In the past decade the software development paradigm has shifted to “deliver fast” – with concomitant frameworks and methodologies to support that emphasis – but without proper consideration of quality. So most teams end up failing fast and hard when development continues beyond a shaky foundation. To bring about positive change, we must improve both our knowledge base and our processes to achieve quality delivery without disturbing the bookkeeper’s project delivery timelines. Lessons learned from a career in research science can be applied to QA, with parallels to industry product quality models. Testing techniques and product delivery processes from research science will aid not just testers but the entire team in delivering quality software. More than just day-to-day team activities and testing tools, the science of testing is about the pursuit of knowledge and understanding for its own sake. Testers should foster their skills in the community with professional development activities. Those in attendance will learn about the successes and failures of applying a scientist’s approach to testing software, from the “publish-or-perish” mindset of science to “deliver fast” in IT.
Session: Transform Your Organization with an Enterprise Automation Program
Presenter: Thomas Haver
Automation can be an effective tool within an organization’s software testing strategy if implemented correctly. Automation is often presented as a silver bullet or magical solution to QA; however, experience and practice has taught the QA community there are pitfalls on the path to automation success. A lack of experience, time, and budget inhibits the viability and long-term sustainability of any such automation rollout.
In this talk, we’ll learn how to build a robust automation solution across the Enterprise to improve application quality, testing efficiency, and lower operational costs. We’ll show how to leverage all current resources to achieve this goal without affecting project delivery time. The SDLC process will be streamlined by combining the technical knowledge & experience of each team member with an automated solution to minimize redundant, costly activities.
Session: The Automation Firehose: Be Strategic and Tactical
Presenter: Thomas Haver
The widespread adoption of test automation has led to numerous challenges that range from development lifecycle integration to simple scripting strategy. Just because a scenario CAN be automated does not mean it SHOULD be automated. Teams that adopt automation often rush to automate everything they can – the automation firehose. For those scenarios that should be automated, every team must adopt an implementation plan to ensure value is derived from reliable automated test execution.
In this session, the audience will learn how to automate both strategically and tactically to maximize the benefits of automation. Entry criteria will be demonstrated for automation in the development lifecycle along with a set of checks to determine automation feasibility & ROI.
Thomas is presently serving as the Senior Application Architect for Huntington National Bank. He is responsible for the conversion from manual testing to Ruby/Cucumber automation for the entire enterprise. Originally accountable for the development and maintenance of automation frameworks for Digital Channels, he now leads the automation effort for 73 applications across Huntington that encompass testing, metrics & reporting, data, and environment. Thomas leads the training & technical support for both on-site employees as well as offshore contractors. He has developed test strategies and assisted in coordination between multiple lines to improve delivery effectiveness & resource flexibility.
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