Better Software conference
I recently presented at the Better Software conference in Las Vegas. It was my first time at this conference and I had a great time attending, and presenting there.
I was scheduled to present on the 29th and I arrived at the conference on 28th at lunchtime (now that's one way to start a conference!).
My presentation on 'Smoke Tests to Signal Test Readiness' went off well, with the room quite full of audience. I started my talk by covering typical problems that face complex software complex stacks. I then discussed definitions and purpose of smoke tests, different types of release models (Tinderbox, nightly weekly, milestone), different types of smoke tests to find bugs for the different release models. Features for designing smoke tests (coverage, speed, reporting, management, tools) and challenges in designing proper test suites followed, namely: