Top Ten Challenges in Software Testing – Has a decade made a difference?

Nov 15 2011 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)


In 1997, Bill Perry, founder of the Quality Assurance Institute (QAI) conducted a survey of the challenges facing testing professionals. The survey’s responses and analysis were published in the book, “Surviving the Top Ten Challenges in Software Testing”. From 2009-2011, QAI has collected the top challenges facing today’s software testing professionals. This presentation will compare the software testing challenges in the late 1990’s with the challenges faced by test engineers and test managers a decade later. Some solutions to these challenges will also be presented.

About the Speaker – Thomas Ticknor, CSQA, CSTE, CSBA

Mr. Ticknor has over 30 years of experience in IT software development and quality. He has a wide range of experience including management of product design teams, development teams, software QA and testing departments. Mr. Ticknor has been training and consulting in the field of software testing and quality for the past 12 years.

Mr. Ticknor is a keynote speaker and presenter at testing and quality conferences, software development trade conferences and has spoken both in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Ticknor has been a guest lecturer at universities in the U.S. and China.

Throughout his career, Mr. Ticknor has worked as a consultant with some of the USA’s top companies including such notable corporations as McDonalds, Burlington Northern and Federal Express. Mr. Ticknor consulted with NASA on the US Space Shuttle program. As a training consultant Mr. Ticknor has been an on-site training consultant for many large organizations including Intel, JP Morgan Chase, Allstate Insurance, Deutsche Bank, State Farm Insurance, Bank of Montreal, and Time Warner to name only a few. In his role as Chief Software Architect, Mr. Ticknor designed entire software systems that are still in daily use at prestigious American universities including Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern University.

Mr. Ticknor is the Chief Operating Officer for the QAI overseeing the daily operations of the Institute’s global activities. Before joining QAI, Mr. Ticknor held executive level positions with software development companies in Boston, Massachusetts USA and Orlando, Florida USA.