STAREAST 2022 Concurrent Session : Serverless Testing: Executing Long Running Test Automation


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Serverless Testing: Executing Long Running Test Automation

The goal in most test automation is for it to run fast, fail fast, and get answers fast. But not all testing can, or should, be instant. Systems that use long running processes or workflows by design require polling-style testing that could take minutes, hours, or even days. In this session, Douglas will demonstrate using AWS Lambda functions with DynamoDB to create a serverless test monitor for polling long-running systems. He will also explain the benefits of using a serverless approach to create an “always available” testing tool to free up resources for other critical tasks. This approach can be expanded to benefit almost any testing scenario, even if the test applications are not in the cloud.


Douglas Burton has been a QA engineer, test team manager, trainer, and mentor for 17 years. He has specialized in automated and manual software testing in healthcare, hospitality, and media industries where he has built teams from the ground up for startups and evolved existing test teams to look at testing and automation differently. He enjoys solving complex and unconventional testing problems for enterprise and mission-critical applications. He is currently the QA Manager for Zeel, an in-home healthcare and telehealth platform.