STARWEST 2020 Concurrent Session : A Journey of Transformation to an Agile-Based Performance Testing Model


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

A Journey of Transformation to an Agile-Based Performance Testing Model

Waterfall project development used to result in an overly expensive and drawn-out testing process, eating up valuable project schedule days. As project management transformed to product management, testing took a different approach to meet the demanding needs of product owners and keep up with the speed of agile. Theron Melrose's team recently lived this transition, starting from a centralized approach that performance tested every change and every deployment and caused 10- or 12-week performance testing cycles, and ending with a transformation. Join him to hear how a risk-based approach and a shift in ownership leads to less expensive, quicker, and more targeted testing that satisfies development teams’ needs to test smarter and meet agile timelines. This new approach addresses performance testing but could work for functional testing as well. You will learn how it can result in more satisfied product teams, help meet the demands of agile timelines, and reduce the testing footprint in your organization.

State Farm Insurance Companies

I'm currently a Technology Manager overseeing the Capacity and Performance testing team that ensures the Digital presence (Web, Mobile, and Customer Print) meets the expected business volume metrics for capacity and performance measurements. In over twenty years with State Farm, I have held business analyst roles, test analyst roles, test-lead roles, Project Management (PMP Certified), Product Management, Analytics Management, Test Management and Program Management. I am Agile Certified (SAFe), Scrum Master Certified, and have run numerous Agile projects in addition to working a couple years as a Release Train Engineer (RTE). I have experience starting new teams, ramping up new remote teams, and coordinating work with on-shore and off-shore teams. In my IT experience, I have presented numerous times within State Farm, at forums, large department meetings, and internal conferences. Additionally I have taught numerous Project Management preparation classes associated with a local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter.