Automation

Conference Presentations

STARWEST 2018 Reduce Wait Time with Simulation + Test Data Management
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Data has become the most significant roadblock that testers face today. In fact, up to 60% of a tester’s time is spent waiting for data. Chris Colosimo shows that many factors contribute to this wait time, including internal requirements from the test data management team to pull data in the proper form, wait times for sanitized or “test-safe” data, or, most importantly, building data sets that do not exist. Compounding these challenges is the inherit complexity of today’s data. You have to be a DBA to even begin to understand the structure and relationships needed to support your testing. There has to be a better way! Learn how to solve these challenges by providing a self-service method where users can model and repurpose their data on demand. Discover how to use a test data assistant automation to capture, model, and generate data for efficient use in API tests and virtual services.

Chris Colosimo
STARWEST 2018 How to Automate Testing for Next-Generation Interfaces (BOTs, Alexa, Mobile)
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Today’s IT systems communicate with customers through multiple points of engagement and various interfaces, ranging from web, mobile, and voice to BOTs and apps like Alexa and Siri. Sanil Pillai says these systems need to provide seamless handoffs between different points of interaction—while at the same time providing relevant and contextual information quickly. To accomplish this, a team must be able to successfully pair device hardware capabilities and intelligent software technologies such as location intelligence, biometric sensing, and Bluetooth. Sanil shows that testing these systems and interfaces is becoming an increasingly more complex task, and traditional testing and automation processes simply don’t apply to new-generation digital interaction services. Join Sanil as he discusses the testing and automation challenges in new-generation digital interactions using hyperconnected BOTs.

Sanil Pillai
STARWEST 2018 Marrying Artificial Intelligence with Software Testing: Challenges & Opportunities
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Emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and cloud computing have introduced a significant software variety and complexity. Wendy Siew Wen Chin and Heng Kar Lau explain that testers are challenged to support a wide product portfolio within harsh time, resource and budget constraints. More test automation may seem to be a solution to test efficiency, however there are many inefficient hot spots throughout the test automation life cycle. Join Wendy and Heng Kar as they share their experiences from the Intel IoT team. They share how to make use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools to leverage opportunities throughout a testing project. They show how to blend test data analytics, test automation, test coverage analytics and test case selection. Learn how software testing, AI and data analytics can be combined to transform your testing, by helping you focus your testing on what matters most.

Wendy Siew Wen Chin
STARWEST 2018 Mission Critical Automation Testing
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When critical subsystems fail, the resulting losses can be catastrophic. In the insurance industry, if premiums are miscalculated, defect costs can reach well over a million dollars. In this session, Mike Keith and Dom Nunley draw on their practical experience with insurance systems testing to provide an overview of combinatorial automation testing for high-risk backend system areas—i.e., features that absolutely must work correctly. They share a process for categorizing requirement risk levels to determine which requirements warrant combinatorial testing. Mike and Dom illustrate various combinatorial testing techniques such as N-FAT, N-Wise, and RANDOM, which can be used to automatically generate test cases. These methods are used to ensure coverage against risk while controlling the number of tests that run.

Mike Keith
STARWEST 2018 Everything I Learned 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 Doo®, Wile E. Coyote®, and many other favorites! Like Bugs Bunny®, maybe we should “have taken that left turn at Albuquerque” and possibly done things a little differently. Discover how the animators in Spiderman® didn’t redraw every background but reused the animation cells, similar to our reusing pieces of test code. And see how Scooby Doo taught us that with the right team, we can solve anything! Chris talks about the automation that he is building at InGenius and how all those hours in front of the TV are helping make it successful. Come for the ‘toons, leave with the lessons!

Chris Loder
STARWEST 2018 7 Proven Ways to Ruin Your Test Automation
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Test automation projects fail, but why? Could you stop it from happening? In this tongue-in-cheek talk, Seretta Gamba will share seven proven methods to disrupt or utterly ruin a test automation project, including letting a lone champion keep important knowledge to himself, ignoring good programming practices, setting impossible goals, and feigning support. Seretta’s humorous recommendations will provide managers, testers, and automators alike with the early signs of an automation project in danger. By “warning” that the most effective defenses are found using the test automation patterns, Seretta will provide the tools needed to counter and resolve issues that lead to project failure. You will receive access to an online resource, the test automation patterns wiki, that leads you through test automation success patterns and offers ways to avoid failures.

Seretta Gamba
STARWEST 2018 An Innovative Test Automation Approach without Making Test Cases
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Does test automation need traditional test cases? Mehmet Duran says no. Using the open source tool TESTAR, he devised an innovative approach to automated testing. Join Mehmet as he shares the research he conducted to solve this challenge and how he confirmed his findings by comparing test approaches using a new framework with the quality attributes of learnability and usability. Mehmet will also describe he worked with Hatim Chahim of Prorail on a real-world railroad project to try out his theory. After applying the framework, results showed that within this setting, the test automation tool used was able to detect more faults and had higher functional test coverage than the manual test approach. Attend this session to learn more about this innovative approach and how it performed under real-world test conditions.

Mehmet Duran
STARWEST 2018 Risk Based Testing – Are You Talking the Talk, Or Walking the Walk?
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Risk-based testing is essential to focus our testing, but it is not always easy to apply to our projects. Risk management tends to focus more on project and process risks (i.e., Will we make the deadline? Do we follow our processes?) and less on the product risks that can act as a foundation for a risk-based approach to test. Including this aspect of risk in your test coverage will give you a solid foundation for defining a test strategy that implements and executes the right tests with the right intensity to mitigate the most critical product risks. In this presentation, Gitte Ottosen walks you through approaches to lightweight product risk analysis that can be applied whether you are working in a traditional or agile context. The approaches focus on the conversation around identifying and classifying product risks as a team effort, as well as how to use product risk analysis to support test specification and execution.

Gitte Ottosen
STARWEST 2018 Automation and Test Strategies to Save Our Project from the Brink of Collapse
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Teams are sometimes asked to turn a mess of undocumented, poorly structured legacy code into a robust product under impossible deadlines. Test strategies blending automation, exploration, and refactoring can help focus development efforts and converge even the most chaotic projects. But, where do you start? Join Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton as he shows how automation can help drive products into a state of release readiness. Learn how refactoring, test-driven development, SOLID principles, dependency injection, and mocking frameworks help break down complex development problems into actionable chunks to delivering reliable, self-documented, and high-performing products. Jonathan walks you through the concepts of “Single responsibility”, “Open/closed”, “Liskov substitution”, “Interface Segregation”, and “Dependency Inversion”.

Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton
STARWEST 2018 Testing Outside of the Box
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The cognitive skills of testing are being threatened by two major forces: the assumption that automation can replace all other forms of testing, and the acceptance of lower quality by consumers. You might be feeling like you’re living on an eroding island, but there is a way to adapt and even thrive using your testing skills. Your project still needs to have someone who will question assumptions, examine design, create experiments, analyze data, and report meaningful metrics. It needs your social skill to connect teams who work in silos, bring customer insights to light, and track risks that no one seems to make time to think about. For twenty-two years, Jon was a tester, test manager, test trainer, and test consultant. Now he’s a senior program manager and uses his testing skills differently. What’s your experience? Jon will ask you a few questions via an anonymous polling app and show the results during the session.

Jon Bach

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