STARWEST 2017 Concurrent Session : Automated Testing: Go Beyond the Basics


Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Automated Testing: Go Beyond the Basics

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You've been through some initial automation bootstrapping and training. You're now three to six months down the road and spending too much time chasing intermittent test failures and maintaining your scripts. You're dealing with frustration and trust issues in the automated tests. What you're not doing is adding a lot of value around new feature work. Sound familiar? Jim Holmes says that pattern is common across nearly every team that is new to building significant automation suites. Jim helps you with a few approaches—all based on his years of experience and hard knocks—that may just save your sanity. This isn't a WebDriver 101 session. Jim won't be covering basics like waits, find logic, or basic page objects. Instead, he'll dive right into solving problems using software craftsmanship principles, custom-designed APIs, and approaches like Selenium Grid to help you scale up your test suites via parallel execution. Leave Jim’s session with practical tips to apply to your own testing.

Guidepost Systems

An executive coach at Pillar Technology, Jim Holmes works with organizations trying to improve their software delivery process and ship higher value to their customers. He's the owner/principal of Guidepost Systems, engaging directly with struggling organizations. Since joining the US Air Force in 1982, he has been in various corners of the IT world with organizations from start-ups to Fortune 10 companies. Jim has been in many different environments but greatly prefers the lean and agile communities. When not working, Jim may be playing Xbox, hiking with his family, enjoying a glass of wine, or banished to the garage practicing his guitar.