STARWEST 2019 Concurrent Session : Evolve Your Testing the Pokémon Way


Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Evolve Your Testing the Pokémon Way

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How can you know that your services will handle the requests of millions of users a day? Or that making a fundamental change to one of your technologies won’t break your user experience? The answer: By having your entire team use and build on a phased approach to testing the right pieces at the right time. The Pokémon Company International services group develops and updates the services used for logging into the website and applications like Pokémon Go and Pokémon TV. Since the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016, their quality-focused team has worked to develop strategies that reduce the number and duration of customer issues in the face of millions of daily active users. Join Paul Grimes as he presents the phases their test engineers go through and the tools used to ensure that the services Pokémon is delivering are capable of meeting users' demands. From exploratory testing of APIs to developing unit and integration tests and deploying scalable performance suites, Paul will discuss the tactical choices and how they affect outcomes. By integrating testing early and doing the right work at the right time, you can ensure your customers have exceptional encounters.

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Paul Grimes has worked in the software industry over twenty years. He loves technology and has worked in many vanguard fields, including web services, game network engineering, automation planning, and automation implementation. He spent the early part of his career at Microsoft working on Office, then shifted to work on PC and Xbox games. He also has varied experience from working at Barnes & Noble, Disney, and various startups in the games and data knowledge industries. He currently works for Pokémon Company International as a services test engineer.