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    Zbyszek Mockun - Automation in the world of projects

    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    The world of a software house is a constant search for compromise between quality and costs. In many cases, the cost-cutting starts from the test automation. Then you start to talk about ROI but recognize that numbers are not on your side. We were there and what we have found out is that only a complete change in our approach allows us to find common ground with our clients. I will reveal one detail from the presentation - we are not talking about test automation with clients anymore - as a result we do it more and more.​

    Are you surprised that success automatically generates new challenges which we further translate into opportunities? We had to reconsider our approach to the test automation environment, internal frameworks and the way we share them between projects, including code ownership, … And again, one simple but unobvious solution allows us to both deliver what we promise and to earn more on our projects.​

    As we have been reshaping our approach to the test automation, we had to change the way of delivery too. One of the main decisions was skip out the role of test automation engineer (or software developer in test). We decided to go with the whole team approach which is consistent with the way we sell it. ​

    Find it interesting? Join me and listen to our story about how we have transformed test automation.

1. What got you started/interested in Testing?

I graduated Telecommunications and got firs job in testing telecommunication systems - which required deep knowledge about them. It takes me a few years to find testing exciting and it lasts until now. 

2. What has been your best moment/highlight working with Selenium?

My first script which I used to fill form 500 times with different data.

3. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by Software Testers today?

1. Concentrate on speed and delivery, not test optimization. 

2. Deliver expected quality, not the best one. 

4. What is your advice to testers, who are new to automation?

Cooperate very close with developers and experienced tester. Ask dev to review your code, experience tester to review testing ideas. Remember about the test pyramid and that there is no sense to automate everything.

5. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

The world of a software house is a constant search for a compromise between quality and costs. In many cases, it's not about the highest but expected quality. I would like to introduce you to this world and talk about some of the challenges which most of them are not meet in product-based companies.

Second, are you interested why we skip out the role of test automation engineer  (or SDiT)?

6. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s)?
  1. You will explore the world of software houses​
  2. How to talk about test automation in the business context without using ROI, test coverage, …​
  3. How to increase project’s revenue in an unobvious way​
  4. How to implement a whole team approach and be lean without creating fixed roles in the project team
7. Which sessions are you most looking forward to attending at Selenium Conf?

I would like to attend a session about Machine Learning and identifying failures pattern. I am the fun do domain session, it's why I am going to listen about Search Relevancy Testing and How to test and monitor not 1 but over 40 websites.

8. Any personal message/remarks you want to share with the Testing community in Asia?

Technology is not challenging anymore. We should concentrate more on solving business needs and deliver expected quality (whatever it means for business) rather concentrate on the best o the highest.

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