Effective quality assurance / testing adds critical value to a project providing that project managers, stakeholders and test leads understand its purpose and plans, and carry out execution effectively. This session describes different types of testing that need to occur and what they need to accomplish. It addresses options and respective pros and cons of testers with different skills and backgrounds participating at different times during a project. It reviews common challenges that test leads face when planning and executing testing and suggests approaches for handling these effectively. This session provides the opportunity for attendees to participate in realistic testing scenario exercises, share their testing challenges, and benefit from others’ experiences in similar situations.