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Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Eric Smith is an agile evangelist software leader with more than fifteen years of experience leading software teams in developing highly complex projects using risk-based, feedback-driven processes. Eric strongly believes that a trust-based, purpose-driven culture produces the best results. He has led software projects and process improvements across organizations in the B2B, Big Data, web, and mobile application spaces. For the past eight years, Eric has been leading software delivery teams for HomeAdvisor, focusing his work on the delivery of new products and mobile application products.

Speaker Presentations
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 3:00pm
Test Automation
Automate REST API Testing

As an organization grows, the body of code that needs to be regression tested constantly increases. However, to maintain high velocity and deliver new features, teams need to minimize the amount of manual regression testing. Eric Smith shares his lessons learned in automating RESTful API tests using JMeter, RSpec, and Spock. Gain insights into the pros and cons of each tool, take back practical knowledge about the tools available, and explore reasons why your shop should require RESTful automation as part of its acceptance test criteria. Many decisions must be made to automate API tests: choosing the platform; how to integrate with the current build and deploy process; and how to integrate with reporting tools to keep key stakeholders informed. Although the initial transition caused his teams to bend their traditional roles, Eric says that ultimately the team became more cross-functionally aligned and developed a greater sense of ownership for delivering a quality product.