A compelling case for software testing

Thursday 19 May 2016, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Room 7138, Stoddart Building, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Andrew Shaw


Failure of software after it has entered production is common place and often attributed to gaps in the testing phase. A robust test strategy is critical in reducing the high rate of bugs found late in the software development lifecycle. Andrew Shaw joins us to explore his experiences of how successful test strategies can be one of a business' greatest assets for reducing the unexpected costs incurred by glitchy software.

Throughout the talk, Andrew will provide expert advice for producing high quality test scripts, how to improve the success of functional and exploratory testing, testing under extreme constraints, and crucially, how to think more like a tester. In a highly competitive market place, businesses are focussing hard on improving time to market through the introduction of automated testing.

Andrew will outline the key advantages, disadvantages and common myths of using automated testing as a test strategy. For anyone in a testing role, or looking for a career move into testing, Andrew provides a thought provoking and inspirational insight into how to develop your knowledge and experiences as a professional software test engineer and accelerate your career.


Andrew Shaw received a 2:1 honours degree in Business Information Systems at Sheffield Hallam University, and has gained experience in software development, software testing and software support, deciding that software testing was an area he was really interested in pursuing and is now focusing on developing himself in this area. He works as a Software Tester in Yorkshire and frequently attends networking events to develop and share his knowledge.

Andrew is a member of the British Computer Society and joined the South Yorkshire BCS branch committee in 2013. He is the Vice Chair of the branch and a Young Professionals Group representative and is interested in developing both the Young Professionals and student communities, as well as supporting other professionals with their professional development.

Outside of IT, Software Testing and the BCS, Andrew is a keen martial arts enthusiast, practicing Taekwondo and Shotokan Karate. He also enjoys travelling, writing and is interested in developing mental health awareness.