How long have you been in software testing? What was testing like when you first encountered it? How did the discipline of software testing get to where it is today, and where is it headed in the future? In this presentation, Dot Graham takes a look back at software testing from a personal perspective as well as a general view. She shares what she has learned from her experiences over the years, with lessons for today.
Dot started her working life by being put into a test group, where she wrote test execution and comparison programs (they weren’t called “tools” back then). In her nearly 50 years as a developer and then a testing specialist, she has seen many changes and has been in at the start of many initiatives to help promote the discipline of software testing. Dot will share her experiences and insights into how testing became as it is today. Some things have changed dramatically over the past 40 to 50 years, but interestingly, some things have not changed. What might the future bring for software testing?