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The Automationist’s Gambit
October 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
Welcome Maaret Pyhäjärvi to QA at the Point! Yes, we are changing things up and will have Maaret speak to us…oh and there is a time change! We will be meeting at 12:00 PM MDT.
In exploratory testing, we intertwine design and execution, and learn between tests in a way that changes the next test we perform for more impactful testing. This learning requires agency, a human connection between the two tasks with power of making decisions in the moment.
In this talk, we extend agency from a person making decisions about design and execution of tests to making these decisions about use of automation. When we enter exploratory testing with programming skills, test automation becomes a way of documenting our testing and extending our reach. We can’t explore well without automating; we can’t automate well without exploring. And we need to learn between the tests in a way that changes the next test we perform.
Opening the game with an automationist's gambit is a good option for solid foundation of testing. We need to talk about the impact of opening to the middle and end game of testing a product as well as building a career with testing emphasis.
The skills the future of the testing craft requires have already shifted. Good testing includes exploring with automation as well as without, intertwined.
Importance of agency for great testing
Test automation as documentation, and its other uses
End of separation of manual and automated testing
Maaret Pyhäjärvi is an exploratory tester extraordinaire with a day-job at Vaisala as Principal Test Engineer. She is a tester, (polyglot) programmer, speaker, author, and a community facilitator. She has been awarded the two prestigious global testing awards, Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person 2016 (MIATPP) and EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award (2020), and selected as Top-100 Most Influential in ICT in Finland 2019&2020.