Automation

Conference Presentations

STARWEST Testing The Lean Startup Method: Its Value for Testers
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A startup is an organization created to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Approximately 40 percent of all startups will cease operation with investors losing everything; 95 percent will fall short of their financial projections. And the number...

Lee Copeland
STARWEST Testing What Does Continuous Testing Really Mean?
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You may have heard the term “continuous testing” and thought it was just the DevOps flavor of the month … or that it isn’t part of DevOps … or that it isn’t for cloud-based applications. Marianne Hollier says that continuous testing means adopting the right set of automated tests along...

Marianne Hollier
STARWEST Testing How Do I Get a Cool Job Like Yours? A Career Map for Testers
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When people hear about my past jobs, my career, and the many places I “work” (at foreign conferences and even on ski lifts), I often get the question “How do I get your job?” However, when people hear some of the details of my career, their reaction is “Gee, that’s a lot of work!” Well...

Jon Hagar
STARWEST Testing Mobile Testing: Where to Start Your Journey
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Your company has decided to move into the 21st century and is developing a shiny new mobile app. But you don’t know where to start. How many devices do you need to test? Can you take existing tests and modify them? How do you account for conditions such as loss of connectivity, a virtual...

Bambi Rands
STARWEST 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. Some companies...

Paul Merrill
STARWEST Testing Test Cases Are Dead, Long Live Checklists
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For testers, creating tests is critical for a healthy testing process, so it is painful to see how boring writing test cases can be. In classical approaches, test cases are overcrowded with words—mostly project information that everyone already knows. What test cases don’t have is...

Ömürden Cengiz
STARWEST Testing Use Model-Based Testing to Navigate the Software Forest
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Even seemingly simple software systems can be a dense forest of intersecting logical pathways which may leave you wondering if your testing was robust enough. Traditional test cases are flawed since they only execute the pathways the tester considered at the time the test case was written...

Jon Fetrow
STARWEST Testing The Software Testing Pyramid: A Concrete Example
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Mike Cohn’s Test Pyramid describes a test automation strategy consisting of a wide base of unit tests, service-oriented acceptance tests for business logic, and a thin layer of tests exercising the user interface. Tests that provide the quickest feedback and fault precision serve as the...

Jim Weaver
STARWEST Testing Social Skills: The Softer Side of Software Testing
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Communication breakdowns are a primary cause of IT project failure. Marcia Buzzella believes increasing the success rate of IT projects across waterfall, Agile, and DevOps methods requires a balance of social (soft) and technical (hard) capabilities to improve team performance.

Marcia Buzzella
STARWEST Testing Use Automation to Assist—Not Replace—Manual Testing
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Automation is a powerful tool to help testing but too often it is used to replicate existing manual tests. This leads organizations to spend large amounts of time and money constantly updating flaky automated tests and test teams to suffer frustration from having to focus on activities...

Jeffrey Martin

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