Meeting of the Software Quality Group of New England

Meeting of the Software Quality Group of New England

Post by Paul E. Ratt » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you will have a chance to come and hear Elfriede Dustin speak
about test automation at next week's meeting.

Again, at this month's regular meeting, 2 lucky attendees will each receive
a copy of the book, Total Quality Management for Software, edited by Gordon
Schulmeyer and James McManus.

Note that we will have a 2nd meeting on the 24th of this month when Cem
Kaner will share his latest thoughts on regression testing.

Best wishes,
John Pustaver
Region I Councilor
ASQ Software Division

                  Meeting of the Software Quality Group of New England

Meetings of the Software Quality Group are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each
month at the facilities of Sun Microsystems,  Burlington (Driving directions

MEETING DAY & DATE:    Wednesday, May 10, 2000    TIME: 6:15 PM

HEADLINE:  Automated Testing Life-cycle Methodology (ATLM) and Automated
SPEAKER: Elfriede Dustin, Test manager and author of Automated Software

LOCATION:  Sun Microsystems,  Burlington (Driving directions below)


The book "Automated Software Testing",  Elfriede Dustin, et al describes the
Automated Testing Life-cycle Methodology (ATLM). This presentation will give
an overview of the ATLM and Automated tools.
 How test teams introduce an automated software test tool on a new project
is nearly as important as the selection of the most appropriate test tool
for the project. A tool is only as good as the process being used to
implement the tool.

Over the last several years test teams have largely implemented automated
testing tools on projects, without having a process or strategy in place
describing in detail the steps involved in using the test tool productively.
This approach commonly results in the development of test scripts that are
not reusable, meaning that the test script serves a single test string but
cannot be applied to a subsequent release of the software application.  In
the case of incremental software builds and as a result of software changes,
these test scripts need to be recreated repeatedly and must be adjusted
multiple times to accommodate minor software changes. This approach
increases the testing effort and brings subsequent schedule increases and
cost overruns.

 The fallout from a bad experience with a test tool on a project can have a
ripple effect throughout an organization.  The experience may tarnish the
reputation of the test group.  Confidence in the tool by product and project
managers may have been shaken to the point where the test team may have
difficulty obtaining approval for use of a test tool on future efforts.
Likewise, when budget pressures materialize, planned expenditures for test
tool licenses and related tool support may be scratched.
By developing and following a strategy for rolling out and implemented an
automated test tool as part of the Automated Testing Life-cycle methodology,
the test team can avoid having to make major unplanned adjustments
throughout the test process.  The presentation "Automated Software Testing"
addresses these various issues and their solutions.

Elfriede Dustin works as a Test Manager at BNA Software. She is a SQA
Certified test engineer and supports test efforts for a multitude of
applications. In support of software test efforts, Elfriede has been
responsible for implementing automated test, or has performed as the lead
consultant guiding the implementation of automated software test. She has
lead the successful rollout of automated testing tools at various companies,
and has applied her rollout strategy on many different projects.

Elfriede Dustin is the senior author of the book "Automated Software
 Testing", published by Addison-Wesley. Currently the book is listed as a
testing book bestseller on

Elfriede is a frequent speaker at various international testing conferences
(i.e. Rational conference, STAR conference, TCS conference, CSC conference).

Elfriede Dustin also maintains her own website, see

NEXT MEETING NOTE:  The next meeting will be held on May 24, 2000: Cem
Kaner, Regression Testing

                            1999-2000 Software Quality Group Calendar

Oct. 13, 1999: Mike Sowers, Getting results with Technical Reviews and
Inspections through web based automation.
Nov. 10, 1999: Anna Allison , Managing for Success: The High Quality
Dec. 8, 1999: Test Automation Panel Discussion
Jan 12, 2000: Chuck Connell, Turning Around Software Projects That Are Off
Feb 9, 2000:  Stephanie Beach, Aspect Communications: The basics you need to
start working with when you are all alone in the lab.
Mar 8, 2000:  Valerie Nolan, Configuration Management topic TBD
Apr 12, 2000: Bill Harmon, Meaningful Metrics
May 10, 2000: Elfriede Dustin, Automated Testing Life-cycle Methodology
May 24, 2000: Cem Kaner, Regression Testing
Jun 14, 2000: Tom Poirier, The "Quality on Time" Test Methodology for Dot
Coms: Achieving Verifiable Levels of Coverage in Abbreviated Time Frames
July 12, 2000: Annual Hot Topics Night

The Software Quality Group holds monthly meetings.  Topics covered at these
meetings have included software testing, inspections, ISO 9000, metrics
configuration management, and demonstrations of vendor QA tools. There is no

The Software Quality Group meets monthly at 6:15pm on the second Wednesday
of the month at the facilities of Sun Microsystems, Burlington, MA.

Driving directions:
From 128/95
                   Take the Rt. 3 exit heading north (not the Middlesex
Turnpike exit if you're coming form the south).
                   From Rt. 3N take the first exit (which is Rt. 62 -
Bedford Ave).
                   Turn east toward Burlington.
                   Approximately 0.3 mile after the interchange, turn right
onto Network Drive, which leads to the campus on your right.
                   Take the second drive off of Network Drive into the Sun
parking lot.
                   Park in the visitor lot and enter the lobby opposite the
Sun clock tower.

Information about future meetings will be available on the Software Quality
Page at To be on the email

The Software Quality Group is cosponsored by Sun Microsystems and the ASQ
Software Division and all are welcome. There is NO charge.

Directors of the Software Quality Group are John Pustaver, Region I
Councilor, American Society for Quality, Software Division and Paul Ratty,
Sun Microsystems.