November 8 – 13, 2020

Hybrid Edition!


Let's talk about ethics and software development [TALK PART]

News about unethical software hit mainstream media but many developers and testers still think that this topic doesn't affect them. It's time to change that!

Many presentations about ethics in software development and testing stay on a theoretical level. If one cares about this topic and wants to become an ethical software tester or developer that’s not enough.

This talk/workshop combination connects real examples of ethically questionable features with existing codes of ethics. It explains why testers are good ethics advocates, offers starting points for discussions about ethics and provides an approach for the testing of ethical implications of features.

The workshop part will bring participants in practical contact with ethical problems. It will contain short theory blocs followed by exercises which allow the participants to apply the theory to real life examples.

During the exercises participants form small groups which must discuss and come to a consensus how to deal with specific situations. Those start with generic ethically questionable scenarios and get specific with software development and testing specific examples.

The workshop will end with practical tips on how to develop ethical software as a team and how to detect and address ethically questionable situations.

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