If you’re a tester who codes, chances are a big chunk of your job involves test automation — specifically writing tests that automate the user workflow. As a two-decade (and counting) veteran of software testing, Alan Page has seen a huge number of teams utterly fail in their test automation efforts — but he’s also been a part of a few teams who have been successful, and in this session he’ll share some of the patterns that work; as well as many that don’t.
Alan will share strategies for successful automation, the challenge of flaky tests, the perils of UI automation, and many other tips based on experience in test and test automation across dozens of high volume products.
Whether you’re deeply invested in test automation, or just getting started, this session will have practical tips you can apply to your own testing efforts immediately.
Alan Page has been a software tester for nearly 25 years. He was the lead author of the book "How We Test Software at Microsoft", contributed chapters for "Beautiful Testing and Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation". He also writes about a variety of software engineering subjects (and other assorted rants) on his blog, and elsewhere on the internet. His latest “book” is a collection of essays on test automation called "The A Word".
Alan joined Microsoft as a member of the Windows 95 team, and since then has worked on a variety of Windows releases, early versions of Internet Explorer, and Office Lync. Notably, Alan served for over two years as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence.
In January of 2017, Alan left Microsoft to become the Director of Quality for Unity services.