A Large-scale, Data-driven Company's Journey of Going From Manual to Automated Testing In 6 Months

Manual Testing.  Depending on how you've been influenced by those two simple words, reactions vary from slight disgust to full-on depression.  Of course, the solution is clear: automate, but how do you get there when your company is continually pushing out the next big feature?  As the set of features to cover increases, the lack of scalability of manual testing becomes more apparent.

 

This is a problem that we struggled with at our company.  Automation tactics were explored and implemented, but problems persisted as proposed solutions did not cater to the demands of the manual testers.

 

After years of failure and disappointment, our latest stint resulted in success.  Not only do we have hundreds of automated tests across various platforms (mobile and web) and products, but manual testing has been eliminated with zero casualties.  As we move forward towards Continuous Delivery and improved automation performance, we wanted to take this moment to look back and share stories of failure and success.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Outline/Structure of the Session:

 

  • Brief Company History of Testing
    • Quick explanation of the complexity of our business
      • 6 Native Apps
      • 500+ Websites
      • Millions of users
    • Previous failed attempts at test automation
      • Using Page Object Models (POMs) and Python
      • AQuA: Spreadsheet-driven Selenium web automation tool built in-house
  • Success Story
    • The goal: “Continuous Delivery"
    • The technology: Selenium, Appium, SauceLabs, Robot Framework, Python, Jenkins, Locust
    • The training: How to train your traditional QA team to automate tests?
    • The time: How to make time for automa

Learning Outcome

This presentation will provide one of the many perspectives out there with regards to solving the QA automation problem using open-source tools.  We will discuss some of the sacrifices that you may need to make in order to transition from manual to automated coverage. We will also discuss some of the advantages that RobotFramework provides to get the job done.

Target Audience

QA Teams who want to learn how to automate their workflows, QA Managers, QA Leads

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  • Anand Bagmar
    By Anand Bagmar  ~  1 year ago
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    Seems like a great success story. That said, seems like a lot of content. Would you have enough time to talk about the actual steps taken (in sufficient detail) for the audience to get learning out of your experience?

    • Mike Hemelberg
      By Mike Hemelberg  ~  1 year ago
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      The chat will be higher level but should get you started on your test automation efforts. We will be available for questions and more specifics during and after the conference.

      • Leo Laskin
        By Leo Laskin  ~  1 year ago
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        The people coming to this conference already have been working with successful automation. This may be lost on them.  I'd worry that this is better for a more low level conference.

  • Denali Lumma
    By Denali Lumma  ~  1 year ago
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    Congratulations on a great success in testing at your company.  Can you please explain the "data driven" aspect of this talk a bit more?

  • Hai Wang
    By Hai Wang  ~  1 year ago
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    amazing efforts, I really love the Automation Testing framekworks and methodologies.


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