STARWEST 2020 Concurrent Session : Using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to reimagine testing


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to reimagine testing

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So much time and energy is spent on automating and running tests. But test automation is one part of a larger testing process. The set-up and tear down of testing environments is for many still a manual and time consuming process. Writing good bug reports complete with screenshots of the issues, videos capturing how to reproduce the bug, log files is an exceptionally tedious process. This session will explore how an emerging technology, Robotic Process Automation, can automate the entire testing process. We’ll explore what RPA is, the different approaches taken (script-based, scriptless, AI-driven), and the impact of the technology in your day to day job.


Doug Stevenson is a veteran engineer, experienced public speaker, and director of developer relations at Mesmer, an early stage startup building mobile app testing tools using AI and ML. He was previously a developer advocate with the Firebase team at Google. Doug has been developing for Android since the very first Android device was on the market, and has bootstrapped the efforts of Silicon Valley startups. Outside of work, Doug follows professional ice hockey and enjoys craft beer.