Ilari Henrik Aegerter

House of Test, Switzerland

Ilari Henrik Aegerter’s formal studies have brought him from General Linguistics and Sociology to Software Engineering and Software Testing. He has 10+ years of experience in the field, coming from the medical software domain at Phonak AG and progressing to e-commerce at eBay.

He is now the Managing Director of House of Test GmbH and he believes that there is still a lot of work to be done for excellent software testing. In 2013 he co-founded the International Society for Software Testing (ISST), which advocates for bringing back common sense to testing. He is currently president of the organisation. In 2015 he was elected to the board of the Association for Software Testing (AST) where he acts as VP of Marketing.

Topic: No Such Thing as Manual Testing and Other Confusions

Software Testing is infested with many flavours of confusion. Wrong concepts and misunderstandings roam the testing field. For the sake of professional pride, we want to correct that. This session is about identifying areas where wrong thinking and misapplication of simplistic models have lead to situations that are not helpful in advancing our craft. We will walk through sloppy thinking, wrong models and some real-life examples of corporate bullshit. But doing only that would not be helpful. We will, therefore, find ways to counteract those lost paths with replacing it with a better model. This more refined model will help you bring world peace to testing.

Key Take-Aways

– How you can detect when someone serves you bullshit and how to respond to it
– Understand historically how these confusions came to exist
– Develop a richer model of what software testing really is
– Build a systemic view on complex systems
– Be highly entertained by a joyful rant delivered by the speaker.

Target Audience

– Testers and Managers alike who would like to engage in an attempt to develop a better mental model on what the hell we are doing here.