STARCANADA 2017 Tutorial: Test Automation in Agile: The Path to Faster, Better Releases

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Test Automation in Agile: The Path to Faster, Better Releases

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Agile teams deliver “potentially” shippable software at the end of every iteration (one to four weeks) or possibly every day. Janet Gregory says that this goal can't be achieved without automated tests, and many teams struggle with test automation. The challenge of automating functional regression tests frightens many testers, who feel their skills aren’t up to the job. So, how can you deliver good quality when you have to release so often? By combining a collaborative team approach with appropriate tools and design approaches, you can not only automate your regression tests but also use automation to enhance exploratory testing. In this interactive tutorial, Janet describes how to use automation early to guide development, explores what tests should be automated, and discusses ways to overcome common barriers to automation. She presents real-life examples to show how you can design automated tests for maximum effectiveness and ease of maintenance. Discover different approaches for shortening feedback cycles, creating realistic test data, evaluating your automation efforts, and fitting automation activities into each iteration so testing “keeps up” with coding. Get your team on the path to faster, better releases.

Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014. She is also a contributor to other software development books. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product - for example, guiding development with business-facing tests. Janet works with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses worldwide. She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. Her peers voted as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2015. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit or You can also follow her on twitter @janetgregoryca.