Agile + DevOps East 2023 Concurrent Session : What Effective Test Automation is...And Why it's NOT Testing!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:30am

What Effective Test Automation is...And Why it's NOT Testing!

In the frantic race to automate everything, one critical fact often gets overlooked…that test automation is NOT testing. Many organizations equate a comprehensive automated test suite with an effective software testing function. However, their definition of test automation is often limited to the automated execution of scripted test steps. Even in the best case scenario, this approach can give a false sense of security, especially when executing automated checks is the only “testing” that’s performed in the delivery pipeline. In this session, Lee will discuss why he sees the craft of software testing being swallowed up by test automation. He will help you think beyond just execution of scripted tests and apply automation principles more generally to testing activities. You will learn how to look at testing and automation as complimentary activities and take back techniques for using a context-driven approach to automaton to improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of your software testing within your agile and DevOps practices.

Lee Barnes
Forte Group

Lee Barnes has over 25 years of experience in the Software Quality Assurance and Testing field. He has been involved in the implementation of test automation and performance testing solutions in hundreds of environments across a wide array of industries. Most recently, Lee has been involved with bringing quality practices (with a focus on automation and performance) to DevOps teams. Lee speaks regularly on quality and testing topics at a wide range of conferences including Agile+DevOps East/West, STAREAST, STPCon and DevOpsDays.