STARWEST 2019 Tutorial: Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Test Automation Strategies for the Agile World

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With the adoption of agile practices in many organizations, the test automation landscape has changed. Join Bob Galen & Mary Thorn as they explore current disruptors to traditional automation strategies, and discusses relevant and current adjustments you need to make when developing your automation business case. Open source tools are becoming incredibly viable and beat their commercial equivalents in many ways―not only in cost, but also in functionality, creativity, evolutionary speed, and developer acceptance. Agile and DevOps methods have fundamentally challenged our traditional automation strategies. Now we must keep up with incremental and emergent systems and architectures and their high rates of change. Bob & Mary explore new automation strategies, examining strategies for both greenfield applications and those pesky legacy projects. Learn how to wrap a business case and communication plan around them so you get the support you need. Leave the workshop with a serious game plan for delivering on the promise of agile test automation. 

Bob Galen
Vaco

Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG a boutique agile coaching firm. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CAL I trainer, and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published three agile-centric books: Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2012, Scrum Product Ownership, 3rd Edition in 2019, and Agile Reflections in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcasterBob may be reached directly at [email protected] or networking via LinkedIn

Mary Thorn
Vaco

During her more than twenty years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile transformations. Mary’s expertise is a combination of agile scaling, agile testing, and DevOps that her clients find incredibly valuable. She is also chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality and an avid keynote and conference speaker on all things agile and agile testing.