If you are going to what looks like being the biggest testing event of the year itís time to start thinking about the decisions you will have to make. If youíve been to multi-track conferences before, you know that they are something of a lottery. Some of the talks and subevents will be fantastic but thereís no way to know which beforehand. The presentation abstracts (click the titles in the programme pages at http://eurostarconferences.com) provide clues but little more: and of course one of the main reasons to be there is to learn about new things whose relevance to your work of which you might not be aware. Time after all waits for no Manc, including temporary ones.
Itís even worse for me because as well as being PTís roving reporter I will want to spend a great deal of time at our stand in the exhibition, hoping to talk to readers old and new. In between I will try to attend presentations given by PT contributors and happenings organized by our advertisers and other supporters. As a way to guess likely highlights, you could do worse than to apply the same criteria. So here is my planned itinerary so far.
1500hrs, T1: Pursuing Quality and Why You Will Never Catch It presented by Dorothy Graham. See Dotís article on ROI of test automation in our November 2010 issue.
1830, 23rd floor, Hilton Hotel: Intechnica CloudFlex launch party and The Defectives organized by ROQ IT. Ian Molyneaux introduced CloudFlex, a new tool for creating and managing test environments using cloud provisioning, in our August 2011 issue. The Defectives, starting at 1930, is a fun networking session including a bughunting competition which found the defect in lastminute.com we dissected in our Rude Coarse Analysis feature in the same issue. To attend please register in advance.
1100, W5: Testing and the Bottom Line: A New Method to Estimate The Value Of Good Software Testing presented by Juha-Matti Tirilä of Codenomicon, who are regular supporters of the magazine. Sami Petäjäsoja et al wrote about 4G mobile security testing for us in March 2010.
1345, Th12: Catching a High Speed Train: End-To-End Testing at NSHispeed Fyra presented by Nathalie Rooseboom de Vries of Capgemini. Nathalie has not appeared in PT yet but Capgemini and its subsidiary Sogeti are long time friends and supporters of the magazine.
1515, keynote: Quality In Use: the Beating Heart of the Customer Experience presented by Isabel Evans of Dolphin Computer Access. Isabel wrote with Graham Thomas about the BCS SIGIST SWPís proposed new standard for non-functional testing for PT in May 2010.
All day, exhibition: The iSQI stand will be taken over by The International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB), whose certification scheme is described in the October 2011 issue of PT. Managing Director Stefan Sturm will be available to answer questions and promises to help visitors to "explore the ultimate source of requirements".
All week: exhibition
Win a 30-user licence for QABook, NMQA's test management tool, as advertised on the back cover of the October 2011 issue of PT. Freebies and prize draws are always a feature at EuroSTAR but this one is especially generous. The licence is for the full commercial product with no restrictions and is for any combination of the Desktop, Web and Enterprise editions. It's worth tens of thousands of euros to a test organization that adopts or already uses QABook. Just leave your business card at the NMQA stand.
Iíll add to this list as more information becomes available up to and during the event, so please check this article or follow @PT_Wire on Twitter for the latest updates. If you are doing something special at EuroSTAR or its fringe that you think would interest PT readers, please tell me about it: email email@example.com.