Announcng: TESTING COMPUTER SOFTWARE (TCS2000) Conference -- Featured Speakers

           17th International Conference and Exposition on

                     TESTING COMPUTER SOFTWARE
         Theme: Testing Technology vs. Testers' Requirements

                         June 12-16, 2000
      (Conference: June 14-16; Workshops/Tutorials: June 12-13)

          Washington, D.C. * Hyatt Regency (Bethesda) * USA

In cooperation with:
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSoft
American Society for Quality (ASQ) Software Division
IEEE Reliability Society
Software Technology Support Center (STSC)

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The general sessions of the Conference on Testing Computer Software will
address major issues of concern to the developers and users of software.
The theme of the Conference "Testing Technology vs. Testers' Requirements"
focuses on providing practical and essential solutions to the software
development profession, and the users of computer software at all levels.

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger will give the Conference keynote address: "From
Art to Practice: Transferring Testing (and Other) Technology." She will
discuss that technology transfer requires a good idea, the generation of
evidence, analysis of that evidence, good packaging and support, and
careful consideration of the audience for the technology. Pfleeger
explores how to learn from other disciplines, so that we can devise a
transfer strategy that fits organizational as well as technological needs.

Louise Tamres's lunch address will present "If I Knew Then What I Know
Now." She will explain how to improve quality in your organization; how to
fight the right battles; and what are the pitfalls to avoid.

Lee Copeland's topic will be "When Helping Doesn't Help: Software Testing
as Codependent Behavior." He defines codependent behavior as "a way of
getting needs met that doesn't get needs met. We do all the wrong things
for the right reasons." This presentation will enable participants to: 1.
Understand the various aspects of codependency. 2. Recognize codependent
behavior in themselves and others. 3. Evaluate the negative effects of
their own codependent behavior. 4. Respond more appropriately through
establishing their own boundaries of behavior.

Bob Binder will discuss "Testing Object-Oriented (OO) Systems: Lessons
Learned." His talk will cover the lessons learned, best practices and
challenges in test design, test automation and test process for
object-oriented systems. Best practices available as test design patterns
are summarized. The state of the testing practice is explored with
practical improvement strategies and examples.

Simon Mills will explore "Is an Ounce of Test-plan Worth a Ton of Tools?"
His talk covers the story of his seeking an automated utopia, where it
went wrong and where it did not. He will review the history of test
automation, and the history of attitudes towards automation -- from pipe
dream to panacea -- and have a look at the reality. Mills will explore
automation as a portion of an overall testing strategy. Plenty of object
lessons from hard-won experience will be shared.

Tom Gilb's topic will be "Powerful and Pitiful Measures of Software." He
will summarize the powerful measures needed to help management achieve
their purposes as managers of software engineering teams. Gilb will
discuss how to identify objectives and appropriate scales of measurements
to evaluate whether those objectives have been met. A variety of measures
will be discussed. Twelve "tough questions" will be identified to help
keep our projects on track towards quality.

The Conference will conclude with the wrap-up session: "Conference
Reflections - and a few surprises thrown in!" Marnie Hutcheson will
expertly summarize: What we did; Where we've been; Where we're going.

Thirty-two parallel Track Sessions will cover a wide variety of topics on:
management, advanced topics, practitioners and automation. The Conference
sessions were designed to meet the needs of software professionals, ADP
managers and their organizations.

Three 2-day Workshops and six full day Tutorials will present
comprehensive technical sessions for software testing practitioners. These
sessions will provide detailed training on major software testing
technologies, tools and methodologies.

Networking with participants interested in specialized topics will be
facilitated by Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions and Lunch Discussion Groups.

Finally, the Testing Tools vendors exhibit will present the latest in
products and services to support software and applications testing.

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