Test your tests: developer practices aren't just for developers.

The growth of automation testing in today’s software development organizations is changing the the way we test applications. Software development practices have matured over the last 30 years, to include all forms of testing to verify software quality. In the last ten years, there has been a huge spike in the adoption of automated tests, effectively replacing some of these manual testing practices, and supplementing many traditional testing activities. Many parts of the software development industry, however, are wary of replacing manual testingwith automated testing. Not only is there often a lack of confidence in the automation tests, many see automated testing as fragile, unmaintainable, and ultimately, something delivering a low return on investment. Max believes that by employing mature software development techniques, we can achieve robust, maintainable, tests, that deliver confidence of the application under test. In addition to discussing how to structure automated tests that are cleaner, more maintainable and efficient, developer testing, and deployment techniques can be used to programmatically verify test correctness. Drawing on his experiences building test automation, test frameworks and advising organizations to adopt test automation, Max will walk us through how to mature your test automation practices.
 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Testing Framework vs Testing Tools
  • Testing your Framework
  • Keeping your Framework Updated
  • Continuous Integration for Testing Frameworks
  • Testing your Tools
  • Validation of Tests
  • Testing Pitfalls

Learning Outcome

At the end of the session, attendees will have a better of understanding of development practices, and how to apply them to functional testing frameworks and tests. A good understanding of what needs to be testing in the framework, and what can be overlooked, along with metrics to gather to prove out frameworks. Additionally, attendees will receive tips to help keep tests from registering as false positives or negatives, and get more accurate measurements.

Target Audience

QAs, SDETs, and Test Architects

Prerequisites for Attendees

A working knowledge of best QA and Dev practices will be helpful, but isn't necessary. Some coding experience will be helpful, so keep up with the terminology used, such as unit testing, integration, and static analysis, but again, isn't needed as all terms will be reviewed to ensure the discussion is on a common ground

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