STAREAST 2017 Tutorial - BIG Testing: The Five Keys to Test Automation at Scale | TechWell


Monday, May 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

BIG Testing: The Five Keys to Test Automation at Scale

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Test automation has become a must, especially in agile and DevOps projects with their goals of continuous integration and fast deployment. We know that test automation is a deciding factor in achieving competitive strength, as it contributes to faster time-to-market and higher quality-to-market in software delivery. Even though powerful automation technologies like Selenium are available, they alone do not give you scalability in testing big and complex systems with their many components, workflows, and configurations. To help you learn how to achieve scalability in automated testing, Hans Buwalda explores five key areas that need attention: design of the tests, processes around testing, testability of the application under test, tooling and infrastructure, and availability and organization of necessary expertise. See what you can do in each area to build success in automation of large and complex test suites—while keeping them manageable and maintainable. Join Hans as he examines how virtualization and the cloud can contribute to your automation goals, how techniques like “testing in production” can work for you, and how to manage global outsourcing.


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.