STAREAST 2017 Concurrent Session - Test Automation at the Speed of Agile: Making It Work Every Build | TechWell


Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Test Automation at the Speed of Agile: Making It Work Every Build

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Join Danny McKeown, Paychex’s lead test enterprise automation architect, to see how a small tools group supports nearly one-hundred agile teams as they move toward achieving continuous delivery. Take part in the conversation to understand how Paychex is progressing in the third year of its agile transformation. Danny describes how this IT-wide initiative has impacted how the tools group supports so many teams and changed its own practices to provide more timely support. With the goal of increasing velocity, a solid automation strategy has become a powerful enabler. Danny describes how Paychex assesses progress with a maturity lens. Their always-evolving automation framework serves web and mobile team requirements. He shares an HTML5 mini-case study, describing how adopting responsive web changed practices. Embedding quality in multiple daily builds has not come without its challenges, and Danny describes the lessons learned and their next steps. This interactive session will encourage participants to share their experiences as well—so come ready!


Danny McKeown has more than thirty years of technical and management experience in information technology. With Paychex for thirteen years, Danny has spent the last seven years as the test automation architect. In this role, he is instrumental in implementing a secure integration of Perfecto Mobile’s solution with the Paychex automation framework that leverages Selenium and other vendor technologies. In addition, Danny is an adjunct lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the software engineering department and on the advisory board for the International Institute for Software Testing.