STAREAST 2021 Industry Presentation : Is Building Your Own Test Framework Really The Best Idea?

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Is Building Your Own Test Framework Really The Best Idea?

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Is your testing framework a black box? Is it too fragile to change? Is it even the right framework? Maybe you have considered building your own testing framework, but with so many existing frameworks should you really try reinventing the wheel? 

The answer: It depends. 

Join Coveros Technical Manager Bob Foster as he shares his experience replacing a complex and fragile test automation framework at a health technology and digital tools organization with a custom-built solution. Utilizing Spec-Driven testing, the team built a lightweight, dynamic framework that focused efforts on the top of the testing pyramid. Learn about both the technical and cultural speedbumps to anticipate, and take home insights to develop your strategy. 

Join this session to:

  • Learn about “Spec-Driven” testing.
  • Understand the difficulties in building a generic test framework to accommodate specific requests.
  • Take home tips for answering the what ifs and turning your skeptics into satisfied users.

Robert Foster


Bob Foster is a Technical Manager with over 20 years experience as a senior software engineer and team lead. Bob has proven experience in all aspects of software development and delivery (including DevOps, CI/CD, and infrastructure as code). He is a firm believer in the benefits gained by software teams when following Agile, CI/CD, and DevOps methodologies and has been successful in helping drive Agile/DevOps cultural shifts in both individual teams and organizations. Bob feels strongly that feedback is crucial to the success of a project and following the disciplines of Agile, CI/CD and DevOps will help provide visibility and feedback early and often throughout the entirety of a project, improving its chance for success.