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Monday, November 11, 2013 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Half-day Tutorials

The Developer’s Guide to Test Automation

Your shrinking project deadlines are increasing the need for automated tests—but, simultaneously, reducing the time available for writing them. The system requirements are continually changing. The implementation is changing. You spend more and more time maintaining old tests, leaving less time to write new ones. The tests take longer and longer to run. And when they fail, the problem is as likely to be in the tests as in the system. What’s a developer to do? Dale Emery and George Dinwiddie share hard-won lessons learned from their decades of software development and test automation. Discover the factors that make automated tests maintainable, expressive, informative, fast, reliable, and repeatable. Practice achieving these qualities in hands-on exercises. Apply new techniques and your existing software development expertise in new ways. Take home powerful principles and practices to meet the unique challenges of test automation and to help your project deliver sooner with greater confidence.

Dale Emery, DHE

Since 1980, Dale Emery has worked in both IT organizations and software product development companies as a developer, manager, process steward, trainer, and consultant. He helps people apply the agile values of communication, feedback, simplicity, courage, and respect to software development. Dale's combination of deep technical expertise and extensive organizational development experience makes him particularly effective in working with software teams.

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George Dinwiddie, iDIA Computing, LLC

George Dinwiddie is an independent software development consultant who helps organizations, large and small, increase the effectiveness of their software development efforts. As a coach, George he provides guidance over a broad range, at the organizational, process, team, interpersonal, and technical levels. As a trainer, he offers experiential education in technical practices and agile methods. George is currently crusading to break down the barriers that hinder effective collaboration between the business, the programmers, and the testers.

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