Thursday, December 17, 2015

Patterns in Test Automation & Enabling CD at ThinkTest 2015

Thanks to Smita Mishra for organizing ThinkTest 2015 and more so, for giving me the opportunity to speak on a couple of topics.

Here is some brief information from my talks. Links to videos will be posted soon.

Patterns of a “good” Test Automation Framework, Locators & Data!

Based on past experiences, I changed this talk to focus only on the Patterns for Test Automation Framework. I have now prepared a separate talk for Test-Data Patterns in Test Automation. Hopefully will get a chance to share my thoughts on that in the near future.


Building a Test Automation Framework is easy - there are so many resources / guides / blogs / etc. available to help you get started and help solve the issues you get along the journey.
However, building a "good" Test Automation Framework is not very easy. There are a lot of principles and practices you need to use, in the right context, with a good set of skills required to make the Test Automation Framework maintainable, scalable and reusable.
Design Patterns play a big role in helping achieve this goal of building a good and robust framework. 
In this talk, we will talk about, and see examples of various types of patterns you can use for:
  1. Build your Test Automation Framework
  2. Test Data Management
  3. Locators / IDs (for finding / interacting with elements in the browser / app)
Using these patterns you will be able to build a good framework, that will help keep your tests running fast, and reliably in your CI / CD setup!


Enabling Continuous Delivery (CD) in Enterprises with Testing


The key objectives of any organization is to provide / derive value from the products / services they offer. To achieve this, they need to be able to deliver their offerings in the quickest time possible, and of good quality!
In such a fast moving environment, CI (Continuous Integration) and CD (Continuous Delivery) are now a necessity and not a luxury!
There are various practices that organizations need to implement to enable CD. Changes in requirements (a reality in all projects) needs to be managed better. Along with this, processes and practices need to be tuned based on the team capability, skills and distribution.
Testing (automation) is one of the important practices that needs to be setup correctly for CD to be successful. But, this is tricky and requires a lot of discipline, rigor and hard work by all the team members involved the product delivery.
All the challenges faced in smaller organizations get amplified when it comes to Enterprises. There are various reasons to this - but most common reasons are - scale, complexity of the domain, complexity of the integrations (to internal / external system), involvement of various partners / vendors, long product life-cycles, etc.
In such situations, the Testing complexity and challenges also increase exponentially!
Learn, via a case study of an Enterprise, a large Bank, the Testing approach required to take them on the journey to achieving CD.


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