State-of-the-art test setups: How do the best of the best test?

The best engineering teams are releasing code hundreds of times in a day. This is supported by a test setup that is not just fast, but robust and accurate at the same time.

We look at data (anonymized) from millions of tests running on BrowserStack, to figure out the very best test setups. We also analyze the testing behavior of these companies—how do they test, how frequently do they test, how many device-browser-OS combinations do they test on. Do they gain speed by running more parallels or leaner test setups?

Finally, we see how these steps help these teams to test faster and release continuously, and how it ties-in to the larger engineering strategy.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • How fast are the best companies releasing software
  • Need for advanced test setups
  • Best practices around advanced test setups
  • Real-world examples
  • How can you replicate this
  • Achieving an ideal setup

Learning Outcome

  1. How the best companies in the world are testing.
  2. Numbers you need to benchmark to reach that level.
  3. How to make your test setup an enabler instead of a roadblock.

Target Audience

QA Managers/QA Engineers interested in the testing practices followed by industry leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees

  • Basics of SDLC
  • Automated testing
  • What a basic test setup looks like
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