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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:45am

Optimize Your Test Automation to Deliver More Value

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Mary Thorn walked into an organization that had invested heavily in test automation. Unfortunately they had no strategy, test suites had grown unwieldy, test maintenance was a nightmare, many tests were failing—and no one seemed to care. But Mary’s saddest observation was that they, mainly the leadership but the teams as well, had lost faith in test automation. Mary knows it doesn’t have to be that way. She’s a well-known automation disaster recovery agent who is going to share her secrets with you. Mary begins with how to keep your test automation light, nimble, and cost-effective; how to keep it running 24/7; and how to make sure what’s running is delivering value and evolving with the product. She explores how to create test automation strategies that are flexible and sound. Join Mary to learn how you can create an automation program that really works—and even more importantly, one that delivers value for you, your teams, and your organization.


Chief Storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is Director of Agile Practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her more than nineteen years of experience in healthcare, HR, financial, and SaaS-based products, Mary has held manager- and contributor-level positions in software development organizations. A strong leader in agile testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience leading teams through agile adoption and beyond.