Software Testing in Financial Services Workshop (STiFS)
STiFS is a facilitated meeting of software testers and other QA professionals who work in financial services firms. It is a neutral forum (not biased toward any testing methodology or supporting vendor) to share, debate, and develop ideas on how to improve the testing of financial software. It is expected that attendees walk away from the workshop with fresh ideas and approaches, valuable hints and tricks, and contact names of leading industry colleagues with whom to network and share ideas.
What is the STiFS workshop?
STiFS is a 2-day facilitated meeting of experienced software testers and other QA professionals who work in financial services firms. It is a neutral forum (not biased toward any testing methodology or supporting vendor) to share, debate, and develop ideas on how to improve the testing of financial software. It is expected that attendees walk away from the workshop with fresh ideas and approaches, valuable hints and tricks, and contact names of leading industry colleagues to network and share ideas.
What is the special value of this meeting?
The STiFS Workshop addresses the specific needs and issues of software testing within the financial services industry. We will explore solutions to mutual problems not discussed in the available literature. Additionally, we intend that the meeting will be a springboard for publication, and will develop into a professional resource for the financial-QA community.
While there are many conferences and seminars available for the QA/Test and Financial Services (FS) professions respectively, there are few resources for the intersection of these domains. In contrast with other technology subspecialties in FS, there are few or no conferences, seminars, magazines/journals, blogs, books, or papers/articles that address the exclusive concerns of testing software in financial environments. Yet, by and large, technology managers in financial firms view QA/Test as a significant role within the software development lifecycle. They know they need to staff QA teams and that their applications need to pass through “QA”.
How will the meeting be run?
STiFS is modeled after the Los Altos Workshop on Software Testing (LAWST) and the Software Test Managers Roundtable (STMR). Information about how those meetings are run can be viewed here: http://www.kaner.com/lawst.htm, and here: http://www.kaner.com/pdfs/stmr2000.pdf
Attendees are encouraged to prepare Experience Reports (ERs) about the proposed topic. Rarely are all prepared experience reports presented, as each tends to take between 10 minutes and 1 hour. Experience reports are followed by a period of open discussion. The structure of the meeting is intentionally flexible, so if we wanted to follow a train of thought, we could develop it in a variety of ways such as having brainstorm or breakout sessions.
STiFS is a facilitated meeting. The facilitator directs the flow of the meeting and ensures that everyone gets a chance to speak. The facilitation style is based on Sam Kaner’s research and teachings. For more information, see www.communityatwork.com.
Who will participate?
Participation is by invitation only and is limited to 12-15 people. Participants will be a mix of senior testers, QA test managers and leads, and senior consultants who have worked in financial firms or have a strong interest in the quality of financial software. A limited number of slots may be open for non-presenting observers.
How much will it cost & who will pay for it?
Attendance at STiFS is absolutely free, except for your own travel and lodging costs. We want your creativity, not your money.
When and where will it take place?
On both days, we will gather at 8:30AM and officially begin at 9. We will work until 6PM on Sunday, and until 4PM on Monday. Lunch and breaks are an important part of the meeting, in that they provide a relaxed atmosphere for relationship building and knowledge exchange.
The exact address and travel directions will be announced to the participants upon acceptance.
The companies for which many of us work have strict intellectual property rules. We encourage you NOT to discuss anything that will put you at any risk with your employers or that compromises client confidentiality in any way. We don’t want you to divulge trade secrets or even mention company names.
Attendees agree to share the work product of the meeting. Any of the material presented can be reused by any other attendee without asking permission. Group attribution must be made when using material developed at STiFS, acknowledging the full name of the meeting (“Software Testing in Financial Services Workshop”), dates, location, and complete list of attendees.
For further information about STiFS, please contact Bernie Berger at [email protected].