STARWEST 2024 Concurrent Session : Delete Responsibly: A Guide to Managing Flaky Tests in iOS UI Automation


Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Delete Responsibly: A Guide to Managing Flaky Tests in iOS UI Automation

Flaky tests pose a significant challenge in maintaining the reliability and efficiency of UI test suites. This talk delves into practical approaches for handling flaky tests, emphasizing the importance of responsibly removing or rewriting tests that consistently demonstrate flakiness. Join Zhanat to explore strategies such as implementing retries judiciously, utilizing monitoring tools for better oversight, and engaging in collaborative problem-solving sessions with iOS teams to address ambiguous failures. Through real-world examples, attendees will learn how to avoid common pitfalls that lead to flakiness in XCUITest and gain insights into fostering a culture of quality and resilience in UI testing. By the end of this session, delegates will be equipped with effective methodologies to improve their UI test suites' reliability, contributing to smoother development cycles and higher-quality software products.


With nearly a decade of experience in the QA field, Zhanat Mambetbayeva has navigated the spectrum from manual to automated testing, hardware to software testing, waterfall to agile, and from desktop to mobile applications, moving from local startup in Kazakstan to international companies in Russia and Germany. Her journey through various methodologies and technologies, culminating in roles that blend QA leadership with hands-on automation expertise, highlights her adaptability and dedication to quality. Currently, she leads the way in quality assurance processes and a shift-left approach, advocating for a proactive quality mindset across development teams in Germany. Zhanat's story goes beyond testing; it's about influencing and educating.