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Hans Buwalda


Hans Buwalda has been working with information technology since his high school years. In his thirty year career, Hans has gained experience as a developer, manager, and principal consultant for companies and organizations worldwide. He was a pioneer of the keyword approach to testing and automation, now widely used throughout the industry. His approaches to testing, like Action Based Testing and Soap Opera Testing, have helped a variety of customers achieve scalable and maintainable solutions for large and complex testing challenges. Hans is a frequent speaker at STAR conferences and is lead author of Integrated Test Design and Automation: Using the Testframe Method.

Speaker Presentations
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 8:30am
Full-day Tutorials
The Challenges of BIG Testing: Automation, Virtualization, Outsourcing, and More SOLD OUT

Large-scale and complex testing projects can stress the testing and automation practices we have learned through the years, resulting in less than optimal outcomes. However, a number of innovative ideas and concepts are emerging to better support industrial-strength testing for big projects. Hans Buwalda shares his experiences and strategies he's developed for organizing and managing testing on large projects. Learn how to design tests specifically for automation, including how to incorporate keyword testing and other techniques. Learn what roles virtualization and the cloud can play, and the potential pitfalls of such options. Take away tips and tricks to make automation more stable, and to deal with the numerous versions and configurations common in large projects. Hans also describes the main challenges with global teams including time zones and cultural differences, and offers seven common problem "patterns," and what you can do to address them.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
Introducing Keyword-driven Test Automation

In both agile and traditional projects, keyword-driven testing—when done correctly—has proven to be a powerful way to attain a high level of automation. Many testing organizations use keyword-driven testing but aren't realizing the full benefits of scalability and maintainability that are essential to keep up with the demands of testing today's software. Hans Buwalda describes the keyword approach, and how you use it to can meet the very aggressive goal that he calls the "5 percent challenge"―automate 95 percent of your tests with no more than 5 percent of your total testing effort. Hans also discusses how the keyword approach relates to other automation techniques like scripting and data-driven testing, and in what way keywords can be used for specific situations like graphics, multimedia, and mobile. Use the information and the real-world examples that Hans presents to attain a very high level of maintainable automation with the lowest possible effort.