QA&Test 2013 Final Programme

August 29th, 2013



6 fantastic tracks at QA&TEST 2013

These are the Tracks of QA&TEST

- Test Management
- Testing Real Time Systems
- QA Management
- Testing Techniques
- Test Automation
- Testing Safety Critical Systems

During the three days of the Conference, delegates of companies like Intel Corporation, Spotify, Phillips, Telefónica, Quality Perspectives, PrettyGoodTesting and many more, will show you the best techniques to obtain the maximum of your testing processes, reducing costs and time.Visit QA&TEST website to be updated with all the news of the Programme!

Three outstanding keynotes

QA&TEST 2013 will offer three fantastic keynotes. As in previous editions, the Technical Committee has invited three personalities of QA and testing industry to give these 60 minutes master classes.

The opening keynote will be in charge of Lynn McKee, independent consultant and winner of the Best Speaker Award at QA&TEST 2012. She will explain how it can be a real challenge attempting to meet expectations when everyone is looking for something different. Each stakeholder has their own perspective on quality, how to achieve it, how to represent it, how frequently, with whom, and so on.

Tanya Wapple will be focused on transforming User Acceptance Testing on a large-scale program. She will explain how we are working past old structure and mentalities, into a context-driven testing approach. And finally, Morten Hougaard will share his experiences of working with people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, in the sector of software testing. It’s about two-way living, two-way training, two-way working, two-way laughing etc.

Do not miss these fantastic keynotes! Register before 16th September and you will get 15% discount! !

Discover the tutorials!

QA&TEST will have two exceptional tutorials; four hour sessions to giving an insight into technologies, tools, instruments and working methods, showing clearly and concisely the practical elements of their implementation.

Jan Jaap Cannegieter and Erik Boelen will give the first tutorial of QA&TEST, entitled “Test Process Improvement in theory and practice”. During the tutorial they will present TMMi, the successor of TMM, a maturity model for testing. Furthermore the speakers will explain how TMMi assessments are performed and will present the outcomes of over 25 assessments that took place in The Netherlands.

Jon Hagar will be in charge of the second tutorial, and we will follow the tradition of James Whittaker’s book series How to Break … Software. Jon Hagar applies the testing “attack” concept to the domain of embedded software systems. Jon defines the sub-domains of mobile & embedded software and examines the issues of software product failure caused by defects in this type of software. Next, Jon shares a set of attacks against embedded software based on common modes of failure that embedded device testers can direct against their software.

Should Software Testing Be Military?

August 26th, 2013


Software bugs cost the global economy an average of $312 billion a year. Yet there is a virtually ignored unemployed population of systematic, methodical, hard-working, team spirited individuals out there desperate to progress in careers. Perhaps marrying the great swathes of jobless ex-military with the need for rigorous global software testing could achieve an extremely socially responsible and lucrative system?

Alex is 27. His suit is exceptionally well pressed. His shoes shine so hard you could check your teeth in them. As he firmly shakes your hand, his gaze is clear and steady. This is a man who understands routine and processes, respects authority implicitly and can be relied upon to systematically take any task right through to the bitter end. But Alex is the same as the millions of ex-military personnel discharged annually around the world; once he returned to civilian life, despite being anxious to find a career, he struggled to even find a job.

A 2012 US survey of new veterans from Prudential, Inc. showed that 60% of those spoken to reported that “translating their military service to the civilian job market was a significant challenge”.  Whilst in China this month the China Legal Aid Foundation launched a special fund for soldiers who left the armed-services, stating that tens of thousands of ex-military personnel face problems in finding employment following release from service.

However, the world over, the army teaches discipline, following procedure and leadership, all qualities that certain aspects of the corporate world craves.  As Shane Robinson wrote for Forbes “At 18 I was placed in charge of $5M worth of classified equipment. I have colleagues who in their 20s were appointed interim governors of entire towns.” Irrespective of the political charge to these roles, the people who perform them have an incredible skillset which appears to be being ignored.

Now Karen Ross, the business owner of internet technology and consulting firm, Sharp Decisions, in New York City may have come up with a solution. Her scheme is aimed specifically at post 9/11 veterans in the US, but it perhaps has potential for ex-military around the world.  Ross’ scheme started six months’ ago and involves paying those selected for two weeks’ intensive training, grouping them into small teams and then placing them as quality assurance analysts/ testers.  Could this be the perfect fit?

Earlier this year Cambridge University calculated that the global cost of debugging software has hit $312 billion annually. The research discovered that, on average, software developers spend 50% of their programming time finding and fixing bugs. Yet maybe this is part of the problem. Programming and testing are extremely different skills. Programmers are often (and this is, of course, generalising) extremely creative; they stay up all night to come up with unique solutions then crash once the project is complete. Testers on the other hand need to be systematic, methodical, organised and process-orientated. To add to which, many businesses need testers to come in for specific projects only.

Ross explains her V.E.T.S. Program to me over the phone form NYC, describing how she wanted to prevent jobs from being constantly outsourced overseas, to give ex-military personal something back for their country service, but also to marry up their unique skillsets with the job market. After more than twenty years in the technology industry she describes the quality of software as “garbage.” What is more, she sees the attitude of veterans as “refreshing.” The first group of 75 – 80 pre-selected veterans aged 23 – 32 behaved very differently to usual training groups, she explains. There was none of the usual doodling on paper. Phones went off before the class and remained off. People were prompt, courteous and maintained a consistent level of focus throughout.

The first trial was a huge success.  After the boot camp, Ross tested members of her initial group on two clients as a proof of concept and has been amazed by the results. “They go above and beyond,” she says, “they organise the chaos within organisations and deliver process without emotion.” By this she means there is none of the “I can’t do that because she says…” type of stuff. They just systematically and methodically undertake a task. They are not shy of hard work and putting the hours in, and want to go onto the next level of progression. In exchange Ross offers further careers as project managers and hopes to have trained 200 veterans by 2014.

Ross sees the biggest differentiator amongst former military as their team spirit. “You never see that in corporate culture anywhere in the world. Corporate people are scared [always worried about getting fired].” Interestingly, this has clear parallels with a recent conversation with Gertjan van Stam who lived in the African bush for 12 years and highlighted the same point; there is a real “I” culture throughout the West, but especially the corporate world. This isn’t necessarily the best approach to get things done, but it is the way everything has evolved. Ross sees her differentiator as that she only sends testers out in squads of three or more, specifically to facilitate this team spirit.

Amongst ex-military personnel their unique experiences can make it hard to identify fully with the average civilian population in the workforce. This can include cases of PTSD which are impossible for other people to understand. But also means it is easier for them to operate together in tight knit groups. Perhaps organisations which learn how to tap into these skills offer an incredible opportunity both to help unemployed ex-service people and to reap the benefits for corporate culture?

The military is extremely controversial. Most people hold some form of opinion about governmental policies both in their home countries and beyond. But the interesting thing about Karen Ross’ solution is that it answers a truly global problem. Obviously military initiatives vary around the world, but the question does remain: how do you find suitable livelihoods for people who have been damaged by difficult, dangerous experiences? How do you give them something back after many have (often voluntarily) offered their lives to serve their country? And above all, how do you ensure it actively benefits a modern corporate culture? Maybe software testing and IT project management could provide the answer.

Posted by Kathryn Cave

Full article here

We will publish very soon the first names of the Programme; don’t miss it!

May 27th, 2013

We are proud to inform you that we will publish the first names of the Programme of QA&TEST 12th edition in a few days. As in previous years, during the Conference we will present the latest news in Testing and QA software sector, and best practices in the industry.
At the moment, we can announce you the information about the two tutorials of QA&TEST 2013:

  • Erik Boelen and Jan Jaap Cannegieter will give together a tutorial about the improving of test processes, in theory and practice
  • Jon Hagar, CEO of Grand Software Testing, will approach the embedded software in mobile devices, including the unexpected challenges the testers will encounter.

Stay tuned to our website to learn more about the program!

We are exhibiting in hall 5, stand 346 Join us at the Embedded World tradeshow in Nuremberg!

February 26th, 2013


The embedded-community meets again in Nuremberg – at embedded world 2013 from 26 February–28 February. About 800 international exhibitors from around 34 countries show hardware, software, tools and services. We are there, too! If you want free tickets contact us

Happy New Year!!!

December 28th, 2012



As the year draws to an end, QA&Test organizers would like to take this chance to wish you all a Happy New Year!!!

Don´t forget that Call for Papers for QA&Test 2013 is open!!



QA&Test 2013 Call for Papers is now open!

November 29th, 2012

Silvia Nuñez                  David Santin

The 12th International Conference on Software QA and Testing on Embedded systems will take place on October 29-31 in Bilbao (Spain).

QA&TEST invites the professionals of QA & testing for Embedded Systems to share their knowledge and experiences in the Conference. The Call for Papers has started and will end on 31st March 2013.

Participate as a speaker at QA&TEST will bring you the possibility of establishing direct contact with directors and senior executives of technology companies. QA & TEST will allow you to improve your business network and build relationships with potential customers, from the vantage position of being recognized as an expert in QA & Testing for Embedded Systems.

The International Technical Committee of QA&TEST values especially those papers dealing with actual experiences and methods and innovative technology applications, specially related to embedded systems, according to the themes proposed in the colum of the right

Two types of papers may be submitted:

  • Tutorials: during a 4 hour session the offer will be an insight into technologies, tools, instruments and working methods, showing clearly and concisely the practical elements of their implementation.
  • Track Presentations: 45 minute presentations on topics of QA & Testing for Embedded Systems and Best Practices in the QA & Testing field.

Deadline: 31st March 2013

Download the template and send all the documentation by e-mail (

The International Committee of Experts from QA&TEST will select the most relevant papers and the results will be published during May 2013

Papers can be sent in English or Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation services will be provided during the conference

More info in our website. Stay tuned and like us on Facebook


QA&Test 2012

October 22nd, 2012

Silvia Nuñez                  David Santin

Last Friday QA&Test 2012 edition ended. As in previous years, we have enjoyed three full days of presentations with high technical content and training together with professionals from around the world who have created an excellent atmosphere.

Day 1…

started with two tutorials in parallel. The first was taught by Bryan Baker “Scrum and Testing … the end of the test role?” and in the second Gary Draishpits and Shmuel Gershon  spoke about “Advanced Test Design Techniques: Embedded Systems & Combinatorial KDT Exploratory testing”. After lunch, Lynn McKee presented us an excellent keynote in which she emphasized the importance of Mindmapping tools in our work. We ended the first day with the presentations belonging to the tracks QA Management and QA & Testing Practices in Industrial Sectors.

Day 2…

was also full of brilliant presentations included within the thematic tracks “Test Automation” and “Testing Mobile devices and applications”. After getting together in the lunch offered in the Euskalduna, the day continued with the presentations of the tracks “Verification and Validation” and “Testing Real Time Systems”. This second day of QA&Test concluded with a panel involving the presenters Bryan Bakker, Lynn McKee and Jan Jaap Cannegieter and moderated by the General Manager of SQS, Begoña Laibarra. This forum, which discussed the future of testing and the role of tester, generated a lot of interaction between panelists and audience. During Thursday night we enjoyed a dinner in the Bilbaina Society, where the speakers, participants and organization of the conference could sit together and share their experience.


Day 3…

started with a great keynote given by  Derk-Jan de Grood, entitled “Testing for the business, it’s a people’s job” whose presentation is available on our website. QA&Test closed the eleventh edition with the tracks “Test Team Organisation” and “Testing Techniques”. After the closing ceremony and a cocktail, we said goodbye to all those who made possible once again the successful edition of QA&Test. We hope QA&Test 2012 has been beneficial to all participants because of the training content and the professional network established.
We remind that on November 20th we launch the call for papers for the 12th edition of QA&Test and we invite you to send your suggestions about the content you want to be included the program through our mail

From QA&Test organization, we want to extend our appreciation to all who have contributed to this eleventh edition: technical committee, speakers, associations and media support. We count on you for the next edition, for which we have started working today.

See you in QA&Test 2013!!



A flexible service selection for executing virtual services

October 4th, 2012


With the adoption of a service-oriented paradigm on the Web, many software services are likely to fulfil similar functional needs for end-users. We propose to aggregate functionally equivalent software services within one single virtual service, that is, to associate a functionality, a graphical user interface (GUI), and a set of selection rules. When an end user invokes such a virtual service through its GUI to answer his/her functional need, the software service that best responds to the end-user’s selection policy is selected and executed and the result is then rendered to the end-user through the GUI of the virtual service. A key innovation in this paper is the flexibility of our proposed service selection policy. First, each selection policy can refer to heterogeneous parameters (e.g., service price, end-user location, and QoS). Second, additional parameters can be added to an existing or new policy with little investment. Third, the end users themselves define a selection policy to apply during the selection process, thanks to the GUI element added as part of the virtual service design. This approach was validated though the design, implementation, and testing of an end-to-end architecture, including the implementation of several virtual services and utilizing several software services available today on the Web.



Nassim Laga, Emmanuel Bertin, Noel Crespi, Ivan Bedini, Benjamin Molina and Zhenzhen Zhao

Read the entire article here


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October 1st, 2012


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We have the winners!!!

September 28th, 2012


Congratulations to the winners!!

Facebook: Jana Satkova

Linkedin: Antonio Robres

The free ticket includes:

  • free access to the conference and tutorials
  • lunches
  • conference dinner


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