STARWEST 2024 Concurrent Session : Testing Retrospective: Lessons from the Past


Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Testing Retrospective: Lessons from the Past

We prepare for the future by learning from the lessons of the past. During this session, you will look back at some of the craziest bugs John Jenkins has run across during his career, and see what lessons can be gleaned from them to help tackle the problems of tomorrow. Bugs come in all shapes and sizes, and can exist in processes just as easily as they can exist in code. In this session, both types will be examined, including: the too much free space bug, the V1 bug, the too much test data bug, and more. The session will also explore some of the best practices John has developed in his career as a result of dealing with these bugs. Join John, and come see for yourself what you can learn from a good bug.


John Jenkins has been in the software testing trenches for over 15 years, creating testing solutions for both front-end and back-end testing challenges. With around 10 years experience working with Selenium type solutions, and close to five years working with API and backend automation, he has begun focusing his efforts on solving the broader challenges that all test solutions must deal with. His career has seen him working at companies of all sizes from startups to multi-national corporations, but the testing challenges he faces are largely the same everywhere. He firmly believes that quality is an investment and a choice, and not an afterthought.