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25 - 26 June 2015 in Prague

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Introducing Effective Reviews

This half-day course expands on the ISTQB Foundation and Advanced Level treatment of reviews as a cost-effective form of static testing. Based on the ISTQB syllabi, and extended with the benefits of our trainers' experience, it focuses on the benefits that can be obtained from performing thorough reviews and explains how any software development organisation can obtain these benefits in a way that gives demonstrable value for money. Its objective is to give participants detailed guidance on how and when to conduct different types of review, and how to introduce a strong review process into an organisation that doesn't yet have one or that wishes to improve an existing one.

The content includes: the benefits that can be realised from thorough reviews; characteristics of the various types of peer review; considerations for ensuring that they deliver their potential benefits; and, suggestions for a balanced review process and how to get it established in an organisation that doesn’t already have one.

Attendees are given examples of the artefacts that comprise a formal review, and practical exercise in conducting one.

Who should attend this training?

This course is recommended for people who will plan and manage reviews, as well as anybody who will regularly participate in them. It is especially recommended for anybody who will be involved in introducing a review process, or improving an existing one. It will therefore be attractive to all testing and software Quality Control / Quality Assurance staff, Business Analysts, development team leaders and managers, project leaders and managers, IT support (e.g. help desk) team leads and IT Managers.

Its compact half-day format makes it well suited to being run in-house for a cross section of key quality-oriented staff. This can provide a nucleus of trained reviewers, who will be then equipped to spread the advantages throughout the wider organisation.


Reducing the Cost of Quality

Explains what kinds of benefit can be expected from reviews, and why.

Types of Review

Compares and contrasts the commonest types of peer review: informal reviews, walkthroughs, technical reviews and inspections.

Implementing Reviews

Discusses the factors that should be considered when introducing or improving a review process, and when planning individual reviews.

Pragmatic Review Process

Suggests a balanced programme of informal and formal reviews which will suit an organisation that wants to implement them and measure their benefits.

Technical Review Meetings

Includes an exercise that brings to life the challenges and opportunities in a review meeting.

Hints and Tips

Gives suggestions for various measures that will make your reviews even more succesful.

Richard Taylor, STEST, Czech Republic

Richard TaylorRichard Taylor has been an IT practitioner for more than 40 years, during which he has done most ofthe jobs that it has to offer from programming and systems / business analysis through to project management. Since 1992 he has specialised in the conduct and management of software testing in a wide variety of environments. During six years as a Senior Consultant with one of the the world’s largest systems integration consultancies, he became the focal point for testing best practice within their UK Consulting & Systems Integration division. He has designed and implemented test process solutions aimed at BS5750, ISO9001 and CMM levels 2 and 3, and claims proudly that he has yet to fail a quality audit.

Richard has wide experience of applications delivery in the government, retail, logistics, insurance and transport sectors (including the management of airports). He is familiar with the issues of managing offshore testing and multi-national test teams, having worked extensively outside the UK.

He has worked in Agile as well as more traditional environments, for companies and on projects ranging from very small to very large, and has used a variety of project management methodologies including PRINCE2.

One of the early members of the software testing Subject Board in the British Computer Society’s Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB), Richard helped to develop the UK’s Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Software Testing. Since then, he has contributed to its ISTQB replacement and to the Glossary of Software Testing Terms that accompanies it. He has contributed numerous improvements to accreditted training materials used for all of the ISTQB Advanced Level syllabi, and has written a complete training course for the ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Extension certificate.

A regular speaker at conferences and seminars in both continental Europe and the UK, he has written and presented papers on several aspects of testing and test management, including use of metrics for test management and for Agile testing (in which he has particular interest).

Richard was educated at an English private school and Cambridge University, which was followed by a short commission as an officer in the Royal Air Force. Now based in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, he continues to be an active software test management consultant as well as a popular trainer.