STAREAST 2019 Tutorial: Better Test Design for Great Test Automation and DevOps

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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. And test design can make or break automation efforts throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline. We want automated tests to find problems in a build quickly, run without a hitch, and be easily maintained. However, if tests are badly structured and unnecessarily detailed, you may 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. In this session, you’ll learn how domain language approaches like keyword-driven testing and behavior-driven development support a modular organization of tests that encourages efficient test design for successful automation. Such tests then can run without hitches, helping the CI/CD tools pipeline to run smoothly. And they can be maintained easily, so they can keep up with changes in the application or its environment. Take with you a template test design to give you a head start in getting your tests organized and ready for automation.

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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.