Ethical Issues in Software Testing - Scott Allman - Sponsored by Modis

Scott's presentation aims to help testers understand and work through ethical issues. 

Of course you know Right from Wrong.  You would never think of faking a test report.  But, what about Right vs. Right?  When you discover a late-breaking minor nuisance in your buddies code, do your values favor loyalty or truth?  Should someone on the team stray outside the accepted process, do you favor justice or mercy?

Testers are by their very nature decision makers.  They must decide among alternatives and do so often without realizing either their options or the process by which they make their choices.  Even though testers make choices often then cannot formulate the principles guiding the choices, nor are they prepared to defend them.

Our ethical dilemmas arise because we are trusted to create and communicate truthful information.   But all too often we find ourselves uneasy- is the problem technical, political, legal or ethical?  We will work though common ethical issues that arise in software testing.  Your real-work examples are welcome.

About Scott

In the past Scott Allman has presented on various testing automation tools. This will be his fifth SQuAD presentation and the first on a more abstract topic. For the last two decades he has been an independent consultant specializing in software QA and testing. He holds a BA and MA in philosophy.


About Modis
To succeed in the complex world of technology, you need exceptional connections - to the right experts, the right opportunities and the right answers. You'll find Modis right in the center of this ever-changing technological world - uncovering opportunities and connecting possibilities.

As a global provider of IT staffing services, Modis connects the very best IT professionals to great opportunities at leading companies. And we do it every single day - for both temporary and permanent assignments and across virtually all industries. We use our insight, flexibility and expanded resources to anticipate the needs of leading tech companies and help them make exceptional connections with top tech talent.

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  • Karen

    This was a welcome change from our presentations on technical tools. I appreciated the chance to reflect on ethical issues that arise on software teams.

    June 13, 2012

  • Michael M.

    This was a very insightful, thought-provoking presentation. I found it very beneficial.

    June 13, 2012

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