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Error-Driven Design and Cross-Functional Extended Peer Review Practices Presented by SmartBear Software at Agile Testing Days

Development Practices to Achieve Greater Software Quality Presented by Matti Hjelm and Mark Hammer at Agile Testing Days – October 28-31, 2013 – Potsdam, Germany
Beverly, Mass. and Stockholm, Sweden — October 21, 2013 — Matti Hjelm, Product Owner of SoapUI at SmartBear Software, provider of software quality tools used by more than one million developers and testers worldwide, is speaking at Agile Testing Days on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Potsdam, Germany. Mark Hammer, Senior Product Director at SmartBear, is also speaking on Thursday, October 31, 2013 on effective code and peer review practices. Taking place on Monday, October 28 – Thursday, October 31, Agile Testing Days 2013 is the 5th edition of Europe’s greatest Agile event of the year.
WHAT:           SmartBear at Agile Testing Days 2013
WHEN:           Presentations by SmartBear:
“Error-Driven Design – Test Driven Development’s Unknown Cousin” by Matti Hjelm –Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. CEST in Room E2
“Want Higher Quality Software from Your Agile Team? Real-World Peer Code Review Works” by Mark Hammer – Thursday, October 31, 2013, 2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. CEST
WHERE:         Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam, Jägerallee 20, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
Error-Driven Design is a way to design an IT system to handle errors before the successful cases. If developers start with designing for successful cases, they end up with a design that is good at handling the “normal” cases, but doesn’t cope with errors in a robust way. Matti Hjelm suggests handling errors first in design, before dealing with the successes. He elaborates on this complementing design method that gives new insights into the design of IT systems. Developers and designers who attend take away a change in mindset as well as specific examples.
Matti Hjelm has 30 years of experience in programming, evolving with various roles as requirements manager, test manager and team coach. In 2001, he founded Agile Sweden, a network of Agilists learning and teaching Agile values and principles, managing the organization for a decade. He has arranged and participated in numerous seminars, workshops and conferences including the highly regarded "Agila Sverige" conference.
In today’s fast-paced Agile world, extended teams have to collaborate in order to be successful, including developers, product managers and quality teams. Mark Hammer uses concrete examples of teams that have embraced cross-functional peer review of user stories, code and test plans in an Agile environment, and how this has resulted in higher quality products developed faster. Mark speaks and writes about the software development process with a special emphasis on code review. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMHammer.
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About SmartBear Software

SmartBear is behind the software that empowers developers, testers, and operations engineers at over 20,000 of the world’s most innovative organizations including Adobe, JetBlue, MasterCard, and Microsoft. More than 6 million people use our tools to build, test, and monitor great software, faster. Our high-impact tools are easy to try, easy to buy, and easy to use. These tools are backed by a team of people passionate about helping you create software that transforms our world. Those tools are SmartBear tools. That team is SmartBear. For more information, visit:, or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

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