F13-501: Time for a TestOps Revolution

Track: Test Strategy, Process and Design

Testers are uniquely qualified to lead the way to a more nimble enterprise. Because of their deep understanding of the system under test, they can powerfully use the wealth of information available from production data and systems to drive better quality with lower upfront costs. Tomorrow”s most successful testers and test managers will realize their job is just beginning when code hits production. It”s no longer enough to answer the question “when are you done testing?” with a witty “when the code goes into production!” The new world of cloud and mobile applications, small teams with collective code ownership, and continuous deployment and DevOps demands involvement in the most realistic possible test environment: live use of the system. Effectively using the data that is available from production deployments can supercharge the value of testing and elevate the test team”s status to a strategic partnership with business owners. In this high-energy presentation, you will learn how to monitor what”s going in in production, how to use production as a source of test ideas, and how to strategically push for customer value through test and analysis.

Session Takeaways:

  • How changes in software development technology and methodologies are pushing developers ever closer to production.
  • Embrace the antidote to the “test is dead” mentality by emphasizing the special value testers can provide in these close-to-production contexts.
  • How to build a TestOps function within your team.
  • How to use data from production operations to improve testing.
  • How to use the TestOps role to nudge your enterprise to greater agility.

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Session Speaker:

Thomas VaniotisThomas Vaniotis – Test Lead – Support Systems, Liquidnet
Thomas Vaniotis is a product manager at NYC-based institutional brokerage Liquidnet where he delivers quality tools for the product support team based on nearly a decade of experience in financial software as a tester, developer, and product lead. His career expertise includes customer-driven business analysis, exploratory testing, automated test design and modeling, performance testing, UI design and testing, and Scrum implementation. He has wide exposure to the equities trading field, and an academic background in music and philosophy that gives him a unique liberal arts perspective on the world of finance and technology. He blogs at epistemic-applications.com and tweets @tvaniotis.