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Dear SIGiST Israel members, colleagues and guests!

2008 was an exciting year for us at SIGiST. The total number of professionals taking part in the different events has grown; we have had good feedback from all participants regarding most of the program, and found out that we are more mature, and that members are attending events regularly, willing to contribute more from their experience. Thank you!

Looking forward at 2009, and the current financial crisis, prompts major challenges for us test engineers and test managers. We are faced with demands to reduce manpower, while increasing coverage, we are asked to cut corners and still keep the risk low, and we are asked to motivate our staff to do the best job they have ever done – and exceed the expectations of our clients. These times require us to make big changes. No longer can we do things as we used to. We have to add more value to the business.

That is why we have chosen the theme for this year’s conference to be Practical Testing: Adding Business Value and Increasing ROI. We have included in this year’s program topics that link directly and indirectly to adding value to the business, to lowering costs, using free tools and open source tools, improving our coverage, starting to make money out of testing, and more.

We are excited to present to you the program of the SIGiST Israel Conference 2009, together with the accompanying tutorial days. This year, you can hear about how to implement TPI in your organization (a tutorial given by yours truly), about Performance & Load in action (given again by Mieke Gevers, from Belgium, with a lot of hands on), and about Agile Testing in an Agile world (given by Lior Friedman).

On the international speakers list, we are going to hear Andy Redwood, based in the UK, award winner of the European “Testing Excellence Award”, a professional with vast knowledge, experience and insight into the pragmatic side of the testing world. Andy will discuss: Quality is Free if You are Willing to Pay for It. We also are going to hear a man who has great testing skills, combined with being a great entrepreneur, from Sweden, Pablo Garcia. Pablo will speak about a hot topic in Israel development and testing community, Agile projects, with his talk on: Agile, a Software development model or a religion?

I would like to welcome you to tour the mini site of the conference, look at the different sessions and tutorials, and register to the tutorials and track session days.

See you all at the conference!

Alon Linetzki
SIGiST Israel Chair

Dear Conference guest and speakers,

I would like to welcome you to the 3rd annual Israeli SIGiST conference. We're continuing a tradition that will make software testing in Israel more professional, more focused and more fun for us all.

The conference takes place during some rough times for the world economy, and our organizations feel it as well. During such times resources are stretched and priorities must be set. Activities are judged by their support of the business goals, and testing is no exception. Therefore our main challenge is to promote best practices, and highlight their contribution to our company's business goals.

We had two successful conferences so far, and our second challenge is to surpass our previous achievements. During this conference we will present and discuss solutions and real-world approaches to critical testing issues from leading Israeli companies.

I wish us all an informative and insightful conference, as well as success and prosperity. Hopefully by the next conference the economy will experience healthier times.

Yan Baron
Program Chair