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TPN Wellington: What are the Risks of Risk Based Testing?

27 May 2009: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Level 1, Optimation House
1 Grey Street


Matt Mansell is the Manager of Testing Services at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and has implemented Risk Based Testing on a number of projects. In the last two years, DIA have been working to build risk analysis in as the basis of their testing.

In that time they have learnt some lessons about the risks of this approach.  In this talk, Matt will share some of the hardest lessons learnt and discuss how they have been refining their test processes to mitigate the risks of risk based testing.

Some of the topics Matt will discuss are:

  • The old double downgrade
  • Ostrich based risk analysis
  • The risk proliferation minefield
  • The risk with using risk to descope testing
  • The lack of risk buy in leading to risk sell outs

There will be plenty of time for discussion and everyone will be encouraged to take part in what should be a very interesting Q&A session.

Come along to hear Matt Mansell present his experiences with Risk Based Testing and join in the discussion on this important and relevant topic.

The presentation will be followed by a networking session with drinks and nibbles provided.

About The Speaker

Matt Mansell is the Test Manager for the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in New Zealand.  DIA has a medium sized team that is responsible for governance over the whole test lifecycle; although they largely perform the System, System Integration and Acceptance testing.  With a diverse application environment (over 30 different core applications) the team is required to be versatile and adaptable. 

As a manager, Matt's passion is to develop the best test team in the market.  Personally, he has been in testing for 10 years and in management for two. He also has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy, as well as a post graduate diploma in secondary teaching.  Matt is deeply interested in what it takes to make a good test professional and how to grow people in to test professionals.


TPN wishes to thank Westpac for providing the venue.

Registration Details

TPN is a non-profit organisation set up to support all Wellington testing. Confirming attendance at this event is a commitment to attend. Please do not book if you will not be attending.

IITP members and non-members welcome.

Registration costs $5, however please pay this at the door.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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