STARWEST 2017 Keynote : Elegant Dev and Test Processes for a More Civilized Age

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Elegant Dev and Test Processes for a More Civilized Age

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Software engineering as a discipline has come a long way. For some teams, months-long cycles of dev-test-build-release have shrunk down to mere days—or even hours. In the fastest, leanest organizations, most testing happens in parallel with development as part of a slick, continuous integration pipeline. Come along with Melissa Benua as she explores just how quickly and safely a product can be released using ultramodern engineering technologies. All testers know how to file a bug, but more testers should know how to configure a continuous integration (CI) pipeline tool, how to wrest code coverage and complexity metrics from it, how to wire-in automated testing and monitoring, and how to author tests to take full advantage of that paradigm. Walk with Melissa through the stages of true CI and continuous development that power software startups and mega-corporations alike. Take a deep-dive into the crucial technical skills that top software testers bring to the table to help their organizations push to the next level. Are you ready to step into the future of software testing?


Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small. She's created and run high-availability, high-quality services on products such as mParticle, PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One. Melissa discovered her love of massively-scaled systems while growing the Bing backend, where she honed the art of keeping highly-available complex systems up while undergoing massive code churn. Melissa isn’t afraid to mix traditional approaches with bold new ideas to make her products better, faster, and more reliable. She’s passionate not only about maximizing efficiency both in her product code and in her developer tools but also about sharing best practices among colleagues and the tech world at large.