July 2012 QASIG Meeting

On Combinatorial Testing

Presented by: James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.

NOTE: James will be presenting from Orcas Island and streaming live – you can catch it at our usual location at Quardev where we’ll be providing pizza and beverages as usual or access remotely.

Combinatorial testing is the process of testing the interactions between multiple variables in a system. But few testers know how to approach it systematically. I will talk about how to do that, touching on some of the mathematics while focusing mostly on the pragmatics. May also include information on Gray Code, de Bruijn sequences, and all-pairs coverage along the way.

About our speaker:

James Bach is founder and principal consultant of Satisfice, Inc., a software testing and quality assurance company. In the eighties, James cut his teeth as a programmer, tester, and SQA manager in Silicon Valley in the world of market-driven software development. He is a pioneer of agile, rapid, and exploratory approaches to software testing. He is the author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing and Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar.

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