STARWEST 2022 Concurrent Session : Metamorphosis from Manual to Automated Testing


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Metamorphosis from Manual to Automated Testing

Do you have a fully manual testing environment and want to move to automation but not sure how? Follow the journey of a heavy manual testing organization that capitalized on the strong manual testing skills of their employees, expanding their skill sets and helping to move the careers forward for the entire organization. Shay Hibler, Daniel Jiregna, Latha Vatti, and Cheryl Raya will take you on that journey of how our organization took on that task with tool evaluation to find the best tool to fit our needs, how doing selective talent acquisition moved our test automation forward at an accelerated rate, and demonstrate how training of existing employees permitted us to keep and improve the talent of the testing team. Discover ways to move your organization forward with automated testing while keeping those valuable employees and growing them for both your organization and their careers, allowing your best testers to have more tools in their testing arsenal.


Cheryl Raya is a quality enthusiast with a development background. Having been a developer, she turned her talents and dedication to quality assurance for the last 12 years . With a passion for mentoring, she is often helping others enhance their skills. She is also a consummate learner and has a thirst to discover new things and new ways of doing everyday tasks.

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Daniel Jiregna is a software quality engineer manager with extensive experience in test automation, performance and managing QA team. Enjoys being tech-savvy, learning new software tools in order to improve application testing quality and performance. Daniel also leads Ministry of Testing Kansas City.

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Shay Hibler is a Software Quality Assurance Manager at NIPR where she provides QA Strategy and implements new QA practices. Shay has over 10 years of QA experience -specifically in Agile, Regression, Functional and Automation. Shay enjoys working within a team collaborating, leading teams, cross-training , mentoring, and implementing new and effective QA processes and strategies.

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Latha Vatti is a Sr. Software Quality Engineer at NIPR where she leads coordinated testing efforts. She is an automation enthusiast and enjoys learning new skills to enhance her testing efforts. She is known for her extensive QA Automation knowledge and expertise. She is rigorous and methodical in her testing yet can still help solve problems that require inventive thinking.