Automation

Conference Presentations

STAREAST Fishbowl Discussion: Continuous Testing
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Many people confuse continuous testing with test automation. That makes sense, because you cannot do continuous testing without automated tests. But it is much more.  It requires that all of the tests to certify a feature are automated, part of the continuous integration pipeline and the results of those tests determine automatically when the next step should be run.  In this fishbowl session we will discuss how participants have enabled this process at their companies.  We will discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them.   We will discuss how to move from automation to continuous testing and other topics.
 
In a fishbowl discussion, the audience members sit in a circle of chairs in the middle of the room.
Adam Auerbach
STAREAST Game Theory: The Test Engineering Path to Success
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Every customer has different expectations for their software, requiring different testing strategies. Game designers can help us understand how to plan our strategy for managing various QA tools so teams can successfully navigate each different customer strategy in a risk-reward environment. A customer who makes their money from understanding and teaching software to others, rather than selling it, requires continuous integration and delivery, because they need new material on a regular basis. A customer who uses the software to defend life and limb requires it to be right the first time and are less concerned with rapid releases, so they require a balance of automation, CI, and functional and system testing.

William Bell
STAREAST The Dell EMC Journey in the Age of Smart Assistants
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Dell EMC is driving to optimize and reimagine their testing practices with the application of data-driven smart assistants, powered by analytics and machine learning. At a macro level, Geoff Meyer will highlight the opportunities across the product engineering and testing landscapes that are ripe for the application of analytics and AI. Key ingredients in moving toward solutions that matter are the identification of organization-specific pain points, their prioritization, and the availability and cleanliness of essential data. Geoff will share the process of experimentation, staffing, and implementation that his team approached these new opportunities with, and then delve into the smart assistants they’ve created to automate deep-thinking, cognitive-based testing tasks.

Geoff Meyer
STAREAST Automated Security Scanning for Your Delivery Pipeline
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Agile development and DevOps depend on an automated pipeline to build, test, and deploy code quickly. Security is all too often viewed as a manual task that is too difficult to automate and is left for later—not a good decision! Matt Grasberger says that by leveraging automated security scans with open source scanners, you can reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities, get the most out of your pipeline, and increase software quality. Matt will thoroughly explain and demonstrate several ways to implement automated security scans. Discover how to quickly test endpoints against SQL injection with sqlmap, an open source penetration test tool, and how to identify common vulnerabilities with OWASP ZAP, an open source web application scanner with scripting capabilities. See how you can apply these free or low-cost tools to introduce baseline security scanning into your DevOps pipeline.

Matthew Grasberger
STAREAST Beyond Coding: Test Automation as Art
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The rise of test automation is changing the testing landscape as organizations urgently accelerate their automation goals. As demand for automation increases, those accountable for testing roles are learning to write code, but few are learning the skills that support the creation of truly useful automated assets. Just as using a paintbrush does not make an artist, writing code does not make an engineer. Without a wider perspective, we can end up with test automation frameworks and tests that are inefficient and difficult to maintain. As a test practice manager at a major financial institution, Katrina Clokie has experience defining and implementing enterprise test automation strategy. Join Katrina as she challenges us to step back from coding and think about the bigger picture.

Katrina Clokie
STAREAST The AI Testing Singularity
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Most basic software testing will soon be done by a few individual, large systems. But today, software testing is a fragmented world of test creators, test automators, vendors, contractors, employees, and even “pizza Fridays” where developers roll up their sleeves and test the build themselves. When teams start testing their apps, they dream up the same positive, negative, and edge test cases as every other team before them. Most software testing is either manually tapping an application or manually creating and maintaining detailed automation scripts—from scratch! AI will soon change all that. AI isn’t just better, faster, cheaper automation; applying AI to testing brings two major disruptive changes to the field: reuse and scaling. Join Jason Arbon for a glimpse into this future and discover how you can leverage AI to focus on the more important aspects of testing.

Jason Arbon
Agile DevOps East AI Is Key to Agile Testing Speed
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Speed is king in agile. In a world where most of the agile process is automated, testing is the slowest and most expensive part of getting your app or website deployed to the world. Very few app teams have a decent amount of test automation, and even they still have days of manual testing during each agile cycle before they release new versions of their app. Testing is difficult, especially at the UI level, which is why it is still relegated to humans. But all that is changing with the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Join Jason Arbon as he explains how agile testing is ripe for disruption because AI itself is based on examples of input and output—which sounds a whole lot like the testing activity.

Jason Arbon
STARCANADA Behavior-Driven Testing Using Page Object Models
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Does it feel like you spend half of every sprint fixing failing automated functional tests? Are programmers unwilling to work with automation code? Is test automation a maintenance nightmare? There is a better way. The Page Object Model (POM) is a powerful design pattern for building test...

Brian Hicks
STARCANADA No More Shelfware—Let's Just Drive Test Automation
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When Isabel Evans learned to drive a car, she also learned how to check, clean, and change spark plugs, mend the fan belt with a stocking, and indicate speed and direction changes with arm and hand signals. Now, we don’t expect to have to do any of those things; we just drive the car...

Isabel Evans
STARCANADA Everything I Know about Automation I Learned from Saturday Morning Cartoons
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Do you remember sitting in front of the television as a kid, enjoying your favorite Saturday morning cartoons? Chris Loder shows you how the lessons we learned from those cartoons apply to our everyday work in test automation. Wait until you hear what we’ve learned from the likes of Scooby...

Chris Loder

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