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Gwen is a Principal Test Engineer working at Sky but previously worked in smaller organisations or startups. Her main mission is to improve software quality for happier customers but, testing isn’t the only way to do this. Working in a large organisation, it might seem that you can’t change the way that it thinks. A large organisation is composed of many connected organisms. Giving one the tools to grow can have an affect on another, like George’s potion. A little bit of this and a little bit of that can make a team grow in unexpected ways. A large organisation is alive – and it’s moving in many different directions at once. If you give it some of George’s medicine, you might be able to get it to change in a way that will benefit not only customers but also the employees.


How to win with automation and influence people

35' Talk

Choosing an automation framework can be hard. When Gwen started at her current role there were nine different test automation frameworks in use for acceptance testing and a lot of the tests had been abandoned and were not running as part of the CI solution. If test automation is not running, what value could it add? The tests that were being run were labeled only as Functional tests and replaced unit tests. These tests covered component, integration and sometimes even end to end testing. Entire layers of testing were missing which made refactoring and receiving quick feedback difficult.

This is an experience report from when Gwen joined a large organisation and how, with the help of other members of the team created a clear multi team automation solution. By implementing practices such as pairing, cross team code reviews and clear descriptions of what layers of testing covered what the teams came together to write clear, useful automation.

If you have a team working on multiple products, implementing a framework that can be picked up easily when moving between teams is essential and within this talk, Gwen will explain how to present the ideas to not only members of the team but also, how to get senior management on board with delivering an easy to use, multi-layered framework.

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