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April 8, 2010.  

Test Reporting for Impact

Speaker: Rex Black, President of Rex Black Consulting Services

Mr. Black's slides are available at the bottom.


Testing is about producing information, and effective testing is about communicating that information to the various test stakeholders in a way that makes an impact on their thinking, their understanding, and their choices for how the project moves forward.  Testers, test leads, and test managers frequently have to report on test status and on test analysis, answering questions including:
  • How many bugs have we found­ and how many have we fixed?
  • Is the testing going according to plan?
  • Have we covered what we should?
  • What do the results tell us about system performance, security, functionality, etc.?
  • What is going on “behind the scenes” that causes the observed results?
In this talk, Rex Black will give examples of test status and analysis graphs and charts that have helped him achieve test reporting for impact.
About the Speaker:
With a quarter-century of software and systems engineering experience, Rex Black is President of RBCS (, a leader in software, hardware, and systems testing. For over fifteen years, RBCS has delivered services in consulting, outsourcing, and training for software and hardware testing. Employing the industry’s most experienced and recognized consultants, RBCS conducts product testing, builds and improves testing groups, and hires testing staff for hundreds of clients worldwide. Ranging from Fortune 20 companies to start-ups, RBCS clients save time and money through improved product development, decreased tech support calls, improved corporate reputation and more.  As the leader of RBCS, Rex is the most prolific author practicing in the field of software testing today.  His popular first book, Managing the Testing Process, has sold over 35,000 copies around the world, including Japanese, Chinese, and Indian releases, and is now in its third edition. His five other books on testing, Advanced Software Testing: Volume I, Advanced Software Testing: Volume II, Critical Testing Processes, Foundations of Software Testing, and Pragmatic Software Testing, have also sold tens of thousands of copies, including Hebrew, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian editions. He has written over thirty articles, presented hundreds of papers, workshops, and seminars, and given about fifty keynotes and other speeches at conferences and events around the world. Rex is the immediate past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board and a Director of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board.
CommunicationsChair Austin-SPIN,
Apr 16, 2010, 8:09 PM