F13-504: Putting the Test Back Into DevOps

Track: Agile Testing

DevOps is a new term that describes a new way of delivering software products to a customer, including a mix of organizational and methodological innovations that merge agile practices with operational modes and discipline. Behind many of the DevOps methods, approaches and cultural aspects are actually a very inclusive set of testing practices that are compatible with modern quality disciplines. But it may not seem that way from the outside. There are some default perspectives from a traditional software testing mindset that make DevOps seem contrary or competitive to delivering a quality product.

Session Takeaways:

  • Learn where they fit in and help improve DevOps practices in their companies.
  • Learn how to adapt context-driven test discipline into the flow of work between development and operations.
  • Receive tips on the new language and references from the DevOps culture and how they can be interpreted to include the value of increased testing.

Attendees will come away with the understanding that testing is absolutely not dead and that DevOps is an opportunity for testers to engage and evolve.

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Session Speaker:

Mark TomlinsonMark Tomlinson – Practitioner of Performance Testing, West Evergreen Consulting, LLC
Mark Tomlinson is a performance engineering and software testing consultant. His career began in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical transportation system, a project which captured his interest for software testing, quality assurance, and test automation. That first test project sought to prevent trains from running into each other — and Mark has metaphorically been preventing “train wrecks” for his customers for the past 20 years. He has broad experience with real-world scenario testing of large and complex systems and is regarded as a leading expert in software testing automation with a specific emphasis on performance. For the majority of Mark’s career he has worked for companies as a testing practitioner and consultant using the leading products for performance testing, profiling and measurement. He has also consistently established close ties and relationships with the major vendors who create these tools. Mark worked for six years at Microsoft Corporation as a performance consultant and engineer in the Microsoft Services Labs, in the Enterprise Engineering Center and in the SQL Server labs. His efforts to foster the success of Microsoft’s top-tier Enterprise customers was focused on their early adoption of Microsoft products as part of mission-critical operations. In 2008, as the LoadRunner Product Manager at HP Software, Mark led the team to deliver leading innovations for performance testing and engineering as part of HP”s suite of performance validation and management products. Mark now offers coaching, training and consulting to help customers adopt modern performance testing and engineering strategies, practices and behaviors for better performing technology systems.