The key objectives of any organization is to provide / derive value from the products / services they offer. To achieve this, they need to be able to deliver their offerings in the quickest time possible, and of good quality!

In such a fast moving environment, CI (Continuous Integration) and CD (Continuous Delivery) are now a necessity and not a luxury!

There are various practices that organizations need to implement to enable CD. Changes in requirements (a reality in all projects) needs to be managed better. Along with this, processes and practices need to be tuned based on the team capability, skills and distribution.

Testing (automation) is one of the important practices that needs to be setup correctly for CD to be successful. But, this is tricky and requires a lot of discipline, rigor and hard work by all the team members involved the product delivery.

All the challenges faced in smaller organizations get amplified when it comes to Enterprises. There are various reasons to this - but most common reasons are - scale, complexity of the domain, complexity of the integrations (to internal / external system), involvement of various partners / vendors, long product life-cycles, etc.

In such situations, the Testing complexity and challenges also increase exponentially!

Learn, via a case study of an Enterprise, a large Bank, the Testing approach required to take them on the journey to achieving CD.


Outline/Structure of the Case Study

This talk will be structured as below:

  • Explain the concept of a Test Pyramid, what it really means and some Test Pyramid Anti-Patterns
  • Recap of what Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD)
  • Describe the case-study of an Enterprise on the path to implement CD, including challenges related to scale in implementing processes and practices, managing distributed teams, changes in requirements, etc.
  • Walk-through the Test Strategy for this Enterprise
  • Different types of testing required (Starting from Unit, and all the way up to UI, NFRs, batches, migrations, etc.)
  • Different types of Environments needed
  • Test data challenges and requirements
  • Importance of selecting the right tools and technology for Testing
  • How does Manual testing fit in this?
  • Ways to show real-time assessment of state of the product-under-test in order to take meaningful decisions for next deployment stage
  • Key takeaways from the Test Strategy to help achieve CD

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the [Test Automation Pyramid](, and its importance for quick feedback
  • Understand some Test Pyramid Anti-Patterns
  • Recap of what Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) mean
  • Create a Test Strategy for complex domains / Enterprises on a journey to implement CD
  • Key takeaways to ensure the Test Strategy will help achieve CD!

Target Audience

Managers, Leads, Hand-on team members (devs / qas / product owners)



schedule Submitted 8 years ago

  • 60 Mins

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    In order for these organizations to to understand the quality / health of their products at a quick glance, typically a team of people scramble to collate and collect the information manually needed to get a sense of quality about the products they support. All this is done manually.

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        •    Can you identify patterns and do quick analysis of the test results to help in root-cause-analysis for issues that have happened over a period of time in making better decisions to better the quality of your product(s)?

    The current set of tools are limited and fail to give the holistic picture of quality and health, across the life-cycle of the products.

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