Challenges of Automated Testing: Structured Language Approach for Capturing of User Interaction

When: 14th Sep 2017, 18:00 - 14th Sep 2017, 20:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS Advanced Programming Specialist Group
Price: Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members
Further Information: Further Information

A structured language for describing a users interaction with an IT system, enabling greater automation.

This is a joint event with Software Testing (SIGiST) Specialist Group and will follow the SIGiST Autumn conference.

Timings:
6.00pm - 6.30pm Arrival and Networking (Tea  & Coffee)
6.30pm - 7.30pm - Talk
7.45pm - 8.00pm - Q&A
8.00pm - 9.30pm Networking with food and wine

Summary:

In an ideal world, the software development lifecycle (SDLC) and the creation of commonly produced artefacts at each stage would be fully automated. In the real-world, full automation is not possible due to the amount of human intervention required at each stage. However, one of the problems with increasing automation in this field, has been that traditionally the users functional requirements at the start of the SDLC, have typically been captured in an unstructured form; usually narrative text. As this narrative has no defined or repeatable structure, it does not lend itself to being automatically re-used in latter stages of the SDLC. A structured language for describing a users interaction with a computer system and the expected outcomes of each interaction, enables these requirements to be ‘captured once and used many times’ throughout the SDLC, thus enabling document artefacts such as requirement specifications, development specifications, test scripts, acceptance criteria and user guides to be automatically produced. When this structured definition is fed into an automated testing engine that understands this language, the desired system behaviour can be automatically verified, leading to significant productivity, speed and quality improvements.

Speaker Biography:

Paul ChorleyPaul Chorley is a seasoned IS/IT professional with just over 20 years experience in all aspects of IT, from architecting, designing, developing, testing, delivering, managing and directing large complex IS/IT projects and programmes. He has worked for global IT corporates such as Unisys and EDS/HP and independently with his own consultancy company, helping companies including Rolls-Royce, UK MoD and Six Degrees Group with strategic transformation programmes. He has a track record of successfully recovering severely trouble stricken projects and programmes using a combination of sound application of the SDLC and building strong collaborative teams. Paul is currently Managing Director and Co-founder of Autotestpro Ltd, a company which has developed a patent pending and highly innovative solution to automate the Software Delivery Lifecycle (SDLC).

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