STARWEST 2017 Concurrent Session : Shift Left Testing: Going Beyond Agile

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Shift Left Testing: Going Beyond Agile

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The concept of “shifting testing left” in the software development lifecycle is not new. Shifting testing from manual to automated and then upstream into engineering is a driving factor in DevOps and agile software development. However, Michael Nauman wonders why test automation, DevOps, and agile software development still frequently fail to deliver on their promises? Aligning and hardening your DevOps and test automation—along with streamlining your agile processes—is critical to your project. Michael shares how AutoCAD’s shifting testing left enabled improvements within their engineering team. Learn how the team increased engineering reliability and velocity, and forced process changes upstream into design and research all the way through to product support. Leave knowing why the concept of separation of concerns with regards to quality is as fundamental as the separation of code quality from product quality. Learn how the AutoCAD web team used process dogma and ruthless prioritization to combat metric idolatry and the host of other evils that hold teams back from fully realizing their potential and going beyond agile.

Michael Nauman

Michael Nauman started out his career doing computer aided design but after a decade made the leap from an AutoCAD user to a tester on the test development team for Autodesk Inc.’s flagship product AutoCAD. He has spent the past twenty years testing various versions of AutoCAD. Michael started out as a black box tester, dabbled in test automation, evolved into a testing lead, managed testers as a QA manager, and now is the product owner of AutoCAD Web. Michael is passionate about AutoCAD, DevOps, bicycles, and surfing.