STARWEST 2021 Keynote : Open Testing: What If We Opened Our Testing Like We Open Our Source?

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Open Testing: What If We Opened Our Testing Like We Open Our Source?

Testing is a vibrant discipline with well-established practices, but many times, nobody but the testers who write the tests ever see them. Tests could offer so much value if they were openly shared—with developers, product owners, and perhaps even end-users. So, why don’t we open our tests like we open our source? There are so many parallel benefits: helping others learn, helping teams develop higher-quality software, and helping users gain confidence in the products they use. Opening tests includes sharing the tools, frameworks, and even test cases themselves. With AI and ML technologies, we could even build a future where generic open tests for common behaviors could run on any kind of app. In this keynote, we will look at ways a team could be more open about testing. Not every team may be able to publicly publish their tests, but any team could still benefit from the openings that shift-left practices can bring. Open Testing could be revolutionary. Let’s make it a reality!

Andrew Knight
PrecisionLender, a Q2 Company

Andrew Knight is the "Automation Panda"—an engineer, consultant, and international speaker who builds solutions for software testing problems. He has designed and implemented robust test automation projects for Web UIs, service APIs, and operating systems with thousands of tests running continuously. He is the lead developer for Boa Constrictor, the .NET Screenplay Pattern, and he is also renowned as a Behavior-Driven Development expert. Andy currently works full-time as the Lead Software Engineer in Test at PrecisionLender, a Q2 Company. Read his tech blog at and follow him on Twitter.