STAREAST 2020 Concurrent Session : No One Really Cares about Testing: A Perspective from a Billion-Dollar App Team


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

No One Really Cares about Testing: A Perspective from a Billion-Dollar App Team

When is the last time you read a five-star review in the App Store or Play Store that raved, “This app is so well-tested! Their quality assurance team really knows what they’re doing. Their test automation must fit so well into their CI pipeline that they can find all sorts of issues in a snap”? The fact is most end-users don’t care about all the things we do in testing on a day-to-day basis. Instead, they care that our applications solve their problems in the way that they expect them to or in a new way that delights them. Andrew Bardallis will challenge you to first think about how your application makes the end-user’s life better and how you can then make better testing decisions centered around those needs. He'll pull examples from his time leading the testing effort on Target’s mobile apps teams, including a look into how he's built Android and iOS test automation suites—a subject that is typically detached from focusing first on the end-user—around the purpose of Target's mission: to help all families discover the joy of everyday life.


As a Senior Engineer in Test for Mobile Apps at Target, Andrew Bardallis leads the QA and test automation development efforts for all Target guest-facing mobile applications. He has built numerous test automation projects – mostly in Ruby using tools such as Cucumber, Calabash, Appium, Net::HTTP, and Charles – to help testing teams quickly identify the introduction of regressions and to better define release risk to business stakeholders. He is passionate about influencing test and development teams to make decisions not based in technology, but rather based on what will best serve the needs of Target’s guests.