What The 80s Taught Me About Software Testing


Growing up in the 80’s was an exciting adventure. The world was introduced to so many new things: compact discs (CDs), a 24-hour cable music channel called MTV, the Sony Walkman, a video game called Pac-Man, and video cassette recorders (VCRs). IBM released the Personal Computer in 1981, the Commodore 64 was released in 1982, and the Apple Macintosh was released in 1984. By 1989, Tim Berners-Lee was getting started on a new invention he called the “World Wide Web”.

History has never failed to teach us many things. In this presentation, Mike Lyles will take you back in time to examine how the 80’s can teach us to be better test professionals. Whether you had the opportunity to live in the 80’s, or you were born afterward and have only read about it on the internet, this presentation will prove entertaining, educational, and ultimately bring us Back to the Future and give us a new perspective on how to grow in the industry!

Session Takeaways:

  • An entertaining look at how 80s pop culture relates to software testing.
  • A glance at how testing has evolved over the years.
  • Lessons learned from over 30 years ago.
  • Tips to ensure ‘defect history’ does not repeat itself.

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Location: Majestic 3 Date: September 22, 2016 Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Mike Lyles Mike Lyles