automated testing. Andy will outine the key advantages, dis-advantages and common myths of using automated testing as a test strategy. For anyone in a testing role, or looking for a career move into testing, Andy provides a thought provoking and inspirational insight into how to develop your knoweledge and experiences as a professional software test engineer and accelerate your career.

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About the Presenter

Andy Shaw received a 2:1 honours degree in Business Information Systems at Sheffield Hallam University, and has gained experience in software development, software testing and software support, deciding that software testing was an area he was really interested in pursuing and is now focusing on developing himself in this area. He works as a Software Tester in Yorkshire and frequently attends networking events to develop and share his knowledge. Andy is a member of the British Computer Society and joined the South Yorkshire BCS branch committee in 2013. He is the Vice Chair of the branch and a Young Professionals Group representative and is interested in developing both the Young Professionals and student communities, as well as supporting other professionals with their professional development. Outside of IT, Software Testing and the BCS, Andy is a keen martial arts enthusiast, practicing Taekwondo and Shotokan Karate. He also enjoys travelling, writing and is interested in developing mental health awareness.

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