Automation

Conference Presentations

STAREAST 2018 What’s Our Job When the Machines Do Testing?
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After its highly hyped introduction decades ago and followed by a long, quiet “winter,” artificial intelligence (AI) has slowly crept back into our consciousness. While our Siri and Alexa assistants entertain us, machine learning (ML) has brought new conveniences into our lives with solutions including Nest and Netflix. Today, AI brings us to the tantalizing brink of the autonomous vehicle. The sea change of this 4th Industrial Revolution has begun to disrupt industry after industry. The emerging capabilities of these fascinating machines demand our attention as AI starts to be applied in ways that directly affect our workplaces. And the test community will not be immune. Geoff Meyer explores industry-wide applications of analytics and machine learning to testing, and shares an in-depth view into how this next generation of automation is being used to optimize test and IT operations.

Geoff Meyer
STAREAST 2018 Testing Your Metal: Parallels between Testing and Heavy Metal Music
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A self-proclaimed rock-a-holic, Paul Grizzaffi is greatly affected by music and quite the aficionado of heavy metal. Not only does he love music, he’s also an expert in testing and automation. The phrase “test your mettle” means to test one’s strength of spirit, what one is prepared to endure. In both testing and automation development, we often are tested by suboptimal situations and difficult challenges—unrealistic expectations, resistance to change, and the insistence that all existing test cases must be automated. In coping with challenges, many people find solace in listening to and playing music. Music, specifically titles and lyrics, can be thought provoking, motivating, and may hold answers to our difficulties. Join Paul on a tour of some impactful lyrics that contain memorable messages about testing and automation.

Paul Grizzaffi
STARCANADA Testing Accessibility Standards and Testing Techniques: Be Inclusive or Be Left Behind
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While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility for a wider spectrum of users—including the blind—and their interfaces is being required by law across more jurisdictions, testing for it remains limited, naïve, and too late. The consequences of staying ignorant include...

David Best
STARCANADA Testing Blunders in Test Automation
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In chess, the word blunder means a very bad move by someone who should know better. Even though functional test automation has been around for a long time, people still make some very bad moves and serious blunders. The most common misconception in automation is thinking that manual...

Dorothy Graham
STARCANADA Testing The Three Pillars Approach to an Agile Testing Strategy
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Far too often, organizations focus solely on the development teams and their technical practices as their agile adoption strategy. And then there’s the near constant focus on acquiring development tools. Often the testing activity and the testing teams are left behind in agile adoption...

Bob Galen
STARCANADA Testing Jump Start Agile Testing with Acceptance Test Driven Development
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Does your agile team struggle to find the right level of detail prior to beginning development? You may be suffering from “chunky” user stories—those that are too large or insufficiently defined to implement or test efficiently. Acceptance test driven development (ATDD) can help you...

Susan Brockley
STARCANADA Testing Defining the Optimal Level of Test Automation
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Test automation scripts are largely run against stable functionality with repeatable results. But automation does not have to be just about running reliable tests against a fixed code base to make them effective; rather, you can determine the right level of automation you need to meet your...

Jim Trentadue
STARCANADA Testing Transforming Your QA and Test Team
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QA and test departments often are composed of employees with business backgrounds who have little training when it comes to software testing. Though they are engaged, these team members can get overwhelmed by the thousands of test cases they have to execute over and over...

Sophie Benjamin
STARCANADA Testing Implementing a Test Dashboard to Boost Quality
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You are responsible for addressing quality problems that are plaguing your product and having an adverse impact on the business. Have you been challenged to provide a simple mechanism for quantifying and tracking key performance indicators selected by your organization. The ultimate goal...

Scott Acker
STARCANADA Testing Machine Learning: Will It Take Over Testing
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Machine learning (ML), a branch of artificial intelligence, is gaining widespread adoption and interest on software development projects. Paul Merrill says that ML isn't typical programming. Algorithms can be changed and checked for accuracy at runtime to “learn” from data.

Paul Merrill

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