STAREAST 2018 Tutorial: Better Test Design for Great Test Automation and DevOps


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation and DevOps

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Test automation is an essential element in agile and DevOps processes. Your test designs can make or break automation efforts throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline. Automation must find problems in a build, run without a hitch, and be easily maintained. If tests are badly structured and unnecessarily detailed, an automation engineer will have a hard time automating them—even with great tools. Hans Buwalda explores how testers (both technical and non-technical) can design or restructure tests to make them suitable for automation. These tests will be able to run seamlessly with the CI/CD tools available today to implement a smooth and seamless pipeline. See how domain language approaches like keywords and behavior-driven development support a modular organization of tests that encourages efficient test designs. Hans shares a template design that you can follow to get your tests organized and ready for automation. Join in to see why successful test automation is not as much a technical challenge as it is a test-design challenge.


Hans Buwalda has been working with information technology since his high school years. In his career, Hans has gained experience as a developer, manager, and principal consultant for companies and organizations worldwide. He was a pioneer of the keyword approach to testing and automation, now widely used throughout the industry. His approaches to testing—action-based testing and soap opera testing—have helped a variety of customers achieve scalable and maintainable solutions for large and complex testing challenges. Hans is a frequent speaker at STAR conferences and is lead author of Integrated Test Design and Automation.